Another flood in Rome

We have had non stop heavy rain last night here in Roma and its still raining even now! Its crazy amounts of rain it seems all over Italy as even Pisa and Florence are experiencing it!

The news is advising people not to leave their homes unless its really neccessary and that its better to stay indoors.

Alot of the metro stops are flooded so they have closed them and lots of places around Roma are underwater or badly flooded. Its crazy how much damage rain can do in a short amount of time and so quickly!

Several of my expat friends here have said the rain on the roads are like rivers theres so much of it!

There are alot of photos and videos on facebook and twitter of all the flooding which is quite alarming and i thought i would share some on here.

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Im quite happy to take their advice as even though i have to run today i can wait til tomorrow or sunday.

I really dont want to risk my life over a run that can be done later on especially as my running park is right next to the river Aniene which is already heavily swollen with water. (Pics below is of the river from my window)

At least if i run in the day i can see where i am going and what the river is doing! Hopefully the rain will have stopped by tomorrow fingercrossed.

I may be a crazy runner but im not that nuts 🙂


Macabre Crypt: Capuchins Crypt Rome

In the basement of a capuchin Church in Via Veneto here in Roma lies a very macabre little crypt which is open to the public. Here the skeletal remains of 4,000 Monks/Friars who died between 1600 and 1800 decorate the walls of each little room where they were laid to rest.

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I have visited the crypt several times where you must be quiet and are not allowed to take any photos of the bones, i guess as a sign of respect to those who are dead. And of course i have never taken any photos there as it just wouldnt feel right and i wouldnt want to be disrepectful therefore all my photos are borrow from Google images on this blog post.


Its a strange feeling to wander from each little room to stare at the collections of bones and skulls and witness the macabre way they decorate each room in a different way. Many of the bones are nailed to the walls in intricate patterns which has you staring at them for ages wondering how and who took their time to do this.

Another thought is who were these men who’s remains now reside here? what were they like? And i wonder if these monks/friars who’s bones adorn the walls ever thought they would have so many visitors centuries later.

Its an amazing site to see and you do slightly feel like you could be in a horror movie in a way. And its probably not for the faint heart but worth a look if your ever in Rome as something like this is quite unique.


Suffolk a favorite place

Another place i cant wait to show Peanut is Suffolk in the UK! Me and Alex adore the small village of Thorpeness in Suffolk when we stay with family there and in Norfolk. Staying with my Dad we arent far from the beach and even on a cold day its lovely to have a wander around.




Theres also the Meare which is just down the road to which is a man-made lake which is only 3 feet deep. Its filled with ducks, Swans and other water birds. Here you can easily hire a little row boat, canoe, kayak, punt or sailing boat and row out across the water in the summer. You can take the children down to feed bread to the ducks which is always fun.





You can walk along the beach to the next town which is two miles away called Aldeburgh. Theres lots of nature to see around you on the walk and theres always someone walking there dog or enjoying the sea. As you get closer to the town you see all the fresh fish shacks and brightly coloured fishing boats. You can imagine how nice it is to go for a run along the beach and i really enjoy the fresh air.







Aldeburgh is a very popular sea-side village and although its not very big it has a nice parade of shops, cafes and restaurants. The fish and chip shops here are very popular and on a sunny day its nice to buy some to take away then sit on the beach and eat them. But be warned the seagulls there are not shy and will bravely roam close after a chip or anything you leave.







Of course theres also the food! Some foods from the UK i miss alot like proper bacon, sausages, pie and real fish and chips from the chip shop! So you can imagine how much i enjoy the few weeks im there visiting food-wise. If i miss something i try to have it quite a few times for lunches and dinners. And my Dad Always makes the best roast dinners in the world.





A lot of the time its just nice to wander around thorpeness and soak up the atmopshere of the place which is very relaxing. And you can Always see the ‘House in the clouds’ which is an Amazing house which you can rent for a week. Or theres Always the small thorpeness windmill which is a charming little sight.The houses and cottages there are so pretty to with there olden day look.







Then theres always the Dolphin pub to drop into for a drink and a bite to eat or the Meare shop to browse in with its local foods, gifts and sweets. In the summer the villages can be very popular for tourists and visitors. Theres also a lot of coastal walks you can do there if you buy a map and they also have a race along the beach once a year.









