Rico the Tiger, Wismar, Germany

mmm105


Posted Jul 27, 2012, 3:47 pm
Hello dad!

Today happened something really nice and exiting thing to me:
I arrived to Finland!!!
I'm now with my new host, my very first host, mmm105, in the city named Jyväskylä.

There were MANY other ToyVoyagers waiting for me. And they wanted to have a welcome party, how nice! :) So, we ate all the chocolate candies, what I got from home. I have to say, they were so yummy. All liked them.

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And here is hostmom's own toy Kurnau, who is also my host here.
He said to me, that he will do his best that I will enjoy my time in Finland.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-t87vEQUt5dY/UBKnlYbdUaI/AAAAAAAAPxk/TgC6r_0uwjs/s640/002.JPG

I feel so welcome here! :)

Love,
Rico the Tiger
xxx


mmm105


Posted Jul 28, 2012, 8:00 am
Hi dad!

I was walking outside, and I saw this funny sign there.
There's showing how far away this place is from different cities abroad.
It's looking cool, isn't it?  B)

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Jul 28, 2012, 8:42 am
Hello dad!

Today Kurnau wanted to show me something.
He said the place where we will go is great. He was so mysterious...  :thinking:
So, we went outside and started to walk.

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Kurnau said this place is called Harju. It's like a small hill just next to city center. And there's such a great and long stairs there.

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Up there is the building called Vesilinna.
I'm so exited, because Kurnau said we are going to up in this high tower to see great views!

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There's the city center. And the lake in the picture is named Jyväsjärvi.
Look dad, the lake is so close to city center!!!
And by the way, did you know that there's about 188 000 lakes in total in Finland? Lots of lakes, isn't it? So cool!  B)

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There's the sport stadium of Harju.

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And there's the view to the direction where hostmom is living.
She is living just next to the lake. :)

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On the downstairs of the building Vesilinna, there's the Natural History Museum (Keski-Suomen luontomuseo). We visited there.

There's hirvi (a moose). It's the biggest animal living in Finland.

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And there's joutsen (a swan). It's the national bird of Finland.

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There's saukko (an otter).

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There's tikka (a woodpecker).

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There's ilves (a lynx).

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There were showing also some different stone materials, and how continental plates have moved.

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It was such a great place to visit! :)

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Jul 28, 2012, 7:41 pm
Hey dad!

I enjoyed the sunshine today.  B)
I went to see the lake just next to hostmom's home. I think she is so lucky to live in this beautiful surroundings: lots of trees and a lake just next to her home.
It's so Finnish thing: there's so much forests and lakes in nature of Finland.

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Jul 28, 2012, 9:16 pm
Hi dad!

I watched the Opening Seremony of the Olympic Games from TV.
It was a cool show!  B)

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Jul 30, 2012, 7:44 pm
Hello dad!

I said goodbye today to Niiskuneiti, Druri and TobiHH, who all will travel to Germany. And also to Honeymooners, who will travel to Japan.

I'm so happy for their journey and adventures can continue now, and they all will see new places. I wish their travel will be safe. :)

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 3, 2012, 6:57 pm
Hello!

I visited in a new place today: Korpilahti.
It's located very near of Jyväskylä.

I was there, because there was a postcrossing meeting, and it's one of hostmom's hobby.
I had such a great time in the meeting, and I met new ToyVoyagers there!
Another host (Fendi) was there, too, and offcourse with all her toys
and toy-guests (PieksiHH, Nils and Kitsune).

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We all toys have really fun time together! :D
When hostmom and other humans there wrote postcards,
we toys were eating their snacks, hih.

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After eating we got thirsty, so we made coffee.

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And then we played hide and seek! But it didn't go so well,
because the most of us was hiding under the glass.

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After eating and playing I wrote a postcard. :)

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Here are only some of the postcards what postcrossers wrote.

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And here we toys are helping to mail those postcards. :)

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It was really fun to join in the meeting!  B)

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 3, 2012, 7:00 pm
Hi dad!

After postcrossing meeting I wanted to take a look this place, Korpilahti.

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We all toys visited in the harbour of Korpilahti.

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There happened really fun thing! hih!  :D  :D

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We others had sooooo fun time, when Kurnau gave an interview to the ice cream!!!  :D

Then some wild ducks came to swim in the harbour!

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Look, we found this little (and weird) fountain there. And the car behind it looks cool, isn't it?  B)

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This building is quite unique looking, I think.

