Prague In Pictures

Since the trip was so long, and we did so much, I don’t feel like I can take the time to write out a full description of what we did every day. Prague is full of many beautiful sights, historic landmarks, and awesome brews and bars. We had very full days there, and rather than boring you with a play-by-play, I’m just going to play “one sentence per picture” with some of my favorite shots from the trip.

WOW Air Plane

The plane is happy to see us!

Prague View from Petrin

We’ve been in the country for an hour and we’re already drinking beer.

Foosball

Lots of bars in Prague have foosball tables.

Beautiful Latte

Every latte I ordered in Prague was beautiful.

Cocici Kavarna

We went to a cat cafe! Kitties everywhere!

View from Prague castle

Got my fingers in the picture. Whoops!

Charles Bridge, Prague

The historic Charles Bridge

Barcode babies

Ben contemplates creepy baby statues with barcodes for faces.

Prague Beer Museum

A flight of 10 delicious Czech beer samples. It may look like they’re not full, but in Europe, beers come with a huge head of foam; these have just settled.

Petrin

Ben and Emily wandering Petrin.

View from Metronome

There is no shortage of beautiful views in this hilly city.

Day Drinking

In Europe, public drinking is 100% legal, and 100% fun!

Ben and Beer

My dashing husband. No, all those beers aren’t his.

Peacock

Peacocks wandering a public park.

Climbing

Ben likes to climb things.

Stained Glass

Gorgeous stained glass windows in the church near Prague Castle

View from the Top of Petrin

Still more beautiful views in Petrin Park

Cafe Pavlac

Stealth photo while we wait for Cafe Pavlac to open

Church

Ben and Emily are skeptical of my photography skills

Dirty Copenhagen

We had a 13 hour layover in Copenhagen. At 5:30 am, people are stumbling home drunk from the clubs and the streets are filthy.

Bikes

Copenhagen is a bike city, and most buildings have these charming courtyards.

Latte and Pastry

After wandering for hours, we finally found an open bakery.

Clean Copenhagen

Copenhagen at 8 am. The drunks are gone and city workers have cleaned up. Same statue, no garbage.

So there you have it, a small slice of our awesome trip. We got home at midnight Sunday and I was at work at 8am on Monday, after an epic 36 hours on the road. I still haven’t unpacked and I’m still exhausted, but it was 100% worth it. I HIGHLY recommend Prague if you’re looking for a European adventure. The city is safe and clean, public transit is affordable and reliable, and it’s cheap as all get-out. The exchange rate is incredibly favorable; you can get a .5L beer in a grocery store for the equivalent of $0.50!

Have you ever been to Prague? What about Copenhagen?

Post-Prague Check-In

Hi friends! Long time no see! Ben and I are back from Prague, jet-lagged, dehydrated, and exhausted. I’m back at work today, which is a bummer, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right?

I’m WAY behind on reading and commenting, and this week at work is a) a short week and b) a super busy week, so it may take me a while to get caught up. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been up to!

Posting this week is going to be off my normal schedule, because I didn’t do any running or workouts while we were away (GASP!), although we did do lots of walking. Stay tuned for a Prague recap, some comical observations on air travel, and a post about running in Vermont.

I’ll be away this weekend, visiting friends in Massachusetts for July 4 festivities, and then hopefully things will get back to normal around here next week.

How do you recover from jet lag?

Peace Out-I’m Off to Prague!

Holy crap. It’s almost time. AAAAAAHHH! This is the first full week I’ve taken off work since I got hired in February 2014. This is the first time Ben and I have traveled out of the country together in 5 years, and the first time we’ve flown together in 3 years. I’m seriously so excited I’m having trouble focusing on anything that’s not trip related. We’re driving down to Boston tonight to stay with friends, and then we fly out of Logan tomorrow night.

I’ve been making packing and to-do lists for WEEKS, and as of this morning, I’m fully packed and ready to go. We’ve got so many little layovers that we decided it wasn’t worth the risk of potentially losing checked luggage, so we’re only taking carry-on. The airline we’re using for the first leg of our trip has VERY strict weight restrictions for carry-on bags, but we paid a bit extra to get some more wiggle room, so we should be OK. I splurged big time and treated myself to my dream bag, the Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30. I’ve been lusting after this bag ever since I saw this post on Pinterest that featured it for packing for a one month trip to Europe.

