Adventures to Come

I have one adventure per month starting in March. Exciting!
Stephanie and I have idea, events, opportunities, wishes, dreams we want to follow, chase, seek and create. We have a nice list of destinations and trips ahead.

First of all, and adventure, for me, is linked to traveling, but other exciting things are happening at the same time.
Sonderers is going live on March 1st, for example! The team is working hard and we are enjoying it quite a bit. I know I do.
David keeps writing and might have an interesting new things happening soon... but let's wait to see if it's confirmed.
Stephanie is creating and networking and working a lot and she has some pretty cool things coming up too, both on her personal side and with her Beauty Archaeology.

But going back to traveling... well well well, I am stoked to think of what is coming next!
Morocco in March!
Ireland or Scotland in April!
Malta in may!
Jerusalem in June!
These are adventure that are exciting on a personal level and they will bring great nw content for my photography.

Also, I would like to have a peculiar side for each trip.
Example, in March in Morocco we'll be hosted by our friend Ahmed.
In Jerusalem, I'll go around with my brother who used to live there, as well as I would like a specific spiritual and physical endeavor.
I have few ideas, and I'll post them when the time is ripe, which means before or after or while I am traveling.

I am particularly stoked because most of the times I will be traveling with somebody who has lived the place and I will see the more personal, original side of the place and the people.

Life Meeting Point

My return to Nottingham has been busy, in a good way.
After spending the holidays at home in Italy, I had few days at home in Nottingham; then my mother and my brother came to visit; then I had few days by myself; then my girlfriend Stephanie arrived (at last!).
On top of that, I had important deadlines at work.
Also, of course, I went back training and this week I am basically back to full regimen.
The first two weeks back to England have been great!

A great moment of the time I had with my family has been the visit to Newstead Abbey.
Newstead Abbey (my museum entry photo here) was a former priory which had been destroyed by Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. part of it had been saved because it was sold to a private person.
That private person was an ancestor of famed Lord Byron.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron) was a poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
He couldn't live, let alone restore, the huge building, but perhaps that is what kept the interest of it, with its run down parts.
The building (the former priory) is the standing building that is left, while the actual church has only the front facade left.
The building is interesting under any aspect, from some faulted ceilings, to a long corridor, to the pretty artisan details, such as the doors' handles, which are all carved out of wood.
The big estate is very interesting too, with secret corners, a Japanese garden, three vast water bodies, and more. It is fascinating and unique, diverse and charming - like what they said its owner was.
Lord Byron was, for what they say, beautiful, eccentric, intelligent and literate.

At Newstead Abbey, literature, history, architecture, religion, nature all meet in one place, in an organic, elegant, magical way.

I want to visit more places like this, more places that have more than one deep layer to it, and have interesting stories that you can find only in that very place.

Eng of Year Thoughts - II

2015 has been particularly full of changes, twists, moves, travel, events for me.
I had a lot of races. I traveled the Pacific North West a lot, the West Coast of North America, and Italy and England a bit.
I've started and finished photography and writing courses. I've started the Dreams' Chest and I've been working on Sonderers.
I moved continents and countries, changed job (staying in architecture) and raced different races than my usual.
My back to be near my brother David and my family, and my relationship with Stephanie is more intimate and getting better and more exciting by the day.

What a year!

Now, I've been planning my races calendar for 2016 - I will have, at least, other 10, between swim races and obstacle runs. I've already registered to the Nottingham's Survival of the Fittest in October, and I am aiming for the British Masters National Championships, but there are many other races, big or small, than I am going to do.
I will probably want to do at least, and probably not more than, one road run-only race, just to see how I compare to my only other race of that type a couple of years ago, the Race of the Roses.
I will also probably want to do one trail run in order to, again, compare with the last two years results.

I am also generally planning my trips around Europe my girlfriend and I want to do, in no particular order here mentioned: France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Malta, Israel.
In some we'll be with my brother David, in others it'll be the two of us.