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And there are we toys, with hostmom. ;)

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Then we found a playground, and we had some great time there!!!
Look, we are sailing! :D

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And offcourse we climbed! :)

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It was really fun day!!! :)

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 3, 2012, 7:03 pm
Hello dad!

Today morning one of us left, but in the afternoon we got more company again because a new toy arrived.

Totoro. left here today. He goes to USA to his new host.
We said goodbye to him, and wished a safe and confortable journey.

And then the new toy Cody Otter beaver arrived here. He told very interesting stories about his travels. He has a travel memories notebook with him, and he showed it to us. It was nice!

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:31 pm
Hey dad!

Guess what? I ate together with Kurnau something really Finnish thing: karjalanpiirakka (a Karelian pie).  :p

Kurnau told, that nowadays in the most familiar and common recipe is  to make Karelian pies from a thin rye crust with a filling of rice. Butter, often mixed with boiled egg (egg butter or munavoi), is spread over the hot pies before eating.

And dad, I have to say: These are good!!!  :p You really should try these some day!

After eating the hole Karelian pie, Kurnau asked if I would like to have a tea party. I wanted it, so Kurnau invited all others to come to drink some tea.  :)

And we had a great tea party! We talked, and laughed to each other. It was really nice way to spend the afternoon.

Dad, just take a look at the pictures, and you will see how much fun time we all had.

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:32 pm
Hello dad!

Today three ToyVoyagers left. BarryO went back to his home in USA, Suomi-boy started his very first journey and he is travelling to USA together with BarryO, and the third toy who left here was Suomi-girl who is travelling to Germany.

I hope they have a safe journey, and they arrive soon to their destinations.

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 8, 2012, 10:01 am
Hi dad!

I'm so exited, because I just heard I will travel to Spain. And my journey starts TODAY!!!

I got the Spanish feeling from hostmom's T-shirt. :D

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-EowMSAG8TTE/UCIgVzaKS3I/AAAAAAAAQhU/RlSoBAq8lao/s640/001.JPG

I tried to put it on, but it was too big for me...
Or what is your opinion, dad? Do I look great?  ;)
At least I felt very Spanish.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xHTNq8RTaXs/UCIgWHlUd3I/AAAAAAAAQhY/cabRcE0tEao/s640/003.JPG

Before saying goodbyes, we all toys wanted to do something fun.
And because it's raining outside, we need to be inside.
Well, Kurnau had an idea for playing a violin. So, we did it, and it was really fun! :)

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Then was my time to say goodbye to all. I had a great time in Finland, and I'm going to miss these nice toys...

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They gave me a group hug and wished me a safe journey. :)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-u8DKIMlYD7w/UCIgWJLXfyI/AAAAAAAAQhc/p_BLF4yOT8o/s512/004.JPG

Bye bye!

Love,
Rico
mmm105


Posted Aug 8, 2012, 10:07 am
Hi!

I'm already in my envelope, and travelling to Spain!
It's so dark here! Hopefully I will arrive soon and safe to my next host.
Goodbye Finland!

Spain, I'm coming...

Hugs,
Rico the Tiger

SiniS


Posted Aug 26, 2012, 10:04 pm
Hi dad!!!!!!!!!!
I’m in Barcelona!!! I have arrived today and I had a wonderful welcome.
A,T,Z-Hellooo!!!!
R-Hellooo!!!!
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00927.jpg

R-My name is Rico the Tiger, I’m from Germany. I bring chocolates!!!
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00928.jpg

They give me a very big hug and introduce ourselves: the host here is Zero, the white ghost dog, the monkey is Ape Apina and the little bear is TezTez
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00929.jpg

After me, another TV has arrived!!!
???-Hiii!!!!
Z-:D Hel-lo… :o
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00931.jpg

???-My name is Doña Felisa, I come from Austria and I bring sugared almonds!!!
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Z-Ehh… mommy… she’s a girl…
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00933.jpg

-C’mon, Zero, don’t be shy!!!
Z- You’re welcome!!!!!!!!!
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00934.jpg

Then, we have joined what Doña Felisa and I have bring and then we have eaten it :) It has been delicious!!!!!!!!!
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SiniS


Posted Sep 2, 2012, 2:03 pm
Hello daddy!
Today we went to the swimming pool! We were so excited!!
We went to the children’s swimming pool.
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And then we took turns to use the inflatable seat. It was so funny!!
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Ape Apina started to take a sunbath because he was the last to use it hahaha!!! :D

