(Posted by request.)
my teaching at the Loyola Rome Center in Monte Mario, the large hill up
from the Vatican across the river from downtown Rome. Its a quiet
hilly neighborhood. Haven't been here for 9 years which was the last
time I taught in the program. Best improvement?
The running and biking path next to my hotel which parallels the
commuter train. It runs about 2 plus miles up the hill and a little
less down the hill ending at the Valle Aurelia train and metro station.
It cuts through the back of several pleasant upper
middle class neighborhoods and saves me from having to take my life in
my hands running on or across streets and Roman traffic and drivers.
There are some playgrounds, a couple of porta-potties and some water
spigots. My favorite sight so far is the little
shack down the hill just past the end of the path and the beginning of a
park where a little old lady tends her chickens, geese and goats in the
back yard of her shack. Beginning to branch out into some of the areas
on the sides and beyond the path itself.
Tough work on the hills so I tend to run up hill first. An hour doing
hills in the heat has been plenty so far.
Two more days of teaching and running and then we head for the weekend
to Cinqua Terra and then a few days in nice cool flat Dublin. Hoping to
recreate a good chunk of the marathon route there in between touring
Now back to the exciting conclusion of my 1 credit 2 weeks intro to the World Trade Organization.