Five Reasons Why the Updated Nike Training Club App is Awesome

Nike recently updated their Nike Training Club (which I will refer to as NTC) and now it´s even better than before.  It has a new design, new abilities, and just works so much better.  I loved it before, but now it has so many more options and functions that it didn´t have.  Here are five things that I love about it.IMG_4815

1 // When you open the app, you can choose between strength, endurance, and mobility workouts.IMG_4817

With the older version, you were first asked your level and then what type of workout you wanted to do, which limited the workouts that were presented.

2 // You can filter your workouts based on preference.  This is HUGE!IMG_4818

I LOVE that I can now specifically filter out workouts that use no equipment (just body weight) so that I can do those workouts outside.  Or I can pick workouts that are high level, but medium/ high intensity.  Or you can choose various durations.  There are so many ways to customize your workout, based on what you´re looking for.  When I do a workout outside, I always choose 30 minutes / intermediate and advanced level /  medium and high intensity / no equipment.  It brings up a handful of workouts and then I choose one.

3 // You can preview the workout before downloading it.IMG_4819

It tells you what it´s good for, what muscle groups it will focus on and you can see the exercises and their durations.

4 // You can download and do these workouts anywhere!  No internet required.  IMG_4545

I downloaded one of their workouts in a park in Vienna.  No internet, no wifi, no problem.

5  // There are two options for the display-  Either have videos of each exercise playing in the background of the app at all times, or have a time meter running to show you how much time is left of each exercise.IMG_4816

I think the video one uses my battery faster, but I´m not sure about that.  Also….Have you ever wanted to work out with Serena Williams or Kevin hart?!?!?!?!  Now you can!

Bonus // Now, some of the workouts feature exercises that are based on number of repititions (ex: 25 step lunges) as opposed to time (step lunges for one minute), which allow you to focus on form.  I haven´t done any workouts with this feature, but it seems like a good idea.  The only thing is that you need to tap the screen once you have completed the required number.

Bonus 2 // They have NTC “meet-ups” where you can search in your city for NTC workouts.  When I checked, there weren´t any upcoming workouts in Philly or Madrid, but there WAS one in Prague when I was there.  I didn´t go though!  Haha

Let me know if you use the app!

Checking In.

I know many of you are fans of my Lately postsespecially my mom, who often complains when she hasn´t seen my latest breakfasts even though I tell her it´s always the same thing, she still asks to see photos.

Fine.IMG_4813

Here is a little survey of sorts that I took from another blog.  Not to replace my Lately posts (don´t worry mama), but just as something a little different.

Making: nothing, at the moment.  But I want to make plum jam with an abundance of plums straight from the tree.  Other than that, I am just trying to eat everything I have before leaving for the beach.
Drinking: water.  AND!  MILK!!!  If you know me, you know that for the last 23.95 years, I have not been a milk fan.  I like my cereal soggy so I always let the milk drain from the spoon.  But then last week, I was re-introduced to (ice-cold, lactose free [just in case haha], fat-free) milk and I LOVED it!IMG_4751
Reading: nothing at the moment.  I have cleaned the library of all of their quality English books so I´m waiting to go home to get some new ones.  Planning to start Girl on the Train next week, which I have been saving for the beach.
Wanting: ice cream!  Since it was National Ice Cream Day two days ago, everyone has been posting.  I, sadly, did not participate.
Listening: Hymn for the Weekend– Coldplay.  So good.
Looking: forward to going to the beach for a week!  And then seeing my parents the week after!
Playing: with Teddy!  (IN TWO WEEEKS!!!!)
Eating: all the summer foods!  Big salads, peaches, nectarines, berries, popsicles!IMG_4794
Wishing: It wasn´t almost August.  Where has this summer gone?  Didn´t it just start?  ALSO wishing I didn´t stub my toe?  or foot?  into a table last week that has made it painful to walk or do just about anything.

