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Planting tree in Girona

May
04

5 years ago on May 2008 I met Marta Maergali from Spain in New Zealand while we were both cycling but in oposite directions.  we were staying both in  haast in a hostel. just an hour of chat at night and saying goodbye next morning was all our friendship experience.
I kept in touch with her through my common emails I send once a while and when I came to Europe she invited me kindly to his house if I pass through her city.
I cycled through Pyrenees and I entered to Spain from North East and directly I cycled to Girona, where Marta is living. 

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Cycling through Pyrenees

May
01

The reason I decided to go through Pyrenees goes back to the time when I was in Paris, with Ali Mohanna we were looking for a restaurant and finally we decided to eat in an old restaurant from 1685. we were there to experience Paris ambiance. An Irish couple was next to us and we began to talk. Fidel and Philip ..a lovely one. When we were going to leave restaurant I gave them my card and they kindly invited me to stay with them if I pass through their town. I came back home and looked at the map,..I knew which I will be in Biaritz which is on the south west of France and it was exactly in the same level south but east and to get through I should go through Pyrenees, a range of mountain which stretched all the way from west to the east between France and Spain. My way of traveling is just to go with no information and no fixed plan. Just let see what is happening and follow it.

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Paris to the south of France

May
01

I left Paris by train to Tours, a city on the Luire valley. Again the reason for me to get there was a friend. Always friends and people are the one who make a route for me.
I met Myriam 6 years ago in Varanasi-India while walking along the Gangues at night. I was with Diego my Brazilian friend and in sudden hips of Indian guy attacked her. They were pulling her scarf and she was screaming..it was one of the most hardest moments in my journey. We ran to her and pulled her out of the crowd.
we were all sad and angry…now 6 years later I was going to meet her again but in a very peaceful situation. I was so happy to see her again. I left the train and began to cycle along the Luir river.

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Tree Planting at the Pio Baroja Institute of Irún

Apr
29

Lien, Ingrid's daughter, organised a workshop at her school for me. Her english teacher Ana responded positively to her request of letting me have this workshop and tell students about my work as an environmental activist and cycling traveler around the world.
So on thursday the 18th of April Lien, Ingrid and I went to her school, which is the Pio Baroja Institute in Irún. Her teacher was so enthousiast about the project that she was already waiting to receive us at 8.00 in the morning at the entrance of the school.
Students of Lien's age (17 -18 years old) of the artistic and humanistic grade were regrouped for a first workshop,

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Paris to Brussels and back to Paris

Apr
16

 

When I arrived to Paris, I was kind of disappointed as all my friends where away. I was so happy to meet them but no one was there actually. It was quite difficult as also I didn’t have a place in Paris. Staying in hotel is not fun at all for me even though it is a 5 stars hotel. It is totally against my personal journey which is going through people and their lives. Always I have been asked from people everywhere, if I miss home or not? My answer was so clear with no need of thinking which is NO!! It was also a question for me too that what is the reason I don’t miss home? I was thinking it might be because I love traveling. ! that’s for sure but the main reason is I have home everywhere, I always live with people who I love, who I care and they do the same.
The second night I moved to stay with Segolene who I met 2 years ago in Baku. It was wonderful to meet her after 2 years and share some little time with her and her boyfriend. They are lovely and so nice people.
They live in a little tiny flat and also because of Easter holidays they were going to visit their parents, so I had no choice but staying in hotel. Next day I moved to hotel again

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From Geneva to Paris

Apr
07

 

Ron told me he will take me out of the Geneva by his car. It was a nice offer to get out of the town by car and start riding my bike somewhere on the road.
That’s why I left quite late. We were making joke over my plan which what time I would leave. I was telling Ron which I am going to start around 9:30 and he smiled and said: on which time zone? Swiss time, Iranian time or African? This means on Swiss time I would leave on 9:30, on Iranian ones I may leave around 10:30 or so and on African time I will leave anyway!!! I was happy to take African time as it was so flexible and easy one. That’s why we left around 10:30.
he drove me out of the city and when we drove around 30km out of the village where they live, I found a very nice road and just wanted to be on my bike to ride it through that road. So he dropped me there and after I checked the map we said goodbye and I began to ride.

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Workshop in International school in Geneva

Mar
30

When I was in Geneva at the first time, I just passed by the International school and I left my visit card there at the reception. Honestly I was not expecting a lot to have any response but I received an email after few days from Marcia Banks who is vise principle of primary school. I was already gone but it was kind of motivation for me to go back again to Geneva. after I returned from Turkey, I took my bike and I started cycling toward Geneva and I was there. Marcia kindly invited me to stay with them. they were lovely and I had a wonderful time with them

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Plantingtree in International school in Geneva

Mar
24

I was in Biel. It was the first night which I arrived there and Renate told me they are going to a birthday party that evening. I joined them also to meet more people and know new people as well. It was all fine and we had a lovely chat. I met Alison that night and we discussed a bit about my project while she excitedly giving reaction about weneedtrees. I was quite surprised and happy.
Next day I received an email from Jan who is a teacher in international school in Geneva asking if I am heading there or not, or if I can visit their school? He said which last night I have met someone in a birthday party who sent the email to Jan introducing me!! Very kind of Alison

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Planting tree in OSZ Mett – Bozingen in Biel-Bienne

Mar
24

Last time when I was in Biel-Bienne, Renate introduced me to a friend of her who is teaching in one public school in Biel. I couldn’t stay longer that time also in a short notice she couldn’t organize a time for our workshop. So we planned for Monday 18 of March to return and have our workshop there. From Geneva I took a train to Biel and I left my bike there to come here and visit the school. we started at 9 am with 2 classes and after a short break there was another class which was kind of international one.
Just few students but we had a very nice conversation and at the end of class we planted a tree together. During the lunch time Pia and I went to a restaurant where elderly people live and Renate also joined us. After lunch I had another class in school and again 2 classes merged to have a longer session. a
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Released at August 13

I arrived to Romania yesterday and right after I landed in Bucharest, Catalin came to pick me from the airport and we came together with Ana to the mountain to camp.We spent the first night camping in Balea lake which is highest point in Romani and tonight we are in Barn. 
I wil lstart cycling from tomorrow toward west.