Our travels, People and Places

As always there never has been a dull moment with the time we spent on our travels. Heart stopping moments aplenty, the thousands of faces we see and the people we meet and all the smiles shared. These experiences for us is something we would remember and cherish for a long time to come.

Mother Teresa said these once: (a great woman with a big heart and one of the great ones who is my inspiration a lot of times)

-“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
― Mother Teresa

““Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa

Our travels almost every time brings us the unexpected. We just don’t know what we will see or who will be our teacher the next moment. It’s been a deep learning journey for us both.

With each and every person we meet its like peeling layers… (Andrew would quote Shrek at this point 🙂
The little girl on the side road with her grin, the families who invite us into their homes even though they have nothing, the care from these people are genuine. Person to person. (Yes there are some people who would be the flip side but let’s not go there hey)

It’s comforting to know and share this incredible bond in a crazy, mad world we live in. The need to balance and share and give back and helping one another, be it from us or the hundreds who have heard & read our stories we tell or the pictures we shared.

With what we do on our experience and encounters we try as much as possible to tell their story. A story that the world can connect to and with that reach back. A story that gives that little unknown kid a chance, the orphans who pretty much having to survive at the mercy of a hand to mouth existence, relying on a helping hand to get through or not;
and numerous other little ones who are depended on by their families to bring in whatever little income in help for the family on a day-to-day basis.

We try to listen, we do take lots of pictures of everything, sometimes risking ourselves, feeling we need to tell their story to the world, the little unknown ones whom nobody knows of and what they have to go through.

Poverty here is such a huge mess of a problem. People get all-in-all worked through just to get a $1 a day means to survive.
The orphanages rely so much on people’s mercy to feed the kids on a $1:50 per child budget a day, thereabouts.

Here we are pretty much known as the “Hello, How are you”s I know a little girl who asks her father, “Papi can I go to How are you house?” Aww “How are you” coz that’s what I ask every person who approach us.
And it has caught on… :)) People we walk past or children from way in the corner, when they see us they call out “Helllooooo!!! How are youuu?” and smiles and waves and we wave back. It’s just a simple but amazingly beautiful connection.

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
― Mother Teresa

It’s been a hard few weeks (solid busy & intense) but we keep doing what we can I guess… & keep sharing it out and it’s just a unique experience for us both.

Well……
I’m going to sleep now because it’s way past 2am in the morning but I leave you with this. …

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.” 
― Mother Teresa

Peace, Hope and so much love

Liz ❤️

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The Displaced People

Thousands of Refugees were evicted from their makeshift camps on Wednesday after the police here were ordered to clear and tear down their houses in the area, which is approximately 60 kilometers from Cox’s Bazar, to make way for tourism along the new Marine Drive Road.

The unregistered Refugee communities there have
been living in that area since the 1990s, after fleeing the ethnic persecution in their own country, Myanmar.

The area looked like a scene after a cyclone had wiped parts of the areas.
Families were seen with the portion of their belongings they picked from the piles of scraps from what was their home.
Mothers with the young children, staring bleakly at their torn down homes, trying to collect their small possession of some plastic sheets and sticks, some pots. The men folk working to put the huts back together for their families to have at least a cover above their heads to live in.

It’s a big blow to an already struggling group of people who have very little to make ends meet, a daily hand-to-mouth existence in this largely fishing community. Life is hard for them.

The fact that they fled and then got settled somewhat in another country, only to be at the mercy of the existing laws that do not do much for them either. The unregistered refugees do not receive much of the aid (if any) like the people in the camp who are helped with food rations and some medical support from UN & NGOs. They, pretty much like all the people in and around here have to keep struggling and keep strong to try and make it in life.

The push for better treatment and acceptance, of better accommodate , better support them is an ongoing struggle, there are thousands of people and much aid and other issues to try to work through.

Help in means of food aid, better education for the children and work skills training for the adults would be a good way to try to reach out.

Let’s try.

Liz❤️
Email: ttravelers2@gmail.com
Photos by Andrew #andrewdayphotography

#Refugeestruggles #Rohingya #Refugees #AppealForHelp #Hope

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