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More than anything else, food brings people together. It tells stories of culture and society, of family traditions and life stages. We love to create something good and life-giving in our kitchen, and then share that with others over our dining room table.

A Weekend in Berlin: Part Two

Now for the second half of our weekend in Berlin! Be sure to start with the first post if you missed it (;

Like I said before, we really enjoyed our weekend in Berlin, as short as our three days seemed to be. It was such a unique city and we didn’t experience anything else like it during our whole four months in Western Europe. I don’t think it felt like a settle-down-and-spend-years-here kind of place, but we’d return in a heartbeat to soak up just a little more of this fascinating city!


A Weekend in Berlin: Part One

A weekend in Berlin is hardly long enough to see everything, but we really enjoyed our three day visit and filled it to the brim with sightseeing. True to our travel style, we walked miles across the city, cramming in multiple museums and seeking out lots of delicious and unique foods.

Berlin is a fascinating city with a unique culture all its own. The mash up of history and modern life keeps the city vibrant and fresh. We felt like we got a good feel for both the old and new, and we could appreciate how the past several decades have shaped the Berlin of today.

Here’s a look at our first full day in the city:


Leipzig Christmas Market

Leipzig Germany Christmas Market

The 25th may have come and gone already, but I couldn’t resist posting another Christmas-related, photo-laden story. And it doesn’t get more nostalgic and seasonal than a Christmas market!

We have been posting chronologically thus far, and now at last we’re up to our time in Leipzig, Germany. We spent three wonderful weeks there housesitting/crashing at a family friend’s house. She was kind enough to let us stay and watch over the place while she was away on vacation, and we found it to be one of the nicest homes we’ve sat. And she was unbelievably hospitable– leaving a handmade, scrapbooked guide to the town on our arrival, and taking us out to the Christmas market when she returned.


Learning to Care for Chickens!

Housesitting has been a blast, and it’s also forced us to go outside our comfort zones on a few things. We had to learn to care for chickens on our second assignment this year, and although I was confident we would be able to–hence why we accepted in the first place– I was a little nervous about how it would go.

Ever since seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s famous The Birds, I’ve been wary of any sizable gatherings of feathered beasts… even poultry.

Thankfully, I’m not as nervous around birds as my sister is (did we have a bird encounter as children?) so we decided that learning to care for chickens was outweighed by a snuggly dog and a 200 year old cottage in the English countryside. #priorities


Crystal Palace Restaurant: Tamnag Thai

Tyler and I were just musing the other day that most of our previous vacations have been total foodcations. We’d follow our stomachs (or all the best online recommendations) and plan our whole trip around the top dining options. This year, we’ve been letting other attractions lead the way, but we still keep an eye out for good eats. When we were staying in south London last month, we were within walking distance from Crystal Palace, a neighborhood with plenty of delicious local spots. We checked them out on a walking tour trip to the grocery store and settled on Tamnag Thai when we felt the thai craving. We weren’t disappointed.