Dies ist der FriedensPilger-Blog
This is the peace pilgrimage blog

Trust and financial support

On this platform I reported about ‚money and trust‘ some articles before.

Because I am very low on rest money, just 209€ left on my account, my tendency was skipping the visit to Armenia (Social project I worked in 2015). But since 3, 4 days, I feel, the way is open.

After Armenia I will fly to Jordan (Peace birds for Syria). In February 2017 travel from Jordan to Iran, to continue the peace walk from Tehran east.

The Univers has been great to me. I had always everything what I needed. Since 4 years and 7 month I live from given donations.

It was getting cold here recently. New turkish friends just covered my need for warm clothes. New shoes I can buy from a friend’s donation on the next days.

For the next some month I have some extra expences, mostly for Visa and travelling. Here is a little incomplete list

~60 to 100€ Extended Visa Turkey to pay when leaving the country

~100€ Bus from south Turkey through Gorgia to Armenia

180-250€ Flight from Armenia to Jordan

20€ Visa Jordan

? Travel expences in Jordan to different locations ( Valley of Peace at the border to Palestine, helped to open it up in 2014/ Amman and different camps at the Jordan/Syrian border) back and forth.

Material for peace birds making

In February

~100€ Visa for Iran

~150-250€ Flight from Amman to Tehran or

? Bus from Jordan to Irak to Iran plus Visa Irak

I still dream for bringing a donation to Armenia. In 2015 I worked on a social project in Armenia on a farm. People there a very poor. They earn 100 to 150/200$ a month and have often to feed a whole family from it. They live in very difficult situations – containers on very little room…..

More in Navigation/Sponsoring.

Thanks for reading

Blessings

Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

update Peace birds for Syria and my continuation

Dear friends.

I am now 4 and bit month in Turkey.

Happy news for me and all the Peace birds friends. We found Melek Deniz Özdemir, a student from Adana with parents living in Antakya, who will continue the peacebirdsforsyria project here in Turkey. She and people around her are creating a team to make, recieve and bring more peace birds into Syria.

So that’s means for me. Continue travelling, starting around 15th of December. First a 6 to 10 days visit in Armenia (by bus). There I want to visit the project I worked in last year. After I will fly to Jordan for 6 to 8 weeks to initiate and find another team to make and bring peace birds from Jordan into Syria. (Middle/end of February travelling to Iran to continue the peace walk)

Until now we have done here 1600 origami peace birds. 800 arrived from European countries. 1150 of them are already in Syria or on the way to get into Syria. Also quite some birds we have distibuted here.

Another 1150 peace birds are on the way to Antakya in 10 parcels from 3 continents.

Lots of things came together this weekend

Its about the Peacebirdsforsyria  (facebook) project what i initiate here in Turkey since 3 month.

Last weekend a lot of things came together or in further motion. Exiting .

More then 1000 peace birds are done here.

1000 birds are done in Norway. 500 of them are already here.

1000 more are started in a school project in US.

There are more on the way from Philippines, Germany, Greece. …

There is a interest to do origami birds from Kongo/Africa

Finally the first peace birds are on the way to Syria. Until now I mainly distributed peace birds around the atelier/galery where I coordinate the project.

More peace birds are on the way to Lebanon now. From there they will be brought into Syria.

In Lebanon we now have a partner. It’s a peace center and NGO called Relief and Reconciliation. They are sitting in the North and have good connection for people who go back and forth into Syria.

So from now on peacebirdsforsyria has a contact in Turkey and Lebanon. Woua!!!! Happy

In the next days we have a article in a big turkish newspaper. Interview was Friday

A friend of mine received in Jordan a peacebird, which I did. It was not planed, just by chance.

……..

Blessings around the world and thanks for any kind of support.

Thomas

 

Visa

Hi friends.

After some running and travelling here and there. I needed to do an online application for extending the Türkish visa.

This is finally today done. Until 20th of December, that’s my appointment at the office, I don’t have to do anything. How great. Relaxation.

