The Balkan Route started from Turkey on the 28th of October and finished in Switzerland on the 9th of November. It covered 10 countries over 13 days. We met 2 presidents, did 7 marches, formed 3 peace signs, met numerous organisations and activists and spent about 70 hours in a bus.
32 people in all were on the bus, plus the 2 drivers and over this time many new friendships were made. We have laughed a lot on this trip. We have had unique experiences and been to places we probably would never have thought to visit.
Many people have made this trip possible and my personal thanks go to all of them, without writing down a long list of names for fear of missing someone vital off the list. The logistics (both in the host cities and on the bus), video, photography, organisation, materials and speakers have all been great and everyone has done their best to represent the highest values and ideals of the World March and its ethical charter.
Most of all, I think I speak on behalf of the team when I say a big thank you to all the friends in all of the cities and towns that we’ve been to over these day who have come out to support us. And I fully echo what Isabelle wrote previously.
Here’s a picture of the Balkan Team members.
From left to right:
row 1: Manu, Dino, Camilo, Giorgio, Marco, Paolo, Max, Stefano
row 2: Giorgio, Vincenzo, Michela, Stefano, Manuela, Patrizia, Roberto, Roberta
row 3: Stefano, Marco, Marina, Selvete, Tony, Mensur, Olga, Mikhail
row 4: Kostas, Vasiliki, Nikos, Evita, Violeta, Erato, Eduardo, Caner
As for me, I leave the World March until New York. I’ve spoken with Juha in the base team and he promises that he’ll start writing from Barcelona, so if he doesn’t write then please bombard him with e-mails!
And finally, thanks for everyone who has sent in comments about the blog and who like to keep up to date with what the WM is doing around the world. Your comments are a great encouragement to us all and are greatly appreciated.
With a big hug until New York,