Cpl.Flapjack Jr, Porvoo, Finland

imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Feb 17, 2010, 2:02 am
Hi, I'm Flapjack Jr, and I'm an Honorary Corporal of the RCMP (the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). I'm looking to travel the world and completing my life's missions. Can't wait to start my journey around the world.

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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Feb 19, 2010, 5:42 am
Today I met 2 TV, their names are PollyWally, my older sister and Munchy Moose from the US, I was a little shy.
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My shyness didn't last though and we became fast friends. We won't be hanging around a lot because I'm going to be leaving for Austria soon. In meantime though, we hung out and talked about traveling.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 3, 2010, 6:37 pm
Today we got a surprise from Mom, we're going on a trip! The destination is still a secret but we are going away for about a week. Here is me, Munchy Moose, and PollyWally with our bags packed.
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Later at the airport, we had some dinner. A delicious burger and fries.
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Then we wash down the food with some Canadian beer.
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Mom finally told us  where we are going, or at least kind of. She said that we were definitely going to Europe and we would be flying to Paris first but that it won't be our final destination. Here's a picture of me with the airplane we are going to fly.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 13, 2010, 5:09 pm
Guess where we went? We're in Germany! Here we are waiting for the train to take us to the centre of town and to our hostel.

I would of taken pictures in Paris but our plane was late and we had to rush between terminals.
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The train that we were on is called the S-Bahn. It was a pleasant ride which took about 40 minutes.
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WE got off at Central Station and tried to find our accommodations but we got lost. Since we were getting hungry as well, we decided to stop at this nice cafe to eat. We had some pizza and orange Fanta. It was delicious.
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After finishing our meal and consulting a map, we finally found our hostel. Since we were so tired we relaxed on the table in our room and hung out.
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Later we went to Pizza Hut for dinner where had more delicious pizza.
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After dinner we went back to the hostel to sleep because we were so jet-lag.
imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 22, 2010, 12:09 am
Today we went to the Old Town of Munich. First stop was to Marienplatz where the square is named after the patron saint of te city (the Virgin Mary). The little gold statue there is of her. You can also see he New City Hall and on it's facade you can also see the Glockenspiel, a mechanical clock that performs a miniature tournament. We tried tp go see it but we went at the wrong time.
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Here's me with a street sign that says Marienplatz.
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After browsing in some shops, we sat down and took a break. It was kind of slippery walking to the beach but we had no problems.
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After our break, we continued walking until we ended up at Max-Joseph-Platz, which the square and the statue behind me was built in honour of Bavaria's first king, Maximillian I Joseph.
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Behind the statue is the Nationaltheater, home of the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian National Ballet
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Next we went to the Residenz or the Royal Palace which was the home of all the Dukes, Electors and Kings of Bavarias during their reigns.
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The other side of the entrance.
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The entrance to the inside of the palace.
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After about 3 hours walking around the palace, we sat on a bench outside to catch our breath. It's hard for us TVs to walk around for 3 hours straight with little legs like ours but we had fun.
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After our mini-break, we walked up north towards Odenplatz. On our way there, we noticed this cafe called Nespresso with an ad with George Clooney in it. We were all surprised because we didn't think that we would see George Clooney on an ad in Germany but we thought it was cool.
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Finally we reached Odenplatz, First we saw the Theatinerkirche or the Church of St. Kajetan. The church contains the tombs of many of the Bavarian royals.
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Next we saw the Feldherrnhalle a tribute commissioned by King Ludwig I to the Bavarian Army. This also where Hilter's Beer Hall putsch failed.
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Later we tried to go see a movie but when we arrived we were either way to early or way to late. We also tried to find this sushi restaurant but apparently it doesn't exist anymore so we ended up at McDonald's.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 22, 2010, 1:23 am
Today we went back to the Old Town to go to the Hard Rock Cafe to have lunch.
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While waiting for our meal, we had some nice cold beer.
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After we browse though some souvenir shops and just walked around. Then we sat and relaxed at cafe, drinking some Orange Fanta.
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Then we started to read a book about Agatha Christie. We were so comfortable that we stay for the rest of the afternoon and evening.
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Tomorrow we're taking a train to Berlin, the capital of Germany. So we're going to bed early to check the train tomorrow.
imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 22, 2010, 2:02 am
Today we are on our to Berlin and to get there we're going to take the train.
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While we wait for the train, Mom brought some snacks that we could eat and take on the train with us.
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Finally the train arrives and we're on our way. It was an uneventful ride and we TVs fell asleep and didn't wake up until we got to the hostel.
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Wonder what our first day in Berlin has in store?
imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 1:08 am
Today we explored a bit of Berlin. First off we went to Alexanderplatz. We browsed through some shops and Mom got some clothes for my aunt and one of my uncles for their birthdays. Then we walked to the S-bahn station to go to another part of the city.
