Nick, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands


Posted May 29, 2007, 9:46 pm
Hi, I'm Nick, a retired Santa Claus. I had a great life, having spent some time in Taipeh, Taiwan where I've met Pandamao, later on traveling with her to Europe. But then I've got a slight speech impediment (my tongue used to stretch out very long which is not possible anymore) and I had to retire. I have been suffering since my retirement, no fun anymore, no kids around with bright eyes and laughter. So I decided it's time to finish with this retirement thing and go out again, bring joy to the world and have some fun. Here I am - do you want me to brighten your life? Write to Pandamao (my agent) and I'll spare no effort to travel to you.

Yours affectionately,

Posted Jun 4, 2007, 10:37 pm
Today three of us (Womat, Reinhilde and I) checked out our future travel compartment. We're not sure if we all will fit in. One of these days, soon, we will travel to BunTraveler. I'm really happy, she promised to show me a famous Christmas shop. This will be great, retirement - NO MORE, I hope to make children happy again soon.

Posted Jun 7, 2007, 8:24 pm
Today we found a parcel in front of the door, the whole gang couldn't wait to open it. Wonder who will be in it? We expect IZ A Dorable and IZ A QT .... and yes, here they are, happy to be out of the travel box. Now we have two pairs of twin bears.

Posted Jun 8, 2007, 4:33 pm
Oh dear, today we squeezed hard into our travel envelope, I hope the trip is quick and we'll soon reach BunTraveler. Well, I would do anything to make children happy, so what's a few days in limited space  B)

Posted Jan 18, 2008, 4:59 pm
After three days waiting in the post-office for pick-up I finally got rescued out of my box today. It's good to be home. Thank-you Buntraveler, I had a great time with you!

Posted Feb 5, 2008, 8:54 pm
I passed the German Museum (a science museum) when I went shopping with my host. We all sat in front of a big part of a turbine which is used in hydro power plant. Imagine, how big this plant is!

Posted Feb 8, 2008, 8:09 pm
There was a knock on the door and when we looked outside there were two little packages sitting on the doorstep. Visitors! Sylphide, Tenderheart Bear and Snegovik!

Posted Feb 10, 2008, 11:46 pm
Today Barthélémy wanted to visit the "Alter Südfriedhof" (Old South Cemetery) so I just came along.

This is what I read about the cemetery:

It is a little known fact that Munich's oldest green area is 450 years old, that it's in the heart of town and that it's a cemetery - the Alter Südfriedhof. The cemetery is something of a conservation area and bears unique testimony to the city's cultural history. Its romantically overgrown graves, tombs and mausoleums pay homage to distinguished Munich figures - artists, architects, master builders and scientists.

In the plague year 1523 graveyards within the city walls were so overfilled that a new cemetery - the "Äußerer Freithof" - was opened outside the city gate at the Sendlinger Tor. The cemetery wall and all the buildings were later destroyed as a preventative military measure in the Thirty Years War. Well into the 18th century the cemetery was looked on as a poor man's burial ground. In 1844, a new section designed by Gärtner was added and it continued to be Munich's central burial ground up to 1868.

Posted Feb 11, 2008, 12:13 am
The cemetery suffered severe bomb damage in 1944-45. Today, only a quarter of tue graves are identifiable and many are in urgent need of renovation. Work is underway.

Posted Feb 11, 2008, 12:52 am
Even if the cemetery is not in use anymore many people were walking there. It is like a park nowadays. We saw little spring flowers blossom and sat on a bench in the sun.

Some of the graves are inside the back wall of the houses. And windows pop up between the statues on the graves.

Posted Feb 11, 2008, 2:51 pm
Our host had bought red cabbage ... because she could hardly eat 2 kg of it on her own we decided to prepare and preserve it. Sylphide did the research and found a nice recipe. Then our host had to cut the onions and red cabbage. We sprinkled everything with salt and now it has to rest for a whole night.

Posted Feb 12, 2008, 9:05 pm
After one night we washed and dried the cabbage, filled it in glass and filled the glass with vinegar (prepared with oranges and spices - mmmh, great smell). I helped to close the lids. Now the cabbage has to rest for 3 or 4 months - too bad, because I'll travel and not be able to test the taste.

Posted Feb 16, 2008, 10:00 pm
For the weekend we visited our Pandamao's dad. He lives in a small town in the North-East of Bavaria. I took a walk in the city center - nice houses. The battery of the camera was low so I only took photos of the houses.

Posted Feb 18, 2008, 7:24 pm
The weather was sunny but cold. We went for a walk (together with half of Munich's inhabitants) to Nymphenburg Castle and park.


Posted Mar 22, 2008, 3:53 pm
It's been a long time since I last was out. Today I went for a little walk and saw the German museum (Science and Technic museum). It is built on a little island in the Isar river.

Posted Mar 24, 2008, 11:17 pm
Today it's Easter Monday and Pandamao went to this little town in the Oberpfalz to see her dad and she took me along.
We walked along the street and wondered what was going on in that little park opposite. When we came closer we saw that it was an "Easter fountain". In this part of Bavaria it's the custom to decorate the fountains with Easter eggs. There must be hundreds or thousands of eggs here. They really look beautiful.

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 11:07 pm
I did some more sight-seeing today and went to the area where the Hofbräuhaus is located. The first photo shows the Orlando House and then I pose in the front of the nearby Hofbräuhaus. It is a huuuuuuuge beerhall.
I also met some local bears. We had a nice conversation about TVs and traveling the world but the Bavarian bears did not want to join. Seems, that they would miss their Sunday morning beer Stammtisch (regulars' table) at the Hofbräuhaus too much.

