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Flight to Happiness

So many things has been flying around in my head these last few weeks.. Some good, some bad, mostly confusion. I’m not saying it’s all bad. This week has been really great on the health front. Both diet and activety has been on point for the most part! I’ve been running, I’ve been walking, I’ve even done some pilates ab workout videos at home. I’m finally back in the zone!

This morning a friend picked me up at home and went to the gym with me. I think it’s a lot easier to go to the gym when you’re not alone (and not just because I don’t drive, haha!). It’s kind of weird to be back on a treadmill for a run longer than 20 minutes, but I’ll get used to it again soon. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run a full 60 minute run on the treadmill today so I just threw in some intervals here and there and allowed myself walk breaks whenever I absolutely needed them. 60 minutes of that, followed with 15 minutes where I just walked. I was exhausted! Ended my workout with 50 sloppy crunches and some random stretching. Even though this probably doesn’t sound like an A+ workout I would rate it as so! I was sweating buckets and I was happy, and that is pretty much what I needed this Saturday morning.
Oslo - Berkeley
I am so happy that I’m going to Berkeley to visit Mari on Tuesday! Nothing can cure a messy mind like the comfort of traveling half way around the world and hanging out with one of your best friends in the whole world. Am I right?! I am so relatable sometimes. I’m planning on having a very healthy and happy trip. Not as in “I will not be eating anything unhealthy” or “I will treat this trip as a bootcamp”, not at all! I will be eating unhealthy things and I will be relaxing a lot. But I do plan on eating mostly healthy and I will be going on walks and such with Mari. She has a gym membership with Berkeley Rec Sports so I’ll probably purchase a day pass there a couple days aswell. We’ll see. The main thing for me (other than visiting Mari, of course) is to focus fully on myself and what makes me happy, because I truly need that right now.

Things are changing and that’s okay. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday!
Marie Alessandra

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Cancelled triathlon, Marathon training, & going back to Cali.

A week ago today I got back from a weekend in Hamburg (Germany) with my parents. We ran the Hamburg Half Marathon, which I’ll be posting a recap of very soon. I was originally going to go to Nice (France) tomorrow with my mom because she was supposed to compete in the Nice Triathlon on October 2nd. But can you guess what was cancelled? Yup, the triathlon was cancelled because of what happened there this summer. Which is understandable, of course. So my mom and I decided we’re not going to go to France at all, we can start marathon training together here instead. I don’t mind that at all, the Norwegian fall weather is pretty much perfect for long (and short) runs when it’s not raining.

I still feel like I need a vacation though. And when I need a vacation I make it happen! I think this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever done, haha wait for it.. My friend Mari (who you all probably already know if one of my best friends) is currently taking a year at UC Berkeley. All summer we talked about how awesome it would be if I could come visit her when she moved down there but we also knew that would probably never happen because it’s pretty much halfway around the world and it would be really expensive for me. Well.. Guess who bought a plane ticket to Oakland the other day?! Hahaha! I am so freaking excited for this! I can’t wait to see my friend, I miss her so much and it’s going to be so much fun to see how her Berkeley life is. I am also super excited for the trip itself, the travel part of it – I have never travelled this far by myself in my entire life so it’s a pretty big deal for me. Another thing that I am really excited about is that I get to celebrate Halloween in America! Which is a life-long dream of mine, haha, don’t judge my goals in life. Mari worries that I’ll be bored while she is at school, but I’m not too worried about that, I’m already looking into places to run. This is going to be fun!

For the next 4 weeks I’ll be doing my best at training for Firenze Marathon by running as much as I healthily can, take long runs with my mom, make sure I eat as right as I can, and simply enjoy the wonderful weather whenever possible. Then on October 25th I’ll be going to visit Mari in California! Can you tell my level of excitement is blowing up!?
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Any suggestions to where I can run or what I can do while I’m at Berkeley? (I’ll be there from October 25th to November 2nd if that makes any difference)
Do you have any fun plans this fall? Races, trips, celebrating something?

Marie Alessandra

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It’s been a minute.

