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(Italiano) 20 luglio 2017, Born to be free: intervista

June 13, 2020  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  Press review

Born to be free

The journey as a life school

PIETRO ROSENWIRTH – TRAVELING BEYOND THE BARRIERS

20 July 2017

This interview was made by the traveler Alessandro Forni, who published it on his blog:  http://www.borntobefreeitaly.it/interviste/pietro-rosenwirth/

10 luglio 2014, Santiago de Compostela
10 july 2014, Santiago de Compostela

Today I went to interview Pietro Rosenwirth, a man of incredible strength. A person from whom I have drawn a lot of inspiration. Despite his moving’s handicap he has pursued his passion for travel and has built his modified scooter, which allows him to travel.

He is a man of extraordinary strength who alone traveled to Greece, Turkey, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Czech Republic, etc.

Let’s get to know this great traveler better.

  • Where did your desire to travel originate? What were your first travel experiences??

I think that, much, it originated as a reaction to my motor difficulties: “I’m fatigued to stand? To walk? …?“. Okay, then I’m going to Top To The World, and Beyond.

Very little epic or profound: the first incentive is that of No‘s refusal, It is not possible, It is difficult, Maybe that happens..

For me, already waking up in the morning 9 times out of 10 is a trauma for just knowing that another day begins daring with sorrows, nerves, frustrations for things I would like, but, unfortunately, how do I do it, No today no… Traveling on a scooter alone, breaks the routine and faces problems whose solutions vary only because the people I interact with change and change their language, food, climate, and then the architectural barriers.

And on the road … wonderful: every Km, every Meter is a conquest and a 360° trip outside & inside of myself! Seeing with my eyes landscapes and cities only seen in documentaries… discovering that a city (almost) without architectural barriers is not a Metropolitan Legend… to communicate with other people without filters of cultural preconceptions and pre-existing-relationships.

It’s not all “wonderful”, but the Positive Aspects are – in my experience to date – more in quantity and quality than problems, hitches and difficulties that are always and in any case ahead of us.

As a young man I traveled with my dad, then with friends and, in the meantime, I followed and dreamed of the “Paris-Dakar”.

My first journey was in 1994, riding a Yamaha CT50s, after two weeks of camping in Zakynthos (Greece) I greeted everyone and I shot for the first time alone, all Peloponnese: to be back healthy and safe and with the Experience made … well, I realized I could dream, that I could travel alone, in solitary in fact.

23 luglio 2013, da Barcellona a Tolosa passando per il Tunnel de la Vieja
July 23, 2014, from Barcelona to Toulouse passing by the Tunnel de la Vieja
  • To be able to build your vehicle, it will have taken time and energy, keeping up with the money. Have you ever thought about letting go? What gave you the strength to continue on this road?

Mine is a perpetual quest for a vehicle suited to my needs. Some years ago I made and registered in Italy the first scooterTrike: this is an becoming-project because, as my pathologies and limitations progress, so I work constantly to adjust the vehicle to my remaining mobility.

The most tough part, even beyond the dramatic economic factor, is clashing with the dullness of bureaucracy and the people who represent it making it all the more difficult, if not impossible.

To make it short, friendships and money are the only ways to extricate: the laws and the rules and the safeguards (the latter three things yes, real Metropolitan Legends). I often get angry, then frustrated… in the end, there is sadness to be born and live in this country, potentially one of the most beautiful in the world and where the quality of life could reach very high levels.

Traveling I realize the differences, things that we take for granted (services and assistance, roads, electricity, access to technologies…) while in some countries, reads in the newspapers and sees on TV, problems can be up to avoiding bullets and finding water and food: of course, I’ve always kept it from that, but experiencing different situations (both better and worse) helps to live the daily life with a different perspective.

As long as I experience this, I will do my best to continue to travel!

  • Traveling, for you, is more a challenge with yourself or a desire to know each other? Explain how do you deal with who you meet? And why despite all the difficulties you keep traveling?

The Journey, for how I live it and I want it, is reaching its own limits, discovering them and trying to overcome them. A path that offers infinite possibilities and guarantees endless difficulties.

In my case, with all the needs of help for what I can not do by myself then is important the role of the Other: it is not usual and easy to ask for help, do it with people you do not know, with another culture, trying to understand and become understood by people who speak other languages and have different relational dynamics: all very fascinating but also difficult and often very tiring.

So I try to focus on the positive point of view, on what these situations give me. And it’s so much: hence the desire to continue, to always find the way to do it, to go on another trip.

1 gennaio 2012, Marcia della Pace a Trieste
1 January 2012, March for Peace – Trieste
  • What was the most beautiful encounter you had, the most meaningful chat? Can you tell us? Why was it so important to you?

Fortunately, there have been many meetings that I will always remember as “special”.

