16
Dec2013
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Apologies for the long break in our travel blogging. Last we posted, we were in Maulbronn visiting an Abbey. But our main reason for this European adventure was to go to James and Meike’s wedding in Illingon, Meike’s home town. Many of James and Meike’s friends and family had shown up from all parts of the world and we spent 3 days of getting to know the new in-laws and partying. The wedding service was really lovely. It was in both […]

19
Jan2013
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Rob officially has his permanent residency visa (woohoo!) so we’re here for a couple more years at least. But getting this visa meant we could also start our non-domestic travels again. Before Christmas, we went to visit James and Meike in Munich! We were happily drowned Christmas decorations and German hospitality. I love their homemade advent calendars! We were treated to delicious German-style breakfasts with boiled eggs, hams, cheeses and fresh bread. Rob also helped Meike make some Christmas mince […]

06
Sep2011
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Our second day in Munich we decided to have a big sleep in (there may have been too many beers at the beer garden the night before) and go to the best museum in Munich – Deutsches Museum. From the train station, we got to walk past the beautiful Isar river on another stunning day. The Deutsches Museum is an enormous science and technology museum (think MOTAT but massive) which had a series of exhibits we wanted to see. The […]

28
Jun2011
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Every year since 1974 (with the exception of last year, apparently) Strawberry Fair has been on in Cambridge. It’s is a free volunteer run community music, entertainments, arts and crafts fair. In other words, a hippy-fest. For a free event just up the road, we thought we should go have a nosy. The fair is *packed* with food stalls, retail stalls, rides, activities, performances and demonstrations. There was even a stall of New Zealand products – pounamu and other taonga. […]

20
Jun2011
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Twice a year, Cambridge has a beer festival. We missed the last one in October, but made the effort to go to the next one, especially since the weather was warmer. It’s a fairly popular festival. Essentially, this festival is a large beer tent with kegs of over 200 real ales and 80 ciders and perries. They give you a booklet to try and choose some, but really, there’s no way to choose. Some of the beers we tried included: […]

30
May2011
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Absolutely everybody the Commonwealth over was talking about the royal wedding. Whether in love or disgust, you knew it was happening. Bath was no different. We decided to treat the whole occasion as a tourist attraction, and went down to the local park where they had setup some big screens to watch the festivities. I may have gotten a bit excited by the whole affair. There was a terrible amount of patriotism in the park. Flag waving abound by everyone! […]

09
Jan2011
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For New Year’s Eve, we had heard rumours of Hogmanay in Edinburgh – a street party and concerts for 1000’s of people. We’d also heard how Edinburgh is freezing that time of year and every other year Hogmanay gets cancelled. Despite these negative points, with a bunch of friends going up to brave it as well, we booked our flights and shared acommodation. The apartment was pretty sweet. We stayed with Mel, her friend Paul and Eugene. Was great to […]

10
Oct2010
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We’re still working out all the best ways to find out things that are ‘going on’ in Cambridge. We’ve signed up to a few mailing lists, picked up the free rag mags around but we’re still not in ‘the know’. We’ll work it out, I’m sure. So, I was pretty chuffed when we found out about the Cambridge Food and Garden Festival the week it was happening. We popped out in the drizzle to check it out. It’s only the […]