My many adventures

Hi Folks, sorry I deleted my paragraph where I tell you all about all the places I've been to.
I'm blessed since surviving breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I want to visit.
I've been to Scotland, England, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & SulcukEphesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...
Debbie


BLOG POST OF THE MONTH: APRIL 29, 2017

Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband went to their beautiful honeymoon to Calabogie Lodge in Ontario. The resort was all wood interior with two bedrooms and the master suite with a bed so big. Glad they enjoyed their first vacation ever! His brother loaned them his BMW which drove like a dream.

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.

I had my annual cancer check up and everything was great! It makes me so happy unfortunately, my doctor had to retire due to illness and I am trying to get a family doctor. It is horrible when you don't have someone who looks after you and knows you.

So looking forward to the summer with fresh air & warm summer nights. Spring here is pretty good too.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from SiteHoundSniffs.com which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks friends,

Debbie

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Colombia - Witness For Peace 2006

During 2006, I was fortunate to go to Colombia on a Witness for Peace tour to meet with Afro-Colombians, Indigenious & Wayuu People, with NGOs,  Community leaders and the US Embassy.  We also met with leaders from the Cerrijon Mine to discuss our concerns surrounding the Northern Department La Guajira of the country where the Mine is and where the many communities were destroyed to make way for expansion of the Mine. 

This was the most incredible eye opener for me.  Three of us from Nova Scotia were part of the delegation.  Bogota is elevated so high that we had to ensure we drank lots of water to prevent severe headaches.  The city was so awesome, but the army with their machine guns and oozes were so scary, especially along the street, at bus stops and the shopping centres.

The funny thing for me was I had wanted toast and regular eggs for the 12 days we were there and the finally the day I found them was in my own hotel!  Boy it was a great breakfast before I left for the airport to come back home.

The people we met, the NGOs we visited told almost incomprehensible stories of abuse, disappearances and killings.  The treatment of people in communities that the Mine wanted for expansion was horrible.  We visited Soacha, on the out shirts of Bogota.  It wasn't the poorest place, but a close last for poverty.  No running water, sewer running down the hills, houses or make shift houses built up steeps hills, no schools except for the volunteers who would open a small place but the people were so awesome! 

Young girl in Soacha, Bogota, Colombia

Soacha

Soacha, Colombia

Beautiful girls in Soacha!


These concrete steps led up to the UN Building in Soacha

Steep hills with sewer running down in Soacha

I knew when we got back to our home cities, we had to do something for the many people who needed international support.  My own province of Nova Scotia used the coal from the world's largest open coal pit mine, so there began my quest.  I was also fortunate that many supporters against the coal industry were working to get our government and the users of coal to put pressure on the Mine for humanitarian needs, relocations for the forced closures of whole communities and for the workers who were negotiation their first Collective Agreement.

We met the community of Tabaco and others to hear 1st hand what they experienced and how they were treated by the Mine and the military.  US gives approximately 2 Billion to Colombia for the military against the war on drugs.

Our Hotel in La Rocha.  No air conditioning and only a ceiling fan. 

La Rocha Wharf

Small community on way to visit Affected Mine Communities.  We had the army look at us and later they followed us and ask the men to step off the bus and looked at their passports (sometimes viewed them up side down) It was just their way of trying to intimidate us, but it didn't work.  We were on our way to visit some communities and witness their stories.

What it is now, abandoned villages.

Place where Town of Tabaco want to relocate

We slept in home made hammocks at La Cruz. These are handmade hammocks.

The massive Cerrejon Mine

La Cruz - What communities looked like before the Mine took over them
I am proud to say, we did put the pressure on Nova Scotia Power, New Brunswick Power and on our government, but many in New England still use the Mine coal.  Each year, Witness for Peace (WFP) have delegations going to Colombia and other South American countries to witness and speak to the people and communities to help make a difference in our own countries trade policies.  You can too.  Never stop helping, never stop caring, together we all make that difference between democracy and freedom from suppression and fear.  We can help those hungry, especially the children who need outside help so they too can know what it's like to go to school or to bed without being hungry.

Check out Witness for Peace and sign on to a Peace Tour with them.  You would never regret it.  I am hoping to make another tour with them next year.  This year, I have too much other travel to do.  But I made friends to these incredible people and I will go back.