Marty the Moose, Essen, Germany


Posted Jan 14, 2010, 4:46 pm
Hello, Im Marty the Moose and I am currently living with my guardian in a little countryside village in Norfolk, United Kingdom.

Unfortunately the weather isnt very good here at the moment, however today we went for a little trip down to the coast at Hunstanton.

My guardian said it is also known as 'Sunny Hunny' but there wasnt too much of the sun there today and it was very cold so we bought lunch and took it back to the car to eat!  It was very peaceful and quiet though and I got to see the sea which was nice too. My guardian said she will bring me back here in Summer to spend time at the beach and on funfair rides : )

Til next time,
Marty x

Posted Feb 17, 2010, 4:02 pm
Hello, Sorry for a delayed 2nd post - the weather here hasnt been ideal for voyages out recently :(  but despite that my guardian and I decided to brave the weather and visit London today.

I managed to fulfill a life mission and had a trip on London Underground from Charing Cross Station.

We stopped off at the famous Camden Market and saw some very interesting motorbike chairs....

before taking a wander around the stables market which is full of very big horse statues. They made me feel very small standing next to them..

We then went to the V&A museum. I really enjoyed the Fashion gallery alot ....

my favourite piece to see was a handbag that looked like it had chocolate dripping down it.

On the way back to Charing Cross it got very rainy and my guardian and I got lost at Trafalgar Square!

I really enjoyed my adventure and am looking forward to nicer weather to experience the next one.

Til then,
Marty x

Posted Feb 18, 2010, 7:50 pm
Today I was told that I have a nice holiday to Canada to look forward to thanks to somebody who has kindly offered to host me : )

My guardian showed me where Canada was on the globe (The purple area) and she also told me its a country where other moose live and that they are one of the native animals over there.

She let me do some research on her laptop to find out about all the different Moose and where they come from and said that different countries had their own native animals.

This afternoon it was snowing and too cold outside so we stayed in and my guardian helped me to make a bead necklace in the colours of the Union Jack Flag so I dont get homesick while I'm away. I asked if we could make one for my first hosts TV, Pollywally, too. I will be sure to pack it with me when I leave...

I will ask my guardian to let you know when I am on my way to Canada.

Til next time,
Marty x

Posted Feb 21, 2010, 8:39 pm
On behalf of Marty, he wanted me to post a travelog on here as soon as he was on his way to Canada, which he currently is.

He was very excited when I dropped him off but also a bit nervous about meeting his host and making new friends - I've assured him it will be fine!

Til he arrives,
Martys' Guardian x

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 2:54 pm
HI Mom,

I have arrived safe and soundly in Canada. When I got out of my box I meet 3 curious-looking TVs.

I showed them the card and the postcard you sent along with me.

As well as the keychain which my host says thank you for that as well as the cards.

I also gave PollyWally the bead necklace we made. She really loves it and says thank you.

I also met another Moose TV. His name is Munchy Moose and he's from America.

I'm having lots of fun here Mom, but I still miss you.

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 3:47 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we're going on a trip. My host 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... 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.

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 5:10 pm
And guess where we are mom? We're in Toronto right now...well the airport. When I asked if we're going to see any sites, my host said no because she's here to visit some family that lived in near Mississauga. We're waiting to be picked up by my host's Aunt and Uncle and then we're going to dinner.

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 5:33 pm
Hi Mom,

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.

Posted Mar 23, 2010, 7:56 pm
Hi Mom,

Today is Munchy Moose's and Cpl.Flapjack Jr's last day here so we all decided to go to the movies downtown.

We decided to go see Alice in Wonderland in IMAX 3D. It was a really good movie.

After the movie we went to a Mexican restaurant called Carlos and Pepes for the "Bon Voyage" party.

We had "super" cheese nachos with guacamole and a Banana Daiquiri.

Later we hung out at Starbucks and had a Vanilla Latte. We just relaxed and talked about tomorrow and about traveling.

When we got back we continued the party with some Sangria. Don't worry Mom, I didn't drink to much.

Posted Mar 24, 2010, 7:19 pm
Hi Mom,

Today Munchy Moose and Cpl.Flapjack Jr are leaving. Munchy Moose is continuing his journey in Australia and Cpl.Flapjack Jr is starting off his in Austria.

