Sightseeing: The Old Town of Warsaw

Sightseeing

Hello!

A few weeks ago, I told you about my experience attending ANTI World Tour in Warsaw. While going to Rihanna’s concert was my main reason for traveling to the capital of Poland, it was not the only thing I did there. After partying with Riri on Friday and wasting the night watching the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, I spent the whole of Saturday walking around Warsaw’s Old Town.

With the help of Google Maps, I strolled by the Presidental Palace, the Royal Castle, the Old Market Place, the St. John’s Archcathedral, the barbican of Warsaw, the St. Anne’s Church, the Grand National Opera Theatre, the Palace of Culture and Science, the University of Warsaw, the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, the Carmelite Church, the Mermaid of Warsaw next to the Świętokrzyski Bridge and many other sights and buildings that I can’t name.

I also really wanted to visit the Copernicus Science Center, however, the queue was huge, I would have probably waited at least 3 or more hours just to get inside. Moreover, due to the overflow of people inside the building, they had temporarily suspended the sale of tickets, so I might have spent the whole day just waiting. Well, at least now I have a reason to come back to Warsaw.

For lunch, I went to this nice restaurant where instead of chairs they had swings next to the tables. To remember Warsaw, I bought 3 postcards to add to my collection and a few fridge magnets. One of the magnets has a picture of the stadium where the Rihanna’s concert took place.

The weather for my walk wasn’t the greatest – it rained occasionally, however, at least it wasn’t unbearably hot. I will take rain and fog instead of boiling hot sun any day.

Warsaw has almost 2 million inhabitants and it is also the capital of Poland. I could definitely tell that the city was alive and buzzing even on Saturday – while the streets were mainly filled with tourists in the early morning, after midday, the actual citizens of Warsaw started taking  to the streets. I saw some kind of protest as well as preparations for either a running or cycling marathon being carried out.

Bellow, I’ve included a few galleries with the photos from my walk. I love old European cities and I felt extremely lucky to have gotten a chance to see another one. The features of Warsaw that I especially liked were all the buildings with patterns and a few modern construction dispersed in between the old structures.

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Kaunas Marathon 2016

Sports

Hello!

Welcome to another running post. This one is dedicated to the 4th annual Kaunas Running Marathon. 

The marathon was started in 2013 and I’ve participated in all 4 of them, running either 10km or 5km distance. It is the biggest running event in my hometown as well as the 3rd biggest running competition in Lithuania.

After running the 5k distance last year, in 2016, I chose the 10k (I also did 10k in 2013 and 2014). I haven’t trained much before the marathon but was really happy with my result: I gave it all I had and reached my personal objective.

Kaunas Marathon has always been a celebration for the whole town. The short route (for 5k and 10k) is located solely in the Old Town of Kaunas, while the long route (for 21k and 42k) starts and ends there as well. Having a running event in the city centre means that all the runners are supported by crowds of spectators. It’s always nice to hear the sounds of claps and encouraging shouts when you run by.

The 4th Annual Kaunas Marathon had around 4000 participants: around 1500 ran the 5k, around 1000 – the 10k distance, 500 people did the 1.5km run for families and children, while another thousand of athletes did the marathon and the half-marathon.

If you to find more info about the event, you can visit its official page here as well as the Facebook page here.

Bellow, I’ve included photos from the event and photos of my runner’s number, the commemorative medal, official T-shirt, and the gifts from the sponsors: water, non-alcoholic beer (I know, right?), porridge, protein bars, vitamins and some coupons for free pasta, sushi and a free visit to the local sports centre.

Sponsors’ gifts, runner’s number and a medal:

A few moments from the event:

Kaunas Marathon 2015

Sports

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A few weeks ago, I’ve participated in the last ‘big’ running event – Kaunas Marathon 2015. This was the 3rd annual marathon of my city and I had run in all of them. Blog post about the 2014 marathon here.

The weather was terrible for running. The sun was shining from the early morning and the temperature was around 27 to 30 degrees Celsius (80 to 86 Fahrenheit). There was also some wind and, for the love of God, that wind was warm. I have never run in such a terrible conditions. I really do prefer running in the cold air or even in the rain.

The route chosen for the competition wasn’t great as well. The athletes had to run the majority of the distance in the Old Town of Kaunas where the streets are made from stones. The track also had way too many sharp corners.

I’ve chosen the 5 km distance and surprisingly – still managed to reach the finish line faster than ever before this season. However, I felt really poorly afterwards – my stomach was done with running in a dessert like environment.

Despite the awful weather, uncomfortable route and the overall terrible state of health, I still had a good time. The start and finish of the race was in the main squire of Kaunas. The old buildings and crowds of runners made for weird but simultaneously awesome mash-up.

This was also the biggest Kaunas Marathon ever with around 5000 people participating. There was, of course, marathon and half marathon distances to choose from as well as 5 km and 10 km shorter routes. Families could participate in 1.4 km family run while there was also 0.7 km charity run to raise money for premature babies.

My next sport post is going to be about a swimming marathon, since I am done with running for the summer. Have a great day! Bye.

Official site of the run: Kaunas Marathon

Photos form the event taken by me as well as a picture of the commemorative T-Shirt and the medal I’ve received + my runner’s number: