I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can
adjust my sails to always reach my destination. (Elif Şafa)
The longest journey is the journey inward. (Dag Hammarskjöld)
Vietnam, Halong Bay
We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.
Cambodia, Siem Reap
I took some pictures. I photographed instead of talking. I photographed not to forget. Not to stop watching.
A journey of thousand miles begins always with the first step
(Lao Tzu 500 a.C.)
Painting: Fabio Borsetti dedicated to Luca Rome Dec 6th 2014
"A lion, even if in a cage, it’s always a lion!"
Thoughts. Painting by Annamaria Denadai
"Concordia parvae res crescunt, discordia maximae dilabuntur " (in harmony even small things grow, when in contrast even the largest ones vanish).
from: Bellum Lugurthinum (10, 6) Sallustio
Hong Kong: Victoria Harbour
Returning from a trip one can never be the same person who left.
Ethiopia, Omo Valley
The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter. (Willa Cather: Escapism, 1936 - Writing, 1949)
Kathakali Actor Cochin (Southern India)
Live only in the present, not in the future. Do your best today, do not wait for tomorrow.
Paramahansa Yogananda (1893/1952): Self-Realization Magazine
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (Uganda)
Treat the Earth and all that dwell thereon with respect.
(The first of the Ten Indian Commandments)
Dissei Island (Eritrea)
The real voyage of discovery is not to seek new lands but to have new eyes.
The world is like a book. Those who do not travel read only a page.
(Attribuited to Sant’Agostino)
Angkor Vat (Cambodia)
Ancient ruins wrapped by roots in a warm embrace.
Capo Caccia (Sardinia)
I met the sea meditating on a drop of dew.
Omo Valley: young Erbore man (Ethiopia)
We must guard ourselves against those who do not look us in the eyes.
(Roberto Gervaso, contemporary Italian writer and journalist)
Omo Valley: Mursi woman (Ethiopia)
Life is short, art is vast, an opportunity is instantaneous, experience is deceptive, judgement is difficult.
Udaipur, Rajastan (India)
Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words,
your words become your actions, your actions become your habits,
your habits become your values,your values become your destiny.
Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina)
Life is a journey…. and travelling is living twice.
(Omar Khayyam, persian poet from XII° century)
Strongest souls are the ones hardened by suffering.
Characters are more solid when sprinkled with scars.
Khalil Gibran (1883/1931)
Sumo wretlser Tokio (Japan)
Paths are built by traveling.
Omo Valley: young Erbore men (Ethiopia)
Travel, spend as much time as you can close to nature, in contact with the sun and light, so that your character and your thoughts may be affected by these three magnificent creations of God, for, unfortunately, one day, and I wish it will be as late as possible, you will necessarily become part of a conventional worldly and career oriented existence where you will only find artificial lights, good but to dazzle the weak. But by then you will be ready, as the way to the south will have taught you to recognize what is true and what is false.
(Nella Dancalia Etiopica by Raimondo Franchetti, 1936)
Rock paintings (Namibia)
…”it’s useful to remember that our identities stretch beyond what is on the business card, that we were people long before we became workers, and will continue to be human once we have put our tools down forever..."
(Alain De Botton, "The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work")
Erta Ale Volcano (Ethiopia)
Life in an opportunity, take it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, make it real.
Life is a challenge, face it.
Life is a duty, do it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is precious, take care of it.
Life is wealth, value it.
Life is love, live it.
Life is a mystery, discover it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sadness, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a fight, accept it.
Life is an adventure, risk it.
Life is happiness, earn it.
Life is life, defend it.
Be present with each breath. Do not let your attention wander even for a single breath. Remember yourself always and in every situation.
(Abdulhalik XII cent AD)
When you’ve acquired a taste for dust, the scent of our first rain, you’re hooked for life on Africa and you’ll not be right again till you can watch the setting moon and hear the jackals bark and know that they’re around you, waiting in the dark.
When you long to see the Elephants, or to hear the coucal’s song, when the moonrise sets your blood on fire, you’ve been away too long. It’s time to cut the traces loose and let you’re heart go free beyond that far horizon, where your spirit yearn to be.
(Africa by Emily Dibb - www.africaourafrica.com)
I was born in the 'Horn of Africa', more specifically in Eritrea, where I then lived for many years. The trips I went on sparked and fed, day after day, my passion for nature in all its forms, including ethnography and archaeology.