We are all fine

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[….A few weeks ago in Turin some children gave me the honorary citizenship of an imaginary place, which they called “Felicizia” (a mixture between friendship and happiness) to indicate friendship as the way to happiness.

A dream, maybe a fairy tale. But we have to be careful not to confine our dreams and hopes to the childhood season only. Like these values aren’t important in the adult world.

In other words, we must not be afraid to express good feelings that make our society better.

These are the values cultivated by those who carry out their duties seriously, day by day, those of those who voluntarily work to help others in difficulty..]

Excerpt from Italian President Sergio Mattarella’s New Year speech, Dec. 2018

Italian winter, Jan ’18


“There is nothing magical about the flip of the calendar, but it represents a clean break, a new hope, and a blank canvas.”

― Jason Soroski

Sense the essence of time, Tanzania 2016


I was trying to find the right words to describe the experience of the journey by train I took last year and I think what I experienced is well described by this extract from an article I recently read: “ There was a sense of diminishment. I always get from our culture of images: no matter how finely you chop life into sequence of photographs, no matter how closely in the time the photographs are spaced, what the sequence always ends up conveying to me the most strongly is what it leaves out.The end of the end of the world, by Jonathan Franzen.

 So what was the point to travel by train from Kigoma to DAR, spend two days in a train when I could easily take the plane and in few hours be at home? It was to experience the essence of time. Get dazzled by the beauty of the scenery and the humanity around me and sense “the present of past things, the present of the present things and the present of the future things” (St.Augustine).

Giorgio Faedo – Italy

tasting the scene of the local market, Stone Town, Zanzibar, 2016


” I took this picture at the local market in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It was Sunday morning and the place was exaggeratedly overloaded with smells, sounds and colors. Needless to say that it was almost annoying. But the fish section of the market casted by a beautiful morning light made the scene absolutely stunning”.

-Giorgio Faedo, Italy-

“It feels like being perched in a scene of the Arabian Nights”, Stone Town, Zanzibar 2016

image” If only I could stop the time. Hold it for a while. Keep it and then release like I do when practicing meditation. How beautiful and powerful is to take that time for ourselves, slowing it down and observe it. Observe what your mind is thinking, where it takes you to.

Stone Town in Zanzibar has a similar effect on me despite I have been here many times.

Every time it is like the first time.

I inhale the breeze and follow the flow. I breathe at the rhythm of the town. Wandering through the labyrinth of streets, mosques and houses, busy during the day and calm in early morning, I observe the daily life of locals through antique doors only open few centimeters. . I observe shadows stretching themselves as the sun set on the horizon. I read a book at the edge of the ocean observing the boats floating on it. I inhale the barbecue -scented breeze. I hunt down second-hand bookstores and antique shops.

Once at home, I settle in, lay down on my bed, open my book and listen the muezzin at the mosque calling upon the faithful to pray and the bells of the Cathedral.

As an article I read time ago said  ” It feels like being perched in a scene of the Arabian Nights”.

– Giorgio Faedo, Italy-

“the meaning of a simple touch” – Ilha de Mozambico, Mozambic, 2012

giorgio-faedo-2“Sometimes a simple touch says more than a thousand words, transporting its recipients into a world that exists only for them.  Swept away within the haunting beauty of the island, my friends magically expressed and disappeared into this place that time forgot.”

“Spesso un semplice gesto vale più di mille parole trasportando i destinatari in un mondo che esiste solo per loro. Presi all’interno della travolgente bellezza dell’isola, i miei amici magicamente si esprimono e spariscono in un posto quasi dimenticato dal tempo.”

– Wesley & Adriana Galt-

Gdansk, Poland, 2012


Tallin, Estonia 2012


Djenne, Mali 2014


Djenne, Mali 2014