Cold

Thoughts in motion

My mind is clear and in control. My senses in alert. Are they coming? I quickly get dressed in the dark, hide my sat phone and close my bag. My movements are surprisingly precise. I can feel my heartbeat getting back to normal. I know what just happened. The screams stopped right after the detonation. I switch on my flashlight, point it towards my face and open the door.

***

The cold is biting my cheeks and my throat. I close my eyes, for a few seconds and feel the wind against my face. Alone, with just the sound of the snow against my skis, and my breath, as I’m pushing to maintain my speed and expel my rage. My thighs are burning as I empty my mind. I wish it were colder.

***

In the train, my head full of music and thoughts. I close my eyes and think about my veranda in Bangui and the rain. I smell the last book I just bought and instantly miss all the others. As I’m focusing on my breathing, my mind starts shifting and suddenly, I want to be swimming in a cold fjord, listening to my heartbeat.

I am ready now.

***

In Motion pt. 1 by The Cinematic Orchestra

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10 April 2012: Switzerland [Click on the picture to enlarge it].

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Alone in the Wild

Five days driving in the Bolivian mountains, crossing the largest salt flat in the world and admiring amazing landscapes. Isolated, without an internet connection or even a GSM network. Alone, enjoying one of the most fascinating scenery I’ve ever seen. But Gosh… why does it have to be so freezing cold.

Give me some time to process and sort my pictures, once I can move my fingers again 🙂

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28 July 2012: El Arbol de Piedra (The Stone Tree), Bolivia. [Click on the picture to enlarge it].