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.

Back to Europe

Atc! It has been to long since my last article. Almost exactly a month. Bad me! September has been busy with travels, but it shouldn't be an excuse.

Speaking of traveling, so far in September I was in Oregon, Boston area (Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut), London, Italy. I am in Italy until the end of the month, few more days, and Thursday, which is October 1st, I go back to London.

This is because I have permanently moved out of the United States to live back in Europe! I miss the US a lot, but I missed Europe too. My family, the culture, the atmosphere, the easy traveling.

I am going to be living in London. I am going to work as an architect and I want to work again in historic preservation, which is what I focused my studies on and what I worked on my first two years after graduating, before moving to Oregon.

I am stoked, excited, intrigued! I like exploring the new city and I can't wait to be living there and to see how my routine will go.

Un passo indietro, poi sempre avanti!

Torre degli Asinelli da Via Ugo Bassi Bologna Italy

California Gold

Monday evening I came back from a full week in California!

I started the trip bydriving from Portland, OR to Santa Rosa, CA (north of San Francisco) to bring down something for my friend. This was Monday.

Tuesday I drove from Santa Rosa to the 1 on the coast. Crossing the Coastal Range showed me beautiful gold-and-green landscapes which are very photogenic although it's due to lack of any kind of water. Poor environment!

The coast was fabulous too, and the road is so windy (not for the wind, from all the curves) and I had to pay attention to my almost empty gas tank! But I did it just fine and I really enjoyed the 30-or-so miles I've drive along the famous coastal highway.

San Francisco is of course unique. I enjoyed walking around town, from the bay side to the Golden Gate Park. I went to the California Academy of Sciences, designed by Renzo Piano. what a beautiful building, that is real architecture. And the exhibits are beautiful! The De Young museum was nice too and I got to see a beautiful art exhibit of Romanticist master artist J.M.W. Turner. Fantastic!

I then flew to Los Angeles on Thursday, meeting my girlfriend at the airport, to spend the rest of the time at the beach on Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Great weather, warm water and palm trees were lovely and a nice change of scenery from the PNW. I splashed in the water and played with the big waves for hours every day. I realized that last year I completely skipped beach time, which is weird because I grew up in Trieste (and go there every year) so going to the beach is a must and something I love! Therefore, I was glad we went.

One day we went to the Getty Center and it was even better than what I remembered! It is a beautiful center, a real and quality meeting of architecture, landscaping and art! The exhibit are beautiful and the day was gorgeous. We stayed there more than 4 hours and we coudl ahve stayed even longer!

Photos to come soon (so many things to do now that I am moving)!

Look here on the Dreams' Chest Instagram for many more photos from my travel around the Golden State!

The Getty Center Landscape and Architecture Los Angeles California


First Art Exhibit

I am extremely excited to be presenting three of my photographs!

Tomorrow, August Friday 7th at 5:30pm the opening of the SWF Exhibit 2015 art exhibit will open. 40 artists and wine will be present. I've seen some of the work of the other artists when I went to bring over my three photographs and the pieces seemed pretty interesting. There were paintings, drawings and a sculpture. It seems to be a pretty nice event.

I am happy to be presenting. It's my first time and I hope the first of many. I like these public (free) events. Anything cultural should be extremely affordable (if not free). I will also be sitting for few hours the next week, since the artists are asked to sit for a couple of shifts. I like it.

I printed my three photographs, A Man In The World and two of the Quattro Stagioni, on aluminum and the result was fantastic! I really liked it. It's not something I can do every day, but it was definitely worth it for an important event.

I hope there is a nice turnaround and that people like all the work. We'll see what happens tomorrow and in the next few weeks.

SWF Exhibit 2015 flyer and brochure. I am happy to see my name in the featured artists. I hope this is the first of many opportunities. It is gratifying and it's one more reason to work hard.

SWF Exhibit 2015 flyer and brochure. I am happy to see my name in the featured artists. I hope this is the first of many opportunities. It is gratifying and it's one more reason to work hard.

Perception of the Natural Environment - II

As I wrote, last week I came back from solo backpacking in Alaska. Backpacking for four nights put me in a new perspective on my life's rhythm as well as on the surrounding environment and, importantly, how I related to it.

Whoever goes tent-camping, hike-camping or backpacking realizes, on different levels, how little is needed to live and have a perfectly entertaining day. Especially for backpacking, you go down to the barely minimum.

