brussels

brussels

Stephen and I went to Brussels last weekend to see Arcade Fire in concert*, selecting Brussels out of the European options (Brussels, Paris, Berlin) because neither of us had ever been there. In the five years I’ve lived in Germany, I’d still never even been to Belgium! Through Belgium, sure,...Read more
freiburg

freiburg

In the middle of October, the weekend before the Frankfurt Marathon, I went to Freiburg with Mandie and a couple of her grad school friends. The first day was warm fall perfection: no jacket, sunshine, blue-skied beautiful. The second day rained with a fury so powerful it was not worth...Read more
frankfurt marathon

frankfurt marathon

  Just over a week ago, on Sunday, October 27th, I ran the Frankfurt Marathon, which was actually awesome! I had a pretty solid plan in place (run a mile, walk a minute) which I’d used in training and which meant that my knees felt good the whole way through unlike...Read more
new jersey signs

new jersey signs

From a morning bike ride when I was in the US for my brother’s wedding: The Wildwood, New Jersey boardwalk has the best signs (with a sneaky guest appearance from a Stone Harbor hotel).Read more
ryan & mariah

ryan & mariah

Ryan and Mariah got married not quite three weeks ago, and we all celebrated with them two weekends ago! It was really gorgeous fall weather in Stone Harbor for a lot of fun outdoor time: a pizza dinner on Friday on the deck at Stone Harbor Pizza, a lovely midday...Read more
capri II: water

capri II: water

    Capri might not have beaten out Cala Gonone and environs for the most gorgeous water I have ever seen in my life, but it made a valiant effort. Careers I would not mind one bit: the hunt for the place with the most beautiful sea water.Read more
capri I: land

capri I: land

  Parts of three days on Capri was just about right, especially since I went swimming every one of them. Neither Capri nor Positano knocked Sardinia out of my “favorite part of the Italian coast” slot, but as you’ll see in the next post, Capri’s coastline made for a nice runner...Read more
città del vaticano

città del vaticano

  The best bit of planning we did for visiting the Vatican: booking our tickets online in advance. We could have probably done without the tour — most of the Vatican Museums was just sort of interesting for me, but the Sistine Chapel was flat-out stunning — but definitely, definitely book...Read more
rome III: eats

rome III: eats

  What I ate in Rome or, more accurately, what I ate and liked in Rome. Not pictured: a really unfortunate pizza/pasta lunch near the Pantheon, and the pair of pizzas that I just did not love near the Vatican (so we drank a bottle of white wine apiece instead). Definitely...Read more