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We took the S-Bahn to Unter Den Linden to go see the Brandenburg Gate. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which you formerly entered Berlin.
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Here's a view of Unter Den Linden which is a boulevard with posh cafes, hotels, etc. Though it has other stuff as well. You can also see the Radio Tower in the background.
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We headed back on Unter Den Linden and stopped at a cafe to get something to eat. We tried some currywurst, a German delicacy. It's basically a sausage smothered in a curry sauce made out of Ketchup and curry powder. It also came with fries at the side. It was delicious.
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After our delicious meal, we headed off to Berlin Central Station for a change of scenery. We relaxed and had a coffee at a cafe inside the station for a while. Eventually we got sleepy so we left and went back to the hostel.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 3:28 am
Today we started off our day with KFC. The fries were ok but the Chicken Caesar Wrap was awesome. Everything was fresh and there was even big pieces of croutons. Yum!
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We went to the East Side Gallery which is an outdoor museum that showcases the last remaining part of the Berlin Wall.
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The Berlin Wall today has been painted by various painters. Here is one part of the wall.
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Later we went back to Unter Den Linden to go to this cafe called Einstein.
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Inside, we had a caffe latte in a glass and some cheesecake. The latte was good but the cheesecake not so much.
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Later we headed south to Potsdamer Platz to watch a movie. The theatre is located in the Sony Centre.
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Since we were a little early, we decided to get something to eat. We ended up eating at an Australian restaurant.
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After dinner we went to go see Sherlock Holmes. It was interesting to note that movie theatres here have assigned seating which surprised me but we enjoyed the movie anyhow.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 4:02 am
We didn't do to much today. We rode the S-Bahn to check out the rest of the city. Here we are sitting on the train.
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After we went to Burger King for dinner, not so bad.
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I'm a little sad because tomorrow is our last day but we're going to have fun anyways.
imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 4:42 am
Today's our last day in Germany. First we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for some lunch.
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This was fun. We were planning to go to this flea market after lunch but we found this in the station so we played here instead. You do have to pay by it was fun playing with the train and stuff.
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On the way back to the hostel we noticed this ad for KFC, kind of funny.
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I had fun in Germany but tomorrow we're going back home. Hopefully I can come back here someday.
imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 4:53 am
We're at the airport now, waiting for our flight. This time around we're flying through London to get back home. My next update will be on the other side of the pond.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 3:31 pm
Today, Mom showed us a package she picked up from the post office.
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We tried to open the package it proved to be to much, so Mom helped us out. Now we're opening the box...
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...and found a TV inside...a Moose TV. His name is Marty the Moose and he's from England.
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He showed us a card and a postcard his Mom sent with him.
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As well as a keychain.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 4:00 pm
Today we're going on another trip. Mom won't say where my she says that it's not to far and we'll only be there for a weekend. So our bags are pack and we're hitting the road...
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...to the airport. Here we are waiting for our flight. We're a little tried right now because our gate changed so we had to walk from one end of the terminal to another.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 5:21 pm
And guess where we are? We're in Toronto right now...well the airport. When I asked if we're going to see any sites, Mom said no because we're here to visit some family that lived in near Mississauga. We're waiting to be picked up by my Great Aunt and Uncle and then we're going to dinner.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 5:38 pm
Today we hung out with my host's sister's toys. We told them about Toyvoyagers and talked about traveling in general. One of them, (I think his name was Vines), expressed interest in becoming one. He said he will talk with his Mom and see if he will allow him to.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 8:55 pm
Today is mine and Munchy Moose's last day here so we all decided to go to the movies downtown.
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We decided to go see Alice in Wonderland in IMAX 3D. It was a really good movie.
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After the movie we went to a Mexican restaurant called Carlos and Pepes for the "Bon Voyage" party.
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We had "super" cheese nachos with guacamole and a Banana Daiquiri.
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Later we hung out at Starbucks and had a Vanilla Latte. We just relaxed and talked about tomorrow and about traveling.
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When we got back we continued the party with some Sangria. Don't worry, I didn't drink to much.
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imahockeynut
tina1_1tuna@hotmail.com

Posted Mar 24, 2010, 8:07 pm
Today is the day, I'm so excited! I get to start my journey after waiting so long. Munchy Moose is also leaving today but he's going to Australia.
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So now it's time to say our goodbyes and got into a group hug.
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Me and Munchy Moose climbed into our envelopes while Marty the Moose and PollyWally waved goodbye
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Well, this is it. Next time you'll see me I'll be in Austria.
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marcie08


Posted Apr 3, 2010, 8:31 pm
Hi Mom!

