Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

Tag: slovakia


La pubblicazione su Unimondo di oggi del mio articolo sul campo di volontariato in Slovacchia é l’occasione propizia per condividere qualche altra foto da quell’esperienza. E così chiudo, simbolicamente,  anche questo capitolo e ne apro uno nuovo: sono arrivato a Firenze dove, se tutto va secondo i piani, potrei rimanere davvero a lungo.

Working camps

A few people asked me what exactly was I doing in Slovakia, how and why. Let’s start from the end, which in fact is the beginning. The reason why I decided to apply for a working camp is simple:  all my relatively short life I have devoted all of the time studying and understanding grand theories. Then I felt I had to work on something relatively small and concrete, something I could grasp with my bare hands. Put it plainly, I wanted to do something new. And, of course, I wanted to do it somewhere far with someone I did not know before, as for all my previous experiences of exchange, conferences, forums and training courses. But this time, unlike the others, I wanted to work hard and I wanted to be in the nature. The working camp for the reconstruction of Kamenica Castle, East Slovakia, seemed to fit all of this. Alas, as it turned out, it was also much more.

I applied for this working camp in June through Legambiente. Applying is fairly easy and you have a choice among hundreds of different camps all over the world. Of course, Legambiente works if you are Italian, as it happens to be the reference NGO for Italy; but then each state has its reference NGO, so if you’re British you will have to apply through some other British NGO which I do not know.

Regardless your nationality, this year it may be a little late to apply. However, next summer I would definitely encourage everyone to try this experience. Since 2008 I have travelled a lot, yet very rarely I have been a tourist. Among all the different things I have done, this was probably the most immediate, intense, painful and beautiful way to be welcomed by a community and feel like you belong to it.

Eyes don’t lie

Dirty Lorenzo

Vodka, Slivovička,Borovička, Vodka,Slivovička, Borovička, Vodka, Slivovička, Borovička

It is ok for you? It is ok for me!

Mi carro me lo robaron estando de romería. Mi carro me lo robaron anoche, cuando dormía. ¿Dónde estará mi carro?

I filled about fifteen pages of notes, but what matters? There are no words to communicate to other people my brief, yet intense, volunteering experience in Slovakia.

I was there to help the community of Kamenica, just a few miles away from Poland, Hungary and Ukraine, to rebuild their ancient castle, which was originally constructed in the 13th century. I spent ten of the greatest days of my still short existence in this isolated town as a  volunteer from the Italian NGO Legambiente. I would love to tell you about the nature, the hard work, the sun, the latrines, and most of all about the human community that overwhelmed me with their passion and that is now family to me. But I cannot, just because that was too much.

I will, therefore, limit myself to uploading some pictures on this blog – today mines, in low resolution; next week those from Michal – and I will encourage you all to get part to a similar experience in the future. It will change your opinion on humanity and perhaps it will change your attitudes too, a little bit.

David, Laetitia, Tereza, Michal, Petra, Peter, Matej, Milan, Daniel, Martin, David, Tomasz, Juraj, Domink, David, Dominik, Boris, Josef, Klara, Matej, Maria, Benedikta, Marek, Voito, Maika, Bianca, Josef, Tomasz, Sara, Andre, Brano, Vlado, Martin. Dakujem, rodina.

Summer break

I wont be able to post anything on the blog for the next 10 days, as I am off for a volunteering camp in Slovakia. Take care.

Summer plans

When this post will be published I will hopefully be travelling to Berlin. I am going to be there for a few days and then I am flying back to Milan and going to be back in Trento for a couple of weeks and one wedding. On the 22nd of July I am flying to Bratislava, from where I will take a bus to the middle of nowhere-Slovakia to do volunteering work with a local NGO. That experience will take about ten days. Afterwards I will go on holidays with Stefania and we still have to figure out where. We only know we want to do something on the road. I will have to be in Florence at the end of August. See you around, my friends.