Sonderers!

I've been absent for a while but I am now (more or less) back.
I am in a new city, Nottingham, with a new job, in a new apartment! Everything is going well but I am still settling in. I am gone most of the day and the apartment is still a bit a mess.... but at least, I am cooking again.

One thing that I am glad is keeping me busy is the new project I am working on with a special, passionate and interesting team: Sonderers Travel Magazine!

Sonderers is an online travel magazine that focuses on the human aspects of traveling. Any human aspect.
There are innumerable themes we can write on and countless creative ideas for both articles, website, anything that has to do with this publication.

We are at the early stages and the website, social media and first publications are just now taking forms and, one after the other, actively coming online.

Sonder On!

Change and Resettlement in England

Change is exciting but resettling might take time!

I've been looking for a job in London for few weeks now and I can't wait to start working in architecture again. There are quite a few jobs opening every day but competition is high as well. I am focusing on jobs on conservation (historic preservation) but I like adaptive-reuse and design as well.

I've also started looking at apartments/rooms, but of course I won't seal a deal with any until I found a job, so I can find one easier for my commutes.

In the meantime and in my free time, I am back putting some time on my travel journalism website (you are on it!), Dream's Chest, and look for photography competitions. It'll be cool to get into the Londoner photography environment!

Also, when I am all settled in London, I will start with my new MatadorU course, Advanced Travel Writing!

September has been a month of buffer, I was in two continents and three countries - North America and Europe; USA, UK, Italy - and I am going back to the starting block, looking for jobs, finding a place to live in London, exploring a new place.

Onward!

House With Red and Orange Ivy York England UK

First Art Exhibit

I am extremely excited to be presenting three of my photographs!

Tomorrow, August Friday 7th at 5:30pm the opening of the SWF Exhibit 2015 art exhibit will open. 40 artists and wine will be present. I've seen some of the work of the other artists when I went to bring over my three photographs and the pieces seemed pretty interesting. There were paintings, drawings and a sculpture. It seems to be a pretty nice event.

I am happy to be presenting. It's my first time and I hope the first of many. I like these public (free) events. Anything cultural should be extremely affordable (if not free). I will also be sitting for few hours the next week, since the artists are asked to sit for a couple of shifts. I like it.

I printed my three photographs, A Man In The World and two of the Quattro Stagioni, on aluminum and the result was fantastic! I really liked it. It's not something I can do every day, but it was definitely worth it for an important event.

I hope there is a nice turnaround and that people like all the work. We'll see what happens tomorrow and in the next few weeks.

SWF Exhibit 2015 flyer and brochure. I am happy to see my name in the featured artists. I hope this is the first of many opportunities. It is gratifying and it's one more reason to work hard.

SWF Exhibit 2015 flyer and brochure. I am happy to see my name in the featured artists. I hope this is the first of many opportunities. It is gratifying and it's one more reason to work hard.

Perception of the Natural Environment - II

As I wrote, last week I came back from solo backpacking in Alaska. Backpacking for four nights put me in a new perspective on my life's rhythm as well as on the surrounding environment and, importantly, how I related to it.

Whoever goes tent-camping, hike-camping or backpacking realizes, on different levels, how little is needed to live and have a perfectly entertaining day. Especially for backpacking, you go down to the barely minimum.

Talking to people, I realized how many misinterpret barely minimum with nothing to do. And that's not true! First of all, I love the necessary tasks for camping, from setting camp up by pitching the tent, for example, wood gathering and chopping (I like this one especially), preparing meals and appropriately cleaning afterwards, to name a few. Second, they take time, they fill the day. Third, I still always have my journal, books with me, everywhere I go, and might still work out with a run or a swim. Fourth, I have a whole forest/mountain/beach to explore!

The important factor is that even simple camp chores put me in relation with the surrounding landscape. I need to know where I am in order to find my optimal tent spot. I need to asses what's around me in order to find wood -0 or food, if I'm fishing or hunting (I haven't done these so far). I need to observe the sky and how it changes to have a fair idea of the weather.

I relate with the environment with all my senses and I respect Nature in every aspect, enjoying how it changes and savoring every moment.

The entire Alaska is bear country. I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean they are not around. I am particularly proud of my hanging of the food.

The entire Alaska is bear country. I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean they are not around. I am particularly proud of my hanging of the food.

Un Passo Indietro, Poi Sempre Avanti

I found appropriate starting my blog with a post about my birthday, June 13th. I have never had a blog so I am excited to start one!

I was already working on this website around my birthday, but it was just at the beginnings. I am proud and excited of the result. It will grow and get more and more interesting. It's my travel journalism portfolio.

I celebrated my birthday by camping in Frog Lake, OR with my girlfriend Stephanie, among other things savoring a nice bottle of port wine that my brother David bought me.

The day before I gave my office, C2K Architecture, my notice that I would be leaving at the end of the month, because I am moving back to the Old Continent! I will be living and working in London.

A lot of things lay ahead of me, many are planned, some are still not. Everything is exciting and I can't wait for all those adventures.

Always look and remember what you left behind, but then face, head up high and dreaming, what you want to have ahead.

I am an early morning person. The first morning of camping I woke up at 6am and went for a walk by the lake. The steam from the lake in the shades was creating such an eerie view! In the silence of the morning, this man came walking his dogs and you can see two fishermen's boats among the fog. It was the only morning when it happened, I didn't have my nice camera with me (mistake!) but I managed to snap a photo.

I am an early morning person. The first morning of camping I woke up at 6am and went for a walk by the lake. The steam from the lake in the shades was creating such an eerie view! In the silence of the morning, this man came walking his dogs and you can see two fishermen's boats among the fog. It was the only morning when it happened, I didn't have my nice camera with me (mistake!) but I managed to snap a photo.