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Heligoland, Germany - 19th October 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi,
I'm considering if I should fly to the "Dune" again ...

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The world belongs to ToyVoyagers! Hippoda is also with us and a teddy bear which belongs to Katja's sister, it's Verdi.

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This is the "Hermann Marwede", the largest cruiser of  the DGzRS, (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger) in English known as the German Lifeboat Institution, which is responsible for Search and Rescue in German territorial waters in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, including the Exclusive Economic Zone.  The home port of this ship is Helgoland. The DGzRS is entirely financed by membership fees, private donations and legacies.

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Bye
Landroval

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Heligoland, Germany - 20th October 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
I found a nice place for a rest.

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These are the famous Hummerbuden (we did not find any english word, literally translated it would be "Lobster booth)"

Formerly they were booth of fishermen, nowadays they contain shops, restaurants and bars.

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You can find this statue in front of Hummerbude 31. The artist
included a special sort of  stone. It is flint, a red flint, which is only found here on Heligoland an on the neighbour island, Dune. it was used by people in stone age already.

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It is really windy today. It is a force 7 - 9 wind with squalls.

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The sailors have to work hard ...

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By the way, this is the North Sea is a marginal, epeiric sea on the European continental shelf, part of the Atlantic ocean.

These are lobsterots opposite of the Hummerbuden (Lobster booth), this fits perfectly.

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My face is a bit blurred on the next photo, but you can see the harbour and the Hummerbuden perfectly. On the left side you can see the hospital.

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This is a small lighthouse in the harbour. From here you can see the houses on the upper land and those on the lower land.

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Bye for now
Landroval

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Heligoland, Germany - 21st October 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi,

the storm is getting stronger today. If I will get wet feet?

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The froth is coming really close, my beaker is already wet!

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Bye
Landroval

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Heligoland, Germany - 22nd October 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,

Heligoland belongs to the administrative district of Pinneberg. You can find this cross on a "hill", the highest elevation of the administrative district of Pinneberg. My friend Verdi is sitting next to me.

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This path is called Klippenweg (cliff lane). It is leading across the upper land, above the cliffs, which are new red sandstone.

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The distance to the mainland is about 70 km. Despite of the Dune you cannot see any other "land".

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This column is the landmark of Heligoland: Lange Anna (long Anna). It is protected by a concrete wall, otherwise it might be washed away by the sea.

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Bye
Landroval

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Heligoland, Germany - 24th October 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,

I am sitting in the "Bunte Kuh", ( "Coloured Cow" ), a bar with a restaurant and café, The counter is shaped like a ship.

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Bcause every old sailing-ship has a figurehead, this counter also has one. Isn't she pretty?

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This is a pretty little garden gate on the upper land.

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We are on our way back home now. This time I found a place which is sheltered from the wind.

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If I should ever need a life buoy I don't have to fly so far.

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Of course a life raft is even better.

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I really enjoyed my trip to this small island.

Bye
Landroval

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Remscheid, Germany - 28th October 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
we took a walk today in the city centre of Remscheid.

Here you can see me next to the city hall.

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This is the water tower, from here the residents of the city centre are supplied with drinking water. The water is pumped up to this hill from a dam in a valley.

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I like those pretty coloured trees!

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This is the rear side of the shopping mall with the car park.

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This is one of Katja's favourite shops, for pet supplies. She bought some treats for her rats. Rats .... hmmm ... somehow I'm feeling hungry when I think of rats .....

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In the afternoon we went to a district called "Hasten", a very old district. Here they have many pretty old houses, also this church, which is usually hidden behind the trees.

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Bye
Landroval

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Wuppertal, Germany - 31st October 2009

By: olgamaus


Hi Dad,

today we took a walk with Katja's friend Kerstin and her family dog, Pepe. We went to Wuppertal, Scharpenacken, which is a former army training area. This area was used for military purposes until 2004 A.D as a shooting range. Today there is a local recreation area with vast open areas.

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Hawthorne!

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There are also people flying model aircrafts or kites.

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You have a fantastic overview from the highest point (of course not to compare with the mountains in Canada, but quite nice for this region  :D

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We found a tractor and played with it for a while.

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Afterwards we had to do some shoppings in a DIY-store. Katja is planning to build a cage for some pets.


Bye
Landroval

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Remscheid, Germany - 6th November 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
we are  helping Katja to build a cage. She is going to have two ferrets soon. She bought an used closet and now we are building a large cage from it.

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This was the best part of the whole working day!