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 11:07 pm
I did some more sight-seeing today and went to the area where the Hofbräuhaus is located. The first photo shows the Orlando House and then I pose in the front of the nearby Hofbräuhaus. It is a huuuuuuuge beerhall.
I also met some local bears. We had a nice conversation about TVs and traveling the world but the Bavarian bears did not want to join. Seems, that they would miss their Sunday morning beer Stammtisch (regulars' table) at the Hofbräuhaus too much.

Posted Mar 28, 2008, 11:19 pm
Then I took a look at the "Alter Hof", which was the first residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty, built in the 13th century.

Posted Apr 13, 2008, 9:51 pm
On the road again .... Nick is on the road again .....

He got bored at home and accepted an invitation from Marjolein.

Posted Apr 16, 2008, 4:59 pm
Hi!! I arrived in Den Bosch, the Netherlands today! My host Marjolein her boyfriend Kasper, received me right out of the hands of the mailman. And when Marjolein came home I was already sitting on the couch, checking out their living room! Marjolein told me that, before we have time to check out Den Bosch we will be going to Maastricht tomorrow! Marjolein told me Maastricht is in the most southern province if the Netherlands called Limburg. I know I will be having lots of fun here!

Ho ho ho from Nick!

Posted Apr 17, 2008, 9:49 pm
Hello!!! Today I went to Maastricht! We left this morning on bike, then we went on the train. One and a half hour later we arrived in Maastricht. Before getting in the city-centre we had to walk for about 15 minutes, we went over the Maas, the river Maastricht was named after. First we went to the VVV/Tourist Information, because Marjolein wanted to buy some cards for Postcrossing. There I found a brochure about the Museum of Natural History Maastricht were they now have a dinosaur that came out China! I really wanted to see that of course! But first we walked around a bit and firstly we found the Market, called Markt in Dutch. I went on photo with the cityhall as you can see. Then we went to a bookstore that is located in a church! I was really beautiful inside but unfortunaly Marjolein wasn't allowed to take pictures inside. On the picture you see Selexyz, that's a store you can find in almost all the city's of the Netherlands, also in Den Bosch. But there the store isn't in a church of course! Well, after this of course we wanted to eat something. So we ate something really from Limburg! It's pie (in the Netherlands pie is called 'taart') but called vlaai. You can only find this 'vlaai' in Limburg. I got me a strawberryvlaai, it was really good with fresh strawberries! We got up and did some more walking. We went to the very heart of the citu, called Vrijthof, this is also a market. On the Vrijthof you find the Sint Janschurch. You see me in front of the church. On this market there was some really strange art and of course I also wanted to have my picture taken with it :-) And then it was time to go to the museum! It was really interesting, with dinosaurs that were found in Limburg. You could see what Limburg and Maastricht looked liked millions of years ago. There where fossiels and stones and stuffed animals, which I found a bit eery. But interesting. They also had a garden with herbs in it and as the name Marjolein is from a herb Marjolein went to find her herb. And she found it! The rest of the dinosaurs where located somewhere else in Maastricht in a place called Centre Céramique. We could just follow the dinosaursfeet to this other building. We went over a very modern bridge called The High Bridge (de Hoge Brug) and after this in a very modern part of Maastricht, on a market called Market 1992 (Plein 1992). The dinosaur was a really big and I was a bit scared! But I dared to go on picture with him. What I found really interesting, was that the head of the dino was really small! Very weird! The rest of the show was also interesting, with lots of dinosaurs from China. We did some shopping after being really educative. Kasper bought a poster of New York and Marjolein bought a present for her best friend Dieuwerke who is visiting tomorrow! She's been in Romania for three months for school so Marjolein bought Dutch candy from the real Dutch shop called Hema which were made for the 'Rijksmuseum' in Amsterdam. Then it was time to eat again! We went to a pizzeria on the Vrijthof. Marjolein ate a very nice pizza with spinach, mushrooms, bacon and egg. Kasper ate a pizza with tuna, as usual, as Marjolein told her. After diner we went back to Den Bosch by train. We had a very nice day and tomorrow I will go with Marjolein to her school in Zwolle and after that her best friend Dieuwerke and her boyfriend will be visiting and we will eat pancakes and party of course :-)

Much season greetings from Nick!!

Posted Apr 18, 2008, 1:03 pm
Hey! Today I went with Marjolein to her schoool Windesheim in Zwolle. She had an appointment, so first we went there and then to the 'Mediatheek', you can see the computers on the photo. We found out that there was a Businessfair with all sorts of businessmen. In the school I found a really weird cow! Marjolein told me it was some sort of art, we found it quit funny. Windesheim is a really big school with lots of buildings. Marjolein studies Journalism in building D for the School of Media. The school is under construction and you can see that the main building is already very modern. The mediatheek and the cow are in that building. Building D where Marjolein spends most of her time is the oldest building but will be completely renewed in 2010.

Posted Apr 22, 2008, 6:26 pm
Goodday! Today we ate some hotdogs, Marjolein made a picture, so I just wanted to show it to you! The hotdog was really nice! With real Dutch mayonaise. This weekend was very nice with much eating and we went to the swimming pool. And to a Dutch movie called Dunya and Desie. It's about two girls, Desie is real Dutch and Dunya's parents are originally from Marocco. They go to Marocco because Dunya has to marry her cousin and Desie goes to look for her birthfather who she has never met. It was a real fun movie! And educational about Holland and stuff. I will tell you more about my stay with Marjolein soon!