After this, we took a sunbath all together in the towel.
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC04079.jpg

And we got hungry!! So we ate some chips and some olives!
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Later, we went to investigate the place. Look! A wooden bridge!!
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And a bit closer…
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Where will this stairs take us? TezTez needed a little help of Doña Felisa to go up.
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Wow!!! It’s a picnic area! A very big picnic area! Look how many tables there are!
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Near from this there was a tennis zone with wooden benches.
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We continued our way and then we noticed that somebody was spying us…
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R-Hello!!!
Z-Come with us!!!
T-Don’t be shy!!!
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC04069.jpg

A-Come closer!!!
D-We won’t hurt you!!!
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???-Hi! My name is Vassily and I’m a tennis ball. Sorry for bothering you. I was living alone here since I can’t remember…

Ohhh!!! How sad it is!!! Vassily told us he was abandoned for his family because he couldn’t play with them anymore. Zero told him that he could come with us, he was sure his mommy don’t get angry if he joined us.
So I have a new friend!!!
Bye dad! I miss you!!!
SiniS


Posted Sep 2, 2012, 4:18 pm
Hi daddy!!!
Today we have visited Camp Nou!!! And Doña Felisa get one of hers life missions and Zero improve one of his!!!
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Rico%20the%20Tiger/DSC00005.jpg

We enter by one of the lateral gates. Can you see all that shields in the wall? They are from each “penya barcelonista”, a community that brings support to a football team, in this case, Barça.
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This big truck is TVE, a national public television channel that will transmit live the match. Tomorrow there will be a Barça-Madrid match, the two most important teams in Spain. We have found a cartel that informed that.
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This is the principal gate to the stadium, but you have to pay to visit it.
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In front of this gate, there are some sculptures.
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And this is me with Barça flags and Catalonia flag.
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And finally, outside the stadium, you can see “La Masia”, it was home to the Barcelona youth squad.
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00056-1.jpg

Congratulations Doña Felisa!!! I hope you enjoy this visit!!
SiniS


Posted Sep 5, 2012, 10:02 pm
Hi daddy!!!!
This week are the festivities in the neighborhood of Sants. It’s typical to decorate some streets and we have visited two of them.
The first one we have found is decorated like a coalmine!!! We are in a coalmine!!!
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http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC00064.jpg
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And the second one shows us North Pole and South Pole.
North Pole…
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Rico%20the%20Tiger/DSC00079.jpg

And South Pole. Can you see us?
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It’s all made with recycled materials: bottles, bags… It’s so beautiful!!
Bye dad!!!
SiniS


Posted Sep 7, 2012, 12:54 pm
Hi daddy!
Today I was drawing in a travelling notebook!!!! It’s a special travelling notebook because only Toy Voyagers can write and draw. This notebook will travel soon, so Doña Felisa and I wanted to participate in it before it continues its trip :)
http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r545/zerosdiary/Zero/DSC04080.jpg
SiniS


Posted Sep 7, 2012, 4:04 pm
Hi dad!!!
Today TezTez leaves us to continue his travel and Zero is very sad.

Z- :( Before to do your Check Out, I have to do the Rico the Tiger and Doña Felisa’s Check In
R-Rico the Tiger from Germany, 13th August 2012
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D-And Doña Felisa from Austria, the same day…
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Z-Now, TezTez is leaving today… :(
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T-C’mon, Zero, don’t cry!!!
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Z-We will miss you a lot!!!
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T-Bye guys!!!
Z,A,R,D-Byeee!!!! :(
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SiniS


Posted Sep 7, 2012, 5:27 pm
Hi daddy!!!
Today is Doña Felisa and her mum’s birthday!!!! So, as she asks in one of her life missions, we’re going to do a cake to celebrate it!!!!

These are the ingredients: 4 eggs, 1 yogurt (in this case, strawberry yogurt), sunflower oil, flour, sugar and baking powder.
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First, we beat the eggs
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Then, we add the yogurt.
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With the vase of the yogurt we calculate the next measures. We add 1 measure of sunflower oil.
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We add 1 measure of flour (x3)
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We add 1 measure of sugar (x2)
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And we add the baking powder.
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We spread butter and flour in the baking mould and put the mix.
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We preheat the oven to 170º during 10 minutes and we place the cake inside during about 50 min. We can check with a hook needle if it’s cooked inside.
Happy birthday Doña Felisa!!!! Happy birthday Doña Felisa’s mum!!!!
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SiniS


Posted Sep 11, 2012, 4:05 pm
Hello daddy!!!
Today we’re going to a mini postcrossing meeting!!!! As it is celebrated in the city center, we will visit the place before the meeting. Although Ape Apina has visited it some weeks ago, he comes with us.

