I practice a variety of sports and activities, and I'm always happy to give new ones a try.
During my internship in STOR-i, I tried rope climbing with the rest of the group. Having enjoyed it, I then tried bouldering (climbing without ropes) during my final year. I particularly love the mental and physical challenge involved in the practice, and have decide to join Lancaster University Bouldering Team to improve my skills, and hopefully reach the necessary level to compete with them it the North West Universities Bouldering Series in the future.
I have recently been trying to improve my running skills, as I strongly believe in the benefits of it. I intend to test my skills by taking part in one of the Race for life events next spring/summer to raise money for cancer research (please get in touch if you wish to support the cause).
I practice yoga and pilates regularly, and I am always up for trying new sports and activities. I also have a few more passions, about which you can learn further down. Among those, is photography. Having always been interested in photography, I tried to learn some technical skills during my time in Edinburgh, especially from the brilliant people I met in the Photographic Society (above is a link to the society website and one of my favourite pictures, taken by the previous secretary of the society). This website shows some of my attempts to test my abilities at an amateur level, especially during my travels - the results are nothing special, but they hold great memories and I greatly enjoyed trying - I would recommend it to anyone!
I have always been fascinated by the Buddhist culture and philosophy, and intend to learn more and visit the areas where it developed. I particularly enjoyed a brief stay in the Scottish Tibetan Buddhist Centre of Samye Ling , and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the matter (or just looking for a peaceful place). That inspired me to visit the biggest Stupa in Europe (located in Benalmadena) during my travels in Spain, and I am now looking forward to see similar sites in other countries in the world.
I love travelling, although I have had limited time and financial resources so far. I took a week off to go to Spain just before starting my MRes, and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Now that I have graduated, I intend to take a few short trips around Europe. However, India & Tibet, Peru and San Francisco are currently my top-three places I want to visit in the world.
During my undergrad, I attended a few classes in massage (mostly Swedish massage). I really enjoyed learning and practising this skill, and thought some classes myself for the society while in my last year in Edinburgh. I would love to improve my skills further, possibly in different massage styles.
I'm a foody, that's just the Italian in me! My origins have a strong influence on my attitude towards food, and my passion for coffees. I really enjoy nice food and good wine, and particularly appreciate the social aspect of sharing a meal. I like hosting dinners and would love to be able to attend some cooking classes to improve my skills and expand my knowledge.