• Cats

    Cats in the Park

    Let’s start from the beginning: A friend of Nathalie’s from Aikido also has two cats. To give them some variety and prevent them from always being indoors (since they are strictly indoor cats), he occasionally takes them to the park. We were eager to see this, so one day we decided to join him and his cats at the park. While one cat comfortably settled in the grass, the other didn’t want to leave its carrier at all. We were curious to see how our cats would behave in the park. Yuri would probably be quite adventurous (even as a little kitten, he was very curious), but Iva could be…

  • Trips

    The Napoleon Trail near Jena

    The Napoleonpfad is an approximately 8km circular hiking trail near Jena that Nathalie, René, Dominik, and I hiked recently. But first, how did we come to choose this particular trail to hike? We had already been hiking twice in Jena. Once on the Jenzig-Hufeisen-Kunitz trail and once on a trail near René’s place. During the second hike, we noticed that we intersected with another hiking trail, and even more exciting, René mentioned that he had developed an app for that particular trail at his company! Of course, for Nathalie, that was reason enough (as if she needed any reason in general to go hiking) to explore this trail and try…

  • General

    Trails to Azure: New chest messages and more

    After playing more through the Trails series, I would like to write a second blog post featuring the remaining amusing chest messages I have come across. I won’t go into detail again about what the series is about, as I already covered that extensively in my previous post. Since the last post, I played “Trails from Zero” on the Nintendo Switch, followed by “Trails in the Sky the 3rd” on Steam, and then the new “Trails to Azure” on the Nintendo Switch. As the latter is the sequel to Zero, I will start with it in this post, building upon some of the chest messages mentioned in the previous post.…

  • General

    My Internet History: Southern Cross & Northern Lights!

    In this short blog post, I would like to briefly share my past experiences with the internet and highlight a little gem that has had a significant impact on me and which I recently rediscovered. How I discovered the internet… Although I’ve always been a gamer, whether it was with GameBoy, N64, PlayStation, or many other consoles, my PC gaming journey started relatively late. I got my first personal computer in the early 2000s. Before that, I only occasionally played games on my father’s old computer, such as Worms Armageddon or Silver. On my own PC later, I added games like Blade Runner or Gothic, but I still remained a…

  • General

    Alligatoah concert in Leipzig and album “Rotz und Wasser”

    Lately, we’ve been listening to a musician quite frequently: Alligatoah. Those who have read our blog post about the Camino de Santiago might already be aware of this. During our hike, we spent a significant amount of our walking time listening to Alligatoah’s old albums. Additionally, we also listened to his new album, “Rotz und Wasser.” Well, not entirely accurate, as the album was officially released digitally a month later, but we had already listened to all the singles by then. After thoroughly enjoying Alligatoah’s new album and watching his live performance at Rock am Ring 2022 on YouTube, we knew that we had to attend one of his concerts.…

  • Travel

    Tromsø New Year’s Eve 2022/2023

    After our camping road trip to Nordkapp in 2021, it was clear to us that we wanted to visit Tromsø again. You could see the city as the Weimar of Norway, because it also has a lot of culture and is a small university town. In the summer it was already quite beautiful and you could do a lot, but many people advised us to come back in the winter. That’s when the city is at its most beautiful and with guaranteed snow and darkness, many activities are possible, such as dog sledding or seeing the Northern Lights. It was simply too short notice for Christmas and New Year’s 2021/2022.…

  • Food

    The Butter Cookie Chronicles

    When you read the title of this post, you will probably first think: “Huh!?” – but I’ll start at the beginning… it was the beginning of January when we wanted to buy a new fridge. We were missing some tools to rearrange the old fridge, which is why Nathalie went to Christopher to get some castors to move the furniture. Whatever the reason, she not only came back with the transport aids, but also with a storage box with a butter cookie lid. Christopher had given us the box and said it was a designer piece, which he had also received as a gift and no longer needs. The inside…

  • Reviews

    Advent Calendar Review: Electronic Retro Games

    Ah yes, Advent is just around the corner again and why not do an Advent calendar review? What, before the actual advent? Yes, because I’ve had this calendar lying around here for over 2 years and only now got around to “playing” it to the end. But first the history… As you know, I’m a gamer, I’ve played hundreds of games (mostly RPGs) and occasionally come into contact with retro games from the NES and SNES era. I’ve also sometimes been tempted to buy one of the mini consoles that Nintendo, Sega and other game console manufacturers have been offering in recent years. A few years ago I came across…

  • General

    Trails from Zero: Chest Messages and more

    I’m a fan of many RPG series and the “The Legend of Heroes” series (also known as the Trails series because all games start with “Trails” in the title) is something special for me. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that, in addition to extremely good storytelling, the games contain many interesting dialogues and have an immense scope. Furthermore, a coherent story is told here on a continent (Zemuria) and each arc (sub-series) takes place in a different country of this continent (comparable to the Elders Scrolls series). So far this has resulted in… There have also been other RPG series like Shadow Hearts or Star…

  • Travel

    Madrid (2022)

    Arrival and finally paella Madrid was our “relaxation vacation” after the two-week “active vacation” in the form of the pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago from Porto in Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. We actually wanted to take the train from Santiago in northwestern Spain to Madrid, but unfortunately, there were no more seats available and the tickets were also very expensive. So we opted for the much cheaper tickets with the coach, which also took us around 9 hours, which means almost the whole day. The ride started at 6:00 a.m. in the morning. At 9:00 a.m. there was a short break for breakfast and around 3:00…