First, we stop in Passeig de Gràcia. This two buildings are so famous!!! On the right you can see Casa Batlló by Gaudí, and on the left, Casa Amatller by Josep Puig i Cadafalch.
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We arrive at Plaça Catalunya. Here will be the meeting, but we have some time to visit the city center!!
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Les Rambles and La Font de Canaletes. There’s a story about those who drink from this fountain, fall in love with Barcelona, so Doña Felisa and I drink to fall in love with it!!
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El Mercat de la Boqueria
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El Liceu
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This man is always sitting here. He lets us to take a photo with him, but is not place enough for all, so Zero it’s not in the photo.
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Colón
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Museu de Cera. Dad, can you see Superman and C3PO on the top??
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Plaça Reial
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And now, we come back to Plaça Catalunya to meet the postcrossing people!!! Then, we go to have something to drink and write a lot of postcards!!!!
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We have had so much fun in the meeting, but now is time to come back home. After this, we go to Portal de l’Àngel, a very famous street due its big thermometer.
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Bye dad!!!!
SiniS


Posted Sep 11, 2012, 5:14 pm
Hi daddy!
Today Zero will show us Sagrada Familia!!!! Ape Apina will come with us too, because he doesn’t want to stay home alone, although he visited it already.

Z-This is Sagrada Familia, an expiatory temple that means that this building it has been built from donations. You have to know that this temple is under construction, because it’s not finished yet!! Gaudí started to work on it but he died before the end of the construction. After this, many architects have continued the work. But you will see the differences…

So, here I am!! The old part…
Z-This is the original part by Gaudí. I think it’s so beautiful with a lot of details. It’s “Façana Naixement” (Nativity Façade) and explains with its sculptures the nativity of Jesus. It’s full of life (the same nativity and vegetals and animals).
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… and the new part.
Z- “Façana de la Passió” (Passion Façade) by Josep Maria Subirachs. It represents the Via Crucis, reflecting the desolation, the pain and the death of Jesuschrist and it’s made withouth details and with austere materials.
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Dad, if you want more information you can visit http://www.sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php
Bye!!!!
SiniS


Posted Sep 20, 2012, 6:48 pm
Hi dad!!!
Today is a special day in Catalonia. Today it’s “La Diada Nacional de Catalunya” (the National Day of Catalonia). This day people remember when Barcelona was defeated during the War of the Spanish Succession on 1714. A lot of people in Catalonia want Catalonia to be independent from Spain and this day a lot of people go out to the street to express themselves.
We have studied a bit about this part of the History and we have seen the manifestation on TV.
Ahhh!!! And Vassily has joined us!!!!
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Look how many people!!!
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This is “Castellers”, a human tower, add to Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO on 2010.
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It has been an interesting day and we have learned a lot!
Bye!
SiniS


Posted Sep 20, 2012, 7:15 pm
Hi dad!!
Today I will leave Barcelona to continue my trip. I’m sad because I had nice times here and because Zero is sad too, but I’m happy because I will discover new places :)

Ape Apina will leave too, so we have said “goodbye”.
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Zero have written the date in his notebook…
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… we have given us a very big hug…
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… and they have wished us a nice and safe trip.
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United Kingdom, I'm coming!
Xadrian
xadriankruez@hotmail.com

Posted Sep 23, 2012, 4:18 pm
Hello!
I arrived safely in the United Kingdom! I was greeted by my new host and two other toyvoyagers, Rendolph and Ceryni. They both welcomed me with kisses.



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It was such a lovely day out that my host suggested we all go for a picnic!
Here is an obelisk that we found on our way into Trent park.


It reads: "To the memory of the birth of George Grey Earl of Harold  son of Henry and Sophia Duke and Dutchess of Kent 1702."

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For lunch we had egg and cress sandwiches which were very good.


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Next we had a couple slices of ginger cake and walnut cake!


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All gone!


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Ugh, we don't feel very well... maybe too much cake!


