G and I have been hanging out in Leipzig for quite a few months now. Coming back to Leipzig after having lived here 15 odd years ago has been an interesting experience. It is a very different experience to be back here with a young child, as opposed to being here as a single gal in my twenties. I have tried to make the most … Continue reading Wir sind Leipziger…and now? Ten things to do with kids in Leipzig.
Over the past few months we have spent quite a bit of time in the Czech Republic and I have been swept away by its beauty. The cities are magnificent with breathtaking architecture and the countryside is lush and dotted with the sweetest villages. My romanticized view and attraction to this place is only deepened by the fact that this (or at least part of … Continue reading My Bohemian Rhapsody
Berlin is a crazy mix of old and modern, east and west, and grungy and sophisticated. The city holds so many recognizable landmarks and has such a fascinating history. It also has a gazillion concert halls, is the home of the Berlin Philharmonic, and has a vibrant creative atmosphere. It is very multicultural and busy, but also has a more relaxed side to it … Continue reading Berlin Berlin
Chris and Jordan spent two weeks with us during probably the hottest two weeks Germany has had in a hundred years. I must say they were real troopers and survived living in the tiny student apartment I have rented on the third floor of a building with no lift, in very close quarters with only fans to help us keep cool (completely impractical to open … Continue reading Haa-Low Deutschland!
Last week, G and I took a little trip to the Czech Republic. We had some time to kill in between apartments and I wanted to go somewhere that wasn’t too far away and wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I figured it wouldn’t be a bad thing for G and me to be in the countryside for a bit and have a … Continue reading Ranc Pod Skalou
I have delayed writing this post for a few reasons, but it is now high time (considering we have been in Europe for a month already). Coming back to Leipzig was almost like coming home. I spent most of my twenties in this city and did a lot of growing up here – sowing my wild oats and all. In certain areas, every street corner … Continue reading Ich bin Leipziger
Last weekend, Genevieve and I decided to go on a mission to find some castles (and possibly princesses). Having wracked my brain about local castles (Colditz did not seem like a suitable option for this adventure), I could think of no better place to go than the Altstadt of Dresden where one can see multiple castles and more than any city’s share of phenomenally beautiful … Continue reading Florence on the Elbe
Genevieve and I have been in Leipzig for over a week now and are finally starting to feel a little more acclimatized. The flights and train journey from South Africa to Germany were quite exhausting, to say the least, and I must say that I am truly lucky to have such a plucky little kid who appears to love traveling. There were no complaints, just … Continue reading Finding our Pedals
As usual, it is taking me a while to catch up writing – we have been in Leipzig for almost a week and have not really been still for long. Between looking for bikes and playgrounds, visiting friends, and getting used to having to walk everywhere we have been rather tired. However, the memory of our time in Port Elizabeth is still fresh. G and … Continue reading I love Port Elizabeth
There is a really big tree in the Tsitsikamma forest about two hours from Port Elizabeth. I remember stopping there on the way back from one of our caravanning holidays with my family. All six of us held hands and we could only just make it around the tree. For years I have wanted to go back and see if this tree is really as … Continue reading The Big Tree and a Suspension Bridge