Ich Liebe Nürnberg

We’ve been in Nuremberg for about a week, and I can say without qualification that I’m in love with this medieval city. I’m so grateful for this awesome house-sitting opportunity; otherwise, we might never have ventured to this part of the world. Gotta love dat serendipity!

Our travels around Europe have been largely shaped by house-sitting, and that is most certainly by design. So far this fall I’ve done house-sits in Amsterdam and Nuremberg, and next will be Gothenburg, a Swedish city I only learned about this year! As I’ve said before, it’s an amazing way to live like a local and visit really interesting places on the cheap.

We’ve really enjoyed Nuremberg’s old town, though the photos really don’t do it justice (an argument for upgrading my camera phone). At the very least you get the idea of how magical these structures are at night, particularly when you consider their age… properly medieval!

As per usual, the current highlight of the place (followed closely by the amazing architecture) is the animals! The Nuremberg Zoo would be an incredible place to visit even if it didn’t have giraffes and lions, and prioritize conservation and the animals’ well-being. The German word for zoo is “tiergarten” which I feel adequately represents my experience. 🍂 😭 

And that’s to say nothing of the local baker and butcher, both of whom have totally captured my tastebuds and therefore my heart. Gah. Is it totally ridiculous that I want to learn German now? I don’t care. Ich bin Janice und ich liebe Deutschland, dankeschön!

Have you ever ended up in a totally wonderful city by random coincidence?

-Janice

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VGL is Sick and so Are We

Those of you who know me well will not be surprised in the least that as November begins, Matt and I have both gotten sick. Thankfully, with a strict regimen of fluids, rest, and Netflix, we’ve managed to keep the cold to a dull roar and we’re carrying on.

We travelled from Prague to Berlin on Friday morning. After an hour delay at the train station, we finally got on our way. And what a voyage! Matt, being the incredible research nerd that he is, figured out which side of the train to sit on for the best views.

Our main reason for visiting Berlin (besides just being cool hipsters) was to attend Video Games Live at the Tempodrom – the venue that conjures the image of this Turtles in Time level every time I say its name. “Technodrome: Let’s Kick Shell!” 🐢🐢🐢🐢

I was so glad to bring Matt to VGL for his first time, and though it was my seventh time seeing the concert, this was my first time not working. The music was great as always, but I had to rely on myopia to shield me from the Silent Hill and Resident Evil clips. 🤓

Between having a short time here and being a bit under the weather, we most certainly haven’t seen all of the sights – but I’m learning that it’s imposssible to do everything, and there’s no sense beating ourselves up about it. We simply do what we can.

Today is our last day in Berlin before we head off to Nuremberg for two weeks. We’ve visited some cool spots, seen some lovely friends, and enjoyed some great walks around the city… but we’ve also watched more episodes of Taskmaster than I care to admit.

How do you deal with illness while you’re travelling?

-Janice