Not that you probably care, but here’s what I packed:

Tom Bihn 3-1-1 TSA Compliant Toiletry Bag

  • Deodorant
  • Face Wash
  • Face Lotion
  • Comb
  • Mascara
  • Chap Stick
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Sun block

Small Packing Cube

  • 12 pairs underwear (Yes, TWELVE. It’s underwear, it’s not like I would wear the same pair twice)
  • 4 pairs socks
  • Sports bra x 2
  • Bikini

Medium Packing Cube

  • 4 tanks
  • 3 t-shirts
  • One dress
  • One pair shorts
  • PJ shorts and tee
  • Rain jacket

Wear on Plane

  • Jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Long Sleeve Cardigan
  • T-shirt

Miscellaneous

  • Chargers (phone, Kindle, etc)
  • Passport
  • Purse
  • Wallet/cash/cards
  • Hair elastics
  • Headband
  • Bobby Pins
  • Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Ibuprofen
  • Allergy meds
  • Ear buds
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses
  • Journal and pen
  • Kindle
  • Phone

I most likely won’t be publishing any blog posts while I’m away, but I’ll hopefully have some wi-fi in the evenings, so keep an eye out on Twitter and Instagram if you’re interested in following our adventures. I’ll be back on June 29!

Friday Free-For-All – 06/12/15

FFFA (1)

It’s the first meeting of my running club tomorrow! To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’m also a little bit nervous, because I’m kind of shy, but I’m gonna do it regardless. I need some extra motivation right now, and I think this running club could be the thing to push me.

We leave for Prague one week from today!  Aaaaaah! I am getting SO EXCITED. I’ve got my packing list pretty much ready to go, and I’m going to do a test pack this weekend to make sure everything fits in my carry-on and that I can stay within the weight limits. We’re changing planes so many times I don’t want to risk checking a bag and having my stuff get lost, but our airline has really strict weight limits, so I need to get creative.

I’m wearing a white t-shirt today. I’m taking bets on how long it will take to spill something on myself. This is literally my only white shirt, and I only bought it because it was $3.88 at Walmart. That way, if I ruin it, it’s not breaking the bank. I’m kind of a slob…

Caramel Vanilla Cream is the best GMCR coffee flavor. It’s delicious and doesn’t taste all fake and weird. I’ll probably have about three cups of it today, cause I’m wiped.

This will be the first weekend both Ben and I are staying at the new apartment. I know, I know, we moved in on the first(ish), but last weekend Ben was house-sitting for his parents, and I stayed at the new place with Creemee. I’m excited for us to spend some time together at the new place putting the finishing touches on cleaning, unpacking, and decorating. We’ve still got a fair amount of stuff to do. Number one on my list is blackout curtains for the bedroom. We have three huge east-facing windows in our bedroom, which means its full-on daylight in there by 4:45 am 😐 Hence me being wiped.

Are you worried about spills/stains when you wear light colors?

What are your weekend plans?

Friday Free-For-All – 01/30/15

Friday

Other than work, I’ve pretty much been living in exercise clothes lately. Three nights a week, I leave work, change into workout clothes, go to the gym for a class or a run, change into another set of workout clothes, and go to rehearsal. I also rehearse (and sometimes gym) on Sundays. I’m ripping through laundry at an insane rate. On the one hand, I should probably buy some more activewear so I don’t have to do laundry twice a week. But on the other hand, I’m poor, so laundry it is. I should look into getting a sponsorship from Athleta or something cause this is ridiculous. And no, wearing the same clothes from the gym to rehearsal is not an option.  I don’t sparkle, I sweat. Buckets.

I get to take part in my first Influenster campaign! I signed up for Influenster on a whim, not really expecting much to happen, and out of the blue this week got an email from them. I’ll be receiving a box of Pantene products to try out, which should be lots of fun. I don’t really have a lot of brand or product loyalty when it comes to beauty products, and I love trying new things. I’m sure I’ll do a post about the products after I get the box. Yay!

I signed up for my first race of the year. Well, I guess technically it’s the second, since I already signed up for the Spartan, but this is my first running race. A Valentine’s day 5k. And then Ben and I are going for crepes, and then we’re having a Star Wars marathon with friends. It’s gonna be a great day!

We’re going to Prague! Ben’s younger sister leaves on February 4 to go teach English in Prague for a year or so. Ben and I have never been, but Emily says it’s awesome, so we decided to book a trip to see her at the end of June. I’m VERY excited. Travel is one of the things we are super passionate about, and we haven’t taken a big trip together in years. I can’t wait!

What are your favorite budget workout clothes?

Have you ever been to Prague?