There is one though that is the first I always remember: in the middle of Greece, at some point I note an indication to “Metamorphosis” (Metamorphosis = physical or moral transformation, real or fabulous. cit. Wikipedia). It is impossible to withstand such a recall: I have always dreamed that my body may be transformed (or at least my spirit and my mind that don’t find the meaning of my life).

I said, I arrived between these few houses under a burning sun. Looking around, the only thing that attracted my attention was a small verandah with three tables and some customers, including a pope.

I approached and, as if nothing were, I found myself chatting with him in a mix of English and German of who I was, of Metamorphosis, of God, of the Journey, of Life… then, before I left, he donated to me a small wooden icon to the Madonna and he blessed my scooter “so that it brought me where it was written that I’m going to, so that to allow me to experience these and a thousand other experiences“.

Even today, just remembering it, I inspire.

  • I think people like you who, despite the tremendous difficulties, have managed to make great experiences, are to be admired, do you think that you somehow inspired someone else to do things that he would not have done otherwise? Would you like to be an inspiration to others? If so, why?

I thank you even if I do not know if I should be admired or even taken as an example.

Certainly, even if a single person succeeded, drawing on something I did, to face one his fear, to overcome one his limit… then he/she is to be thanked by me because he/she has given me something extraordinary: a pinch of that Sense-of-(my)-lLife I still seek and that, my only certainty, has to do with others, with their lives and their well-being.

7 luglio 2014, a Cabo da Roca, “meta” di questo viaggio
7 July 2014, Cabo da Roca, “target” of this trip
  • Do you think your physical disability has influenced your way of seeing the world? What mental and psychological aspects have made you the traveler you are today?

My physical disability that, in the present world, makes me the phisical handicapped which I am (plus all the emotional and mental scathes) has certainly influenced and, unfortunately, determines more and more importantly my perception of the world as well as my entire life.

So, even the Traveler who I strive to be is influenced in a number of ways: where to go, how to do it, what I am looking for and for what purpose… everything constantly counts with my condition and with my perception, with my “lived” of it.

I would like a super-enduro and instead I travel either with a standard Burgman 150 or with my scooterTrike; I would like to start at this very moment the World-Tour and instead, after the 2010-11-12-14 trips across Europe, I am trying to adapt the scooterTrike with the hope of departing at the 2018 spring for another itinerary anyway, predominantly, european. Health permitting.

That being said, I’m glad I can at least dream and try to plan all this: I still have not removed the battery and not covered my trike with a sheet.

There is still a little flame of hope. And as long as it will be, I will still be a Traveler!

  • You have overcome enormous difficulties in getting your trips done, how do you live this condition? Do you think these difficulties have made you a stronger person? If yes, how did you grew up?

I perceive myself as a paradox. To an external image, often that of a “strong person” corresponds to my “feeling of frustration and weakness” (I would do but I can not).

Certainly, however, thanks to the education I received as a young man before and from meeting with the New Humanism of Silo, I am also a very reactive person (often quite vehemently): when I am sick, when faced with a difficulty… a part of me categorically refuses to give up, to surrender, to resign myself.

So, somehow, so far, I’ve been gone ahead and I’ve been tried to pursue my goals.

I’m very tired. But I don’t want to let it go.

9 luglio 2012, Berlino
9 July 2012, Berlino
  • Quali sono gli ingredienti per perseverare sugli obbiettivi? Quali sono quei fattori che ti danno la forza di continuare? Che cosa consiglieresti agli altri ad essere tenaci nei propri sogni/obbiettivi?

Oltre a quello detto prima, quello che ha spesso funzionato per me è stato l’ascoltare gli altri, ma decidere poi sempre di testa e soprattutto cuore miei!

Così come vale per la mia vita, ognuno deve vivere la propria. Questo richiede assunzione di responsabilità, credere in quello che si vuole ottenere, coraggio per andare anche contro il Mondo intero quando serve, umiltà di riconoscere l’errore commesso (e l’accettarne le conseguenze) e tentare di riparare per poi continuare a cercare ciò che ognuno di noi crede che lo renderà felice.

Non so se c’è un consiglio, una chiave. Penso però che se una persona non ci mette tutto di sè per riuscire è assai improbabile che qualcuno lo faccia al nostro posto. Perciò…

  • Qual è quella cosa che avresti voluto che ti chiedessero, ma non hanno mai osato chiederti? Cosa vorresti poter raccontare della tua vita o dei tuoi viaggi, ma nessuno ti ha dato l’input giusto per iniziare?

In realtà, le domande che mi hai posto sin qui, nel modo e nella forma, mi hanno permesso di accennare a molto di Pietro, il suo scooterTrike e i suoi handy-Viaggi: www.handytrike.eu (Viaggiare per un Sogno: oltre le barriere” onlus)

Grazie per l’opportunità che mi hai offerto.

Buona strada.

