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March
17
2013
3

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 (Juve-Inter).

Football

Veckans fotbollshöjdpunkt - Bombardier Italia mot ?: 3-3

Weekly football highlight - Bombardier Italia v?: 3-3

In the week I've had a training and two matches. The most enjoyable job was with the guys at work. Match start 22:00 every Thursday! We run a raven like series with CA13 law. It is a match of the week throughout the year. The series ends with a playoff game. Right now we are in the middle, something that 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. Pulled 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 where it however revange. We lay on and managed to turn to 3-3.

Olive oil

Olivträd - blir olja i november!

Olive trees - gets oil in November!

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

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 you oil on green olives - maybe not to mention what Altin liked it ...

Unfortunately, it rained hard - so there was not much time outdoors. Will take another weekend to come, planned to offer myself as labor.

Cycle

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

I was there with the camera and took a movie. Marveled at how incredibly fast it goes! Met Fabio - a local cyclist - in the audience and started talking with him. He is running for a club in Savona. Maybe some cycling in Italy come.

Water

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 are 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.

Watching the water polo was kind like watching handball. Very goals 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: , , , , ,
March
10
2013
3

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. That's more than three hours. But fortunately, there are areas that are better at distance.

A good site that lists the ski area is j2ski . It 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, take 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 type 70. The cars ahead of me running on a small Fiat Punto. It was white and four-wheel drive. To avoid the risk of people honk at me from behind I do the same thing, which of course I would not have done. I made at least three mistakes:

  1. Drove too fast.
  2. Went over a solid centerline.
  3. Did not the police check for snow chains which was 100 meters ahead until it was too late.

In retrospect, I see how 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 the English translation. They showed me a side of the crossed 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 probably 10% grade average. Ski team makes new tracks every day. They charge € 7 in trail fee. In the shop there are ski rentals and ski wax.

Skidspår Limone Piemonte

Trails Limone Piemonte

Basically it was a "switchback" climb in 2km 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 (+10 ° C) and the blue sky. Drove with rolled up legs and short sleeves.

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Italy | Tags: ,
March
09
2013
3

Living in Italy - my first few days

Now I have come to the rest of Italy - maybe you could say. First week on the job has gone really fast. I have tried to get to know as many as possible and think it has gone okay. Everyone is very helpful and takes happily to the coffee machine to 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.
  • Soccer is a hot topic of discussion - although 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.

Lavoro

Job-wise, so the first week was spent in train simulator where we have tested various functions (eg "traction safe"). I have got to fix some configuration of HW together with Vasteras (HMI S and CCU-S). Another task is to trigger automatic regression tests (ie - to be able to repeat the same tests on newer releases of software automatically). It'll be an interesting topic to come. About 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 this, I have done sports. On Tuesday, I met a lovely person - Armin - when I went to get 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 it becomes a new game next Tuesday!

Last Wednesday where the sample workout at the gym and on Thursday another match. This time in a corporate series (type Raven). Will run a practice and a game where every week I think.

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

  • Genoa is a cool city. Incredibly hilly!
  • It's kind impossible to park in Italy!
  • The whole arena is engaged. Amazing atmosphere (although Genoa is last).
  • Granqvist's probably out of shape. He got replaced by some nice mismatch :)
  • The prison in Genoa is apparently next door to the football stadium. Anyone have thought?

How will this adventure end?

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

Luigi Ferraris in Genoa - bröjar filled up before kickoff :)

Authored by David Gustafsson in: Italy | Tags: ,
March
03
2013
2

Vasteras to Savona in 18 hours!

It was a few years ago at the latest - but now I'm back. This time on new adventures in Savona - Italy. I will work here for 6 months with commissioning of 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 talking only 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 that pasta and fish comes 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: Economy | Tags: , , , , ,
October
22
2011
2

Aux adapter for Volvo - Cd-connect

I have had my CD-connect Volvo for about a month now and am very satisfied. The product works great. I use the aux adapter for listening to audio books on the way to work. P3 Documentary is also great 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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