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DAY 34, BUS 2: Rest day!!!

27 May 2018

Today was a rest day and a chance to catch up on other work. It is great to have volunteers on the bus who have experience of availing of minimum income schemes. Their presence on the bus is an example of what we mean by having ‘enabling’ schemes and is…
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DAY 33, BUS 2: Leeuwarden

Today we were parked at the Community Centre HS in Leeuwarden, one of the cultural capitals of Europe 2018. There was a big gathering of Eritrean Orthodox Christians celebrating Pentecost in the Centre.  We were honoured that members of the community came to sign the bus. Amid a busy day…
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DAY 31, BUS X: AKUREYI, ICELAND

26 May 2018

After Reykjavik we visited Iceland’s second town Akureyri (population 20,000) and kept the same format: speeches by representatives of EAPN Iceland and experts by experience followed by local politicians standing on the box and answering questions drawn from a hat. The majority of people present fully understood and backed the…
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DAY 32, BUS 1: STRUMICA, MACEDONIA

Friday 25th of May is a bank holiday in Macedonia, we parked the bus next to a public park in Strumica, where people enjoyed the sun, the shadow and the EMIN bus. The Mayor of Strumica, several Council Members and the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Labour and…
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DAY 32, BUS 2: Utrecht

Today the bus was parked outside a shopping centre in the northern part of Utrecht. We had the opportunity to engage with a much more diverse public. Here, you also met people who feel the burden of the more precarious societies we are creating. While we had many supportive messages…
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DAY 31, BUS 1: THESSALONIKI, GREECE

25 May 2018

We had a very full rich day yesterday in Thessaloniki. In the morning, there was a discussion  organised by Praxis, member of EAPN Greece with  representatives of different municipalities, NGOs service providers. They described the community centers, organised by the municipalities, offering services to homeless people, drug users, refugees, Roma……
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DAY 31, BUS 2: Eindhoven, Netherlands

One month into the journey and we are parked in the ‘city of light’, Eindhoven (Philipstown). The bus was perfectly positioned on, 18 September Plein, which commemorates the end of World War 2. It is good to remember that out of that great tragedy a new conviction and determination was…
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DAY 30, BUS 2: Leicester

24 May 2018

More than 400 signatures collected on the street in Leicester today. Great atmosphere and great welcome and Leicester looked at its best, in the sunshine and with its great cultural and ethnic diversity in clear view.  Well done to our colleagues in EAPN and EMIN England and UK to bring…
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DAY 30: BUS X, REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

We are now in Iceland without a bus because it would have taken two weeks to ship it over. Our first meeting took place in Reykjavik. Initially the plan was to hold the event in a tent in the main square but because of the terrible weather condition the event…
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DAY 29: BUS 1, ATHENS, GREECE

23 May 2018

Bus 1 is visiting Greece now, particularly interesting! We stayed in Athens yesterday, in an area that used to be very vivid, with lots of shops, restaurants… Sad to see so many empty buildings and closed doors nowadays. Fortunately, there are some signs of hope too, and new people (often…
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