Greetings Nick

Posted Apr 25, 2008, 7:46 am
Hello! Yesterdaynight we did some playing! We played on the Nintendo 64! And as you can see on the photo, I ended first! We did Mariokart and is was much fun! And then I visited New York? Wow! O no wait it's a poster hanging on Marjoleins wall. She bought it in Maastricht, it's real interesting isn't it? But the fun doesn't stop there! (Okay now I being a bit sarcastic, but Marjolein seemed to have fun) We did a little game: we put every card Marjolein had on the floor and then we had to pick five cards with our eyes closed. Marjolein was playing this game for the Postcrossingforum. She has a lot of writing to do! But of course I will help her! And you know what: I helped her cousin today with my Santa Clauspower! Marjoleins cousin Emy texted that she had lost her trainticket and she's still on the train! I used my christmaspower to make the railwayguard forget all about Emy and her lost ticket. And it worked! She's now at her destination and she didn't have to pay anything! For the way back she will of course buy a ticket because otherwise she won't be getting any christmaspresents! Hm well I will think about it. And I also have to tell you: today we are traveling again! We are going to Groningen, to visit Marjolein grandparents and parents and Kaspers parents en to see his brothers new house. I'm real excited!

Posted Apr 27, 2008, 4:44 pm
Dear Pandamao,

I'm in Groningen!! When you look at a map of the Netherlands, you can see that Maastricht is the most southern city of the country and Groningen is the most northern city! So I've been travelling a lot already. On the first picture you can see that I was getting ready to leave. Marjolein put me in her new bag. It was a long ride on the train, about two and a half hours. When we arrived in Groningen we went to Kasper's brother. He had just bought a house. You can see his view on the picture's. We played games in the night. Almost everyone won one game except Marjolein, isn't that sad. It was a nice game-evening. And of course I had some drinks haha. It was a very long night, so when we got home at about half past three I thought it was time for me to go to bed. And because I am an old man, I took Marjolein and Kaspers bed and they could sleep on the couch haha. On saturday I was completely rested, so we took a trip into the citycentre of Groningen. You can see me with the Martinitoren (tower) and the cityhall. They had built some stages on the Grote Markt because it was a Chineesparty in the city saturday. But we had to do some shopping. Marjolein and Kasper bought a Playstation 2! I couldn't wait to try it! When it was time to go to bed again, I decided to take some photo's about the bedroom for you. They had lots of books! So I decided to read a book. It was about Toy Story 2, a nice book. And then it was time to play on the Playstation! We played Need for Speed and of course I won again! Then, on sunday I went with Marjolein, her cousin Emy and her grandmother to the movies. We went to Penelope. It was a nice fairytale. You can see a picture of me with Emy, she was the girl with the lost ticket I saved, so she really loved me! The cinema was in the stadium of FC Groningen, the local footballclub. Marjolein used to go there all the time for the footballmatches, she loves football! I hope to go inside the stadium one day!

This is it for now!! Nick

Posted Apr 30, 2008, 12:49 pm
Today I'm celebrating the birthday of the Dutch queen! I've been watching her on the television all morning with my orange scarf (orange is the colour of the Netherlands) on and soon we will be going into the city of Den Bosch. That's because every year on 30th of April is party in every city of the Netherlands. There is music, dance and famous are the flea market (rommelmarkt). Especially the one in Amsterdam is famous but we haven't got any money to go to the capital so Den Bosch will have to do. Marjolein hopes she will find a nice toyvoyager to keep me company!

Till soon! Nick

Posted May 3, 2008, 10:05 pm
Dear Pandamao,

Marjolein got a very nice picture from London. Her parents went there for a short vacation and they brought lots of presents for her. I sit under next to this picture all the time and I made a new friend! It's a really nice cow and she's thinking of becoming a TV herself! Yesterday I was helping Marjolein with her cooking and she had the biggest red paprika! It was almost as big as me! And there is also Christmasnews! Marjolein got me this great book from the library called: Viert de Kerstman ook Kerstmis? In English this is something like: Does Santa also celebrate Christmas? I was wondering what does people had to say about me, so I found the book very interesting. First I say this very funny picture of me with my legs in the water! In the book there is also a recipe for hotdogs (worstenbroodjes) because I guess that's what Dutch children make for Christmas. And then.... I found a drawing that made me very happy! My reindeers where on it! And also a photo of them! They look so happy in the snow! In the book children ask lots of question, they even interview little old me! The book also tells the Christian story about Christmas. In the Netherlands they call me the Kerstman. Here, they believe that the English/American people made me up. They believe in Sinterklaas. When you think about it, Santa Claus sounds a lot like Sinterklaas. Dutch people say that Sinterklaas was this saint called Saint Nicholas who lived in Turkey. Marjolein says she visited his grave when she was in Turkey. Sinterklaas now lives in Spain and comes to Holland every year at the 5th of December to bring presents to the children. He doesn't have reindeers, but coloured people who are all called Piet. The Dutch say the English/American liked there story about Sinterklaas and then turned is into Santa Claus. I don't know, sounds a bit far out. And did you know that Finnish people believe that Santa Claus lives in Finland? All these different story's, I'm starting to question myself! Unfortunately I found this photo of myself in the book with a pretty sunset, which made me feel all peacefull again.