Sonderers launch is getting closer and closer! I'm very excited! I am also working on a rough sketch of the logo, which will probably be developed by my friend Matteo for the professional final version.
I like working on graphics, graphic design and that kind of things. But not being an expert in it, it takes me longer time and I probably don't know of tricks and tools that I could use but that I don't know of.

This is the last blog post of 2015! It seems that my website has been on for a long time, but it has been on just over six months!

I will also be writing more: not only for Sonderers, but I've already registered and will start my Advanced Travel Writing with Matador!

Traveling, creating, growing, racing.
Fun, relax, adrenaline, reflection.
Brother, family, girlfriend.

Un passo indietro, poi sempre avanti.

End of Year Thoughts

The Sonderers are working hard because in January we are going to go live!

All of us write will participate in articles, but I am happy to be involved in the photography aspect of the project, because my focus and my strength is in photography.
I will definitely be issuing photo essays but I do like writing, so what I will be publishing will depend on the inspiration ad the material I have.

I haven't moved too much from September to now (which is only four months) but I have a lot of travel plans for the first part of next year!
Many trips will be shorter ones, long-weekends type of thing. Since I am back to Europe, it's easy to find deals and travel across the continent - and to Africa or the Middle east too, why not - in few hours.
France, Israel are just two on the list. I won't be jumping around like a pinball, but I'll move a bit and I also will be having some trips within England, even just in the Midlands.
The trips in England will be sports related too, because I plan to compete, race even more next year!

In 2015 I think I had up to 10 races, but they were mostly in Summer or late Spring.
Next year I am going to compete year long and I am going to have pool swim races again. Last year I had only one (if) and I miss them. Plus, they add one more reason to travel to new places!

I like to write and think of what I am leaving behind, while I keep creative, active, productive - I keep dreaming!

Un passo indietro, poi sempre avanti.

Chi Ben Comincia, È a Metà dell'Opera

I started my new job in Nottingham today!
I am an architect. I studied architecture both for my Bachelor and for my Masters.
I move back to the Old Continent, to the United Kingdom, and I am now working in Nottingham and soon I'll have a new apartment here in town, near the Castle.

I know the city a little bit because my brother used to live here. He is not here anymore but the irony is that now I moved here.

The city seems lively and busy, and it seems a little bit more sunny than York, too.
My office is in the center and I can walk everywhere, or bike, when my bike will arrive from the US (yes, I am shipping my 1970s old steelframe bike from Oregon).

In Italian we say 'Chi ben comincia, è a metà dell'opera.', which translates as 'Those who well start, are halfway done.'
Well, today's start was great therefore I have a great feeling about my new job! Great energy, cool projects, young studio and the right position.

I am exploring the center by walking around and by going to new gyms. That makes me see the city and the surroundings of where I am going to spend most of my time.

There is a lot to explore in Nottinghamshire, but I am going tow wait for my girlfriend Stephanie to arrive.

By they way, my brother's birthday is on Wednesday! He is going to come here and I am taking him out for dinner.
He hasn't been here for a while so it's going to be almost as a flashback to be here with him, like when I was coming to visit him years ago.
Hopefully it'll be nice again - today the sun was peeking out of the clouds.

On we go with a new chapter of my life!

Aye! 20 mins walk from my new apartment, or my office!

Aye! 20 mins walk from my new apartment, or my office!

City of Lights, City of Faces

I just spent two days in Paris. I haven't been there in almost five years and it was nice to go back. As much as it is one of the most visited capitals in the world and I probably wouldn't want to live there (if I had the means), the fame and hype are deserved.

I did visit some museums and the Sainte Chapelle, but I wanted to enjoy the city and the streets too, so I walked several hours a day. And the weather helped because it was sunny and warm (about 18°C, or 65°F). Fantastic!

