With the end of September comes not just the end of Summer, but also the end of my travel to Europe! It was a great trip and we were able to not only get some great sight-seeing in but also a whole lotta walking miles. Our final week (actually 4-1/2 days) was spent in Kraków, which was the most meaningful part of the trip for me. My grandparents on my mother’s side were from outside of Kraków, so from the moment our plane landed, I felt like I had arrived in the Motherland!
Here is a brief (very brief!) recap of the past week:
Monday, September 24th through Friday, September 28th: We flew from Vienna to Austria on Austrian Airlines. It was a short (less than one hour) flight on a very small prop plane, which honestly can be a little unnerving. I’ve flown such small planes a number of times in the past, but they are definitely not what I prefer. Luckily the flight was short and we experienced very little turbulence. Highlights of the trip included visiting Wawel Castle, Saint Mary’s Basilica, and the Jewish Quarter. We also visited Auschwitz and Birkenau. Sombering, to say the least. I walked a total of 22.4 miles while in Kraków.
While in Europe I purchased a Pandora charm in each country to add to my collection and commemorate my trip. In Berlin I bought a charm of the Brandenburg Gate, in Prague a castle for the Prague Castle, in Vienna a crown for Schönbruun Palace, and in Kraków a goldfish to symbolize good fortune.
I mentioned in my last post some of the weird yet yummy dishes we had during our travels, but I forgot to mention the beef tongue in Vienna!
We returned home from Europe late on Friday afternoon. Going through U.S. Customs at O’Hare Airport took a painfully long time. I could have bypassed the line because I have Global Entry, but my husband does not, so we waited the 1+ hours it took to get through the line.
As you might imagine, Saturday and Sunday were essentially rest days. I have yet to fully unpack, and I have what seems like a billion things to do to make up for the time we were away. I have lots to catch up on for my business, but luckily I don’t have to work at my hospital job until Tuesday.
The Chicago Marathon is just one week from today! I plan to get one or two short runs in between now and then, but that will be it for me. With all of the walking we did in Europe, my total miles run/walked in September came in at a whopping 142.1! Not bad for this lackluster trainer! Right now rain is in the forecast, so my fingers are crossed that that will change in the coming week.
How was your week? Have you ever tasted beef tongue? I’m linking up with Wendy over at Taking the Long way Home and Holly at HoHo Runs for this week’s wrap-up. Be sure to visit their blogs, and check out a few of the other linkers while you’re there. You may just find a few new friends!