Snapshots of Latvia

Annnnnnd I’m back!   After 18 hours of traveling yesterday (Riga –> Amsterdam (with a 5 hour layover) –> Boston), I’m ready to get back into the swing of things.  First on my list is to make my beloved home-made coffee…

Oh, how I’ve missed you. 

So I didn’t have time to take a ton of pictures (you know that whole ‘work’ thing took up most of my time) but here’s a couple of iPhone shots from the week:

 Monday

1. – Arriving in Riga, Latvia, 2. – No sleep on overnight flights = lots of caffeine, 3. – Turkey club for lunch/dinner, 4. – Love the view from my hotel room

 Tuesday

1. – Mini coffee to start the day, 2. – Quick workout (still sportin’ the pedometer), 3. – Healthy breakfast, 4. – Chicken caesar salad for dinner

Wednesday

1. – Good morning Riga, 2. – Cappuccino time, 3. – Early morning workout w/ Tracy Anderson, 4. – Dinner in Old Town (apparently w/ my imaginary friend ;))

Thursday

1-3. – Walking around looking for a place to eat, 4. – A couple tasty app’s

Friday

Up and at it for my early flight to Amsterdam…   Buh bye Riga!

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OK, time to hit up the Farmer’s Market down the street, go for a 4 mile run, stop at EMS (to get anti-chafing stuff – my armpits KILL during my long runs), and check a bunch of other errands off my to-do-list….

Hope you all have a fabulous Saturday! :) 

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What are you up to this weekend?

Do you have a long run this weekend?  Do you prefer long runs on Sat or Sun?

I’m hoping to run 15 tomorrow morning.  Fingers crossed my knees feel good :)

Hallo from Genk! PS I suck at blogging lately……

Hallo guys!

Sorry I’ve slacking in the blog world…..    I’ve been busy, busy working in Belgium and haven’t been online too much.  Basically I suck as a blogger lately.  Buuuut I will make up for it this weekend when I’m back in Boston.  Not sure how but I’ll find a way. :)

In the meantime, here’s a fun fact for you about Belgium:

Belgium is trilingual.
If you’re in the northern part, Flanders, you speak Dutch, so you say: ‘hallo.’
If you’re in the southern part, Wallonia, you speak French, so you say: `bonjour.`
If you’re in the small German speaking part (southeast) , you say: `gutentag.`
If you’re in Brussels which is officially bilingual you can speak Dutch or French (but most people only speak French).

Belgium has two languages, depending on the region. They speak French and Flemish, so you would say either Bonjour (French) or Dag (Flemish)

**And they all speak English!!  That’s 4 languages!  Crazy, right?**

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How’s your week?

How’s the weather where you are?

It was a chilly 4 degrees celsius and wiiiindy day but at least the sun was out :)

California Lovin’

I flew to Orange County, CA on Sunday night for work and I might never come back.  The weather here has been a perfect 70’s and sunny and is supposed to be in the 80’s today.  Umm this is winter weather!?  Why don’t we all live in California?? :)

Even though I have training for work everyday, I still make an effort to workout.  So on Monday and Tuesday I set my alarm for 5am and headed downstairs to the hotel gym for a 45 minute sweat session.  I was also able to squeeze in a quick 2 mile run along Newport Beach last night.  The run was a struggle for some reason (hence the fact I only did 2 miles) but the views were ah-may-zingggg!  Don’t you love working out in new places?

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Talk to you soon! :)

24 hours in 24 words.

Mike & I

The Mountain Top Inn

Chittenden, Vermont

Such a fun, relaxing, much needed getaway.

Hope you all have a great Friday night!

A Post In Numbers

-5:50 was the time when my alarm went off this morning and I hit the snooze button 1 time.

-15°C in Innsbruck, Austria today with 35 mph wind gusts.

-1 beautiful view…. -10 minutes to walk to the hospital (for work).

-28 days til Christmas and the streets are already very festive in Altstadt (Old Town), Innsbruck.

-3 meals were consumed by myself.  Oh, how I can’t wait to talk to people again….

-14 hours til I’m back at this train station enjoying the #1 iced coffee in the world!  I have to find something similar in Boston! 

-2 fried eggs, 1 sausage, 1 piece of baguette with jam, and some fruit salad was included with my breakfast. 

-115 pages left to read in “Gone Girl”.  Ahhh such a good book!  Have you read it yet?

-45 minutes power walking on the treadmill & 15 minutes lifting weights in a gym that was about 624 degrees!  Why do gyms blast the heat?!

-3.60 euros for my cobb salad.