Posted May 4, 2008, 9:34 pm
Dear Pandamao,

Today is the 4th of May. That means it's Memorial Day in the Netherlands. Today they remember all the people who died in war. Especially in WWII. Marjolein her parents came to visit us today to go to Vught. In Vught was a concentrationcamp until everyone was liberated in September 1944. Vught is a few kilometres from Den Bosch. Marjoleins father made the first beautiful picture, it's of Den Bosch. We went cycling to the concentrationcamp in Vught. Close to the camp was a place where loads of people where killed from the camp. You can see the big cross on the hill. On the white wall you see all the names of people who where killed at that wall. Under the white wall is the original wall, there are still bulletholes in the wall. After the visit to the wall that is now a memorial, we went inside the concentrationcamp. First we went into a building with lots of stories of people who lived in the camp. After this building we went into a barack. People lived in these kinds of buildings. You see the beds people slept in. In this building there are also lots of stories. Nobody had any privacy in the camp. People where allowed to take a shower every ten days and they had to share their water with eight people. On the ground they had built a marquette of the camp. But what made me most sad was the memorial for children in the back of the camp. 1800 children lived in the camp, almost everyone got killed. In the memorial 1269 names are mentioned. There where lots of children who where just a few months. All these poor children! The next building we went into was also not so nice. It was a crematorium. Marjolein made a picture of the oven. On a door in this building where the words: Opslag lijken. Marjolein translated this for me and it means: Storage bodies. We got very sad from this building. There was also a labatorium where people where cut open on a very scary table with a hole in it for the blood to go in. In the concentrationcamps lots of people where tested for loads of stuff. Marjoleins mother heard a story of a lamp made of the skin of jews! The horrors in these camps! I didn't get very happy from this day. But the point of the day is thinking of the war, so it would not happen again. Also every 4th of May Dutch people are quiet for two minutes on eight o' clock. We where in a Spanish restaurant at this time! It was a beautiful restaurant and the tapas was very nice! On the picture with me on it you have to look real closely but the wall looks really cool! And tommorrow Dutch people celebrate their freedom! So you understand I am going to party all day tommorrow!

Posted May 6, 2008, 10:17 am
Hello! Well, I've been sleeping off my hangover, because yesterday was the 5th of May! And that means Bevrijdingsfestival (the Dutch celebrate being freed in 1945) in the Netherlands. In every province is a festival. So also in Den Bosch. There is lots of music and debats. We went to the Dutch band called Pete Philly and Perquisite. They where the ambassadeurs of freedom this year. This means they travel by helicopter from festival to festival. On the first photo you see the fire of freedom. Behind the stage you can see the tower of the Sint Jans church, the biggest and most famous church of Den Bosch. After Pete Philly and Perquisite we went home to have some dinner. When we went back there was an American band on the other stage. They are called the Hackensaw boys and they're from Virginia. I felt totally back in the USA again. The last show was an African woman called Nneka. She had a really loud but beautiful voice. She sang in English about all kinds of worldthings that bother here, like the company Shell taking all the oil from Nigeria and not giving anything back. I don't know why but the public wasn't very enthousiastic and you could she she wasn't happy with the applause she got. It was a bit sad because here music was really good. I also got a little present from some people that work for refugees: a cool red scarf!


Posted May 9, 2008, 8:43 am
Hello! Kasper had a surprise for Marjolein yesterday: he took her to a concert! And of course she took me. We went to a Dutch band called Room Eleven in Eindhoven. The theater was called the Effenaar. The concert was really cool! You should listen to their music someday! It was a bit old fashion (which is a good thing) and with lots of energy. The singer has a beautiful voice, maybe even the best I've heard yet in the Netherlands. Well Marjolein defenitely can't sing ssshhh. Here are some photo's of the concert! Today Kasper has got even more surprises for Marjolein: we are going to Sea Life in Scheveningen en the Omniversum in Den Haag (The Hague)! I will tell you all about it when I get home. We are also going to the beach of Scheveningen because the weather has been really hot for a week now! Kasper does all these things for Marjolein because today is their 2 year anniversary!


Posted May 9, 2008, 10:54 pm
Dear Pandamao,

It was a wonderfull day! The sun was shining and I really got a tan on my face! I say real interesting fish in Sea Life in Scheveningen! Sea Life is just by the beach, so you understand we went on the beach and into the sea! Some fish in Sea Life were a bit scary! But there were also lots of fish who were very colourfull and beautiful. And you see me with Dory from the movie Finding Nemo! And with Nemo's father! And in the tunnel with the turtle Crush!! Marjolein bought the son of Crush, Shelly, so I've got a new friend! He wants to be a tv but I told him his head is a bit big and heavy to become a ToyVoyager. On the fifth photo you see a little 'pijlstaartrog', this is the animal that killed the Australian crocodile fighter Steve Irwin! And he looks so sweet! After the visit to Sea Life we walked on the boulevard. Then it was time to go to The Hague to the Omniversum. This is a real special cinema with real special movies. Their screen is reeeeeeeaaaaaaaalllllly big and you have to look everywhere in the room to see what is going on! We went to the movie called Africa's Elephant Kingdom. It was a beautiful movie about elephants, their lifestyle's and their survival. Then it was time to swim! And relax on the beach. We had pancakes on the 'Pier', which is above the water! I was a bit afraid at first (what if the pier should fall into the water?) but the view was so beautiful!! We also saw a boot from the KNRM (Koninklijke Nederlandse Reddingsmaatschappij) which means something like lifeguards. We did not know if there was something going on but all of a sudden all kinds of police- and firetrucks came to the beach. Well it could not have been to bad because they where also gone in a flash. Finally I want to tell you about another new friend! Marjolein bought him at the Omniversum, he's a little giraffe called Kasper (after Marjolein's boyfriend) and he is defenitely going to be a tv!


