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Top 5 Destination Marathons Around the World in 20183 min read

Top 5 Destination Marathons Around the World in 2018

If you are someone who loves to run and has a desire to travel the world, finding the perfect destination marathon is a great way to satisfy both your travel and running bugs. There are so many different marathons in upcoming year to be found throughout the world, why not make a trip out of them. Registering for a marathon in any of the following places offers a great way to marry your love of traveling to your desire to run in new and exciting locations. Here are some upcoming races in beautiful countries throughout the world.

Marathon de Cheverny

Location: Cheverny, France
Date: April 14 & 15, 2018

Highlights of the Course: The marathon starts at the Chateau de Cheverny and follows a picturesque route. The course is very rolling but without much altitude gain overall, which makes it perfect for a PR. The course features beautiful scenery and even runs through a vineyard. In the vineyard, you can grab a glass of wine and some cheese at both the 11-mile and 24-mile marks.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Visit one of the beautiful vineyards that surrounds Cheverny, head over to the city of Blois and visit the prestigious Chateau de Blois, or one of its several beautiful cathedrals.

Zurich Marató de Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Date: March 11, 2018

Highlights of the Course: The Barcelona Marathon is considered to be on one of the most attractive courses in Europe. The course offers an entirely urban circuit that goes through many of the main landmarks in Barcelona. This flat and scenic course will show you just about everything beautiful Barcelona has to offer.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Barcelona is synonymous with the Mediterranean so if you enjoy sailing, water sports or just prefer to relax on the beach, you will not be disappointed. Barcelona also has a great number of museums, exhibition centers and art galleries that showcase just how rich the cultural life is there.

Sundown Marathon

Location: Kallang, Singapore
Date: May 19, 2018

Highlights of the Course: This fun and energetic marathon kicks off when the sun goes down! The Sundown Marathon has a great course that features a great cityscape of the downtown area. And what could be better than running with the view of the city skyline illuminated at night? The course itself is lit up with multicolored lights throughout, making a truly fun run. You can expect live music along the way, as well as a high-energy dance party at the post race reception area.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Pay a visit to the beautiful Gardens By The Bay in the heart of Singapore to see amazing garden artistry. While down at the Gardens, wander around the area known as Marina Bay which numerous opportunities for entertainment and tourism!

Rio de Janeiro Marathon

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: June 2, 2018

Highlights of the Course: This marathon is considered to be one of the most picturesque in the world. Placed along Rio’s shoreline, this course has the ocean to your right and the mountains running all along the left. Runners can also see famous neighborhoods like Leblon, Copacabana, Flamengo and Botafogo along the way.

Other Things to do while you’re there: See some of the most beautiful landmarks in the area like the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain or head up to Sugarloaf mountain via cable car.

Big Five Marathon

Location: Lakeside Lodge, South Africa
Date: June 23, 2018

Highlights of the Course: The Big Five Marathon is known for its challenging course. It consists of both dirt and sand tracks, as well as paved roads and pebbly surfaces. While it may be difficult, this course makes up for it by showcasing the natural beauty and wildlife in the savannahs of South Africa.

Other Things to Do While You’re There: Staying in any of the nearby lodges surrounding the course is a great way to explore different activities in the beautiful savannahs. Some of the things you can enjoy at the lodges are stargazing with a qualified ranger or a guided horseback-riding safari through the area.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 27, 2017 at 18:19

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Vacation Hangover

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 24, 2017 at 17:22

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Walkable Destinations in Budapest3 min read

You might have heard that Budapest is actually two cities—Buda and Pest. But did you know there is a third city? The third section of Budapest, Obuda, is wedged right in between the northern parts of Buda and Pest. Confused yet? Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe, and you can tackle most of it in a quick day trip. Listed from Buda to Pest, here are the 5 tourist attractions you can absolutely fit into a day-trip!

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Buda side of Budapest that contains Buda Castle, the house of many kings past. It stands today as a symbol of the fortunes of the Hungarian people. Castle Hill (appropriately named) is located on an elevated hill that drops off into the Danube river, making the grounds seem as though they are looking down upon the city. Within the grounds is the Fisherman’s Bastion, a viewing terrace that offers, arguably, the most beautiful panoramic views of Budapest. Also within the grounds is Matthias Church, an 11th century Roman Catholic church that was used for the coronation of Hungarian Kings for centuries.

The Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge was the first permanent bridge to connect Buda and Pest. Before this bridge, the only way to cross the Danube was by ferry or by a temporary bridge that would be constructed in the summer and disassembled for the winter. Built in 1849, it was regarded at the time as a wonder of the modern world and asserted economic, social, and cultural significance for the country, just as the Brooklyn Bridge did in New York. Today, it is seen as a symbol of the linkage between East and West.

The Danube Promenade

Once you cross the Danube to get to the Pest side, the first thing you will see is the Danube Promenade. Lined with restaurants, cafes, shops, it is a scenic place to soak in some Hungarian culture and performances. From this side of the Danube, you can also see the most beautiful sunsets as the sun drifts behind Castle Hill. As you walk along the elevated river bank approaching the Hungarian Parliament Building, you will see old shoes lining the bank. These shoes are actually a memorial known as “Shoes on the Danube Bank” that honors the people who were killed at the site during WWII. Victims were ordered to take off their shoes and were shot at the edge of the river so that their bodies would fall in and be carried away. The shoes are meant to symbolize the shoes left behind.

Hungarian Parliament Building

Located just across the Danube on the Pest side, this magnificent structure is the largest building in Hungary and the tallest building in Budapest. In fact, it is so big that the best view you will get is from across the Danube. You’ve probably seen this building many times, as it is one of the most notable landmarks of Hungary. The Parliament Building was originally built as a representation of the unification of Buda, Obuda, and Pest. It took over 100,000 people to construct and 40 million bricks and is still the seat of the National Assembly (parliament of Hungary).

Heroes’ Square

Traveling farther into Pest leads you to another UNESCO World Heritage site: Heroes’ Square, the largest square in Budapest. This square was constructed to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of Budapest. In the center of the square is a statue known as the Millennium Monument with the Millennium Column rising up into the sky. At the top of the column stands Archangel Gabriel. Around the square are many other statues of famous men who have become a part of Hungarian History. On either side of the square is the Museum of Fine Arts and the Palace of Art.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 23, 2017 at 22:20

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Adult-onset ADHD may not exist, study suggests

A new study suggests that the vast majority of ADHD symptoms that arise in adulthood can be explained by other factors, such as substance abuse.
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Best Secret Ski Towns for a Winter Getaway4 min read

Secret Ski Towns

Finding the perfect ski resort that offers everything you need from fresh powder to tasty hot cocoa is pretty easy when there are so many well-known, famous resorts throughout the world. But if you are looking for a great resort minus the huge masses of tourists, finding the best spot for a winter getaway might be a little harder.

These hidden gems feature all the resort benefits without the throngs of tourists.

Smithers, British Columbia

The new Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Ski Area found in Smithers, BC has the potential to upend the ski industry. The new ski area features no lifts, cut backcountry runs, and a warming hut. The area is great for diehard skiing fans, with narrow, twisting lower runs in the forest that are perfect for backcountry beginners. You’ll also find fast access to alpine areas for experts,  a unique experience from what you typically see at popular resorts. Smithers also has a friendly downtown area that has tons of ski shops and local merchants to explore in your downtime. There are cabins for a more remote, backcountry experience; but if you are looking for regular lodging, locals suggest the Stork’s Nest Inn.

Oukaimeden, Morocco

Skiing in Africa? Yes, it’s possible and Oukaimeden is the perfect way to cross and African skiing adventure off your bucket list. After exploring the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, which is about 50 miles north of Oukaimeden, head up the High Atlas mountains to one of several hotels around the resort. Oukaimeden has the distinction of being the highest ski resort in Africa, with several runs starting above 10,000 feet. Ski rentals and lift tickets are very affordable, but don’t expect the same quality you’ll find in Europe or the United States if you decide to rent. Consider skiing down the mountain on the same type of skis your parents used back in the 1980s all part of the adventure. You’ll also find sledding runs for the whole family to enjoy.

Krippenstein, Austria

If you’re the type of freerider who loves off-piste, ungroomed powder, Krippenstein is what you’re looking for. You’ll find miles of slopes and ski routes served by 7 lifts — and the best part is the minimal crowds. And the fun doesn’t stop at skiing and snowboarding: There are plenty of opportunities to indulge all of your winter sports desires, from snow shoe hikes and snow camping to ice climbs and paragliding. Since many of the trails are off the beaten path, your best bet is to hire one of the many reputable guides in the area to help you find your way and avoid avalanches.