A New York minute.
New York, Statue of Liberty
New York, Yankee Stadium
Washington DC
Washington DC, I have a dream
I’ve had such a wonderful vacation! My dad and I went to my all time favorite place on this planet, New York. We stayed at the same hotel as we always do because why change something that is perfect, right? I went to my first ever baseball game. New York Yankees vs San Francisco Giants. And even though I didn’t really understand the sport that much it was still fun to have seen. Another thing that was a first timer for me this year was going to Washington DC. This vacation has been perfect. The warm warm weather, all the Central Park lunches, Subway fun, all the walking, all the things we’ve done a thousand times before, all the things we did for the first time this year, everything! I love New York so much.

I figured a quick little recap of my vacation would be the perfect first blog post of my new routine of getting more into blogging (like I’ve mentioned earlier – 3 times a week). I’m back from vacation now, feeling extremely motivated and I’m ready to get back into the best shape of my life!

Did you visit any fun places this summer?
Marie Alessandra

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I’m in Sweden

Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Stairs up the mountain, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Tanum, Sweden
Rock Carvings in Tanum
Rock Carvings in Tanum
Hello world! I am currently in Tanum, Sweden. Why am I here, you ask? I’m here because I’m signed up for a race! My dad and I are here in Tanum to run a 10K. But that’s still a few hours away, so before I write about that I figured I’d just post these pictures from yesterday.
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Spring cleaning my thoughts

