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Graz, Austria - 1st December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

We did some shopping in the city center today and went to the Landhaushof. That is a courtyard in the inner city. In the summertime, there are often concerts or open air movies. And now, in the weeks before Christmas there is a nativity set there, made of huge ice cubes! I guess it is hard work to built this every year and then, when the weather gets warm, the nativity set melts away  :(

We also went to the Kunsthaus, which is a museum for modern art and photography. It was built for Graz 2003, when Graz was cultural capital of Europe. The building has a very unusual form and is therefore also known as "friendly alien". You can see the building from different angles. We took a break on a model of the Kunsthaus. It was made for the blind so they can feel what the building looks like.

Then we went on to the Murinsel - the island in the Mur. The Mur is the river that divides the city in 2 parts. The island was also built for 2003 and has a small amphi theatre and a café.

We also had a look at the clocktower - you can see it up on the Schlossberg, a small mountain in the city center. The stairs you can see are called Russiansteps.

And we found another nativity set there on display: made of wood.


* Posted Dec 9, 2009, 9:46 pm Last edited Dec 9, 2009, 9:51 pm by marcie08 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Graz, Austria - 2nd December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Today we continued with the baking! We wanted to frost some of the cookies, so we had to cut the chocolate first and let it melt over a bowl filled with hot water. When the chocolate was molten, we let it cool a bit and then dipped the cookies in the chocolate. We let it dry on a baking sheet.

We then made two kinds of macaroons: with chocolate and with chocolate and almonds. The chocolate ones were sprinkled with cocoa, those with almonds drizzled with molten chocolate and almond slivers.

We went on with decorating the small boots we had baked two days ago: We frosted them with white and red icing.

Finally we took the Linzer cookies and filled them with apricot jam!

I cant wait to taste them!  B)


* Posted Dec 14, 2009, 8:24 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Graz, Austria - 6th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Today my host mom's and host dad's families were invited for an afternoon of cookies and tea! Because it was also the 6th of december, we have been visited by St. Nicholas who puts presents in the boots of good children. Sometimes he also comes personally, especially to small kids, with a huge bag full of presents and his huge golden book, where he can find all the information about a special child for exampel that it has been good in school or that it doesn't follow all the rules... then the kids promise to do better next year and get the presents. In the old days they were given oranges and tangerines, apples, dried fruit and peanuts. Today it's also chocolate, toys... Very traditional presents are also underwear and socks, but kids don't like to get practical stuff!
Kids that havent been good are visited by the Krampus, a very unkind creature with lots of fur and some birch and some chains...see here for more information on the Krampus.

Of course we all have been good, so we found some goodies in our host mom's boots. There were also present for our host dad: some traditional boxers  :rolleyes:


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Graz, Austria - 14th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Look at all the holiday decorations:

A huge moose - that's so cute! And of course a mistletoe above the door! And some Christmas ornaments in a huge glass.

Then we did something really traditional during the wintertime in Austria: We watched skiing! Skiing is really popular here and the Austrians have a really good ski-team  :)

In the late afternoon we went to the city center and looked at the decorations and the Christmas markets there!

I'm enjoying this Christmas time here!


* Posted Dec 21, 2009, 9:54 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Schladming, Austria - 19th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Today my host mom surprised us and told us that we were going to Schladming, a town in Upper Styria, in the mountains. So we packed our bags and skis and the skigear and went to Schladming.

It was pretty cold there - -15°C - but a beautiful snowy landscape! My host mom tooks us with her to the skislopes and we went up the mountains with a cable car and some chair-lifts! We lookes at the map to decide which slope to take!

We also went to a skihut-restaurant to warm ourselves up and eat something. Usually it's "Gröstl", that's a dish made of roasted potatoes and noodles, sometimes also with dumplings and sausages, or meat. (See picture here.) But today we had Leberknödelsuppe (=liver dumpling soup in English). The hut is called sheep alp (Schafalm in German) and they have real sheep there- you can see in their barn, which they share with bunnies! No pics of them unfortunately.