Posted May 10, 2008, 1:53 pm
Hello! While Marjolein is doing her homework, I decided to write to you because I forgot to tell you something yesterday! I found a shell on the beach in Scheveningen! You see me with the shell on the photo.


Posted May 15, 2008, 11:30 am
Good day!! Because Marjolein is being totally boring with her homework I decided to look at her house. She lives above a snackbar. She has a bedroom and livingroom with her boyfriend Kasper. They share a bathroom, kitchen, toilet, balcony, hallway and storage with two other young persons. This is a couple aswell. They all live here since August 2007. The first photo is Marjolein's buddhistcorner in the living room.
Well, I've seen the livingroom so I went to the toilet and see what I found there! Santa is everywhere in this house!
After the toilet I went to the bedroom, it was all pink and stuff. I also found my new friend Shelly.
The view from the bedroomwindow:
This is the huuuuuuuge card Marjolein got Kasper
So then to the balcony! This is the view from the balcony. You see the guy who sells fish before the watertower which now is a shelter for poor people.
Because of the good weather I relaxed on some beanbags on the balcony.
Then the kitchen. Pfoo Marjolein needs to do some dishes!
And back to the livingroom. This is the view from their window. They look right into the balcony of the neighbours.
Kaspers favourite footballclub PSV Eindhoven:
And about 1/100 of Marjoleins bookcollection. She's got loads of books!

Till soon!! Love Nick

Posted May 16, 2008, 2:33 pm
It's me again! Marjolein went to the fishguy across the street, the one I told you about yesterday. And she brought back something really Dutch called 'Hollandse Nieuwe'. Well it was herring! She got one with little pieces of onions on it for Kasper and for me one without the onions. Let's just try some herring, I thought. Well I was looking forward to this herring.

But what was Marjolein doing? These strange Dutch people don't eat their herring with a fork but with their hands! They hang it over their heads and they bite it!

Marjolein let me do it, and it was actually quite fun! And the Hollandse Nieuwe tasted very good. But it smelled very bad!!

Posted May 19, 2008, 4:50 pm
Hello Pandamao!

I made friends with some footballplayers today! Their names are Arjen Robben and Mario Melchiot and they play in the Dutch national team. We played some football but they where way too fast for me. I said they had to take it easy with me, because I am an old man. Marjolein says every store now gives away free footballstuff because the European Championship starts in June. Marjolein loves football! Kasper and her are going to watch the first match of the Dutch national team on June 9 in a café with a big screen! I hope I can come too!
I also found something really scary in Marjoleins livingroom! It's a mug of Count Dracula! Marjolein bought this mug near the real castle of Dracula in Romania! She went there last month, her best friend Dieuwerke was in Romania for three months for school and Marjolein visited her in April.

Posted May 19, 2008, 5:14 pm
A new tv arrived today! It was LiLA Bear! She had had a long trip but I am going to make her feel right at home :)
Firstly I couldn't see what was coming out of the envelop.

But there she was:

I like having a new friend!

This was it!

Posted May 22, 2008, 10:50 am

Marjolein was very excited today because Manchester United was playing in the Champions League final. Uhm, yeah well Marjolein is a big, no HUGE Manchester United fan. So she was constantly screaming during the gaming and pinching me when she found it too scary. Well, there was nothing else to do for LiLA Bear and me, then just make ourself comfy and watch the game.

Well, it was excited, Manchester scored a goal, Chelsea scored a goal, there was extra time, a Chelseadude hit a Manchesterdude and the Chelseadude got a red card so he had to leave. But it stayed 1-1 so it all came down to penalty's. Christiano Ronaldo (Manchester) missed his penalty, giving Chelsea some hope.
Edwin van der Sar (the goalkeeper of the Dutch national footballteam) was having a though time at first, guess he was tired.

But Edwin van der Sar did very good. John Terry (Chelsea) also missed his penalty and then Van der Sar stopped the penalty of Anelka (Chelsea) and this means:

Manchester United won the Champions League!!

Marjolein was jumping up and down and screaming and really acting a bit weird. But the people on tv where acting even more strange, but I guess they were all very happy with winning.

Can you see me?

Posted May 25, 2008, 9:42 pm

I went to Vlissingen this weekend! Marjoleins parents took us to the province Zeeland. Vlissingen is near the coast and the sea. LiLA Bear and me had our own seat in the train!

This is the view from the window of the hotelroom

We took a walk by the sea of Vlissingen. It's the North Sea and we could almost see England haha.

And we took a walk in the city of Vlissingen. We saw some cool graffiti!

It was a beautiful, real Dutch city.

After all this walking we went to bed in the hotelroom.

Posted May 26, 2008, 10:29 am
The next day we went to Belgium! To the city Brugge (Bruges). We had to drive from Vlissingen to Terneuzen and there go into a tunnel under the sea!

Not long after the tunnel we reached the Belgium boarder.

LiLA Bear and me had a very good seat in the front of the car, we could see everything. I thought Belgium looked really cool!

We are almost in Brugge!

Then we reached the entrance of Brugge. Too bad the brigde was up.

But after some waiting we can go through!

