Posted in Running

BMO Vancouver Marathon – 2015 and 2016

Ah…I love this race!

BMO Van Marathon is a big race, around 25,000 runners. You can run Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K or Marathon Relay. I ran Half Marathon, twice.

The fun starts when you go to pick up your race package, at Vancouver Convention Centre. They have a big fair, a lot of cool stuff to buy, fitness clothes, accessories, supplements and souvenirs. They also offer you gloves (generally is around 5 degrees) and free transit tickets. It’s very well organized.

The race starts at Queen Elizabeth Park (so pretty!), go to Downtown Vancouver and all the way around Stanley Park.  It’s the most beautiful route!

There are many entertainers in the way, singers and volunteers with motivational signs. Which really helps you to keep going.

They offer an amazing service, you can have your tracking number and send to your friends to follow you and know exactly where you are and your timing.

The finish line is amazing too, you receive the medal immediately, with a sandwich, fruits, beer (yes, there is a free beer in the end 🙂 ) and many food and supplements samples. And the medal is always so beautiful!!!!

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I feel said that I couldn’t run this race in 2017 and 2018 because of my back problems, but I will next year for sure! This Half Marathon is awesome!

 

Posted in Books

Surprise Me – Sophie Kinsella

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Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorites authors. Her books are always very funny and entertaining. Surprise Me is the most recent and the title makes sense, I’m literally surprised. I found it so boring!

The story is about a married couple, after 10 year of marriage trying to surprise each other. That’s it! It’s not even funny. There is just 1 kind of interesting fact in the book that starts to happen after 250 pages, and is very predictable.

Looks like Sophie Kinsella had a contract for a book and had to rush to write something without any inspiration.

I hope the next one is better.

Review ♥♥

Posted in Travel

Buenos Aires – 2010

My first trip to Buenos Aires was in 2010, with my sister and a friend. I loved Buenos Aires since the beginning. The joy of the argentines are contagious and the men are so charming!

The Florida Street is full of cool stores and Cafes. The famous Cafe Havana with the delicious alfajores.

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Florida Street, front of Galerias Pacifico
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Galerias Pacifico

 

Casa Rosada (executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina) is a must stop. So beautiful! Although there is always protesters around.

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Casa Rosada

 

Buenos Aires it’s full of great Coffee shops. I visited some of them, but Cafe Tortoni was my favorite. A little expensive, but it’s worth it.

 

Caminito is another great neighborhood, lots of cool stores, arts and street tango.

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I also went to a tango show. I didn’t go to the most famous show because it’s very expensive, but I went to a nice restaurant, show and dinner included. The name is Taconeando. The show is amazing, tango is a very romantic and dramatic dance, to the sound of beautiful classical music. In the end the professional dancers teach the guests a little, just for fun.

 

Of course, as a good Brazilian I visited the famous La Bombonera stadium, the home of Boca Juniors football club.

 

Well, the trip was a long time ago, I don’t really remember the name of restaurants that I visited, but the food in Argentina is really good, specially for meat lovers (what is not exactly my case). And again, the restaurants are a little expensive, but you can eat great steaks, the best quality with a great wine.

I wanna go back for my third time and I will take more pictures and recommend Hotels and Restaurants.

Posted in Running

Vancouver Sun Run 10K – 2018

I ran the Sun Run for the first time last Sunday. It was my first 10K in over 1 year (I had to stop for a long time because of my disc herniation).

There was a fair before the race where you go to pick up your package, but it was very small, nothing really interesting.

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Sun Run fair at BC Place

It was insanely crowded, over 41.000 runners, I could barely move to start the music on my phone.

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Photo from Vancouver Sun Run Facebook page

What I liked: Happy people, a lot of fun. Many water stations along the route and many singers to entertain the runners. And the route of course, around Stanley Park and Beach Avenue, sooo pretty!

What I didn’t like: There is no medal for the finishers 😦 I confess that I didn’t read the terms and conditions, but didn’t cross my mind that the biggest 10K race in Canada wouldn’t give a medal in the end. So I was very, very disappointed, specially because it was my first race in a long time, and after so much pain I really deserved a medal! And the worst, there was no Gatorade or other sports beverage in the end. After the finish line, the runners had to walk all the way to BC Place stadium to grab something to drink or eat, and wait in long lines. I’m used to races that you cross the finish line and you walk to a line where you receive the medal, a Gatorade and fruit immediately. You don’t have to almost “hunt” for it.

