Hello, Hej, Hallochen,
I am currently in Salzburg, Austria, in the middle of my 10-country, 18 Deafblind lecture series.
I have been terrible about actually blogging here, because simply put, I can not juggle 10 or 15 websites which I regularly try to post information on. I mainly blog on Facebook and post videos on my Youtube channel (look up “tactiletheworld”. My poor eyes are simply too tired to jump on over here and I apologize for that.
However, the adventures of Coco will be shown in photo albums when this series is done, through links posted later on this site from Facebook.
I have done 1 lecture in Denmark, 4 in Sweden, 2 in Finland, 1 in Iceland, 1 in Salzburg, Austria and still have Vienna, Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, Portugal, the Netherlands coming up.
I will finally be home in Canada on July 28th!
I have met so many Deafblind people on my travels here. Many inspire me. Lifelong friendships created through tactile. Conversations of learning, living and loving between Deafblind people, Deaf people and I. What an amazing journey this has been.
Thus far, I would like to pay special thanks to these people…
Alda and Vivien Batory, Bo Haardell, Copenhagen Deaf Club 1866, Lotte Lind Hildrum, FDDB Denmark Deafblind Association and Dovasblindhuset (Deafblind house) of COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Mia Modig, Patrik Nordell, Joakim Adeby, Kitty Elovsson, SDR Stockholm Deaf Association, Tyst Teater National Silent Theater, Stockholm Deaf Blind Activity House, Mindy Drapsa, Goran Rydberg, Deaf interpreters, Pontus Degsell of the Swedish Deafblind Association, Sarah and more of STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Sanna Paasonen, Tuija Mustonen, Marita Barber, Philippa Sandholm, Sanna Lehti, WFD, Helsinki Deaf Club and its President Johan, Deaf interpreters Tarja and Marko, Kai Leihonen of Deafblind Program at Iris Blind Center, and more of HELSINKI, FINLAND
Hjordis Anna Haraldsdottir, Hafdis of the FJOLA Deafblind Organization, Aslaug and Sanedis Hjartarsdottir and their mother, Bryndis, Julia Deaf interpreter, Iceland Deaf association, and the Blind Apartments in REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Anne and Lothar Ravensberg, Sandra Gogol, Kirsten Meyer of Oldenburg and Bonn, Germany
Bernhard Kirschsteiger, Pamela Maringer, Ralf Grossbauer, Salzburg Deaf Association of SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Florian Gravogl and the Vienna Deaf Association of VIENNA, AUSTRIA
More thanks to come… but there is one more important THANK YOU to the organization that MADE IT POSSIBLE for me to come to Europe from Nepal, covering the costs of an expensive flight ticket and some other expenses that some Deaf associations could not afford. Moeder Catharina Fonds of Amsterdam, Netherlands, made it possible for me to do my lectures in Europe as well as for those associations that could not afford to have me do it for them.
Sending you love from the Untenberg Mountains of Salzburg, Austria.