We parked the car and went checking out Brugge by foot. It is a really beautiful and old city! Marjolein said it was the most beautiful city she had ever seen!

After some siteseeing we went to a real Belgium museum: the fries museum (Frietmusem)! Fries where of course invented in Belgium and it what's they're famous of.

Fries are called 'friet' in Belgium. In Dutch the mostly call it 'patat'. The museum first showed the history of the patato. This is me witha bunch of patato's.

I also baked some fries. Well okay not for real it was just pretend.

And at the end of the tour it was of course time to taste some fries! And these fries weren't pretend! Lila ate a lot of fries! I just had some.

The is was time to go into the city again. We went into some churches. This is inside the 'Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk'. This is Madonna with child.

Children are baptised in this thing, it's like nothing I've ever seen before!

In the street I saw puppets sitting in the window! Maybe if they're done drinking tea they could join ToyVoyagers.

But fries aren't the only Belgium thing. They also have Belgium chocolate! So we went to the chocolatemuseum.

Aah I'm falling in!! I'm gonna die!! Help! Lila said

O no you're not falling! I will save you! I said.

Pfieuw happily I was in time to save her!

They had these things they put the chocolate in to get special, in this case Sinterklaas puppets! Of course I wanted to show you this Sinterklaas!

They had art completely made out of chocolate! Lila really liked the chocolatefairy.

I wanted to get my picture taken with a huge cocaobean!

And also saw Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean.

Posted May 26, 2008, 10:34 am
That evening we went back to Vlissingen. I was very tired and went to bed. But Lila wanted to had her picture taken with lots of other stuff in Vlissingen to show to her mum.


Posted May 26, 2008, 10:44 am
It was sad moment when we had to go home again. But I've enjoyed the weekend in Vlissingen en Brugge very much! And there was a surprise waiting for us when we got home! A new tv had arrived! It was Pingu from England!

He told me and Lila his journey had been good and he is looking forward to spending time with us in Den Bosch!

This was my story of this weekend. I'll be back soon!

Posted May 27, 2008, 3:04 pm
Another tv arrived today! It was Roots Bear! He has already had a long yourney, because he was lost on his way to the Ukraine and ended up in Saudi Arabia! But now he is here and we will show him a good time :)

Posted May 28, 2008, 2:18 pm
And another tv arrived today! Another? Yes another! It's getting very gemutlich here! It was Chompers!!

He came from Remscheid, Germany and he brought a nice card!

Posted May 30, 2008, 10:50 am
Dear Pandamao,

I went to see the Dutch national footballteam today!! In the footballstadium of PSV Eindhoven in Eindhoven. The match was between Holland and Denmark. I had been to Eindhoven before but never inside the stadium!

Before the match, there was a giant toy on the field! He had a drum with 'Dutchy' on it. Marjolein told me this is the mascotte of the Dutch team. I said he should also travel but Marjolein doubts he will fit into an envelop. She told me a little secret: there is actually in man inside that lionssuit!

But then the match began. First it was time for the national anthems. The Dutch anthem is called the 'Wilhelmus' named after Willem I, king of the Netherlands in the 16th century. The song has 15 verses but they only sing one at the footballmatches. Most of the Dutch only know this verse.

That's the goalkeeper of the Netherlands, Edwin van der Sar, on the big screen. We also say him on television when Manchester United won the Champions League!

And they're off!

Do you see all the people nicely dressed in orange? Orange is the Dutch national colour. This is because their royalty's (queen Beatrix and family) are called Oranje (orange in Dutch).

Rafael van der Vaart (number 23, footballer of HSV, in Germany) took a cornerkick for Holland.

And Holland scored!!

Chompers was so excited! We couldn't see anything!

But I was also partying!

So when the second half of the match began, it was 1-0 for Holland.

But then Denmark got dangerous!

O no! Denmark scored!!

And that was the end of the match. The first half was very good, but the second half the Dutch team played sloppy and they let Denmark make a goal. I hope they will do better at the European Championship next month! This game was just for practice.

The stadion of PSV Eindhoven is a very beautiful stadium, also on the outside. It's called 'Philips Stadion' because Philips is their sponsor. Philips is a factory that makes lamps and other electric stuff. Eindhoven is therefore also called the 'Lichtstad' translated something like The city of Light. That sounds beautiful doesn't it?


Posted May 31, 2008, 9:51 pm

We went to the biggest Bingo of Holland today! There where lots of Dutch singers and Marjolein and Kasper also won something! They both won a replica of the t-shirt the Dutch national team whore during the World Championship of 1974! It was so cool!

This all happened in the footballstadium of the club Vitesse, the Gelredome, in Arnhem (or Arnheim in German). It didn't really look like a stadium, like the Philips Stadion. But that's because the Gelredome was also built for things like performances of big artists and of course superbingo's hihi.

It was really big and there where about 36000 people inside!

Gerard Joling, who is a famous Dutch singer, presented it. He looks a bit weird in is golden suit but Marjolein said that's because he is gay.

Jan Smit also performed. He is from Volendam and he has is own real life soap. He has been a famous singer since he was very small and he sang a song for his grandmother. Marjolein has got one cd of him and she thinks he's cute. O and she has some underpants that say: Mrs Smit, as if she is Jan's wife haha. Marjolein got them from Kasper, he is a bit weird too.

Politicus Agnes Kant was also on the party. That is because the goal of the Bingo was to raise money for playgrounds for Dutch children. Agnes Kant also wants more playgrounds.

