Saturday, April 26, 2014


Obviously, Oktoberfest is the most famous of Germany's festivals and fairs, but one of the surprises to living here is how often one of these things occurs.  Right now, we are in the middle of the Spring Dippemass - which allegedly has some historical and cultural origin, but is really just a state fair.  Nonetheless, I gather a group of friends and we made our way to ride some thrill rides, drink some beer, and eat delicious German fair food.  And German fair food is awesome!
Chilling at the fair

This ride doesn't look so bad

Oh boy!

I want off now

On your marks

Pulling ahead

Clearly I have this won

Massive comeback by Natalie, but I still win by a toe

Reyna taking on the games

I loved watching the Germans drive bumper cars.  They basically went around in orderly circles,
AVOIDING bumping into each other.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

So proud of her

While I was in DC last week (more to come on this later), Sara and I ran the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.  This is the same race I ran last year and about four or five months ago, Sara surprised me by saying she wanted to run the race.  We were both selected in the lottery and have spent the last few months training.  Despite a few set backs during training, Sara did awesome on race day.  The hardest part, I think, may have been waking up and getting to the course so early in the morning.  We ran the race together the whole way with me helping to pace Sara and filling up her water bottle at the stops.  When we crossed that finish line together (she beat me), I could not have been more proud of my future wife.

I wasn't allowed to take any photos on the race and I think Sara would kill me if I linked to the professional race photos - so you will have to settle for the before and after selfies.

Before the race - it was really cold!

After we're done