“If you must rush, rush slowly”
– Kazakhstan saying
Siena students were privileged to spend a lunch with author, adventurer and filmmaker Tim Cope last Wednesday. Tim spoke with the students about his most renowned journey - a three year, 10,000km horseback trek from Mongolia to Hungary across the great Eurasian Steppe with his best friend, canine companion Tigon. Tim’s passion for adventure and personal challenge was evident in his presentation as he shared stories of incredible physical hardship, misadventure, loneliness, moments of personal triumph and friendships forged in the most desolate of places.
Tim’s presentation was accompanied by stunning photography and extracts from his documentary films which enabled our students to journey far beyond Camberwell to the vast open planes, valleys, mountains and landscapes of countries such as Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Interwoven in his presentation were phrases of local wisdom which assisted Tim to interpret his experiences with a new philosophy.
Tim encouraged our students to consider the benefits of choosing alternative paths and to be open to the idea of experiencing different cultures and choosing adventure. He taught our students the value of learning patience, acknowledging how counter cultural this concept is in a world of instant gratification.
All three of Tim Cope’s published books are available from the Albertus Magnus Learning Centre for loan.