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Get my clothes on the correct way....seems they are backward
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Visit a smoking cessation seminar.
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Become a friend with a cat.
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Get my whiskers trimmed.
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Get rid of this pesky nasty cigar in my mouth.
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Travelog for: Fester

Nebraska, USA - 26th May 2008

By: Puny&Bumblebee

Would you be so kind as to host me, and help me complete my life's missions?

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Nebraska, USA - 26th May 2008

By: Puny&Bumblebee

olgamaus has agreed to host me first.  Thank you!!  I am going to leave here about mid-week, after I get my tag and such.  Hope more of you will volunteer to host me, and help me accomplish my life missions!
Also, please see Jadzia Tam's travel log and help name all the other TV's rescued by Puny&Bumblebee!

* Posted May 27, 2008, 2:23 am Last edited May 27, 2008, 2:23 am by Puny&Bumblebee [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Nebraska, USA - 26th May 2008

By: Puny&Bumblebee

I have another host!  So far here is my itinerary:
olgamaus (June)
Michele_one_L (August)
iddewes (September)
If you want to host me sometime, just let my mentors know.

* Posted May 27, 2008, 5:26 am Last edited May 27, 2008, 7:24 pm by Puny&Bumblebee [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 26th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today. I was welcomed by a lot of ToyVoyagers. I met Wadworth, Sylphide, Barnardo, Hendrieke and Tilda.

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My new host Katja was really delighted to get such cute cards from you, Mummy. But she was not delighted when I asked for a cigarette. This is a non-smoker household. Err... Did you know that? Wadworth offered me a beer, but a cigarette would be much better. I had my last cigarette with the custom guys in Frankfurt where I had landed, at least four days ago!

Katja had to go shopping. She took me with her to town.

This is a German cigarette machine. You need a cash card to buy cigarettes here.

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If not even worse you have to be adult to buy cigarettes. Of course you have to be adult to smoke in public. I'm afraid I'm not adult yet but I don't need to smoke in public. It would be good enough if I could smoke underhand.

We argued a little bit about smoking and the following health hazards. While we argued we reached the town centre.

Here you can see the town hall.

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Because in the shopping mall smoking is not allowed Katja put me into her bag and went shopping. We are back home now. It's really hot here in the attic storey and we had a thunderstorm.

Bye
Fester

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Remscheid, Germany - 29th July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today I met the real rat girls. They are really cute but unfortunately they are all non-smokers. They said I was stinking! Can you imagine this? A rat that is stinking - no, never!

This is rat girl Claire (she's a little bit overweighted).

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And this is the first thing that you see when you enter this apartment.

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I can't help feeling that Katja has drawn this especially for me.

Bye
Fester

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Remscheid, Germany - 31st July 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we visited a friend of Katja. The two ladies wanted to sit on the balcony and drink a beer. Wadworth went with us also.

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I hoped to get a cigarette instead of a beer but here also nobody is smoking. I am really a poor rat!

By the way, here you can see where I'm living at the moment. We live in the attic storey. Inside the apartment it is as hot as outside.

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Bye
Fester

* Posted Aug 1, 2008, 9:19 pm Last edited Aug 2, 2008, 9:03 am by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Remscheid, Germany - 1st August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
Katja took me to work today. She is working in a law firm. On our way back home she showed me a garage with graffitti.

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This is the local court. On the right side you can see the original old building which was enlarged a few years ago. The new part is on the left side.

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On the opposite of the local court someone sprayed a slogan onto a wall which makes me hope. (The last word is home)

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In the afternoon Katja wrote a few postcards to postcrossing members. I helped her to choose the cards. Yesterday she got a postcard from Pakistan, that's really special. They don't have many members over there. The postcard has the numer 417 while those we sent today were number 194.660 and more.

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Sylphide prepared herself to leave tomorrow. She will fly to sunny Florida.

Bye
Fester


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Solingen-Unterburg, Germany - 3rd August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we took a walk in a large forrest in Solingen-Unterburg. Here are many forrests. Unfortunately you are not allowed to smoke during the summer months because of fire danger.

We saw a memorial for the German journalist and writer Hermann Löns. He lived from 1866 until 1914. He died in First World War. He is most famous as "The Poet of the Heath" for his novels and poems celebrating the people and landscape of the North German moors, particularly the Lüneburg Heath in Lower Saxony. Löns is well known in Germany for his famous folksongs.

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We reached the river Wupper. This part of the river belongs to the run-of-river power station in Glüder.

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There's a nature trail in the forrest. Here for example you hear trough this ear trumpet the flowing of the water running down the rock.

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We followed the river Wupper and crossed it here.

