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Our First Week

It’s hard to believe we’ve already been here for a week! It’s been quite the whirlwind already.

Our first apartment was a very quaint, creaky, little flat in a 200-year-old building, right in the middle of the main strip in Fürth. Because it was so old, it had a lot of character. The doorways were all so short that we had to duck. There were two half baths- one had a toilet and sink and the other had a shower and a sink. The floors splintered and occasionally ripped our socks. The list goes on. So, we weren’t too bummed that we had to move after the first week.

Our second apartment is just around the corner from the first. The building is just as old, but the apartment was renovated more recently. It’s very small, but it’s got all that we need. We’ll be in this apartment until the middle of June when we will get to move into our own apartment in Nuremberg.

I’m going to be totally honest here. The first few days in Germany were tough. Really tough. When we imagined living here, our excitement for traveling Europe completely overshadowed the reality of moving internationally. Let’s be real, no one likes dealing with moving logistics, no matter how far away. No body likes being the new guy at the office and no body likes getting caught up after a two week vacation. To put it simply, ADULTING SUCKS!

Thursday, May 26th, was a holiday in Bavaria, so we finally had a little break. We went out to our first German beer festival on Wednesday night with one of Taylor’s co-workers. It was in the moat of the Nuremberg castle. (Did you catch that? A beer festive in a castle moat! How cool!) It was supposed to be a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the purity of beer law, so that made it a little extra fun.

Then we went again on Thursday with another co-worker and his girlfriend, Martin and Martina. Martin was born and raised in the area, so he was excited to show us around and point out all the historical buildings in Nuremberg. Locals are the best tour guides! (Plus, we were stoked that someone wanted to hang out with us!)

We don’t have many plans for the weekend, which is perfect for being tourists in Nuremberg. There is so much to see and so much to do and we are anxious to get started!


In 2016, our founder, Bailey Smith, finagled her way into moving abroad with her husband. In their off time, they were able to travel all around Europe. Many of Bailey's travel experiences during those two years have shaped Indie Travel Design into what it is today. Follow along with their story of negotiating jobs, applying for visas, and living in Germany.


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