Philipsburg, Montana

Philipsburg, an old Montana mining town with a population of 820, is a great ski town waiting to happen. The only thing missing from this little village are the crowds. Discovery, Philipsburg’s own ski area, is noted as one of the best under-the-radar ski areas in the Northern Rockies. What it lacks in big resort amenities, it makes up for with its incredible runs. The backside of the mountain is columned with black and double-black plunges for the most advanced of skiers, while the frontside has a dozen runs that are more than suitable for both beginners and families. When it comes to off-the-mountain activities, take a trip to the Philipsburg Brewing Company for some delicious brews or stop by a pond hockey game under the lights of the Winninghoff Park ice rink. And when you are all tired out from a day of fun, retire for the evening at the historical Philipsburg Broadway Hotel.

Saas Fee, Switzerland

The ski area in Saas Fee, Switzerland can be found among the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps. Reaching the highest-altitude in the Alps, Saas Fee has one of the region’s longest ski seasons, with some of the most reliable snow conditions too. With such a great snow season, it is rare to ever have to wait in a lift line. Most of the terrain is primarily beginner friendly and gentle, attracting a more laid-back crowd of skiers. There are plenty of activities other than skiing offered in the area, giving you plenty of off-the-slope options. While there are several beautiful hotels in Saas Fee to choose from, the Hotel Allalin is one of the top-rated hotels in the region.

Fraser, Colorado

It is no secret that Colorado is the spot for winter sports lovers. There are countless resorts throughout the northern half of the state and they are all incredibly popular. But sandwiched between the resorts at Vail and Boulder, you can find the hidden gem that is Fraser, Colorado. Known as being a humble, affordable ski town existing in the shadows of a premier ski area, Fraser is less than 5 miles away from the Winter Park Resort which offers two mountains for your skiing pleasure. Winter Park is the mountain meant for beginners, while Mary Jane is reserved for more advanced skiers. When visiting Fraser, locals suggest the Devil’s Thumb Ranch as the perfect winter getaway spot, only 12 minutes from Fraser.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 20, 2017 at 16:31

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A Vegetarian Abroad: How to Eat Your Veggies in Germany3 min read

Vegetarian Travel in Germany

Haben Sie vegetarische Gerichte?  “Do you have any vegetarian meals?” If you’re plant-based and traveling to Germany, it’s a useful phrase to remember.

When you think of Germany, you may be thinking of beer, bratwurst, pretzels and other delectable foods unique to the area. But did you know Germany is considered a global leader of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles?

With many vegan and vegetarian-friendly products and restaurants offered throughout the country, visitors on veggie-based diets have more options than they think. Traveling to Germany as a green eater can be fun and exciting, especially if you prefer to prepare your own meals. Here are a few ways you can navigate a day in Germany on a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Breakfast

A typical German breakfast consists of sausage, cheese and boiled eggs. Alternatives for these could be substitutions like meatless-breakfast “meats” and cheese alternatives found in local markets throughout Germany. Another option could be opting for porridge or muesli—a tasty concoction consisting of rolled oats, fresh or dried fruits, and nuts and seeds. Many grocery stores stock vegetarian and vegan options as well as non-dairy milk options. Finding different types of vegetarian or vegan breakfast products in stores allows you to have some creativity with this meal.

Snacks

In Germany, it’s typical to eat several snacks throughout the day to keep from overeating during lunch and dinner. You can find a number of different kinds of snacks while going about your day. Nuts, seeds and dried foods are always an option, especially for on-the-go travel. Coconut, kale and quinoa chips can also be found in local stores if you need to munch on something quick. But if you prefer something that will keep you going through a day of sightseeing, protein bars, vegan chocolate bars and even Clif bars are available to toss in your bag.

Lunch

Lunch is considered the biggest meal of the day in Germany. This can be a good time to load up if you’re out and about for the day. Whether you’re interested in indulging in vegan schnitzel or sausages, or want to stick a salad, Germany offers food items for both kinds of meals. Salads can be an option for quick preparation and an on the go meal while you explore the country. Germany has a number of vegan/vegetarian food stores for finding vegan dressings and meat substitutes that come sliced and ready to go into right into a salad. Another great on-the-go option is grabbing some meat substitute-cold cuts and hummus for sandwiches.