So we said our goodbyes and got into a group hug.

PollyWally and I waved goodbye while Munchy Moose and Cpl.Flapjack Jr got into their respective envelopes.

I'm not that lonely though Mom. I still have PollyWally with me and we're going to have fun  :)!

Posted Mar 25, 2010, 4:28 pm
Hi Mom,

Today I met a new TV, her name is Baabaa. She was a little shy at first.

But she quickly warmed up to us. I know we're going to be great friends.

My host says that we're going somewhere tomorrow but it's a surprise. I wonder what it is?

Posted Mar 30, 2010, 8:14 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we're going on another trip. Our bags are packed and we're ready to go.

Here we are at the train station. My host says that it's easier taking the train to where we're going then flying.

After waiting for a little while, we are finally on the train. The train is just leaving the station now. I'm checking out the scenery outside.

Posted Mar 30, 2010, 11:23 pm
Wow, Canada is very beautiful. My host assures me that it's even more beautiful in the summer when the flowers are in full bloom and there are leaves on the trees.

Now we're relaxing until we get to our destination. Don't want to be tired when we get there.

Posted Mar 31, 2010, 4:45 pm
Guess where we are Mom? We're in Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

This is our cell, this is where we're going to serve our sentence ;). Just kidding, it's a hostel that used to be an old jail which closed in the 1970's.

After we dropped off our bags, we decided to get some lunch. After walking around for a bit. we decided on the Hard Rock Cafe. The food was pretty good.

We walked around a bit after lunch. Along the way we found the Notre Dame Basilica.

Then we went to the National Gallery of Canada. We saw all sorts of different art from Canadian to European.

Later we went to the movies and decided to go see She's Outta My League. It was a cute movie. There's me enjoying a drink.

I wonder what we're going to do tomorrow?

Posted Mar 31, 2010, 5:30 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we started off with Thai Express for lunch. Yum Yum!

After lunch, we visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is the back of the monument commemorating Canadian Soldiers who fought in World War I and II, the Korean War and later wars.

Here is the front.

Here's the actually tomb.

After we walked around a little bit and found a movie theatre. So we decided to go see Hot Tub Time Machine. It was a really funny movie.

For dinner, we went to an Irish Pub called D'arcy McGee's. The food here was not bad.

After dinner, we went to Parliament Hill to participate in Earth Hour. We saw the lights turned off at 8:30pm. We didn't stay to long because it was really cold outside so we went back to the hostel.

Posted Mar 31, 2010, 10:39 pm
Hi Mom,

Today is our last full day in Ottawa. We spent some time outside the hostel.

Then we relaxed a little by reading a book. It was about William Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway.

Then we went to Parliament Hill. There two chambers on either side of the Centre Block, the House of Commons (the elected house) and the Senate (the appointed house). There's also the Peace Tower in the middle.

We tried to get on a guided tour but all the tickets were sold out. So instead we walked around the gounds. This is a statue of John Diefenbaker, Canada's 13th Prime Minister who granted the vote to the Inuit and First Nations people.

Next we found a statue of Alexander Mackenzie, the 2nd Prime Minister of Canada.

A view of the Ottawa River, you can see the Supreme Court of Canada on the left.

This is the Library of Parliament at the back.

A statue of Thomas D'arcy McGee, who was the only federal politician to have been assassination.

A statue of the current Queen, Elizabeth II.

Now this is a statue of Canada's 1st Prime Minister, Sir John A. McDonald.

The last statue we saw was that of the "Famous 5". These women had the definition of "Persons" in the British North America Act changed to include women.

I had a fun day and a fun time in Ottawa. Can't believe we're leaving tomorrow but oh well  :).

Posted Mar 31, 2010, 11:44 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we're leaving Ottawa. We didn't do much really except hang out at train station waiting for our train. We fell asleep during the ride so we didn't watch the scenery going back but I had fun on this trip.

Posted Apr 1, 2010, 12:10 am
Hi Mom,

My host showed us a package that arrived today. Maybe it's another TV?

When we opened the envelope, a TV name Pela came out. Pela told us that she's from Poland.

We then started talking and mainly hung out for the rest of the day.

Posted Apr 5, 2010, 6:34 pm
Hi Mom,

Happy Easter!

We haven't done much lately because my host has been busy with school. She was nice enough to give us some chocolate for Easter. The chocolate was delicious.

