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  • Day22

    AOK Bewhungsinsel am Olympiapark

    February 6, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    The sun shines. For the first time in four days the sun shines!!!!

    I am so excited that when I finish school, I ride home, change clothes and start running. When I start, I don't know if I am going to Nymphenburg, to English Garten, to the Isar, or simply around Olympiapark, but after three days of rain and class and people I am tired of staying still. Perhaps staying still is harder than running around - whenever I sit for too long I get tired and hungry yet when I run or hike or move in the sunshine I get happy, more fit, and relaxed.

    So instead of deciding, I simply run. I like running near Olympia park. It has hills if you choose, flat if you choose, and a fitness-area, or a playground for fitness, or maybe it is called an adult playground. I can't tell. I don't care, because I run straight to it so I can play on the adult-sized monkey bars and slackline.

    I'm running because I signed up for a Sparta race in Mallorca on March 8. I'm running because I signed up to run 50k in Switzerland this summer. I'm running because I want to feel my body move. I'm running because I love how the sun shines to make a new beautiful day.

    I am growing to love the feeling of my body in motion. My body isn't entirely sure about it, yet I decide that I don't want to slow down today. I've been reading "Natural Born Heros" by Christopher McDougall, the same author as "Born to Run", and over and over he talks about how our bodies can do incredible things - how they were made to do incredible things - and how it doesn't require total absolute strength training, but joy and enthusiasm and a desire to move your body in natural ways. I run to the fitness-garden, grab the monkey bars and swing - from one, to the next, to the next, to the end, and turn around with my hands and go back. Monkey bars are hard for me, but I try reaching every-other bar. I try to cross a third time. I fail and land on the rubber mat.

    Instead of a pause, I get up and head to the slackline. This comes more naturally. I like agility and balance more than strength. I cross the line. I do it again. I do it a third time and fall. I do it a fourth time and fall. I don't care to stop moving, so I change to the back-stressor. I'm not sure what it's called in English, but it's a reverse situp, where you start laying forward and pull you back tight so your chest goes off the ground. I do this until I can't. Then I go to pull ups. I play without resting - or rather I let muscles rest when I use others. When I can't move my arms or my stomach anymore I run.

    I run in intervals, a jog for a time, then a sprint, then a jog. I run around Olympia-lake and when I get back to the playground I play again. Then run again. Then play again. and again, and again, and before you know it 2 hours have gone by and I'm filled with endorphins and kissed by the sun and thirsty for more, and for water.

    I've run about 20km, with pauses between for playing. It's taken me over two hours, which is about right. I'm running faster and faster these days, but still slower than others. I like when my week is filled with motion and sunlight on brisk clear winter days. These are good days but I cannot rest too long. I have to go to German-practice book-club after dinner!

    I'm especially excited today because tomorrow I go wandering with Franz and Ooli - I am skipping Friday class to join a hike in the beautiful weather. Just when I think my day will not get better, I read an email invite to another hike on Saturday for snow-shoeing with my next host; Garnot. I call Garnot and make plans with him while he quietly chats from his work office, planning non-work things.

    I am excited.
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  • Day47

    My Accidental Marathon

    March 2, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    I have been hiking for weeks. When I first got to Germany my time was split between school and hiking and running. In the evenings sometimes I would go to meet ups where I would have a drink with strangers. I even tried out salsa and realized that in Munich no one wants to teach a lead. Yet as time has gone on I find more and more that I love hiking in mountains the people I meet there and the adventures and invitations that come from there. That's how I wound up in Berlin!

    Yet after all these adventures I realized that I've not been running and I miss it. I have signed up for 50 km in Switzerland in August did I have not run more than 30 since I got here. I haven't run more than 30 in a row. So today I decide to run 30 km to Freising.

    The only problem is that by the time I run 12 kilometers I passed a sign that says "Freising 27 km."

    I try not to think about this too hard because I am here to run and I'm not going to stop running before I hit at least 30 kilometers so I keep running to freising.The day is sunny and I run along the ice are back and forth as it weaves back and forth along trails and empty Woods where no leaves live. sometimes there is a trail next to the water very close and fun to bounce on as I run yet often the trail is as wine and clear as a small and gravel Road. Either way I keep running. I have headphones in and I'm listening to an audiobook about how our bodies affect the way our mind works and that maybe our mind is less in control of our bodies and ourselves and that it is instead more a coordinator and our body is the one in charge. The more I listen to this the more it resonates with me as I feel my body and let it move. I do love to feel my body in motion.

    Yet when the sign starts to send freising 8 km my body does not feel so lovely. I pause and check my distance I've already run 32 km and I did not bring supplies for the next eight. Yet when I look at the map there is no convenient place to stop running and take a train home. We are not in freising and the nearest train station is also 5 km away. Given the choice between an empty train Station Drive kilometers away and a train station with a restaurant and a bar 8 km away I know the right answer. I keep running.

    I run for as long and as hard as I can yet after three hours of running I have no water and my body is tired so I change between running and walking and jogging as I get more and more thirsty. Next time I do this I will have to bring snacks. I hear peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a great choice. Either way I do get to the freising train station and there is a restaurant and there is beer. And milkshakes.

    I skip the next train so I can have a burger and a milkshake and after a little while I'm buy a beer to sip on the train back to Munich. I'm always amazed and how fast a person can run. it only took three and a half hours for me to get to freising, and it wound up being 42 kilometers. And here on the train it will still take one full hour to get back to Munich. Does this mean I was running at one-quarter the speed of the train?

