Hi. I’m Madolline.
And I’m seeing the world one cat at a time.
Birmingham was definitely a change of pace. There isn’t a Starbucks on every corner. Not even a 7/11. Not one. In the entire city of Birmingham. But they did just open a cat cafe here.
This was my third house and cat sit in the Seattle area within the past 12 months. Only this time I was staying in Lake Forest Park. Not technically Seattle. Lake Forest Park’s about 20 kilometres north of downtown Seattle, but it’s still Seattle to me.
I was told Austin is Nashville’s big sister. And I can see the similarities. There’s plenty of live music venues. Both cities have a big food scene. Everyone’s really friendly. But Austin’s a lot more humid. The temperature’s already in the mid-20s when you wake up. And it’s still about 30°C when you go to bed.
This Nashville, Tennessee, house and cat sit was the first one I applied for when putting my month and a half-long trip together. And it wasn’t until recently I’d even thought about visiting Nashville. But I’m glad I decided to.
I was chatting with my workmates one morning and found out another staff member, originally from the UK, lives rent free in Australia—i.e. she looks after other people’s homes in exchange for a free place to stay. And while I don’t care much for the house sitting lifestyle here in Australia, I thought to myself ‘If she can do it, I could probably do it [international house sitting]’.