That Thing Called Spring

Last weekend we were supposed to do a bit of small travelling around to the nearby cities of Mannheim and Schwetzingen. Unfortunately, the weather decided to be not on our side and walking in the rain was neither mine nor Africa’s idea of fun. 


                                                Whose foot could that be?

Also this thing called late spring has also kept us from enjoying everything to the fullest as unfortunately, yours truly has a case of rather horrible spring allergies. I’m not exactly sure what exactly I’m allergic to. General hayfever I guess, as it always comes at this time of the year. Last year I managed to avoid it, as allergy season in Germany is at a different time than in Finland. This year, spring decided to be late here as well, so guess who must suffer?

This weekend we may be going to Ludwigsburg for a bit of daytripping to see the castle  and general wandering about. It all depends on the weather and whether or not we’ll be having a doggy visitor for the weekend. If we’re having a visitor, then we’ll be doing a bit Heidelberg touring. 

Afri has settled in great! We were also told of a so-called “dog field” by the Neckar-river where we’ve been going lately to see if there’d be new doggy friends for Afri 🙂 The great thing about it, is the fact that it’s the one place on the Neckar field where dogs are allowed to be kept offleash without having to worry about getting fined. Afri has loved it so far!



Alive! And Kicking


Just arrived in the harbor of Stockholm, Sweden and waiting for the bus

Sorry for the extreme lack of updates as of recent. Our trip to Germany was rather exhausting and then as an added bonus, my internet decided to stop working. Thankfully that’s all good now!

First of all WE MADE IT! The trip was long and frustrating at times (things did not go entirely according to plan… More on that later), but in the end, we managed 🙂 I am so extremely grateful for having travelled with Afri so much 2 years earlier; despite this trip being about 30 h longer than our old ones (Helsinki-Tartu), she managed it so well! 



                          In Heidelberg enjoying the forest in the warm weather

On the ferry I managed to write a small blog entry which I saved on my computer. I wanted to publish it whilst we were on the ship, but the internet connection was rather bad and everything was taking ages to load. Thus I thought it’d be better that I’d post it here later (as in now).

Africa has settled in great, she seems to have been a little surprised by the warm weather (Helsinki -5 C, Heidelberg +22 C). Her tummy’s been good and she’s been coming with me almost everywhere.


The great thing about keeping a dog in Germany, is the fact that you can pretty much take them anywhere. I went for lunch with a friend on the weekend and Afri accompanied us. About 10 minutes away from our place is a mountain (the Germans always laugh when I call the “hills” of Heidelberg mountains, as they are apparently so “small”.) which has really nice paths to the forest plus Afri has the chance to be off leash.

Soon we’ll be making our way towards the center for a nice evening ice cream and walk. Toodles!



Be Sure to Always Check Your Tickets

Yesterday I booked our ferry tickets to Stockholm. We will be arriving in Heidelberg a little earlier as I had made a bit of a mistake with the date on the train ticket… Nothing dramatic, I had just booked it 1 day earlier than planned. So now I booked the ship also a day earlier.  

Thankfully I checked, it would’ve been oh so uncool to arrive on Thursday morning in Stockholm, realize our train isn’t there and then discover that it left the day before… So, always remember to check ticket dates very carefully!

Today I bought Afri some stuff from the petstore; 2 leashes (I really don’t like her current one. It’s very heavy and chunky.), 3 new toys and a sort of “grooming kit”. Medium thin leather leashes are my favorite because they are very comfortable in your hand plus durable. Afri needs to desperately have her nails clipped before the trip, as at the moment she has these killer talons. 

Her stomach has calmed down again, I’m really hoping it wont start acting up again before or during the trip.