Relaxing has never been a strength of mine. Always balancing a tough course load, top-notch grades, part time jobs, and marathon training, I have never made relaxing a priority. At the end of Fall semester last year, I realized you can’t pour from an empty cup and learned the importance of rest. Simply learning the importance of rest, however, did not stop me from making the same mistakes the next semester.
Since starting graduate school, I have found myself with a lot of down time. I realized this is not something I will have for very long, especially since my Master’s program is only one year and then I will be teaching full time, so I decided to take advantage of it. Last week, I ventured back to Salzburg, the city that stole my heart, to breathe in the mountain air and learn how to relax.
I went to all of my favorite spots in town, saw my favorite views, ate my favorite foods, and took long strolls along the river. One day, I hiked Gaisberg, a 4,225 foot mountain with healing powers. I spent a sunny day reading in the Mirabell Garden and a rainy day reading in a cafe.
Looking for a good physical challenge after training for and not running Berlin, I ran the Salzburg Trail Running Festival for the second time. It was, well, challenging, but refreshing and renewing all at the same time. I entered Kapitelplatz where the finish line was just as all of the bells began to chime in unison. It was a perfectly timed ending to a beautiful run through my favorite city.
Though I missed my friends with whom I shared Salzburg, it was comforting to return to and relax in the city I consider to be my home away from home. Until next time, Salzburg