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What have we done to the world?

On Earth day (and every day) I want to spread awareness, to do everything possible to save mother earth, from our own harm. Doing a little part small or big, we can all do something to keep the earth clean, to protect the animals, to help the people!
Part of our F8 Lifestyle is to Fund, to be Philanthropist, giving, caring and F for Fulfillment, Wouldnt feel great to know we left the world a better place?
Sometimes it feels like only government or large corporations make a difference, but the truth is, that corporation needs us to survive if WE don’t support their practices or products. WE DO have control over the things we buy, deforestation can be reduced by using alternative products to wood,  how about avoiding plastic, there are millions of people living plastic free,  asking to only reduce the consumption, using cloth napkins instead of paper, eliminate the use of straws, use recycle bags when shopping, and many other ways,  we CAN make a change, is just hard to do it alone, but together we can make a change.

Would you take the challenge and join a meetup group in your area or create a new one with the purpose to remember Earth more often than April 22?

I picked the Earth song from Michael Jackson, lyrics and videos are rather painful, but for the occasion, I believe is a must to see it, this song is 20+  years old, and the question keeps sounding loud;

What have we done to the world!


Michael Jackson’s Earth song is rather painful, but it is a reminder of what is truly happening

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things that you said
We were to gain
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said were yours and mine
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying Earth, these weeping shores
Aah, ooh
What have we done to the world
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
This crying earth, these weeping shores
Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh
I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far
Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh
Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about apathy
(What about us)
Drowning in the seas
(What about us)
What about the promised land
Preachin’ what I believe
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
What about the greed
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about baby boy
(What about him)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
Do we give a damn
Aah, ooh
Aah, ooh
Songwriter: Michael Jackson

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More than a sandwich story in Milan

As much as I am passionate about roaming in airports and cruise ports and train stations, enjoying and wondering the dynamics of the travelers, there are a few things that for sure can take you out of your comfort zone.

Although I love traveling alone, mostly for my last minute change of mind, today I felt a little vulnerable being alone and the target for beggars  in a European Train Station,

This lady beggar was probably between 55 or 60 years old perhaps, I could not tell her ethnicity, I was seating in front of Juice Bar restaurant, the train station was very cold, so I sat cozily under the heaters,  eating a delicious and warm sandwich, after 2 bites, this lady approached begging for a piece of bread, to me and to the other group of people eating right beside me. she would not move and kept asking for a piece of bread, she kept saying “a piece of bread please, please ” needless to say I couldn’t swallow any more bites, Also due to the fact that her finger pointing my sandwich was less than an inch away from it, I decided to offer her the whole bread, Poor lady I thought, maybe she hasnt eat in days, so I lifted my delicious long sandwich and offered to her, she looked at it, and to my surprise she doesn’t accept it and say: is that fish?

I am not joking,

I go no, just take it, is not fish.

She put her fingers on it and would not take my bloody sandwich!!


A few minutes go by, sandwich in hand and lady keep begging and saying she wanted fish and not accepting it.

The girl in next table, let’s call her “kind lady” starts to talk to her,  despite all her friends telling her not to,

So this kind lady tells her, there is no fish sandwich, beggar insisted, yes yes fish sandwich. Kind lady grabs her purse, stand up and say “I will buy you the sandwich” and then the moment of truth, the beggar said, no no I’ll buy it, give me one euro please, please!

By then I have already left the sandwich. Grab my bags and started walking away.


I felt deceived, angry, aggravated and what is worse hungry!

How can we read through people that reach out for help?

How do we know if they are really hungry?


Aren’t we supposed to help the needy?

My journey in  the station and interaction with people wanting money did not finish there, all this while you hear loudly in the speakers “be aware of pickpockets”. I manage to continue my train journey back to my next hotel.

I totally believe that we must work to earn every euro/dollar, I gladly help someone selling flowers or water because at least they are making the effort instead of just extending a hand, and the truth is that I work and sweat every dime I earn.

I know this is not a singular story perhaps happens to you all the time, and by any means, this will stop me from keep traveling,

I just can’t stop wondering How should I react next time?

are stories like these, the reason why most people just ignored them?

What would you do?

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