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November Roundup

Apologies that this post is a little late. I’ve kind of being feeling a little burnt out when it comes to blogging. I’ve had no inspiration or motivation but this post should really write itself so lets see how it goes.

I started off November in Brazil, or more specifically Rio De Janeiro. If you want to read my post about it, it’s here: My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Below is a picture I didn’t share on the post, but did on Instagram. This is taken at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. There was a huge wall covered in this graffiti. I know sometimes graffiti can be menace and look unsightly but when it’s done like this, it’s marvellous.

Graffiti from Sugar Loaf Mountain

When we got back from Brazil my husband and I received our iPhone X’s. My old iPhone 6 plus had been running slower than an old dog so I was glad to be able to upgrade. I’ve enjoyed playing with the portrait feature on the camera. I like how it blurs the background on pictures.

Coffee

I also went to lots of parkruns and still tried (unsuccessfully) to break the 45 minute 5K. Getting closer though!

parkrun time

Staying on the fitness note, I’m still really enjoying the spin classes at the gym. The calorie burn is epic and I come out of the class buzzing. I’ve started going twice a week now.

spin class

A funny moment that occurred at Stokes Bay junior parkrun in November was a lost dog. One of the rules of junior parkrun is that dogs aren’t allowed on the course, unlike the adult parkrun where you can run with a dog. We spotted a dog running loose and at first assumed it was with one of the spectators but we soon realised it wasn’t. Our wonderful team rallied together and caught the dog and hooked him up to a makeshift lead! Luckily he was wearing a collar with his owners phone number on so we made contact. As I was RD I was left holding the dog whilst the rest of our team returned to their volunteer roles. His owner soon arrived and was very thankful. Apparently he’d come quite a way and crossed over a busy road! Thank goodness he wasn’t hurt!

dog

The core team of volunteers at Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun had a team night out in November. We went to a Chinese buffet in Fareham. The only problem was they sat us on a super long table so it was difficult to talk to people more than a couple of seats away from you. They’d seated another large group on a round table which looked a much better way to chat but we couldn’t have got a “down-the-table-selfie” as easily had we of been sat there.

Lee-on-the-Solent parkrun core team

I think that pretty much sums up my November. I managed to get a few blog posts out before I burned out too, in case you missed any, they’re listed below:

November Memories Through The Years

Bonfire Night Memories

My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

October Roundup

Disney Mickey Mouse X Cath Kidston

More Christmas Items

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse

I Am A Broken Runner

Why I Love Winter

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October Roundup

October felt like the month of illness. I had a cold and bad throat then started to get better, had the flu jab and got worse all over again!

October started with a visit to Sprinkles in Southampton and as a result, another ride on the Southampton Wheel! We went on it just as the sun was setting so it made for some lovely photographs.

Southampton Wheel

October 7th was parkruns 13th Birthday. They’d asked people to post photographs of them in their apricot t-shirts so they could try and get a picture of every parkrun location. So here is me and my parkrun family celebrating parkruns 13th Birthday and also Kieran’s 50th parkrun and 25th time volunteering! Also worth mentioning we didn’t know the lady with the dog, we just grabbed her for a photo because she was wearing an apricot t-shirt! I think she thought we were a bit crazy!

parkrun

I’ve been enjoying my spin classes at the gym I’ve joined. It’s such a good workout and really makes me sweat. I took a picture of the screen at the end of the class. Just look at that calorie burn!

Spin Class

On 22nd October I was a marshal at the Great South Run. If you haven’t already read my blog post about it, please do: Marshalling at the Great South Run

At the end of October I went on holiday to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. There’s a blog post about that too! My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro

The famous wave pattern on the pavement at Copacabana Beach

In October I worked really hard to have a blog post every other day to take me in to November so I didn’t have to worry about blogging whilst I was away. If you didn’t see one, or want to revisit a post, they’re listed below and all open in a new window:

September Roundup

My Favourite Things About Autumn

Autumn in Scotland

2017 Goals An Update Part Three

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

If I Were Prime Minister

October Memories Through The Years

What I Don’t Like About Autumn

My Favourite Halloween Movies

My Favourite Autumn Quotes

My Favourite Movie

Marshalling at the Great South Run and Runner Reviews

How To Prevent Getting Sick in Autumn

What I Do When I Get Sick in Autumn

How I Earned My Golden Ticket Medal

How I Earned The Halloween 5K Medal

Halloween Memories

I think that’s the most I’ve ever blogged in a month! Not sure I’ll be able to keep it up in November but I’ll definitely try! Happy November everyone!

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My Holiday to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

I’ve just got back from a holiday to Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. We stayed for a week and did the usual tourist thing as well as having some down time.

We left Heathrow at lunch time and arrived in Brazil at our hotel just before 11 Brazilian time. There was three hours, then two hours time difference after the clocks changed. We stayed at the Windsor Excelsior Hotel right on Copacabana Beach. We dropped our suitcases off in our room and headed straight up to the rooftop bar.

 

Copacabana Beach

View from the rooftop bar

On our first day we explored the area a little by going on to the beach and for a walk along the prom. Is it called a prom over there? Anyway, it was busy down there. On a Sunday they close the road so people can walk, ride bikes and jog traffic free, there are street entertainers and musicians playing. It has a party feel.

The famous wave pattern on the pavement at Copacabana Beach

Our second day we had some down time and lounged around the pool. Whilst I was away I managed to get through a couple of books which felt like a bit of a luxury as reading is something I really have to try and make time for.

The rooftop pool

When we’d arrived at the hotel they’d given us a leaflet with various trips you could book on to. We booked on to a Jeep Tour of the Tijuca Rainforest. We had an awesome tour guide who spoke impeccable English! We drove up and up in to the forest, part of which made up the Olympic cycling route when the Olympics were hosted by Rio in 2016. The higher we climbed, the colder and mistier it got. We made a couple of stops including at this beautiful waterfall called Cascatinha Taunay. It is named after Nicolas-Antoine Taunay who discovered it. It stands 35 metres high! You can see how misty it was in the top of the photograph.

We also got to go on a short hike through the forest which was really nice. We heard Capuchin monkeys calling above us as we walked through but sadly didn’t manage to spot any.

The next day we went for a run along the beach. Running in Brazil, even at 7.30 in the morning is very hot! I’d not taken any water with me, or money to purchase any, so we stopped just after a mile. In the afternoon we went for a walk around Rio De Janeiro centre and then over to the local shopping centre. They had some amazing shops, as well as some pretty crazy ones!

The next day was our last full day in Brazil and we’d booked on a tour to take us to Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain. When we got to Christ the Redeemer it felt like the whole of Brazil had turned out. You were literally stood shoulder to shoulder with people. It was packed with people trying to use selfie sticks and laying on the floor to take selfies. It was crazy. There were some spectacular views from the top.

Christ the Redeemer

Afterwards we headed over to Sugar Loaf Mountain. It was equally as busy there but thankfully there was a lot more space so the only place you were up close and personal with people was in the cable cars going up. Oddly we saw our tour guide from the forest tour at the top of Sugar Loaf  Mountain, literally the whole of Brazil and we manage to see him again! Below is the view of Sugar Loaf Mountain and a cable car travelling up to the top. Apparently this featured in a James Bond film.

Sugar Loaf Mountain

Whilst up on the mountain we saw signs telling us not to feed the monkeys. I kept my eyes peeled but didn’t spot any here either! I think a trip to Monkey World might be in order!

Have you ever been to Brazil? What sights did you go to see?

 

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