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Race Report | Berlin Half Marathon 2015

Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before — I ran a half marathon without having any idea of my pace. I’ve been training like that for weeks now with the goal of rediscovering my love of running… I had reached a point where I was burnt out on training for speed, as well as a bit overwhelmed with other stuff …

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Berlin | Lunch & Shopping in the West

Bikini Berlin

A few weeks ago, I spent several days in Berlin (my first trip back since November) and had such a fantastic time — I love the Hauptstadt so much!  When I lived there, my life was very much centered around the eastern part of the city.  Since I was staying at a friends’ place in Schöneberg this time around, it seemed like the …

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Berlin | David Bowie Exhibition

David Bowie Suit

Last week I spent a few days in Berlin as birthday present to myself.  Aside from seeing friends, the David Bowie Exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau was at the top of my wish list.  I’ve been on a total Bowie kick for the last couple of years, and since he has such a strong connection to Berlin — living for …

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Exploring Germany’s Christmas Markets

German-Christmas Markets

Every December for the last many years,  I’ve shared with you my love for exploring Germany’s Christmas markets — keeping running tabs on how many mugs of Glühwein and bags of Schmalzkuchen I’ve consumed (too many), challenging myself to visit new markets every year, and taking way too many photographs! This year will be much the same — but in addition to all …

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The Houses in Berlin

One of the (many) things I love about the German language is how apartment buildings are referred to as “houses”.  For a language rich in precision, it’s surprising to me that there really isn’t another word that tries to distinguish a freestanding house from an apartment building (that I’ve ever heard, but correct me if …

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