What is Visa-Vis?
Vis-à-vis is French and literally means "face-to-face". The term was first used in English to refer to horse-drawn carriages where two people sat facing one another. Today the term is used to compare or contrast things that are face-to face. We can think of no greater way to describe the travel adventures of two people who see, hear and experience each location differently. While things may appear to be the same, our approach and interpretation, generally is not.
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The Faroe Islands: the love child of Norway and Scotland, but raised by Iceland. We sure do love our cold islands.
We fly into Tallinn from the Faroe Islands on Jill’s birthday, and then we leave 5 days later on mine. We don’t normally spend such short “layover” amounts of time in a place, and our plans for this region have changed dramatically over the months leading up.
At first we were going to drive from Tallinn to our sit in Austria, but found a house sit in Nuremberg that cut our time shorter. So we decided to have a birthday sampler to give us a taste. It’s always nice to leave something on the plate to come back to later, right?
We frequently talk about how we’ve always wanted to go to a place, and after a while we start to really wonder how true that might be. But in the case of Riga and any other small country in the Baltics, this statement holds true.
It’ll be my birthday (yeah!) when we get into town, so a nice dinner will be in order.
It may not be fair to say that we’ve been avoiding Germany, but to all outward appearances, that seems to be the case. In all our travels in Europe, we’ve spent 1 night in Germany on our honeymoon in 1999. Yes, that’s how old we are, and yes we’ve been married a LONG time.
But we couldn’t pass up the two really cute kittens in a region of Germany that has always been on my list: Bavaria!
Oh, and we have an old friend who lives very near and even though we will see her in the Faroe Islands, it’ll be great to see her again on her home turf.
What’s that you say, you didn’t know Neustift bei Güssing is a real place? Well, truth be told we didn’t either until we saw this amazing house sit opportunity pop up. The homeowner had such amazing responses from people that she decided to extend her holidays and invited us to care for her dog and two cats while she’s away. We are so excited to be able to explore this part of Austria and even more excited to be doing so in the autumn.
It’s hard to turn down the call of the perfect house sit. Baba (the king of cats) has it all.
A great house in a great location with friends nearby. Add to this the patina of a 3rd time sitting here and you’ve got the makings of a house sit worth building an itinerary around.
I’ve gotten a bug in my ass about a few things lately, one of which is traveling slower and one is visiting friends. So it comes as no surprise that I decided that I had to come back to the US and that some house sits were quickly to follow.
Of course we are going to LA to visit Baba, the king of cats and from there we found a nice long non touristy time to visit Cape Cod.
It’s going to be a nice little break in a large house with a small dog within walking distance of a private beach. And it won’t be Minnesota cold, so we should be fine.