The Mission - In a Nutshell
To travel to every country in the world and burn all my passports.
"What for?" you may ask. The answer is "To make a statement about the insanity of statehood. To make people realize how defining people according to the imaginary line they're born in, what's more, defining their radius of movement again according to that line is nothing but madness. To 'grow awareness', if you will, that we need to strike at the root."
I've done three round-the-world tours and see the world as mine. But I realized that some people of power block some parts of the world to me because of the place I was born. The hardest part of travelling was not overcoming the natural physical obstacles but the man-made fictional obstacles like visas and borders. I cannot finish the mind-blowing absurdities in the political world which everybody respects and takes seriously. Unfortunately, they've set up the world in such a way that you are dependent on them, them being states, and they made everyone believe their fictional story was factual.
I believed in them too. Back in 2001, starting my first round-the-world tour, I heard that we (the Turkish) did not need a visa previously but then there was a bombing in some embassy in Tanzania and allegedly a Turkish was involved in the case. I didn't think anything about it, I just went to the honorary consulate, paid my due and got my visa. It was only 14 years and about a hundred countries later I realized the absurdity of the way things worked. Basically, one guy did something bad and I need to pay a price just because I was born within the same imaginary line as he. Let's suspect all the people who happened to be born within the same boundary as that man. "From the baby in the cradle to the 80 year-old ladies, all people born within the same imaginary line as that bad guy are suspects from now on!" goes the firman. Yeah, right. Sounds pretty rational to me!
(Note: This is a sarcastic remark. In case anybody out there gets it as if I am saying it literally is rational.)
I know... It's politics. But you agree it's ridiculous the way I put it, and I put it the way it actually is. And we cannot let such ridiculous irrational stupidity rule our lives.
How can you expect justice in the world where Injustice starts at birth? There are endless absurd stories, citizenship needs to be redefined, we cannot let states claim our loyalty at birth, betrothing us without our consent. We need to end statehood.
Being "a member of the human race" holds no value in itself in the world we live today, it's your citizenship, it's your statehood, it's the nation state you belong to that has the value. Strip yourself of the sovereignty and the protection of a state, you are left naked as a jaybird, as bald as a coot, like a shag on a rock!
So even though I do not like keeping count of countries, I decided to travel to every country in the world so that afterwards I burn my passports to make a statement about this insanity of statehood. We should all be #Free2RoamTheWorldWeAreBornIn
Sponsor to End Birthplace Racism
People generally want to go somewhere, do something, and to get sponsors, they attach a meaning to it. Well, for me, it was the opposite. (I always seem to be doing things, seeing things in the opposite way.) I had the cause. I attached a mission to it to get attention. (Not that it's working! At least not until now. Not yet. But one day...)
The Endeavor is something much bigger: To somehow change the political system of the world, to put an end to the injustice at birth. To end the discrimination of people according to their birthplace. To #EndGlobal Apartheid.
If you'd like to be a part of this quest, Please join The League of Unreasonable Minds by signing in your name. If you would like to embark on this quest with me, you may follow my steps on Twitter or Facebook.
I'm also looking for someone to back me up on this project.
Just one patron, one that has the means and shares my ideas, would be enough.
I leave this message in a bottle to the Ocean of Internet for you to come and find me.
Some people see burning passports as a violent act, whereas in fact, it is a totally non-violent civil disobedience. Passport is just a paper, people of flesh-and-blood are dying or burning themselves in detention centers just because they hold the wrong passport. Helping save them one by one is not enough, we need to strike at the root and End Global Apartheid, End Birthplace Racism. Free2RoamTheWorldWeAreBornIn
What I want to do
I will be going to every country in the world only to burn my passports even if not a single soul in this world cares about it.
Yet, I'm sure there are people out there who care. I consider them as family. I'm curious as to how big a family I have. I would also like to meet my family members.
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What you can do
If you'd like to be a part of this endeavor and would like to put your finger in the pie, please contact me, use Patreon
or just click below to make a donation. Any money I may make apart from completing the mission would be donated to charities working for children and refugees.
December 12, 2018
Due to financial constraints, I am obliged to give a break to my mission to every country. So if you'd like this mission to continue, please chip in. Thank you.
November 24-26, 2018
Been to Algeria
November 21, 2018
Got my Algerian visa. Of course my husband got it and brought it to me.
November 15, 2018
My husband took the infamous "housewife certificate" to the Algerian Embassy. Apparently the clerk was happy and content when he saw the stamp. Oh as long as there is an official stamp! Who cares about logic and reason?