I'm here! I arrived at my destination today- and I was so happy to get out of my parcel...

There were already some toyvoyagers waiting for me: Fiorillo, HappyLeopard and SandiRose.

We introduced ourselves and talked about our adventures! But I was so tired after the long journey that I retired early for the night!

Enough for today!
marcie08


Posted Apr 4, 2010, 10:49 am
HAPPY EASTER, mom!

We are celebrating easter here with our host mom! First we decorated the house with bunnies and eggs!
Then we had a Osterjause, which is kind of an easter lunch, but you just eat cold meat and sausages and of course eggs. Yummi!

We will visit all of my host mom's family, so more eating comes our way  ;) And my host mom told me that we might also be visited by the Easter Bunny if we are lucky! That would be sooo great!
marcie08


Posted Apr 10, 2010, 4:48 pm
Hi Mom!

Our host mom told us that the Easter Bunny has visited and that he left some surprises for us. So we went on the easter egg hunt. We searched everywhere. Behind the sofa, under it, in the flowers...and I found an egg behind the pillows- it had two bunnies inside! Mhh...chocolate  :)

Today we were invited to another Easter meal with my host mom's family! As we didn't want to visit without any presents, we helped make some cute Easter Bunnies! They are made from bee's wax. We cut them with a cookie cutter and then decorated them with colorful wax. What do you think? Aren't they cute?

That was a nice Easter! But now I have to relax after all that eating  ;)
marcie08


Posted Apr 18, 2010, 10:33 am
Hi Mom!

Today is our host dad's birthday! So we got up early to wrap his presents! We helped cutting the paper, wrapping, using sticky tape... We also wrote a card for him!

When he woke up, we surprised him with a cake and happy birthday candles!

And then we all sang: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Now we are off to a family gathering! More pics to follow!
marcie08


Posted Apr 24, 2010, 9:14 am
Hi Mom!

I promised you more pictures of my host dad's birthday! And here they come:

After he had opened his presents, we went to a cozy restaurant! They also sell pickled vegetables there and home-made jams and chutneys. There were their significant glass jars everywhere in the restaurant and in the shop! We really enjoyed our three courses. We also had a look at the shop and brought some specialities home with us!

In the afternoon, the rest of the family arrived for the birthday cake!
What a great day!
marcie08


Posted Apr 27, 2010, 5:01 pm
Hi Mom!

There were presidential elections yesterday! We went with Mom when she went to the polling place! But we weren't allowed to take photos inside - because of the election secrecy!

So we took one with the old and again new president.
Today we looked at the results in the newspaper!


marcie08


Posted May 3, 2010, 3:57 pm
Hi Mom!

A new toyvoyager arrived today: It's Dottie the mouse  :D
She told us about her adventures and we talked about our itineries.

Then Mom said we had to prepare for the Football World Championship (as in soccer  ;) ) because it's just about 40 days until the Championship will start in South Africa. And there are special stickers that you can collect and put in an album. Our host-mom had bought such an album and some stickers and so we helped to put them in!

It was fun learning about the teams and the players!

Bye!
marcie08


Posted May 9, 2010, 11:09 am
Hi Mom!

Here are the pictures from my short Vienna holiday!

We walked through Vienna's city center and visited the Stephansdom, the big cathedral! Mom told us that it is forever being renovated - when the first part is ready, they start the next, and so on...and when they are ready with the last part, they can re-start with the first!  :rolleyes:

Next to the chirch we saw the famous Fiaker, the horse coaches! You can rent a coach and take a tour through the city with it!

Near the Cathedral is a very modern building, the Haas-Haus. We walked on through the small streets of the Inner City, which is a UNESO WHS by the way.
Vienna is very famous for its coffee-culture and the many traditional Kaffeehäuser (=coffee shops). We walked by the Café Hawelka, which is a very old and traditional café with many famous guests (actors, artists, authors...).

