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Written by Paige

As we shared in our previous post, 2021 has been a difficult year for us as pet owners. But we’ve been trying to stay positive and keep moving forward. When Tessa’s cancer pain treatment took us to Hessen (southwest Germany), we figured out a rental car, found a 3-week pet-friendly apartment, and restructured our work schedule around her appointments. On the weekend our plan was to explore the area and make some lemonade from these lemons.

Saturday — Marburg

Tessa’s first radiation treatment didn’t impact her energy level. …


Written by Justin

Apologies in advance — this post is a downer. This update discusses the death of our cat and a cancer diagnosis for our dog. And it is LONG. We won’t be offended if you immediately click the back button and not read this post.

Over the last few months, we have experienced the joys of having pets and feeling helpless to support them when they are in pain.

To be candid, I’m not entirely sure why I’m writing this. On some level, I thought it might be helpful for other friends/loved ones who may be challenged with…


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For the past few years, I’ve looked through the previous year’s photos during the first week of January and selected a favorite from each month. I put off this activity until now because I didn’t have the concentration or energy for introspection of 2020. It ended up being more enjoyable than I thought it would be, while also reminding me how much we look forward to seeing family and friends when we all have vaccines.

Below are my favorite photos from each month.

January
I took this photo on a bright and cold weekend day after visiting the…


I wrote most of the update below on Wednesday, until I was distracted with the news of an attempted coup in Washington D.C. We stayed up late that night watching the news. It made us angry and frustrated. Sadly, we were not surprised.

But now, as we anxiously wait for the next 1.5 weeks, we wanted to share some happy news from Berlin.

It snowed last Sunday! According to a cursory internet search, this is the first “real” snow in Berlin since 2017. …


Written by Paige

The last few weeks have brought a crispness to the air as Berlin transitions into autumn/winter. We thought this would be an ideal time to reflect on our summer and how we spent our weekends. With the sun shining (almost always) but the threat of COVID-19 always looming, we spent our summer weekends exploring the natural wonder around Berlin.

One of the many things that we (and Tessa especially) love about Berlin is the access to green spaces. We’re not 100% sure if the creation of parks came because so much of the city was destroyed during…


Our Saturday had a little mix of everything.

We started Mitte with Tessa and stopped by a bakery that was on our list to try. We ordered coffee, an original berliner (jelly-filled doughnut), and another delicious treat before heading into Tiergarten.


Justin has dreams of kayaking through the fjords of Scandinavia, in the wildlife preserves of Germany, and along the Adriatic Coast of Croatia. But before we make plans or jet off to the waterways, we figured it would be a good idea to practice our rowing skills.

Kayaking seems like a great way for us to explore, and to see new places from new perspectives. And with COVID-19 causing us to be more cautious, time on a boat is a way to ensure our safety away from crowds.

So as we make plans for traveling this fall (if COVID numbers…


Hope everyone is healthy and staying as mentally sound as they can. We wanted to share a quick snapshot of our weekend.

We spent Justin’s birthday walking around Berlin and eating food. It was pretty on-brand for us, even if it wasn’t during COVID-19 times. Quick plug — Justin is organizing a birthday fundraiser for one of the nonprofits he works with, Adolescent Health Working Group. If you’re in a position to give, we greatly appreciate it.

We started the day by walking to a bakery about 20 minutes from our flat. It is a family-owned bakery that has been…


We’ve been adhering to social distancing and shelter-in-place for over 50 days now. This is a snapshot of what our experience has been like and how we’re processing.

FYI, Justin wrote this post.

A General Overview of Day-to-Day Life

Things in Berlin have been relatively calm compared to other major cities in Europe and around the world. On Wednesday, the German government made an announcement that the first phase of the pandemic was behind us. Slowly, small businesses are beginning to open with limits on the number of customers and the requirement that everyone must wear a mask. Playgrounds have opened back up this week. …


Way out in West Berlin, there is something a bit unusual. A hill! In a very flat city, Teufelsberg stands apart for its altitude, history, and art.

P&J

These are the adventures of Paige, Justin, and Tessa as we live and travel abroad.

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