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Ciao, Trieste

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Another change in my travel plan. Found out today that this Friday is a holiday (Labor day), and so there will be no buses running. I’m going to have to share a cab ride with someone here. Oh well, it is what it is.

Another wet morning. I woke up a bit late and found that it was raining pretty heavily. So I ran after the afternoon session instead.

My longest run here yet. Went to the downtown. Strong winds were causing high tides. A good thing was that it was no longer raining, and the sun was out. Right toe was hurting quite badly, but it was okay when I finished.


Now, a couple hours after finishing, I’m not feeling well at all physically (too exhausted), but mentally I’m happy to get a long run in before leaving this town.

Loved my time here. Like I said at my presentation yesterday, I feel very appreciative of ICTP/IAEA for this opportunity.

I’m ready to go home, though. One of the things I miss is the Thai food. Italian meals have gotten very bland for me. Couldn’t finish half of my dinner tonight. I desperately need something spicy.


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April 29, 2009 at 7:10 pm

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Two more days

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A rainy day. The evening also had strong winds.

This week, there was a new group of lecturers coming in. So we had another reception today.

Just a couple days left. A bit sad to leave this place. It’s has been a good experience at the workshop, learning new things and meeting many interesting people.

Of course I have had many nice runs here as well. It can be windy and rainy, but I went out to run everyday anyway, along the beautiful coast of Adriatic Sea.

Looking forward to going home and incorporate what I’ve learned into my work, but I’m surely gonna miss this place.

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April 28, 2009 at 7:06 pm

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Second week

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Raining again today. In Bangkok, I like rain because it cools down the weather. Here, a good day is a sunny day.

The day began with a short run. Though feeling very sleepy, I managed to drag myself out of bed and put on running clothes. Got in a short run. Hills were tough again. The hardest part about morning runs is to get up and get out the door.

At the workshop, I had a hard time staying awake in the first lecture. After the coffee break, I felt much better. Coffee is strong here, just the way I like. The learning is going well. Good instructors. The exercises are helpful.

There is a change in my travel plan. My Alitalia flight this Friday just got moved ahead for about 7 hours. The bad part is that, the connecting flights remain at the same schedule. It means I will have to spend 10+ hrs at Rome airport (FCO), waiting for the connection to Doha. I get tired just thinking about it. Seems that there are no power connections available there, so I probably won’t be able to use the computer much. What am I gonna do?

At lunch, I had pizza for the first time since I got here. Yummy.

So, five days left in Trieste. Here’s the weather forecast for the week (from Wunderground).


Going to be a wet week.

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April 27, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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Cold day by the sea

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Today was my last opportunity of taking it easy here. Next week we’ll be back in classroom, working hard again.

Got my morning run in. Started a bit after 8am. Same route: downhill, along the seaside, and back uphill.

My legs felt tired today. After consecutive days of running, my body seemed to be asking for a break. I think it’s better to go easy than to rest completely though.

I was satisfied with my run. Gonna put me to a good night’s sleep.

After lunch, I followed London Marathon online (via twitter, couldn’t find anywhere to watch the video broadcast). Samuel Wanjiru put up a really fast time. These athletes are incredible. Would love to see all the elites competing against each other. Wanjiru, Gebrselassie, Hall, Merga, Lel, …etc. Would be exciting.

After finding out who won, I got out of the computer lab and walked down to the coast again. As mentioned above, it is my last day to fully relax and see the sights. Who knows when I would have a chance to come back to Trieste, or Italy, again.

Good weather seems to come fleetingly here. After a sunny day yesterday, today was cold in the afternoon and rainy in the evening. Many people were out walking, but no sunbathers today.

Anyhow I did have a nice afternoon, reading a novel on the bench overlooking the sea. Peaceful.


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April 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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A view of the sea

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At around sunset.

panoramic view of Trieste gulf

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April 26, 2009 at 5:59 am

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Time to relax

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Went for a light run/stroll along the coast. Already had a run this morning. So I was just taking it easy and enjoy the sights.

The weather was heavenly. Sunny and cool. People were out sunbathing and eating/drinking. Kids were playing. People brought out their dogs. Lots of them. So many cute ones. Love them.

I’ll just show some of the pics:






Went to have gelato at Gelateria Zampolli. It was great. The place was super crowded. I’m very impressed with the selection. Wish None were here with me. She would absolutely love it.

Had two cones: cocco and cioccolato. I thought that “cocco” means cocoa. It turned out to be coconut. Showed how much I knew Italian. But it’s still yummy.





Spent the afternoon taking pictures, walking around, and just relaxing. Just letting my thoughts run free.

Had another short run after the downtown stroll. Then walked back uphill to the Guesthouse. By 6pm, it was getting a bit cold so people were packing up their towels and stuff. Lots of cars were on the road, heading toward the city.

The best thing about this place, for me, is the peace. One can really get some thinking done here. Both in the institute and in the city. Quiet and peaceful.

I could stay here forever. It’s my type of town. A wonderful place to grow.

People are great. Knowledgeable. Classy. Know how to relax.

At the institute, there are blackboards everywhere. People’s eagerness to learn is infectious. The library is great and filled with wonderful books. If I need to know or refresh on something, I can just go there.

I also love the fact that I don’t have to drive. I can walk to work. When I finish, I can just walk back to my room. No traffic jam headaches. I can run without having to fight the heat. It’s the freedom to do things that is so fantastic.

I will have to leave this place soon though. Have to remember this experience. Good memories will help me stay positive on life. The memories such as those of South Korea 2007 and of this Trieste visit, they’ll go a long way.

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April 25, 2009 at 7:55 pm

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Here comes the hill

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Love the fact that it’s the weekend. After a hard week of studying, now it’s time to relax.

Ran this morning along the same route. No rain. No wind. Perfect morning (perfetto mattina). Put a lot of effort in on the last hill. Gasped for air. Feeling great afterward. Running is an investment on your body. If you practice hard, you are going to be rewarded. It will be painful along the way, but nothing worthwhile ever comes easy.

running route along the coast of Adriatic Sea

running route along the coast of Adriatic Sea

Going to visit the downtown Trieste today for the first time, probably in the afternoon.

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April 25, 2009 at 7:04 am

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