Around the world in a lot of days!
Travelling back through history
So I...
…in the cold and dark
…Why suffer?
Letters from... around the world
It’s not a trip but a need!
The day Vitus Bering beat John Wayne
The hunt
The ecstasy of a consumer and the Eskimo Syndrome
The suitcase
Tell me, what time does the sun set?
8 x 5
Why the sponsor?

8 x 5

Leif Eriksson probably took only a few haversacks of gold coins with him, as he thought that he was sailing to lands whose people would be more interested in trading pelts for the red fabrics his Vikings had stored in those “long ships”.
Marco Polo recounts that, for their journey back to Venice, his father and uncle received from the “Great Khan… a gold tablet, which contained messages that, wherever they went, they would be given whatever they needed”: a sort of credit card with unlimited funds, but valid only in the kingdom of the Great Khan. Elsewhere, pearls and coins sewn into their belts and clothing allowed the young Marco and “Sir Matteo and Sir Nicolao” to trade and provide for their needs.
No one knows how much gold or silver Vitus Bering brought with him, but like any expedition of the period, it was undoubtedly a large amount, loaded on horses and guarded day and night.
Lewis and Clark packed a fair number of trinkets in crates: mirrors, colourful cloth, knives and virtually anything that could be traded with primitive populations. In addition to the abundant game they found, trade was the main source of financing for the expedition: hides and furs were exchanged for information or free access to unexplored territories.
On my trip, I will take only a small piece of plastic measuring a few centimetres, precisely 8 x 5. It is seemingly less valuable than the Great Khan’s gold tablet, but wherever I show it “I will be given whatever I need”.
I will not need letters of credit or gold coins concealed in my belt, nor will I have to trap sables to gain passage on a ship. All I need to do is show that little plastic rectangle: a quick check on the fast and invisible network of the ether and, “from the Alps to the Pyramids, from the Manzanarre to the Rhine”, everything will be possible.
I can purchase the necessary and the superfluous, essentials and luxuries, without having to wander into woods to set traps or undertake exhausting shifts guarding coffers full of gold coins to ensure my survival.
Civilisation has not always brought the advantages most people would enthusiastically like to believe, but in this case we must admit that “not even Merlin could have done any better”.