Due to all kind of busy madness I totally missed my fourth Blogaversary in August! I can’t believe that I have been blogging now already for so many years. Back in 2013 I had this first blog post (which was also very useless) after my in-laws had just left us after staying with us for a few weeks due to our wedding in Finland. In 2015 I wrote about my second Blogaversary, seems I kind of do this post every two years.
Now four years later we are certainly still married (going strong!) and have two wonderful children. Sure I had less blog posts this year than usual but that was due to being much more busy with our business and taking care of a second child. I do hope I will have more time from now on again for this little blog, especially as my parents are back from their four-month holiday in Finland and can help us during daytime with the kids.
Right now I will be back for my weekly blog posts and for the next weeks I even have some mid-week guest posts coming up. I still have the hope of doing more with my tiny useless Youtube channel as my wife and I have some interesting things in mind for Nathan, but that is just some idea right now. So as you can see I do not have any big goals for this blog right now, I just want to go on and use it as a therapy. Thanks to MIL being annoying the whole summer I have a couple of articles already prepared regarding her. I do believe my blog developed a lot over the years but then again that is just my opinion 🙂
Thank you all for reading the everyday stories of my life and I hope that they entertain you even though the happenings are sometimes a real pain with my dear Chinese mother-in-law.
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The town Quedlinburg is something very different from the normal places we have visited thus far. You might remember how fascinated I was by the historic Old Town of Prague but Quedlinburg is on another level. Not that this city is bigger than Prague or more Grand (rather the opposite with only 24.000 inhabitants) but Quedlinburg has its own charm which makes it appear like a town from a fairytale. In 1994 the castle, church and old town were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In the beginning of the 90’s I was once in Quedlinburg with my family. I do not remember too much except that I was amazed by all the old buildings and also sad that so many were falling apart. You see after WWII Quedlinburg (nearly nothing was damaged during the war) belonged to East Germany and there were little to no efforts to restore the old buildings. There were even plans to destroy the entire old town and build there the wonderful East German apartment blocks instead. Thankfully there was not enough money so barely anything was torn down during those decades.
After the Reunification the city was slowly restored and by now there are barely any buildings left in poor condition. The city has over 1300 half-timbered houses with the oldest was being built around 1300 A.D. and towering over it all is the Burgberg (Castle Mountain). On the Burgberg you can find the Abbesses’ Palace and the St. Servatius church. The construction of the church started back in 1070 and was finished in 1129. It is said that Henry the Fowler was offered the German Crown in Quedlingburg in 919 and he is also buried there. His widow Matilda founded the Quedlinburg Abbey and the city was basically ruled by women after that for 800 years till the French invasion under Napoleon who also disbanded the abbey.
We stayed in a holiday apartment right in the Old Town. Of course that building was also one of the many historical buildings in the town. Walking around the town gives you a very strange feeling as everything around you is from another time. Wherever you look you see historical buildings and I really had to hold back with my camera there. We had bad luck on our visit as it was raining but it didn’t stop us going around the entire day to discover as much as possible. Nathan was so amazed, especially by the Burgberg as it really looks like a medieval castle. For lunch we went to the Münzenberger Klause, a wonderful traditional German restaurant which just fits perfectly the historical surroundings. Sadly we had no chance to try the famous Quedlinburger Cheesecake as we had lunch a bit too late and by the time we had some room in our stomachs all the bakeries were closed already.
Besides the bad weather during our stay we had also the (bad) luck of having the guild festival starting on our visit. Usually I have nothing against some events like that but too many places were just covered by music stages and food stalls. Interesting is that there are barely any tourists from outside Europe. Somehow Quedlinburg is still something like a hidden gem and despite the guild fest it was nowhere crowded unlike Prague. I must say that we planned way too less time in Quedlinburg by staying there only one night and leaving early morning to our next destination. At least two or three nights are really needed to see as much as possible in the city and of course in the surroundings. Perhaps next year we might go there again as two dear friends are getting married next summer in Weimar which is not “that far” from Quedlinburg and more or less even on the way.
Do you know some “hidden gems” when it comes to places to visit?
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I am a bit late with this post but the past weeks have been crazy. On the 18th of May our baby girl was born. At 07:30 am she decided that it was time to stop harassing her mother and see for herself how the world is like. With 3640 grams ~8lbs and 52cm ~20.5 in she is not the smallest baby around and has actually the same size as her brother #Nathancuty when he was born.
The birth went without complications and the baby girl and her mother could spend time together right from the beginning. After two nights in the hospital they were allowed to leave and mommy recovered well thus far. When the girl was born it was a rather busy time at the hospital as five other women had given birth just the previous day. Due to this we did not get a family room for the first night but luckily got one for the second night so I could stay with both exhausted ones in the hospital. Funny enough my wife’s friend had her baby boy just seven hours prior in the same hospital! (my wife was overdue and her friend had her baby few days earlier than “calculated”).
Nathan spent those two night with his grandparents without too much trouble for them. Only at night he got upset without his parents around and wanted his grandparents to get us. So far he is very happy to have his baby sister around and kisses her all the time when he gets the chance. He is actually kind of overdoing it as he wants to spend each moment with his sister and is very excited when she is awake. He is very very good in waking her up! By now he also realized that he is not the only important person around anymore and he tries to have as much time as possible with his mother.
After our Nathan got his fair share of names with Nathan Yiran Antti (first name easy to pronounce in English/German, then the second one in Chinese and then the third name in Finnish) we decided to bless our baby girl with the a similar naming arrangement. So now we have Nathalie Yishi Amalia here as our bundly of joy. The Finnish names of our children even got a little meaning as Antti was the name of my mother’s uncle and Amalia was the name of my mother’s grandmother.
I would love to write more but a certain Demon of Destruction is blessing us currently with her presence for the next three months and I need to make sure that not too much is destroyed in the end.
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