Then we walked through the Kärntnerstraße and stopped in front of the Hotel Sacher - that's where the original Sacher cake comes from!

We then had of course a coffee and relaxed a bit in a café!
marcie08


Posted May 16, 2010, 10:50 am
Hi Mom!

We did some more sightseeing and started with the MQ today. That's short for MuseumsQuartier (museums quarter). That's a complex of museums, for example the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK. During the summer months you can sit on design couches in the MQ courtyard and relax, there are also concerts! We then left the MQ and went on to some older museums, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Naturhistorisches Museum. The Kunsthistorisches is home of artistic treasures collected by the Habsburgs, whereas the Naturhistorisches collects for example stones, minerals, dinosaurs, fossils... Both museums are opposite of each other in a park.

From there it's just a short walk to the Hofburg, where the former Emperors had their quarters. You can take a tour through the bedrooms of Sissi and Emperor Franz if you like and the Vienna Spanish Riding School is also in the Hofburg. Today, the President of Austria has his office here.

Wow, what a walk! Our feet are hurting now, so we decide to go to a café and relax!

marcie08


Posted May 16, 2010, 11:29 am
Hi Mom!

Today we went to Schönbrunn. That's not just the name of the famous castle where the Habsburgs have lived, but also the name of this huge park. It is the park where Sisi used to ride and today it is a real treat for Vienna's inhabitants to go there and relax, other like to take a run. You have alleys with huge old trees and rows of boxtrees and other hedges, in the spring you see flower beds with tulips and now you have many blooming lilac trees there in many different colors! You can see a plan of the park here.

In the park you can also find the Palm House. And that was our first destination! The Palm House was built around 1880 and in those days it was a great experience to see tropic blooms or palm trees! The House has three different climatic zones: a cold one, a temperate zone and a tropic one! You can walk between them and in some parts it's like being in the jungle.

That was great! Some of the blooms were really fragrant!
marcie08


Posted May 16, 2010, 3:29 pm
Hi Mom!

So here I am with my report of my day in Schönbrunn. After visiting the Palm House, we went on to the Vienna Zoo. It is the world's oldest zoo, founded in 1752.
Some of the old houses and parts of the old walls have been conservated, but today the shelters and areas for the animals are modernized. There are always some animal babies here, at the moment they have very small penguins, freshly hatched. The giant pandas have mated again, too, but we still don't know if there will be another baby panda! The Vienna zoo was in the news with the birth of the baby panda Fu Long, who returned to China at the age of three.

We saw Koala, Giant pandas, hippos, elephants, penguins, bears, zebras...it's a beautiful zoo!

Later we went through the park and to it's other end, where the beautiful castle and the Gloriette are located! What a walk!
:)
marcie08


Posted May 21, 2010, 10:58 am
So Mom, here's the last Vienna entry!

Of course we could not leave without having seen the Vienna Riesenrad, the Giant Wheel! Because the weather was not really great, as you can see on the picture, we did not drive with the wheel!

Then we left Austria for UNO-territory - yes you did read it right! We went to the UN city in Vienna and when you are inside of this city, you have left Austria and are on United Nations soil! We had to pass several security checks, have been x-rayed and were finally allowed to enter the Memorial Plaza, that's where all the flagposts are! Unfortunately we did not have much time to take pictures, so I just put the picture of the flags online! We were guided through the different building there: huge auditoriums, the IAEA and in the buildings you could also find lots of art and artifacts that were given to the UN from either the artists themselves or from the UN member countries. I'm so srry that we could not make any more pictures, but you can tale a virtual tour here.

After re-entering Austrian soil, we went back to the city center of Vienna and took a tram to the Vienna Central Cemetary. This is where you can visit the graves of famous Austrian musicians, artists, actors but also politicians. You can see us in front of the "Präsidentengruft" (the Presidential Vault), that's where all the former Austrian Presidents are buried.
That was an interesting tour as our host mom told us stories about the people lying there. So it was a history lesson, too!

We then went to meet our host dad and drove back home to Graz! We had a fantastic trip to Vienna!
marcie08


Posted May 21, 2010, 11:18 am
Hi Mom!

I am sooooo excited! I completed my first life mission today! Yippeeee!  :D :D :D

Last week we met a friend of my host parents and he looked at my travelog and saw that I had "Riding a horse" as one of my life missions. So he invited me to come along the next time he went riding!

