Fancy Rat & Mouse Day

Thanks to Simon’s Cat, I found out the 12th of November is Fancy Rat & Mouse Day! In honor of that, I will introduce the two little brothers I adopted in early June this year: Timothy and Jonathan (named after the characters in the book, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH).

Male fancy rats are supposed to be stinkier, less trainable, but bigger couch potatoes/lapdogs than females. Mine are neutered, so they’re less aggressive and stinky with a softer coat. They’re both black Berkshire-patterned (colored top, white belly), which always means it’s challenging to tell them apart. The only difference: The bald tip of the tail is longer on Johnny (he was larger when I adopted them). Personality-wise, Timmy is always curious, more affectionate, and the escape artist. Johnny is a slave to his stomach, will try things only after Timmy, and is an overall homebody. This balances out so that I can’t say which one is the more trainable of the two. But “rats are one of the easiest animals to train due to their adaptability, intelligence, and focus.”

Incidentally, I’m the year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac, therefore that makes me intelligent, persuasive, sociable, charming, industrious, meticulous, and tenacious, according to Wikipedia.

~ Jessica

Hello, World!

Welcome, welcome! Here you will find pictures of our travels, some recipes we’ve adopted and adapted, and a chance to peek into our little world. I initiated this blog as way to keep in touch with my family, after I moved abroad to pursue research at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany. On the blog I will mainly focus on two subjects: recipes I cook, for the Chinese half (because Chinese cuisine is basically Chinese culture); and photos of travels far and wide, for the German half (as Germans are renowned globetrotters). Hopefully my sister and mom will also be contributing blog posts here. I’ll update infrequently, but will try to make it worth the wait.


In 1817, Ludwig van Beethoven moved into the romantic semi-detached house here!

Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz, a Viennese wine garden.

~ Jessica