Exceptionally this time, the post is not about running and part is written in Portuguese. Its topic is sustainable tourism and it briefly describes my experience as a participant in a program that engaged people from 12 different Portuguese cities on an exploratory one-week journey. Objective was to learn more about the process of generating business ideas for a very specific purpose: tackling some of the Portuguese tourism's most demanding challenges for the next decade...!
If you're into entrepreneurship and tourism trends, you may be interested in this one.
This weekend we welcomed runners from England and Switzerland. My favorite story and one of the many I got to share with them was about how D.Pedro IV's actions during the civil war and the 1832-33's siege of Porto influenced the course of history in Portugal and the city's toponymy.
"Pedro stopped in Azores to assemble an army, composed by mercenaries and exiled liberals. The army then disembarked in a beach near Porto and quickly occupied the city, cheered on by its residents."
This day was the 9th of July, 1832, exactly 185 years ago!
Today's blog post is about the origin of the Dragon's symbolism in Porto. Two things are for sure: they are not endemic and they're not the reason for FCPorto's excellent results in football and other sports :)
Honestly, I have no feelings of prejudice towards neologisms. Terrible as some may sound at first, I have come to like these made-up words that combine different concepts or activities.
The bLeisure buzzword is a bit on the horrendous side but people have been using it to describe a new type of business traveller: one who fits in leisure travel while 'on the road'. Even some companies are realizing that helping their traveling executives to tag on some me-time to work trips is a good way to retain talent and provide some work-life balance.
However, professional or personal commitments at home may mean you can't book that extra day.
This is where Sightrunning comes in.
" - Is that the Crystal Palace you've mentioned? "
" - Well.. not really... :) "
You can't miss this building when you look at Porto's skyline. That is why it frequently becomes a conversation topic in the running tours I guide. A second reason is because I often bring up the fact that this venue is intimately connected to running, though not in an obvious way... !
While some local people still call that UFO shaped green dome in the background "o Palácio de Cristal", that is not its name. The historic Crystal Palace was indeed built in this location in the 1860's, inspired on the original exhibition building that stood in the south of London. The Portuguese 'replica' does no longer exist for it got dismantled in 1951.
The currently existing building's real name is Rosa Mota pavilion, a sport venue. To explain you who Rosa Mota is and how is running involved we need to go back to the 80's.
Care to join me?
I know how tough this day can be for some of you. If you're not in a relationship, then you're probably trying to schedule a night out or a dinner at home with a group of other single friends, as far as possible from any of those 'romantic' restaurants...
On the other hand, if you're already committed, then you're possibly still searching for the perfect gift... is this your case?
Well, if your soul mate is an avid runner, I believe I can help. If he or she is not - but you are! - then I suggest you surreptitiously leave your laptop open on the dinner table, with this post on display...!
(recent UPDATE ON KINEMATIX COMPANYs future: please see bottom of this post)
Brace yourself: this may just be the strangest, most unscientific test run ever performed in the history of running...! Here's my 'kind of' running study with the help of TUNE, the new running wearable by Kinematix.
I'M NOT A TECHIE GUY
It is important for me to come clean about this up front, before you plunge deeper into this post and find out for yourself! So, at this point you might be asking "why is this person even using a running wearable"?
Actually, there is a couple of reasons! I'll explain them in the next few lines:
Well... I do feel like it’s celebration time for runners in Portugal and, in particular, for us living in Porto and the northern area! It’s all happening in this next few weeks!
Check out the 'gift list’:
NEXT RACES IN PORTO AND NORTH OF PORTUGAL:
2016 WORLD TRAIL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
I dare to say: the Portuguese trail running community is truly excited right now...!
Coming up this weekend, the IAU/ITRA 2016 World Trail Championships will take place in the Peneda-Gerês National Park (1 hour drive from Oporto international airport).
The beginning of September in Portugal was intense. By intense I mean HOT! But eventually all things cool down and this was the case today: we had just the perfect weather for a morning run in Porto! Kind of misty but with great temperature and zero wind!
One of the short stops of today's LSD 7AM Running Meet up was right here, on the Vitória's hill, a secluded belvedere overlooking the rooftops, the Cathedral and river Douro.
Around 60 million people are estimated to run or jog in the United States. In Europe we have around 50 million people running, 6 million in Germany alone, the Netherlands with 2,4 million regular runners and, according to a Marktest study last year, Portugal with around 1.5 million natives 'saying they've engaged in some form of running activity at least once in the last 12 months'…
2015's Boston Marathon finish line - running community has huge numbers in the US
Sérgio is the founder of PRT, a keen runner since 1999 and a friendly running tour guide since 2015.
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