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Tokyo: a pleasant surprise

A surprise. Not just the city, the people, the feeling, but the trip itself.

My time in Tokyo was great, and I’d like to share with you at least part of  the beauty I saw.

However, since I took more than 1000 pictures, it wasn’t easy to select just a few for this post. Hopefully it will work.
I leave it to them now, hoping they can deliver to you at least part of the beautiful feeling this city left me with.

The city


Food



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Random








A big thanks to all my Japanese friends who made this vacation so spacial.
I’ll be back!

Getting ready for the trip of my life

I love travelling, and sometimes I wonder who doesn’t!

The world is so big and there are so many things to see and learn that I always say that the best way to live is travelling!

However, there are some places that are not in my “to visit asap” list, and not even in my “to visit maybe one day” list.  I guess everybody has preferences about countries or travel experiences that would better satisfy their curiosity.

When it happens to visit these unexpected places it might be a life changing trip.

I have never thought I would visit Japan… but it looks like it’s going to happen.


This trip is so important to me  because  is happening when everything in my life is changing for good. It’s a great opportunity that will give me the chance to recharge my mind and soul and come back to reality ready to enjoy whatever life has in stock for me.

I also will be visiting some friends that I haven’t seen for years, and it will beI know I’m going to have a great time.

It’s funny, looks like every big change in my life starts with a trip…. so I guess every trip is the trip of my life.

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The good side of the past six months

I haven’t been blogging for a while, and as I said, I’m back….maybe.

The past six months have been a rollercoaster that changed me as well as my life.

There are few things that I held on during this ride, trying to find some moments of peace and remember what life is about. Small things, I know, but sometimes it’s all it takes to smile, to feel things will get better, and we can find a way no matter what.

I thought it would be nice to blog about the good side of the past six months, and I’m going to start right now.

I made homemade pasta (click for the recipe) and homemade tomato sauce! It took me the whole weekend, but it was more than worthy.


In the past I often saw my father and other relatives making homemade pasta, but this was my very first experience, and it was great!
It’s an excellent way to live your home, stay in company, and at the same time doing something productive and healthy that will stay with you and your family for months.

It might sound snob, but now I have hard time using canned tomato sauce, and I can’t wait to do it all over again!

This was actually a great gift that I got, and we want to make is a family tradition!

Another good thing I did – and here I answer to all of you who wrote me wondering how things were going – it’s been going back to run. After shin splints, a stress fracture, and a pretty recent dislocated knee, I wasn’t of course able to achieve my goal to run my first 10k race.

As those of you who followed my running journey can probably understand, the disappointment was overwhelming, and the lack of motivation even worse.  I had to start over after every injury, and it was getting harder and harder.


I don’t even know how I started again, I just did.
I’m not even close to the training level that I was at the end of the winter, but I’m running. Every time I wonder why I’m doing it, but I feel alive.

I guess my goal still stands.
(Btw, where to you keep your key when you go running?)


to be continued…..

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If you hate the Royal Wedding (already)

I don’t! I actually can’t wait to see Kate’s dress, and it’s not only because I will be able to say that my dress is much better!

I noticed CNN broadcast will start at 4 am on Apr 29… which is reasonable if you think it’s going to be 9 am in London, UK. But when I told my husband I was going to set up the alarm – it was a joke – I couldn’t hold it anymore, and he expressed to me how much he hate this Royal Wedding…. already.

I understand him, it’s a man thing.
Plus, I have to admit that this wedding is pretty much everywhere on TV, and since the only alternative seems to be the federal elections here in Canada, well… you can understand his frustration.

I think  there might be lots of people sharing his feelings, but it’s a big event, and I wonder how excited these two guys probably are.

I remember myself few days before my wedding! And I’m not a princess!

So, maybe, all those guys who hate this event could twist it to their advantage and propose to their girlfriends!!! – I am a genius! That is a YES for sure!!!

Could you imagine how it would be special to watch the Royal Wedding on TV few minutes after he proposes?!?!

OMG! I want to get married again!

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Running: when not to listen to your body

After blogging about my hard moment coming back to my 10k training after an injury, lots of you – my lovely readers – left me nice and kind tips.

I was expressing my disappointment for missing a month of training and basically my hard work to build my cardio.

What I learned from your comments, and I do trust my readers – many of them have also lots of experience in running, which I don’t – it’s that I have to be patient, consistent, and

I HAVE TO LISTEN TO MY BODY.

Ok, all good, but what when your body is telling you something wrong?

The last few weeks, looking for support and a way to get back my cardio, I have been reading lots of article about running, mainly on internet: running website/forum and blogs.

The other day I ran into an article (I wish I could remember where) that was talking about the wrong signs your body can give you, and how you can beat it.

Think about the famous “wall”: is it really a mental thing? How many times you feel your legs heavy and breathing become so hard after only 20 minutes?

So you start thinking it’s not a good day, maybe you didn’t drink enough water during the day, or you didn’t eat properly. You decide to listen to your body and not to push, perhaps running only 75% of what you should.

The reality is you are able to run more and better, and even if bad days do exist, sometimes you body can just ask you to stop and you have to keep going. Use you mind to beat that feeling, tell yourself you are not tired, breath deep and slow.

So now I’m confuse.

In part I agree with what the article: if I would stop every time I feel my body it’s asking me that…. Yeah, I probably would train. There are days where I feel good, but a good 60% I have to admit that I have to push, and I get tired too early.

Especially now that I coming back from an injury, and I am very body-conscious, I understand I have to learn when listen to my body and when not.

What do you thing about it?

For now, I have a long way to go.

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