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Balingen, Germany - 7th February 2014

By: Phiva

Hi mommy,

this is my very last update from Balingen, then I'll be off to Finland!

So I took a last look around, looked out of the window onto the market place with the beautiful church...

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... enjoyed the flavor of blossoming orchids...

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... and took a last power-nap to be ready for the journey!

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Then I said goodbye to Mrs. Moo...

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... and to my fellow parrot friends...

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... and then craweld into my travel envelope! Host mom also gave me some sweets for my new host in Finland! I'm sooo excited!

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I gave host mom a big hug and she kissed me goodbye!

So bye bye Germany, I had a great time here!

See you in Finland, mommy!

Love you!
Prajna


* Posted Feb 8, 2014, 4:44 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kajaani, Finland - 11th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hi Mom!

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Greetings from Finland. (: This morning I dived thru the mail slot inside a packet and was instantly picked up. I got a very enthusiastic welcome from my new hostmom Tuija and two other TVs, HelgaHH and Yuma.

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The Greetings from Germamy were well appreciated and admired :)

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We decided to throw a party and it was a lot of fun! We blew a couple of balloons and enjoyed the delicacies Nina (Phiva) had included in the package with some cola. It was all so yummy that we barely could stop devouring before we were all full!! :D

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After we had rested a while we continued the party with a game called Wobbly Tower. In this game you take out blocks from a tower and insert them on the top. The game ends when the tower (eventually!) crashes down.
I got the first go.

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After a few rounds it started to get very wobbly indeed...!

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Oh oh. Well, it was very fun all the same! :D

I really like it here Mom. Yuma and Helga are awesome buddies! :)

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Love, Prajna

* Posted Feb 12, 2014, 6:05 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Going to Oulu, Finland - 12th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hi Mom!

I'm going to give you a couple of updates today because it's been a while since I landed in Finland. First I'd like to tell you about a train ride that took me to a new city!

Very early on Wednesday morning we jumped in a train. It was still a bit dark but during those 2 hours on the train we could see the morning getting lighter. We got some cookies for breakfast :p

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We arrived in Oulu at 8:30 and took a look around at the railway station.

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From the station we proceeded to the city centre. In a small park we said hello to two cranes who were very noble guys indeed. From a white bridge leading across a small stream we saw something rather grand - it was the city hall. By the way - did you know that the city of Oulu is 499 years old?

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We went closer to see the city hall and also saw the tower of the main cathedral in the city. It was opened in 1777 - that's quite long ago as well!

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Lastly, my new friends took me to take a glance at Rotuaari, the pedestrian zone in Oulu. Hostmom said she'd take me back there some other day because we had to go on to run some errands and then leave Oulu for that day.

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This was just a glimpse... I'll show you more later!

Lots of hugs,
Prajna

* Posted Feb 19, 2014, 12:17 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Winter frolics, Rovaniemi, Finland - 16th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hey hey mom!

One weekend we spent at a summer cottage in Rovaniemi, which is a city up by the arctic circle. The cottage itself wasn't in the city, though, but some 70 kilometres southeast from there, in a village called Juotas.
Anyway, it was quite an adventure!

We enjoyed sledding

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And guess what else!

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Looks like a helmet... and a driver! On a snow mobile!

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Next day me and friends engaged into sauna bathing... and heating the stove!

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Hot cocoa followed  :p We enjoyed it graciously.
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All in all, I got a pretty nice touch to wintery Lapland. :)


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* Posted Feb 26, 2014, 9:07 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kiiminki, Hostmom's home, Finland - 18th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

We got a new TV friend today! We gave her a hearty welcome.

Her name is Rachel and this is her very first world adventure. She flew all the way fro China and brought us some souvenirs - a pretty Chinese New Year's card and some sweet treats. I think they had peanut in them... they tasted good!