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We collected some unknown berries and came home.  We are now trying to identify them.  My host thinks that they are rosehips and maybe burdock.  Maybe this book will help?


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Xadrian
xadriankruez@hotmail.com

Posted Oct 13, 2012, 2:48 pm
Hello!
Today my host took me to a woodland carving trail in Broxbourne!



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Giant Acorns!

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Taking a rest with my new friend Rendolph.

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Time for a ride home!

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On our way home we stopped off and did a little geocaching.  We got a nice big red plastic ant from this cache and left an American state quarter.

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Xadrian
xadriankruez@hotmail.com

Posted Oct 22, 2012, 2:06 pm
Hello! or should I say goodbye!? I am heading into my envelope now and will be taking a brief journey to a new exciting place, Russia!

Hope to make more updates soon!
Dangerousebeans


Posted Dec 19, 2012, 8:57 pm
Hi mom!
Wow, it was a really long travel, wasn’t it? I was sleeping all the time in my envelope and I must said it was so boooring…
But now I’m here and very hungry! So, my host has taught me, how to cook falafel - a deep fried patty made from ground chickpeas. She said that it’s a wonderful source of protein for vegetarians and that it’s a traditional dish for eaten throughout the Middle East. I tried to make as many photos as I could.  B)
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First you must take ground chickpeas (near 150 gr.) and soak them in water over night the day before cooking. You can see, that they really change their size! I compare them with the dry ones.  :D
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Then chop and blend ground chickpeas in a food processor until the beans are the consistency of fine bread crumbs.
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Chop the green and slice the onion.
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Put everything in large bowl.
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Mold the falafel mixture into small patty on the spoon and drop into oil to fry to keep the color an even brown on all sides.
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When they are a medium brown color, remove the balls and drain on a paper towel for a minute. Serve warm and fresh!
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Dangerousebeans


Posted Dec 31, 2012, 3:23 pm
Hi, mom!
It’s New Year's Eve today and I’m so happy! Me and my host will celebrate this holiday at home with her family and close friends. You know, in Russia New Year's Eve is now celebrated similarly to Christmas, just without the religious aspect of the holiday. My host has been worked hard till 30th December, so we decide to dress up a fur-tree today! Hooray!  :cyclops:
First of all, let’s go and find the most beautiful tree ever! Good for us that a market is near our house! So, forget about snow and cold, let’s search some holiday mood!  B)
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There are tens of trees inside and some of them are packed into a grid, for convenience of storage and transportation so they are very compact.  :rolleyes:
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Look at this one, it’s so small!
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We have chosen this one, not so small and not so thin, perfect for our room. It’s my host’s father, Lev (Lion in russion), on the photo. :p
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The fur-tree is almost free and becomes stout..
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My host’s fur-tree toys are stored in box on the top shelf of a wardrobe. There are a lot of toys here, old and new, glass and plastic. My host told me that the oldest one - a toy glass alarm-clock, was put on a fur-tree by her great-grandmother! It is excellent tradition - to buy every year some new toys, but also to leave the old ones. You can feel proximity of generations.  :rolleyes:
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So, let’s start!
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OK, now we should hang up electric garlands so the fur-tree will be sparkle beautifully in the evening. Oh, I’m a little bit confused...  :o
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It’s look fantastic! :)
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Wow! Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) have come to us for a party!
I already wrote that in Russia New year has no relation to religion, therefore Ded Moroz isn't similar to Santa Claus! My host has told to me that earlier, Ded Moroz was a wicked and cruel sorcerer, ruling over frosts. According to legend, Ded Moroz liked to freeze people and kidnap children, taking them away in his gigantic sack. Parents were said to have to give him presents as a ransom in return for their children.  :stare:However, under the influence of Orthodox traditions, the character of Ded Moroz was completely transformed, later adopting certain traits from Santa Claus.
And the modern Snegurochka is depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz. But in another story, she is the daughter of Spring and Frost, and yearns for the companionship of mortal humans. She grows to like a shepherd named Lel, but her heart is unable to know love. Her mother takes pity and gives her this ability, but as soon as she falls in love, her heart warms and she melts. :( http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n505/dangerousebeans/Rico%20the%20Tiger/New%20Year/10_zps6077ace2.jpg
I wish you a Happy New Year! Happiness, good luck, love and more sweet surprises next year!
;)
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Dangerousebeans


Posted Jan 10, 2013, 7:09 pm
Hi, mom!

