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August 2014

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  • A new plan for a ride in the west coast of Scotland

    What do you think about this plan?
    any suggestion for CouchSurfers or Wild Camping areas?
    Km Miles Time real time
    27/08/2014 Thurso Ulapool 223 138.55 04:00 05:19
    27/08/2014 Ulapool Torridon 137 85.12 02:30 03:19
    28/08/2014 Torridon Applecross 44 27.34 01:00 01:19
    28/08/2014 Applecross Isle of Skye 65 40.38 01:15 01:39
    28/08/2014 Isle of Skye Kyle of Lochalsh 80 49.70 01:30 01:59
    29/08/2014 Kyle of Lochalsh Fort William 200 124.26 03:00 03:59
    29/08/2014 Fort William Glen Coe 30 18.64 00:30 00:39
    29/08/2014 Glen Coe Glasgow 146 90.71 02:00 02:39
    925 574.70 15:45 20:56

  • Scotland: a dress-reharsal for the Journey of Dreams

    This year I will leave the UK and start wandering around the world with my Milwaukee ‘tractor’ (an Harley-Davidson Sportster).
    Before engaging in this new life adventure I want to discover Scotland which unfortunately I never had the chance to visit in my six years in Britain.

    My travel through Scotland will be between Saturday the 16th of August and Monday the 1st of September 2014

    This will be a kind of dress-reharsal for what is going to be my new life-style very soon…. 

    The objective of this ride across Scotland is to discover the natural beauties of that fantastic and magical land, I will appreciate your help in discovering hidden paradise, the story these places, plus I will try to do a photographic documentary.

    I will depart from London on Saturday the 16th of August. The first stop will be in Liverpool then I’ll ride a couple of days through the Lake District, and once I will reach Edinburgh and enjoyed the Fringe Festival for a couple of days with some friends, I will participate to the Thunder in the Glens, a massive Harley-Davidson moto-rally with more than 2.000 participants this year.

    After the rally I will head to Scapa Flow where I want to spend some days diving.

    On my way back to England, I will first visit the legendary Loch Ness, Glasgow, dive with the seals in the Faroe Island and visit some friend in Derby.

    Here there’s a more detailed planning:
    16/08/2014     London – Liverpool
    17/08/2014     Liverpool – Lake District
    18/08/2014     Lake District
    19/08/2014     Lake District – Edinburgh
    20/08/2014     Edinburgh
    21/08/2014     Edinburgh
    22/08/2014     Edinburgh – Aviemore (rally)
    23/08/2014     Aviemore – Grantown-On-Spey (rally)
    24/08/2014     Aviemore – Cairngorm Mountain (rally) – or maybe Loch Ness
    25/08/2014     Aviemore – Scapa Flow
    26/08/2014     Scapa Flow
    27/08/2014     Scapa Flow
    28/08/2014     Scapa Flow – Isle of Skye
    29/08/2014     Isle of Skye – Glasgow
    30/08/2014     Glassgow – Farne Island
    31/08/2014     Farne Island – “North York Moore National Park” – Derby
    01/09/2014     Derby – London

    If you are a biker, you can company me, I love sharing my adventures…. otherwise, I will carry a spare helmet and a comfortable seat for a pillion passenger, so I can offer you a ride to follow me in this adventure for one or more days.

    In any case, if you find yourself in the possibility to offer me a couch (or your garden, I have a tent) in any of those nights I will be really, really, really, really (and so on….) grateful!!!!!. In return I have a lot of stories to tell, and I am pretty good at cooking… so do not hesitate to request some Italian dish, I’ll be happy to delight your tummy and palate.
  • CouchSurfing e le origini de Il Viaggio Dei Sogni