Missing: them
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Loving: Serial!  The podcast!  I am so behind. but I just started listening last week and now I am obsessed.  Have you listened?
Smelling: body odor from the people in the library where I´m sitting that don´t find showers necessary.
Feeling: hot.  Going to the pool as soon as I finish this up.IMG_4805
Wearing:  this dress from Springfield.  So comfy and I have worn it almost every day since I bought it.  (And that is all of Annie´s stuff on my floor in front…right before she went back home)IMG_4790Following: The Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian feud.  So juicy.

Traveling Through Europe: Vienna

Hello again!!

While Vienna was the city we visited between Prague and Budapest, it will be on my blog as the last city.  I wrote it in the order that we went, but for whatever reason, Google Photos was not allowing me to edit the photos and I didn´t want to put them on here unedited.  Welp, I don´t care anymore and it is what it is.  Hope you enjoy!


 

DSC_0852We arrived in Vienna around noon, headed to our (nice!  super clean!) AirBnB and then immediately went to the supermarket and bought some groceries.  At this point in the trip, all I wanted were some vegetables.  We bought a bunch of things, then went home and made lunch and then fought the urge to sleep and decided to go out and explore.

First impressions of Vienna

  • another “free” tram 😉
  • Not many people “out and about”
  • Older population
  • Conservative
  • Classic buildings

We spent the next few ours walking around Vienna, from the outside of St. Stephen´s Cathedral

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…to The Austrian Parliament Building

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…to the seeing the outsides of some incredible looking museums, including the Vienna Museum of Natural History

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And other buildings…

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We also found a beer/ food complex of sorts that appeared to be set up for the summer months.  It looked like a great place to stop and watch the EuroCup games or watch a movie.  We stopped for a beer.DSC_0785

And then continued on our journey.DSC_0778

We walked and walked, eventually coming across, what I assume was, the commerical area, full of every typical store you can imagine.  The only thing was, while it was still light out and the streets were full of people, all of the stores were closed!  Everything closes quite early in Vienna, including stores, restaurants and supermarkets.  Conservative, I told you.  No fun after dark!!

We headed home and that was it for day one in Vienna.


The following day, we started the day off a little differently- with a workout!IMG_4545

We lugged our gym clothes and running shoes, so I was set on making sure we used them at least once (and once is all we did, haha). We went to a local park where we started off with running for about 15 minutes (one of us has an injured knee) and then we did a NTC 30 minute workout.  They have completely re-designed their app and now it´s AWESOME, which I plan to write about soon, but anyway… I chose a workout we could do with no equipment.  He commented that these workouts are “girl workouts”….but let´s just say I´m not the one that complained the entire time…or was sore for days afterwards….  😉

After our workouts and showers and FOODIMG_4549

…we headed out for a full 9 hours of walking.  That was our highest day of steos- almost 30,000!DSC_0821

Our first stop was the Schonbrunn Palace (Schonbrunn means beautiful spring, according to good ole Wikipedia), an impressive Baroque palace with 1,441 rooms!DSC_0836

We didn´t go inside the palace, but we walked around the vast gardens (literally miles of beautifully manicured gardens, fountains, sculptures, and even a labrynth!).DSC_0840 DSC_0848 DSC_0824 DSC_0829

There is also a ZOO on the palace grounds, which was founded in the 18th century, making it the oldest zoo in the world!!

We were enjoying our time there, but since it was our only day in Vienna, we decided to continue on and headed to Hundertwasserhaus, an apartment block full of various colors and mosaics and gardens growing out of the buildings.DSC_0851

I really wanted to see this block because the pictures looked so nice online, but when we got there…it was completely underwhelming.  Everything just seemed faded and drab.DSC_0861  Anyway, onward!

We headed back towards the center and went over to the Musikverein, which is a famous concert hall.  We talked about getting tickets for that night´s show because, well, when in Vienna…   But ultimately, I thought the tickets were too expensive for what we were looking for and since I have never previously had any interest in classical music or opera, I didn´t need to start with an expensive show in Vienna.  #refinedtaste

We headed back over to the commercial area and stopped along the way.

