It was exactly 50 years ago today, May 11, 1959, that my papi’s ship finally reached the Port of Mombasa, Kenya. A journey that began in a small town in northern Italy, which lead him to Trieste where he boarded the MV Africa Lloyd Triestino to begin the adventure of a lifetime… quite literally! it was there that he would choose to build his home, his family and his new life! A life I am proud of having been a part of and which i would not trade for all the material possessions of this earth! A man from humble beginnings, with a thirst for knowledge and life and passion! Little did he know just how much his endless quest for the perfect life, in the most beautiful, raw and untamed land on earth would change his life forever!
It was here that only a few years later he would meet my beautiful mother, have 4 wonderful children and go on to become one of Kenya’s most revered hunters and then eventually Tour operator throughout Kenya. It seems fitting therefore that my family should celebrate this most historic day just one day after Mother’s Day!
I want to say THANK YOU… for giving me your sense of adventure, your love for books, history, knowledge and your unbeatable passion for LIFE! Thank you for falling in love with my mother and blessing me with the ability to call her as such! You have been the shining star on my journey through life, my pillar, my strength… my oracle!!! You blessed us all with a life filled with unforgettable memories and even more promising futures. My fondest memories of my childhood have always been listening to your tales of battles with elephants and buffalo, or getting stuck in black cotton soil with your trusty old Land Cruiser (which i hope you never get rid off because if you do i want it!!!!! =p), while sitting by a campfire under the vast African star-filled sky.
This eventful day ultimately shaped our lives and that of all those whom have been blessed by your presence! May you continue to leave your mark on this world for the years still ahead and may I continue to learn, to fight and to live a fruitful and blessed life just as you have and continue to do. you are a tall order for any man to be compared to but i say with all my heart that I hope to meet someone just like you!
Con tanto amore,
For information about my dads tented lodge in tsavo east you may visit the following websites, or check your local guide books on kenya under “Epiya Chapeyu”, aka “Bigi Camp”