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Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany - 24th March 2008

By: Pandamao

HAPPY EASTER!
Today it's Easter Monday and Pandamao went to this little town in the Oberpfalz to see her dad and she took me along.
We walked along the street and wondered what was going on in that little park opposite. When we came closer we saw that it was an "Easter fountain". In this part of Bavaria it's the custom to decorate the fountains with Easter eggs. There must be hundreds or thousands of eggs here. They really look beautiful.

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* Posted Mar 24, 2008, 11:17 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


München, Germany - 28th March 2008

By: Pandamao

I did some more sight-seeing today and went to the area where the Hofbräuhaus is located. The first photo shows the Orlando House and then I pose in the front of the nearby Hofbräuhaus. It is a huuuuuuuge beerhall.
I also met some local bears. We had a nice conversation about TVs and traveling the world but the Bavarian bears did not want to join. Seems, that they would miss their Sunday morning beer Stammtisch (regulars' table) at the Hofbräuhaus too much.

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München, Germany - 28th March 2008

By: Pandamao

I did some more sight-seeing today and went to the area where the Hofbräuhaus is located. The first photo shows the Orlando House and then I pose in the front of the nearby Hofbräuhaus. It is a huuuuuuuge beerhall.
I also met some local bears. We had a nice conversation about TVs and traveling the world but the Bavarian bears did not want to join. Seems, that they would miss their Sunday morning beer Stammtisch (regulars' table) at the Hofbräuhaus too much.

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München, Germany - 28th March 2008

By: Pandamao

Then I took a look at the "Alter Hof", which was the first residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty, built in the 13th century.

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München, Germany - 14th April 2008

By: Pandamao

On the road again .... Nick is on the road again .....

He got bored at home and accepted an invitation from Marjolein.

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's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands - 16th April 2008

By: Marjolein

Hi!! I arrived in Den Bosch, the Netherlands today! My host Marjolein her boyfriend Kasper, received me right out of the hands of the mailman. And when Marjolein came home I was already sitting on the couch, checking out their living room! Marjolein told me that, before we have time to check out Den Bosch we will be going to Maastricht tomorrow! Marjolein told me Maastricht is in the most southern province if the Netherlands called Limburg. I know I will be having lots of fun here!

Ho ho ho from Nick!

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* Posted Apr 16, 2008, 4:59 pm Last edited May 16, 2008, 2:35 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Maastricht, The Netherlands - 17th April 2008

By: Marjolein

Hello!!! Today I went to Maastricht! We left this morning on bike, then we went on the train. One and a half hour later we arrived in Maastricht. Before getting in the city-centre we had to walk for about 15 minutes, we went over the Maas, the river Maastricht was named after. First we went to the VVV/Tourist Information, because Marjolein wanted to buy some cards for Postcrossing. There I found a brochure about the Museum of Natural History Maastricht were they now have a dinosaur that came out China! I really wanted to see that of course! But first we walked around a bit and firstly we found the Market, called Markt in Dutch. I went on photo with the cityhall as you can see. Then we went to a bookstore that is located in a church! I was really beautiful inside but unfortunaly Marjolein wasn't allowed to take pictures inside. On the picture you see Selexyz, that's a store you can find in almost all the city's of the Netherlands, also in Den Bosch. But there the store isn't in a church of course! Well, after this of course we wanted to eat something. So we ate something really from Limburg! It's pie (in the Netherlands pie is called 'taart') but called vlaai. You can only find this 'vlaai' in Limburg. I got me a strawberryvlaai, it was really good with fresh strawberries! We got up and did some more walking. We went to the very heart of the citu, called Vrijthof, this is also a market. On the Vrijthof you find the Sint Janschurch. You see me in front of the church. On this market there was some really strange art and of course I also wanted to have my picture taken with it :-) And then it was time to go to the museum! It was really interesting, with dinosaurs that were found in Limburg. You could see what Limburg and Maastricht looked liked millions of years ago. There where fossiels and stones and stuffed animals, which I found a bit eery. But interesting. They also had a garden with herbs in it and as the name Marjolein is from a herb Marjolein went to find her herb. And she found it! The rest of the dinosaurs where located somewhere else in Maastricht in a place called Centre Céramique. We could just follow the dinosaursfeet to this other building. We went over a very modern bridge called The High Bridge (de Hoge Brug) and after this in a very modern part of Maastricht, on a market called Market 1992 (Plein 1992). The dinosaur was a really big and I was a bit scared! But I dared to go on picture with him. What I found really interesting, was that the head of the dino was really small! Very weird! The rest of the show was also interesting, with lots of dinosaurs from China. We did some shopping after being really educative. Kasper bought a poster of New York and Marjolein bought a present for her best friend Dieuwerke who is visiting tomorrow! She's been in Romania for three months for school so Marjolein bought Dutch candy from the real Dutch shop called Hema which were made for the 'Rijksmuseum' in Amsterdam. Then it was time to eat again! We went to a pizzeria on the Vrijthof. Marjolein ate a very nice pizza with spinach, mushrooms, bacon and egg. Kasper ate a pizza with tuna, as usual, as Marjolein told her. After diner we went back to Den Bosch by train. We had a very nice day and tomorrow I will go with Marjolein to her school in Zwolle and after that her best friend Dieuwerke and her boyfriend will be visiting and we will eat pancakes and party of course :-)