Dinner

Dinner in Germany, known as “abendbrot,” is a light meal. A typical abendbrot consists of soup or salad followed by a selection of whole grain bread, deli meats, cheeses, mustard and pickles. If you want to stay close to this meal while on a vegetarian or vegan diet, pick up some cheese alternatives and meatless cold cuts. There are also a variety of veggie/meatless patties that are quick and easy to prepare. More hearty servings of beefless “steak” and chicken-like products can also be an option for the meat portion of the meal. Finally, add a salad or vegetable soup as a side dish to tie it all together.

Eating at a Restaurant

If food prep isn’t your thing or it’s not a practical option on your trip, don’t lose hope. In fact, you’ll find thousands of vegan, vegetarian, and veggie-friendly restaurants scattered around Germany for your dining pleasure. A quick online search will bring up scores of options. One of my favorites is Happy Cow, where you’ll find vegetarian restaurants listed by city and region in Germans.

While it may come as a surprise with many staples of Germany being related to meat, the country is just as welcoming to vegan and vegetarian diets. Finding all you need for delicious, vegetarian meals couldn’t be easier while exploring the beauty of Germany!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 17, 2017 at 15:20

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Halloween Witches Air Travel by Broom

Halloween Witches Air Travel by Broom

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 16, 2017 at 19:20

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Could micronutrient supplements combat ADHD?

ADHD is difficult to treat. Over recent years, the impact of nutrition has come to the fore. New research investigates the potential use of micronutrients.
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Recipe: Moroccan Spiced White Bean & Cauliflower Soup2 min read

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Moroccan Spiced White Bean and Cauliflower Soup

This warm, comforting soup is just the thing for all the cooler days ahead. Full of healthy plant based protein from the white beans, and full of fiber from the cauliflower. Cauliflower is also a surprising source of Vitamin C- crucial for boosting your immune system going into cold and flu season. Classic Moroccan spices give this soup a satisfying boost of flavor, and a drizzle of parsley puree adds both brightness and an extra kick of Vitamins A, K, C, and E. Make up a double batch of this recipe to freeze, or enjoy all week long.

Serves 4

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more to finish
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 5 cups chopped cauliflower florets
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hemp hearts, to garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the garlic and spices, and cook 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add the cauliflower and vegetable stock, and bring up to a simmer. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the cauliflower is just tender. Optional: reserve 6-8 pieces cauliflower for garnish.
  2. Add the beans to the pot, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Puree the soup mixture in a blender until smooth. Return to the pot to keep warm.
  3. Rinse out the blender, and puree the parsley with olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper until smooth.
  4. To serve, divide the soup between bowls, and top with the whole cauliflower if using. Drizzle over the parsley sauce, sprinkle with hemp hearts, and enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 11, 2017 at 22:26

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Recipe: Italian Meatballs with Cucumber Pesto Noodles2 min read

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Italian Meatballs with Cucumber Pesto Noodles

This lightened up twist on an Italian classic has all the flavors of the original, without any gluten and with far fewer calories. Fresh and crunch cucumbers tossed with tomatoes and coated with bright and herbaceous pesto stand in for pasta. Cucumbers are comprised of 98% water, are naturally hydrating. They also supply magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Lean ground poultry boasts ample amounts of protein, and also supplies your body with iron. Next time you’re craving traditional spaghetti and meatballs, try this lighter and healthier version instead, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Serves 2 generously

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-pound lean ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tablespoons ground parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons gluten free breadcrumbs or panko
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 seedless cucumber
  • ½ cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, garlic, oregano, egg, parmesan, panko, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix everything just until combined, but be careful not to overmix (the meatballs will get heavy).
  2. Roll the meat mixture into roughly golf ball size meatballs.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs, making sure not to crowd the pan (you may have to cook them in two batches). Cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes, then flip them over (using a spatula or just rolling them around in the pan). Cook for a total of 8-10 minutes, turning them in the pan occasionally, until all the meatballs are cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs cook, use a spiralizer to turn the cucumber into large noodles. In a large bowl, toss the noodles with the tomatoes, and enough pesto to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the meatballs alongside the cucumber pesto noodles, with extra pesto on the side if desired. Enjoy!

Note: if you don’t have spiralizer, you can just slice the cucumber into thin strips or rounds instead.

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