DAY 66: BUS 1&2: EMIN BUSES BACK HOME!

Amazing! How wonderful it was to see the 2 EMIN buses united again. 66 days later, 32 countries later, a gazillion experiences later, the 2 EMIN buses got together yesterday in Brussels, the city of departure and home coming! It feels truly impossible to exchange and share all our stories.…
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DAY 59, BUS 1: HREBENY, CZECH REPUBLIC

Our last visit in the Czech Republic was very different from the events in Ostrave and Prague. We went to Hřebeny (Hartenberg), a small village near the border dividing the Czech Republic and Germany. The village harbors the castle Hartenberg,  The beautiful landscape contrasts with the name of the castle:…
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DAY 56, BUS1: OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC

Music. Music. Music. In Ostrava yesterday. The bus was still parked next to the shopping mall, as it was ‘rest day’ for the bus. No rest day for the team though!  To attract the attention of the people passing by, the Czech network invited several groups and musicians. Some of…
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DAY 54, BUS 1: OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC

Yesterday, we left Bratislava, very grateful for the amazingly rich and diverse programme our Slovakian colleagues organised! We hit the road for the Czech Republic. We had a short stop at a gas station on the way, and, by a funny coincidence, we met Ivan Bartos, party leader of the Czech…
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Day 53, BUS 1: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

On our last day in Slovakia we were invited to the Slovak parliament to discuss with social commitee members, SAPN members and people experiencing poverty. Our host was Sona Gaborcakova, MP for the OLaNO party in opposition. She started by saying that she was very pleased with out visit, since…
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DAY 50, BUS 1: RIMAVSKA SOBOTA, SLOVAKIA

On a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, EMIN bus trundled out of Budapest and Hungary to enter the beautiful Eastern mountains of Slovakia. Whilst the journey itself to Rimavksa-Soboto was relatively easy and without incident, the day burst into life upon our arrival at the hotel where we were more…
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DAY 45, BUS 1: TRANSFER TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

On a bright and sunny Thursday morning we said “zbogom” to Belgrade and made our way towards the Hungarian border. We meandered through Serbia all through the morning until we finally reached the crossing. It was not lost on anyone on the bus, but especially the younger volunteers, that the experience…
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DAY 46, BUS 1: BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Following our informal meeting with several key members of the Dignified Living Working Group in Budapest last Thursday, on Friday we got to know more about them and their key issues. This coalition of activists with experience of poverty (organizations and individuals) that share a common mission to achieve a…
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DAY 44, BUS 1: BELGRADE, SERBIA

Yesterday was a sober reminder of the struggles that many networks face in the fight for an adequate minimum income, particularly in countries where civil dialogue and defense of human rights are a continual challenge. We were warmly welcomed by the Serbian network and spent the afternoon in the heart…
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DAY 43, BUS 1: TRANSFER TO BELGRADE

Yesterday was a travelling day for Bus 1. We set off bright and early from Bucharest on the 12 hour road trip to Belgrade in Serbia with slight trepidation, having said our goodbyes to several of the bus team the night before over a beer in Belgrade’s beautiful old quarter.…
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