As I mentioned in the previous post there has been a lot of stuff on my mind lately. This whole year so far has felt really messy to me. I constantly kept getting sick, I wasn’t able to stay positive or motivated for long enough to get back into a good healthy eating plan, I wasn’t able to run very much because of my throat, whenever I felt like things were going right I would get sick again. Then I finally had surgery. The time after I got my tonsils removed I obviously wasn’t allowed or able to be active, which gave me a lot of time to think. Normally thinking too much is bad for me becuase it gives me time to find (or create) flaws in whatever I’m thinking about. It started out like that this time too – I saw all the flaws with my life and myself. Like always I told myself I would change things and everything would fall into place once I could start doing stuff again. All the things I wanted to change and how I was going to do it was the main thing on my mind for the first weeks. Then I went to Berlin.
This is Berlin
What I haven’t already mentioned is that I am one of those people who are great at making plans, but I am also really good at coming up with reasons as to why I shouldn’t do the things that I planned. I kept having these thougths in Berlin too. What I wanted to change to make things better, how I would change those things, why I shouldn’t do whatever I came up with. But for some reason I was finally able to organize my thoughts quite well while we were walking around on German ground. And I’ve started to realize that one of the main reasons as to why I don’t do things that I feel like would make my life much more enjoyable is that I am scared that the outcome won’t be as I’ve hoped. I’m extremely scared of failure, therefore I stop myself before I even get the chance to try. What’s the worst that can happen? If the answer isn’t death and as long as it isn’t illegal, then it probably isn’t a big deal and you get a new chance. I know this is such a cliché, but Nike’s “Just do it” came to mind and all I could think was “Yes! Just do it! If there’s something I want to try or do then I’m just going to do it!”. And I don’t just mean big things like travel to places, quit a job, buy a house, etc. I mean everything! One of the little things I started with was to send a text to an old friend of me. She had put out a story on Snapchat from Australia and I was curious about what she was doing there, if she had moved there or what – instead of just leaving it at that and forget about it I sendt her a message and asked her what she was doing there and all that. Long story short, now I have a coffe date with a girl who used to be one of my best friends back in 2008-2010 that I haven’t seen in 3 years. I’ve done a bunch of little things like that now.
Asked people stuff, try things I want to try, wear something that I’m not sure looks nice, go for walks when I want fresh air even though it looks like it’s going to start to rain soon, just small random things like that. You might think this all sounds really silly, but guess what – taking a lot of small steps on my way to the bigger things will make it feel a lot smaller. As a runner I’ll compare it to marathon training – you start your training with short runs, then you run longer distances, then we do some short interval sessions here ande there, all of the sudden you’re doing really long training runs, and by the end of doing all these things for weeks then you have the race, the real thing, the main race: the marathon – which doesn’t feel too hard because you’ve been training for a long time, not only doing long runs but also quick intervals. Everything you do prepares you for something bigger. You get what I’m trying to say? Anyway, I’ve been thinking about cutting my hair for a really really long time now, but I haven’t done it because I keep thinking “what if it looks ugly, what if I regret it” what if, what if. So what, it grows out again! So this Friday (the 15th) I did it. I went to the hairdresser and had 12 inches (30 cm) cut off. And I couldn’t be happier! It feels great and I love it! The more you force yourself to just do whatever you want – the more natural it becomes to just do things without overthinking everything, and before you know it you no longer worry about stupid things.
Haircut
This week I also finally started running and getting back into healthy eating again. Sure, running isn’t as easy as I want it to be right now. I have to walk a lot and I don’t run as fast as I’m used to. But hey, I’ll work myself back up to where I want to be in no time! I’ve done a few run-walk-run-walks and I’ve also been walking a lot when I couldn’t run. Right now I’m really just doing as much as my body allows me to. I signed up for a virtual race that I learned about from Karen. I was thinking about going for the 5K, but I figured that I wanted to challenge myself and go for the 10K instead. So that’s what I’m going to do. It’s going to be hard for me, considering I haven’t run 10 kilometers in forever, but I don’t mind. I love a good challenge. I think this is going to be fun because I didn’t get to run Berlin half marathon this year, so this is in some ways making up for that loss. I also have more races planned for the year, new ones finally! I’m really excited for that.
Now to the healthy eating part of this post. Honestly, this was one of the things I really wanted to go deep into with this post, but we’ll see how this goes. I don’t think I’ve told you this, but December was a really bad month for me – I came back from Italy and just felt sick after the marathon and I only bothered to eat easy Christmas stuff like chocolate and anything else that is bad for me. Then I went to London with a friend – continued to eat random and unhealthy while there. Came back home, more chocolate, Christmas, more unhealthy food, New Year’s, then this whole year has been a rollercoaster with messy eating, tonsil hell, not being able to work out, and just feeling worse and worse about myself. After this long with too little activity, too much bad foods and a messy eating schedule it’s quite obvious that I’ve gained some weight. I don’t really weigh myself very often because it’s so easy to get obsessed with the numbers and forget about the important thing, which is how healthy your body is and how happy you are – seriously, I will only step on a scale when I feel great about myself and when I know 100% that the number won’t affect my mood. I already knew I had gotten bigger and I was sure I had gained weight, but I got it confirmed after I had to weigh myself before the tonsillectomy. And I was not happy about it. And what do we do when we’re not happy with something? That’s right, we change it! It’s not like I’ve all of the sudden turned into a whale or that my clothes don’t fit anymore (a couple more pounds and I’m pretty sure I’d have to go up a size tho, haha!), but my body a lot softer and less toned than I am okay with. To be brutally honest I’ve been feeling the F-word lately. Fat. Yes, I said it, I’ve been feeling FAT. I’m not saying I AM fat, I know most people wouldn’t consider me as being fat – I know I’m not even close to being overweight, what I’m saying is that I weigh more than I’m personally okay with, I’m not as toned as I’m used to, and my jeans are not comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. I’m just trying to be honest here. And this makes me think about when I first started being healthy and got into running. Back 2013 when I came back from a trip to New York I changed my lifestyle completely (you already know this if you’ve read my About Me page). I wasn’t happy with my health or my body, so I decided to change it. My main thing was to eat healthy foods and eat at the right times. It worked then, so it’ll work now. So I’m just gonna follow in my own footsteps and do whatever I did back then again now.
BeforeAfterRunning
I never ever thought I would share these pictures on my blog, but I guess this is the right time. This was me back in 2013 when I first started my healthy lifestyle. As you see a lot changed in a short amount of time. I don’t know what I weighed in either of these pictures – I believe that using pictures to track your progress is a lot smarter than using numbers because numbers don’t let you see how you look. If it wasn’t for these two pictures I wouldn’t know how much my body had changed. This took me 45 days (that’s 1 month & 2 weeks). The first 2 weeks I was eating healthy and doing crunches, after those 2 weeks I went for my first run, which made me add running to that list. So that’s 2 weeks of healthy eating and daily crunches, and 1 month of healthy eating, daily crunches, and running whenever I could. I wasn’t fat in the first picture, but I was soft (is that word starting to make sense to you now?) – then in the 2nd picture you see my tummy is a lot more toned and my thighs are a lot slimmer. So yes, I’m currently doing what I did back when I first started, doing what I know works. You don’t just learn from your mistakes, you also learn from your own success. I will probably be writing a lot more from now on because sharing things keep me motivated and I really enjoy writing about these things.
And I just want to give you all a little advice: don’t be anything you don’t want to be.