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And then eventually headed home for dinner (but not before stopping for ICE CREAM (where I declared that the day I turn 70, ice cream will be a significant part of my diet).DSC_0871

For dinner, we had salads.  Balance!

And just like that, our time in Vienna was done!  I didn´t love the city (I thought it was a little bit boring), but the buildings were beautiful and another city that I would recommend seeing once in your life.  Maybe my tastes will change as I get older and it will be a place that I want to see again in the future.  For now, it acted as a good break in what would have been a very long trip from Prague to Budapest.  With that, we were off to Budapest, which very quickly became my favorite!DSC_0858

Traveling Through Central Europe: Budapest III

And finally, the final full day in Budapest!  We had a half day on Saturday- before the flight.  We did a bit of walking before heading to the airport, which I included at the bottom of this post.

Budapest I and Budapest II for you slackers who have not read.

Day three:

On the third day of Christmas in Budapest, we started the day with breakfast.  Actually, that´s a lie.  I went for a quick 45 minute walk before breakfast.DSC_0109

Here are some things I found:

A “love-lock” gate, full of locks with people´s names.IMG_4695

There was a statue that I came across, which caught my eye because in front of it, it had stones, photos, shoes, clothing garments, and letters.IMG_4700 IMG_4703

I read some of the letters that were in English, and learned that this statue was put up as a memorial to the Hungarian Jews that were deported in 1944, but many people believe that the memorial was created in a way that will “re-write” history, making Hungary look innocent in what happened to thousands of their people.  People have left pictures and various items to show the public what the real history is.  If you want to read more, here is an article about it.

After I walked home, we had breakfast and then tried to join a walking tour, but we got lost on the way and arrived too late.  So we walked through Budapest´s commercial district and then made our way over to a HUGE market hall, full of food, souvenirs, and other things.DSC_0174  IMG_4722

The hall was incredible because it wasn´t only for tourists.  It was a place that Budapest locals sell and buy their groceries and other goods.  Did you know Hungarian paprika is a thing?  I didn´t.DSC_0176 DSC_0179 DSC_0182 DSC_0183

We bought a couple of gifts (life insurance…haha) and then we walked more!  Of course 😉

This bridge was closed, so we took a picture.IMG_4734 DSC_0191DSC_0185

We walked along the river for a bit, and then stopped for HUMMUS!DSC_0196 DSC_0201

While in Budapest, please go to the Hummus Bar.  It is a local franchise, but it is full of low-priced salads, hummus, falafel, sandwiches, and beer.  So goooood.DSC_0193

We were insanely tired after dinner, so we walked back to the AirBnB with plans to relax and then go back out to a beer garden, but I….fell asleep before 10:30 pm.  Oops.

Day four:

On Saturday, I woke up 12 hours later ravenous since we had eaten so early.  We ate breakfast, but were interrupted by the Hungarian cleaning lady trying to kick us out!!  We had to gather our things and quickly rush out of there, which was slightly annoying, but also kind-of our faults.  We packed up and walked around for an hour.  Basically, we walked to the Hungarian Parliament Building, took some pictures, and walked back to get our suitcases.DSC_0206Quite an impressive building isn´t it?

Our flight was mid-afternoon and had us back in Madrid around 8:00 pm.  We had a homemade dinner (so nice after so much traveling!!) and then I went home and unpacked all of my stuff.  I am so incredibly lucky to have been able to do this trip and to have someone to do it with.  If you have never been to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, I encourage you to go.  Find a way to make it happen, and GO!

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Traveling Through Central Europe: Budapest II

Hello again!

If you missed it, here is Budapest Post I for you.  As well as Prague I, Pague II, Prague III, and Vienna.

