Oh dear…where do I start? You know I love my YouTube workouts (mostly HIIT interval training and yoga) or going for a swim once in a while. Although I exercise regularly, I’m not as fit as you might think I am. It’s fun and has multiple health benefits, but I’m neither any good at it nor do I look any kind of athletic.
Around this time last year, I bought a pair of high-quality running shoes (the only expensive piece of clothing you should really invest in if you start running) and started to run for about 30-40 minutes 2-3 times a week. It felt great, but I was frustrated with what little progress I saw and I had huge problems with stitches after running only for about a couple of minutes. When it got to cold to run, I honestly wasn’t motivated enough to continue and switched to my HIIT / yoga classes again.
This week, I decided to give running another try, and boy did I fail miserably. After 5 minutes, I couldn’t breathe anymore, the pain underneath my ribcage was unbearable and I was completely frustrated. After another – identical – try yesterday, my boyfriend suggested that I start with a 2 minutes running / 2 minutes walking interval training. And – miraculously – I managed to push myself through 40 minutes of this. I’m planning to keep this up until it gets too cold to run outside again and gradually increase the running intervals and reduce the walking intervals.
Witcher Board Game
A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I watched “Stranger Things” on Netflix, a show about a group of pretty nerdy teenage boys finding a mysterious orphan girl in the forest and strange events happening around their town. Since then, we’ve been wanting to try one of those 1980s pen and paper role-playing games the boys play in the series (Dungeons and Dragons, if I remember correctly). As classic pen and paper games usually require more than 2 players, we had to find an alternative. My boyfriend, being a huge fan of “The Witcher” book series by Andrzej Sapkowski (you might have heard about the video games based on the books), finally found “The Witcher Adventure Game”, a mix of pen and paper elements and a board game.
After choosing one of the four available characters, you draw a quest card and embark on your adventure. The board is beautifully designed, the characters have their own individual back stories and skills, and – once you understood the rules – the game is a lot of fun. The rules are quite comprehensive, but after a couple of trial rounds we were soaked into our story lines.
Summer Holiday Preparations
This year, I’m finally visiting my family in Portugal again! We’re planning to spend 2 weeks in North Portugal (near Viseu) and then another week with my boyfriend’s grandparents in Switzerland (at Lake Thun). As always, we’re driving to Portugal, which basically means taking a road trip through half of Europe. Starting near Heidelberg, we’ll be driving through southern France, then northern Spain and crossing the border to Portugal near Vilar Formoso.
At the moment, we’re in the middle of preparing everything we need while on the road. It’s quite scary for me, as I haven’t done this in many years. However, I’m also looking forward to finally seeing my wonderful, bubbly and big-hearted Portuguese family again, eating home-cooked Portuguese food and visiting all the places I’ve been missing in the past years.
Off to another week of work until we hit the road 🙂