Talkin bout Tel Aviv

Talkin bout Tel Aviv

Welcome to the  curiously cool city by the sea

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Oh, the bluemanity

Now I say curious because to be honest I do not know why I fell so quickly head over heels for this small, extremely expensive, not-so-aesthetic bauhaus city …but ohhh baby am I now in deep.

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bike city bitch, bike bike city bitch

To be honest I have so much enthusiasm right now that  I just have to break it down for you list style. So here are my tip of the top 5’s

  1.  Tel Aviv is small, Tel aviv is Big

It’s Incredibly small. I think between my explorations and running the half marathon I have the city basically all mapped out.

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toto we arent in western Europe anymore

It has a feel like Munich, where it has everything you need  for a city but at the same time all the conviences and social comforts of a small town atmosphere.

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Never ending hazy skys over the city

but then again I say big because once you are really out you can feel its strong heart and soul.In the evenings or late afternoons, the people start coming out and the bars and cafes are crowded with lights and laughter.

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It feels so exciting but so comfortable, and it seems everyone is always bumping into someone they know

 

 

3. The beach, the glorious, fabulouuuus beach

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Beach, please

Coming from freezing winter wonderland that is Bavaria, I was probably most excited by the heat of Tel Aviv. It was only around 20-25 degrees but the sunlight hit you just right.

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Cash me at the Carousel, Howbowdah

 

All around adults and children alike were playing sports, in the water, cruisin about

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or just soaking up sun.

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We were able to relax in minimal clothing and get some new freckles all in “winter”time…except no smoothies. FYI even if the coffee shops are air conditioned, they still apparently respect a no smoothie in the winter months rule

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Running away from my problems like

4.The cozy chill culture

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Perhaps it was because I have been in Germany too long, or perhaps its just the way it is, but withhold your potential comments about bias when I say, people there are just so so nice.

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Shalloommm sleepy time

The people I was hanging out with were so open and welcoming. I mean my host did know me and gave me free range of his flat (and bed), introduced me to friends, and even let me me finish his box of captain crunch at 1am- soo nice.

5. Houmous is youmous

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ok not just houmous, but food in general.

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Benedict’s Shashuka is off the hooka

The food there is so glorious. Fresh ingredients, mixed in peculiar ways with loads of unique flavour combinations and textures.It is just so busy but so delightful. Its not all Shawarmas and Falafel but Shakshuka, Sabih, salads and so much more. You get food and youre just like, what is this? but it doesnt matter what it is because once find out its delicious no more questions are ever asked…ever

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Baked potato, hardboiled egg, hummus, tahini, pickles eggplant and assorted garnished in pita. Wierd? completely. Tasty? 100%

 

Alright, I know 5 for now seems pretty slim for someone so “excited”, but believe me its hard to narrow down what I experienced for a post.There is just so much good I dont know where to end, so I had to after so little…also I still have to write about the marathon experience-aaaayyyyyeeee

Needless to say, I am already looking

to book another trip.

So, chill. We’ll be back for more.

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UnTelaVivable view

 

 

Perusing about Prague

Perusing about Prague

” Youth is happy because it has had the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”

Franz Kafka

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I have read so many posts about how “magical” Prague is. Many people write about its “fairytale feeling”

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Guards at the entrance of Pražsky Hrad ( the castle)

I must admit, that even in a frosty snowy wonderland of weather, the city failed to give me these feelings.It was a bit of something else.

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FYI dear readers Praha is Czech for Prague

Prague stood out to me most due to its history. Dealing with the Nazi occupation of WWII and still coming out with most of it medieval old town still intact is a very impressive site to see.

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Famous Charles Bridge, connection old town to new

The city’s architecture mixture alone was one aspect I was pleased about; Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque

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designs are mixed together with a high dose of Parisian feel.

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Mainstreet New Town

Some areas of the city were a visual splendour

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Old Town under the castle

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and some provided the cozy atmosphere I so crave in my travel down time.

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La Bohéme Café in New Town

but as per usual I chose to admire all the river and rooftop views I could

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Superb sunrise on the Vltava river

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lucky for us, we arrived on the very last day of the Christmas markets

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With a massive decorate glimmering tree

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and even some sweet little furry friends

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With all these sweet views, came the sweet tourist trap that is

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Trdelník

A sweet pastry that is made from dough wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with a sugar and walnut mixture. It has a distinct wood and smoke flavour.Not entirely sweet but if you choose the modern version I did with nutella, its a pretty good taste combination.

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Modern takes on the treat include ice cream and other fun filling options

In the end to me Prague had a feeling of sweet melancholy.

