Balder Prince of Bad Homburg (mostly Friedrichsdorf)
Hi! We are family of 3, consisting of Brian, 41, political theorist at the Goethe University and Florida native; Miriam, 36, professional translator, from Denmark and Poland; and Balder, the Hund von Homburg, conqueror of treats, ruler of toys, shedder of fine dog hair that gets everywhere.
We live in a lovely place in Germany called Friedrichsdorf, near the Taunus mountains. We live about 5 minutes away (on foot) from the forest that connects to the mountains. Here, we practice our German skills on our unsuspecting neighbors. The genitive seems to defeat me every time, but I have high hopes of conquering the finer points of German grammar some time soon....
Our home is a nice ground floor apartment complete with a small garden, patio, and tons of books. The general atmosphere is one of calmness and tranquility, which is great if you're a lover of nature or yoga (if you forget your yoga mat, borrow one of ours). Brian works at the university in the fields of crisis and cosmopolitanism, while Miriam divides her translation work between regulars (EU translations, medical translation and marketing) and as a volunteer for Translators Without Borders. Balder, of course, specializes in naps and the sudden migration patterns of squirrels due to canine stimuli. And ball fetching. + More info
Our Home & Location
Our apartment is an Erdgeschoss apartment in a house in Friedrichsdorf, North of Frankfurt. It's nestled close to the Taunus, and our house is very close to both the mountains, forests, the Limes Germanicus and still within easy reach of Frankfurt and the neighboring town of Bad Homburg.
Our apartment is about 75 m2, divided into a large living room with two desks and a fold-out couch, a dining room (or all-purpose room, as we call it), a quiet bedroom and a quaint kitchen. And with quaint I mean small. We recently updated our abode with a brand new (and small) TV, we have tons and tons of books. Whether you want to read about health, mysteries, historical novels, the history of Ireland or Marx and Kant, we have you covered....
Our house and neighborhood is calm, green and spacious with room for thought + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Our beloved quadruped, Balder, is a 7½ year old gentleman. Like any pointer, he loves human company a lot. Unfortunately, in his later years, Balder has developed a touch of separation anxiety, and so he really needs the company of humans all the time. Not always for activities (though if you like to play, wrestle, chase, throw balls or go for walks, that's fine by him), but just for companionship.
He is a very expressive dog, and I sometimes wonder if he was a cat in a previous life. Or a very clumsy human. He is headstrong and loving, but he doesn't really like to cuddle that much.- except when he comes and asks to be cuddled....
He usually goes for a morning walk in the local forest close to the mountains, for about 35-60 minutes. Sometimes, we run into the local canine caravan consisting of all his friends, and then the walk takes about 1½ hrs. He then comes back and has breakfast, followed by a quick nap, a bit of playtime, and then another nap. At around 14:00, he goes out to the field for another bit of bird watching, squirrel chasing, peeing and all round shenanigans, only to come back, have a sip of water, a snack, and then a nap. At some point, his nap is punctuated by some play time (his favorite is when both humans try to catch the toy he runs around with in his mouth, especially when we open all the doors and run in and out of the house), followed by a nap, then dinner, and then an evening walkies to digest the impressions of the day and leave a few for the other dogs in the neighborhood.
He is 7½, coming on 8, but you wouldn't guess it by looking at him. Most people tell us not to worry, "he'll calm down when he gets older". We hope he doesn't :) + More info