Day two:

My number 1 goal in Budapest was to make sure we had a chance to go to the famous Budapest Thermal Baths.DSC_0120

According to Wikipedia, the baths were constructed during the Turkish period (1541-1686) and served both bathing and medicinal purposes.  Today, the baths are still used for those purposes, but some (such as the Szechenyi Baths, where we went) are geared towards tourists, as they do not have seperate male and female days, and everyone is wearing something to cover the family jewels.  The complex has 15 (or more, not sure) thermal baths with water that offers sulphate, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.  The baths are supposed to help with joint flexibility and inflammation, orthopaedic treatment and other things (such as a place to see other men sporting banana hammocks?).  There were saunas (that were 80* C!!!  I nearly died it was SO HOT.  I could barely handle the 40-50* sauna so the 80* one was horrible.  They also offer massages and other spa treatments.  We researched a bunch of the different baths and ultimately chose the Szenchenyi baths because they are the most popular among tourists.DSC_0127

Obviously.

It wasn´t only tourists though.  There were a good number of locals there, getting in their dosage of minerals while hanging out, playing chess in the water, sitting in the saunas (and not dying, I don´t know how), and taking in the “views”.

We took the metro there (metro is NOT “free” in Budapest, FYI), but got off one stop early to see Hero´s Square and walk a little bit.  We stopped at this museum to eat our sandwiches.DSC_0113

And take some touristy photos.DSC_0094 DSC_0099

It was fit for a princess.DSC_0102

Eventually, we walked over to the baths and got in line with all of the other tourists.DSC_0114DSC_0128

We opted for a “locker-only” ticket, which means they provide a locker to store your things.  They also have a “cabin” ticket, which means you can have a cabin to change into your banana hammock.  But, we were still provided cabins to change…  So I´m not exactly sure what the difference is…

We changed, and then walked into the “pool area”.  I want you to take a moment- close your eyes- (well don´t really close your eyes because you need to read this) and IMAGINE:  hundreds of people, both groups of tourists and local Hungarians, in their bathing suits, some fat, some not….also sitting in these smalls (hot, unchlorinated) pools, and the water is the color of dirty dish water and urine.  Mmmmmmmmm.  What a sight  We still got in all of the pools, but I am fairly certain that we were bathing is stewing urine.  It´s sterile, right?  RIGHT.

The outdoor pools were much nicer. DSC_0121

We spent a bit of time in each pool, relaxed, ate a sandwich, tortured ourselves in the saunas, and then left when we felt like we had had enough.

Would I say I LOVED the Thermal pools?  No.  Would I recommend that you go if you ever find yourself in Budapest?  ABSOLUTELY.  It´s something you have to experience, and maybe less crowded, I would have enjoyed it more.  They weren´t the cleanest and there weren´t enough bathrooms, but they were something you should definitely try in your life.DSC_0129

He was skeptical.

After a few hours, we went home and I devoured food.  And then it was siesta time and then it was go exploring and have dinner time.  We walked to the Jewish Quarter of Budapest where we saw both the Rumbach Synagogue and the Dohany Synagogue (largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world).DSC_0134

It was hunge and impressive with all of the details on the face of the building.  We did not go in, since it was closed, but tours are offered daily.  After that, we meandered through the streets and came across a hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant.  We weren´t very hungry and we only planned to have one plate, but then decided to share two since they were less than 5 Euros each.  Our plan was to eat what we wanted and then take home the rest…but then we ate it all.DSC_0136

Completely full, I insisted on having a popiscle that cost half as much as dinner.DSC_0148It was coconut and I loved it.

Then we walked mooooore and headed in and out of various beer gardens.  I told you!  There are so many!  I want this in Madird!  And Philadelphia!!DSC_0142 DSC_0151 DSC_0152

We finished the night with a couple half liters of beer (so cheap!) on the famous Gozsdu Udvar (street full of pubs and restuarants) talking about how Budapest was our favorite city and we were so lucky to be there.

Photo courtesy of Google.