I can’t wait to take Peanut to feed the ducks for the first time or go down to the beach with her. Also perhaps this year explore the other villages, beaches and parks around or even the zoo! It will be a Holiday of first times for her and i cannot wait. 🙂

Hipster Hash! Rome Harriers

I had heard of the Rome Hash Harriers a few years ago but when i attempted to join their Group it seemed it wasnt running anymore.                             images

So i was very happy and suprised to see a few random blog posts about how it was up and running again once a month! woohoo!


Its a social running Group who then go to the pub afterwards for a drink!(A drinking club with a running problem they call themselves).

There are chapters of the Hash House Harriers international running club all over the world from what i have seen (1500 chapter so far around the world). The Rome chapter was founded back in 1986 and growing ever since.

It really does sound like a lot of fun and a good afternoon/evening out depending what times they hold the Group. Sometimes its held on an afternoon and other times its an evening event.

They also have people who act as the ‘Hare’ who everyone has to chase around as well as having to dress up on some of the themed runs.

Its not all running though as you can go at your own pace and theres also a walking Group as well with a walking ‘Hare’. 🙂


The next run they have scheduled is” Hipster Hash”! on Sunday the 26th Janaury at 2pm and you are encouraged to wear a ‘Hipster’ top for the run.

I had planned to go but am unable to this time but they do have other runs/walks scheduled for the next few months. So im planning to go along to one of those when im able to as it does sound like fun.

So either the The red dress run on 15th Feb or The Ides of March on 15th March.

But if your in Rome i encourage you to go along to one of the meet ups the Group is made up of mainly English speaking people and expats. And from there website they all seem like a friendly bunch of drinkers with a running problem! 🙂


I must admit when i saw the word ‘Hipster’ i wondered what the heck this was! I had images of the 50’s and 60’s when it was cool to be a Hipster! But this is what i found for the modern Hispter:

What is a modern Hipster?

From what i have googled and read Hipsters wear tight jeans, sandels, flowery, flannel or plain coloured tops (nothing bright) usually tucked into their trousers,they have large thick rimmed glasses and dont wear make-up and keep there hair either down or in a bun. They dont do popular fashion as its mainstream which isnt being a Hipster. They like and Always shop in second hand shops, dont like Brand stuff (clothees, bags etc), listen to indie music and obscure bands no ones ever heard of, eco-friendly extremists,their usually passionate about their views but dont have political ones. They are usually vegan or vegetarian and dont believe in athletic ideals. They also dont like anything thats popular or Mainstream, if your mainstream your not a hipster (so im guessing Facebook, twitter, Instagram are to ‘Mainstream’ lol) and drink lots of black coffee or tea.



Dolomites a favorite place

Over the years in the summer we have always gone to the mountains in the Northeastern part of Italy called the dolomites. Alex has family living in a small village there and i absoultely love the time we spend there!

Everyone is so friendly and most of the village are Uncles, Aunties and Cousins to us so we are Always greeted warmly and theres Always someone to chat to or visit with.

This year i can’t wait to go up there with Peanut as we didnt get to go last year because i was heavily pregnant over the summer. Everyone there can’t wait to meet her finally as they love all the photos we have emailed them. Its funny how once you have a baby every time someone phones they just ask after him/her lol.

So this post i decided to share some of my photos of the dolomites so the mountains through my eyes and camera lense. 🙂

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Every so often the shepherds will bring there flock through the village to get to a different pasture. You can imagine the mess left behind but people are soon out there brushing the poop into the grass next to the river. I imagine its very good for the plants 🙂

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The views from our house arent bad either on everyside you can see the breath-taking mountains which just amaze me everytime we go there!

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Sappada is another village close to ours and a little drive to get there. Its very popular during the winter for the snow and skiing but we love to wander around it in the summer and soak up the atmopshere and enjoy the food there!

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Another place we like to visit is S. Anna al Lago which is a beautiful lake which has a hotel beside it which does amazing food! Its lovely to sit on the balcony area and eat lunch while looking at the lake and nature all around you.

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The village we stay in is called Campolongo which means long field. Its a small village but beautiful with all the natural beauty all around you. You can easily go for long walks and get lost in the views all around you which can be awe inspiring.




Misurina is another place which people love to go and there are Always tourists here looking round the huge lake and countryside again which is very popular in the winter time!