Today we decided to visit one of the most well-known church of Russia - Cathedral of Christ the Saviour! With an overall height of 105 metres (344 ft), it is the tallest Orthodox church in the world.  :stare:
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When Napoleon Bonaparte retreated from Moscow, Emperor Alexander I signed a manifest, 25 December 1812, declaring his intention to build a cathedral in honor of Christ the Saviour "to signify Our gratitude to Divine Providence for saving Russia from the doom that overshadowed Her" and as a memorial to the sacrifices of the Russian people.  :)
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The cathedral took many years to build and did not emerge from its scaffolding until 1860. The painting were overseen by Evgraf Sorokin and thereafter some of the best Russian painters continued to embellish the interior for another twenty years. The cathedral was consecrated on the very day Alexander III was crowned, 26 May 1883.
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After the Revolution and, more specifically, the death of Lenin, the prominent site of the cathedral was chosen by the Soviets as the site for a monument to socialism known as the Palace of the Soviets. This monument was to rise in modernistic, buttressed tiers to support a gigantic statue of Lenin perched on top of a dome with his arm raised in the air.
On December 5th 1931, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was dynamited and reduced to rubble. It took more than a year to clear the debris from the site. Some of the marble from the walls and marble benches from the cathedral were used in nearby Moscow Metro stations. For a long time, these were the only reminders of the largest Orthodox church ever built.  :(
The construction of the Palace of Soviets was interrupted owing to a lack of funds, problems with flooding from the nearby Moskva River, and the outbreak of war. The flooded foundation hole remained on the site until, under Lucy Khrushchev, it was transformed into the world's largest open air swimming pool, named Moskva Pool. :mad:
Finally, in February 1990, the Russian Orthodox Church received permission from the Soviet Government to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The restorer Aleksey Denisov was called upon to design a replica of extraordinary accuracy.
A construction fund was initiated in 1992 and funds began to pour in from ordinary citizens in the autumn of 1994. In this year the pool was demolished and the cathedral reconstruction commenced. About one million Muscovites donated money for the project.  B)
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The monument is located in the city center therefore you can enjoy such beautiful views of the old, not reconstructed quarters of Moscow around!  :rolleyes:
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Especially I like this bridge - very popular place for wedding ceremonies and simply walks.  :D
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On the right you can see one of the chocolate factories oldest in Moscow, and also Peter the Great notorious statue on a ship. So many people consider that it is ugly, but it can't be demolished. The designer Zurab Tsereteli is known as a friend and favorite of Moscow's former Mayor, Yury Luzhkov, and the artist has received many municipal art commissions in recent years, such as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
The Peter the Great Statue in Moscow was designed by the Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy, which was started by Peter I of Russia. At 94 metres, it is the eighth tallest statue in the world.
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And at the left - a view which is often printed on postcards - the Kremlin ashore. Do I need to say anything else? Fantastic!
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And the monument to emperor Alexander II the Liberator of Russia from a serfdom, in fact, from slavery, is located near the temple. Alexander is represented in a military uniform and with an imperial cloak.
The five-meter bronze figure is placed on a stone pedestal with a graceful colonnade. Behind the back of the emperor two bronze lions sit. They, as a plan of author Alexander Rukavishnikov, symbolize old traditional Russia.
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Dangerousebeans