2012, Rotellando a Trieste: Adotta 1 Km di Sogno
2012, Rotellando a Trieste: Adotta 1 Km di Sogno

June 16, 2017, video-interview “The 6% which goes motorbike all year round”

June 13, 2020  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  Press review
logo of 6percento
“The 6% which goes motorbike all year round”

June 16, 2017

During the 2017 “Earth navigators” Festival – The Return I was interviewed by the editors ”The 6% which goes motorbike all year round“* [site - Facebook].

Video-streaming interview:

video-intervista a Il 6percento che va in moto tutto l'anno

*

“The 6% which goes motorbike all year round” is a community of motorcyclists who love traveling on motorbikes and winter rallies. From their aggregation, several projects are devoted to the promotion of travel culture as an expression of brotherhood among motorcyclists and as a testimony to other cultures.

Who I am

August 8, 2017  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  My posts

1994 - 2017, Pietro

1994 – 2017 collage foto Pietro

Pietro Rosenwirth.

Born in Udine in 1969, currently living in Trieste. Among the many things characterizing me, I have a “body-handicapped”.

Since 1987 I have been promoting and participating in initiatives to spread the values of non-violence and non-discrimination. I recognize myself in the sensitivity and ideas of New Universalist Humanism and “The message” by Silo.

Over the years, I have been involved in various awareness campaigns such as “Trieste: multiethnic city – multiform city” for the human rights of immigrants and people with disabilities and “Disabled: right to movement” campaign for the abolition of architectural barriers, organizing a “Humanist Coordination for the Rights of the Disabled”.

Between 2002 and 2006, I was one of the promoters of the “Café la Paz”: periodic meetings aimed at the opening of the thematic dialogue from Non-violence to Euthanasia, from Creativity to the Image of ourself, from PACS: civil solidarity pact to The great desires, from the Referendum on assisted procreation of 12/13 June ’05 to the Diversity. From 2003 to 2012, I was one of the promoters of the “Festival of Diversity” promoted by the “Center of the Cultures” of Trieste.

Since 2007, the spiritual research has become an increasingly important need and priority, along with the search for new forms of action to overcome the ever-increasing limits imposed by my various pathologies and their sudden worsening.

Since 2010, I have decided to merge my struggles for the Human Rights and one of my passions, that of traveling.

So I organized and realized my first alone-trips:

  • 2010, August-September: “Greece – Turkey – Italy”, with a 150cc standard scooter, almost 6,000 km [trip];
  • 2011, May: “5 Capitals”, with the first scooter-trike approved in Italy: more than 4,000 km in the former Mittel-  Europa [trip].
  • 2012, June-July: “Western and Central Europe”, over 10,000 miles aboard the scooter-trike across Western and Eastern Europe [trip].
  • 2014, after a year of forced stop, I reached the most point west of Europe, Cabo da Roca: over 14,000 Km between Italy – France – Spain – Portugal [trip].

In August 2011, the Humanist Association “Traveling for a Dream: beyond the barriers” onlus was founded (closed on 14.04.2020).

“Disabled? No. Differently abled? No. Handicapped? Yes. If we lived in a truly civil society, in a society that considers the needs of the Human Being his main concern and therefore the solution of the daily needs of people as a priority, perhaps the first two definitions would lose the back-taste of hypocrisy that characterizes them. But as long as people will be considered a cost by the Public Administration and not a resource; as long as the social field will be considered an unavoidable expenditure to budget rather than an opportunity and an investment in people and for people; as long as removing architectural barriers (mental and logistic) will be considered as a disturbance rather then a normal duty for a Society that offers equal opportunities of movement and expression to all his members, regardless of their (psycho)physical condition, “handicapped” stays the term most appropriate to define my social status”. I dedicated many energies dedicated during all these years to overcome all denials, all “It’s not possible” answers, the bureaucracy, the indifference of many, in order to get a vehicle with the necessary changes to allow me to begin to travel to bring as far as possible and as deep as possible in the consciences of the people, normo-considered as well as disabled, a message against discrimination and especially the message which summarizes each step forward, made by Man in his history: “You can!“.

2017 “Earth navigators” Festival – The Return (June 12-18)

June 17, 2017  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  Activities

logo dell'edizione 2017 del Festival dei Navigatori di Terra

from 12 to 18 June 2017

2017 “Earth navigators” Festival – The Return

This edition was also rich in emotions, an engaging and growing sharing of dreams made and pursued …

The most beautiful thing is to review many friends and discover new ones, with the ability to talk to people from whom it is always possible to learn some trick, some new itineraries, some solutions to the difficulties a Navigator always encounters in spinning around the World.

Follow on Facebook the Event, in view of the next edition set at (7) 8-9-10 June 2018!


Following, the presentation of the organizer Italo Barazzutti:

“Unique in content and even more in spirit, the Festival IS NOT A MOTORADUNO: the Earth’s sailor moves with any vehicle.

