Garth’s casual Boathouse

This summer we rented a beach house in Cohasset (close to Boston) for two weeks. While we loved the place itself instantly the house was something different. The website clearly indicated that we can’t expect “fancy”, we were rather surprised to find “unsanitary”, “dangerous” and “completely worn down” and this at a price of around $ 3500.- per week.

After complaining to Garth (the owner) only resulted in messages that basically said that our expectations were wrong and some other lousy excuses, we decided to start collecting bits and pieces in a blog for our fun and future reference for potential renters:

Couchsurfers from Lyon

After a quite long break we finally had again the pleasure of hosting couchsurfers. Kathrin, Ingolf and their little boy Maximilian are a very sweet family. It was so cute to look at our little sons (who are the same age) crawling through our apartment together. Maximilian is just adorable and his parents are great guests. We talked a lot about parenting and even more about sleep deprivation 🙂

Waring Blender

The newest addition to our kitchen appliance collection is the heavy duty version of the Commercial Waring Blender directly imported from the US. We’re looking forward to the experiments in the weeks to come (Motto: “Will it blend?”).

Family Reunion

The final highlight of our holidays was a trip to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to join the family reunion of Susanna’s family (maternal side). There were aprox. 40 people taking part at this event which took place in a very nice park. We enjoyed a lot getting to know the relatives and hanging out at this lovely place.  Our fabulous hosts, Ginger, Ernie and family really made sure that we felt at home and spoiled us with preparing the richest brunch. Thank you so so much guys!
Kilian had a great time there playing with their dog who even shared his food with him 🙂

Empire State Building

As a special treat to Keagan we let him choose between a helicopter flight over Manhattan or the evalator ride to the top of the Empire State Building. He choose the lather and so I went with him and  he did not only enjoy the view very much but was also completely in love with the colorful and shiny art deco interior of the building.


Running in Central Park

I was lucky and got a day off while Susanna went with the kids to Bronx Zoo. After sleeping till lunch I took the underground to Central Park and took the long run of 10km around the whole park. I was quite a bit surprised of how hilly the track was and it was quite hot but in the end I did it and Esther will sure confirm that I have drawn a nice pattern on the map 🙂

Just click on the picture above to see some photos and the stats of the run.

The High Line

Several blogs and friends were raving that the High Line was one of the must see things at the moment in New York. The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Now this converted into amile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen.

It really is the biggest high light of our stay in NYC and a must see for everybody who comes to the city. Take a look at the amazing pictures I took by clicking on the picture above.