My host promised us that we'll do something in the next couple of days, depending on the weather. I hope you had a great Easter, mom. Love you!

Posted Apr 11, 2010, 5:33 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we went to the movies. So we went to the movies in the old Montreal Forum where the Montreal Canadien's of the NHL (National Hockey League) used to play.

We went to see a movie called The Bounty Hunter.

Since we were a bit early for a movie, we played some Foosball. It was Pela and PollyWally against me and Baabaa. The game ended up in a 5-5 tie.

Now I'm going to sit down and relax with my snacks and enjoy the movie.

My host says that she is going to take us to Old Montreal on Monday if the weather's ok. Bye Mom, I love and miss you!

Posted Apr 14, 2010, 6:54 pm
Hi Mom,

We didn't go to Old Montreal today because my host had a stomach ache but she showed us an envelope that came in the mail today. Maybe another TV?

We opened the envelope to find another TV inside. His name is Bally.

When he got out of his envelope, he showed us candy that his previous host sent along with him.

He then decided to share some of candy with us so we said thank you. We then just hung around and talked about traveling, where we've been and where we want to go.

Tomorrow my host tells me that we're all going to visit Old Montreal, I can't wait! Love you Mom.

Posted Apr 19, 2010, 10:19 pm
Hi Mom,

Today we went to Old Montreal and it was a beautiful day outside. Since it was a little far from my host's place, we took the Metro there. This is City Hall from the back.

Next we visited Vauquelin Square which was right beside City Hall. The square and this statue commemorates the French naval officer Jean Vauquelin who was involved in the Seven Years' War.

Here's the front of City Hall. It's currently under construction right now.

Across the street is Place Jacques-Cartier which is a square named after Jacques Cartier, one of the major discoverers of Canada.

We then stopped off at a restaurant called Le Fripon and had some delicious steak and fries.

Then we walked down Rue St. Paul in and out different shops. While walking, we noticed this interesting statue.

We eventually walked to the Notre-Dame Basilica. Here's it is at the side. We would of gotten a picture of the front but there was too much construction around that we couldn't get a good picture.

Then we went to Starbucks to hang out for a while.

I'm really having fun here Mom, can't wait to have more. Love ya :D!

Posted Dec 5, 2010, 9:02 pm
...I'm back and travelling to my next destination.....cant wait!

Marty x

Posted Dec 25, 2010, 7:56 am
I have arrived at Abby's house in Canada!

Posted Dec 25, 2010, 8:21 am
I am sorry that I have not updated in a while.  Christmas is almost here and Abby has kept everyone very busy.  For example, it took two days to get the tree decorated:

All of the presents are wrapped...

See the small stocking at the end?  That one is for ToyVoyagers!  I hope Santa brings me something nice.

Abby baked cookies for Santa.

Because they are in the kitchen, we left a sign on the tree so Santa knows where to look.

Lastly, we checked the NORAD Santa tracker.  Looks like he is almost here!

Posted Dec 25, 2010, 11:35 pm
Merry Christmas!

Good news!  Santa visited last night!

The stocking has something in it!

Look at all the treats!

I hope you are having a good Christmas at home.

Posted Jan 2, 2011, 9:25 pm
Everyone was invited to Christmas dinner, which consisted of turkey, potatoes, stuffing (made with quinoa), brussel sprouts, candied yams, Grand Marnier cranberry sauce and gravy.

Posted Jan 2, 2011, 9:26 pm
Today is Boxing Day, which is the day where Canadians go shopping for sales, but I was not interested in the crowds, so we only went to one unique store, which had a lot of discounted Christmas ornaments.

The outside display is worth noting, because if you come in the evening and tune your radio to a specific station, there is a coordinating light show on the outside of the building.  Unfortunately, we got there too early.

The African elephant from Night at the Museum was waiting just inside the entrance.

Lastly, we went to look at one of the Christmas displays while everyone else went shopping.

Posted Feb 22, 2011, 2:18 am
Today we are making ice cream.

First you whisk two eggs.

Next you whisk in the sugar.  For fun, we used brown sugar instead of white.

Next you pour in cream, milk, and scrape the inside of a vanilla bean...

...until it is all mixed together.

Did I mention that Little Lou was helping?

Next, pour the mixture into the ice cream mixer.

