Berlin: Post Jet-lag Impressions

So we are still here chillin’ in Berlin – though I must say it has warmed up considerably since our last post – I think the mercury reading soared to lofty heights of 1 today.  I find myself much more interested in the 7 day forecast, constantly scanning my weather app for promises of sun.

A few things have changed in recent weeks, we are over jet-lag, the bikes came out of the boxes (justifying this sites url), and we are beginning to see what all the Berlin hype is about.

We have also had a stampede of visitors! Thanks to Stephen and Jess, Ben and Chloe, Cayci and Shayna and Jonny and Helen for dropping by and making our time here more memorable!!!

Sipping pomegranate at the turkish markets  - she drunk about 3 euros worth!

Sipping pomegranate juice at the turkish markets – she drunk about 3 euros worth!

She always wanted to be an owl!

She always wanted to be an owl!

Crocodile see-saw reminiscent of the 'Enormous Crocodile.'  Amaya loved having Stephen and Jess stay. She even suggested that Jess was also her mama!

Crocodile see-saw reminiscent of the ‘Enormous Crocodile.’ Amaya loved having Stephen and Jess stay. She even suggested that Jess was also her mama!

Amaya checking out the Ishtar Gates built by Nebuchadnezzar king of Ancient Babylon.

Amaya checking out the Ishtar Gates built by Nebuchadnezzar king of Ancient Babylon.

She conveniently loves pretzels!

She conveniently loves pretzels!

Cayci and Shayna (Mic's ex-students) happened to be in Berlin and dropped in for dinner.

Cayci and Shayna (Mic’s ex-students) happened to be in Berlin and dropped in for dinner.

Waltzing through the zoo - more on that in a later post.

Waltzing through the zoo – more on that in a later post.

I think this speaks for itself :)

I think this speaks for itself

Stomping in new snow in one of Amaya's favourite playgrounds - right next door to the fluffy duck cafe.

Stomping in new snow in one of Amaya’s favourite playgrounds – right next door to the fluffy duck cafe.

And here is the fluffy duck.

And here is the fluffy duck.

Jonny, Amaya and I went to a huge model train geeky display.  The coolest thing about it in Amaya's opinion (and in mine) was this mini chocolate factory.  The chocolate was made in front of you.  Amaya just had to put her hand into the red hole and wait for the chocolaty goodness to drop into her hand!!!

Jonny, Amaya and I went to a huge model train geeky display. The coolest thing about it in Amaya’s opinion (and in mine) was this mini chocolate factory. The chocolate was made in front of you. Amaya just had to put her hand into the red hole and wait for the chocolaty goodness to drop into her hand!!!

Yum!

Yum!

Fun with Helen (whom Amaya has renamed 'Honey') and Jonny.

Fun with Helen (whom Amaya has renamed ‘Honey’) and Jonny.

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Baby on a Bike Beginnings:

She’s not strictly a baby anymore, nor is she on a bike… but the alliteration had a nice ring to it. So, regardless of technicalities our Baby on a Bike blog is about bike touring with our toddler sized midget who travels in her ‘magic buggy.’

We have big dreams and high hopes.

Next year our plan is a 4-6 month tour from Madrid to Berlin, probably covering between 4000-6000km. Currently our plan is almost as vague as that. Really we need to pull out a map of Europe and etch out a route.

Having completed a number of serious tours prior to having Amaya, we are intimately aware of the many challenges of completing a tour of this magnitude.  However we have no concept of how it is going to pan out with a kid!!!  For this reason we have decided to record our journey on this blog. Enjoy!