Technogym: Giving Life Experiences – A Guide For Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner and, like every year, we set out in search of the perfect gift. Of course, the excitement of the colourful packages stacked under the tree immediately makes children come back and the rustle of the paper under your fingers is a feeling that, alone, is worth the year long wait.
Globalization has taught us that you can buy everything with a simple click; advertising continuously offers us that object that we really lack and the tools that we just can’t live without. But there is a type of gift that is difficult to pack, that you do not buy online and never goes on promotion: time.
To lovers of nature and animals, to all those who have recently received the call to a more conscious tourism, but perhaps also to the most sceptical, you could suggest a visit to an animal sanctuary: a wonderful way to be and do good. The sanctuaries are present throughout Europe, the United States and Canada, including the Farmhouse Garden Animal Home, created by former breeder Mike Lanigan in Ontario.
Visiting these open spaces, spending a few hours in the company of horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, ducks and chickens, returning to a dimension in which there is no exploitation, but only sharing, knowledge and mutual curiosity. These experiences can return a lot in terms of personal enrichment.
Experiences of Taste
For gourmets, a tasteful experience and dinner in one of the many starred restaurants is certainly a welcome gift. The advice is to experience the cuisine of Clare Smyth, Best Female Chef 2018 with her London restaurant in Notting Hill. She won over critics and the public thanks to a solid career that led to the opening of the restaurant of the same name, marked by an original cuisine that aims to enhance the value of local producers and the raw materials of the British culinary tradition.
But for those who are always on the lookout for new frontiers, we can suggest a visit to Hamburg’s Fischmarkt, the traditional fish market, which since 1703, every Sunday morning, is animated by local patrons, tourists and people who are just curious to see what’s going on. There are the dawn-breakers, who perhaps really go there to buy fish, fruit, flowers, bread and cakes, and there are the night owls, who wander around the stalls to conclude the best evening that has gone on beyond expectations.
Giving or giving yourself time, finding an opportunity to share an experience, is a luxury that now unites all pockets, but it is the best way to make any day a special day.
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