Month: July 2014

Run Melbourne, Run Vale Run! What’s it like to run your 1st 5k? // Run Melbourne: Corri Vale corri! Come ci si sente a correre la prima 5km?

I started running maybe 3 years ago, but not constantly. 3-4 months of running, then nothing and so on. My longest run has been just a bit above 6Km and never repeated so far. And for the last year or so I’ve been wanting to challenge myself with a real run for my level: a 5K run! I’ve been procrastinating, forgetting and so on till last Friday when I realised The Age 2014 Run Melbourne was on SUNDAY 27TH July. Even without real training, maybe 3K a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do it! It’s now or never! A friend of mine was doing the 10K and other people were busy or not up for it, so I did it by myself, for myself, to challenge myself. Before the start I was feeling happy, Carlo was there to support me, but a bit nervous. Then getting closer to the Start Line, the music, loads of people (almost 5,000 for the 5K), I started getting really excited. The run: we started climbing a little …

Cote D’Azur or South Pacific Paradise? Try New Caledonia! // Costa Azzurra o paradiso tropicale? Provate la Nuova Caledonia!

New Caledonia is a great holiday option if you have already visited most of Australia, you do not want to travel far from it (assuming you’re living here) and you want to explore the Pacific Islands, with a French twist! Just northeast of Brisbane, less than 4hrs from Melbourne, with a direct flight not available every day. Our flight option: Qantas flight Melbourne-Brisbane (1h 40) + Brisbane-Noumea (1h 40) Most people will only speak French, although very close to Australia, and you’ll see many French chains like Simply Market, Decathlon, … It feels like being in Europe, thousands of Kms away from it, a tropical France! Destination Ile des Pins. Our flight got postponed to the afternoon, apparently it happens quite often. This gave us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local community, having breakfast at the Noumea Sunday local market and visit the Cathedral and the city. Followed by the Centre Jean-Marie Tjibaou, whose building has been built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The centre gives you an insight on Kanak culture …