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Category: Europe

Dolomite Landscape

3 in 30, the 2nd: Lavaredo Ultra Trail

The unexpected happens, plans change – and it’s all good at home in the world as it is.

Three weeks after the 2-day/stage Ötscher-Ultra, we – three runner friends and I – made our way to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, Italy, for the The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2013.

It was to be the longest and most adventurous pre-summer race (not counting Istria), with 118 km distance, 5500 m of altitude gain, and a 11 pm start… but it was not to be like that.

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Caked in Mud

A 60km Vacation at the 100 Miles of Istria…

So, I went to participate in this first race I’d planned for this year – the 100 Miles of Istria.

Finally (again, perhaps, after one vacation as a child) I visited Croatia, which is close, in a way, because the village where I live has enough of a Croatian background that I had learnt some of the language in elementary school.
And, I came away with very different lessons from the expected.

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Gelateria del Teatro

Bella Italia – European Roots, Regional Diversity, and… Ice Cream

Italy. Bella Italia! Part of the Grand Tour, promised land of the German mind, home of good food and people passionate – not just about la dolce vita but even about dolce far niente (the sweet life and sweet doing nothing).

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