City HallLast Saturday started at 5 am when my alarm kicked me out of bed. At 6.30 my roomies and I left the house to travel Belfast for the weekend. The girls had planned to visit the Titanic museum while I’d coloured the participants of the Color Run and for the next day we had in mind to take a black taxi tour.

StarbucksJust after walking over the O’Connell Bridge I wanted a coffee. It’s a rare treat because a cup of my favourite drink as more calories than my normal meals but I really wanted one and so I went for it… I know that my name apparently isn’t that easy for many people and so I usually find really interesting versions of my name on my cups at Starbucks. Well, with this misspelling of my name I definitely hit the Top 10 of misspelled names by Starbucks, don’t I? As you can see, Gunda turned into Olga. Don’t ask me how that is even possible. Maybe working at 7 am on a Saturday was just too early for the girl that asked for my name…

Color RunA bit before 10 am we arrived save and sound in Belfast and after another coffee stop we walked to the Titanic Quarter. I signed in, got my orange t-shirt and then walked with the other volunteers to our – orange – colour zone. It tool quite a while until the first runners passed us but it was fun anyhow. When the runners eventually came by we through colour and I refilled a lot of bottles. Too bad that my arm didn’t like this too much as I noticed on Sunday… It’s still a bit sore and makes a weird noise. One rest week – unfortunately, just weeks before the Dublin Half Marathon – should hopefully be all-right before starting to train again.

BelfastThe evening was rather relaxed. We stayed a bit outside of the centre and ate fish & chips or pizza. On the next morning we got up early and after breakfast we went back into town for the black taxi tour. This is something Belfast is famous for, a hop on – hop off tour you could do anywhere but not that taxi tour. It was nice but somehow I expected more and was a little bit disappointed as I thought I’d get to hear some more inside stories but everything we were told or explained I had heard before. But I now I saw a wall or paintings / graffiti I only had heard about.

In the afternoon I still got some of the tea I was looking for. Unfortunately, some of the tea I love isn’t sold in the Republic of Ireland so stopping at Tesco’s was on my to-do list. Of course the little Tesco’s didn’t have everything I was looking for but at least I could empty the shelf at little bit. The last three licorice tea boxes were just waiting there for me…
A little later we took one earlier bus home and were more than happy when we all fell into our beds…

This weekend I’ll relax a bit and probably watch Dublin taking on Donegal in the GAA Football All-Ireland Semi-Final…

What will you do this weekend?


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