MM- You travelled with your wife recently, and she seems like she is quite cool in crashing wherever, eat whatever, take the longest and most uncomfortable bus rides etc. Someone says you are very lucky as a husband, but what is the real truth? Are women compatible with the hard road, the hard way?
Paolo- Someone said: “if you love me, you do it!”
Well, not all the girls are able to travel like I did. In these years I have had a lot of experiences with female travellers but I lost them on the road because it is not easy to follow the “beast trips”.
Finally I have met Valeria who at last won the reality show “the beast tripmaitrop”
MM- You’ve been surfing for the past 10 and more years. Tell me what the fuck do you find interesting in Southern Bali, for chrissakes!!
Paolo- The island of Bali is for sure one of the most popular surf spots in the world, like Australia, Hawaii and California. It is a place where you can surf everyday, with different kind of waves and numerous spots for beginners and expert surfers. All the surfers go to Bali at least one time in their life!
MM- Tell me at least 5 of the craziest travel experiences you had over the years, to make the starters cry.
Paolo-1° Crossing Australia hitchhiking (you can’t understand how big is this continent, it is like to go from Lisbon to Moscow) (I do understand Paolo, I crossed half of it just recently… very big…and very boring too, ahahaha ndMM)
2° Working as a fisherman in Australia catching crocodiles and sharks
3° Ending in the middle of a gunfight in Sri Lanka between Tamil Tigers and the military
4° Camping in the jungle in the Andaman Islands, India
5° Sitting on the roof of the train for 15 hours in Mauritania
MM- Sexiest foreign women in the world, and why.
Paolo- Asian girls because are geishas and South American girls because they are hot.
MM- If you could change something in the South East Asian tourist trail, what would it be?
Paolo- I would like to see all of the world, not only South East Asia, with less energy and cars.
MM- Some tips on how to still make quite an adventure of a trip.
Paolo- No planning in advance, never! My best trips were the ones I didn’t know where to go and what to do. I remember a day in New Zealand I was hitch hiking, going southbound. When someone stopped at the other side of the road I just decided to head northbound with him! And it was a beautiful trip.
MM- You told me you now want to retire in Italy and try to live in an eco farm, or better a place you will build, maintain and farm yourself to provide for your living needs. This is a very noble, Thoreau-esque idea. Why do you want to retire from the human race, and why deciding for such a radical change?
Paolo – I want to be isolated to be more serene and happy. The human being is going down without arguments.
MM- Tattoos and travel. You are heavily tattooed for good, do u link this to travel in some way?
Paolo- I love tattoos and they are really important for me. I like to meet tattooed people, meet tattoo artists, to go to convention and share this passion with others.
MM- Ultimately, has travelling enriched you in some way, or it just made you realize it’s better to farm the land and shit in a squat toilet like Mongolians do? Do you plan in raising Abruzzese Camels as well?
Paolo- I am working on the Abruzzese Camels mixing the races, but the hunch is still growing on the side and not on the top of the back!
I have made this choice because is simple and satisfying. Day by day people want useless things and hobbies so I want to do a step back and try to live like people used to do in the past.
So, anything I can say now Paolo is, good luck on your project, and hoping that Italy will keep you down for a while, I promise I’ll be willing to stay in your mud and brick house and feast on your vegetables and meat as soon as I’ll come back to visit our Motherland… by then I hope it’ll be possible to ride a normal bred camel, I love doing that