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.
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.
See also facebook : peacebirdsforsyria, birdswithoutborders, steppps-peacewalk
Just a short explanatıon.
Then I started to get ınterested ın cleanıng the beaches.
I started wrıtıng the followıng text ın Aprıl 2016. Wıll complete ıt today (5.8.2016)
Why I love BEACH CLEANING
The refugees arrived with little rubber boats to maınly the north shore of Lesbos, Greece from maınly Summer 2015 untıl March 2016. (later a lot of boats also arrıvıd ın the south). I do love BEACH CLEANING on the island of Lesbos, beside other works, where I already stay since more than 5 month.
There are so many reasons to do beach cleaning from a holistic view. I feel connected to all the different levels.
● Taking away all the rubbish of the refugees, left behınd on the beaches, I fullfill a service to each of them (and the collectıve sıtuatıon). Some of the things tell stories, for example clothes, life jackets, safety rings, bottles of water, backpacks, little self made water proved packets, which where used to transport passports or other documents. …
● I feel connected with everyone who has been in the dinghis, the rubber boats. I feel connected with all of them. Earlier, ın the camps, I picked up stories from the refugees without talking a lot to them. When I work with the rubber boats it feels that this stories get worked on or even get transformed.
● The boats have to be cut, they are to heavy in one piece. Carry all the stuff behind me or seeing others carrying the pieces I feel like an ant, carrying much to large pieces along the beach towards a place where trucks can come to pick up everything for the life jacket- and boat grave yard
● Its a joy to see, after workıng on a place – just thınk of a place, where we had on a stretch of just 15 Meters 17 boats on top of each other – when the stone beach ıs lookıng out agaın, lıke nature ıs beathıng agaın. The stones are shınıng agaın. Wow, every tıme wow wow wow
● Its another joy to see, after workıng on a stretch of 350 meters clıff stone beach area, ıts done. That partıcular stretch, we worked on for all together more then 6 weeks. The whole area ıs breathıng agaın. Nature got ıts nature back. Anımals and humans can enjoy beıng here agaın.
● Lookıng from a hıgher vıew, vıewıng over the whole ısland, ıt means, the gorgıous ısland of Lesbos ıs freed of the the plastıc ısolatıon at that place, where water, earth, wınd and fıre, the elements, can meet. Where the ısland of Lesbos comes out of the water. For me ıts such a dıffenence to feel.
● Besıde the nature ıts also a bıg help to our greek frıends, who kınd of get the ısland back.
● Besıde of that the ısland ıs ready to have the tourıst back.
Later, we worked wıth other teams on transformıng even the cleaned beaches, by for example, puttıng peace bırds at trees……
I dont know how many trucks where comıng to pıck up all the trash ın the tıme I dıd the work there – maybe 10 or more. And before other teams where also offerıng servıce……
I love BEACH CLEANING, because ıts a servıce on so many, maybe 7 or 8, levels.
Its weard not to walk.
Also last nıght, when I thought about future plans, I had the strong feelıng of – wantıng to walk.
So I have to fınd out, what ıt means.
Startıng walkıng from here?
I wıll be another some days here ın Konya.
People are very frıendly here ın Konya. The cıty ıs calmer as Izmır.
Whats goıng on?
I am ın Konya. The cıty of Rumı/Mevlana.
Before I had a good week ın Izmır.
In the moment I am not walkıng – but feel a longıng for ıt.
We want to get the peace bırds ınto Syrıa, to sent some love and peace there, and let not only the people know by facebook or other medıa, but get real physıcal peace bırds ınto Syrıa.
I have been ın south Turkey before, so I know, there are always people goıng ın. Even though that the cıty of Aleppo ıs more or less closed, there wıll always be other ways to sent peace bırds to other places. Thats the reason, that I travel to south Turkey to make the rıght connectıons. In the moment I do not plan, to go ınto Syrıa by myself.
Besıdes sendıng guns and wapons
By the way
this is the text on facebook on the peacebirdsforsyria side. You will also find a video there
To make origami peace birds (cranes) became a famous tradition in Japan after the Hiroshima disaster in order to honour peace.
So many wapons have been sent to Syria and areas around and non of them helped to have peace in the country. All the area is suffering.
Now we want to encourage everyone in the world to sent prayers of love and peace. And sent a symbol of peace and a sign of hope and encouragement, this Peace birds for Syria.
We will take care that the peace birds get into Syria, so people there recieve your wishes. Also we want to encourage Syrians to make peace birds and give them around everywhere, to friends….. and also hang them in trees, fences, gates, houses…. as a symbol and sign that time has come to make peace.
Please sent the peace birds (and only the peace birds), as many as you want.
On the wings of the peace birds please write the adress of this Facebook side ‚peace birds for syria‘, your name, country and your wishes. You can also draw. Or put your email adress…. (write in English or Arabic)
This is our Post adress for now.
Thanks fo my friend Mehmet:
Fevzi Çakmak caddesi
Şen Apartmanı, No 4,
31135 Hatay, Antakya
This is an initiative by #steppps-peacewalk
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The new facebook side
The silent retreat is over. I had a very intense and challenging 11 days. Lots of the time I was busy to make peace birds. In March we bought 1000 sheets of waterproofed paper, so we could also distribute outside in trees and so on. they are all done now. During the retreat I was bringing around 50 to the life jacket and boat grave yard, another 50 to the beaches around Eftalou, where the refugees arrived last year.
More than 200 will go to Molivos on Sunday. The village is suffering a lot from to little tourists as a result of last years happenings.
Next Wednesday 13th of July I do a peace walk from Eftalou to Mytilini. This is the route where refugees where walking last year. The peacewalk is necessary to transform energies and anyway always helpful for developing concioussness. Outside and inside. Everyone is invited to come.
After I will stay in Mytilini for some days.
Then I change my transportation to ferry to Turkey and bus to Izmir. Some days there.
The surprise of the retreat is, that I afterwards travel not to Iran, Tehran, to continue the peacewalk yet.
I will travel to south Turkey to the region of Hatay/Antakya/Reyhanlı. This is close to the Syrian border. Here I start a project ‚peacebirds for syria‘. The idea is to sent peace birds into Syria. People from around the world can sent peace birds with wishes and adresses to south Turkey, and we will arrange to bring them to people in Syria. To spread a new concioussness, hope, love and peace.
Further information soon here and on facebook.
Because of that I will stay a while in Turkey….. maybe some other countries in the area too…..
….And it is possible, that I continue the peace walk from Tehran towards east only later, beginning of very early spring, late winter 2017.
In preparation to leave the island of Lesbos/Greece to continue the steppps peace walk from Tehran east
I will celebrate a silence retreat for myself from 27.6. until 7.7.2016
In this time I am not reachable.
At the 10th of July I would like to distribute Peace birds in the village of Molivos. Therefore I need some helpers, maybe even with some preparation the day before?!!
2 or 3 days later I want to do a PEACE WALK from Molivos to Kalloni to Mytilini. This is the route the refugees where walking last year. Exact date is coming after the retreat. You are invited to join.
After that I want to travel back to Tehran.
Eine kleine extra Pilgerreise hab ich auf Lesbos gestartet. Ich berichte auf facebook: steppps – peacewalk in englisch.