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Waldemar Grabka - Travel Reports from the Peace Ride

 

Waldemar Grabka - Travel Reports from the Peace Ride


ˇˇˇThe route of The Great Millenium Peace Ride by bicycleˇˇˇ


Waldemar Grabka - a friend of mine has got the 2nd prize of The Globetrotter of The Year 2000 Content in Poland. He went by bicycle from Poland to Japan, together with the other members of the Great Millenium Peace Ride.

This travel reports are currently available only in Polish

Granica pakistańsko-indyjska, 09.10.1999

Witam ponownie,

Dzisiaj powinniśmy być już w Indiach, ale rano zamarudziliśmy trochę ze wstawaniem, potem przedłużył nam się pobyt w gazecie, która zaprosiła nas na wywiad, jeszcze jakieś ostatnie zakupy w Lahore, jakieś jedzenie i na granicę dotarliśmy dopiero o 17.00. Wiedzieliśmy, że w krajach azjatyckich granice często zamykane są po zachodzie słońca i otwierane dopiero następnego dnia rano, ale regulacje pakistańsko-indyjskie okazały się szczególnie ostre i okazało się, że granica czynna jest tylko między 9.30 a 14.30. Nie pozostało nic innego, jak czekać do następnego dnia. W sumie nie ma tego złego, co by na dobre nie wyszło. Zaraz przy granicy ma swoje stoisko z książkami taki dziadek dość dobrze mówiący po angielsku. Zarabia on na chleb, skupując książki od turystów, którzy po przeczytaniu już nie potrzebują zbędnego balastu i sprzedają je po bardzo atrakcyjnych cenach następnym turystom. Niezły pomysł! Szczególnie duży jest wybór przewodników i map. Wyobraźcie sobie moją radość, kiedy znalazłem polski przewodnik PASCALA o północnych Indiach. Mam więc lekturę na dzisiejszy wieczór i może dowiem się czegoś nowego na temat specjalnych zezwoleń, jakie są wymagane na wjazd do północno-wschodnich prowincji (Asam) graniczących z Birmą. W Delhi będziemy próbować załatwiać te zezwolenia (podobnież jak wizę do Birmy), chociaż z tego co wiem, nie jest łatwo. Mamy jednak nadzieję, że z pomocą UNESCO damy sobie radę. Zobaczymy...   Dołączam również list, który został rozesłany do kilku gazet w Indiach, informujący o idei rajdu i jego dotarciu do tego kraju. Podobnie czyniliśmy w innych państwach, organizując potem konferencje prasowe. W ten sposób informacja w mediach w krajach, przez które przejeżdżamy, jest całkiem niezła i zdarza się, że ludzie rozpoznają nas na ulicy.   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Press Release, October 7, 1999

PEACE RIDE IS COMING TO INDIA

10 bicyclist going to meet the New Millennium and carrying the message of Peace to Hiroshima are on their way to India. They plan to cross the border and arrive to Amritsar on Sunday, the 9 October.   The idea of cycling around the world was initiated by a small international group of cyclists in Athens, Greece, in 1993. During that travel they saw many people suffering from the war, religious and ethnic oppression, famine and catastrophes. Thinking that every human-being could and should do something in his/her country contributing to the good will of the whole world, they decided to cycle around the world and make their efforts for peace and better understanding.   The Great Millennium Peace Ride (GMPR) is a UNESCO supported event now represented by 10 riders from 6 countries: three Lithuanians - Sigitas Kucas (physicist, 48 years old, the leader of the group), Edvardas Zizys (economist, 63 years old), Goda Ciplyte (philologist, 32 years old), two Italians - Carlotta Dall'aglio (secretary, 24 years old) and her friend Piercarlo Marin (wood artist, 27 years old), two Poles - Slawomir Platek (mechanic of electronics, 21 years old) and Waldemar Grabka (student of management, 26 years old, a Croatian girl - Ancica Komljenovic (student of physical training, 28 years old), Manuel Monsalvo from Mexico (26 years old) and Walter Ramon from Peru (32 years old). Representing different cultures, traditions, beliefs and nations, the Peace Ride is an example of peaceful cross-cultural coexistence.   

The peace marathon started 14 months ago - on 6 August 1998 in Seattle (USA) and will end on the 1 January 2000 in Hiroshima, Japan. Making 26.000 km by bike through 45 world countries allows the riders to get closer to the people, better understand the culture, history and problems of the countries visited, and pass the message of peace and friendship along the way. The marathon is an action for all the people of the world to think about our future - the new millennium - a hope for a safer and better life. The riders carry a symbolical 40 meters long Peace Banner, in which they invite the people of good will and those who support peace ideas to write wishes or greetings for the next millennium. The President of the Republic of Lithuania was the first one to sign the Peace Banner. He wrote - Take the greetings of our people to every nation you will pass.   Another goal of the ride is to promote the modern means of communication - a tool that helps to build democracy and understanding. The group has Latitude - a portable Dell computer, given by the Lithuanian company Ars Computandi, therefore is able to communicate with the whole world as well as to send information and photos about the travel to the Web site www.peaceride.org created by French company La Generale Multimedia Sud. DHL, another sponsor of the ride, facilitates the immediate delivery of regular video reports to the National Television Channel in Lithuania, the country organising the marathon.   

An open event, Peace Ride welcomes everybody to join marathon for at least a few kilometres. Everybody who is interested can mail to riders at sigitas@gmpr.lt More than 600 cyclists already took part in this challenging marathon, which during one year covered more than 20 thousand kilometres through 38 countries of North and South Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. Their route across India will go through Amritsar, Ambala, Delhi, Siliguri, Gauhati, Imphal and last till the end of October. Then GMPR group should continue the trip across Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, China and Japan.   In Europe the ride visited the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, and joined cycling events in Lima, Brussels and Amsterdam, towns of Poland, while in Lithuania the ride was received by the President of the Republic of Lithuania and the Chairman of the Parliament.   "In Mexico, Peru, Ghana, Poland, Lithuania, Byelorussia, Greece, Jordan and other countries we received a lot of attention - local authorities, journalists and television welcomed us in every town. However, the most important is the help of common people, which we meet every day. It makes our trip successful", said Sigitas Kucas, the leader of GMPR. Cycle Into the Great Millennium Peace Ride (You can still participate!) 

Bicycle riders from many nations assembled Thursday, 6 August 1998, at Westlake Park in Seattle to begin a 17-month, 20,000-mile journey for peace. The colorful kickoff ceremony was assisted by the International Bicycle Fund.   Sigitas Kucas, a Lithuanian physicist and the trip leader, said: "In every city that we visit, from Seattle to Buenos Aires and from Amsterdam to Shanghai, we plan to hold a ceremony to spread our message. We want to draw attention to the growing threat to all of us due to wars and environmental pollution. We want to foster common human values - and, of course, we plan to promote the bicycle as the most healthy and environmentally friendly means of transport."   If you are anywhere along the route and want to meet them, assist them or join them for a day, a week or a month, please contact the Sigitas at sigitas@gmpr.lt

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