La Terre en Marche
6,000 km on foot from Venise to China
Two years along Via Egnatia and the Silk Road (550 p., 32 color photos)
par Jérôme BERGAMI
A STEP, A GESTURE, A SIGN
La Terre en Marche is an extraordinary human adventure. All in one sports, discovery and major cultural challenges, as well as a poetical and literary journey, this initiative is the reaction of a man and a woman to the economical, identity and ecological upheavals that the contemporary European and especially French society experience. These two walkers express through their love the will to overcome themselves, to surpass their inner conflicts and fears in order to accomplish a powerful gesture of peace and respect towards other people.
From Venice to Erkeshtam, at the Chinese border, "armed" with only two leather purses hooked up to their belts and containing people's common treasure - soil from the five continents-, Jérôme and Sabina walked more than six thousand kilometers in order to exchange the Earth from one nation to another, from one country to another, along two ancient commercial roads they symbolically transform in meeting and sharing roads.
A modern times epos inspired by strong values and the will to transmit a calmer and more confident vision of human relations. There is a kind of energy that this journey exhales, a journey seen as a school of life, as a primary learning experience.
Jérôme and Sabina are a French-Romanian couple. He is a writer and she is translator, married since 2007 in Brittany and together they have travelled ever since many parts of the globe and had a multitude of professions. Their desire to understand and discover, their unquenched thirst for meaning leads them in 2013 to create their association La Terre en Marche. It is their way to combine their two sensitivities, their two visions of the world and the relations to others. On June 20, 2014 they make their first step.