And of course was Rene Froger singing on stage! He also sings in English so I could finally understand some of the songs!

This is Edsilia Rombley. She went to the Eurovision Songcontest for the Netherlands twice. She never won.

Chompers helped filled in the Bingocards for Marjolein.

The biggest act was Frans Bauer! All Dutch people love him because they think he is so normal. The Dutch don't really like it when people are to drama. Frans did kidnap this child on stage but she seems to enjoy herself.

The Bingo was also the final for a program called 'Kinderen zingen met Sterren', which means Children sing with Stars. There where 4 teams on stage. The team that sang with the duo Nick and Simon from Volendam won.

We had a great time!


Posted Jun 3, 2008, 7:40 am
When we got back a new toyvoyager had arrived! It was Davy!


Posted Jun 3, 2008, 7:44 am

We helped Marjolein make dinner today! We made Russian Stroganoff with cucumbersalad. It was very nice!


Posted Jun 3, 2008, 7:46 am
LiLA Bear went on with her journey today. Marjolein took her to the postoffice to send her off to England. I am going to miss Lila very much! So I gave her a big hug and wished her all the best!


Posted Jun 10, 2008, 11:40 am

Because the Dutch footballteam played their first match for the European Cup (against Italy) yesterday (Holland won with 3-0!!) we decided to play some ToyVoyagersfootball!

I was in the team with Pingu and Roots Bear.

But then Davy attacked!

He tried to score... But Pingu got the ball!!

We turned the game around, I attacked Chompers! I played the ball to Roots, Roots played it back to me. I tried to score...

And I scored!!

Woohoo! My team won!! Now I can't write anymore because I have to get back to some more footballmatches!

Regards Nick

Posted Jun 10, 2008, 7:13 pm
I had already told you the Netherlands won from Italy with 3-0 yesterday, hadn't I? Marjolein bought some newspapers to show how the European Cup lives in Holland. All the newspapers are orange! :D

Posted Jun 15, 2008, 10:57 am

On the day the Dutch footballteam played their second match, I went to the zoo! It was in Rotterdam and the zoo was called Diergaarde Blijdorp.

I was so happy because you know what I saw? REINDEERS!!

Hello my dear friends!!

Too bad we couldn't get any closer but I was happy anyway :D

Posted Jun 15, 2008, 11:05 am
Of course they had more animals then reindeers. Reindeers are the most beautiful though.

They had a tunnel just like in Sea Life! And this is again a photo of a turtle!

These birds are totally orange! I guess they support the Netherlands too.

This kangaroo carries a little one!

We took a break in the Chinese Garden.

I had a really good time in the zoo!


Posted Jun 24, 2008, 6:38 pm
Dear Pandamao,

I went back to Groningen! It was Marjoleins birthday and she celebrated it in her birthtown. This is because she was afraid none of her relatives would show up at her birthday when she would celebrate it in Den Bosch.

Marjoleins parents live in a suburb called Lewenborg. This used to be farmland, untill the seventies when they started building houses on it. There is still a farm and some farmland where sheep graze now.

This is what Marjoleins parents' house looks like:

I met the dog Amber. She is old like me.

The two black cats called Dribbel and Garfield run off before I could be in the photo with them! Crazy cats!



Posted Jun 24, 2008, 7:15 pm

When we got home from Groningen, a new tv had arrived!

We heard some strange sounds coming out of the envelop...

What is that???

It's TheOutsider!!

Hugs Nick

Posted Jun 29, 2008, 5:43 pm

In the province of Groningen, the village Warffum is every year an international dance-festival called Op Roakeldais. This is in the dialect of Groningen and means something like 'hoping for the best'.

People from all over the world come to Warffum for this festival that takes about a week. Dancegroups from for example Mali in Africa:




The Netherlands:






On these photo's they where all getting ready for the parade in the centre of Warffum. It's a beautifull Dutch village.

After this we went to the hobby market. Marjolein bought some presents for her father who's 50th birthday is today. In the Netherlands is costum to buy mustard for people who are 50. And the also say that when you are 50 'you say Abraham'. So Marjolein also bought some stuff with Abraham on it. When a women is 50 the will 'see Sara'.

In a big tent some groups from the parade also danced on stage during a performance called 'The world dances in Warffum'.

These are the Scottish:

And Colombia:

Then it was time to go back to Groningen with the train. It's a journey of about half an hour.

It was a very cool and also hot day!!



Posted Jul 2, 2008, 7:41 pm

A new tv arrived today! It's Claire!

Atfortunately for her the weather was very bad today! But I guess she is used to that because she is from the Netherlands.


Posted Jul 7, 2008, 3:07 pm

I went back to Groningen! We ate at a Tapasrestaurant. Tapas are little Spanish snacks. We ate lots of stuff like spare ribs, dates, lambs, melon in honey and lots more. And for dessert a chocolatecake!! The restaurant had some beautiful and colourfull stairs!! After diner we had some drinks on the 'Grote Markt'. We also went to a bar called the Newscafé and to the cinema. To the movie called In Bruges. It was a weird but interesting movie. All and all we had a really nice night in Groningen!

Best wishes,


Posted Jul 7, 2008, 11:16 pm

In Nieuweschans, in the province Groningen, was a very cool festival today. It was called Celtic Midsummer Festival (in Dutch:Keltisch Midzomer Festival).

It was so cool! Lots of people where dressed up.