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Bye
Landroval

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Remscheid, Germany - 8th November 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
we are still working hard to get the cage ready.

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Bye
Landroval

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Remscheid, Germany - 15th November 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
the cage is ready and the ferrets were brought yesterday. They were taken from a ferret shelter.

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This is Brighty ...

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Shiva is playing somewhere where we cannot take a photo of her.

Both are cute and playful.

Bye
Landroval

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Wuppertal, Germany - 20th November 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,

in the afternoon Katja met her friend Erika and we started today's trip to Wuppertal.

We took the bus to Wuppertal and started walking on the "Sambatrasse", a closed railway track. In this region you can find a lot of those so called "Bahntrassen". They are liked by pedestrians and as well by cyclists. Usually you can walk or ride through a town without much contact to traffic and street noise. This route here is about 9 km long.

We started in Wuppertal-Cronenfeld. Soon we passed this building. It's a waste incinerator.

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We walked along abandoned train stations and allotment gardens.

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It seems that someone found souvenirs along the railway track ...

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We saw large stacks of wood, protected against burglary or maybe wild animals.

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Most leafs are already fallen.

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Suddenly we heard a lot of noise from cars. The route is leading along a motorway feeder.

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A part of the Sambatrasse is crossing the Wuppertal Zoo. A bridge is build over the zoo, on the right side you can see the tiger enclosure. We even saw two tiger playing.

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The tiger were so far away that we had to zoom.

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We saw this funny sign on the bridge, just behind the tiger closure. It says

Info for the tigers - Meals on wheels.

Cyclists have to take care ...  :D (Maybe not only cyclists).

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We reached the end of the Sambatrasse here.

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Katja and Erika decided to enjoy a pizza before going home. That's what they always do when they walked along the Sambatrasse *gg*

Here you can see the one and only "Schwebebahn", a suspended monorail, travelling above the surface of the river Wupper.

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On the right side of the next photo you can see a train leaving the station ...

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... and an incoming train.

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We went home by Schwebebahn and bus.

Bye
Landroval

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Remscheid, Muengsten Bridge, Germany - 22nd November 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,
we took a walk today to visit Germany's highest railway bridge. It is Muengsten Bridge, connecting Remscheid and the neighbour city Solingen.

Here is river Wupper which is marking the border between Remscheid and Solingen.

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Can you see the outlook pavilion in the background? We will go there later.

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We had planned to go to the bridge at first because later the sun would have disappeared from the valley. For some sad cause it was not possible to go there. So we had to walk another path.

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The slopes of this valley are really steep, with lots of rock.

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We reached the outlook pavilion soon.

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From here you have a fantastic overview across the valley of the river Wupper.

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Our path is leading underneath Muengsten Bridge, not on the bottom of the valley but in the height of the middle third of the valley.

Muengsten Bridge is made of steel. It is 107 m high and spans the valley of river Wupper. The bridge is 465 m long and was completed in 1897.

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This forrest region is a nature protection area.

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We saw a cafe in the forrest.

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We are in the municipal area of Solingen now, in Solingen-Unterburg. Unterburg is a picturesque old district.

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A small shop is decorated christmassy.

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Bye
Landroval

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travelling, ... - 25th November 2009

By: olgamaus

Hi Dad,

today it was time to say good-bye to my friends here in Germany. I am on my way to Austria now.

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Bye
Landroval

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Graz, Austria - 29th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Today I arrived here in Graz, Austria! I met my fellow TVs: Atta, Papelbon, Mr. S and Sandi Rose. My former host-mom gave me some chocolate on my way and so I had a little gift for my new friends! I also brought them a calendar-postcard!

I arrived just in time for some decorating for Christmas! Here in Austria they have a tradition: They have a special wreath here, called Advent-Kranz in German. It has 4 candles on it, one for each Advent-Sonntag (Advent-Sundays)- that are the Sundays before Christmas! You can see me decorating! We put the candles on the wreath and then some bows- they have moose on it (a bit like home :-) )

That was a nice first day!

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Graz, Austria - 30th November 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

We started baking cookies today!

First we made a shortcrust dough! It had to rest then for a while. After resting we took the rolling pin to make the dough really thin. With a cookie cutter we made some small boots- these will be some delicious cookies!
While they were in the oven we made the dough for some macaroons. It was really tasty! We were even allowed to try it!

We also made other cookies called "Florentiner". I guess they are named after the city of Florence, Italy. They are made of dried and candied fruit, with almonds and honey. Then you dry it in the oven.

Phew- it was really hard work!

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