Estonian traveler arrives in Shillong
FROM OUR REPORTER
SHILLONG, May 24: Meigo Mark, a traveler from Estonia, a small country from Northern Europe, has been travelling on foot for the last two years and two weeks and covered exactly 9000 Kilometer till Umiam Lake on May 22, this year.
“I started the tour from Estonia and travel exactly ten countries across Europe on foot not using any motor vehicle, buses, train, cycle, etc,” Mark said here adding that his journey has taken him through Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece.
“In Europe it took me more than four months and I covered more than 3000 kilometers and after this Turkey for more than three months and covered about 1600 kilometers. After that I travelled Iran, India and Nepal so far,” Mark said adding that he flew only one time from south Iran to Mumbai airport.
He also said that on reaching Mumbai he started his foot journey and travel about 1500 kilometers from Mumbai to New Delhi and from there and many other places in India and more than 300 kilometers to go to border near Nepal.
“After entering India again I continued travelling many other places in this Country and from Guwahati I walked for three days to reach Shillong covering exactly 9000 kilometers,” he said.
Informing that the longest walk in his trip has been of 54 kms, Mark said “Normally, I walk 25-35 kms every day.”
He further said that tomorrow he will travel towards Jowai and from there to Manipur and then he would enter Myanmar.
“These two years has been a privilege and in every country the local people have helped me a lot,” he shared.
“I have slept and lived now in more than 130 different homes with different families,” Mark said adding that he loves travelling and walking and meeting different people from different cultural backgrounds and belief.
He further said that he loves to compose music and also play a trumpet and piano himself.
Mark also visited Pine Mount School here in Shillong today and also spoke in the Morning assembly of the school.
“My future plan is to walk across 40-45 countries and I want to walk minimum the distance of the Equator (40,075 km) in total 9-10 years because then I have at least some kinds of ideas of how big or small our planet really is, and I can say that I have walked around the Earth,” he stated.