Much season greetings from Nick!!

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* Posted Apr 17, 2008, 9:49 pm Last edited May 16, 2008, 2:59 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Zwolle, The Netherlands - 18th April 2008

By: Marjolein

Hey! Today I went with Marjolein to her schoool Windesheim in Zwolle. She had an appointment, so first we went there and then to the 'Mediatheek', you can see the computers on the photo. We found out that there was a Businessfair with all sorts of businessmen. In the school I found a really weird cow! Marjolein told me it was some sort of art, we found it quit funny. Windesheim is a really big school with lots of buildings. Marjolein studies Journalism in building D for the School of Media. The school is under construction and you can see that the main building is already very modern. The mediatheek and the cow are in that building. Building D where Marjolein spends most of her time is the oldest building but will be completely renewed in 2010.

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* Posted Apr 18, 2008, 1:03 pm Last edited May 16, 2008, 2:38 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Den Bosch, The Netherlands - 22nd April 2008

By: Marjolein

Goodday! Today we ate some hotdogs, Marjolein made a picture, so I just wanted to show it to you! The hotdog was really nice! With real Dutch mayonaise. This weekend was very nice with much eating and we went to the swimming pool. And to a Dutch movie called Dunya and Desie. It's about two girls, Desie is real Dutch and Dunya's parents are originally from Marocco. They go to Marocco because Dunya has to marry her cousin and Desie goes to look for her birthfather who she has never met. It was a real fun movie! And educational about Holland and stuff. I will tell you more about my stay with Marjolein soon!

Greetings Nick

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* Posted Apr 22, 2008, 6:26 pm Last edited May 16, 2008, 2:40 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Den Bosch, The Netherlands - 25th April 2008

By: Marjolein

Hello! Yesterdaynight we did some playing! We played on the Nintendo 64! And as you can see on the photo, I ended first! We did Mariokart and is was much fun! And then I visited New York? Wow! O no wait it's a poster hanging on Marjoleins wall. She bought it in Maastricht, it's real interesting isn't it? But the fun doesn't stop there! (Okay now I being a bit sarcastic, but Marjolein seemed to have fun) We did a little game: we put every card Marjolein had on the floor and then we had to pick five cards with our eyes closed. Marjolein was playing this game for the Postcrossingforum. She has a lot of writing to do! But of course I will help her! And you know what: I helped her cousin today with my Santa Clauspower! Marjoleins cousin Emy texted that she had lost her trainticket and she's still on the train! I used my christmaspower to make the railwayguard forget all about Emy and her lost ticket. And it worked! She's now at her destination and she didn't have to pay anything! For the way back she will of course buy a ticket because otherwise she won't be getting any christmaspresents! Hm well I will think about it. And I also have to tell you: today we are traveling again! We are going to Groningen, to visit Marjolein grandparents and parents and Kaspers parents en to see his brothers new house. I'm real excited!