In the evening we watched a ski race held by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. It was a realty tv show, where Austrian celebrities learned how to race. The celebrities raced together in a team with a former Austrian professional skier, like Franz Klammer, Stephan Eberharter or Fritz Strobl.

Skiing was really fun!


* Posted Dec 26, 2009, 9:02 pm Last edited Dec 26, 2009, 9:05 pm by marcie08 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Graz, Austria - 24th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Today we are celebrating Christmas! So my fellow TV-friends and I wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Here in Austria they wish "Frohe Weihnachten"  :rolleyes:

The presents are brought here by the Christkind, which is kind of an angel who flies up in the sky! You have to write a letter with your wishes to the Christkind and put it at the window in december. The Christkind gets the letter while you are sleeping and it brings the presents to the good children (the younger and older ones) in the afternoon on Dec. 24th. It also brings the Christmas tree. Normally it rings a small bell as soon as it has finished decorating the tree. Then you are allowed to enter the room. But of course, the Christkind is no longer in the room but has flown on to the other children!

We looked at the tree with the candles and then we had a delicious meal. And of course we got presents!


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London, Great Britain - 30th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

We flew to London to celebrate the New Year there!
We took the Heathrow Express from the airport to the city center and then traveled on to our hotel, which was right next to St. Paul's Cathedral. In the afternoon we went to the London Eye. Unfortunately is was raining cats and dogs, a really typical British weather  :( and it was pretty cold, too! The pictures are also a bit dark, but you can see me inside the Eye.
My host-mom bought a London-Eye-bear and we TVs chatted with him. He won't become a TV but will stay with my host-mom's stepmom.

Puh, what a day! Time to go to bed! Tomorrow is new year's eve and we
want to celebrate!


* Posted Jan 5, 2010, 5:27 pm Last edited Jan 5, 2010, 5:31 pm by marcie08 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

London, Great Britain - 31st December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

After a quick coffee and a pain au chocolat we started our sightseeing-tour!
We first went to a monument for the big fire in London in the past and walked through the streets of London. We saw a traditional English pub. Then we went to the Tower and the Tower Bridge. It was pretty cold again today, but despite the cold there were so many people out there sightseeing!
Of course we also did a little shopping at Harrod's!

Then we prepared for the evening ahead! We tried my host-moms ear-muffs on- they are pretty cool, don't you think? Froggy-green frog-muffs  B).
We walked to the Thames and the fireworks viewing areas there. There were so many people, but we managed to get a nice place on a bridge. Then we had to wait for the Big Ben to strike midnight. To keep ourselves warm, we danced to the music. Finally we heard the clock strike and then everybody started counting: 10, 9, 8,, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
People started wishing each other a happy new year and started ooohing and aahhing over the fireworks. They really were great. Maybe you have seen them on tv? And then all the English speaking started singing: \"Auld Lang Syne\". My host mom knew the song as there is also a German version, but she didn't know the English words. But she said that she has regognized the song from "Happy new year, Charlie Brown".

When the fireworks had ended, we went back to the hotel and had a drink in the bar there!

Hope you had a great New Year's Eve, too!


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London, Great Britain - 1st January 2010

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

Today we started with a lazy breakfast in bed - delivered by the roomservice! And we were quite hungry from all the oohhhing and aahhing yesterday  :rolleyes:
While having breakfast we wtached the Vienna New Year's Concert which is broadcastet from Vienna to many many countries all over the world. My host mom told me that it's very traditional in Austria to watch the New Year's Concert on tv while having a late breakfast! As Mom also missed the Viennese Waltz at midnight - which is another very traditional thing to do in Austria - we waltzed together when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra played a waltz. But, no photos of that...I guess my feet aren't made for dancing...

We then took the underground to the Houses of Parliament and walked around in that area. We also went to the Buckingham Palace, but we haven't seen HM the Queen. But we saw one of her guards, with his cool felt-hat!

