My name’s Sabrina Pastacaldi.
I was born in Turin but very early moved to Como mountain area (Lake Como and Triangolo Lariano area), where I have been working as an interpreter and translator of technical texts from English and French, as well as an event planner (scientific meetings and music and cultural events).
But then passion for travels has prevailed, where travelling means living people everyday life and traditions; passion for nature to be experienced slowly and deeply; passion for authentic culinary traditions allowing us to get to know extraordinary places and stories.
So, here I am, looking forward to sharing with you nature and its magic and the desire to experience local traditions in countries whose remoteness and differences tickle our curiosity.
NATURE AND ME
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed,
and to have my senses put in order”
Taking a break from everyday rush, from heavy thoughts and losing oneself into the environment to breathe its own breath; walking slowly and observing the thousand magic and masterpieces; lingering to listen to nature noise and silence; recovering inner equilibrium and equilibrium with nature.
“Any experience, any excursion, is a unique recipe to be carefully cooked mixing special ingredients, and to be enjoyed slowly”
Whether it’s on Lake Como or in India, any experience has to be lived as the aim of the journey, as the way to lose oneself into the art created by nature, as the way to experience local people and its cultural and culinary traditions, as the way to observe the landscape as it changes in time and from place to place, as the way to recover energies.
“I have walked myself into my best thoughts and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it…but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill”
Being in nature helps us facing highly psychological and physical stressing situations more easily, and never more so than today we need it; going into nature helps us getting aware of its vastness as compared to our world, thus, giving us a different point of view on our issues; it allows us to find a way out without necessarily abandoning our world completely.
“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality is more important than the feeling for pictures”
Vincent van Gogh
Walking slowly allows us to deeply observe nature, thus discovering wonderful masterpieces which will enchant and amaze us as if we were in front of a van Gogh or Michelangelo’s masterpiece.
Nature is art in itself!
“Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, teachers.”
Playing, wondering, experiencing with all our senses is the best way for children and teens to learn and to get to know nature; pausing to listen to the music composed by nature, to feel the scents emanated by nature, to touch roughness and softness of nature, to observe the details and magic created by nature.
AIGAE NATURE GUIDE
A Nature Guide is an expert who can safely accompany people in nature providing technical support and describing aspects and issues related to nature, local culture and human impact, regardless of the altitude but without the use of crampons, axes and ropes; besides, it can be a valuable partner for protected areas as far as projects related to communication, diffusion and accessibility are concerned.
AIGAE (Italian trade organization) Nature Guides are committed to continuous training and update which is a guarantee of professionalism and competence.
Walking safely, sharing knowledge,
exploring and having fun!
Carefully planning and designing an itinerary, whether it is an excursion or a journey, means having your safety at heart and being able to properly evaluate your ability to participate considering your interests, physical training and expectations.
A detailed planning considering cultural features and points of attention along the path will be guarantee of fun, relaxation and enrichment!