Traveling Through Europe: Budapest I

We have arrived at the best part of the trip!  They always say, “save the best for last”, which is exactly what we did on this trip!  it was actually an accident, and only ended up in Budapest as our final city because the flights were cheaper that way, but I am so happy it worked out like that!  I hope, through what I write and my pictures, that you will see why Budapest was my favorite and you will make it a point to visit one day.

In case you missed it, here are the previous posts:

Budapest was our third and final city on this 10 day trip, and I am so happy to say that we ended on a high note.DSC_0990

A VERY VERY VERY high note!DSC_0919

Budapest was my (our) favorite city of three, even though almost everyone said Prague would be our favorite.  Of course, Prague and Vienna were beautiful and unique in their own ways, but Budapest was incredible.DSC_0890

Not only did it have the beauty, but it also had present-day LIFE that we didn´t really see in Prague nor Vienna.  There was a really great mix of locals and tourists and the city was completely full of places to sit and relax.  It had it all- history, museums, places to see, incredible restuarants, parks, nature, natural thermal pools, and MORE.DSC_0901

We were blown away by the number of pedestrian streets, as well as the beer gardens, food truck halls, and artsy feel to just about everything.  Budapest is a city I would go back to, and given a choice of the three, it is the one I would choose to live.DSC_0054

From the ancient baths, to the beer gardens, to the Chain bridge connecting Buda and Pest, to the hundreds of unique and modern restuarants, Budapest has so much to offer.  Here is what we did in two and a half days!

Day one:DSC_0890

Arrived, found AirBnB, went food shopping so I could curb my meat and bread diet.  Luckily, we got a great AirBnB that was RIGHT in the center of town.  it was a new AirBnB, so we got it fairly cheap and the location couldn´t have been better.  After food shopping, we went exploring!

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First, we headed out of our AirBnB to see what was around with the ultimate goal of crossing the Chain Bridge and heading over to Buda (the smaller side).DSC_0953

According to Wikipedia, the Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the River Danube between Buda and Pest (the western and eastern sides of Budapest).

On our way to the bridge, we came across a huge… I don´t know how to explain it….outdoor arena with food and drinks for sale and a HUGE outdoor screen to watch the Eurocup games.DSC_0901

This was just one of the many “outdoor arenas” that we came across in Budapest, which I think is awesome.  The city was full of people sitting in the sunshine with friends out and enjoying life.DSC_0906 DSC_0918

(MOM–  I know I need a haircut in the above photo)

Much more my type of city.  We meanedered through the city, which both felt “touristy”, but also like it had a lot of local life.  Does that make sense?DSC_0912

Eventually, we crossed the bridge, which had some crazy wind!DSC_0938

And made it over to BUDA!DSC_0968

The Buda Castle (historical castle and palace of Hungarian kings, first completed in 1265) sits at the top of Buda, and to get up there, you have the option to take a funicular (cable car) for 4 Euros or…. you can walk up.DSC_0971

If you have legs and can deal with moderate exhaustion for 5 minutes, you should walk up!DSC_0013 DSC_0974

We followed a few Mexican guys…DSC_0973

who appeared to know what they were doing, and we made it up there- safe and sound.DSC_0981 Doesn´t take long at all and you can spend your 4 Euros on a liter of beer.

The views are worth it.

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SO WORTH IT.DSC_0997 (1) DSC_0989IMG_4668

And then I proceeded to take around 500 more photos of the same sunset.  And now here is the only one I like:DSC_0012

We walked around the Buda Castle grounds while arguing about whether or not it´s possible for Kim Kardashian to rent the Buda Castle for her wedding.  What do you think?  Leave your vote in the comments!  The sunset was amazing from the other side, as well.DSC_0023 DSC_0024

We walked around more…DSC_0028 DSC_0031 DSC_0036

And then eventually re-crossed the bridge to go hunt and gather some dinner.DSC_0065 (1) DSC_0066

These burgers were too good.DSC_0071 (1)

Chicken patty, tsatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato, purple slaw, and magic.