Asterix and Obelix where even there! There was a battle between the grown-ups and the children and the children won everytime! Of course I was cheering for them :D

We had beers and spare ribs.

And we danced to Celtic music from the Dutch band Rapalje. And the German band called Faun.

Marjolein coloured a candle and her boyfriend Kasper got a very cool stone mug with 'Rapalje' on it! They also bought special tea. Marjolein's mother bought lots of juwelery and she flirted with Obelix! He didn't have a shirt on and was getting very red in the sun. So she offered him some sunblock! ;)

I had a great time!!


Posted Jul 10, 2008, 4:00 pm

Another tv arrived today. I love having so many tv's around! Her name is Finja and she is a lovely little bear with cute flowers on her skirt.


Posted Aug 2, 2008, 7:32 pm
Time to say goodbye from Den Bosch. Marjolein finally showed me the city, here are the photo's:

The Market

The Hinthamerstreet, thé shoppingstreet of Den Bosch.

The Saint John's Cathedral, the biggest cathedral of the Netherlands.

I must say, Den Bosch sure is a beautiful city! But now it is time to go on with my journey. I won't go very far, just half an hour by train, to Utrecht. Marjolein is going to study in Utrecht so maybe I will see her again!

This is me saying goodbye to Marjoleins boyfriend Kasper.

I had a great time, off to the rest of the Netherlands!



Posted Aug 2, 2008, 8:01 pm
Hi there!

Well, as you all have seen I had a really great time with Marjolein. She showed me a lot of places and very special things. I was a little sad when I had to leave her.
Today I arrived at Marina's place. When I got there I imediately went to the computer. I just had to see the pictures of Den Bosch again!

This week Marina is taking care of a couple of cats from a friend who's on holiday. I joined her. I tried to have a good conversation with Chill and Luna, but I guess they'd never seen a Santa like me before. Chill was giving me that strange look...

Well, I'm going to explore my new place and see if I can meet some of my new friends. Catch you later!

Posted Aug 5, 2008, 12:37 pm
Yesterday Marina had to go to work again after the weekend. She works in Naarden. In the morning her boyfriend (who's also her colleague) took us in his car. Although I don't have a drivers licence... he let me drive for a little while! That was pretty cool.
It was a busy day at the office and I tried to help out as much as I could. You'll see pictures of that later.

After work we were returning to Utrecht by train. That was pretty cool too, since I even got my own ticket.

At the end of the day we had a little argument. I wanted to have a sigaret. I mean: I'm a big Santa already. I can decide such things for myself. But Marina wouldn't let me have it. Well... I think it's better that way...

Posted Aug 9, 2008, 6:53 pm
Hi guys, I'm back!
As I told you before I had a pretty busy week. I tried to help Marina with her work at the office.
I got to meet her colleagues. Weird guys, but they were very nice to me. I tried to make myself useful, so when they were busy I got them some coffee. One of the guys even made me a nice coffeehat.
I also picked up the phone sometimes, but I stopped doing that. I had to keep explaining why there was a Santa Claus in the office in July.

Marina works at a radiostation. I asked them if I could see the studio.
I liked it, so I asked them if I could have my own radioshow. Ofcourse that was no problem at all. Look at me being professional and all! I think I have the perfect face for radio. :-)
During the afternoonshow they always sing a song in a big horn. I got to do that too. That was cool!

Next time I'll tell you more about what officepeople do when they're on a break. Bye!

Posted Aug 30, 2008, 9:54 am
Well, it's been a while. We've been pretty busy. I go with Marina to the office almost every day. It's hard work, but also much fun. The guys and girls at the office go out for a walk every day during lunchtime. They're going to visit Spunky, a very cute donkey, and her friends.
Going for a walk
This is where I first got to meet Spunky.
I was so very thirsty! After I had a drink I noticed the sign 'Geen drinkwater'. How was I supposed to know that means it's not for drinking?!
Well, after all I still look good.

We also played hide and seek. Guess who's a winner?

Next time I'll tell you all about my visit to the supermarket.
Bye! Nick

Posted Sep 4, 2008, 2:19 pm
We went to the supermarket. I was a big help!

I bought all the milk.

I tried to hide all the yoghurt. I don't like that very much.

I know it's important to stay healthy, so lots of bread and banana's there!

I felt very much at home in the fridge.

And a whole lot of toiletpaper.

After all the hard work I was a little hungry, so I had some flowers. How was I supposed to know they're not for eating? My stomach hurts a little... but hey... Isn't that what we bought all the toiletpaper for? ;-)

See you next time!

Posted Sep 9, 2008, 1:46 pm
Guys! Did I tell you Marina's boyfriend is a DJ? Last weekend he had to do a show in a place called 't Haasje in Kampen. It was sooo cool of him to make me come with him!

Look, this is Erwin and me:

He was working with DJ Juri this evening.

I got to do so many cool things!
They gave me a new cap:
They even let me choose my favourite song.
We danced the night away!

I felt like a really cool DJ. Don't you think I look like one too?  :D

Posted Sep 9, 2008, 3:06 pm
Yesterday we went to Zoetermeer. Marina went horseback riding for the third time in here life.

This is us!

Djody was walking around. She's in love with me, I guess. Her kisses were sweet.  :rolleyes:

All the horses were in love with me too. One girl tried to kiss me. She was really good, but she had a pretty bad breath.

The cap looks so charming on her. *cough cough*

Marina was riding on Barcas, a really cute horse.

Look how fast they go!  :p

I got to ride on Barcas too.

I'm so tired now.  ;)