How some Music in the Local Library helped me feel close to my late Grandfather.

My grandfather was an amazing person and I loved him very much, unfortunately he passed away years ago while I was in College.

He loved Classical Music and Opera (just like I do) and had a great collection of vinyl records, also, the best memories I have from him are associated with music.

Yesterday I visited the Local Library to pick up a book and to take a look at the books in the Store.

When I was leaving I heard a piano and singing (what seemed to be Opera or something similar), at the beginning I thought it was a recording but, after walking a few steps, I saw that it was a woman inside a meeting room.

I sat in a bench in the hallway and during some minutes I listened to her singing and playing the piano, the music and her voice were beautiful and I got caught in the moment.

I thought about my grandfather and how much he loved music, I thought about the moments I spent with him and how much I miss him; while I was sitting in that bench I felt him close to me and for that I’m grateful.

The Local Library has always been one of my favorite places and after this last experience I love it even more.

Photography and Travel: A fascination for Sharks and my Bucket List

Yesterday I was watching an old Season of Shark Week and it made think how, since I can remember, I always had a fascination for sharks.

One of the things on the top of my bucket list was to get into one of those cages that people use to see sharks closely (like on the Discovery Channel’s shows) and years ago when I traveled to Cancun, Mexico I had the opportunity to visit an Aquarium there. This aquarium had a tank with multiple sharks (nurse sharks, lemon sharks and I think even a bull shark).

I was really excited watching all those sharks trough the glass and even more when I realized that they had the option to get into the tank to watch them closely and even feed them (I thought: Ok, I’m going to do this now, I don’t think I’ll be going to a beach in South Africa or Australia in the near future).

After getting ready I got into an acrylic cage that was later placed inside the shark’s tank (one of the aquarium employees was in the cage too, giving instructions and for safety reasons).

Was I scared? Of course, even when I was safe in the cage I think is normal to be scared if there are sharks around you.
Was I excited? Definitely, maybe it was not a cage in the middle of the Sea but to watch the sharks so close was amazing and I’ll never forget it.

To finish this post I want to share with you a picture from that day (I’m holding a metal bar to feed the sharks with fish).

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Book Recommendation: “Heart: A School-boy’s Journal” by Edmundo de Amicis

Heart

The first time I read this book I think I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember the beautiful hardcover edition my parents bought me (that I re-read several times).
To this day this book keeps a special place in my heart.

Here’s the book description for the English version (as appears in Amazon):

Written following the Italian war for independence by a sub-lieutenant who had fought in the siege of Rome in 1870, Heart is the fictional diary of a boy’s third year in a Turin municipal school. It was written to foster juvenile appreciation of the new found Italian national unity, which the author had fought for in the recent war. The book is often highly emotional, even sentimental, but gives a vivid picture of urban Italian life at that time. A master, introducing a new pupil, tells the class, “Remember well what I am going to say. That this fact might come to pass–that a Calabrian boy might find himself at home in Turin, and that a boy of Turin might be in his own home in Calabria, our country has struggled for fifty years, and thirty thousand Italians have died.”
The novel became internationally popular, and has been translated into over twenty-five languages, and is part of the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works. Edmundo de Amicis (1846-1908) established a reputation as a writer in various genres after his experience as a soldier.

This is a book I absolutely love (with amazing characters and beautifully written) that, if you haven’t read yet, I recommend adding to your Reading List.

Note: Is important to mention that the author’s name can be found also written as “Edmondo” (depending on the language).