In the afternoon we went back to our hotel and then visited St. Paul's Cathedral! We went up so many stairs which have been old and uneven and kind of slippery sometimes but finally we had reached the platform and were able to have a look over the city!

I have to say, I really liked London. Maybe I'll come back for a visit some day....


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Graz, Austria - 3rd January 2010

By: marcie08

Hi Dad!

We have arrived back here in Graz yesterday and now it's time to pack my bags again! My host mom told me that I'll go to Germany and that her own toyvoyager had already visited there.
I'm curious about the new surroundings and the other TVs Ill meet there!

But I'm a little sad right now too as I had to say goodbye to my new friends.... Papelbon will also leave - he's going to Belarus.
Here you see us saying goodbye. Maybe our paths will cross again in the future!

I really liked it here in Graz but now it's time to hop into my aircraft!
Bye, host-mom, take care!

And Dad, next update will come from Germany!


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Graz, Austria - 4th January 2010

By: smaug

Just updating Landroval's Map :)

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Sülfeld, Germany - 8th January 2010

By: RikeH

Hi Dad,

I arrived in Germany. There was a friendly bunny called Dicker Kumpel. He gave me a warm welcome.


He introduced me to some other nice guys here – we will go on a holiday together next week.


We talked a lot – and I told them a lot about Canada. I showed him my foot.


They all loved the nice Tattoo on it.

Then we all showed our feet – but mine is the nicest!


I think that I will have a nice time here.


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Sülfeld, Germany - 11th January 2010

By: RikeH

Hi Dad,

We have winter here in Germany now. I wanted to explore Sülfeld in the snow. This is the old school.


The church is so beautiful – and the pharmacy is on the other side of the street.



I had a great idea – I should build a snowman. It was hard work for a little ToyVoyager like me.


But look, he is great, isn’t he?


Snowy greetings

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Hamburg - ???, Germany - 16th January 2010

By: RikeH

Hi Dad,

today we started our trip.  It was very  early in the morning – and snowy. Look – what I saw. Not much,


We went from Hamburg to Frankfurt with a fast train called ICE-Train. It has nothing to do with the weather in Germany at the moment.

Here you see all of us together.


We all got something to eat :


Here you see what I got.


When we arrived at the airport we were too early for the check-in. So we waited and watched the queue for the Emirates Flight.

We needed another airline, but I will tell you later, where we went. SURPRISE!!!


When we waited to board the plane, we went to a place where we were able to see the planes.



Look – there is our plane coming.


I had a place at the window – it was a wonderful view! We were over the Alps at this moment - but I didn't believe that it counts for my life mission.


I had a delicious dinner – fresh fish with rice and vegetables. (Is it good for my other mission???)


It went dark outside – the sky was so beautiful!


I can tell you that we had a safe landing and stay in a nice hotel. But I won't tell you now, where I am.


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Umm Qeis, Jordan - 17th January 2010

By: RikeH

Hi Dad,

on this photo you can see, where I spend this holiday – in Jordan.


We started in Amman and went through the city. They write with nice letters here.


We went to Umm Qeis, to the Ruins of the old town Gadara. First we saw the Amphitheatre.


Here we were:



I had a great view from my place.


Then we went to another place – there was a Basilica in the past.


From this place I could see Israel and Syria. I saw the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights.  Really interesting. RikeH and I think that this was a high place.....


On the tour to the next place I saw a supermarket – I love the letters here!


The next historical place was called Pella.



This was a marble column – I loved the color.


We drove to a very interesting place – called the Dead Sea.  It is 422 m below the sea level – this was strange.

The humans behaved really strange there – they put something black on their skins, waited ten minutes, and then went into the water. I didn't understand it.


After the long time inside the bus I decided to take a rest and I enjoyed the sun on the beach.



Later we had a picnic with delicious Hamburgers on the beach.



What a great first day in Jordan.


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