Mile 729.1: Time to say bye

“I think I’ll stay another day here,” says Cruise Control, almost heedlessly. It’s a rainy Saturday afternoon, during one of the few moments of relax at Trail Days. The sun hasn’t been out much but the alcohol and the endless parties around tent city helped us not worrying much about the weather. I look at…

Mile 514.5: Dear Mom

I made it to 500 miles! Almost a quarter of this crazy adventure is already behind me and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience so far. So much has already happened and I wish you could see how happy I am out here, living like a bum, without showering and eating like every…

Mile 428: The Trail Provides

Sometimes you have a strong desire for something but no way to get your hands on it. Sometimes you wish for something to happen, even if it seems impossible. Well, here on the trail things just happen, unnoticed sometimes and mostly in a magical way. This past week has been characterized with unbearable heat and…

Mile 343.8: The Meaning of a Minute of Sun

Close your eyes. Imagine rain, lots of it. Everything around you is wet, muddy. You’re shivering, your clothes are drenched. You can’t change in a warm pajamas and drink hot chocolate in the comfort of your house, while watching the raindrops adornate the window. All you can do it’s hoping it’ll stop at some point….

Mile 261.4: It Takes a Little

Anger. Sadness. Joy. Amazement. What a week! This last seven days presented a whirlwind of situations and a consequent rollercoaster of emotions that gave me a clear understanding of how everything work along this trail. Feelings change abruptly and it takes very little to transform a miserable day into a special one. Monday we left…

Mile 136.7: Small Achievements

We hit a few milestones this past week, which give us a lot of energy to keep pushing hard on the trail. Tuesday we entered our second state, North Carolina, while Wednesday we hiked the first 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. One hundred miles might not be a lot compared to almost 2200, but…

Mile 31.1: Trail Faces

The faces of the trail is what struck me the most in these first few days on the Appalachian Trail. Nobody looks the same, we all have a different story to tell and we’re here for many different reasons. This trail is Kevin, the first guy I met on this journey. From Florida, 27 years-old…

Mile 0: Wild Thoughts

It wasn’t an overnight dream that made me decide to hike the appalachian trail, but a “bored” idea from a few years ago. I had just finished watching Into the Wild for the third time. All those beautiful landscapes pictured in the movie made me curious, so after a few hours browsing the web I…

A White Foreign Guy at a HBCU: Chapter One

My first semester: first steps in a new environment, a new perception of who I was, and who I represented in the American society. click here if you haven’t read the prologue. My first few days at Lincoln were a mix of nerve-breaking attempts of conversations and ego-boosting interactions with the opposite sex. I was still playing soccer,…

Happy Birthday Capitano

September 27. Not a regular day, but the birthday of a legend, who still manages to impress everyone despite the age. He’s the King of Rome, Francesco Totti. Sometimes it’s hard to realize when time goes by, especially when we still feel young. Sometimes, it can be draining being a captain, a number 10, in a city…