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Groningen, The Netherlands - 27th April 2008

By: Marjolein

Dear Pandamao,

I'm in Groningen!! When you look at a map of the Netherlands, you can see that Maastricht is the most southern city of the country and Groningen is the most northern city! So I've been travelling a lot already. On the first picture you can see that I was getting ready to leave. Marjolein put me in her new bag. It was a long ride on the train, about two and a half hours. When we arrived in Groningen we went to Kasper's brother. He had just bought a house. You can see his view on the picture's. We played games in the night. Almost everyone won one game except Marjolein, isn't that sad. It was a nice game-evening. And of course I had some drinks haha. It was a very long night, so when we got home at about half past three I thought it was time for me to go to bed. And because I am an old man, I took Marjolein and Kaspers bed and they could sleep on the couch haha. On saturday I was completely rested, so we took a trip into the citycentre of Groningen. You can see me with the Martinitoren (tower) and the cityhall. They had built some stages on the Grote Markt because it was a Chineesparty in the city saturday. But we had to do some shopping. Marjolein and Kasper bought a Playstation 2! I couldn't wait to try it! When it was time to go to bed again, I decided to take some photo's about the bedroom for you. They had lots of books! So I decided to read a book. It was about Toy Story 2, a nice book. And then it was time to play on the Playstation! We played Need for Speed and of course I won again! Then, on sunday I went with Marjolein, her cousin Emy and her grandmother to the movies. We went to Penelope. It was a nice fairytale. You can see a picture of me with Emy, she was the girl with the lost ticket I saved, so she really loved me! The cinema was in the stadium of FC Groningen, the local footballclub. Marjolein used to go there all the time for the footballmatches, she loves football! I hope to go inside the stadium one day!

This is it for now!! Nick

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* Posted Apr 27, 2008, 4:44 pm Last edited May 16, 2008, 2:41 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Den Bosch, The Netherlands - 30th April 2008

By: Marjolein

Today I'm celebrating the birthday of the Dutch queen! I've been watching her on the television all morning with my orange scarf (orange is the colour of the Netherlands) on and soon we will be going into the city of Den Bosch. That's because every year on 30th of April is party in every city of the Netherlands. There is music, dance and famous are the flea market (rommelmarkt). Especially the one in Amsterdam is famous but we haven't got any money to go to the capital so Den Bosch will have to do. Marjolein hopes she will find a nice toyvoyager to keep me company!

Till soon! Nick

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* Posted Apr 30, 2008, 12:49 pm Last edited May 16, 2008, 2:43 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Den Bosch, The Netherlands - 3rd May 2008

By: Marjolein

Dear Pandamao,

Marjolein got a very nice picture from London. Her parents went there for a short vacation and they brought lots of presents for her. I sit under next to this picture all the time and I made a new friend! It's a really nice cow and she's thinking of becoming a TV herself! Yesterday I was helping Marjolein with her cooking and she had the biggest red paprika! It was almost as big as me! And there is also Christmasnews! Marjolein got me this great book from the library called: Viert de Kerstman ook Kerstmis? In English this is something like: Does Santa also celebrate Christmas? I was wondering what does people had to say about me, so I found the book very interesting. First I say this very funny picture of me with my legs in the water! In the book there is also a recipe for hotdogs (worstenbroodjes) because I guess that's what Dutch children make for Christmas. And then.... I found a drawing that made me very happy! My reindeers where on it! And also a photo of them! They look so happy in the snow! In the book children ask lots of question, they even interview little old me! The book also tells the Christian story about Christmas. In the Netherlands they call me the Kerstman. Here, they believe that the English/American people made me up. They believe in Sinterklaas. When you think about it, Santa Claus sounds a lot like Sinterklaas. Dutch people say that Sinterklaas was this saint called Saint Nicholas who lived in Turkey. Marjolein says she visited his grave when she was in Turkey. Sinterklaas now lives in Spain and comes to Holland every year at the 5th of December to bring presents to the children. He doesn't have reindeers, but coloured people who are all called Piet. The Dutch say the English/American liked there story about Sinterklaas and then turned is into Santa Claus. I don't know, sounds a bit far out. And did you know that Finnish people believe that Santa Claus lives in Finland? All these different story's, I'm starting to question myself! Unfortunately I found this photo of myself in the book with a pretty sunset, which made me feel all peacefull again.

