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Activities in Liguria - Football, olive oil, cycling and water polo

Now a new week-end in Italy. Two weeks have passed quickly. I think I have done a lot so far but there is also much to look forward to. In two weeks my first and best visit, with Italian derby as one of the highlights (Juventus-Inter).


Veckans fotbollshöjdpunkt - Bombardier Italia mot ?: 3-3

This week's football highlight - Bombardier Italia v?: 3-3

This week I had a workout and two games. The most enjoyable job was with the guys at work. Game Time 22:00 every Thursday! We run a raven like series with CA13 law. There is one match a week throughout the year. The series ends with a playoff. Right now we are in the middle, something must change!

This week, we met a young team. Average age was perhaps 22. They were fast, technical and feeble. It meant a lot filming (in my eyes). The first goal was my fault. Took me a hand in the penalty area -> first penalty. 0-2 also came on a penalty and a new hand (not from me). In the second half worth it though Revange. We lay on and managed to turn to 3-3.

Olive oil

Olivträd - blir olja i november!

Olive trees - is oil in November!

Today I have been at Altin - a guy I play football with. His wife cooked (very good!) And we played on "Stryktipset" (Gothenburg and Kalmar will hopefully cross). He also took me up into the mountains outside Savona, where he has a piece of land where he grows olive trees. Very interesting and beautiful.

The output from this is that I've learned how to do to make olive oil. It is the black olives to use. In Japan do oil on the green olives - maybe not to mention what Altin thought about it ...

Unfortunately, it rained hard - so there was not much time outdoors. May take a new weekend ahead, planned to offer myself as labor.


Way home from Altin I realized that there was something pågång. The street was cordoned kind and full of policemen. Sure enough, after a bit around the interrogation, it was now time for the Milan-San Remo . A race in Italy for the elite. Cyclists Fabian Cancellara and Mark Cavendish was with, both have previously won this contest. This year it snowed in Milan. Participants were therefore go by bus to the coast and the start outside Genoa. The race was therefore much shorter, only 15 mil :)

I was there with camera and took a movie. Marveled at how incredibly fast it goes! Met at Fabio - a local cyclist - in the audience and began to talk to him. He runs a club in Savona. Maybe some cycling in Italy ahead.


Savona vann matchen med 13-10 mot Sicilien

Savona won the match 13-10 against Sicily

Another activity of the weekend was water polo. This is the biggest sport in Sanvona. The team is 3rd in the league and traditionally very good. This year the team is young and they aim to win the league next year. Italy is apparently reigning world champion in water polo league so high class.

Looking at water polo was kind like watching handball. Much goal back and forth and around the same rules. One difference, however, was that it was very hot and humid in the hall :) .

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Ego , Italy | Tags: , , , , ,

Cross Country Skiing in Italy - Limone Piemonte

Today I including riding a turn to the Italian mountains to go skiing. From Savona / Genoa is far til Val di Fiemme. It is more than three hours. But fortunately, there are areas that are better distance.

A good site that lists the ski area is j2ski . The recommended. I chose to go to Limone Piemonte, because there would be tracks where nordic skiing. There were traces - 5 km classic or skate. Before I tell you more about this, a detour.

Stopped by Police

An earlier impression is that there are many who drive recklessly on the roads down here. Påväg Limone Piemonte, I passed a small community. It was 50, but all were kind 70. The cars ahead of me running on a small Fiat Punto. It was white and four-wheel drive. To avoid the risk that people honk at me from behind I do the same thing, which I of course would not be done. I made three mistakes:

  1. Driving too fast.
  2. Went over a continuous white line.
  3. Did not the police check for snow chains which was 100 meters further until it was too late.

In retrospect, I see two policemen rushing towards his car. Jahapp, then it was only to stay! The communication was done with sign language and with a book that had English translation. They showed me a side of the crossed driving license and laughed while they pointed at me and said 'al pie, al pie ". After some discussion ended, however, the incident with a "warning".