Blessings

Thomas

Plans until February 2017 and after

After staying another 1 or 2 month in Turkey I plan to visit the former project in Armenia (hope to be able to bring some little money especially to one family). This shall be just a 1 or 2 week visit. Then I plan to fly to Jordan. Visiting the former Valley of peace project. And continue the peacebirdsforsyria project from that side. Also finding someone who continues that project later on. Then to Iran. Finally continuing walking from Tehran east…..

I guess I will be on the way for another 4 some years then.

It is not easy in the moment, not to walk.

My planed route is through Afghanistan and Parkistan into India…… Myanmar. I met quite some people on the way, who had some advise, how to travel through these countries. Some have worked in foreign embassies. They gave me some advise, where not to walk, taking transportation and so on…. I read news of some kidnapping from busses and cars the other week in Afghanistan….. Will take more then one eye on the situation…….

Even though I want really take the route through Afghanistan/Parkistan I got a bit more open to walk the north route. That would be: after walking from Tehran to Mashad, travel through Turkmenistan to continue the pilgrimage through Usbekistan, Tajikistan (Kyrgyzstan) into China, then south….. to India or maybe Parkistan/India

 

 

Sponsoring – Visa – Plans until February

Everything is guided

Every time, when I get a little bit nervous, because of reaching the bottom line in my account soon, like in the moment, there is some money coming from somewhere.

I had this situation now already 3 or 4 times. And it always worked out. 

A lot of sponsoring is the hospitality of the people. And even needing places, where I have to stay a longer time for free, like in the moment, there is always a solution. Thanks soo much.

I am very grateful, through the help of all of you, this peace pilgrim project is working since 4 1/2 years. Even with some unknown changes. Like the stay in Armenia, Greece and now Turkey.

To extend my visa I have to leave the Antakya area for some days. Because of the situation after the coup I can’t get the extension of the Visa in areas close to the Syrian border. So I have to travel somewhere else in Turkey to make it happen.

After staying another 1 or 2 month in Turkey I plan to visit the former project in Armenia (hope to be able to bring some little money especially to one family). This shall be just a 1 or 2 week visit. Then I plan to fly to Jordan. Visiting the former Valley of peace project. And continue the peacebirdsforsyria project from that side. Also finding someone who continues that project later on. Then to Iran. Finally continuing walking from Tehran east…..

I guess I will be on the way for another 4 some years then

 

peace birds for syria

It’s fun.

Lots of peace birds have been given away to all kinds of people around me. Incl lots of Syrians and kids, maybe around 400-500!!!!

The mail/parcels from Europe arrive with a delivering delay of 3 weeks, but there are coming.

About 400 peace birds from France and Norway have arrived. I know of at least 3 to 4 more parcels on the way with another 5-600 peace birds on the way, incl some from the Phillipines.

Here in the gallery I have a stock of around 570 birds to bring any time into Syria. All of them are painted and they have also a thread to hang on trees, houses…..

I found people here, who helped me to make the project work. There are people working with some NGO’s who want to make it possible to bring the birds fnally into Syria, but it’s still in the process. Has also to do with the fact, that I had to be with myself a lot. But it seems, very close to a solution.

I was asked by an world wide peacecrane project, organised through facebook, who like to cooperate with peacebirdsforsyria. There is also an request for finding school classes here to have exchange with the world.

I have not found anyone yet, who continues the project after I have left. Here I am also very optimistic. I plan to stay here another 1 1/2 or two month.

Everything is guided, it feels. 😊😊😊

See more on facebook

Peacebirdsforsyria and birdswithoutborders

 

 

 

2 month Antakya

Already two month here. Unbelievable.

The time was and is running. So it seems.

I finally moved into the Bariş Evili (Friedenshäuschen) in the old town of Antakya. It’s a guest house, where i am allowed to stay. As an exchange I was asked to show presence in the little shop Barbara has here. The shop is surrounded by stones which have the word ‚Peace‘ in many laguages engraved. First I was a bit surprised about the expectation of how many hour I should be present, but after one day I was with even sometimes more time quite happy. It gave me some structure for the day. And I found out that the most work I do, is doing the ‚peacebirdsforsyria‘ (see facebook) project. Suddenly I felt, this shop is a gift to me. Having actually a atelier/galery. Univers is wonderful.