What do you think about my new hair?
Do you hold yourself back from doing things you want?
Are you getting any spring cleaning done aswell?

marie alessandra

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Firenze Marathon, London, Christmas, & Happy New Year!

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Hello, and Happy New Year!
December was full of stuff I wanted to write about, but I’ve had total writer’s block so I didn’t.. It’s my favorite month; first it’s my birthday and then it’s Chritsmas! How can you not love that, right?! And this December I’ve done a lot more fun stuff than just eat like a pig and buy presents. So I figured I could just write a quick recap on how my end of 2015 was and what I did.
florence marathon
On Friday November 27th my mom and I went to Florence, Italy. As you might know we were going there to run our 2nd full marathon. The marathon wasn’t before Sunday so we spent the first days just walking around looking at things, shopping, eating, and just enjoying our little vacation. This year I was smart enough to eat my beloved gelato before the marathon, haha! The 28th was my brother’s birthday, and the marathon was the 29th. I’m saving the marathon talk for the recap, so stay tuned for that! We flew back to Norway on the 30th, and on December 1st I turned 23, so happy birthday to me!
london christmas
Monday December 7th I went to London with my friend Julia and her 4-year-old son, Theodor. Our excuse to go was to visit our friend Michelle who is going to school there (but we all know the main reason was selfishly to see the Christmas streets and shop for presents, haha). We met Michelle a couple times, spent a lot of time at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park because Theodor loved it, shopped for Christmas presents, and simply enjoyed being in London. I hadn’t been there in years, and I had totally forgotten how much I love England. Going to a big city with a 4-year-old is not the easiest thing in the world, but we still had a great time and we’re planning to take this trip next Christmas aswell. I need to buy more fun Christmas sweaters next time we’re there!
merry christmas 2015
When we got back from London we were only 1 and a half week away from Christmas. It kind of made me sad. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I felt like I hadn’t gotten to enjoy the time running up to it as much as I’d like to. But I made the best of it. From the time we came back to Norway and till Christmas I finally started running a little again, worked a lot, listened to Christmas songs 24/7, finished buying and wrapping all the Christmas presents (one of my favorite things to do!), baked gingerbread cookies with my dad and my brother, decorated my room (the tree in the picture is my tiny bedroom tree, how cute is that?!), we decorated the big tree and the rest of the house, and all that fun stuff. I abolutely love this time of the year! I had an amazing Christmas with my family. My mom and I even went for a run outside in the day on Christmas Eve.
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After Christmas it was time to really get back into the running game again. It’s gotten a lot colder outside now, so we’ve had to run on the treadmill. Not as fun, but I’ll get used to it soon. The day of New Years Eve I was feeling so nauseous so the run was a really light short one, but it was still a good way to wave goodbye to 2015. New Years Eve was also my last day of bad eating, so hopefully my stomach and body will feel a lot better in no time! On January 1st we went to the gym again and ran on the treadmill. There’s no better way to start the year! Unless you’re able to run outside of course, haha.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate! I also hope you all ate so much that you layed flat out on the sofa like a stranded whale, just so that I wasn’t the only one. And that you had a great New Years Eve, and that 2016 started out just the way you wanted!
marie alessandra