November 14, 2018
My husband talked me into paying for this imbecilic "housewife certificate" saying that these were the rules if I wanted to play this game. I actually do not wish to play such imbecilic games but I'll suck it up until I go to every country. I paid the 16 Euros. Then the woman behind the counter asked for one more euro. No need to state a reason no need to issue a receipt. They say pay and we pay it up, we are the sheeple.
November 8, 2018
Went to the municipality to get the "housewife certificate" and lost myself when they asked for 16 Euros for it. I said "I'm not going through this imbecility." Who is going to lie saying that she is a housewife? Why do I need to prove such a thing to go anyplace? Besides, this stamp is NO proof that I am a housewife but just that I am who I say I am on the paper and I declare myself to be a housewife. Dark humor
November 3, 2018
Went to the municipality to get the "housewife certificate", found out they are now closed on Saturdays
October 30, 2018
My husband provided a self-certification that I was a housewife. The embassy refused, saying they wanted the Italian government's stamp on it!
October 30, 2018
Applied for the Algerian visa. Was told that I had to provide a certification that I was a housewife!
September 1-8, 2018
Been to Madagascar
May 26, 2018
Right after midnight, bought tickets to Buenos Aires for the Antarctica trip. Going as a family
May 25, 2018
Right before midnight, bought tickets to Madagascar. Going as a family
May 8, 2018
Since I've been denied boarding going to Djibouti on December 1st, all my travel plans had been on hold. I went to Central Africa as it was already all planned, but I didn't feel like going any other place until this issue was resolved. Turkish Airlines, with its awful incompetent approach got me stuck. I was like a frozen computer that wouldn't budge no matter how many keys you pressed and how strong. I had filed a complaint through the bank issuing my credit card on the grounds that I didn't get the service I paid for. Today, I found out that money has been reimbursed in my account. I feel strange... Now what?
It would seem like I'd just jump back on my feet and start making new plans. But seriously, I don't feel like it. All this issue got me to loath travel.
I know I'll be getting back. I just need some more time...
February 7, 2018
Back to Rome from Luanda via Lisbon after visiting five countries in Central Africa
February 6-7, 2018
Been to Angola
February 5-6, 2018
Been to DRC Democratic Republic of Congo or Congo-Kinshasa
February 2-5, 2018
Been to RoC Republic of Congo or Congo-Brazzaville
February 2, 2018
Been to Gabon
January 25-30, 2018
Been to Cameroon
January 3, 2018
Went to the RDC Embassy for the visa. Left my passport and paid my due, but they said they won't be giving me the visa unless I have an invitation letter. Let's keep fingers crossed I can get it
January 2, 2018
Got the Congo visa
December 20-27, 2017
Been to Seychelles with family
December 15, 2017
Got the Angolan visa, applied for Congo visa
December 4, 2017
Applied for Angolan visa
Been to Seychelles
December 1, 2017
Denied boarding at Rome Airport to Djibouti because they have just cancelled VOA-Visa On Arrival 12 days ago. The visa on arrival practice had been going on for 20 years when they cancelled it without prior notice!
November 25-26, 2017
Been to Ivory Coast
November 10-11, 2017
Been to Burkina Faso
October 19-21, 2017
Been to Eritrea
October 14, 2017
Bought four tickets today: three one way and a return:
and a return to/from Djibouti
October 11, 2017
Got the Eritrean visa!
October 6, 2017
Got the Ivory Coast visa!
When Carlo went to the Cameroon Embassy to apply for the visa, he was told that the visa would expire within three months. As I have more than that to go there, it would be meaningless to get it now. But I'll be travelling in the meanwhile and would like to first secure the Cameroon visa so that I can apply for the others -Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Congos and Angola- that I plan to go from there. Pufff! Well, that's the way it is. Will have to wait till the end of the month.
Still no word from the Eritrean visa. Been 16 working days now. Hope I'll get it before my flight!
October 5, 2017
Bah! I was waiting anxiously for noon so that Carlo would call me. When I finally wrote a message asking "Eh?" he called saying he got suck in at work.
Now will have to wait one more day.
October 4, 2017
My Ivory Coast visa is supposed to be ready today. As always, Carlo was going to pick it up for me, but he called in sick. Of course I'm not going to Rome only for that, will now have to wait for tomorrow. Some more stress, tension rises.
October 2, 2017
Applied for the Ivory Coast visa. Ah, they make you get an appointment, but then, they still make you wait an hour and a half. So what was the point of the appointment?
Called the Eritrean Embassy to ask if my visa has arrived. Nopes. It's been 13 working days.
September 28, 2017
After dinner, Carlo paid my due to the Ivory Coast Embassy online and booked an appointment for Monday, October 2nd.
September 27, 2017
Called the Eritrean Embassy to check. Visa has not arrived yet.
