First Light Marathon Relay, Mobile, AL: How It Turned to Be the Most Inspiring Race I’ve Ever Done

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I participated in First Light Marathon relay race in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday, January 12th. A few weeks ago, our local running store was looking for people interested in joining this relay, so I decided to sign up. I figured the relay would be a perfect way to combine the joy of running with a new kind of race experience: lately I’ve had very little motivation to participate in a solo race of any distance because they seem too ‘been there, done that’, so teaming up with 4 other people to cover a marathon distance sounded like fun. Now that the race is over, I am so glad that I made a decision to sign up for it! To top that, this relay turned out to be one of the most inspiring races I’ve ever participated in! How so? Read on! Bienville Square in Mobile, around 6 am. Our bus … Read the rest of the post

Adventures in Seattle, Wa., and Beyond. Pike Place Market. Sabra’s Mediterranean Food.

As you may know, I’ve spent the last couple weeks in Seattle, WA area. Naturally, there’s been a lot of traveling around and exploring the area, and discovering a lot of lovely places along the way. Today I’m going to talk about the legendary Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle – one of the oldest and most famous markets in the United States (and also the place where the first Starbucks store opened back in 1970s). Pike Place Market was opened in 1907 in an effort to let people buy produce and other farm goods directly from farmers, avoiding high wholesale prices. The market has thrived for over a hundred years and managed to escape demolition in 1960s. Its historic buildings are now  guarded by Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority. One of the market entrances Farmers and crafters of different kinds from all over the area sell food, flowers, handmade clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, etc. While … Read the rest of the post

Our Travels in the Southeast, Part 3: Charleston, SC

As you may know from my previous posts, a couple weeks ago we undertook a road trip along the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Coast to learn more about the history, architecture, and – of course! – vegan food of the region. Today I’m going to tell you about the wonderful city of Charleston, South Carolina, where we stayed for a couple days. We enjoyed exploring the historic downtown, took a ferry ride to Fort Sumter, and had delicious meals at vegan-friendly eateries Five Loaves Café and Dell’z Deli. You can read my first post about our journey (Amelia Island, Fla., and Jekyll Island, Ga.) as well as my second post (Savannah, Ga.) by clicking on these highlighted links. Charleston, SC was founded in 1670 and was originally called Charles Towne after the British king Charles II (the current name was adopted in 1783). The city is located on Charleston Harbor at the point where Ashley … Read the rest of the post