Running itself is a gift.
Out front Jana and Hans-Christian's accommodation in Porto, just as I was about to wrap up our 2hr running tour (which was Jana's birthday present, btw), Hans-Christian reached deep into his small backpack for an item and handed it out to me: it was an oficial 2019's Nikolauslauf half-marathon official t-shirt!
In this blog post I'll unveil the reason for this kind offer and explore the fact that running experiences can be such a memorable gift , whether it is a race entry such as the amazing Nikolauslauf held in Southern Germany or a city running tour of Porto in northern Portugal.
Also taking this opportunity to tell you more about -yet- another Nicolau and his Porto-based wine company - the oldest still active!
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Unexpected gift, directly from Tuebingen, Germany: an official Nikolauslauf t-shirt!
Another point of interest located in this old riverfront area of town is the Merchants' association building - Palácio da Bolsa > I posted about a visit to its interiors- tap this link or the picture below - includes a video.
The district's name actually originated in a small chapel, built a few meters from the river side, now the catholic church of S.Nicolau, one of the patron saints of sailors.
A figure of the saint sits at the front, high above its door > I discussed some of the tales involving São Nicolau - Santa Klaus - in a blog post > tap this link to learn more.
Running short on gift ideas?
What do you give that person, as a present to impress, then...?
Can I suggest something?
Now you know what other type of material gift would make me smile... ;-)
Maybe they have one from your birth year as well: run to their online shop!
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Sérgio é o fundador da Porto Running Tours, corre regularmente desde 1999 e desde 2015 que guia visitas em corrida na Invicta enquanto revela algumas das suas mais fascinantes histórias.
Sérgio is the founder of Porto Running Tours, a keen runner since 1999 and a friendly running tour guide-storyteller since 2015.
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