Unlimited Life - Backpacking Blind: The Magnificent Story Of Alessandro Bordini

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Alessandro Bordini

And I thought I was the powertourist.

“I can’t see the scenery or the architecture, obviously, but I like talking to people.”

And as he speaks fluent English and French, the latter being an invaluable tool to get in the minds of many West and Central Africans, in a way he does experience more of some of those countries that many visually-able, camera-happy, unilingual English-speaking tourists might manage to.

It’s also pretty obvious that aside from the freedom of the road, cultural interactions and other reasons, he does it to show he can. As a way to prove himself and the world that life doesn’t end with the lost of eyesight or other life-changing disability, that dreams can still come true if one goes to fetch them. Alessandro is the backpacker version of that guy who completed an Ironman triathlon paralyzed from the waist down, or that woman with only a few fingers on each hand who toured the world as a concert violonist. And I have to say it’s pretty inspiring.

You can find Alessandro online at www.lightheplanet.net. The frontpage header is in Italian, but he mostly writes short blog posts in English.

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