My name is Vincent Livelli, I’ve been traveling
on and off since 1939
when I withdrew from Brooklyn college to go to Cuba
and start a trip around the world
Monalisa, I had all her to myself in the Louvre
nobody in the whole room except me and her
that’s the kind of feeling I had the world Itt was all mine
If you ever wondered what it was like to travel in the 1940s and 50s
this 99 year old man has all the answers
I headed to his apartment on the west side of Manhattan on this cold, rainy day
when did you move here
I moved here the day that the JFK was assassinated
that was in 1964
How much was the rent here
$15 a month
He invited me upstairs to sit and chat about his life
Now this is the hard part
oh, sh**. ohhh, I don’t have my keys
Where is Livelli?…Here.
Yeah, you are smart.
1 2 3……你去过不丹吗
one, two, three…Have you been to Bhutan?
Yes, yes… Good for you
I was born in Brooklyn, in 1920
so you are… 99
Are you Jewish? I’m Jewish.
I’m Jewish, I have a tree in Haifa.
Have some schnapps
a little, just a little
So, I… Wait, wait, un, momentito, you have to speak word by word
I’m sorry. it’s either that or write it or something. It’s okay
How many countries have you been to? 60.
Yeah, I thought I had a record
till you came along
What’s your favorite?
Well I think now, I can go back to Cuba. That‘s my favorite
Despite being hearing impaired since he was three
I started to eat lead paint that came down off the walls
Mr Livelli learned 5 languages during his career of sailing on 64 ships
Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and some German
( speaking German)
Just to put in perspective how long ago this man started traveling
it was just before WWⅡ kicked off
back when the Wizard of Oz hit theatres
when planes looked like this
phones looked like this
and when Thailand was still called Siam
It was a pure, pristine world, clean
Very few people traveled for leisure during this period of time
and it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to hear his stories today
In ’39 really, my first country was Canada
when there were Indians camped at the base or the Niagara Falls
there were tents with children
How cheap was it to travel back then, how much?
$29 weekend in Havana
What’s your favorite part about traveling?
The friends you meet because unless you bring the people to your house
you have not known the country
and this idea of travel is to get not to know only the country but the people
I met 90 celebrities
including the king of Siam, the King of Afghanistan
listen to this Duke and Dutchess of Windsor
he wanted me to stay and talk with him
look I said I’m hungry, I’m dirty, I’ve been driving all day excuse me
Uh, Mickey Mantle
we were both standing side by side at the urinals…
taking a leak… (laughing)
What is your keys to living happy?
drumming makes me happy
Vincent is so kind that on my way out,
he got up to walk down 4 flights or stairs
I’m gonna give you a little piece of candy
for you, you get
dry from talking
Be careful, don’t talk
That was an incredible experience, I’m just leaving Vicente’s apartment complex now
amazing guy, it’s really cool to near about his travel stories from
the 30s and 40s and… yeah
Alright guys, heading out to the city now… See ya later!
We’ve been ok. We ended at that.
We ended at nice note.
I always try to end that
on a nice note,
whatever conversation I have.
I come to improve something like the restaurant 30 ships I learnt how to make people happy
And today national graphic magazine is talking about happiness.
They don’t know where the happiness
the happiness has been how along
when they get together for what is called the benban
bengbei is dreaming
six guys is dreaming they have a pizza
they trip for a day for one village to another
and that way you find happy and presents and present, presents
to whole 5000 they hold tooth horzan
all the guys are happy that some body are working on the five
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