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Beef burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, and sweet potato fries.

We took a stroll through town and then that was it!  I fell asleep in love with Budapest!!

Traveling Through Europe: Prague III

Finally- almost a week later, I am writing the final Prague post.  I am also planning to knock out Vienna and Budapest, so you may or may not see 5 new posts in one day.  You have been warned.

Here we go…and for good measure, here is Prague I and Prague II.

Day three:DSC_0727

The third day was our final full day in Prague, as we had plans to take an early morning train to Vienna the following morning.  We got a bit of a late start (it´s exhausting being on your feet all day!) and once we got out, it started to rain a little bit (and it was cold! Hence the denim jacket…that I buttoned).  it wasn´t too bad, but we stopped for some refreshments while we waited it out.DSC_0704The restaurant sells waffles so I asked the waitress if they sold CHICKEN (specifically fried chicken) and waffles.  I asked as a joke and she was not amused.  Haha.  After waiting for a bit, we continued on!  I think our only plans for that day were to kind of back-track through the places that we went during the walking tour on the first day.

Starting with Old Town Square and the Clock.DSC_0726 DSC_0724 DSC_0728DSC_0485

Meandering through the winding streets…DSC_0730DSC_0737

Through the Jewish quarter…DSC_0731 DSC_0732

To the commercial area…DSC_0712 DSC_0717 DSC_0721

A couple of things we saw as we walked along…DSC_0736DSC_0735

And then back along the river (many hours later)…DSC_0738 DSC_0744

To find dinner.  Which we eventually found after a lot of back and forth and deciding which place to try.  Eventually, we ended up back in the restaurant from our first night in Prague.  While the food was a teeny tiny bit more expensive, it was good and the beer was good and I was about to keel over and die.IMG_4509DSC_0747

We may have gone a little bit over board with how much we orderd…we started the meal with an “appetizer” of two beef sausages with mustard and bread and beer….and then continued with all of this food.  That was the first night I left dinner feeling super stuffed.  But we walked a lot of it off and a nice stroll to the (free…) tram stop 😉DSC_0409

That was the end of our time in Prague!  The next morning, we took a 3 hour train (with wifi!  Fancy!) to Vienna.  It may be many years before I am back in Prague, but I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to get there and see it.  I´ll be back- one day!DSC_0709

Traveling Through Europe: Prague II

Wow-ee these posts are taking a long time to write!  If you missed it, HERE is the first day and a half in Prague.

Day two:

Unfortunately, there was predicted rain on our second full day in Prague.  Our plans for the second day were to cross the river and head over to the Prague Castle, which dates to the 9th century and is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.

Step up your game, Obama.

We started the day with breakfast and then headed out into the gloominess (which made the buildings look even brighter).DSC_0601

We didn´t cross the famous Charles Bridge, which is actually FULL of tourists and people selling things to said tourists.  We crossed one of the bridges nearby and I took pictures from either end of the Charles Bridge.DSC_0612

And then we walked up, up, up, through the town on the other side of the river.DSC_0620 DSC_0622

This side of the river was much different than the side with Old Town Square.  We walked and walked with intentions of getting to the castle, but the rain started to come in, so we stopped for photos and then coffee.DSC_0636 DSC_0643

With a view…DSC_0649

Doesn´t it look a bit like Portugal?

Once the rain stopped, we continued on our journey in search of the castle!  Which is not a typical castle you would find at the top of a mountain, because it was- in fact- not at the top.DSC_0651

We didn´t go inside, but instead just walked around the grounds (it was closed by the time we got there…oops).DSC_0657 DSC_0658

After the castle, we re-crossed the bridge.DSC_0660

Then we had dinner in a restaurant that served portions for the Victoria´s Secret Angels (small).  Then ice cream because I was still hungry…

That was it for day two!  My time on the library computer is ending in 3 minutes so I´m sorry (to my dad) for the number of typos that are definitely in this post.  Will edit manana.DSC_0681

 

Traveling Through Europe: Prague I

10 days.  