This looks really good, but it has to freeze for a while longer.  We'll enjoy it tomorrow.

Posted Feb 22, 2011, 2:19 am
Happy New Year!

Even though temperatures were below freezing, it was such a nice day out that everyone decided to go for a walk across the Pitt River Bridge.

Isn't the view spectacular?

If you look carefully, toward the center of the photo, you can see Mount Baker, which is in Washington State.

We walked across as the sun was starting to set.

This is what is on the other side of the bridge.  The other bridge you can see is for trains.

On the way back I watched the last of the sun on the mountains.  They are called Golden Ears, and you can see why.

Posted Feb 22, 2011, 2:20 am
Today we are going to Whistler!  It is where many of the events of the Olympics were held last year.

It is a fairly nice drive...when the weather is nice.

Aha!  Snow!  We must be close.

There are many places to ski and snowboard in Whistler, but Blackcomb is accessible right from Whistler Village.

Here is the village.

No visit to Whistler is complete without going to the Cows store.  Everything is cow-themed here.

Here are the Olympic Rings.

The tour being complete, I went to David's Tea to warm up.

We also got some lunch.  Mmmmm, crepes.

Posted Feb 22, 2011, 2:21 am
Monkez has arrived!

Posted Feb 22, 2011, 2:22 am
Today we went to the Raincity Chronicles, which is a night of story-telling that happens about once every two months.  The stories are from real-life, funny, and all of them are loosely based on a theme.  Tonight's theme was Arrivals and Departures.

There was freshly-baked goods for sale to eat while you were listening.  I bought a cookie.

Posted Mar 3, 2011, 6:38 am
It has been snowing, but snow never lasts long here, so we decided to make the most of it while we could.

Everyone decided to make snow angels.

Can you see mine?

Posted Mar 3, 2011, 6:39 am
Abby's family recently got a new cat, so we decided to introduce ourseves and welcome Emma.

Posted Mar 11, 2011, 8:50 am
Today Abby took me to her school.  Simon Fraser University opened in 1965.  It is on top of Burnaby Mountain, and was designed by Arthur Erickson, who is known for liking concrete and water features.

This is the Academic Quadrangle, where many of the classrooms are.  Below the ground there are two floors of lecture halls and places to study and eat.

See the construction behind the trees there?  They are constructing something for the movie Underworld 4, which is partially being filmed here.

This is what it looks like.

This is the Convocation Mall, where graduation ceremonies and student gatherings are held.  Earlier this week there was a clock constructed on the platform, and flags everywhere that said 'Antigen.'  The library is on the right.

This is on the roof of one of the buildings, looking North toward the mountains.  On a clear day the view is really pretty.

This is looking back toward the Academic Quadrangle from the roof.

This is back toward the library.

Here is some more information about the filming happening at SFU.

Here is a list of some of the other movies they have filmed at SFU.

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:27 am
Tonight was the night of the Super Moon.  It didn't look much bigger than usual, but it sure was bright!  Can you see my shadow?

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:28 am
Today we are going on a field trip to a lot of different places to learn about archaeology and Native oral tradition.  The first place visited is the site of an extensive fish trap that is 1300 years old.  Sadly you will have to take my word for it that it is there, because the tide was up.

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:29 am
Our next stop is Horseshoe Bay.

Horseshoe Bay is a ferry terminal now, but underneath this park is an old village site.

We went down onto the beach to look for cultural material.

This is an example of what was found.  As you can see, it is not the easiest to spot (it is right in the center).

There is not much cultural material left on the beach because people come down and collect it.  Before you get any ideas, this is actually illegal.  We put everything we found back on the beach.

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:30 am
This is The Chief, which is a popular climbing destination.  Many people climb up the rock face, and there are many hiking trails on the other side.  It is also part of a local Squamish legend, which I will tell as best I remember it.  There was a two-headed serpent that lived on the top of The Chief.  It caused a lot of trouble, and so a man trained very hard to defeat the serpent.  He climbed to the top of The Chief and chased the serpent out of its cave.  The serpent slid down the front of the rock face.  Can you see that straight line near the center of the picture?  That dark line was created by the serpent's saliva as it came down the rock face.  The man came down after it and wounded it right where I am standing.  The serpent tried to escape Southwards.