Posted Jan 29, 2013, 7:18 pm
Hi, how are you?
This weekend we’ve visited Kremlin!
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Wow, I think, I should come to Moscow again, because it is such a wonderful place and has such an interesting history! My host thought that I should know everything about it, but of course, now I can remember only a small part.  ;)
This is the Troitskaya Tower - the tallest tower of the Moscow Kremlin. Its current height on the side of the Alexander Garden together with the star is 80 m. Today, the gate of the tower is the main visitors' entrance into the Kremlin. And the view is so beautiful!
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Here you can see the Kremlin Senate, a building within the grounds of the Kremlin. Initially constructed from 1776–1787, it originally housed the Moscow branch of the Governing Senate, the highest judiciary and legislative office of Imperial Russia. Currently, it houses the Russian presidential administration and is a highly secured and restricted area closed to the public. At present, only the southern corner façade, opposite the Tsar Cannon can be viewed.
http://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n505/dangerousebeans/Rico%20the%20Tiger/Kremlin/5.jpgThen we saw the most interesting exhibits of this museum – the Tsar-Bell and the Tsar-Cannon.  :o
The Tsar-Bell was made of bronze and it is currently the largest bell in the world, weighing 201,924 kilograms, with a height of 6.14 metres and diameter of 6.6 metres, and thickness of up to 61 centimetres. The bell is decorated with relief images of baroque angels, plants, oval medallions with saints, and nearly life-size images of Empress Anna and Tsar Alexey. Unfortunately, before the last ornamentation was completed, a major fire broke out at the Kremlin in May 1737. The fire spread to the temporary wooden support structure for the bell, and fearing damage, guards threw cold water on it, causing eleven cracks, and a huge (11.5 tons) slab to crack off. The broken piece weighs 11,500 kilograms, you can compare it with the crowd around – it’s as tall as a man! Some people believe that on Judgement Day, it will be miraculously repaired and lifted up to heaven, where it will ring the blagovest (call to prayer).  :)
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The Tsar-Cannon was cast in 1586 in Moscow, by the Russian master bronze caster Andrey Chokhov. Mostly of symbolic impact, it was never fired in war. Per the Guinness Book of Records it is the largest bombard by caliber in the world. The very low ratio between its calibre and the length of its barrel makes it technically not a cannon, but a stylized mortar. The Tsar Cannon weighs 39.312 tones and has a length of 5.34 m. Its bronze-cast barrel has a diameter of 890 mm, and an external diameter of 1,200 mm. The spherical cast-iron projectiles located in front of the cannon - each of which weighs 1.97 tons, were produced in 1834 as a decoration.  :cyclops:
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Of course, there are many other cannons in Kremlin, but they don’t look so impressive, do they?
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Then you can see The Ivan the Great Bell Tower - the tallest of the towers in the Moscow Kremlin complex, with a total height of 81 metres. It was built in 1508 for the Russian Orthodox cathedrals in Cathedral Square, which do not have their own belfries, and is said to mark Moscow's precise geographic centre. The Ivan the Great Bell Tower today contains 22. Of these, 18 small bells hang in the base and in the middle of the bell tower. Of the four large bells, one is named the Upsenskij Bell, and weighs 65.5 tons. It rings traditionally among the largest religious festivals such as Easter, and was made in the early 16th century.
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Next building with great triangle golden roof and domes is The Cathedral of the Annunciation (Blagoveschensky sobor). It was originally the personal chapel for the Muscovite tsars, and its abbot remained a personal confessor of the Russian royal family until the early 20th century. Compared with the other major Kremlin cathedrals, the Annunciation Cathedral has slightly smaller dimensions. It is also built in a more traditional style, as it was created by local architects from Pskov, rather than Italian expatriate architects. The most characteristic feature of the building is its nine golden domes, and roof with rich kokoshnik ornamentation in an ogive form.  :stare:
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This beautiful cathedral with frescos is The Cathedral of the Dormition (Uspensky sobor). The Cathedral is regarded as the mother church of Muscovite Russia. In its present form it was 1475-79 at the behest of the Moscow Grand Duke Ivan III by the Italian architect Aristotele Fioravanti. From 1547 to 1896 it is where the Coronation of the Russian monarch was held. In addition, it is the burial place for most of the Moscow Metropolitans and Patriarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. However, one of the most important cult images of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Theotokos of Vladimir kept at the Cathedral from 1395-1919 is now at the Tretyakov Gallery. Near the south entrance to the Cathedral is the Monomach Throne of Ivan IV (1551).
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Verkhospassky Cathedral with eleven small golden domes was constructed by tsar Michael Fedorovichem in 1635-1636. From this temple the ladder conducted to a seigniorial platform where decrees, orders of the tsar were read to boyars, and the tsar presented boyars and near people birthday pies. Divine services in it aren't made. :(
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The Cathedral of the Archangel is a Russian Orthodox church dedicated to the Archangel Michael. It was the main necropolis for members of the Tsars of Russia until the relocation of the capital to St. Petersburg. It was constructed between 1505 and 1508 under the supervision of an Italian architect Aleviz Fryazin Noviy on the spot of an older cathedral, built in 1333.
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The Grand Kremlin Palace was built from 1837 to 1849 on the site of the estate of the Grand Princes, which had been established in the 14th century on Borovitsky Hill. Designed by a team of architects under the management of Konstantin Thon, it was intended to emphasize the greatness of Russian autocracy. The Grand Kremlin Palace was formerly the tsar's Moscow residence. Thon's palace is 125 meters long, 47 meters high, and has a total area of about 25,000 square meters. It includes the earlier Terem Palace, nine churches from the 14th, 16th, and 17th centuries, the Holy Vestibule, and over 700 rooms. Now it carries out a role of smart president residence of Russia. Important nation-wide ceremonials pass in its halls, such as delivery of the state awards or credentials. You can see that big national flag is lowered on the spike. It means that Russian president is out now, but he could come back every minute!  :p
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Jasper