Oh, Mom that was so much fun! But it wasn't that easy, you know, without those long legs my human friends have... it was quite hard to stay on the horse.
You can see me tumbling down on the first picture... But I just picked myself up, dusted me off and went back on again! And you can see I succeded!
It was a really friendly horse and we walked around and had fun!

So today I really was a Mounty  :D
marcie08


Posted May 30, 2010, 11:32 am
Hi Mom!

My host mom had some visitors here, distant relatives from overseas! So we had to show them the city and we toyvoyagers went along for some sightseeing!

We walked along the river Mur to the city center and the first thing we saw was an island! It's the Murinsel. Two bridges connect the island with the mainland and there is also a café on the island where you can enjoy the view!

Then we walked on to the Kunsthaus! This strange looking blue bubble is a museum for contemporary art and photography. You can see me sitting on top of a small model in front of the Kunsthaus. The small model was made for the blind, so that they can touch it and "see" the building with their hands! You can see that the bubble has some tubes on the surface: They are called nozzles. They all look in one direction... well, not all! One looks directly up to the Schlossberg and when you are inside of the Kunsthaus, looking through this nozzle, you can see the Uhrturm, the town's landmark!

The Kunsthaus and the Murinsel have been built for Graz 2003, when Graz was Cultural Capital of Europe. This year, the Capital is Istanbul, among others!
marcie08


Posted Jun 23, 2010, 5:43 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we were all watching tv the whole day long! We started in the morning with breakfast! And I can hear you asking "Why were you watching tv the whole day long?". Because there was a wedding between Swedens Crown Princess and her fiancé.

Wow, what a love story. I have to confess we all got a bit teary especially in the church and then later in the evening when the speeches followed!

And then they had a huuuuuuge cake! If I will ever marry, I want a cake as huge as that one  ;)
marcie08


Posted Jul 13, 2010, 10:06 am
Hi Mom!

It was so hot lately here that we didn't do much - except drinking tons of water  B)  And of course we ate just light snacks and so we were really happy to have Sushi one day! You can see me trying different sorts of Sushi and there was also Soy-Sauce. That was a great meal!
marcie08


Posted Jul 19, 2010, 7:49 am
Hi Mom!

We had fun in the kitchen today! We pickled small cucumbers! First we had to wash them and then make  them a bath of hot salt water. You let the cucumbers cool in the water. Then you remove the water and heat vinegar with chopped onion, dill, pepper corns, mustard seeds. While the vinegar is cooking, you put the cucumbers in glass jars and add mustard seeds, dill, onion and pepper corns. The last step is filling the jars with the hot vinegar.
You can see all these steps on the pictures! And the final one shows me sitting on the glass jars  B)
marcie08


Posted Jul 19, 2010, 8:26 am
Hi Mom!

Yesterday was the big Finale of the FIFA World Cup and so we toyvoyagers got ready. First, we had to decide which team we wanted to support. We did a poll and then decided to cheer for Holland. Hupp, Holland, Hupp!
So we took a Dutch flag and had some Dutch beer. Can you see the blanket we sat on? It has the World Cup mascot Zakumi on it!

I also wore a great headband with soccer balls - cute, aren't they?

You may also think: Who is this funny orange friend? I don't know him... That is Beesie, a friendly Dutch supporter! My host mom got it from a Dutch friend! Those little friends were given away at a Dutch supermarket - Beesie is cute and it was a lot of fun with her!

As you know, the evening did not end good for Holland  :(
The next day, we looked at a poster of the winning team!

Mom, I really liked the World Cup! I learned so much about football/soccer, but I'm happy that I don't have to listen to vuvuzelas any more  ;)
marcie08


Posted Aug 4, 2010, 11:33 am
Hi Mom!

It's a coming and going here around  ;)

First we had to say Goodbye to Mandysheep and Fiorillo! They will travel on to new adventures!
But we also met a new TV, Dusel. He is from the European Toyvoyager-Trail!


marcie08


Posted Aug 4, 2010, 12:28 pm
Hi Mom!

We toyvoyagers are soooo excited! We will go on holiday tomorrow! Our host mom will go to Helsinki and Tallinn, and we will go with her! Yay!
We will be back on August 13, so you won't hear from me until then. But please don't worry, I will have a great time!  B)

In preparation for the holiday we studied some travel books and looked at the city plans!

Talk to you soon!
marcie08


Posted Aug 22, 2010, 1:27 pm
Hi Mom!

