Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pink houses

I have just planned my next race: it's a 5k race which will be held in Rome on February 8th. I don't do the registration through the race's internet website as I'll try to do it two hours before the race.  
And now two pictures which show pink houses in the middle of the town. I took the pictures last week while I was running through the pedestrian area, where there isn't any noise pollution or car's emissions.  

In addition, the two pictures show that it was a cloudy morning, although since the beginning of the new year we have had Autumn temperatures without cold, snow and rain ... until now.

Happy running/walking/biking to everyone!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Assault on Democracy

I'm still astonished to see the assault on Democracy in Paris this week. And while French Policemen are still dealing with one of the worst terrorist attack in Europe for half a century, today Vatican Square seems quite deserted: Italians and tourists are feared terrorist attack on Vatican. 

The Christmas tree and the Nativity scene are still there, in the middle of Vatican Square. 

This post has nothing to do with running. Sorry for that!
Freedom will always be stronger than barbarism!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

I already did a race in 2015

Hi  everyone! Have you had a good beginning of the New Year? I hope so! I have been glad to see that most blogger friends began the New Year along running paths in a wood, through the countryside, or simply walking/hiking. With regards to walking and hiking I have just seen the useful post written by Amy Crawshaw, from Leuven. In her interesting post she underlines the difference between the two verbs walking and hiking. Thanks again for sharing those information, Amy! As it is known, English isn't my first language, that's why I am always interested in this kind of posts. The meaning of words and expanding my vocabulary will always be the most important of learning English. The British  language is constantly changing, so I need to keep up to date with new words and new ways of speaking.
Maybe, the picture has something to do with the two verbs above mentioned, as it shows the post-race atmosphere which I saw this morning :) 
I already did a race in 2015: this morning I ran a 5k race in a place close to Rome.
On this sunny Sunday, the runners gave something to eat such as cakes, wine, and olive oil, while they were making the registration. The food was collected to benefit social cause programs in Rome and surroundings. 
I'll try to find other pictures through the web later.
Enjoy your walking/running/hiking!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas shopping

I've just finished walking through shopping centers and Christmas markets in Rome and surroundings. I've just  finished doing Christmas shopping :)

Consequently, our Christmas tree is surrounded by Christmas gifts. 15 people will be at home at Christmas, that's why you see a lot of gifs around the tree

Happy Christmas to all my blogger friends!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Italy's most multicultural city

The two pictures above have nothing to do with running. They were taken this month while I was walking through the Italy's largest and most multicultural city. I'm talking about a Rome's neighborhood located close to the main railway station, where most people who live there aren't Italians. And it works great! Of course that neighborhood  does have its downsides:someone can't find Italian items in the shops located along that street and restaurants mainly sell exotic dishes. 
Back to the running topic, I haven't planned to run any race yet. Maybe motivation have been decreasing since last Spring ... although  I have bought a new pair of running shoes :) This week I have been so glad to hear that Stefano has planned to run the Christmas race. It will be held on December 22nd and I'll give it a try!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I am a mild over pronator

New running shoes are still in their packing box.. Last week I  bought a pair of Asics Gel - Kayano 20, after I had got my style analysed in a specialist running shop in Rome. I am a mild over pronator, that's why I chose a shoe that gives more arch support.

Weather is still hot although Summer is sadly over. And I am ready for a couple of gloomy months, when days get shorter, temperatures drop and the rain settles in. We might enjoy a second summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Have you never escaped the European and North American winter and spent some time on the other side of the world?
Nice week to everyone!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Pope and the lawyer

This week I am dealing with a legal matter related to compensation for damages. One of the walls of the block of flats where I live shows signs of dampness and moisture penetration. Thertin homeowners live in this building which is experiencing noticeable seepage because of a shop's bathroom  located on the other side of the wall. Unfortunately, the owner of the shop is a lawyer: he said that the moisture penetration is related to our basement. I don't think so, because it's easy to see moisture penetration only on the wall which is situated between our building and his bathroom, whose water main was built more than fifty years ago. In addition, this line of thinking is supported by two plumbers who saw both our wall and his bathroom.

This legal matter reminds me the joke about the Pope and the lawyer which I heard last Summer. It would be a good idea to share the joke, considering that I've just bored you with moisture penetration and seepage.
the joke is named "The Pope and the lawyer".
The Pope and a lawyer are on the elvator to heaven. When they arrive at the gates, dozens of angels, saints and other holy people are waiting for them.
They pick the lawyer up and carry him on their shoulders. They all cheer. They don't take any notice of the Pope who is very sad.
St. Peter sees this and goes over to him and says: "Don't feel bad. We get popes here all the times. It's not every day we get a lawyer". 
Today we have had one day of Summer sunny once again. the picture picture below shows one of the things I like most about my town: it's its running path along the sea.

Have nice outdoor adventures!
Post scriptum:  I mentioned above the definition "block of flats", with regards to the building where I live. Do you think it is correct? Could I use also the word "condominium"?