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Daily Journals
During the expedition we will live to see a lot of adventures. Interested in how we live through this expedition and how we managed to succeed in our plans. Here you can read our daily adventures! Enjoy!
  / / Zaterdag 20 September 2003
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SOS-Children Village Varanasi
After a few dry pieces of toast and a greasy omellete we take a autorickshaw to visit the SOS village of Varanasi.

We have been looking forward to another visit because it has been a while since our last visit and they all have been a wonderful experience. We welcomed with open arms by one of the volunteers of the village. We explain her a bit more about the purpose of the journey as we had only spoken to her briefly over the phone. Then we ask her if we can see the village, meet some of the mothers and see the facilities.

On the way to an elementary school she explains us all about SOS in India. India has at this moment 34 villages. An enormous amount of 15000! Children use the SOS facilities in India in the form of education, food aid and medicalfacilities. Earthquakes and other natural disaster but also domestic violence and re-marriage are the main reason children are left behind on the street and end-up in SOS villages.

When we arrive at the elementary school the children are delighted to see two blond westerners. They all start singing and some come running up to us and clamp on our legs!
At this moment we melt! Then we meet Banoushi. She is the only child in the village that was left behind in front of the gate. SOS searched for the parents for a long time but could not locate them. Then they decided to place her in one of the families. Banoushi appeared to have an earproblem and could not hear proparly.With the help of SOS she received medical care and underwent a few operations. Now she can partly hear again and with the aid of a hearinmg devise. There is a good chance that within time she can regqain full hearing! Banushi looks very happy and at home.She lives here for three years now!

Then we visit Mother Santha. She work in the village for already 21 years now and has raised up to 25 children. She invites us in her house and while enjoying a cup of tea we ask her about her work. She tells us that all the children are in her heart and that she loves every single one of them. Some of them have become artists and docters she sais. Then she is silent for a while and suddenly a tear rolls down her face as she starts crying. We wonder if we have done anything wrong and look at her. Then she explains that she is 56 and that 58 is the retiring age for mothers in the village. But all she wants to do is raise some more children. She believes its her mission and she wants to continue with it.... At this point we all feel sorry and we ask her what happens with the children.
SOS makes sure that the children are 16 when the mother retires. At this age the children move out of the house anyway to a youth house. Ofcourse she will stay the mother of all the children she raised but now they will live on their own.

We receive a big hug from Santha and walk towards the SOS-school next to the village. In the village live around 200 children but around 1200 children from the neighbouring villages use the schools facilities. These are all children from parents who have such a low income that they cannot afford education. The philosophyu behind this is to give the children proper education to give them a chance in live and also to give them a supporting function at home as they will bring the knowledge home. In one of the classes one of the children asks if she can sing for us. Before we know it half the class stands up and sings as best as they can.