I'm super excited! We travelled to Vienna today and then to the airport! We checked the luggage in and then went for a small snack! Finally it was time for boarding! We travelled to Riga first where we had to change planes and then took our second flight to Helsinki!
Late in the afternoon we arrived in Helsinki and took the airport bus to the city center. From there it was only a short walk to our hotel!
After this journey we were pretty tired and decided to go to bed early! 
marcie08


Posted Aug 22, 2010, 1:49 pm
Hi Mom and welcome to Helsinki, Finland's capital!

To get a first impression of the Finnish Capital, we took a "Hop on, Hop off" bus! It was a great tour, around the city center and then down to the harbour. These tours are great! You get some headphones and then they tell you a lot of interesting stories. We stopped our tour at Helsinki's Cathedral. It is a beautiful white building and you can see this Cathedral from many different points of Helsinki!
That was a great first day in Helsinki!
marcie08


Posted Aug 24, 2010, 12:25 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we took the boat to the city of Porvoo! It was a long trip, three and a half hours. It was also a really hot day and we enjoyed the wind on the boat.
In Porvoo we had lunch first in a nice restaurant near the sea. Then we went on to explore the city. It is a cute little town, with small wooden houses, restaurants and a few shops. The streets are all lined with cobblestones!
We went up on this little hill, with the church on top. But we were not allowed to visit the church as there was a wedding!
We enjoyed the view from up there.
Because it was so hot, we then relaxed in a park and ate some berries. There are stands that sell berries everywhere in Finland!

Soon it was time to travel back! Unfortunately the weather on the way back got a little ugly and it started to rain.
Wow, we are exhausted now!
marcie08


Posted Aug 28, 2010, 1:35 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we went to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Suomenlinna! You have to take a boat there, but it is just a few minutes trip. So we went through the city to the harbour. We also visited the famous Stockmann store. Down at the pier we also visited the market, where you could buy lots of delicious food.

Then we travelled to Suomenlinna and wandered around this old fortress. We saw the canons and explored everything. All this exploring was really exciting but we were also happy when we were finally sitting in a nice cafe for lunch!

Bye!
marcie08


Posted Aug 28, 2010, 2:05 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we left Helsinki and took a speed boat to Estonia's capital Tallinn. We first deposited our luggage at the hotel and then went on exploring!
To get a first impression of the city, we took a tour with the classical hopp on, hopp off bus. We learned a lot about the city. Then we strolled a bit through the old town.
That's all for today! Tomorrow we have to get up early as we want to explore the old town properly!
marcie08


Posted Aug 28, 2010, 3:03 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we visited Toompea, the old town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find so many old buildings here, all beautifully renovated. There is so much history to explore here. We also saw this beautiful orthodox church, which was even more beautiful on the inside, but we weren't allowed to take pictures there. You can also see me in front of a touret of Toompeas castle, it's the one with the Estonian flag flying, which is the seat of the Parliament!
In the evening we went to the highly recommended Oude Hanse, a really great restaurant in the style of Medieval times. We had a huge dinner there, with bear and elg sausages, honey beer and some schnapps.
What an exciting day!
marcie08


Posted Aug 28, 2010, 5:55 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we visited the famous Kadriorg Park! It is a wonderful place to spend nice afternoons. There is this great swan lake at the entrance to the park and also a wonderful cafe.
People go there to have a walk, a run or just sit on a bench and read a book. We also saw the President's residence. Then we went from this park to the sea promenade where you can find a huge monument.
We also visited the KuMu, a museum for art. We saw an exhibition and then had a bite to eat in the restaurant there.

So Mom, tomorrow we will go back to Helsinki and then we fly home!
marcie08


Posted Aug 28, 2010, 6:31 pm
Hi Mom!

We are back at home now and of course we had a lot to do: There was the laundry, and giving away the souvenirs.
So we enjoyed our free time at home at the balcony.

You can see that our host mom has a small vegetable garden on the balcony. She has tomatoes there, cucumbers, beans, pomegranate, herbs, pepper, but also flowers.

We really like gardening and of course also eating the vegetables!
marcie08


Posted Aug 30, 2010, 8:30 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we met new friends: Truska, a funny pink bunny, and Tigger, our host mom's own toyvoyager. Tigger is just here for a few days while his Mom is organizing a new host.