Limone Piemonte, the cross-country trails

The tracks which would be 5 km, was after measurement was about 3.5 km. It was certainly 10% incline on average. Ski team makes new tracks every day. They charge € 7 in track charge. In the shop there are ski rentals and ski wax.

Skidspår Limone Piemonte

Country skiing Limone Piemonte

Basically it was a "switchback" pitch in for 2 km and then a descent. Utförslöpan stopped at a bar. There sat the lion's share of all Italians. After a while, I also :) It was really hot (+ 10ºC) and blue sky. Drove with rolled up legs and short sleeves.

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Italy | Tags: ,

Living in Italy - my first few days

Now I have come to the rest of Italy - you might say. First week on the job has gone really fast. I have tried to get to know as many people as possible and think it's been okay. Everyone is very helpful and will willingly to the coffee machine for coffee. Some impressions from the time the coffee machine:

  • All run "caffe corto" with lot of sugar (haha - I!).
  • It is very common to smoke here than in Sweden.
  • Football is a hot topic of discussion - although the biggest sport in Savona seems to be water polo.
  • Instead Serve logo so the machines as standard adorned with a picture of a girl in a bikini.


Job-wise, so have first week spent in train simulator where we have tested various functions (eg "Traction safe"). I've got to fix some configuration of HW together with Västerås (HMI S and CCU-S). Another task is to trigger automated regression tests (that is - to be able to repeat the same tests on newer releases of the software automatically). It'll be an interesting topic to come. About 1 month, the physical train to the site to begin testing. Then it is that we are prepared.

Tempo Libero

After work, some time has been spent to move, act and get started. In addition to that, I have done sports. On Tuesday, I met a lovely person - Armin - when I would pick stålhettor in order to work in the lab. We started talking football and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It all ended with me being invited to their football team. He picked me up at night. Ended up in a tent that contained a konstrgräsplan for five against five. We won and there will be new match next Tuesday!

On Wednesday, where the sample workout at a gym and Thursday another match. This time in an enterprise-class (Type raven). Will run a training and a match where every week I think.

Yesterday I topped football week to go in the match. Genoa - Milan ended 0-2. My biggest impression from there it was:

  • Genoa is a cool city. Incredibly hilly!
  • It's kind impossible to park in Italy!
  • The entire arena is engaged. Fantastic atmosphere (although Genoa is last).
  • Granqvist is probably out of shape. He spent exchanged for some fine mismatch :)
  • The prison in Genoa is apparently door to the football stadium. Anyone who has thought?

How will this adventure end?

Luigi Ferraris i Genoa - bröjar fyllas upp innan avspark :)

Luigi Ferraris in Genoa - bröjar filled up before kick-off :)

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Italy | Tags: ,

Vasteras to Savona in 18 hours!

It was a few years ago at the latest - but now I'm back. This time for new adventures in Savona - Italy. I will work here for 6 months with the commissioning of the Zefiro Italy, a fast train for TrenItalia. It will be a very exciting period, from every perspective - and therefore it makes sense to save / share my memories here at Technomics.

Some observations on the way down:

  • In Italy they just talking football on the radio
  • Volvo: n like German motorways!
  • We were lucky with the weather
  • Spring came about in Denmark - where the grass was green
  • It seems like pasta and fish are on separate plates in Italy

Next weekend there will be skiing. Tomorrow begins the seriousness of the job ... Should be fun to meet with the group!

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Finance | Tags: , , , , ,

Aux Adapter for Volvo - CD-connect

I have had my CD-connect the Volvo for about a month now and am very satisfied. The product works great. I use the aux adapter for listening to audiobooks on my way to work. P3 Documentary is also good to listen to during long trips. I usually download them as podcasts to my iPod.

Since I was the first customer of the product, I put up with to film installation. Installation film is available on volvoaux.se but I found it even directly to YouTube.

I hate to hear myself talk!

Here is a picture of the installation:

Min installation. Jag satt en ingång i den löstagbara knappen. Installationen ser helt orginal ut!

My installation. I put an entry in the removable button. The installation looks completely original out!

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Interests | Tags: , ,

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