3 countries.  

2 flights.  

2 trains.  

A lot of meat and potatoes. DSC_0109

From Madrid –> Prague –> Vienna –> Budapest –> Madrid, this was one of my favorite trips in my lifetime.  The ten days flew by so quickly, but it also felt like I was away for much longer than 10 days.  Funny how that works, right?DSC_0655

Anyway, I have a ton of photos to share (per usual) and want to get these (what will likely be more than 7 posts) completed before I forget all of the details.

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Before leaving for this trip, everyone and their mother assured me that of the three cities I was going to visit (Prague, Vienna, and Budapest), that Prague would be my favorite.  I am not one to fall head over heels in love with cities, but I was excited to see Prague because of everyone´s “YOU´RE GOING TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!” attitude.DSC_0495

So, what did I think?  I loved Prague.  Love, love, loved it…but not like people said I would.  It was a beautiful and breath-taking city, with brightly colored buildings, history, fun, sunny skies, and beer that is cheaper than water (really, it was insanely cheap).DSC_0414

Horrible picture…. look at the beer.

It wasn´t a “normal” city.  I think Philadelphia is a normal city.  it´s nice, but it´s not amazing (which is okay!).  Prague is not normal, it is much more than normal, but my expectations were a little too high.  Maybe I should have treated it like Paris– where many people told me it was “ok” but then I loved it.

Anyway, I loved Prague, but I didn´t get a sense of any LIFE in a city (like there was in Budapest, wait for those posts).  It felt like the life came from the tourist population, which is okay, but what about the people that live there?!  I want to see them!  It had the beautiful buildings and architecture, but not the life that I like in cities.  I sound like a complete snob….Moving on.DSC_0612

Maybe we were in the wrong places?  Either way, while it wasn´t what I thought, it doesn´t mean I didn´t enjoy it and would still absolutely 110% recommend a trip there!  In the summer!DSC_0580

Here is how we spent 3 full days in Prague!

Day one:

We actually arrived at night-ish, so the first night, we took the tram into the center in search of some grub.  Fun FACT!  I´m sure the trams in Prague are not technically free…..but…..nobody was checking….for our entire trip…. 😉

So we took the tram and I insisted on taking river pics.DSC_0409

And then dinner… the first of many nights of hearty, meaty food…and beer.DSC_0417 DSC_0419

Beef with cranberries and this incredible soft white bread (the mushier, the better for me) in the back and a leg of lamb (I think…) over mashed potatoes and brussels in the front.  With beer to wash it down.

Day one for real:

So this was our first real day, since it was the first day we saw Prague in the sunshine.DSC_0442

First stop (after the free tram, haha) was coffee.  Expensive coffee.  Mediocre expensive coffee to be exact.  Totally my fault, though.  At least the coffee shop had some views…DSC_0452

After coffee, we walked to the center in search of Old Town Square, which is the #1 rated thing to see in Prague according to Google and Trip Advisor.DSC_0479

Look at those buildings!  Just as bright in real life, but a little photo editing helped them.  For whatever reason, my camera lens captured the buildings looking like they´re tilted, when they are not actually tilted.  Strange!  The first day in Prague was hot, so we stopped for some beer in the Old Town Square.DSC_0490

Tourist beers!

After the beers (and I was a little bit buzzed because they were big and my stomach was empty), we bought some quick sandwiches, walked around a bit, and then joined a walking tour.  I love walking tours!

