I'm from Minnesota, the land of snow. When I moved to the Netherlands, I held out hope of white winters. After all, Avercamp paintings depict wonderful winter snowscapes! I hoped, but didn't expect very much. Living in the UK had already adjusted my winter expectations. In my two years living in Oxford, snow stuck to… Continue reading Snow in Utrecht
I think the last time I managed to blog was sometime in October... That means I'm behind on updates about my vacation, and about all of the exciting things I've done since then. And a lot of exciting things have happened! It's been a busy few weeks full of work, friends, and adventures. I'm not… Continue reading What happened to my blog?
The night before the marathon I felt strangely calm. I expected to have butterflies and nervousness, but instead I felt ok. A portent of doom? Or a sign I was prepared? I had a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs, set my alarm for very early, and went to bed at 9:30pm. I slept soundly.… Continue reading Amsterdam Marathon! (Long post w/ photos)
Rewind two weeks... After quite a crazy week at work, I took the Friday off. Why? To go pick up my marathon number! At first, I only planned to hop a train, grab my number, and go back to work. But it was a GORGEOUS sunny day (and about 70 degrees F/21 degrees C)....and I… Continue reading Amsterdam Marathon: Expo
I'm really excited to write about the Amsterdam Marathon, but first, I have to catch up on my training posts. Not so exciting, but that's the rule (the one that I just made up)... My last training run was 20 miles, followed by a taper of 15. Then I went on vacation for two weeks… Continue reading Tales from Tapering
Ok ok. So, I had big goals to conquer my blogging back-log before I started in on the new things. But 1) some of the new things are too exciting to put on hold and 2) this blog is meant to make me happy, not make me feel beholden to things or guilty for not… Continue reading Cats on Mats: Meditation at the Amsterdam Cat Cafe
The second day of my vacation was the official start of my mom's trip to the Netherlands! But for me, the day started with long wait. I woke up early, so excited, and then had to kill time before I could pick up my mom from the airport. So, after making sure that the apartment… Continue reading Vacation Day 2: Airport and Wandering Utrecht