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I miss my vacation

Hello world!
It’s been a while now, I really didn’t mean to wait so long to write something. But I just didn’t have time to blog when we were in New York, and when I got home I was in a really bad mood and I really didn’t want to do anything. I’ve been back in Norway now for almost 2 weeks, and to be honest; I’m still not happy about it. It was nice to see my mom and my brother again, my boyfriend, my cat and my friends. But I miss the States. I had such a great time! I still have many days I need to write about from my time in San Francisco, but I promise that will come very soon. I have so many pictures I want to share with all of you!
Some San Francisco Favorite MomentsHere’s a little taste of what you have to look forward to. More exploring, Alcatraz trip, drag show, my new friend, run over Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, exploring Castro, Muir Woods, Morgan McMichaels, Golden Gate Park. And of course a little something-something about my time in New York aswell.
More San Francisco FavoritesI’m going to start writing about running again too, of course! Don’t worry. It took some time before I went for my first run again after I came back to Norway because post-vacation depression (as I like to call it, haha) hit me hard and the weather was pretty much the same as my mood: sad. But I’m back in a good running routine now, I’m back to a healthy diet and my mood is almost back to normal. So yes, very soon I’ll be back to posting more stuff about my running aswell. Oh, and Richard at The Running Schlub nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award so I’ll post my answers to that very soon too as soon as possible. I have a lot to do, haha! This was just a super quick post to let you know I’m still here, I just got back from a run so now I have to jump in the shower.

How has your summer been? What did you do, where did you go, tell me everything!
What are your favorite travel destinations?

Marie Alessandra

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Sausalito, Japantown & Night bus to Treasure Island

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So much for being good at blogging here in San Francisco and writing every single day, haha! I really want to try to write about every day here, so this is how I’ll do it, I’ll just have to write about each day whenever I have time. This is the post for Tuesday, July 14th, Day 2 in San Francisco.
SanFranDay2
We jumped on the tourist bus to get over to the other side of Golden Gate Bridge.
SanFranDay2-2
I didn’t mind seeing all these places again, I spottet a bunch of things I didn’t see the first time.
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When we got to the other side of Golden Gate Bridge we got on another bus that would take us to Sausalito.
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Before we went to Sausalito the bus driver stopped at Fort Baker so people could take some nice photos of the bridge. She took this photo of me and my dad.
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Sausalito was a nice little place. Didn’t spend a lot of time there, we knew we were going to go back there the day we were going to run over the Golden Gate Bridge, so we saved the exploring of this place for that day.
SanFranDay2-5
After Sausolito we went back to San Francisco and decided to start walking towards Japantown. On the way there I spotted my dream house. Isn’t it just perfect? The people who live here are so lucky!
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Japantown was great!
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I bought a bunch of cute little Japanese things, haha. After Japantown we went back to the hotel for a quick stop before we headed out again for Fisherman’s Wharf to take the night bus tour.
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The night bus tour was great. We drove around and got to see a bunch of places they didn’t show us on the day time ride.
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By the end of the ride they drove over to Treasure Island. By now I was way too cold to care, but it was still very nice. Too bad there was so much fog, we weren’t able to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
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We ended our day with a late pizza dinner. I was so cold after the bus ride it was nice to get something warm to eat. I also ordered hot chocolate because I needed something warm to drink before we got our food – the waitress looked at me like I was crazy haha. I get it though, who orders hot chocolate with pizza? I almost fell asleep at the table before we got our food, I was just so cold and tired. Had a couple slices and got the rest in a box to bring back to the hotel.

Marie Alessandra
(San Francisco time: 8:30 in the morning)

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I’m in San Francisco!

Hi! I had planned on being good at blogging on this trip. I was supposed to write something the day I arrived, but that didn’t happen because I was too tired after the 12 hour long plane ride. And what I am about to write about was supposed to be written yesterday, but I am a bit jetlagged and was way too tired to write anything when we got back to the hotel. But now it’s morning and I am not too tired to write!

