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I started Sunday between two glaciers and today I reached the ending post after 250 km. It is my 16th desert. When I saw the steams of the Blue Lagoon, where there is the ending post of the Iceland 2013 there was an explosion of emotions inside of me. All the effort that I did to get until there has vanished in the middle of nowhere like the steams of the Blue Lagoon. From today I will always have in my heart all the memories of this rough, strong and harsh land with a weather so different from my country, Italy.

It's been a pleasure to describe you some of my emotions and I thank you all, my friends of Iceland.

A hug by Giuliano, an italian who challenges the deserts.

 

 

Saturday, 10 August 2013 20:14
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Yesterday was a very long day. About 65 km, it was the more hard stage, with rain, wind and cold weather. For the people of iceland maybe it is normal, but for me it is very difficult. We have put on the test resistance and attitude to this kind of race. Unfortunately I had less time to admire the beautiful things of Iceland, because I've challenged with a difficult and muddy ground, on which it was easy to fall. We started at 8 am and I finished at 8 pm. Today rest, then tomorrow I'll wait you for a picture at Blue Lagoon, where this race of 250 km comes to an end. My race's number is 197.

See you tomorrow

 

 

Friday, 09 August 2013 17:45
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It was another beautiful and tiring day. Today 4th stage of 42 km, for a total of about 180 km from the start. I'm living Iceland day after day through hard mountains, ways in the paths of the horses and on wonderful lichens. This morning we are entered in an old volcano. Exciting, difficult and maybe also dangerous. I passed through geysers and the smell of the sulphur. It was a spectacle of the nature. This race is very hard and difficult but thanks to these fabulous landscapes, that I will always get with me, I can forgive the effort.
Tomorrow big stage of 65 km.

A big hug and see you tomorrow my friends of Iceland

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 18:39
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I'm falling in love with Iceland. It is a land with a big variety of land inside. This morning we started from the glacier and we are arrived after 42 km in a wonderful lake. Finally the weather is very beautiful, it is warm and sunny. In some points Iceland seems like the Italian's Alps, in others it makes me think about the Gobi desert, with a black and very fine sand. It is a big spectacle.

See you tomorrow

Giuliano, an italian in Iceland.

Tuesday, 06 August 2013 18:16
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I'm learning to know the Iceland's force of the wind. It is everywhere and it is one more opponent in this race. Today 46 km with 1000 m of difference in height. On the way I have admired the beautiful landscapes of Iceland and its culture made of wild and strange nature.

See you tomorrow my friends of Iceland.

 

 

Monday, 05 August 2013 18:14
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This is the first time through Iceland. The race Iceland 2013 is 250 km from Kerlingarfjöll mountains and arrival at Blue Lagoon. 

Sunday, 04 August 2013 12:03
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The FSA in Iceland recently posted a new set of figures regarding the pension system back home. The bottom line: only 674 billion ISK missing (i.e. the total actuarial position is negative by 674 billion). That translates into just over 39% of GDP which is an improvement from the 2009 figure when the gap was a considerably worse 50% of GDP.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:01
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After the recent GDP figures from ONS, the general reaction was rather pessimistic. FT had e.g. this tweet and article:

Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:03
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