I will leave during the first months of 2004 from Carpi, for a journey approximately 20 months long. Moving towards the west, I will cross all 5 continents. Hereby is a brief list (not yet definitive) of the countries I'm going to touch: France, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Burma, India, Nepal, China, Mongolia, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Rep., Slovakian Rep., Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Rep.Congo, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain, France and back to Italy, to Carpi.
I will live on the road, sleeping in hostels, in a tent or in private houses when hospitality of people will make this possible. Mine will be a low budget journey for two basic reasons. The exceptional lenght is certainly one. The other one is that the real spirit of this initiative leaves little space for the superfluous. I will leave on foot, travelling without airplanes, moving only by public transport and whatever other transport is available.
So many times I have heard people recount episodes of their intercontinental flights, where the challenge, immensity and fascination of crossing an ocean is reduced to a simple, boring blue dot lasting 8 hours under the window of a plane. Too often I have listened to accounts of those who embark on flights in winter dress, only to disembark some hours later in Kenya, ‘where it was so hot...’. Too often I was told about the all-inclusive resort vacations spread throughout the Four Corners of the globe. It was always the same mundane stories about the quality of drinks and rooms and pools.
My choice here is to give back to time and space the importance they deserve. I want to discover the how and why of a reality that changes with the pass of each step, minute after minute, in its various contexts: human, social, cultural and natural. I want to move between one country and the next, knowing what exists and who lives there, without hurry to arrive. Because in reality the purpose of my journey is the journey itself, day by day. For this reason, I will cross the Oceans by cargo vessels, I will move across Russia on the Trans-Siberian railway, through Colombia on their dilapidated-looking buses, in France by merchant lorries, all the while with only a backpack and... the connection to the Internet.
During this journey I want to keep an on-line journal, a sort of “on-board diary”, updated on the respective country of sojourn whenever I have access to an Internet point.
It will contain the most eloquent pictures and a little page for considerations and curiosities of things that will occur to me travelling around the world. They will be authentic images and words of real life. I feel that writing is the only way to deliver my adventure to the future and to those who dream from home as I once did. There will be the smells, the tastes and the emotions of faraway lands. There will also be the enthusiasm for meeting someone interesting as well as the melancholy of a solitary moment or the description of marvellous places.
But most importantly, these pages will be filled with the spontaneity of a man who believed in his own dream, to the end.