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A Big Change

It has been a bit quiet here. No, we have not abandoned this blog or gotten bored with baking, cooking or going out. If you’re following my Instagram you might have noticed that there are lots of delicious recipes that are still waiting to be published.  But there is a major factor in our lives that has occupied our minds and our time in the last weeks: we’re going to move to Germany in the middle of June.

As you can imagine moving countries is a bit more stressful than your usual move. All the paperwork needs to be done in time. In our case Tiia needs to get a lot of her Finnish papers in English or even German, so we won’t have a problem with translating them later. Apart from that we had to sort out how to actually transport our stuff to Germany without spending thousands of Euros. We’re not taking a lot with us but we have been together for over 4 years now and I am not willing to throw everything out we have bought together.

Most of that is thankfully already sorted, although it was quite stressful to coordinate so many things. My dad will come with a rental car by ferry and transport our stuff to our new home. Tiia, me and the cats will then take the plane to Germany. I am having my fingers crossed that everything will work out.

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At the moment I am kind of sad to leave this country, especially since spring is in proper bloom now! It is getting warmer, the trees are getting their leaves and the blueberry and lingonberry bushes are blooming. Okay, I still have to wear a scarf but not a thick one! The days are getting longer and longer until they reach their peak on Midsummer which is next month.

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I will definitely miss the Finnish summer and living at the sea side. Blueberry picking in the forest, although I guess I can live without those horrible mosquitoes which I am slightly allergic to.

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And of course I will miss Tiia’s family a lot. Her parents now live only 5 kilometers from us and I love visiting them.

I am scared and nervous about moving to Germany. What if I won’t like it anymore? What if I won’t like it in my old hometown? Will Tiia like it and how will it be for her with a new language?

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I am sure everything will find its way but sometimes it is a bit more scary than exciting.

Stef

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Long Time No See, Lüneburg

In the last two years, it seems all our vacations have always taken us to Lüneburg in Lower Saxony, Germany.  Both of us have history in that town, but Stef – who is from there – more than I.

I moved from Finland to her place in Germany in 2011, and stayed there for eight months. Even though I didn’t live there for that long,  Lüneburg is still a home to both of us. I hope we’ll be able to move back there soon.

Am Sande, Lüneburg

Michaeliskirche, Lüneburg

Lüneburg is a town of history in many ways. Coming from Finland – a country with just a handful of well preserved medieval buildings  – I was amazed to live in a city where houses made in the 19th century felt new to me.

Obere Ohlingestr. Lüneburg

Lüneburg has been built on a salt dome and therefore it was quite the wealthy city, and it shows. It was also lucky to not have been bombed in the WWII, so its original charm remains.

Auf dem Meere, Lüneburg

December wasn’t really the prettiest time to visit, especially since it was mostly rainy and grey during our few days of stay. I know I sound a bit fanatic, but I loved it anyway. It was really nice to see friends, walk the beautiful streets and visit my favourite cafés.

Schröderstr. Lüneburg

Not everything was as it has always been though: sadly enough the beautiful Von Lösecke house on Stintmarkt had a gas explosion before Christmas and burnt down completely. Apparently it was not even an accident, and the police are trying to find the arsonist. Thankfully no-one died in the fire, but the people who lived there lost everything. My favourite Irish pub Old Dubliner and a lovely Italian restaurant La Trattoria were also located in the building, so those are gone. I hope the owners will find new locations in Lüneburg.

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Before…
And after
And after

How someone can do something like this is just beyond me. The building will be preserved to how it had looked like in the 16th century, but I imagine it will take a long while.

Am Stintmarkt, Lüneburg

Alter Kran, Lüneburg
The weight of the Alter Kran

Alter Kran, Lüneburg

Without the awful looking burnt building, Am Stintmarkt with its river Ilmenau is one of my favourite places in Lüneburg.

Saltstr. Lüneburg

The building on the right was also new, and I’m amazed how well it fits with its surroundings at the river! Apparently the old house there was in a really bad condition and it was taken down. Now the new house has apartments for rent, but they are so expensive… I would just love to live in there.

Rathaus door, Lüneburg
One of the doors of the Rathaus with the Lüneburg coat of arms
Rathaus painting, Lüneburg
A painting on the outside lower court of the Rathaus

You pretty much can’t walk in Lüneburg without seeing the more than slightly wonky St. Johanniskirche behind some building!

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No vacation without some drama, or in this case, a lot of it. First my suitcase was delayed for three days, which was half of our vacation, and then both Stef and I got food poisoning and were utterly sick for a day. With all of this and the almost constant rain I’m quite surprised I enjoyed being in Germany as much as I did.

Papenstr. Lüneburg
This little street would be a perfect location for an apartment…

Papenstr. Lüneburg

I miss the silly town already!

Tiia

December flowers, Lüneburg