The fascination of this place
is not about what there is
but about what is missing.

This is not a cliché.

February 2015

01 February 2015

Voyage to the moon. Oh, sweet moon of mine.

Travellers wish to see new sights and cultures. In spite of this quest for novelty, we do seek a more meaningful something when travelling. An intimacy in the act of travelling only we understand.
Some people still like the Sellaronda slopes even when they’re buzzing with people, while others just can’t seem to give up the thrill and excitement of what life can offer. However, some people are at their happiest when tucking into a local dish or simply taking a leisurely stroll and feasting their eyes on a gorgeous view. Some people need the bustle and liveliness of a city while others flee to the friendly comfort of a small village tucked at the end of the world. A far-away luxury resort may do the trick, where you can even deposit your iPhone and iPad upon arrival; some let the steam off with sport and others are to be found constantly snoring in bed. Who are these people? They are our tourists, travelling many hours to reach the Dolomites.

Travellers wish to see new sights and cultures. In spite of this quest for novelty, we do seek a more meaningful something when travelling. An intimacy in the act of travelling only we understand. Travelling allows us to take a step back and to depart from the daily grind. Our eyes, more often than not, are so glued to the screen that we simply don’t see life as it passes us by. Taking a step back can be positive, putting things into perspective. We see the world for what it is. Our muddied thoughts become clearer and we manage to focus on everything that surrounds us.
Taking a step back and having a good look at ourselves and what surrounds us has become paramount when getting from A to B has never been easier and quicker and where a wealth of information is at our fingertips. We need to learn and travel even by, strangely enough, being still. I firmly believe that we don’t really have to go on holiday to recharge our batteries, to tank up on hope and energy and become one with the world. Don’t get me wrong: as a hotelier I’m not inviting you to sit still; rather, I’m asking you to rethink travelling before going on holiday. Going out of your home to find your true home: home is where the heart is. Flaubert couldn’t have expressed it any better:
He travelled. He realised the melancholy associated with packet-boats, the chill one feels on waking up under tents, the dizzy effect of landscapes and ruins, and the bitterness of ruptured sympathies. He returned home.
In a few days, 4 February to be precise, we will have a full moon. During these days everything that occurs in our body and soul, yes, even our thoughts, is amplified. It is a good moment to channel the wealth of positive energy at our disposal to take back what, at times, seems to have slipped through our fingers. It’s the ideal time to try and change things, focus on an issue which has been haunting us for a while. It is also the moment to let go of unnecessary things: clothes, tools and thoughts. Their time has run out. Or even doing things deliberately: walking, for example. Rooting yourself to the earth, rejoice with every step and see where our next one falls, freeing you mind from thoughts which should not harass you. Some ‘me time’. Ask yourself, no, demand it, to love yourself. Listen to your needs. Don’t picture life as a closed gate but as a swath of land which stretches before your eyes, an open field where travelling becomes possible. Be it a fir thicket or at home, buried under tasks and worries knowing thinks can be changed. Know it and own it. The real luxury is knowing it and wanting it.
After such a newsletter, I hope many of you haven’t decided to not go anywhere at all: that would spell out trouble for us!
Life, however, is a gift. Every day a new start and today surely is the very first day of what time we’ve got left to live. With or without snow, or with crowded slopes. Whatever the case, take a step back and stand still. With or without the full moon. I believe it’s well worth it.

Michil Costa