Monday, 17 June 2019

Our first month in Leipzig


This post is well overdue! 

Mark started his new job in Germany back in March and I started writing this post in May. With one thing and another my blog has taken a backseat. I'm hoping to fill you in on some of the things we got up to in Leipzig between the end of March and April/May and bring the blog back up to date.


In a nutshell we're splitting our time between Leipzig - for Mark’s work and Spain - our home.

So lot’s of commuting, flying and driving to get ourselves where we need to be, but as always it's worth it.

To reach our goal for our future life for us and the fur-babies this is what we need to do. It’s extremely hard going emotionally and physically, but we know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

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So, Leipzig, Germany. 

I really feel in our short space of time we have done so much already! Don’t forget we’re back in Spain at the weekends, Mark works pretty much 24/7, so I think we’re doing well!

Here’s what been happening!

Our first week we were taken out for dinner by Marks new bosses - so best behaviour for me hehe. Only joking, they were so nice and the whole evening was relaxed and fun. 

We went to a restaurant in the center of Leipzig called Weinstock. The food was very tasty and 
considering the location I think was fairly priced. They have menus in English and the waiter spoke really good English too. Which is quite frankly a godsend, as I am completely baffled when it comes to the German language!

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I ventured into the city on my own to do a spot of shopping. Leipzig certainly has a good selection of shops. They also have a TK Maxx spread out over 3 floors and a large Primark too, again over 3 floors.

One shop I discovered and loved so many items is called Reserved. Looking on their website they have a flagship store in London, but I’ve never heard of them before! I’m sure I will be frequenting that store a few more times over the next few months!

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We went to see a band called The Gardener and the Tree. We had no idea what they would be like, but a friend got us tickets and we thought it would be fun to do something different.

Well, we had a fab night and The Gardener and the Tree is now on repeat in both our cars! 

They’re a German band, but they do sing in English. They reminded us little bit of the Kings of Leon and we’re sure they’re gonna hit the big time.

The venue we watched them in was a small place in Leipzig. At first I was a bit apprehensive as when we were waiting outside everyone was so young and basically cool trendy hipsters, probably wondering what grandma was doing there, ha!


2nd April 2019 UT  Connewitz, Leipzig

Once inside it was great. Everyone was so well behaved. Coats hung up on hooks around the edges, nobody was drunk and falling over the place. Literally people just enjoying the music and having a good time. Completely different to going to a gig in the U.K! 

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We’ve found a shopping mall called Nova Eventis and IKEA too. It’s the opposite direction from the City, but where we're staying it’s just a ten minute drive down the motorway. Very handy for quick shop after work.

Again a good bunch of shops including H&M, Zara, Lush and Hollister. The food court has all your usual outlets and a coffee shop, Coffee Fellows, which is now our go to place for a pit-stop coffee and maybe a cheeky chocolate muffin too.

Nova Eventis also has the most amazing pet shop called Megazoo. I was literally in cat heaven. They've got some absolutely amazing cat trees that I know our girls would love, also a massive selection of food and toys.



There also seems to be a couple of resident cats. Super cute and super well behaved. They hang around the store really chilled and happy. The last time we went one was sitting on the end of the cash desk just casually having a clean and the other was having a good snooze high up in one of the nests. Too cute.

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We’ve found a sushi place called Sushi & Nem which is the same idea as Yo! Sushi, in the city. It's in the Höfe am Brühl Center, which also has a bunch of shops too. Sushi & Nem have an all you can eat option which I think was around €14, absolute bargain!

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Easter Monday (22/04/19), we weren’t sure if anything would be open, but we hedged our bets and waited to see if there was a train into the city. Yes! There was, a limited service mind, but still we didn’t have to wait long at all.



The shops were shut, but to our surprise they had an Easter market in the main square. Completely different to the ‘markets’ back home. Like the German Christmas markets this was full of fun stalls selling arts and crafts, sweets, candy-floss, homemade honey, food stalls with bratwurst, currywurst and more.




The stalls were all themed too and almost felt you were in a medieval village or the set of Game of Thrones. Well, you'd have to ignore the likes of Zara in the background, but you get my drift!




After a wonder around the Easter market we sat outside one of the bars called Spizz, which surrounded the square. Under the beautiful sunshine we had a couple of beers, a currywurst and potato dippers, so delicious! followed by a café latte, all whilst watching the world go by. Perfect bank holiday Monday.





Have you ever been to Leipzig? Let me know your recommendations and if there’s anywhere I NEED to explore!

Heather xx

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2 comments:

  1. Fab to hear about the good side of your stay in Leipzig & the photos are full of wonderful colours.... love to you both, xXx

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