Terrence Malick: The Thin Red Line (1998). If you think it’s a war movie, you’re wrong. It looks like the real purpose of it is the place of Man among Nature. No main character, but a dozen of interesting ones. No regular story structure, but a perfect balance between narration and metaphysical thoughts. Masterpiece.
Sun Tzu: The Art of War (500 BC). This treatise may have been written two or three millenniums ago, but its content is still incredibly acute and valuable, and the expression is always crystal clear. A short book full of knowledge and wisdom which will make you understand much more about how to reach your goal, whatever it is. I read it last year and I was fascinated from the beginning to the end.
Arenal volcano, Costa Rica. I was there in Spring 2006 and still remember a magic moment. During the day, the volcano surrounded by a national park with jungle, makes rhythmic noises with profound sub-basses. Stones fall on its sides. The jungle where almost everything you see could in fact be a strange animal, is haunted by insect noises that recall the electronic sine waves of Ryoji Ikeda et al. In the evening the volcano became all dark, showing red and yellow lines of falling lava that looked like flashes in the night. And as the daylight decreased, fireflies appeared one by one, awakened by obscurity: first a dozen, then a hundred, then thousands of little lights peacefully shining in the nocturnal landscape.