A map with many flags

Visiting a bookshop is always inspiring. Last year I found a very interesting map that You can use to pin the countries and cities You have been visiting. Coming back from South East Asia I bought some more pins and this is the final result:

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Europe is full of pins. You know, I live in Italy and it is easy to travel with low cost airlines.

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I have been in USA many times, for business and pleasure, plus Mexico and Canada.

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My South America is only Brazil, at least for now.

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That’s the final results of my last trip: 6 countries in 8 weeks.

There is still plenty to explore.

54 is the magic number

Updating my Couchsurfing profile I discovered I have visited more than 50 countries! The right number is 54. This is the complete list:

Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam.

What’s next? I would like to add Iceland and Russia to (almost) complete my European list plus a few more countries in South East Asia and Central America. I could do it in the next couple of years, maybe.

In my 2016 agenda I have only one international trip left, for now: New York City. I can’t complain, right?

Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight, and I give him great credit. Yet I’m not sure this is what is commonly meant by the film of a director, or auteur. Its authorship and ownership owe so much to Hardy (it was the film that established him, beyond Bronson or The Dark Knight Rises, as a major figure), but it also springs from the technology of automobiles, recording instruments, and the subsequent solitude. No film I’ve seen in recent years is more eloquent on where we are now, and on how alone we feel. There is little left but to watch and listen. A great change has occurred: once masses watched a movie together; but by now we have only our screens as company.

First, I highly recommend to watch Locke.

Second, I agree with the last quote.

From: How to watch a movie.

It has been a long time…

Tomorrow I will start a new year. Why tomorrow? Because I have been busy traveling during last 8 weeks and now I back to business. After traveling in South East Asia I am back in Italy with many new friends, lots of good experince and more.

Fuck SEO, fuck business goals. I want this blog to be a open conversation with people I care around the world and people who care about me and my topics. I don’t care how many will read it. My goal is to write, day by day, a open diary about what I learn, what I do (in public) and how I improved my life and myself. Maybe it will not be daily, maybe I will blog more, who knows?

What I want is to reopen this space so we can have a conversation in a space that is completely mine, not Facebook, not Twitter, not anywhere else.

You are welcomed to jump in the conversation anytime You have anything interesting to add.

At the end of 2014 I started to meditate for 10 minutes everyday. Believe me, it is the best way You can improve Your daily life spending only 10 minutes a day. I would like to explain You why but one the best way to understand it is reading a short ebook: The art of stillness. You will love it. Here You will find 7 quotes I pasted from my notes.

With machines coming to seem part of our nervous systems, while increasing their speed every season, we’ve lost our Sundays, our weekends, our nights off—our holy days, as some would have it; our bosses, junk mailers, our parents can find us wherever we are, at any time of day or night. More and more of us feel like emergency-room physicians, permanently on call, required to heal ourselves but unable to find the prescription for all the clutter on our desk.

To hurry around trying to find happiness outside ourselves makes about as much sense as the comical figure in the Islamic parable who, having lost a key in his living room, goes out into the street to look for it because there’s more light there.

We glimpse a stranger in the street, and the exchange lasts barely a moment. But then we go home and think on it and think on it and try to understand what the glance meant and inspect it from this angle and from that one, spinning futures and fantasies around it. The experience that lasted an instant plays out for a lifetime inside us. It becomes, in fact, the story of our lives.

everything is moving. It’s beautiful.” Clouds and blue sky, of course, are how Buddhists explain the nature of our mind: there may be clouds passing across it, but that doesn’t mean a blue sky isn’t always there behind the obscurations.

still, reminding them that, if nothing else, it’s been found by scientists that meditation can lower blood pressure, help boost our immune system, and even change the architecture of our brains. This has no more to do with religion or any other kind of doctrine than a trip to the (mental) health club might.

Setting an auto-response on my e-mail, turning off the TV when I’m on the treadmill, trying to find a quiet place in the midst of a crowded day (or city)—all quickly open up an unsuspected space.

You can go on vacation to Paris or Hawaii or New Orleans three months from now, and you’ll have a tremendous time, I’m sure. But if you want to come back feeling new—alive and full of fresh hope and in love with the world—I think the place to visit may be Nowhere.