First I want to show you our hotel room. I love it! It’s huge! Here you see the livingroom/my dad’s bedroom (haha!).
The hotel room
Here you see the kitchen, my bedroom, and the bathroom. I think my favorite thing about this whole place is the shower. Yes, that is probably weird but if you had seen the shower you’d agree!
Kitchen, bedroom, bathroom
Yesterday we woke up super early (somewhere between 3-4 in the morning, I blame the jetlag), had breakfast and got ready for a day of exploring. The first thing we did was buy a 7-day card for buses, trains, etc. Then we got on a Cable Car to get to Fisherman’s Wharf.
San Frarncisco
At Fisherman’s Wharf we picked up our bus tickets for the tourist buses and our tickets for Alcatraz. We figured why waste any time, so we got on the first bus we saw and started our fun tourist day.
Big Bus SFSan Francisco
We sat on the bus for a while, just enjoying the view of San Francisco. I can’t remember the names of all the places, but we saw some of Chinatown, Union Square Park, the Asian Art Museum, Haight Street, Golden Gate Park, the Japanese Tea Garden.
San Francisco
I love being on these tourist bus rides, haha. It might be geeky, but it’s a great way to see more of the place you’re visiting.
San Francisco
And we drove over Golden Gate Bridge to Vista Point North. It was so much warmer on the other side of the bridge, it was so weird!
Golden Gate Bridge
We went back to the San Francisco side of the bridge again and kept driving. By now my dad and I had started to get a little bit hungry and decided to jump of the bus once we got closer to the hotel. We couldn’t be bothered with having lunch out today so we just had a bagel lunch at the hotel. It was nice though, I love bagels! After we had eaten we went out again and jumped on a bus back to Fisherman’s Wharf.
down by the water
We walked to Pier 39 where all the sea lions are hanging out. They were so cute!
Sea lions
We walked around at Pier 39 for a while, before we headed over to the Aquarium.
Pier 39
The Aquarium was pretty cool. They had a bunch of different sharks, turtles, snakes and otters too, but I didn’t get any nice pictures of them..
Aquarium
After the Aquarium we started walking towards Coit Tower.
San Francisco
We took the Stairs of Telegraph Hill up. So many stairs! It was awesome! I should have filmed the whole way up, haha. These are the Filbert Steps.
Filbert Steps
Halfway up, this place reminded me so much of Haut de Cagnes in France.
San Francisco
We were supposed to walk to the top of Coit Tower, but the line was too long so we just walked back down the stairs again. It was really nice up there though, we got a great view over the city.
San Francisco
On our way down I spotted some houses I thought looked really cute.
SF Houses
We decided to walk to Chinatown. I think we walked through the “Little Italy” of San Francisco at one point on our way because there were Italian flags and colors painted everywhere (forgot to take a photo of that though).
San Francisco
Then we got to Chinatown. It was a long street full of random little Chinese stores everywhere, with beautiful Chinese lamps hanging over our heads through the whole street. This was the first place I found something to buy on the trip, haha. We’re planning on going back there one day when it’s darker because I imagine it will be a lot nicer there when it’s dark – with all the lamps and everything.
Chinatown SF
After Chinatown we were starving so we found a sushi place called Maru Sushi to eat something. My dad had a mix plate with a bunch of different stuff, and I had Avocado rolls and Shitake Maki (mushroom). First time I try something other than avocado or cucumber rolls! It was delicious. When we had finished eating we decided to end the day with a little bit of shopping (at my request, haha!). San Francisco is a lot colder than I had imagined so I really needed some more warm clothes (ssh, I only brought 1 pair of jeans and 1 hoodie). I found a couple things and was happy with that. Before heading back to the hotel we went to our grocery store, Sutter Fine Foods (yes, now it’s become OUR grocery store, it’s our 2nd time there, we pretty much own it by now, don’t you think?) to buy some water, snacks and breakfast for the next day. Then we headed back to the hotel, I was exhausted and fell asleep very quickly.

Today we are going to do some more exploring of the city, take the bus to Sausolito, and we’re planning on going on the night bus tour. I’m excited! It’s a foggy day, but I don’t mind. That’s just a part of San Francisco. I am falling in love with this place.

Marie Alessandra
(I think the blog saves this in Norwegian time, so I’ll just add what time it is in SF right now, it’s 09:05 in the morning)

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Berlin, Berlin!