Nick

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Den Bosch, The Netherlands - 4th May 2008

By: Marjolein

Dear Pandamao,

Today is the 4th of May. That means it's Memorial Day in the Netherlands. Today they remember all the people who died in war. Especially in WWII. Marjolein her parents came to visit us today to go to Vught. In Vught was a concentrationcamp until everyone was liberated in September 1944. Vught is a few kilometres from Den Bosch. Marjoleins father made the first beautiful picture, it's of Den Bosch. We went cycling to the concentrationcamp in Vught. Close to the camp was a place where loads of people where killed from the camp. You can see the big cross on the hill. On the white wall you see all the names of people who where killed at that wall. Under the white wall is the original wall, there are still bulletholes in the wall. After the visit to the wall that is now a memorial, we went inside the concentrationcamp. First we went into a building with lots of stories of people who lived in the camp. After this building we went into a barack. People lived in these kinds of buildings. You see the beds people slept in. In this building there are also lots of stories. Nobody had any privacy in the camp. People where allowed to take a shower every ten days and they had to share their water with eight people. On the ground they had built a marquette of the camp. But what made me most sad was the memorial for children in the back of the camp. 1800 children lived in the camp, almost everyone got killed. In the memorial 1269 names are mentioned. There where lots of children who where just a few months. All these poor children! The next building we went into was also not so nice. It was a crematorium. Marjolein made a picture of the oven. On a door in this building where the words: Opslag lijken. Marjolein translated this for me and it means: Storage bodies. We got very sad from this building. There was also a labatorium where people where cut open on a very scary table with a hole in it for the blood to go in. In the concentrationcamps lots of people where tested for loads of stuff. Marjoleins mother heard a story of a lamp made of the skin of jews! The horrors in these camps! I didn't get very happy from this day. But the point of the day is thinking of the war, so it would not happen again. Also every 4th of May Dutch people are quiet for two minutes on eight o' clock. We where in a Spanish restaurant at this time! It was a beautiful restaurant and the tapas was very nice! On the picture with me on it you have to look real closely but the wall looks really cool! And tommorrow Dutch people celebrate their freedom! So you understand I am going to party all day tommorrow!

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* Posted May 4, 2008, 9:34 pm Last edited May 4, 2008, 10:18 pm by Marjolein [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Den Bosch, The Netherlands - 6th May 2008

By: Marjolein

Hello! Well, I've been sleeping off my hangover, because yesterday was the 5th of May! And that means Bevrijdingsfestival (the Dutch celebrate being freed in 1945) in the Netherlands. In every province is a festival. So also in Den Bosch. There is lots of music and debats. We went to the Dutch band called Pete Philly and Perquisite. They where the ambassadeurs of freedom this year. This means they travel by helicopter from festival to festival. On the first photo you see the fire of freedom. Behind the stage you can see the tower of the Sint Jans church, the biggest and most famous church of Den Bosch. After Pete Philly and Perquisite we went home to have some dinner. When we went back there was an American band on the other stage. They are called the Hackensaw boys and they're from Virginia. I felt totally back in the USA again. The last show was an African woman called Nneka. She had a really loud but beautiful voice. She sang in English about all kinds of worldthings that bother here, like the company Shell taking all the oil from Nigeria and not giving anything back. I don't know why but the public wasn't very enthousiastic and you could she she wasn't happy with the applause she got. It was a bit sad because here music was really good. I also got a little present from some people that work for refugees: a cool red scarf!

Nick

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