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:31 am
The serpent arrived at this lake, which is said to be bottomless.  The man wounded it again when it was in the lake.  The serpent burrowed under the lake and into Howe Sound, which is just West of here, past the hill.  The man followed it through this tunnel and chased it all the way back to Horseshoe Bay, finally killing it in the bay.

There is an archaeological feature in this area, but due to its sensitive nature, I am not allowed to tell you what or where it is (sorry!).  It does have to do with this story.

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:32 am
Lastly we visited Porteau Cove, which is known for its scuba diving, but is also an archaeological site.

As you can imagine, it is very difficult to find a rock among rocks, but here is a core that Abby managed to spot (a core is a larger piece of stone where smaller flakes are broken off and turned into tools).

In this area, anywhere that there is a flat beach is probably an archaeologiacl site.  I would very much like to come back and look for more lithics!

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:33 am
Lintilla has arrived.

Posted Apr 3, 2011, 6:33 am
Today we are helping with renovations by tiling the backsplash in the kitchen.  These are the tiles we will be using.

First you cover the wall with a thin layer of special mud, then apply more mud and texture it.

Next, you place the tiles on the wall.

This is the result of our handiwork!

It still needs grout in between the tiles, but that is a job for another night.

Posted Apr 7, 2011, 7:40 pm
Today we were introduced to Abby's new stay-at-home ToyVoyager, Wallace.

Posted Apr 7, 2011, 7:41 pm
We are making an Afghani/Pakistani cookie called khatai.  They are really easy to make and just happen to be vegan.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (180 degrees celcius).

First you mix together 1 1/2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of ground cardamom.

Next, you add 3/4 cup of oil.  You are supposed to use corn oil, but there wasn't any, so we used a mixture of olive oil and hazelnut oil.

This is what it should look like.

Next you drop little balls onto your cookie sheet.  Do not forget to cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper!

Place them in the oven for 15 minutes.

Once they are out of the oven, sprinkle them with chopped pistachios and let them cool completely.

Posted Apr 7, 2011, 7:42 pm
It is time to go to my new host in Germany!  I can't wait!

Posted Jun 22, 2011, 3:14 pm
Hello everybody,

while having a walk we found this coal-fired power station. After the things that happened in Japan, we were really scared. But BlackCat said that this isnít as dangerous as the nuclear power station in Japan.


Posted Jun 22, 2011, 3:15 pm

today we visited Hattingen with BlackCat. She showed us some really nice houses and such. But see yourself:


Posted Jun 22, 2011, 3:15 pm

today we had a walk at the river Ruhr.

The weather was really nice and friendly. We had a nice time at the river.


Posted Jun 22, 2011, 3:17 pm
Hey out there,

Today we visited Gelsenkirchen. It has a reason. Last weekend FC Schalke 04, the favourite soccer club of BlackCat and her boyfriend, won the DFB cup. We all watched the game and were so happy. So today we wanted to visit some places that are important for the FC Schalke 04, and so we did. Look at the pictures.
This is right next to the so called "Kampfbahn" - the place where the story of FC Schalke 04 started. There is still a soccer field, but it is just used by the little players of Schalke now.
The fanshop has a lot of nice stuff to buy.
That's the headquarter.
They even have cars with their emblem on it.

Lots of love,

Posted Jun 22, 2011, 3:17 pm

Today we said Goodbye to Landroval, who will fly to a new place now. We were all really sad, as you can see on the photos. Goodbye Landroval! Have a nice travel!


Posted Jun 25, 2011, 2:17 am
Hello everyone,

today we made a walk through the part of the city where BlackCat is living. It is called "Kray". First we saw the town hall of Kray:

And then we went to the former coal mine Bonifacius.

It was a really nice walk :)! Hope we will see some nice places again soon!


Posted Jun 25, 2011, 2:49 am
Hey mummy,

today we visited a part of the former coal mine Consolidation. The part is called Oberschuir. It has really nice old houses and looks so totally different to the former coal mines BlackCat visited until now. Only the tower is the same kind. But see yourself!

There were houses next to it which were a part of the coal mine some years ago as well.

Really nice there, or? We loved it a lot.


Posted Jun 25, 2011, 3:10 am

today I said Goodbye to my friends here. I hope my travel will be short. I have some food with me, so I won't get hungry too soon.