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The tall building created endless hallways. The new was well mixed in with the old and the poor with the rich

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The culture and history does not hide.It endured generations of foriegn domination-the Nazi occupation and Communist rule. Once the Iron curtain cracked it became one of the first Central and East European countries to embrace the western culture.However with this came naturally the party seekers and their drunken exploits, tacky tourist shops and Tescos galour.

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Puppet shops in every corner

but the marvelous part was how enduring the character of Prague stayed. This city pushes to create a good integration of the old and the new. Making it unlike anyone I have ever been before.

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Central New Town sites

Even though it has these cultural and historical marvels I admire, I must admit it was not my favourite city. Perhaps because I enjoy lighter atmospheres, the food was not to my taste palette or I am too biased by previous experiences, I am not entirely certain. It was a good experience but I will choose to continue to head on to new places and most likely not head back too soon

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Meanwhile in Munich

Meanwhile in Munich

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woke up like dis

YES winter is finally here. With it came snow, glorious, super snow. Unlike what I assume to be the majority of the population, I am extremely overwhelmed and over joyed by this weather. I love running in snow, walking in snow and day dreaming from my office window as it snows.The chill in the air and the silence of everywhere that comes with that frosty white cushioning just gives my heart little pitter patters.

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s’no day like a snow day

The city becomes more alive. It is so bright, hopeful and beautiful. The sky becomes an extra magnificient shade of blue and the rivers flow with a little more grace than average. I find Munich to just be the best place to go for chilly strolls. What can I say, I am a little winter romantic.

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I like to often imagine I am in a snow globe or a Thomas Kinkade picture. Although I do love my outdoor activities

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Running in a winter wonderland

I find that there are a lot of cozy indoor activities to revel in. In Munich we have so many lovely museums, exhibits and naturally, oodles of cafes.

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souper duper dinner date

awe, Munich, sweet Munich. Such a lovely place to be, all year round

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Am ende wird alles gut

Am ende wird alles gut

Originally I had in mind to write a proper running post about the fantastic feeling New Years Eve running event, but in the end I think it was more so the feeling and what it stood for. Instead of another race day it was a day for reflection and the delightfulness that came along.

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It was so lovely. We ran the event in Olympia Park in Munich, it looked absolutely spectacular. A perfect sporty winter wonderland.

 

 

The night had frozen over and dusted the landscape with white. Everything ever so lightly twinkled, and glittered in the bright sunlight.

 

My friend Cora came along, she is absolutely darling. Not much of a sporty person. A hiker yes, but when it comes to other events, she tends to avoid. However unfamiliar with the activities she is, I really admire her ability to just shrug and say why not. I’ve previously invited her to events-we did a spontanious charity 10km in fall- and this time she agreed in the same nonchalant manner.

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I had aqcuired some nasty shin splints the last week from training so Cora and I managed to only do the 5km event.

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It was a short and sweet run. The air stung a bit and our hands turned bright pink. We paced ourselves and jogged it out at an average race pace. We were the middle women, just there to get our bright and cheery morning workout.

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FInishers mug. *points for creativity

This start of the day was lovely and set my mind off on a good reflection of the year. I have come to think until then about how difficult the year was. It seemed to be one of those times when everything is against you and nothing goes right. When constantly you feel you cannot get a moment to breathe because you must always struggle to keep your head above water and moving forward.

However, it was not entirely this. The bad seems to outweight the good and cloud our vision. We tend to dwell on mistakes, but now I see these were really valuable times. The challenges taught us to fight through, the hurt taught us how strong we really are inside.I am glad I made some mistakes and I am glad I had go through the trouble I did, because now I am stronger and more prepared for better things. Although it seems I have started at the begining again, I think this is ok and I have accepted it. I believe now as long as you know what you want and stay focused then perhaps things really will always work out in the end.

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Ooh baby I like it raw

Ooh baby I like it raw

No, its not a secret confession just the name of  one of my favourite  cafes.

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Nestled up cozy in the Glockenbachviertal sits this environmentaly casual cafe. Everything you need and more.

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Probably one of my top choices when I am craving a good piece of cake ( which I must admit is often my weakness) They have so many options as well. Most of the time gluten free and dairy free are on the menu, woohoo!

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And that mint infused water, honestly how sweet can you be

Might I go onward and add their weekly menu is fresh ta death.

Every week a new specials menu is posted on their facebook page. The set menu is pretty hard to beat. With fresh baked bread, soups, salads and oh so fabulous brunch options the owner and I are quite familiar with eachother.

Ooh baby  I like it raw opened in September 2015, although I’ve spent most of my time there during this past  summer when they served up some of Munich’s best sunshine ready spritzers. However now that the weathers cooling down, Ive found out they know how to keep the heat up.

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Rumfordstraße 39-80469 München

So yourself a favour and head over. Cozy up with some cocoa or coffee and get your cake on  Aspen style. Promise you, you wont regret it.