September 26, 2017
Got the Burkina Faso visa!
September 25, 2017
Husbandish forgot about picking up my Burkina Faso visa.
September 24, 2017
Been searching this week. After much deliberation, discussion, tension with my husband, booked a voyage; not to a new country this time, but to the 7th continent. Been waiting for this for years
September 22, 2017
Was supposed to get Burkina Faso visa. But when my husband went there to pick it up, he was told, after waiting for half an hour, there has been a mix-up, have to wait for Monday.
September 21, 2017
I got a call from the Burkina Faso Embassy. They were saying I didn't give them the address of the hotel I was staying in. The man didn't want to wait for me to find and give him the address. Called husbandish to fix this for me. "They have it," he said. "It's among the papers handed to them."
Anyway, he called the embassy, it's settled.
September 19, 2017
My husband applied for Burkina Faso visa on my behalf. Takes 3 working days.
September 13, 2017
Applied for Eritrean visa. Takes 10-30 days to issue. Don't know what they do for that long!
Was returned from the Ivory Coast Embassy. Need to get an appointment and do much more paperwork.
I'll have to go back to Rome again because they want your fingerprints.
September 3, 2017
My husband called some embassies to get information on visas. The Eritrean Embassy said "We advise you not to buy tickets before getting the visa." Aha!
I have already bought it. Because that's what they all ask for the visa, a return ticket. So Eritrea was an exception, I learnt.
I don't know why Eritrea asks for a visa from Italians anyway.
September 2, 2017
Bought ticket to Mahe, Seychelles at night. Going as a family.
September 1, 2017
Bought ticket to Abidjan, Ivory Coast right after midnight.
Bought ticket to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at lunch time
August 31, 2017
Been spending the last three-four days again glued to the computer in search of flights.
Bought ticket to Asmara, Eritrea right after midnight.
Then, right before midnight, bought ticket to Yaounde, Cameroon
August 18-22, 2017
Been to Botswana
August 13-18, 2017
Been to Namibia
August 10-12, 2017
Been to Lesotho
August 9-10, 2017
Been to Swaziland
August 8-9, 2017
Been to Mozambique
August 3, 2017
Got the Mozambican visa. Good.
July 28, 2017
Applied for Mozambican visa. I mean husbandish did. It takes 7 working days, hope it will come on time.
Bought my return ticket from South Africa too. They want it for the visa.
July 27, 2017
Bought ticket for Maputo, Mozambique thinking "They will not not give me the visa, right?"
June 30, 2017
Been to Iraq
Or... Have I Been to Iraq?
June 15, 2017
Been to Azerbaijan
June 12-13, 2017
Been to Kuwait
June 10, 2017
Bought tickets for Iraq in the morning,
and in the evening for Azerbaijan
June 8, 2017
Been to Qatar
June 6-7, 2017:
Been to Kyrgyzstan
June 6, 2017
Been to Kazakhstan
Been to Cyprus
May 22-25, 2017
Been to Saudi Arabia.
Coming up Cyprus. Been to the North before, but that doesn't count. Hope will be making it to the South this time as I have an EU passport
May 16, 2017
After much anxiety, got the news that my Saudi Arabia visa was issued.
May 12, 2017
Flew to Istanbul. On the way home, left my papers at the company of a friend to apply for the Saudi Arabian visa
May 6-7, 2017
Been to Lebanon
April 24, 2017
Bought 7 flight tickets to go to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Kuwait. Spent the whole day trying to juggle dates and prices.
Base will be Istanbul.
April 23, 2017
Bought flight tickets to Jeddah and back from Medina.
Bought a ticket to Cyprus too.
April 21, 2017
Been searching for a way to get to Saudi Arabia for a week now. Checking agencies if I can arrange a group tour. No luck. Ramadan is about to start and they're busy. Plus, I cannot stay away for long leaving my daughter behind. Got so many contacts, but none can help. Finally wrote to a high school friend who does business there. He said he'd arrange it.
April 9-10, 2017
Been to Liechtenstein
April 1-2, 2017
Been to Montenegro
March 19, 2017
Got tickets for Beirut!
March 16-18, 2017
Been to Andorra
February 11, 2017
The next stop, Montenegro!
February 8, 2017
Next stop... Andorra!
January 11, 2017
Been to Haiti. If I may say so... Next stop?
We see soon
Nov 20- December 30, 2016
Been to 9 countries in the Caribbean:
St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Jamaica, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda.
Next stop... Haiti!
August 9-16, 2016
Been to North Korea too.
Next stop... Islands in the Caribbean!
May 31- June 1, 2016
Been to Romania.
Next stop... Pyongyang!