Friday, December 21, 2001

Lots of Christmas cheer and all our very best wishes to one and all for the holiday, and for the New Year too!

Our Christmas greetings page is here - leave a comment/ message if you like!

Monday, December 17, 2001

Grrrrr, rats! At home with a miserable sniffy cold today. Obviously a result of the cold snap the last few days, coupled with a three hour!! (usually takes one) drive from Reggio Emilia to Bologna in the dark, snow, wind and sleet last Thursday evening, after it began to snow while I was in Reggio for a meeting. Total chaos on local roads in Reggio, and the autostrada only just barely driveable from Reggio to Modena South... Rather miserable journey, all in all, but at least I managed to get home again!!

Friday, December 14, 2001

Snow, snow and wind. Crunchy ice on the ground this morning here in Bologna... Italy is beginning to feel more and more like Norway every day! Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, November 11, 2001

Just added the excellent "Comment" function today, courtesy of the "Blog Back" site.

Thanx a million, BB folks!

Friday, July 20, 2001

Our first "ferrata" (belied path in English) in the Dolomites: "Punta Anna". More details to come later...

The Punta Anna ascent

Friday, June 15, 2001

Wednesday, June 13, 2001


Patrizia's book "Significato ed Esperienza" has now been released in English translation (by Jeremy Carden)

Title: "Meaning and Experience" More information here...

Friday, June 08, 2001

Here is a link to a few of the many pictures we took on our Easter 2001 trip to Nepal.
We flew from Bologna via Milan to Kathmandu, where we spent a few days looking around and also met our sherpa Shiva, who would lead our trekking team down the magnificent Kali Ghandaki valley running north-south along the west flank of the Annapurna massif. From Kathmandu we travelled by car to Pokhara, where we spent a brief night. Very early the next morning we left Pokhara in a tiny plane for the mountain town of Jomsun, which lies at the top of the Kali Ghandaki valley (at a height of about 3000 m).
From there we trekked over eight days back down to Nayapul (traversing the Ghorepani Pass, which involved a slow ascent from around 1000 m at Tatopani, up to ca. 3000 m at Ghorepani, and then back down to around 900 m at Nayapul, in the course of three days).
At Nayapul, a car was waiting to take us back to a quiet and pleasant resort bungalow at Begnas Lake, a few kilometers to the northeast of Pokhara. Here we spent a very relaxing night, before heading back by car again to Kathmandu for a few more days while awaiting our return flight to Italy.

A truly splendid trip, which we will hopefully get around to documenting in some more detail at this space a bit later on.

Some websites we visited for information and inspiration

Mappatour Travel, Rome
who helped us plan and organise our trip.
Hotel Tibet, where we stayed in Kathmandu.
Yeti Zone A useful site with a bulletin board with a lot of up to date information from other travellers.
Photoseek A photographic report of a trip round Annapurna.
Wired2the WorldA collection of personal diaries from more or less the same trek as ours.

Tuesday, May 29, 2001

Hi all..

OK, so this is our private page "on the air" at last. It's taken us some time to get started on it, but now we're really up and running.

We've chosen the weblog format (courtesy of Blogger), because we like the possibility this provides to develop a more fluid, interological* (rather than phenomenological) style of communication...

* Thanks to Pat's Norwegian friend and colleague Lars Sigfred Evensen for this useful metaphor (if you want a more detailed explanation of the concept, feel free to contact Patrick at the e-mail address elsewhere on this page)