San Candido or Innichen as its known by both names is a small Italian/German village. Here the people speak German first and then Italian which is a little strange. But its a lovely town to visit and even the food has a German/Italian flavour and flair to it!






One place we love to walk around is Val Visdende which you have to get to by a winding road into another part of the valley we stay in. Here its all open grass and forrest land where people let there horses, donkies & cows roam free. On a sunny day its a wonderful place for a long walk and then to stop at a rustic restaurant for some pasta.



As you can imagine its a wonderful place for runs! I have run here several years in a row finding old roads, tracks or even just round the village.



I cant wait for our visit this year and to be able to show Peanut just what an Amazing place it is and also find some new places for us all to explore and love 🙂




Week 1 C5K

I started the C5K (Couch to 5k) app this week to start me off slow with getting back into running as i can run 3 days a week now which would build me up over the weeks.

Alex has started the maternity thing at work where hes allowed to come home 2 hour earlier everyday for a year and so i can go out to run as soon as he gets back.

So im planning to go out 3 days a week with a rest day in between 🙂 I also want to avoid running on weekends if possible at the moment as there already very busy with Peanut.

I started the C5K app day 1 week 1 on Monday afternoon to see how it went and how my back felt. It was around 5pm when i went out into the little park and it was cold so i was glad i had my zippy jumper with me. There were quite a few people walking about so it was nice even as it grew darker.

I felt fine doing the short runs although half way through my legs and ankles started to feel heavy as i was running to fast and had to slow down. I got 2 little twinges in my right hip but i have been experiencing that since seeing the osteopath and being re-alined. When i was on cool-down a painful stitch kicked in which wasnt nice which reminded me i needed to start drinking a lot more water.

Tuesday it was 20 minutes of gentle stretching and tonning yoga.

Wednesday was the next run C5K day 2 i went out a little late so it was getting dark a bit quicker but that didnt stop me. I felt really good and motivated again and saw a few other runners. Legs felt strong and hip was fine this time and i seemed to have a bit more stamina this time as i think my body is starting to remember how to run. Only thing was i got stitch again on the cool down even though i had drunk 1.5 litres of water and 5 cups of tea in the day. Im now wondering if its just my body just not being used to running again for so long so im hoping it will eventually stop.

Friday i was supposed to do day 3 of the running but wasnt feeling well mostly likely as i got up at 5am that morning so moved the running to the next day.

Saturday i still wasnt feeling myself and thought maybe i was coming down with something so didnt run.

Sunday which is today i woke up knowing i had to run but then found my gum infection i had over Christmas has returned and i could feel the gum was swollen with my tongue. I realised this was probably why i had been feeling crap the last few days and hadn’t realised!


So now im back on antibiotics from this morning and seeing the dentist tomorrow to find out when i can have my last wisdom tooth removed which is causing all the problems.

So i wont be running today but hoping the antibiotics will have kicked in enough tomorrow morning for me to start Week 2 of the C5K plan as theres not a huge difference from week 1. If i do have the tooth removed this week im hoping i will recover enough to keep on running this week to but lets wait and see.


Signed up for Euroma2 5km Race!

So i just did something a little crazy ……i signed up for the Euroma2 5km race on the 2nd March! Im hoping my back is completely recovered now im running/walking again and feel fine so far.

I did this 5km race back in 2012 so i know the course and you get nice shiny medal, a t-shirt i wore on race day and a goodie bag with food at the end which was pretty nice for a goodie bag.

So for my first race for 2014 i think this could be pretty good and exciting woohoo! 🙂

I dont need a Doctors certificate for this race as well so no mucking about with that thank goodness!

I have signed up online and paid the 10 euros but will have to go at some point to pick up my bib and race top closer to the race day.The place is easy to get to on the metro so theres no problem there.


My friend Jenny who is going to run the RomaOstia Half Marathon on the same day has suggested we go togeather to pick up our packs as it will be the same place! So that will be fun plus we can check out the running expo which will be there.

Usually its all running shoes, clothes, running groups, massages and advertising other races over Italy over the year. So i will probably collect all the leaflets and have a look through to see if there are any races which look fun and interest me.

So just less than 7 weeks and counting until this 5km race! I should be on the last few weeks on the C5K running app by then as well.

I can’t wait!


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