Giro d’Italia 2015 – First Thoughts

Corvara in Badia and the Sella group
Picture by Vasile Cotovanu – Flickr: Colfosco and Sella, CC BY 2.0,

After considering the Pyrenees and very seriously considering the Swiss Alps – we even made reservations for apartments there – it’s now final: this year my “altitude training” will be in Italy once more where I will cycle my own Giro d’Italia 2015!

Switzerland was cancelled due to the fact that our accommodation had become 25-30% more expensive overnight, after the Swiss let go of the Euro cap.

Compared to France and Italy, Switzerland is already an expensive country for a holiday, but since I was eager to climb mythical cols like the Gotthard, Grimsel, Nufenen, Susten and Albula, I was ready to pay extra.

However, when the costs for a 5-night stay rose to 800 Euro just for the apartment, with the chances that it would get worse considering the latest financial developments in the Euro-zone, I let go of the idea and I eventually managed to get a full two weeks of holiday in Italy for a little more than for those five nights in Switzerland.

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New year resolutions? Good luck with that!

It’s that time of year again, time to make new year’s resolutions. Of course, in doing so you’re basically admitting you’ve been doing it wrong so far.

But, “it’s never too late to make a change”, right? Right?!

Right…Minion with clipboard

If you feel that you need to make a change, by all means, do.

After all, “better late than never” counts too.

I’ve never been much of a resolutions man – I try to make the best of it as I go.

It’s a work in progress and I’m faltering – miserably failing – at times.

Sometimes I have a goal, or a target, but – like with many of those resolutions – it doesn’t always “work out as planned”.

Another great euphemism…

I could give you a report on how the past year did work out, but you can go through the boring intermediate reports I’ve been posting here all year long.

And yes, I do have plans for next year and you may come back to be bored some more later on.

For now, I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2015 – make the best of it, resolutions or not!