• Two decades of ‘A Traveler’s Diary’

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    82 countries featured in Italian expat’s photo exhibit
    A photo exhibit of Italian expatriate Enrico Lanza’s travels to 82 countries continues to amaze mallers in the southern metro. Dubbed A Traveller’s Diary Photo Exhibit, it documents his adventures with a collection of 3,000 photos over two decades through a point and shoot camera.

    On view at SM City Bicutan, Lanza shares snippets of his adventures through his pictures, such as the many unconventional methods of travelling, the beautiful sunrise and sunsets of different hemispheres, the rich cultures and traditions that survived centuries of modernization, the food of the world, nature’s wonders, and most importantly, the kindness of the people he met along the way.

    Among the highlights of his exhibit are a look back at Afghanistan in 1977 where the Volkswagen Kombi, also named the Hippie Van, was a popular transportation for travellers. Lanza apparently drove 17,000 kilometers from Italy to Afghanistan over land using this vehicle.

    He went to the Himalayas in 1995 and was literally on the top of the world when he climbed the peak of Mount Everest on the Nepalese side, “looking straight into these mountains with the eyes like that of a child.”

    In 2001, he witnessed how the five-million-year-old dunes in the Namib Desert in Namibia turn red during sunrise.

    Just this year, he went to Hungary to view the iron shoes memorial on Danube Bank in Budapest, built to honor the Jewish people who were killed during World War II.

    Said Lanza, “Travel opens your eyes; you’ll start to look at society with a different perspective. You get to experience the real world, and discover more about yourself.”

    In between his adventures the Italian enjoys living in the Philippines because of “the smiling people, the relaxing surroundings and the natural beauty of the country.”

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