Far from the commonplaces, along with Italo and his friends, the intent is to share a sight of the world. Something beautiful, motivating and engaging like: travel, adventure, friendship; LIFE!

From this edition the program will be expanded and extended throughout the week. For those who want to enjoy a global experience in a fantastic Friuli Venezia Giulia, there will be available maps with predefined laps. Already from Monday, the friends of the “Ali e Patate” motorbike group will produce as day tour guides. Alpine valleys made epic from the “Giro d’Italia”; landscapes and history also in the adjacent, Austria and Slovenia.

The super-tested Trattoria “Da Gardo”, in Majano (UD), offers a great green area for your tents. Services, showers; electric current to the campers. For those who prefer a room I will propose in time the list of the remarkable local offer.

Your Italone, even more passionate and charged than you remember it, will stay on the spot ready to welcome you and turn on the evening with incredible stories.

The meritorious Simone Marchetti, absent vaguely justified during the last edition, this year will not appear just only in a photography. Presence already ensured from Thursday; to entertain you until dawn as it is in his style.

The coming and going of great Friulian friends, great travelers, will not fail.

On friday, the arrivals will be multiplied and it will be beautiful to meet eachother again.

After dinner we will officially open this edition of the Festival.

On Saturday morning still guided tours; Immediately after lunch, however, we will enter the point. We will start with “sustainable travel”, that is, just what might be the first of a long series; and then we’ll lose ourselves away in “dream trips” …

Another novelty, we will have a “GPS-course”, as well as a technical insight into how to prepare us, and prepare our bike for journey.

With Fabrizio Jelmini, a film-maker of sacred monsters such as “OVERLAND” and “DONNA AVVENTURA”, we could deepen and improve our approach to photography. Momentary pauses not at all: the formidable Anthony Basso guitar-voice will make them vibrant. Smiling and hospitable as you remember, Renzo will give us the best from the kitchen.

As always at the Festival there will be no protagonists! Only us, all together for friendship, everyone is ready to do their best to make the meeting extraordinary.

Sunday greetings and still I…

With intents and contents strongly motivating, another time the “Earth’s sailors Festival” in Majano, a kind of navel in the world where why not, to start to realize that journey … to give that ‘turn’ to our life that. .. yeah !!!

Motorcycles, cars, bicycles or camper; any vehicle is good to get there. What if he was on the train? We will organize a relay race at the station because this is the soul of the Festival!

From here to there a big hug like that world I love so much !!!

Italo Barazzutti

tel. 335 6607810

info@italobarazzutti.it

www.navigatorediterra.it

Area verde trattoria “da Gardo” – Majano (UD)

Via Divisione Julia 160

tel. 0432 959492

MAPPA: http://g.co/maps/ptesa

Biker Fest 18-21 May 2017 – Lignano Sabbiadoro

May 20, 2017  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  Activities

visit the Biker Fest site

visit site of the Biker Fest


Biker Fest 2017

As every Summer, in Lignano Sabbiadoro, we hold the Biker Fest: a fantastic event, an opportunity to meet old and new friends and to admire live real motorcycle jewels.

Not only 2-wheels but also trike, quad, vintage cars and true any-motor-masterpieces made by the most famous international custom masters.

At this edition we were present at the Moto-Travelers stand.

Pietro al Biker Fest

Pietro at the Biker Fest


from the official site:

Oldest international Custom Bike show in Europe

Biker Fest will host the only Italian stage of the AMD World Championship and the final stage of the 14 date Italian Motorcycle Championship, with rich prizes (accessories for motorbikes with a value in thousands of Euro’s), flights to Daytona Bike Week and a refund of 1000 euro for the winners expenses. On occasion of this anniversary there will also be awards and prizes, courtesy of the world famous Ace Cafe London, for all Cafe Racer bike class entries and a special prize for the winner; official delegates from the Verona Motor Bike Expo will present all competitors awards and will give a special prize to the best emerging customizer to include with a display space of 17mq at the next edition at Verona Motor Bike Expo.

Adopt 1 Km for a Dream

June 1, 2014  |  by Pietro Rosenwirth  |  Activities

Adopt a Kilometer of Dreams!

Donations

2018 - Next spring-summer, health permitting, Pietro will return to travel to bring as far as possible our non-discrimination message.

As always, the journey will be possible above all thanks to the disinterested support of those who, like us, want to believe in this dream, and this is a call for concrete help for the dream to come true:

donations and the greatest possible sharing of this appeal.

More people will know, the more people will want to help!

Traveling for a Dream: beyond the barriers” is our commitment to a free future free from discrimination and all physical and mental barriers.

Thanks to all those who will help us.

Peace, strength and joy!

Pietro and all the friends of the Humanist Association “Traveling for a Dream: beyond the barriers“.

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