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Blind Italian backpacking around world alone

'Believe in others' 28-year-old says

25 February, 14:57
Blind Italian backpacking around world alone (ANSA) - Verona, February 24 - Alessandro Bordini is blind, and he is backpacking around the world on his own.

After losing his sight in a parachuting accident in 2009, he spent a year in hospital and in rehab, re-learning how to walk and how to eat.

''The secret is to believe in oneself and in others'', the 28-year-old told a TED talk in the Italian city of Verona on Tuesday.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation under the slogan ''ideas worth spreading''. ''Smiling always helps. Optimism can help us get through any situation in life'', said Bordini, who has so far backpacked through Eastern Europe, Asia, and Oceania. He plans to leave for Russia in March, he wrote on his Facebook page.

''Everywhere I went, people were willing to help. If I made it this far, it's because I ran across good people everywhere,'' he said.