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Travelog for: Hugme

Logan City, Australia - 6th July 2008

By: luckaye

After going for a drive with Sparkle the other day, I decided that I would like to become a Toy Voyager too. Then I had to wait until my official tag arrived all the way from England!
Now I am an official Toy Voyager and I am ready to travel!

I just found out that I am going to visit JaymeC in Japan! How exciting! I can't wait, though I am not too sure about how I am going to get there - there is an ocean between Australia & Japan!

A padded envelope?!! I am not too sure about this .......... :thinking:

I am with Jayme in Japan
going to visit:
flyingmonkeys in USA
minnihiiru in Estonia

* Posted Jul 6, 2008, 5:10 am Last edited Aug 14, 2008, 10:59 pm by luckaye [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Logan City, Australia - 7th July 2008

By: luckaye

Woohoo! I am on my way to JaymeC! I hope it doesn't take too long as it is dark in this bag! Wish Lucie had of remembered to take a photo before she sealed me up!

* Posted Jul 7, 2008, 3:24 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 21st July 2008

By: JaymeC

I've arrived in Okinawa, Japan! Here I am poking my head out of my package
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And Shirley Sheep and Mrs. Beasley were there to welcome me!
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I had a postcard for my host, Jayme. She says she loves postcards!
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As soon as I was out, we had work to do! We had to blow up balloons
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And Jayme hung them and some streamers up. We had to be very quiet because the children were asleep and this was a surprise. Here we are once all the decorating was done, can you see us next to the cake?
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And then as we were whispering wondering what would happen next the birthday boy woke up! Happy Birthday Cristiano! He really liked our balloons
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And we all got to eat some of his cookie-cake! Yum!
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I'm sure we'll have more adventures soon, but what good timing to arrive for a party!

Love,
Hugme

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Okinawa, Japan - 22nd July 2008

By: JaymeC

Today it was very hot out so we decided to go somewhere to cool down! About a half hour from Jayme's home is the Kurasaki Dam. Its very popular in the summer time for everyone to come splash around in and her kids like it a lot!
Here we are in front of the dam
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We were standing on some 'stepping stones' (or at least that's how the kids use them!)
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May daycares bring the children here to play, and they all wear color coded hats to keep the sun off their face and necks. It makes them easier to spot too!

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Hope to write more soon,
Hugme

* Posted Jul 22, 2008, 6:38 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 25th July 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we got a surprise when Auggie arrived in record time! http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn291/jaymestvs/IMG_2553.jpg

I gave him a hug because he was so surprised to arrive in Japan instead of the states, I thought he was shocked.
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After that we had to go to the doctor. Jacob woke up with a swollen eye and since Jayme couldn't find any bite marks we wanted to be sure it wasn't an infection or something. I gave him a get better hug. He's still all grins and giggles!
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Here you can see the entrance to Camp Lester, where the hospital is as well as the hospital in the background. Jayme says its the only hospital on Okinawa and the largest military one in the Pacific. If you get really sick, they bring you here.
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Here we are headed into the hospital!
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And good news! There's no infection or anything so Jacob will be better in a day or two. That means we still get to go out and have fun over the weekend as well!

Write more soon,
Love,
Hugme

* Posted Jul 25, 2008, 8:09 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 26th July 2008

By: JaymeC

We started off our day at Comprehensive Park. This is the largest park on Okinawa. Its huge! It has everything from walking paths, to playgrounds, to tennis courts. It even has a water park inside it!
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Here's a better photo of the water park. We didn't get to go in today.
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Along the wall next to the water park there's neat murals. Here we are with a fishie!
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Along one of the bridges there was this neat xylophone to play on
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Comprehensive Park (like many things in Okinawa!) is right up next to the water.
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After that exhausting walk we had to head back home for some food and a nap!

Love,
Hugme

* Posted Jul 28, 2008, 8:20 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 26th July 2008

By: JaymeC

In the early evening once it cooled down a little we went up the ferris wheel at American Village. Jacob has become obsessed with the ferris wheel so Jayme says they go every couple weeks. He's so excited to go to the "up down!" as he calls it.
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It was a beautiful day.

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Part of Jacob's obsession may be that he gets to ride the train when we're done. I got to take a turn too!
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And later one we got to go bowling!
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What a fun time!

Write more soon,
Hugme

* Posted Jul 28, 2008, 8:22 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 28th July 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we stopped by the park on Kadena Airbase. They have a few retired planes there.

