Early morning jogging in Rieti

In the late spring, my youger son and I spent a weekend in Rieti – a small city in Lazio’s northernmost region. While there, I rose early on Sunday morning to enjoy a short jog in the eerily deserted city. I started off at out hotel, at the top of this medieval hilltown and jogged…

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Early morning jogs in a deserted Washington, D.C.

When I was in Washington, DC this past summer, I would try to beat the summer heat taking an early morning jog. In normal times in DC, I would have been one of many, but in COVID-era DC, it often felt like a ghost town. This wasn’t a quiet suburb or out-of-the-way areas, my daily…

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The kindness of strangers

It’s not only Blanche DuBois who depends on the kindness of strangers … Although, to be fair, most of us are pleased with the more innocent variety. On holidays in New York, I quickly slip into a pattern of morning jogs in Central Park. This is always enjoyable, and never fails to start my days…

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Guayaquil’s modern Santa Ana Port

I’ve already written about my early morning jogs when I was staying in Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil. I would pass along the Malecon, up the (killer) stairs to the panoramic lighthouse and through the picturesque, colonial Las Peñas neighborhood. On these jogs, I would also loop my way through the modern Santa Ana Port. This complex…

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My (kinda, sorta) Rocky moment … in Guayaquil

Well, this Rocky moment certainly didn’t occur in a bout of heavyweight boxing. But I did feel like a (rather distant) cousin of Rocky Balboa each morning in Guayaquil when I went jogging up the steps to the lighthouse to enjoy the views over Ecuador’s largest city. Do you remember the original movie’s opening scene…

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Jogging in St Julian’s, Malta

For those who read my blog occasionally, you may know I often pack along jogging sneakers when I travel – and particularly when I travel for work. My work days can be quite long, and there’s nothing like starting out early (after I silently curse the dreaded ring of the alarm clock) and heading out…

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Early morning jogging … in Oslo

I’ve written a few times how much I enjoy jogging mornings when I’m travelling. I’ve already written about early morning  jogging in New York, Durres, Albania, Agadir, Morocco, Vitorchiano, Italy and the Bahamas. I had the nice chance to enjoy it again on a recent visit – to Oslo, Norway. I was (extremely) lucky with…

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Jogging in New York’s Central Park

Ooh, jogging in Central Park is one of my favorite things to do when I’m in New York. It never fails to put me in a good mood. And when I’m back home (in Rome), I always feel a tug of nostalgia for my nice jogs through green Central Park, with the view of skyscrapers in…

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Early morning jogs in the Bahamas

When I travel and have space to squeeze my running sneakers into my suitcase, I’m usually happy to start the mornings off with a scenic jog. If it’s an area I don’t know, it also gives my my bearings in a new town or city. On a recent trip to the Bahamas, it turned out…

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Why I love New York in August

When people ask me what my summer holiday plans are on the years I return home, they tend to look at me oddly. “New York in August? Why? Isn’t it miserably hot?” My family and I try to get back every couple of years for a long holiday in NY, and this is our favorite…

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