Discovering Lombarida in 72 hours

2019 seems to be the year of weddings for many of our friends.

We were invited to attend a wedding in Montichiari over the weekend and this ended up being the perfect opportunity to explore Lombardia a little bit for the first time.

I flew in to Milan and had planned on doing some sightseeing, as well as seeing an work friend at Spotify’s Milan office before taking the fast train to Torino.

Little did I know when planning in advance that it was going to be around 34 degrees that day in Milan… Safe to say I was soaked to the bone by the time I had to head to Torino.

After an evening in Torino we jumped in the car and drove 2.5 hours to Montichiari where Luca was to marry his beautiful Nicoletta.

We left our stuff in the bed & breakfast that they were kind enough to host us in, freshened up a bit and headed over to their home for drinks and nibbles before the festivities could begin.

The ceremony took place in the cathedral (!!) and it was probably one of the most breathtaking experiences ever – they even had a choir singing, just like in Love Actually <3.

Not to mention the ‘football choir’ they had through the day, and by that I mean Luca’s entire football team that sang chants and caused mischief.

(I’m not crying… you’re crying!)

The reception was held in an old country estate that also had a vineyard at the back.

As we arrived they served loads of different delicious appetisers and bubbly in the front garden, but we were then asked to walk through the grounds to have dinner sitting in the actual vineyard!

The mood was on an all time high, people were chanting and singing, the wine was lovely and the food was out of this world. All in all it was definitely one of the best weddings we’ve ever been to!

After a few hours of sleep we got up to have breakfast with the rest of the guests and prepare for our day trip to Lake Garda.

We also found out that Nicoletta’s family actually manages the B&B where we stayed, so if you ever find yourself in the area, we can highly recommend staying there – it’s super nice!

After having said our goodbyes we drove about 30 minutes to the lake and had a walk around the little town of Desenzano del Garda that was very idyllic.

Alberto had booked us lunch at a seafood restaurant, so we tried out a few different dishes before continuing our adventure.

We drove out to the peninsula in the hopes of being able to explore Scaligero Castle, but it was full with people and no parking spaces, so we decided to head up to Castello di Drugolo instead and catch the nice view.

All in all a lovely weekend – I just need to brush up on my Italian language skills and I reckon I’d fit right in ;)

18 hours in Malaga

Before my best friend Anna got married in Marbella, we managed to catch around 18 hours in the neighbouring city of Malaga.

We arrived in the afternoon, took a taxi to our Airbnb and wasted no time heading out to explore the sunny and colourful city.

We strolled across the old town, took a walk along the beach in the slight breeze and ended up on a big hill that overlooked the seafront.

After a long day we started to feel tired and by this point also starving, so we decided to head back into the old town and try to find a local tapas place.

Thanks to Google Maps I found a super lovely local shack that filled up with people after 8pm.

After quite a few glasses of Vermouth and small plates of delicious bites, we said goodbye to the man behind the bar and went off to have dinner at another tapas restaurant around the corner.

We had quite a few seafood tapas dishes, including our favourite the grilled octopus, and shared a bottle of local white wine.

All in all it was a great one day break that I would highly recommend!

Hackney Half Marathon 2019

After the Big Half I took the silly decision of signing myself up for another half marathon the weekend before my best friends wedding.

I thought this would motivate me to keep training and stay fit ahead of the wedding but it didn’t quite turn out that way…

Due to the lack of hard training all hopes of maybe achieving a PB were out the window and I just secretly prayed that I’d be able to complete the race without any major difficulties.

Despite smiling on all the pictures I was in incredible pain. For the first time in my ‘running life’ I managed to develop a HUGE blister in the middle of my sole of my left foot after around 10km.

In the beginning I could cope with the pain but after around mile 11 I felt like crying every time I put my foot down.

I could feel the water inside the blister being pushed around every time I stepped down and I was forced to stop quite a few times after mile 9 to adjust my socks and my show laces to some how change the position of my foot slightly.

Despite this I made it to the finish (sprinting!) and managed to get my now quite standard time of 2h:15min which I was pretty pleased with considering the circumstances.