Posted Feb 21, 2013, 4:28 pm
Hello dad,
Today I arrived in Switzerland. So happy to finally get out of this envelope, I took a big leap with a loud roar. The first thing I saw was a small zebra and an even smaller sheep, hiding in fear behind a snarling dog,

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two rabbits with a heart attack,

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a turtle, which disappeared in shell,

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a fish who could hardly believe what he saw,

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and a green Something in fighting stance.

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It was hard work to convince everyone that I just roared for joy.

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But I did it.

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Only the dog sniffs a bit suspicious.

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Until then Dad
Rico, the tiger
Jasper


Posted Mar 3, 2013, 2:27 pm
Hi dad,
what a boring week. Jasper had to work full time, the weather was bad (two weeks with no sun, no more snow but fog and rain) and host dad was sick. But yesterday we had a lot of fun. We celebrated Lille's birthday.

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She got a huge cake, a big lollipop and a little sheep. All kissed and hugged her and wished her all the best.

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Then she blew out the candle and cut the cake. It was great fun.

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I hope that next week things will get better.
Love you dad,
Rico, your tiger
Jasper


Posted Mar 9, 2013, 4:44 pm
A dear Hello back home,
after felt like eternity we could go outside today. Jasper packed us into her big bag and we drove to St. Gallen, the capital of the canton. St.Gallen is not really big (74000 inhabitants) but is known for its embroidery. The university is one of the leading business schools in Europe and the Convent of the monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first thing we saw was the red square.

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Yes, not only Moscow has a red square, and this place is really red,

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Oh, oh, we forgot the turtle. Again pose with turtle.

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it is a gift from a reputable bank to the city. On our way to the old town we saw the synagogue of the Jewish community.

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Then we admired the cathedral

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and the many beautiful old houses.

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Then we went to the farmers market.

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There we were immediately hungry, with all these delicacies.

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We bought some fruit and mushrooms, and were on our way home.
Best wishes and much love
Your tiger, Rico
Jasper


Posted Mar 15, 2013, 3:39 pm
Hello dad,
I hope you are well. Today we are preparing another farewell party. Dolivia will leave us and go to Greece. With our new Shopping Cart

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(Jasper brought it  last week)) we plundered all the cupboards and found much useful for a party.

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To reach the potato chips was a bit difficult

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We had almost everything together,

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just the popcorn was still missing. Fresh, warm popcorn tastes wonderful.

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We made one last group photo,

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and hugged our friend.

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Bye bye Dolivia have a lot of fun, much more adventure and a safe journey.
Bye dad, see you
Rico the tiger

What we did not know at this point - I will leave also. I travel to Greece, to the same host as Dolivia. They hugged me

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and wished me a good trip.

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Then we both slipped into the envelope and started our journey.

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Despina


Posted Apr 3, 2013, 10:27 pm
Hello out there!! =)
Rico and Dolivia arrived somedays ago!
We really enjoyed the sweets and the beautiful postcard, thank you so much!

Photo2: With Blackie and Ted.. =)

Photo3 & 4: Rico and Dolivia helped me to learn biology!
Quite boring i'd say :D

Photo5: With my beloved boy Sam <3


Photo6-7-8: At metro station "Panormou"

Photo9-14: Near Monastiraki Square - 14 on top you can see Acropolis!

Photo15: Arch of Hadrian.

Photo16: We decided to ate frozen yogurt near metro station "Acropolis".. they liked tangerine flavor yogurt!

Photo17: Playing at the one side of Acropolis museum.

Photo18-20: Acropolis museum, one day before full moon :)
Ellic


Posted Jun 3, 2013, 12:15 pm
Rico´s Travel:

1. Finland (Jyväskylä, Korpilathi)
2. Spain (Barcelona, Can Sala, Canoves)
3. United Kingdom (Potters Bar, Broxbourne)
4. Russia (Moskow)
5. Switzerland (Lichtensteig, St. Gallen)
6. Greece (Athens)
7. Follows

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