I just discovered a map Silvanus must have made, showing his treks across Ilva. How do you like it?
Actually, it was made for him by a brilliant cartographer in Russia, Polina Vorontsova.
The forecast said rain or heavy rain for each day of the week I’d planned to be in Elba for my background research. But this was my only chance and the bookings couldn’t be cancelled. In any case, Silvanus experienced bad weather – very bad weather – so why shouldn’t I? Continue reading “Successful Trip”
At long last I’ve planned my next trip to make friends with Silvanus and Cerbonius. It means travelling not only over 700 km south but more than 1440 years back in history. It promises to be exciting.
Unfortunately, I’ll only be a week on Elba, and that will probably pass quickly. For most of the time I’ll be in Marciana, coincidentally over San Cerbone’s Day, 10th October. I wonder what I’ll learn from him…
Poverty is a major issue in the life of Silvanus’ family. It’s hard enough to find food each day, let alone being able to afford new clothes, tools, or – in the case of Dad, Cornelius – a fishing boat.
Together with poverty, there is often a deep-set longing for riches. If only I had the money…
- … I’d buy new shoes
- … I’d go to a proper school
- … I’d travel
- … I’d be able to marry, support a family.
So it’s not surprising, when Silvanus happens to find a cave full of crystals, that he gets excited and begins to dream big… Continue reading “My Preciousss!”
Snow is quite uncommon on the Isle of Elba. But not unknown.
Imagine Silvanus receiving a cold shower as he inadvertently brushes against the branches of such trees.
Enrico Valenti took this photo in 2007.
In May 2012, my wife and I enjoyed a week-long hiking holiday on Elba. Organised by Surprise Reisen and very competently led by Achim Gäckle, some 25 people of varying ages travelled by coach and ferry and stayed in the very beautifully located Hotel Viticcio on the north coast. Continue reading “How it all started”