-2 days till I’m back home and can make this delicious hot cocoa.  In the mix: 1 cup nonfat milk, 1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate, 1 pinch of salt, 3/4 teaspoon honey, and 1 dallop of whipped cream. :)

YOUR TURN…  Tell me about your day in numbers!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Oh hello, hello

I’m back in Boston, wahoo!  It was a fun, successful work trip to Europe and I loved being there (at times) but I’m happy to be home. :)  The last couple days have been busy, busy.  Tuesday was spent working and then in the evening we had a chance to walk around and take in the beautiful views in Innsbruck, Austria.

Yesterday was a FULL DAY (16 hours) of planes, trains, and automobiles going from Innsbruck –> Munich –> Boston.  The only good part of the day was enjoying the most amazing ice coffee at the train station in Innsbruck.  Iced coffee’s are almost impossible to find in Germany and Austria so this was a real treat!

View from the train:

Today

I feel frumpy.  I feel like I’m already out of shape and craving healthy foods.  So I’m going to get back into my half marathon training by squeezing in a 5 mile run and I’m also start eating all the delicious, healthy foods I’ve missed while away, such as: fruits, chobani yogurt, almond butter, almond milk, avocados, grilled veggie’s, smoothies, etc.  To start the day, I had a light breakfast of sliced banana with peanut butter (we’re out of almond butter) and Dunkin’s coffee with almond milk…. :)

And later today I’m going grocery shopping to stock the fridge with healthy foods and ingredients to bake Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Stay tuned for the recipe and results!!  

I Made It To Innsbruck

…..and what a beautiful view!

Enjoy your Tuesday!!

A Day In Leipzig

7:00 am: Woke up and quickly changed into workout clothes.  The plan was to run outside but that soon changed when I kept dodging all the crazy bicycle riders on the streets.  Bikers have the power of the street and sadly runners do not.  And bikers are everywhere…. :(   So I ended up doing a 40 minute circuit work out in the hotel gym.

8:30 am: Walked next door to Starbucks for a non-fat latte, bagel, and banana.

8:45 am: Ate breakfast, showered, and prepared for the day.

9:45 am: Work work work

5:00 pm:  My coworkers and I headed back to the neighborhood by the hotel and found a restaurant with outdoor seating.  We ordered drinks, a couple appetizers (since we never ate lunch), and enjoyed the beautiful day!    

(It doesn’t look it but they’re SO excited to be on the blog…. ;))

6:00ish pm: Walked into the men’s bathroom at the restuarant by mistake….    This was the first time a door didn’t have a picture of a man or women and I guessed the wronge door….  FYI: “Herren” does not mean “her” but instead “gentlemen”.

6:30 PM:Back to the hotel room to do a little work and check emails.  Also, had some funky coffee drink in a can to wake me up. 

7:30 pm: Met up with my coworker and walked around looking for the best place to eat dinner.

8:30 pm: Sat outside at Cafe-Madrid for tapas and drinks (when in Germany, order Spanish food?).  We ordered wine and tapa’s to split.  On the menu: grilled shrimp (with little heads and big eyes still on them), prunes wrapped in bacon (I love prunes!), chorizo in red wine sauce, and a honey, bacon wrapped goat cheese puff.  Mmmm delicious!

Street performer in front of our table….

10:30 pm: Back to my hotel room for the night.

And that’s my Tuesday in Leipzig….

Greetings from Leipzip

Grüße aus Leipzig!

Hallo- I made it Leipzig, Germany after a long red-eye with zero sleep (I thought drinking a couple of glasses of wine before my 10:20 flight Sunday night would put me right to sleep but I guess not?!)  We flew from Boston to Frankfurt and then took a connecting flight to Leipzig, arriving around 3pm on Monday (european time). 

I quickly showered, unpacked, and then met up with my coworker, Mike.  First stop on our journey: our hotel bar for a strong cappuccino.  Some how I wasn’t too tired after pulling an all nighter but I also wasn’t very awake and knew I could crash at any moment.  But it was such a nice day (sunny and 80’s) that I had to walk around and check out the city.

We walked the nearby streets and stumbled upon the St. Thomas Church which is where Johann Sebastian Bach played back in the 1730’s (I think?)  Not sure, but his statue was right out front of this gorgeous church. 

(These picture’s are from my blackberry and aren’t very clear…  but all upcoming posts will be taken from my camera.)

After waking for a bit, we decided to sit down for dinner at an outdoor cafe.  The lady at our hotel’s front desk told us about a popular street full of restaurants and bars. 

The street was extremely narrow which was great for people watching!!  So far I’ve noticed that people in Leipzig have really bright colorful hair (hot pink, purple, blue) and are a lot more creative with their wardrobes. 

The menu was in German and I was too lazy to “google translate” anything on my blackberry so I just picked an item….  apparently it was a fancy hotdog with fries from the kids menu!?!  Very German, I know….. ;) 

Finding healthy meals in Germany is going to be harder than I thought!

Alright, time to head over to the bus station and head to work.  My goal tonight is to order a better tasting dinner and check out more of the city!