Getting to Zittau: 1hr20 from Prague!

On our latest trip, my friend Paul (an IT guru from my engineering internship days) was in the front seat, no idea what conversation he had with his Nexus’s google maps and the driver’s pigeon English,  but we discovered that the trip to the train station was almost longer than driving to Zittau. Okay that’s an exaggeration, but for 200 Euro’s for the eight of us, we arrived in Zittau about the time our train was supposed to depart Prague for Dresden, a 2.5 hour trip. Makes me think hiring a car in Prague may be the way to go rather than Dresen for our next visit :-)…Also since there is way more English speaking tourists in Prague, a great selling point for our holiday rental. Awesome!!!


Home School Adventure

My original dream with this project was that we’d all be up in Oderwitz working together on the house. We’d all gain from the learning experience of DIY and from the time together. However it looked like it was not going to be possible, as our visits were always sandwiched in between work leave allowances and regaining energy from our stressful jobs.

Well, just when everything looked like it would not work out, life threw us a curve ball, as they say. I don’t know anything about baseball, but I assume this could be a good thing if you can hit one. Like getting lemons when you know a great lemon meringue recipe, or the traditional lemonade….

I was set to take the next big step in my career, and so excited about it, when a major health issue hit our family. I can’t say what would have happened if it did not. Perhaps continued rat race style life, and our beautiful family project continued to be completed by others, as we struggle to just get up there for a week, and when we do we are utterly exhausted, as no matter what anyone says, being working parents is hard!

Now, I’m back looking at the original idea of going to stay in Oderwitz for a short time until we can finish the house. It’s kind of exciting – a home school adventure, on a budget! And free time to just be together as a family and work on things we want to. Fingers crossed it will all work out.







It looks like we have a bit of competition. I’d searched under Oderwitz on AirBNB and received 300 options. Albeit some are far and wide, that is from as far as a few hours drive inside the Czech or Polish border…But it does look like we will have to do some serious marketing to get our beautiful holiday rental in the Zittau Giberge. If I look at 6 or 8 persons it cuts down considerably.  On a more positive note I guess that means people are travelling to this region. Such a beautiful place, and very ‘off the beaten track’, as many Air BNB guests have called it!

All things in time…First completing the building, right now it’s just lots of bills!



UNSERE UMGEBINDEHAUS PROJEKT: Family Adventure Renovating a Ferienwohnungen in the Zittauer Gebirge, Sachsen, Germany