The village, the school, the children and the mother have again made an everlasting impression on us. Whether it is Turkey, Pakistan or India (all with other cultures and believes) we know that SOS stands for one thing. Every child, where ever in the world, deserves the right to a home and a mother that looks after them. But what we have also learned is that SOS stands for much more. Education of poor children, rural education projects, help in times of natural disaster and war stiken area’s and food aid. This can only be done with the help of the west. The land for the villages are donated by the government but the rest needs to come from you and me! We know one thing for sure.. your money will be well spent... very well!
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14/04/2003   Reïncarnation
16/04/2003   Bullbar in progress
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21/04/2003   Easter eggs!
22/04/2003   Vaccinations
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13/05/2003   Camera training and stickers on the bus!
15/05/2003   shop till you drop
16/05/2003   packing and cleaning
17/05/2003   Departure time!
18/05/2003   Internet in Paris
20/05/2003   The man with the golden heart
21/05/2003   drivetheplanet meets the Arc The Triomphe!
22/05/2003   CHAMPAGNE!!!
23/05/2003   Champagne part 2
24/05/2003   Worldchampion snoring
26/05/2003   La Route Napoleon
28/05/2003   The neighbour and the gorges du verdon
30/05/2003   Towards the mother of all grand prix, Monaco
01/06/2003   Menton
02/06/2003   Oldtimer Love & Italia
03/06/2003   Bugfeast and back in time!
04/06/2003   Verona
06/06/2003   Romantic Venice on a budget
07/06/2003   Route decisions
08/06/2003   Costa!
09/06/2003   Romance galore!
11/06/2003   With the bus on the ferry to greece!
12/06/2003   Ignition problems in Patras
13/06/2003   Olympia
14/06/2003   Nafplio
15/06/2003   Nafplio citadel
16/06/2003   Driving in Athens,
18/06/2003   Pickpockets!
19/06/2003   Free camping and the naked shower
20/06/2003   Free camping how it is...
21/06/2003   The oracle of Delphi
23/06/2003   Climbing at Meteora
24/06/2003   Flying carpets and James Bond
25/06/2003   The weather gods
27/06/2003   Climbing Mt Olympus
29/06/2003   The one shoe clan
01/07/2003   Small Ville
02/07/2003   Bordercrossing wýth Turkey
05/07/2003   Istanbul, gateway to the orient
06/07/2003   The Sultan Revenge
07/07/2003   Our first visit to a SOS-Childrens Village
09/07/2003   Turkish Hospitality
11/07/2003   Entertain us!
12/07/2003   Surfing adventure with the bus
13/07/2003   Kiskalesi
14/07/2003   Honeymoonen in Cappadocia.
15/07/2003   Moonwalking
16/07/2003   Kapadokya Balloons
17/07/2003   The road to Erzurum
18/07/2003   Latest Fashion News
19/07/2003   Camera Lost!
21/07/2003   Elles in a turkish bathhouse
22/07/2003   Our Iranian Visa
23/07/2003   The walking toilet
24/07/2003   Roadblocked
25/07/2003   Overlanders & car update
26/07/2003   Iran!!
27/07/2003   Freecamping at Elgoli
28/07/2003   Takht e Soleiman
29/07/2003   Mister Talkveryfast
31/07/2003   Stuck in Tehran
01/08/2003   Waiting and waiting
02/08/2003   Meeting the ambassador of Pakistan
03/08/2003   Soup
05/08/2003   The holy shrine
06/08/2003   Hubble Bubble
07/08/2003   Hotel Abassi
09/08/2003   Sandtornado!
10/08/2003   Yazd
12/08/2003   Car trouble remains
13/08/2003   Problemsolvers!
14/08/2003   Persepolis
15/08/2003   Wedding proposal
17/08/2003   Pakistani desert storm
19/08/2003   Road to Quetta
20/08/2003   A thousand images
21/08/2003   broken fuel line in tribal area
22/08/2003   The river wild!
23/08/2003   The long haul to Lahore
24/08/2003   The prophets underwear
25/08/2003   SOS-Children’s Villages Lahore
26/08/2003   Bizar flagceremony at border
27/08/2003   The golden temple
28/08/2003   Sweating
29/08/2003   King Kong Michael
30/08/2003   Michel & The palmreader...
01/09/2003   FReak Travellers
02/09/2003   Shitloads of toiletpaper
03/09/2003   To the heart of the Himalaya
04/09/2003   Holy cows and crazy horses
05/09/2003   High Altitude
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
06/09/2003   Desperate measures
07/09/2003   Cloudwalking
08/09/2003   Drivetheplanet on Indian Television
09/09/2003   Michael Knight
10/09/2003   Holy men and Yoga!
12/09/2003   Titanic
13/09/2003   A dead mans visit
14/09/2003   A hospitals emergency ward
15/09/2003   Car Damaged!
16/09/2003   a baby friendly hospital
17/09/2003   A difficult decision
18/09/2003   A burning sensation
19/09/2003   A dead man floating
20/09/2003   SOS-Children Village Varanasi
21/09/2003   The masterpiece of India
23/09/2003   Return to the Golden Temple
24/09/2003   30.000 meals
25/09/2003   Mister Daniels
26/09/2003   A Pakistani press conference
27/09/2003   A Pakistani wedding part 1
28/09/2003   Mister Daniels Part two
29/09/2003   A Pakistani wedding part 2
30/09/2003   Kasur!
01/10/2003   Leaving Lahore
02/10/2003   Return to the tribal area’s
03/10/2003   The horsemarket incident
04/10/2003   Guns of the Khyber Pass
05/10/2003   Inside an Afghan refugee camp
06/10/2003   Too much in a weeks time
07/10/2003   Very much lucky
09/10/2003   Into the himalayas
10/10/2003   It’s a strange night after all
11/10/2003   Changing weather conditions
12/10/2003   sunbathing on top of the car
13/10/2003   Cheap Chocolate Milk
14/10/2003   Nerve wrecking moments
15/10/2003   Gilgit to Hunza
16/10/2003   Waiting for the Japanese Ambassador
17/10/2003   Stonethrowing kids
18/10/2003   Invited by the Major of Gulmit
19/10/2003   What a wonderful world
21/10/2003   A personal benny
22/10/2003   Driving into China
23/10/2003   Sweet and Spicy China
24/10/2003   Lord of the ringtones
25/10/2003   Sleeping in the park
26/10/2003   Raiders of the lost Arch
27/10/2003   Animals everywhere
28/10/2003   Sometimes it is nice...
29/10/2003   A thousand buddha caves
30/10/2003   UFO¡¯s (unidentified food objects)
31/10/2003   Operation Desert Storm
01/11/2003   SOS Urumqi a warm hearted family
02/11/2003   The deserted city of Jiaohe
03/11/2003   Adoring the mummy...
04/11/2003   A Hidden Juwel
05/11/2003   Boring can be beautiful
06/11/2003   An impressive day at Dunhuang
07/11/2003   Mayhem on the road
08/11/2003   The end of the Great Wall
09/11/2003   First aid after an accident
10/11/2003   Elles, the Noodle Queen
11/11/2003   A difficult decision to make
12/11/2003   The public toilet of Ta-er Si
13/11/2003   Heaven on earth
14/11/2003   the screaming monster
15/11/2003   Foodpoisened!!
16/11/2003   Foodpoisening continues
17/11/2003   Wanna massage?
18/11/2003   The Terracotta Army, real or fake
19/11/2003   Shit happens
20/11/2003   Go see the doctor
21/11/2003   Communism of the past
22/11/2003   Crossing the yellow river
23/11/2003   Stepping back in time
24/11/2003   Raise the Red Lantern
26/11/2003   BEIJING, WE MADE IT
27/11/2003   Mao has gone commercial
28/11/2003   The pressconference
30/11/2003   Temple of heaven and the rubber lady
01/12/2003   The last village
02/12/2003   Shipping the car back home
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