There weren't too many tourists around (for Paris standards) and I really enjoyed both the streets, the alleys and the parks. Food was very good, we went to restaurants were we were among the few, or the only ones, speaking English. And I got to practice my French!

I was interested in faces this time. Not people's faces, but statues and artwork ones. Since there is so much quality artwork, what a variety there is! From the famous Notre Dame's gargoyles, to the Sainte Chapelle's faces, to the statues in the Tuileries Gardens.

They call Paris the City of Lights. But it can as well be a City of Faces. This art and these faces are a historical cross section of the city and the countryas much as its architecture.

Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Last Saturday I visited the Kew Gardens in west London, south of the river. What a special place!

The park is beautiful and extremely well kept. It is big and has a lot of variety of trees and plants, greenhouses and conservation areas. It is extremely clean and neat. We also went when apparently there were very few people, so we enjoyed the park even more and we were by ourselves in certain moments.

We booked online and we saved few pounds. There is the metro stop and the neighborhood is really really nice!

I like the fact that there were many different trees but there were may of the different species grouped together creating little nooks and areas different from one another, yet organically flowing from one to the other.

There are ponds and little bodies of water, few different buildings, paths, endless grass, birds, flowers, a rose garden, greenhouses, tropical plants and more!

It's absolutely a destination to go alone, with your partner or spouse, with your family, with your children, to have a walk, run, stroll, read.

I think the colors were beautiful because Autumn started yet wasn't everywhere, so the colors ranged from dark green to light yellow and anything in between!

I can just imagine what it looks like in full Autumn or in full Spring!

It is beautiful, magical destination and I highly recommend it.

Kew Gardens London England UK

In London Fair City

London! What a megalopolis!
It's extremely human scale in its neighborhoods, yet it's so vast you can spend years and years to explore.

This is my impression of course, I haven't lived years and years in London... yet! But I will, because I am looking for a job in the city, my girlfriend Stephanie is going to Grad School next year and I like the country.

Who has been living here? What are the impressions? Thoughts? Considerations?

I am going to be more aggressive on my job hunt. I will be even more efficient and make my portfolio, both online and printed, and applications even better.

I also want to get involved in the photography world! I will start looking around for opportunities for young photographers and I am thrilled for the opportunities. There is a lot to learn and a lot to achieve and many people to meet and exciting things and places to discover.

In the meantime and in some free time.... I will explore London! I will get lost, walk, wonder, explore, visit, discover anything I can, and hopefully many things I didn't think about.

Un altro passo, un nuovo domani

I am leaving Portland, Oregon in 20 days to permanently move back to Europe! On September 1st I am departing to head East. First a stop in Boston to visit friends for a week. The second week I am going to be in London for interviews and exploring and acclimating. Then, after two weeks in Italy to visit family, I will move to London on October 1st.

I will miss Portland, I will really miss the boundless landscapes and natural landscapes.

But I am extremely excited to be closer to my brother, my family and to be back to Europe! London is a magical and varied city, both huge but also human scale. I am looking forward to exploring the hidden corners and stuck-in-time houses, cemeteries, bridges and parks.

I am also interested in any suggestions about living in the city, exploring it, keeping entertained. I am curious to know your opinion on which are the best small museums and parks, as well as best day trips in and outside the city. I want to know the best gyms and swimming pools.

Let me know what you think!

Un altro passo, un nuovo domani. Another step, a new tomorrow.

The Alaska landscape is something very uncommon and majestic for someone who grew up in southern Europe, Italy in my case. The landscape of the (Pacific) North West of the United States are very different from what I was used to, I've always loved the American landscapes and Natural wonders, but now I love them even more. I will miss these spectacular, pristine spaces!

The Alaska landscape is something very uncommon and majestic for someone who grew up in southern Europe, Italy in my case. The landscape of the (Pacific) North West of the United States are very different from what I was used to, I've always loved the American landscapes and Natural wonders, but now I love them even more. I will miss these spectacular, pristine spaces!