To the U.N. in New York
Wednesday june 18th 2014 my plane left for New York.
I was looking forward to that, eventhough i am not a citygirl, but they say you must have seen this busy ‘melting pot’ once in your life.
And that is absolutely true!
Reason was an invitation to attend at the 2nd Global Officials Of Dignity Awards at the U.N. as ambassadress for the beautiful peace organisation SPMUDA.
This was a chance to introduce ‘Voices 4 Animals & Children’ and our concept and schoolprogram!
I can advise you to fly directly to NY whenever you decide to visit this energetic city full of friendly people.
I made the mistake to buy a ticket with a stopover in Madrid..
I love Spain, but as a vegan it is utterly impossible to get anything without meat, or even without animalproducts at this airport.
But i found a large machine with juices and one of them a delicious veggiejuice, solved!
With waiting hours it took me almost 20 hours to get there..
At night i arrived in New York JFK, happy to be one of the fast people because i did not check in my lugage and was dying for a shower and some food!
Unfortunately i had to wait 2 hours for a taxi.
There were about 150 people in front of me also waiting..
Finally arrived in my hotel after a one hour trip and went to sleep.
The roomservice closed at 22.00 so no food, but a lovely bed!
The following morning when i opened the curtains discovered the fantastic view.
A blind wall, yeah!
Thursday june 19th had a brunch and went to a supermarket just across the road for some water and fruit..
My room was so incredibly cold nothing would have gone bad there lol..
After a walk around the area i prepared to attend at the first event.
A meet and greet at the South South News office at the 48th floor..
Not advisable when you have a fear of heights!
I met some beautiful young people there, gave them info about V4AC and what we stand for, and right away we had a connection.
Young ladies from Syria with a mission and they had worked in rescue camps and hospitals as volunteers, respect..
A few of them were vegetarian and even vegan, beautiful!
I met a lot of people there who i will introduce to you later in my journal.
What occured to me, and which was a joy and made me smile was that the buffet was filled with fresh vegetables and fruits and a little fish!
Obviously people are getting more and more aware of the importance of healthy and crueltyfree food.
I had several very positive conversations and am sure that i made at least a few people think.
Humanitarian summit at the Church Center Conference room U.N.
Beautiful people from all over the world, young and old, were holding a speech.
For humanity, about religion, pleading for peace and harmony, jobs etc..
I listened and learned, and their speeches were very impressive.
Claudine Mukamabano, who lost her whole family during the genocide in Rwanda and travelling the
world as a sole survivor, pleading for her organization that rescues orphans.
H. R. H. King Khoebaha Calvin Denver John Cornelius from the Royal House of the Khoisan and his right hand Ambassador Frank Siefert.
King Khoebaha spoke very emotionally about his people.
Michelle A. F. Kidwell, Chair, Archaeology Committee, the National Arts Club, who was leading the speeches.
His Imperial and Royal Highness prince Gharios, who had a fantastic speech and explanation about the worldproblems with religions.
Ambassador E. Watson, Ph.D, retired member of congress, and what a lady! She spoke about jobs, and got everybody’s respect.
Many more people were speaking, like a mayor from Nigeria who held a very emotional speech about the kidnapped girls in his country.
I gave my card, flyer and my cd and again i had conversations about the fact that we must give more attention to upbringing, education, information and awareness, and that healthy crueltyfree food is a must, for the animals, children, our health and the environment.
At night the Dinner Awarding and Gala at the United Nations Delegates Dining room.
At a table with HRH King Khoebaba, Ambassador Frank Siefert, HRH Prince Farid Benaddou Idrisi, the leader of our Dutch SPMUDA kabinet, and a few other people.
It was very well organised, everyone looked beautiful, and the music and food were fantastic and for me vegan and very tasty!
Compliments for the UN kitchen!
The show was amazing and there were a few emotional moments when the awards were handed out.
I met people from Africa, Rwanda, Jordan, Haiti, Dubai, China, Vietnam, Philippines, Netherlands, Syria and many more countries.
What was very positive for me is that everyone of them were very enthusiastic about the V4AC school program.
Because whatever we organise or try for humanity, it all comes to upbringing and education, that is where it all starts.
After the gala we went out with a lovely group of people for an afterparty.
Again i met some very interesting people from Pakistan and India.
I got many invitations, so will see what the next destination is going to be!
Breakfast of the Gods in the UN Millenium Plaza hotel.
Since i am not the breakfast type, i skipped this one.
Had an appointment with Charles Truenski, journalist, writer, interviewer, blogger and very dear friend who lives in New York.
He took me to a show from Ronald E. Giles, singer/actor in the Piano bar.
An amazing performance that i enjoyed from beginning to end..
Charles brought a friend, Kevin Scott Hall, an author who wrote an impressive book called ‘A quarter inch from my heart’.
Ofcourse he gave me a signed copy and i am reading it right now..
We had a lovely afternoon and a fantastic lunch in a vegan restaurant called ‘Zen Palate’.
Kevin had to leave for work, so i went for a drink and lovely chat with Charles.
He showed me Time Square, very busy and noisy!
Than we said goodbye and i went back to the hotel to pack my suitcase.
Waited till it was time to go to the airport and ofcourse found out when i arrived that i was far too early..
Ofcourse, because i always make mistakes with time when i am travelling..
Again i must say the New York people are extremely helpfull and friendly!
And on this airport i was able to buy some good vegan food.
The trip back home was exhausting.
It took me including waiting hours and stopover Madrid, more than 24 hours to get home.
But this journey was worth it and New York is a place to be and absolutely visit again.
But when that happens i will surely make time for some sightseeing.
The experience at the U.N. was one of a lifetime which i will never forget.
But it might be that i am going there again sooner than expected.