Last week we went to Europe to visit our son who is spending a few months studying abroad. We started our trip with a weekend in Brussels and then headed to Bremen in northwestern Germany where he is staying. I had never heard of Bremen until he had this opportunity, but it’s a fantastic place with an interesting history. Despite the jet lag and busy sightseeing schedule, I managed to carve out time to go running in Bremen on two of our three mornings there.
Running In Bremen: Reinsburg Cemetery
Our hotel was on a quiet, mostly residential street. As we were walking from the bus stop, we were a bit surprised to pass a shop selling grave markers. It all made sense when we realized that a block past our hotel was Reinsburg Cemetery. I wasn’t planning to run through it, but when I passed by the entrance and saw how lovely it was, I couldn’t resist.
Each grave has a little garden plot, evoking thoughts of the circle of life.
Some of the markers were quite spectacular.
After running through the cemetery, I made my way to Bürgerpark, a 202 acre park with many paths criss-crossing a network of ponds and streams.
All in all, I ended up running 5.5. miles in a bit under an hour. By the time I got back to our hotel, I had just enough time to get ready and have breakfast before we headed to the University of Bremen to see where my son was studying.
Running In Bremen: Rhododendron Park
Thanks to the sightseeing guide we picked up at our hotel, I learned that there was another park about a mile in the other direction, Rhododendron Park. This is a 46 acre park that must be amazing when all the rhododendron are in bloom, but even this time of year it was beautiful.
What an enticing entrance!
A few plants in bloom.
So many ponds!
This run was a bit shorter, but again I got back just in time to get ready for our breakfast plans–my son was going to make us breakfast at his place before he went to work.
It’s really not easy to carve out time for a run when I’m on vacation, but I’m glad I was able to go running in Bremen twice. I saw areas I wouldn’t have seen otherwise, and got more of a taste of what it would be like to live there.
Other than these runs, my exercise for the week was walking–lots and lots of walking!
The highest two days were my running days.
The grey days were our travel days.
We got home Thursday evening, and I jumped backed into my usual workouts:
Friday: 5.3 mile neighborhood run
Saturday: Conte’s Hill Ride
This ride is still HARD as HECK, but now that I’ve made it up that hill twice, I’m getting a bit more confident.
Sunday: 50 mile ride on the W&OD trail
I was so sapped after this ride I had to go to McDs for a real Coke. 50 miles is no joke!
Thanks to Holly, Tricia and guest host Christine at Into the Glimmer for hosting the Weekly Wrap link up!
Do you take time for solo workouts when you’re on vacation?