Something I had Julius promised to do already last time: exploring the ‘7 stories of IT shops’ Low Yat Mall!
Another 30 minute walk from our accommodation and then way too many shops to check out.
The young man was fascinated by a ‘lucky box’ vending machine … you insert 2.5USD to get the chance of some price, pictures showed winners with a range of things like TVs, but also coffee machines … I gave him the money, but after ample thinking, not being able to decide on a number, he gave up and returned the money 😀
It was way more fun to poke at all the interesting devices and the fancy ways how one could spruce up a desktop computer specifically for gaming …
We then tried to get back, avoiding the crazy rain that had started pouring. Most malls are actually connected by some covered walkways, and we only had THIS intersection (with a lady selling umbrellas) to run through.
We then met up with la mama to get Julius’ burger craving fixed at Jonny Rocket’s
I feel I am not joining those weekly night runs often enough for various reasons:
a) it often rains at that time of day
b) I find all that ‘getting ready – find parking – drive back home’ too much hassle for ‘just’ 5K / 22min of running.
So, I changed things up a bit today. The meeting point is only 2.8km away, so instead of taking the car, I ran TO the venue, arrived just before start time, ran my 5K and then ran back home for an overall 10.7km
My actual race time for the 5K portion was 22m20s, (one of my faster 5K results) at 4.27 minutes/km
This might actually be the first time I whipped out the camera during the night run and fun to see my fancy light gear in action (it also blinks red in the back)
Like last year we were invited by the German Ambassador to celebrate Germany’s unity day, and somehow this is the only picture we took.
This little guy was all over the place and somehow took a liking to me … and sure enough, I needed to pick him up and relive those ‘Julius as a bundle’ moment.
Fun celebration with the usual food suspects, like curry wurst, but also some new entries, like great dessert options like Rote Grütze and old fashioned German baked cheese cake.
Oh, and then there were those Königsberger Klopse, which might have left some bilingual people very confused, and possibly many non-German speaking Muslims and Hindus having their first involuntary taste of pig / cow … (or the other way around, Germans expecting mama’s home style mix of pork / beef turning out to be ‘just’ chicken)
It was raining cats & dogs last night again, so it actually felt kinda cool this morning and the sun kept hiding behind the clouds. Usually she comes out around 7PM and turns everything into a sauna, but not so today.
I had only planned for a short run, but as I started out, I made up my mind to at least go up to the port, change of scenery. And once there (that’s like 6KM) I noticed that I still had plenty of energy, that I had kept my pace and heart rate even and thus I decided that I can try for longer distance.
And even without any water (I do not recommend that distance without any hydration!) or gels as fuel, I made it! The last 3KM were pretty tough and I slowed down (instead of giving up). But overall happy with an average 5:27 pace (was planning 5:30) and coming in under 2h.