Roots / Radici

Roots / Radici

Roots
via Daily Prompt: Roots

An folk song from Southern Italy, roughly translated, says: “if you never forget about your roots, you will respects the roots of faraway countries”.

I have been often accused of being a nationalist because I like to emphasize how important my roots are to me. I believe the words of the folk song above explain why I believe roots are important and why I am proud of my background. Only if we know who we are and where we come from we can truly become citizens of the world, we can learn to love and respect difference as one of the most exciting features that our Universe has to offer.

My Sardinians roots are a fundamental part of who I am but also what makes me look at the world around with interest, empathy and respect.

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“I love running – it is something you can do by yourself and under your own power. You can go in any direction, fast or slow as you want, fighting the wind if you feel like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs” (Jesse Owens).

Running is such a wonderful sport. Since I have started running regularly I have more energy and I feel younger.  Whenever I go out, for an easy run or for an harder training, I feel challenged and alive. I learned to keep going, even when it’s hard, when it hurts, when I don’t want to. I look past it. That’s what it added to my personality: stubbornness, endurance, determination, call it what you want.

Running brings me close to nature and to myself: I listen to my breathing, it is a time to be alone, to enjoy the views and forget about the problems of the day.  Every season, sometimes every day, has a different smell. Another aspect of running which I love is what it does for my health, especially my heart and cardiovascular system; the way it helps me concentrate better and to improve my memory,  to get rid of headaches and also to improve my skin tone. Being in good physical shape makes me feel better about myself and brings more confidence. Running is a good way for getting rid of stress because it literally runs off the bad hormones. Sweat cleanses me from the outside, it reaches places that a shower could never reach.

It doesn’t matter how fast or how far I go, when I run I’m a runner. It’s an inclusive sport: it doesn’t matter if it is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years; there is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get: I just run. Some people don’t see any sport in it, they argue that running lacks rough conflict. Yet the conflict is there, you against yourself, the cruelest of all opponents. To me is more raw and challenging than any man versus man competition.  When I run my adversary lies deep within me, in my ability, with brain and heart, to control and master myself and my emotions.

I love to run and since I have started training hard enough to really feel it, I discovered that running is all about freedom.

Top 5 things to do in Cagliari

Top 5 things to do in Cagliari

5 things to do in the capital city of my beautiful homeland.

Discover Sardinia

Cagliari is the capital city of Sardinia. It is connected with dozens of cities all over Europe thanks to the flights that many low-cost companies offer throughout the year.

Here are some tips for the visitors that want to get the best out of their experience.

  1. Poetto

Poetto is Cagliari’s main beach. It stretches for about eight kilometres, from Sella del Diavolo (the Devil’s Saddle) up to the coastline of Quartu Sant’Elena. Poetto is also the name of the district located on the western stretch of the strip between the beach and Saline di Molentargius (Molentargius’s Salt Mine).

There are several buses that run from the city-centre to the beach.Poetto is popularly divided into “fermate” (stops), which means the various stretches of beach are recognised by the ordinal number of bus stops or urban lines linking the city centre district. The most popular is the 1st stop, adjacent to the port…

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