Talking to people, I realized how many misinterpret barely minimum with nothing to do. And that's not true! First of all, I love the necessary tasks for camping, from setting camp up by pitching the tent, for example, wood gathering and chopping (I like this one especially), preparing meals and appropriately cleaning afterwards, to name a few. Second, they take time, they fill the day. Third, I still always have my journal, books with me, everywhere I go, and might still work out with a run or a swim. Fourth, I have a whole forest/mountain/beach to explore!

The important factor is that even simple camp chores put me in relation with the surrounding landscape. I need to know where I am in order to find my optimal tent spot. I need to asses what's around me in order to find wood -0 or food, if I'm fishing or hunting (I haven't done these so far). I need to observe the sky and how it changes to have a fair idea of the weather.

I relate with the environment with all my senses and I respect Nature in every aspect, enjoying how it changes and savoring every moment.

The entire Alaska is bear country. I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean they are not around. I am particularly proud of my hanging of the food.

The entire Alaska is bear country. I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean they are not around. I am particularly proud of my hanging of the food.

In My Mind - Solo Backpacking in Alaska's Resurrection Bay

I went backpacking by myself in Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska. On my way south from Anchorage I took the train. The ride is spectacular! And cheap (89$). The bus is cheaper (40$) but the scenery is nothing close (I took the bus on the way back). The train mostly rides away from towns and highways and the views are beautiful. I didn't see any animals but the landscape changes from untouched valleys, to lush green mountains, to deep gorges and calm bays. The rails are literally on the edge. Beautiful.

Resurrection Bay is easy to explore since water taxis can go virtually anywhere, or you can kayak or hike. Hiking is the most restrictive way, because there aren't many trails and the distances are big, but that's what I did.

Backpacking by myself was an experience I wanted to have for some time. I love being in my head and backpacking for four nights/four days game me plenty of time for it. For long periods of time I was just observing my surroundings. I have way more complicated thoughts on a normal day, but there, alone for hours, time was paced only by the rhythm of my walking. I let Nature filter through my senses. It's a delicate but filling sensation. The landscape is pristine, wild and majestic, but mostly silent.

In this order but in few days, I hiked from Seward to Tonsina to North Beach to Fort Gilvray to South Beach and back again. The longest hike was 11 miles between 7:45am to 3:30pm, with an hour break in the middle. I loved it! My 66 pounds backpack didn't feel heavy. Once I accepted the weight at the beginning of the trip, it bothered my shoulders for the pressure at the end of the day but my legs were totally fine. The view of the bay from Fort McGilvray, an abandoned WWII fort, was one of my favorites of this trip. I am not used to see WWII ruins outside of Europe. It was an interesting sight, almost out of place. It was also a great point for reflections and again absorbing my surroundings with the breeze, without thoughts or distractions.

This trip was fairly quick. I want to go back to travel around new areas. I want to backpack in Denali next time.

[photos of the trip to come soon!]

 

Kayaker in Resurrection Bay Seward Alaska USA

Un Passo Indietro, Poi Sempre Avanti

I found appropriate starting my blog with a post about my birthday, June 13th. I have never had a blog so I am excited to start one!

I was already working on this website around my birthday, but it was just at the beginnings. I am proud and excited of the result. It will grow and get more and more interesting. It's my travel journalism portfolio.

I celebrated my birthday by camping in Frog Lake, OR with my girlfriend Stephanie, among other things savoring a nice bottle of port wine that my brother David bought me.

The day before I gave my office, C2K Architecture, my notice that I would be leaving at the end of the month, because I am moving back to the Old Continent! I will be living and working in London.

A lot of things lay ahead of me, many are planned, some are still not. Everything is exciting and I can't wait for all those adventures.

Always look and remember what you left behind, but then face, head up high and dreaming, what you want to have ahead.

I am an early morning person. The first morning of camping I woke up at 6am and went for a walk by the lake. The steam from the lake in the shades was creating such an eerie view! In the silence of the morning, this man came walking his dogs and you can see two fishermen's boats among the fog. It was the only morning when it happened, I didn't have my nice camera with me (mistake!) but I managed to snap a photo.

I am an early morning person. The first morning of camping I woke up at 6am and went for a walk by the lake. The steam from the lake in the shades was creating such an eerie view! In the silence of the morning, this man came walking his dogs and you can see two fishermen's boats among the fog. It was the only morning when it happened, I didn't have my nice camera with me (mistake!) but I managed to snap a photo.