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Homehome

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                                                   Enjoying the great outdoors

So I’ve been homehome since last Friday and it’s been rather nice just chilling at home having my holidays and waiting for work to start next week. The weather in Helsinki has been rather rainy so far sadly enough. We’ve been with Afri to the stable and beach on the weekend and this Thursday we are taking part in a Matchshow with a friend just for fun 🙂 I am not big into seriously showing dogs, but I think they are a nice change every once in a while and we both find them fun. Afri also gets to meet lots of new dogs, which she greatly enjoys! Next month there would be bigger proper show taking place in Åland, where we also might take part if transportation and housing works out.

I really don’t like the current header so in the upcoming days I will most likely do something about it and change it into something nicer!

Travel Madness

It seems that whenever I return from Finland to Germany, my internet decides to call it quits… This happened once again last month, when I was returning to Germany; my internet was out of order for 2 weeks!  Then I had a 10 day trip to Northern Italy, returned briefly to Germany for 2ish days and last Friday flew back to Finland for my summer holidays and dear Afri 🙂 

She’s been having a wonderful time being here, as my Mom has been spoiling her a bit!

 

As I had previously mentioned, this post would be about our return trip to Finland, which kind of was a disaster!

*Pre-warning to those travelling with the CNL (City Night Line)-train of the Deutsche Bahn: pet owners are required to reserve and buy their own compartment in the night trains! These can be anything from 50 e up to over 129 e (the latter happened in our case…), so it is a good idea to reserve it on time to avoid unexpected surprises.*

 

As you may have probably guessed from the above statement, we ended up paying a rather large extra sum for our train… And this train was also in the end 2 h late, almost jeopardizing our ferry. Recently there has been a lot of problems with the trains of the DB; they are either veryvery late or then just get cancelled. I am not entirely sure why the situation is such, but I encourage anyone travelling with or without pets in Germany to really keep an eye on them. 

We did get a replacement train from Copenhagen to Stockholm, but because the first one was so late, we did not make our shuttle bus for the ferry and instead had to take a taxi to the harbor. 

 

*Quick Tip for Swedish Taxis*

One thing I have learned from travelling in Sweden is that taxi drivers can pretty much decide ANY price on their services! (Once upon a time I ended up paying 60ish e for a 10 minute taxi ride. For approximately the same amount of time, I now paid a little over 10 e) And these prices can be extremely high, higher than the typical Scandinavian taxi prices (which are already quite high to begin with). So always check the starting price and ask for an estimation to your next destination to avoid getting ripped off. The Tourist infos are always great places to ask for advice on reliable companies, they usually know their stuff. 

Our ferry was once more Viking Line, as it is very reliable and in my opinion the most pet friendly out of the other ferries travelling the Baltic Sea. Once again, we were not dissapointed!

 

Africa was showered with attention and she was loving it 🙂 We were actually rather surprised by the amount of Hovvy people on the ferry! It’s funny how in Germany (which is the Hovawart’s land of origin) Afri is constantly mistaken for another breed, but in Scandinavia people tend to recognize the Hovawart. Great to see that 🙂

Another thing I learned on this trip was to ALWAYS reserve a cabin for overnight trips. I thought since it’s *only* a 10 h ferry ride, we’d be fine without one, because we were going to be in Turku very early in the morning.

Big mistake! Thankfully I had Afri guarding my stuff, but it was veryvery uncomfortable being on the floor. Needless to say, never again!

From Turku we took a train to Helsinki, which was comfortable. We were both very tired as we arrived home, however my journey wasn’t entirely over as I had to fly back to Germany the very next day 😀

 

 

 

Slight Change of Plans

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Trying to pose by one of the fountains by the castle gardens

I have been struggling for some time to find the perfect time to travel with Afri back to Finland for the holidays. Originally, we were supposed to leave at the very end of this month to go back. However, due to a Uni excursion to Italy, which will take 10 days at the end of this month, I had to have a slight change of plans and travel home earlier with Afri and then travel back here myself.

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At the Heidelberg Castle 

As many of you may know, ticket prices for trains and such often do not make any sense; one day you pay 40 e and the next day for that exact same trip, you may pay 140 e. 

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In the Altstadt with a view of the Heidelberg Castle

 

The only time I got to fit into our schedule was leaving tomorrow! Crazy,huh? These tickets were reserved 2 days ago… I am a bit sad that I have to do this already now, I was hoping to do it later so we could have more summer time in Germany together. But because of this, Afri will get to enjoy the Finnish summer one month in advance.

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We’ll be taking almost the exact same route as before meaning we’ll first go to Copenhagen via the DB,then Stockholm via SJ and finally Turku via Viking Line. We’ll be arriving in Finland on Thursday morning and then I will be flying right back to Germany the very next day. Talk about a busy week! 

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Woof!

Afri will be staying with my family until I fly back at the beginning of August. It’ll be great visiting home, even if it’s just for that one day, but I will miss not having her around for a month. 

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Ruins of one of the castle towers

In August I have a few lake and sea trips planned for us! I think Afri has been missing those as well 🙂 I certainly have! 

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Beautiful Heidelberg

Still need to clean the apartment and ofcourse pack! Thankfully our train leaves in the evening, so I can go to class in the morning, a long walk with Afri and the gym. I decided I wont be taking my big suitcase with me, because I would have to wait for ages at the airport.  

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Entrance to the ghrotto where we managed to see some bats!

This time I will actually write a proper description of our trip back and attempt to take pictures! Even though Afri wont be with me for most of this month, this blog wont be dead for that time 🙂

Heatwave alert!

This spring didn’t start out too great in Germany. In April there was still snow in some parts and temperatures tended to stay low. When we arrived here, it was rather warm but allergy season had just began and yours truly was sneezing her brains out…Temperatures started dropping again and then came the nonstop rain… Everyone was moaning and wondering about whether or not summer would come.

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And then it finally did and this week, it really has. Temperatures have been around +35 C which is definitely something that neither me nor Afri are very used to. Afri has a dark and rather thick coat, so I have especially been worried how she would cope in the heat.Timing the walks helps a lot. We’ve done shorter walks in the morning/afternoon and then done our proper long one around 9 PM, because the sun has usually slightly gone down and the asphalt isn’t burning hot.

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Yesterday we took a short walk with a friend to a nearby park. Poor Afri started limping on our way there. She was whining and wouldn’t let me touch her feet, which naturally made me really worried.Thankfully, we found the cause soon enough; the asphalt was so hot that poor Afri’s paws were burning! There was a small fountain in our way and Afri wen in to cool off slightly. She doesn’t swim, but she does like splashing around 🙂

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So remember to take good care of your pooches during the hot days! Drinking water is especially important. Afri is the type who does not really drink, unless she is reminded to do so. I’ve also been adding extra water into her food, just so she can get some extra liquids. Today we are later going to go down to the Neckar for Afri to splash around a bit. The weather is ubernice despite the hotness!

Being Underwater

 

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Ok, so a lot of people have probably been reading about the recent floods happening around Europe. Germany, Hungary and Austria are just a few among those countries. Heidelberg also received its fair share of water thanks to the river Neckar, but nothing too dramatic. 

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Wait, where did this tree come from?

When I first heard about it and saw some of the pictures people had taken, I thought they must be mixing it up. How could the Neckar be overflowing? Image

 

So then we went with Afri to check it out and ok, then I did believe it!

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View of the Old Bridge

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On the bridge wondering where all that water came from 

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Crazy huh? Thankfully it was nowhere near as bad as in for example Austria, where the water had gotten all the way up to the Autobahn! Africa very much enjoyed it though. It was a rather hot day and the water is nice and cool to splash around in 🙂