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The walking tour was in Spanish, which was okay, but I probably only really caught about 60% of the information, but understood mas o menos of about 80%.  Walking tours are a really, really great way to get oriented in a new city, make sure you see all of the major sites, and pick up some interesting facts along the way.  Not all walking tours are good, but if you get a good guide, then they´re great.  And our guide was faaaantastic.  funny, animated, and knew her stuff!  I think!  She could have been making it all up!  We found a free walking tour that started in Old Town Square and meandered throughout the city over the course of 3 hours.DSC_0549

The Old Town Square is sort of the “heart” of Prague, full of colorful buildings, impressive Tyn church and St. Nicholas Church, and the famous Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock (dates from the 15th century) that has a little show every hour.DSC_0497 DSC_0530DSC_0485

The tour also took us to the State Opera house (opened in 1888), as well as the Jewish Quarter (known as Josefov).  It has six synagogues, as well as a Jewish cementary and the Jewish Town Hall.DSC_0514 DSC_0516 DSC_0509 DSC_0513 (1)

There was also this statue, that is supposed to bring luck? (I think…tour was in Spanish, remember).  I can´t find any info online, though.DSC_0522

Our tour continued throughout the city, and ended in the commercial area of Prague (but I don´t know what it´s called…)DSC_0537 DSC_0545DSC_0717

After the tour, we were pretty wiped.  We sat and ate bananas for a few minutes before walking along the river.DSC_0566DSC_0580

Like Budapest, Prague was full of nice-looking bars along the river.  it was a bit cooler in Prague compared to the other cities, making it a nice option in the sunshine or for a warmer night.DSC_0583

These two birds agree.DSC_0584

We finished the night at a recommended restaurant for heary, traditional food.DSC_0587

Steak, fried onion rings, cream coated potaotes on one plate.  Traditional goulash stew and that incredible air-bread in the back.  With beer!

My diet started the following day.

June Weekend.

**I wrote this post a couple weeks ago and never posted it.  Since no breakfast can go un-publicized, I am posting it now.  ENJOY!**

Buenos días!

How was your weekend?  I hope it was as fun and sunny as mine was- with a good mix of sunshine, good people, pool, food, and happiness….and alcohol- maybe.  One can always guage the quality of the weekends around the world by the number of Facebook- public engagements you see.  I saw 3 this weekend…so it´s safe to say this was a good weekend for a lot of people (and I don´t really know any of the 3 so I won´t be invited to their boozy weddings, unfortunately).

Here is a look at my weekend:

Friday began here…Wk1

I only have this glorious balcony for one more month, so I am trying to make the most of it…. by taking approx. 500 photos of my breakfast.Wk2

After breakfast, I went for a looooong walk (almost 2 hours), just to get my 10,000 steps!  Along the way, I was handed a free coconut water.  Normally I think coconut water tastes like rotting milk, but in the heat, cold coconut water isn´t so disgusting!  I only finished half, but it was still nice and refreshing!  Hmmmm, along the way, I made a few stops…wk21And bought a dress.  Dress Addiction is not a joke, people.

I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around.wk12 wk13 wk14

And I had lunch:wk18The chicken // hummus // red onion mix is so good.

I don´t have any pictures of Friday night (WHY?), but it was a lot of fun with dinner + pool time.

Saturday, I got up and went to run hills for an hour because I hate myself (kidding…but I did do the hills and it was hot, but they felt really really good).

After the run, it was brunch time!  I was more than excited for good food and ICED COFFEE.wk23And I was so happy that both were incredible.  See this post.

Brunch and walking around the city lasted almost 5 hours, so on the way home, Kristen and I stopped for a little refreshment.wk25 wk26Definitely my new favorite spot for treats around my house.  So good and so refreshing and cold.

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Saturday was also great with Indian food in Lavapies and then shots of tequila…and then sleep.  #party.  I have a picture, but it might be the worst picture of me EVER.

Sunday, I was up early-ish (…at 11).  I started the day with a big breakfast…IMG_4355

And then went on another long walk to get those 10,000 steps.IMG_4358 IMG_4362 IMG_4363 IMG_4364

I don´t have any other pics to share, but the rest of Sunday included time at the pool, a run, and dinner.  A perfect Sunday, if you ask me.

That´s it!  Have a great week!