    Io faccio CouchSurfing
    Per imparare nuove cose
    Per conoscere gente simile a me
    Per vivere L’Esperienza Umana
    Per trovare ispirazione per la mia vita ed i miei viaggi
    Per trovare il coraggio degli altri per fare cose da pazzi e processarla per dare a me stesso la forza di inseguire i miei sogni.
    La scorsa estate non avevo molti soldi per viaggiare così ho deciso di aprire casa  mia ai viaggiatori da ogni angolo del globo il che mi ha permesso di viaggiare senza muovermi da casa.
    Quando non ho potuto andare per il mondo, ho lasciato che il mondo venisse a me.
    È stato allora che ho imparato che il più grande ostacolo alla generosità non è che agente non da o non condivide, è invece tutto il contrario: siamo noi a non essere più pronti e abituati a ricevere e ad accettare amore e generosità dagli altri e tendiamo a rifiutare aiuto e gentilezze quando ci giungono inaspettatamente.
    Ad esempio se qualcuno vuole pagarci una birra sentiamo subito l’urgenza di ricambiare e pagare un giro perché ci consideriamo in ‘debito’ senza invece capire che quel gesto a dato all’altra persona un forte senso di piacere per averci potuto donare qualcosa, egli ha gioito del nostro gioire.
    Nel luglio 2013 ho finalmente realizzato uno dei tanti sogni della mia vita: possedere una moto Harley-Davidson.
    La stessa estate i miei amici ad io abbiamo cominciato a coinvolgerci sempre più nel progetto CouchSurfing ospitando tanta gente nel nostro appartamento.
    L’eccitazione combinata di queste due esperienze (la Harley e CouchSurfing) mi hanno spinto al punto di sentire la necessita di inseguire nuove avventure in sella alla mia 883 con l’intenzione di vivere una  ‘sfida/esperimento CouchSurfing’: incontrare un diverso couchsurfer ogni giorno in ognuno dei posti che avrei visitato.
    Dal 6 al 22 settembre ho quindi viaggiato sulla mia moto in Francia e Paesi Baschi, attraversando il Massiccio Centrale e i Pirenei per poi tornare a Londra percorrendo la costa occidentale francese, passando per la Valle della Loira e la Normandia.
    La mia sfida si è conclusa con un enorme successo che ha ecceduto le mie aspettative grazie a tutte le fantastiche persone che ho incontrare lungo il mio cammino il quale numero ammonta a 25 couchsurfer e tutti i loro amici e molti altri incontri casuali (o causali!).
    A seguito di questo successo ho finalmente raccolto le forze ed il coraggio per prendere la decisione che sta cambiando la mia vita, iniziare a viaggiare per il mondo dando vita a Il Viaggio Dei Sogni.
    I miei ultimo 12 mesi qui a Londra sono stati totalmente dedicate a questo progetto e a Novembre del 2014 lascerò il regno unito per cominciare a vagare per il mondo.

    Spero di incontrarti presto, nel posto dei tuoi sogni

  • CouchSurfing and the roots of The Journey Of Dreams

    I do CouchSurfing
    To learn new things.
    To meet people alike.
    To live The Human Experience.
    To find inspiration for my life and travels.
    To find the courage of other to do crazy things and process it to give myself the strength will to pursue my dreams.

    Last summer I didn’t have much money to travel so I opened up my house to travellers from every corner of the world which allowed me to travel without moving from the walls of my house.
    When I couldn’t go to the world, I let the world come to me.

    It was then that I learnt that the big obstacle to generosity is not that people do not like to give or share, instead it’s the other way around: we are no more ready and used to receive and accept love and generosity and we tend to refuse help and kindness when it comes unexpected.

    For instance, If someone wants to pay you a beer you feel the urgency to buy him a new one because you are not ready to sustain the psychological weight of a debt, what we don’t understand is that the other person is instead pleased to gift us something, enjoying on our joy.

    It’s a matter of fact that when we make a gift to our dears it is not because we want something in return from them, we do that because we want to see them happy. This simple innate feeling is the same that pushes most of the Couch Surfers like you and me to share with strangers something that we own, asking nothing in return other than the pleasure to know that we did something meaningful for another human being.

    It was July 2013 when I finally accomplished one of my life dreams: getting hold of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
    That same summer my friends and I got more involved with the CouchSurfing project hosting people in our flat in London.

    The combined excitement of those two experience pushed me to the point that I felt the need to go for a new adventure on my 883 intended to live a CouchSurfing experiment and a challenge: I wanted to meet a different couchsurfer each day in every place I visited.

    From the 6th to the 22nd of September I rode my Harley-Davidson in France towards the Basque Country, through the Massif Central and the Pyrénées, then back to London via the West Coast of France, passing by the Loire Valley and Normandy.

    My challenge ended with a great success that exceeded my expectation thanks to all of the fantastic people that I met in the journey which account to 25 CouchSurfers and their friends and more random fantastic people.

    Following this success I finally gathered the strength and courage to take the decision to change my life, start traveling the world to begin The Journey of Dreams.

    My last 12 months here in London have been totally dedicated to this project and in November 2014 I will leave the UK and start wandering around the world.

    I hope I’ll meet you soon, in the place of your dreams.


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