    I have hunger that does not stop. This is a wonderful opportunity to break every diet rule in the book. I spend the afternoon searching and eating for everything, them catch up with friends for drinks.
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  • Day2

    Olympiastadium München

    February 7, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

    Das Olympiastadium wurde für die Olympischen Spiele im Jahre 1972 erbaut. Von 1972 bis 2005 diente es ebenfalls als Heimstätte für den FC Bayern München. Seit 1982 wird dieses ebenfalls für Open-Air-Konzerte benutzt. Welche vom nahe gelegenen Olympiahügel aus immer noch gut hörbar sind.Read more

  • Day9

    So woll... Attacke...!

    July 26, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    nachdem wir ja nun wieder einmal komplett im Kreis geschickt wurden, reichts mir mit dem Verkehr in Minga endgültig!

    Parkhaus am Hauptbahnhof und dann mit der Ubahn zum Olympiastadion. Perfekt sag ich.

    Um ca. 20.15 Uhr angekommen und Posten bezogen hören wir uns noch irgend so einen Teebeutel als Vorgruppe an. Der Kerl ist richtig gut und heißt Vance Joy. Eine Art Ed Sheeran mit Band... :-)

    Danach DJ KIDCUTUP, der es tatsächlich geschafft hat jedes Lied mies zu machen. Bitte geh in die Bar zurück, wo du hervorgekrochen bist!
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  • Aug14

    Alte Heide

    August 14, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Tip des Tages,
    Mitten im alten Teil von Schwabing in einem Wohngebiet liegt der Biergarten mit Wirtschaft. Hier wird noch richtig gekocht. keineTouris weit und breit, na gut 😊 zwei Bremer.
    Ach ja die Wirtin kommt auch aus Bremen.

    Restaurant Alte Heide
    Fröttmaninger Str. 18B, 80805 München
    089 41857730
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    Beate von Lübke

    Immer wieder schön und einen Besuch wert 👍🏻

  • Day43

    München-Venedig beginnt bei Nina & Peer

    July 8, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Unsere Wanderung des „Traumpfad München Venedig“ beginnt bei Nina und Peer, auch liebevoll unsere „Ground Crew“ genannt 😍 Ohne dieses Beste Team der Welt wären wir erstmal ziemlich aufgeschmissen gewesen. Die beiden sind die Besten!!

    Schon seit Abreise Ende Mai, aber verstärkt letzte Woche, haben wir weitere Pakete zu Peers Firma geschickt mit Dingen, bei denen wir unterwegs gemerkt haben, dass wir sie noch uuunbedingt brauchen. Leider sind alle Bestellungen auch noch einzeln verschickt worden, und so hatte Peer ewig viele Pakete erhalten und schon Kommentare von seiner Empfangsdame dafür kassiert 🙈 Nachdem dann alle Pakete inklusive unserer großen Rucksäcke Nina und Peers Wohnzimmer belagert haben stellte Peer fest, dass unser Leben für das nächste Jahr gerade so ziemlich in diesem Zimmer liegt. Jupp 😅

    Den Montag haben wir genutzt, um das Münchener Bruttoinlandsprodukt nach oben zu treiben, ganz besonders in unserem Lieblingsladen Globetrotter - der in München hat sogar ne Wasserfontäne IM Laden!! 😍 So konnten wir noch die letzten nötigen Vorbereitungen für die Alpenüberquerung treffen.

    P.S.: Was für ein Luxus es ist, Wasser direkt aus der Leitung trinken zu können merkt man immer erst, wenn man diesen Luxus nicht mehr hat! In den letzten Wochen ging das nicht, und da mussten wir immer zusehen, dass wir Trinkwasser im Haus haben. Einmal bin ich nachts aufgewacht mit mega Durst und wir hatten kein Wasser mehr, das ging gar nicht. Zum Glück hab ich dann noch ein paar Schlücke in meiner Trinkblase im Wanderrucksack gefunden! 😅
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    Daniela Thölmann

    Man lernt die für uns selbstverständlichen Dinge wieder zu schätzen - Wasser. Danke, dass ihr uns an eurem Abenteuer teilhaben lasst 😘. Wir freuen uns immer über neue Postings und Bilder 👍. LG


    Ground crew ❤️ ist sooo schön!!

    Norbert Pieper

    Genialer Schnappschuss

  • Aug15

    Chill Day

    August 15, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Mittagsschlaf im Park. Eine Radltour im Englischen Garten . Pizza und Pasta in der L‘osteria. Planungen für morgen, zum wandern 🥾 in einer Klamm. Das muß reichen für heute, schließlich haben wir Urlaub.Read more

    Kira Misu


    Beate von Lübke

    Super cool, diese Dependance 😎

  • Day2


    April 10, 2019 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    The first stop of our central European trip is Munich. During three days and two nights time here, we learnt a bit history of Bavarian Royal family, had so much sweet pastry, started to understand some German words, astonished by this city's buildings and sculptures.Read more

  • Day53


    July 1, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Tonight Jessie and I went to the famous Hofbaühaus for dinner and drinks. I had roast pork with crackling and gravy, it was delicious. Soon after we finished dinner the others turned up for a few drinks and it wasn't long before everyone was swinging their glasses around. James bought what I would call a leather 'fly swatter' and that ended with everyone hitting each other until it broke. Don't ask me how but Kevin managed to break a glass.Read more

  • Day24


    January 9, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    A walking tour though Munich and then dinner at Hofbräuhaus.

    Dodgers Alley:
    Hilter had installed a monument on the side of the loggia to commemorate the lost lives of a few of his party members, Hilter insisted that passers-by salute the monument, to avoid passing by people would head down Viscardigasse behind Feldherrnhalle to dodge having to salute.
    The curved line of golden cobblestones symbolises the path taken by the 'dodgers'.

    Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
    Der Gemütlichkeit
    Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
    Der Gemütlichkeit.
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