Home again… in Berlin

It feels good to be home again after a month on the road. Seems strange to say that but Berlin is fast becoming my third home. Obviously Brisbane is number one! Maybe this can happen ever year.

Stockholm was great despite the 3am start to get to the airport. Stockholm Pride was huge event for the city and of course all of Sweden. They had a big parade which I watched a bit of but that’s all a bit too crazy for me. I spent the afternoon at the Centralbadet having spas, saunas and plunges in a very popular bathhouse which are a staple of the Scandinavians. It was what the doctor ordered after lots of walking exploring the city of 13 islands.

Got talking to some of the locals there and a french expat who said he as a good friend Helena Christensen and Michael Hutchence from INXS. This man also said to me he was the World Junior record holder in the 3000m steeplechase with about 8.34 back in 1974 so will have to check that one out when I get back to the ATFS annuals in Australia like I do when anyone claims a fast time! Be warned!

Picked up my accreditation yesterday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium. I can use this to get transport throughout Berlin for the month as well. I am thinking about buying a pushbike to get around on this month and get some fitness back after a month of doing not much training at all.

It was good to see familiar faces at home as well. Matty and Loz are in Berlin as well. We went to a photo exhibition yesterday which combined some contemporary track and field with shots of yesteryear. Might see if I can get some prints to take home with me.

The rest of the week will just be relaxing in Berlin with a trip to Leipzig this weekend. Scott Goodman who is in Bonn working for the IPC is meant to be coming along as well

Author: patbirgan

Australian living in Italy and managing the AIS European Training Centre. In my spare time I like to watch, write, tweet, commentate, manage, immerse in all things athletics.

One thought on “Home again… in Berlin

  1. Enjoy your time in Berlin. Reading your tour programme there is still a lot to do.The Ekka starts today but seems its not a good idea to go with the swine flu around. All the pigs have been removed from the show. Having said that they are expecting over half a million people to go. Take care. love M & D

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