 

I’m happy that I finished well, not much pain on my back, but I wish I had started again in a better organized race. I don’t think I will run the Sun Run again.

 

Posted in Running

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon – 2013

I’ve been in many running races since I started, but the blog is new, so I’ll just talk about my Half Marathons. The first one was in Orlando and is unforgettable.

The fun part starts with the sports fair. You have to go to pick up your package and there is a huge fair, I wanted to buy everything, and the prices were good (at least for someone coming from Brazil, everything is cheaper).

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It’s an evening race, starts at 10pm and with fireworks. So many people and so organized that I couldn’t believe. The race goes through 3 parks and they put the characters  along the way, Mickey, Jack Sparrow, etc. It’s so much fun that the runners don’t really care about the time and a lot of them stop to take pictures with the characters.

The parks were already decorated for Christmas and was so pretty, all the Christmas lights made me cry during the race. There were also big screens along the way showing videos of people holding beers and wine, saying “It’s waiting for you in the end”.

When you are almost there, the speaker says the name of every runner arriving and it’s so exciting! When I crossed the finish line, my sister and friends were screaming my name and holding a big banner written: “Congrats for your first Half Marathon”. I can’t even describe my feeling at this point.

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There was a party at the end, with good food, wine and beer. But I was extremely exhausted and I couldn’t stay. It was my first Half Marathon and my vacation, so I didn’t prepare myself well, I didn’t eat before and I spent the entire day having fun in the parks. I think I don’t have to say that I finished the race with an awful time! But I didn’t really care.

I have to say, I couldn’t start better. It’s a beautiful race, lots of fun and incentives. I hope to do it again sometime and I strongly recommend this race.

Posted in Travel

Vancouver – 2015

I’m from Brazil and for a while I wanted to leave. My idea was to move to Miami (of course! American dream), but wouldn’t be possible because of legal issues. So, I started to research and decided for Vancouver, Canada. Still not easy, takes time, so I decided to go for vacation to know the city better.

I decided to go by myself and do whatever I wanted: 2 weeks English course, a half marathon and U2 concert.

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Vancouver Public Library

Of course I spent some time visiting the Library. It’s just amazing! The building is so beautiful and it’s a big Library. A dream for book lovers!

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Steamed clock in Gastown

This is one of the touristic points of Vancouver. It’s a cool neighborhood, lots of bars, restaurants and tattoo shops.

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BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

The BMO Half Marathon, I absolutely love this race. I’ll write a post just about it.

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Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is very beautiful, lots of cool attractions. I love this Aquarium because all the animals are rescued, they treat the animals and keep them.

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Sunset beach
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Aquabus

The aquabus is just a funny transportation. I took it to go to Granville Island (public market), just for fun.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

I didn’t have courage to cross the bridge (I did it last year). But is a pretty park, lots of green areas, activities, cafes and gift shops.

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Parliament in Victoria

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. I love this city. It’s beautiful, happy and friendly.

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U2 concert at Rogers Arena

Ah…I waited so much for this concert and I loved! It was amazing! I can’t wait to see them again next month.

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Graduation English course

The end of my short English immersion.

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Seattle

I went to Seattle for the day. I always wanted to go and I also wanted to check out the outlet mall. I didn’t really like Seattle. After Vancouver is difficult to like Seattle. There is not much to do and I found a little dirty.

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Whistler

The famous Whistler. Everybody loves Whistler. It was my first time seeing snow. Very cool village, specially for ski lovers, of course. The village was a big part of the winter Olympic games in 2010.

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This was my adventure in 2015. I have to say that travel by myself was the best experience of my life. I had a very basic English and I had to talk to people because there was nobody to help me, I made friends, I went to bars by myself, I did everything that I wanted. It was a victory that I’m very proud of.

And I loved so much that I’ve lived in Vancouver for 2 years, just got my permanent residency and I plan to stay 🙂

Posted in Books

Camino Island

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I just finished this book. It was my second from John Grisham and I really like his style.

Camino Island is about the theft of Fitzgerald manuscripts from a Library and it’s investigation. All the characters are book writers, book stores owners, books collectors, first editions, manuscripts, publishing. Well, is a book for book lovers 🙂

It’s an interesting story and the end is not predictable, which I love. Although I expected a different end, but I still liked. I finished the book with a lot of ideas. I love to read books that open my mind and give me ideas for life. Thanks John Grisham!

Review: ♥♥♥♥