Hello, and Happy Easter everyone! The plan was to write all this in a post while it was still fresh in my mind, but thanks to my slow stupid old laptop that wasn’t possible. Next week I’m buying a new one, you have no idea how much I’m looking forward to getting a computer that doesn’t take an hour just to start up, haha (seriously though..). This is not the recap for the Berlin Half Marathon, that will come later, this is just a little recap of the trip overall.
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On Saturday, March 28th, I woke up 3:30 in the morning (or night, as I would call it). Got ready and left for the airport. We had an early flight so we pretty much had to be up early. Norway – Sweden – Germany.
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We stayed at the same place as we did last year, but this year we got a much better room. I’m not sure if I can really call it a hotel, it’s more like a bunch of appartments they rent out. Kitchen and livingroom upstairs, bedrooms and bathroom downstairs. I loved it! After some resting in our appartment we went to the expo to pick up our bibs.
Berlin half marathon expo
With my hand on my heart I can truly say I think the Berlin Half Marathon expo must be one of the best running related expos in the world! It’s huge with all kinds of different stands, a huge crowd of people, lots of freebies and fun things. Sure, I haven’t been to that many, but this is by far my favorite.
Berlin half marathon
I even bought a pair of shoes! I’ve been using Nike Free Run+ 5.0 ever since I first started running, and I am so in love with those shoes. Sadly they are really hard to find now because they don’t make this model as they used to anymore, and I am not the biggest fan of the look of the new style of them. They had only 1 pair left, and it was obviously my lucky day because they were my size and in a color I didn’t already have. Thanks to everyone who didn’t buy this pair before I found them, haha!
nike free run 5.0
Here they are, my lovely new pair of Nike Free Run+ 5.0.
marathon fuel
In the evening we went out to eat our pre race dinner. And I ate a lot. Started with some bread dipped in vinegar and oil, as gross as it might sound to some of you it’s actually delicious. Then we shared a plate of grilled and marinated (if I remember right) vegetables. Probably the best veggies I’ve ever eaten! Then, last but not least, pasta penne with homemade tomato and hot pepper sauce. I was so full by the end I thought I was going to die, haha! After our meal we went back to the appartment and went to sleep.
berlin half marathon
Early morning the next day. It was all about the race. I’ll do another post that will just be about the race very soon! But I can tell you this much: it went really well. On our way back to the appartment we stopped by this cute little bakery by the corner and bought some food. Got “home”, ate, stretched, showered, put on some fresh clothes and relaxed. Both my parents fell asleep, and I went out to buy some postcards. After many many hours of rest we went out to eat. Same place as yesterday. This time I had pizza. This one waiter was the best! It started with him making fun of my skinny arms, when our pizzas came he saw it and walked quickly over to our table and took my pizza. I had no idea what he was doing because he literally just took my plate with the huge italian pizza and disappeared with it. When he came back he had cut it in slices for me. Because I obvoiusly had too skinny arms to do it myself, HAHA! I’m not going to lie, my arms are sickly and I should really start training them.
mozarella tomato salad
Monday, March 30th, our trip back to Norway began. We packed our bags, left the “hotel” and went to the airport. Everything went smooth except for when the security people didn’t understand what my polaroid camera was and had to scan it a couple times. Not that that didn’t go smooth either, they thought my camera was awesome and told me they had never seen a camera like mine. So that was cool, thanks to the Tegel airport security people for making me smile, hihi. Hungy as always and with too much extra time on the airport we decited to eat something. I had a chocolate muffin, and a tomato mozarella salad. So good. After a while we were on our way to Helsinki, Finland.
moomin
The airport in Helsinki was awesome! When I was little I was obsessed with this cartoon called Moomin (or “Mummitrollet” as it’s called in Norwegian). It’s from Finland, and to my great surprise they had a whole Moomin shop at the airport! I bought a few things (still regret not buying this amazing laptop soft case they had). If I was rich I would have bought the whole store, it was too cute, oh my! I hope I can go back there some day.
clouds
Then we were finally on our way to Norway. No more stops. The flight felt so long, and I was exhausted when we landed. It was a great trip, and I am already looking forward to going back in 2016. The race recap will come very soon. I hope everyone is having a great Easter!

Marie Alessandra

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