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 🙂

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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!