After a while I also started to paint some pictures, which are surprisingly nice, even though I never did a lot of drawing before.

Since arriving in Antakya I was very much with myself, processing all kinds of stuff. What took a while. Since about 10 days I am more out of the shell again. More open to the surroundings. 

After a while I decided to be vegan. This is about 5 weeks ago now. And it’s not difficult at all. Feeling my wounded belly I experienced again and again a lot of cramps. From being disciplined with eating I went into eating too much, because I could not handle all the cramps at all. So many deep loockings, therapies. …. I have done and it’s still there. What is it? I asked myself. When does it stop? Does it stop at all? Already back in Greece I created this sentence ‚My cramps are the wonderful source of never ending energy‘ and there are days/weeks/times when I fully feel it. Incl happiness. So, what is it all about?

I had a very diffecult time at all – not anymore – to accept, that I am gay. And knowing I am already 25 years ‚out‘ it makes me wonder, why is this pain and all the cramps still there. It often feels, if I am not mistaken, that I have to out myself all the time. But why. It annoyes me. It feels sometimes that I even have to say it by introducing myself – as an add. And maybe its also triggerd by the fact that being in muslim countries, I sometime hide the fact of being homosexual. I also feel, being gay is not such an important fact to underline it all the time. Knowing, after such a long time, my cramps, I investigated as much as possible, the painful areas in myself. I can’t find any sexual abuse during my childhood. Since maybe 1 or two years I accept the fact that all these cramps are coming from an abuse out of my ancestors line. And not from the last generation. It feels like 3 to 4 generations ago. And I am not able to release and heal the whole situation. It’s super intense. So what should I do?, I question myself. Why is it still there? And it feels sometimes, that I did not come out before, what is not the fact. If i would be a public figure, I could have another super public re coming out…… But I am not. I know universe is wonderful and wise, so I will go some more time with it, and all the cramps and suffering, until there is a solution.

 

One week Antakya

Arriving time in Antakya.

For some days I stayed in some pensions/hotel. On the way to move forward to a free accommodation I moved toward cheaper hotels.

Finally I got offered a place to stay in a apartment.  It’s rented by five genç (young men) who spent there free time there. Playing cards, watching movie’s. It’s kind of ideal to me, becaue most of the day it’s no-one there. And finally it’s a place where I can meditate good. It’s not clear if I can stay there for a longer period….. will see. Tomorrow I continue clean the flat, so I can meditate and make yoga on the floor. 🙂

So today I went to Barbaras place. I met her 3 years ago. Nearly everyone in the city seems to know her. See is german, lives here and has a hostel/pension and is very activ for peace. The offer of her is to stay for a week for some exchange work. Wonderful. I will take that offer as soon i need it.

There days it feels like a break through in termes of arriving, connecting with people.

Antakya is a open city for Muslims, Christian’s from different traditions and Jewish. People live like friends together. The city of 220.000 people is hosting 180.000 Syrians. Wow

15 help organisations are sitting here.

Peace birds for Syria Project is on the way to become introduced here and there. So next week I am invited in a Syrian school, directed by a protestant church.

Today I was sitting at a little tree square in the middle of the Antakya bazar. After a while everyone around was taking care of me, tea, coffee, bread, fruit, conversations,  and even money was offered. A very nice and touching atmosphere.

Maybe in some days I am ready to visit my host family from 3 years ago at the seaside.

Turkey is wonderful here. Love it.

 

 

Tomorrow by bus to Antakya

I continue travelling by bus to Antakya area tomorrow.

Any free accomodation offer is warmly welcome.

 

My friends: I stayed now about 10 days in Konya at the beautiful sofa and art restaurant.

Ebru and Ömer are wonderful hosts. Big tanks to them.

 

I was and I am still tempted to walk again.

And feel, that it maid be better to concetrate now more on the peacebirdsforsyria project. I remember the beautiful walking times from before. Turkey is such a nice country.

 

Hugs

Thomas

 

See also facebook : peacebirdsforsyria, birdswithoutborders, steppps-peacewalk