We talked about our travel adventures and they asked about our vacation. So we showed them some souvenirs, for exampel our Moomin postcards! They also really liked our Moomin cookie cutter  :rolleyes:

We also showed them the pictures of our vacation!
marcie08


Posted Sep 11, 2010, 7:32 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we received some nice souvenirs from our host-grandma. She has just returned from a visit to Berlin.
She brought us viewcards that have an original piece of the Berlin wall on it!
And then we got pasta with the famous Ampelmännchen, the small men on the traffic lights. There were also Gummibärchen- Ampelmen and a cookie-cutter. Maybe we will make some cookies sson!

That was a really nice evening!  B)
marcie08


Posted Sep 19, 2010, 4:43 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we went down to the South, to the Weinstraße (literally wine-street). It's the area of Styria where they grow wine. This part is famous for crisp, dry white wines, for example Welschriesling. You can see me in the wineyards.
It's almost time for the grape-harvest and you can see that the grapes look ready! We could see that the walnuts are ready too!
And of course we saw all the famous pumpkins - they are used to make the pumpkinseed-oil!

It was really beautiful there and a really lovely landscape. Of course we also went to a Buschenschank there, that's a small restaurant in the wineyards, where you can eat a kind of ploughman's lunch, with ham, bacon, good bread and some spreads! And of course you also drink a glass of wine!
That was a really great afternoon!  :D
FosterCareHome
FosterCareHome@web.de

Posted Nov 9, 2015, 8:37 am
Howdy!

I'm in Finland right now, in the FosterCareHome for toyvoyagers! My visit will be brief though as my owner just pm'd my fostermom  :D

I'll be back home in Canada in no time!

Delenna


Posted Nov 15, 2015, 7:09 am
All the other fostertoys were packed and sent to Germany where the new FosterCareHome host lives. I was left behind because my address was retreived  B) The former FCH host, Delenna, decided to take a few pics before sending me home - as her last toy in FCH.
Delenna


Posted Nov 28, 2015, 6:55 am
Finally Delenna took me out! We visited the capitol of Finland, Helsinki, briefly. Deenna did mostly geocaching, but she managed to stop for a few photos too. These are taken at the harbor where the big ferries leave to Stockholm (and slightly smaller to Tallinn). In the last one you can the the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, which is a World Hertitage Site.
Delenna


Posted Dec 16, 2015, 2:56 pm
This is Porvoo, the second oldest town in Finland. Porvoo was granted town rights in 1380. Since then it has grown in all directions (and burnt badly a few in the middle). The Old Town is a popular tourist attraction with its gobbled streets and little shops.

The River Porvoo divides the town in two and 5 bridges cross it. You can see the old red shorehouses on the other side - and the new houses that were build to resemble the old ones on the other.

"Red shore houses on the riverbank are one of the most photographed scenery in Porvoo. Red ochre paint was used to paint the shore houses in the late 18th century in honour of King Gustav III's arrival. All of the houses along his route were painted, in order to make them look more beautiful. The red ochre also helped protect the logs from wind and sun damage. Exotic fruits, wines and spices were brought to Porvoo, and the shore houses also served as intermediate storehouses for coffee an tobacco. " www.porvoo.fi
Delenna


Posted Dec 31, 2015, 7:48 am
Merry Christmas! Iloista joulua! (Finnish) Glad jul! (Swedish)

In Finland they celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve. They eat gingerbread cookies, plum pastries, rice porridge, sweets and as main course potatoes and ham with gravy, fish, carrot casserole, potato casserole... Well, Delenna's family eats burritos instead as main course! The girls don't like the traditional Christmas meal so they have decided to to burritos which is everyone's favorite  :D

Usually Delenna and the girls make a gingerbread house of sorts (last year they had a hobbit hole!) but this year they were inspired by the chocolate houses they found online (by a Finnish chocolate and candy factory Fazer).

Of course there's a Christmas tree too. Thsi family has to keep it on the balcony because of their cat  ;)

Santa visits in the evening or drops gifts on the balcony. Or, if your kids are old enough the gifts just appear from a secret stash  :p

Sauna is also a big part of Finnish Christmas (and Finland in general), there's something special in going in the sauna on Christmas.

There was no snow on Christmas so no-one could go skiing. Luckily they have a ice hall in the city so you can go skating just about any time.
Delenna


Posted Jan 6, 2016, 1:43 pm
Canada here I come! Delenna sent me back home because it's as cold here as in Whitehorse, YT right now. 

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