In the evening I cuddled up in bed with Rachel. She was tired of traveling and seemed very happy to get some rest in the soft sheets. It was really comfy indeed :3


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Hostmom's home, Kiiminki, Finland - 24th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Helping hostmom to wrap a present for her brand new niece who is only five days old... afterwards we will hop on a train again and head to Nivala, the very same town where we rode ponies a few weeks ago. This time we'll be staying there for a few nights.
An update will follow... :)

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Furry friends in Nivala, Finland - 25th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

This is a day of kitty kisses! :3

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Nivala, Finland - 26th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Watching some French anime with Rachel and Yuma :)

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* Posted Mar 6, 2014, 2:45 pm Last edited Mar 6, 2014, 2:46 pm by Tatterdemalion [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Raise the flags!, Finland - 28th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hi! Today, February 28, is the day of Kalevala and Finnish culture.

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Kalevala is the national epic of Finland, a compilation of epic poems gathered together by the national writer Elias Lönnrot in the early 1900's. The poems of Kalevala are stories of Finnish folklore and mythology.

We took a little stroll around the town of Nivala. There was just a little bit of snow on the ground because the weather's been comparatively warm for the last week. We've been up to +5 degrees (Celsius).

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Tonight we'll leave Nivala and return to Kiiminki by car... Let's see if I can share a part of that roadtrip with you :)

Love, Prajna

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Going back to Kiiminki, Finland - 28th February 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hi!

Please have a small video we edited... it's from our roadtrip to hostmom's hometown Kiiminki :)

I hope you'll enjoy the scenery :P

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Love, Prajna

* Posted Mar 9, 2014, 8:27 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bye, Yuma, Finland - 5th March 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Yuma is going to travel on to his next host in Spain... Have a safe journey, buddy! It was amazing to make friends with you (:

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Oh, Helga also traveled back home earlier but unfortunately we didn't get any group pictures of her departure. Greetings to her, too, anyway - hopefully you reached home safely <3

~Prajna

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Kuhmo, Finland - 7th March 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hi! We spent a weekend in Kuhmo which is a town in the very east of Finland, 100 kilometres to east from Kajaani.

Tuija took us for a walk around the town.

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Here is a popular lunch cafeteria in the town:
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This statue represents traveling salesmen ("laukkukauppias") who were a familiar sight in the late 1800's and early 1900's Finland, especially in the eastern regions of rural Finland. These men came from Karelia which is these days a part of the Russia federation. They spent months on the road during autumn and wintertime, carrying big rucksacks full of clothes, textiles and other smaller yet useful items. Traditionally they walked from house to house and stayed overnight in places they got customers from.

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What a funny spruce tree :D Let me just tell you that Kuhmo is called "the town of three spruces" because the coat of arms of Kuhmo has three golden spruces on it. This town is very much full of forests and big, beautiful lakes.

The downtown Kuhmo is located by one of those lakes, called Lammasjärvi ("Sheep Lake")
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The sun peeked out as well (:
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And here's some contemporary art in front of a local Karelian folk art museum (which unfortunately was closed).
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Kuhmo, Finland - 8th March 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Another day in Kuhmo...

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Let's build a snowman!
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On the top of the world... :P
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Relaxing with a new pal...
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Watching some nature documentaries... lookie, it's the likes of me :D
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Laughs over candy teeth  :cyclops:
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All in all, this was a pretty chill weekend.

Love, Prajna

* Posted Mar 17, 2014, 6:55 am Last edited Mar 17, 2014, 6:56 am by Tatterdemalion [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Kajaani, Finland - 11th March 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

We got a new TV in the house today! His name is Fred Leprechaun and he brought greetings from California.


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Kajaani Castle, Finland - 15th March 2014

By: Tatterdemalion

Hi mom!

Today we visited a very exciting place here in Kajaani. There are ruins of an old castle which was built in the 1600's to function as an administrative centre, a prison, and a fort. It got unfortunately blown up during a war about one hundred years later but the ruins remained and today they are a sight for anyone to visit anytime.

The castle is located on a small island in the middle of Kajaani River which flows through the city centre.

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There were steep staircases... Better watch out!
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Lastly, we viewed he river. There was another small island there.
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There is sure plenty of nature around here (:

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