This one is a F-100. Can you see us on the wings?
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This is an F-104!
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We climbed up on the wings of the F-4 as well
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Jayme's husband wanted to let us take our picture in the engine of the F-15, but Jayme said she wasn't going to explain to the military police why she was climbing into the engine trying to retrieve some toys. Unfortunately it was too high for us to sit on the wings!

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It was a neat park!

I hope to write more later!

Love,
Hugme

* Posted Jul 28, 2008, 8:25 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan - 29th July 2008

By: JaymeC

We got to go do something VERY neat today. We went to what's called a "Change of Command" ceremony. We weren't supposed to be there, but Jayme let us peek out of her purse. Its essentially a welcome ceremony for the new General of the Airwing and a goodbye to the old General. Okinawa, Japan is home to the US Marine Corps 1st Marine Airwing (or 1stMAW for short).

They bring out all the vehicles for a backdrop for the actual ceremonies.
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The band leads the way with the ceremonies.
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Followed by the unit Marine Corps flags
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Then the Marines finally show up!
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And the Japanese, USA, and Marine Corps flag.
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There's my hosts husband representing his unit with their guidon (the smaller flag)
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Each unit pays their respects as well.
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Then it got kind of boring as each CO gave a speech :) Everyone filed back out in reverse order and we were dismissed.

Hope to write about more adventures soon!
Hugme

* Posted Jul 29, 2008, 8:28 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 31st July 2008

By: JaymeC

Today Jayme decided the kids needed something fun and so we went to the zoo! The zoo here is very small, but the kids like it.
Here we are at the entrance.
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They have neat stone animals you can climb on and look at.
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And then we got to see some real animals!
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Hope to write more soon!
Hugme

* Posted Jul 30, 2008, 9:42 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 5th August 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we went to a place called Camp Zanpa. Its a Japanese park area. There's a beach as well, but today we walked out to the cape. They had goats there that you could feed. We got there early in the morning and they were feeding them lettuce!
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Afterwards we went on a walk along the water. The sun kept playing peekaboo as Jacob said...
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Then we got to the highest point. Isn't it pretty? Can you see the lighthouse in the background?
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There are many memorials here for those who died during World War II.
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This is neat, 50 years ago a very strong typhoon hit here. This rock behind us was blown way up on the cliff side here by the typhoon and its sat here ever since then!
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When we were done walking we had to bid farewell to Shirley Sheep.
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I wonder where I'll go next?! Too much still to be had here.

Write more soon,
Hugme

* Posted Aug 4, 2008, 11:24 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 7th August 2008

By: JaymeC

Jayme has been very busy with her boys the last few days, but today she took some time out so we could have a language lesson!

Here is how you say hello in Japanese! You say Ohayo Gozaimaus in the morning, Konnichiwa in the afternoon, and Konbanwa in the evening!
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Here is how you say goodbye!
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This is how you say thank you.
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And here is how you say I'm sorry.
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And most importantly, here is how you say "Where's the toilet?"
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I'll write more soon!
Love,
Hugme

* Posted Aug 7, 2008, 12:51 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 8th August 2008

By: JaymeC

Woohoo! Today we got to go to the beach! Here I am soaking up some rays with Auggie.
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And then I tried to build a sand castle, but I was a little too small.
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Here's a view of the beach, its called Araha Beach.
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After our break we went to the playground for a bit before heading home.
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Write more soon!
Hugme

* Posted Aug 11, 2008, 4:27 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 12th August 2008

By: JaymeC

Today Jayme told me we were going to some castle ruins! How neat! The castle is called Katsuren Castle and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its very old.

Here's the view from the bottom! Its a long way up!
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Here's a cave/shrine area in the lower part of the castle.
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Oh no! More stairs!
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Up at the top is the remains of another shrine.
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After all that walking, there's a beautiful view from the top of the Pacific Ocean.
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And look! There's the lower part of the castle!
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Write more soon!
Hugme

* Posted Aug 12, 2008, 8:10 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 19th August 2008

By: JaymeC

Today we decided to get out and relax a bit. First we took a little walk through some side streets. We found a Shisa that was almost our size!
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We also walked past the entrance to Shurijo Castle. Unfortunately it was closed for the evening.
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Once we were done with the walk we went to relax a bit at one of the many indoor play areas. Here's one room in it that's all filled with balloons!
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And here's some more of it.
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I'll update more soon, and Jayme tells me I'm onto my next host soon as well! How exciting!

Love,
Hugme

* Posted Aug 19, 2008, 12:22 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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