From Germany to Sweden

It’s been over a week, and I still miss our Nuremberg kitty friends Sally and Rocky. Talk about charmers! Since leaving Germany, we’ve made out way to Sweden, starting off with four lovely days in Stockholm. Between tasty tapas and super-fun shuffleboard, we had a killer time there.

Now we’re in Gothenburg! This will be the longest I’ve stayed put since leaving Canada three months ago. We’ll be here for three full weeks, cat-sitting our new friends Neo and Smilla. Though we’ve only been here a few days, I’m already impressed by this cool and beautiful city.

Praise to the gods you may or may not believe in, I’ve FINALLY finished the Artist’s Way! I’ve had my ups and downs with this so-called spiritual journey to creative recovery… from its constant references to god to its random and often pointless tasks, I really didn’t buy what it’s selling.

I’m more excited by my year-long subscription to Masterclass, which I’ve already dug into with classes from Dan Brown. The content is engaging, and certainly more practical than the Artist’s Way. Plus, I can still look forward to classes with Margaret Atwood, R.L. Stine, and Judy Blume. 

Another thing I’ve cracked into is a personal reading list. Realizing that I’m not the fastest reader (with limited space available), I’ve picked up a couple of smaller fantasy books. Right now I’m on the first of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, and next is my beloved Neil Gaiman.

Luggage is already stretching maximum for comfort, so I may need to offload the books as I go. I’ve considered lighting a fire with the Artist’s Way. (Seriously, “reread this book” as a final instruction was like receiving a hot poker to my backside. But somehow more infuriating still.)

In any case, that’s what’s shaking for now. We’ll be in Sweden until Dec. 19th and then it’s back to the U.K. for a while. Hope to see (some of) you then! 

-Janice

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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