The Bearded Handballer

Handball, beard, nature and much more

Who’s the bearded handballer?


Hello everybody and welcome to “The Bearded Handballer” blog!

My name is Paolo and I am an Italian PhD student based in UK.
I obtained a Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology degree (University of Camerino-ITALY) and I am actually working on a project related to crystals (not the kind of crystal you are thinking… Forget Breaking Bad!) at University of Lincoln.

I know that the name of this blog sounds a bit “weird” but believe me, choosing a name for the it was one of the most difficult thing I had to face during my life (probably more difficult than choosing the color of my first pair of sunglasses, more difficult than choosing the name for my tortoise Donatello and even more difficult than choosing my university course… Well, actually it wasn’t so difficult to choose the blog name!)

It’s quite easy to exaplain why I decided to use this name for the first blog of my life:

a) I have a beard (as you can see from the pic)

b) I play handball

I started growing my beard in 2010 and since then I regualarly trimmed it keeping it short, with rare clean shaves (e.g. Movember period).
Many people think I decided to keep a beard because of “fashion” reasons. This is absolutely false! Although I have a thick and strong beard, my decision was litterally based on the fact that I HATE SHAVING! This is due to the fact that my skin is quite sensitive and every single time I shave, my bathroom turns into a splatter movie set!
I am actually growing my beard without trimming it and I’d like to share with you my techniques, opionions about specific products and tools I used. ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the other hand, Handball is one of my biggest passion: I started playing this sport back in Italy when I was a kid and I continued playing until I started studying at Uni. Unfortunately in the city where I was studying there were no handball teams so I played rugby for a while and then I came back to my beloved sport when I arrived here in UK.
I am a proper handball maniac, following international competitions, different leagues and sharing handball posts on social networks… Maybe I have a problem! ๐Ÿ˜€
Here in UK I am actually playing, for the thitd season, with the University of Lincoln Handball Club and this year I am the captain of our 1st team.
I can imagine some of you wondering “What the hell is handball?”… Explaining handball in few lines would be impossible, so I will just say that handball is the best sport in the World! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks to my posts with pics and videos, we will go through this amazing Olympic discipline!

I am a great Nature lover: I love mountain biking, kayaking, trekking and traveling around the world discovering new countries and new landscapes

I also have tons of hobbies and passions: drawing/painting, cooking, sports, tattoos, arts, vynils records, pirates and much more (they are so many that I struggle to remember them all).

Of course, feel free to contact me if you have any request or suggestion! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you very much for your visit and I hope you will enjoy my space! ๐Ÿ˜€