Looking forward to 2020

By Pascalito on Tuesday 24 December 2019 10:02 - Comments are closed
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2020 will start a new decade, where Andrea and I have set a lot of goals for us to be met, in this post I will briefly write about our plans we have made so far.
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Visiting Mexico for the 5th time
From the 2nd of February until the 16th of the same month, I will finally visit Andrea again. I already got the planetickets and I am very excited to flown down there and hug her very tightly. I can’t believe it is already my 5th time visiting Mexico! I love the country a lot and I hope we can explore the country even more.

New York
I never visited the United States before, therefore I think it would be nice for us to meet in the middle. This saves a lot of time flying and it would be incredible to meet each other in a city we both haven’t visited before for a fun week. We are thinking about doing this in June.

F1 in Mexico City
One of my dreams is to visit a Formula 1 race in real life. Next year F1 is coming to Zandvoort, but that will be crazy (and expensive). What better is to come down to Mexico (for the 6th time) and to watch F1 in Mexico City? Andrea already has an apartment there so that will cut the costs drastically. We only need tickets for the GP of Mexico in November 2020.

Improving my spanish
I already started with a Spanish Course in November this year, and I will continue this through 2020. My goal is to be fluent in Spanish before the end of 2020 and to keep improving during 2021 as well. I think it is already going very well and I speak much better Spanish than before. However I have to keep going at it.

Run at least 900km in 2020
This year I ran more than 250KM already, and I will push for more in 2020. I have several runs lined up and for the first time I will run a 5k race in Dublin in August. I am very excited about this and I will make sure I will finish a 5k under 22 minutes.

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KLM Urban Trail Eindhoven

By Pascalito on Friday 13 December 2019 12:33 - Comments are closed
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This year was a very good running year for me, I completed a total 7 running races which is an absolute record for me. To close the year on a good note I finished with the Urban Trail in Eindhoven. This is a fun run where you will run around Eindhoven and through some very interesting buildings as well. For photo's and more info, please visit my blog: Pascalandandrea.com

I was a little bit late for the start of my wave at 10:30am, however I made it just in time for the final startwave at 10:50. I had to travel from Nijmegen to Eindhoven, however the Dutch Railroad was having some maintenance on the railroad tracks. Thus I had to travel all the way via Utrecht. This added 1,5 hours extra travel time.

Ready to start
The weather was rainy and windy, however that did’t stop me from warming up and running a bit around. Soon the final group was called to start and after a fun warming up we were unleashed on the track.

The track itself was not blocked off for non-runners. However there were traffic controllers to stop cars where we needed to cross the street.

Racing through a casino
The first building we had to run through was Holland’s casino, we had to run up the stairs. Go around some slot machines and roulette tables and then down the stairs again. Most runners took this change for a photo moment which was completely fine by the casino staff.

After that it stopped raining a little bit, so it was time to run a bit faster. We also ran through 2 pubs however after that there were no buildings to run through for around 2km. This was a bit of a disappointment.

Beer tasting
At around 2,9km we ran through our first (and last if you run 5k) aid station. The aid station was located in a craft beer maker. We could taste 2 different beers but there was also some water for those we did not like beer. This was very unique and a cool aspect of this Urban Trail.

After this you could choose to do the 5k or the 10k route. I did the 5k route so I didn’t see many other buildings from the inside. After the beer tasting we were basically just running towards the finish. But not before we ran through the Mediamarkt. The staff there really enjoyed this event and they were cheering us on with music and high fives.


Next year again!
I really enjoyed this run, even though the weather was very bad, I was proud that I have this run anyway. The medal looks very good as well and this run is a good way to finish the year. Will I do this again next year? Possible! However if I compare this run with the Urban trail I did in Utrect. Utrecht would win. Mostly because there were many more buildings to run through and explore than in Eindhoven.

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Magical Efteling

By Pascalito on Thursday 5 December 2019 20:22 - Comments (2)
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Last Saturday I decided to visit the Efteling, the Efteling is basically a very large Themepark (One of the largest in Europe actually). Every age group has something to do in this park. And normally one day is not enough. The park also offers a huge fairy tale forest, many shows and fantastic scenery.
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Getting this most out of it
I would recommend by downloading the Efteling app, Once you are in the park you can see the waiting times so you exactly know how long you have to wait or if the attraction you want to visit is getting less busy. I used it a lot during the day and I walked from the different zones to optimize my time the best.

It would be a waste if you only could do 3 attractions. Some attractions also use a boarding pass system. You can use the app to get the tickets anywhere within in the park and book a time slot. If you plan this well you could line up some attractions to visit in a row and make the most out of your day.

I booked the Boarding pass for the Python before I started my lunch meal, I had one hour to finish my lunch. In the meantime I went on an attraction with a short waiting time and directly after that I went on the python. The waiting time was 10 minutes instead of 40 minutes for people without boarding pass. Talking about saving time!


Symbolica
Symbolica is the newest atraction (build in 2017). So is very popular. Because the attraction is near the entrance. The waiting line at the beginning is already 60 minutes even at slow times. Therefore I would recommend to skip this ride at the beginning of the day and if you can use the single riders line during lunch time. At this time it is less busy and saving some time. Also 30 minutes before the park closes is generally a good time. Most people are watching the show then and most of the crowd already did the ride.

Symbolica is a trackless ride through the castle of Fantasy. It is really incredible and a must do when you are in the Efteling.

Many roller coasters
Fans of rollercoasters have plenty of them to do. If you love wooden coasters, the Efteling has a double one. Joris en de Draak (George and the Dragon). If you love dive coasters, how about Baron 1898, if you love a steel coaster, the Python is for you. They even have a roller coaster in the dark called Vogel Rock (Bird Rock). Which is still one of my favorites (I did it twice). If you like Water they got the Vliegende Hollander (Flying Dutchman) With one of the best themes and sound ever.

The baron is the latest roller coaster, but the Efteling is building a twin powered family coaster called Max and Moritz, this one should be ready in Spring 2020.

More rides
Roller coasters is not all they have, this park loves to bring your dreams to live, and people call it Dutch Disney. You can hear, see, smell that you are in a different world everywhere through the park. The score is amazing. Every attractions feels different and it is hard to pick a favorite.

One of my all time favorite attractions is Villa Volta. This is a Madhouse that literally turns upside down when you are inside.

Winter Efteling
It is good to know that the park is open the year round, during the winter months (November – February), the Efteling is changed into Winter Efteling. There are many new events and shows based on the cold months. Every square has their own bonfire and music to keep you warm. They also open a giant ice skating palace and you can also go Langlaufing on ski’s.

They even change the themes to fit the winter theme. And surprisingly most of the rides are still open and operational.

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