I should have been asking myself why I am still paying for two blogs with respective hosting and maintenance services if I don’t touch them since months.
It’s like I am doing a favour to myself – with the wrong perception that it’s a favour to the world. Not easy to shut down a place (even a virtual place) where you have been around for so many years.
In a few days I will close a less virtual place, the apt where I’ve spent the last three years with my kids, in Milan. It’s the last act of a super-long mental process that drove me to the decision to leave Milan and the country.
London is a welcoming town. If you are lucky enough to find the right place to live. It’s like New York – so familiar with its shops, buildings, stations, cars. You have been crossing its streets many times, thousand times, you have been sipping espressos in its bars. Even if you have never been there.
So without a place in Milan I will become even more a vagabonder. Time to accept my destiny. Those virtual places which I have written of so many times in my blogs (other virtual places that I decided to not get rid off) will ironically become home.
And so I went this early morning back to Milan Linate airport to look for my lost iPad mini. The first place where I started my research was the L&F office. The lost&found office works with/for lost baggage only. A different office is in charge of lost objects. So I went to the different office. A different-different office is in charge of objects lost on Alitalia flights. So I went to the different-different office.
They found immediately the iPad. It was still stored somewhere close to the runaways. It took 45 mins to get it back to the office, and then in my hands.
I have to say – people from the 3 offices were extremely polite and helpful. The third office was supposed to open at 9am, but they started the research as soon as I got there. It was 8am. Thank you.
So the iPad is now back home. I’ve just deactivated the lost mode. Few minutes after powering the iPad on, I got a tweet from the Airport account.
In few words:
- phone numbers to contact lost objects office in Milan Linate are +39 0224993458 (Alitalia flights) and +39 0274852359
- emails are email@example.com (Alitalia flights) and firstname.lastname@example.org (all other flights)
I have filled all forms for travelling to Nigeria, including the high extreme-risk destination travel form. Among recommended behaviours:
- Only use transportation services approved/provided by the local office. Do not use public transportation. Do not rent a car.
- Only stay at a hotel approved by both the local office and iSOS
- Only eat at restaurants and attend entertainment events if approved by the local office and accompanied by local staff
- Do not engage in any leisure travel/sightseeing.
- Never travel alone. Avoid isolated and high-risk areas. Remain off the streets after dark
- (In a vehicle) Always lock the doors and wear your seat belt.
- (In a vehicle) Keep windows rolled up and use air conditioners.
- (In a vehicle) If possible, sit in the back seat. The seat behind the driver is usually considered the safes
- If detained by authorities, identify yourself, be respectful, obey authorities, keep calm and be courteous, request to contact a local manager and the embassy.
- To maximize safety and security, select a room located between the 4 and 6th floor. Whenever possible do not accept a hotel room on the ground floor that has doors and windows that open to the outside. Hotels with interior hallways tend to be generally safer.
No passport for at least 15 days. He’s now flying without me to Rome, to visit the Nigerian consulate. If I will get the VISA stamp in time, in a three weeks time-frame I will fly to Abuja. In the meanwhile, reservations and vaccinations. Finally, going South.
How to go off the grid when you travel, via Lonely Planet.
If we base our calculations on the UN list of member states, we might conclude that there are 193 countries in the World. But at least three are not taken into consideration by UN – Taiwan, State of Vatican, Kosovo – as this traveller points out. So overall countries should be at least 196.
Others base calculations on places, not on countries. USA is made of several places (its States). Italy of at least 20 places (its Regions). And so on. Which is also reasonable: if I visit Moscow I just visit the capital, not Russia. This makes the list of places to visit much longer: there are 874 places to visit on Earth.
Based on the regular country list and the (less regular) list of places on Earth, I have visited 35 countries and 89 places, which makes me sadly hopeless in trying to reach the ultimate goal of visiting all countries of the planet.
Hope is the last to die, we say in Italy. So let’s start planning to visit missing places (only 785). It’s never too late for vagabonding, after all.