As a volunteer with Medical Volunteers International, an organisation working across three areas in Greece to help bring medical care to the refugees there, I have first hand experience of the problems faced by refugees.
People think itâ€™s crazy to live like a nomad. You may have the world as your living room, but essentially youâ€™re homeless. At least thatâ€™s how the detractors see it.
Is it so crazy to live life on the road? Or, is it actually crazy to spend a fortune to live in a place like The Flats at Rosemary Square where people spend up to $2,000 a month only to live worse than if they were in the Third World?
Travel is such a personal thing, and we all have our reasons for wanting to jet off abroad. For some, itâ€™s a chance to relax and take a break from the daily grind. For others, itâ€™s a chance to learn more about different places in the world. Some people love to travel to attend festivals celebrating music, religion and art- and others will want to find out more about culinary dishes across the world. If you travel often, chances are you love going away for all of the above reasons! If youâ€™re thinking of ideas for your next getaway, here are some recommendations based on the kind of break youâ€™re after.
We have been throwing coins into fountains for as long as we have had fountains to throw coins into. The main reason for this is that water is required for life, therefore, statues of Gods were often found near wells/water sources turning them into shrines.
Ahead of me, I could see something stumbling across the road. Unsteady on its feet and squeaking. A tiny tabby kitten, hungry and alone. Or so I thought. I scooped her up and held her tight to soothe her and let her know it was going to be alright. Against a wall lay another kitten, ginger, lying still, limp and completely covered with ants. The were no signs of life until I gave him a gentle nudge. He gasped and fell still again. I brushed away the ants and held him with his sister and tried to give them some water.
Okay, so donâ€™t judge too harshly. Donâ€™t worry â€“ Iâ€™m not one of those flashpacking types! Neither am I the sort of girl who would rather do one month of luxury travel instead of six months â€śslummingâ€ť it in various countries. Quite simply, no traveller has lived until they have spent a night in an Indian sleeper! All the same, I donâ€™t enjoy calling people for the way they like to experience new things. At least they are getting out of England and seeing the world. If anything, I see their point of view. So, even with the nagging fear Iâ€™ll get excommunicated by the community, hereâ€™s my case for a bit of R&R.