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At the end of our walk we reached the town again. From here you can go uphill with a chair lift. On the hill Schloss Burg is located, a medieval castle.

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Bye
Fester

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Remscheid, Germany - 5th August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I'm without nicotine for ten days now. I'm really feeling sick. When Katja heard this she immediately cooked an awful healthy soup with red lentils. Fortunately we had a cocktail in the late evening, Katja made a Tequila sunrise so the effect of this soup was decreased. A real smoker has to damage his lungs instead of eating healthy vegetarian soups. A rat is not a vegetarian, I need a little bit of animal protein or a lot of nicotine. I heard that alcohol is as bad as nicotine so I was eager to taste a Tequila Sunrise.

For a Tequila Sunrise you need Tequila, orange juice, grenadine syrup and ice, crushed ice for the glass and ice cubes for the shaker.

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First you put 5 cl Tequila and 15 cl orange juice with ice  into a shaker. Then you put crushed ice into your glass and pour the juice with Tequila into your glass, using a strainer.

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Then you pour 1 cl grenadine syrup from the rim into the glass. Put in a straw and stirr with caution until the grenadine will give a red shade on the bottom of the glass.

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It tastes really good (to be honest, the lentil soup was also good ). Maye I will have another one tomorrow; a cocktail, not a healthy soup.

Bye
Fester


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Remscheid, Germany - 9th August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

Lollipop, a care bear, arrived today.

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Katja decided to bake wafers. Tomorrow a friend will visit us and then the ladies and the TVs want to eat wafers with whipped cream and cherries.

We helped Katja to put everything we need onto the working space.

We had prepared everything for baking. For our receipe you need

250 g margarine or butter (to make the wafers a bit defatted we took 125 g margarine and 125 g curd cheese)
150 g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
1 dash salt
4 eggs
500 g flour
1 tsp. baking powder
375 ml water
4 tbs. honey

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First we stirred margarine and curd cheese, added sugar and eggs, honey and stirred again. Then we mixed flour and baking powder. Then you have to add a few spoonfull flour and water alternately to the dough, then stirr again and so on.

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When the dough was ready we had to preheat the waffle iron.

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We filled dough into the waffle iron ...

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took the baked wafers out of the waffle iron ...

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and piled the wafers.

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When we finished work we had to air in the open kitchen window.

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Of course we tasted the wafers. They are really good. To eat more we have to wait until tomorrow.

Outside the sun is shining again after a few days of mostly variable weather. Maybe I stay at home and try to get one or two of those delicious wafers.

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Bye
Fester


(Hey, I did not smoke any cigarette since I arrived in Germany!  Even my smoker's cough is getting better.)

* Posted Aug 9, 2008, 5:03 pm Last edited Aug 9, 2008, 5:25 pm by olgamaus [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


office, Remscheid, Germany - 11th August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today Katja took me, Hendrieke and Tilda with her to work. She is working in a law firm. In her lunch break we made some photos.

Here you can see us sitting on the appointment calendar. Tilda fixed a date, she answered the phone once.

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This is a statue showing Lady Justice, the Roman Goddess of Justice. Usually she is holding a sword, scales and she is wearing a blindfold. This statue is a little bit abstract.

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I tried to make a picture of me in the photocopier. But it did not work, the paper was all black.

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Remscheid, town-centre, Germany - 11th August 2008

By: olgamaus

When we finished playing with the office machines we went into the town centre. We had to buy some food like bread, cheese and fruits.

In the basement of the office building a temporary exhibition with implements for smokers is located. You have hundreds of ashtrays, packages of cigarettes and cigars and old advertising signs. It's here because in Germany smoking in pubs and restaurants was forbidden by law. The barkeepers found a way to obviate this law. Smoking was allowed only in so called "Smoker's clubs".  Almost every pub became a smoker's club over night. Every person who wanted to have a drink, smoke or not, had to become a member of the pub's smoker's club.

Last week the highest court in Germany pronounced a new judgement.

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This is the town hall with a pillar showing a lion, the heraldic animal of Remscheid. The farmer's market is held here twice a week.

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Many town halls in Germany have a restaurant in the cellar, usually called "Ratskeller". We also have such a restaurant.

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Opposite of the town hall's rear side you can see the water tower. The drinking water for the town centre is pumped from a dam uphill to the water tower.

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Here the pedestrian area is starting. Behind the trees you can see the two giant forceps I showed you already.

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Here you can see the entrance of the "Allee-Center", a large shopping mall and more of the pedestrian area.

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Bye
Fester

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Müngsten Bridge, Remscheid/Solingen, Germany - 15th August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we took a walk. We started at Müngsten Bridge, one of the touristic highlights of this region.

Müngsten Bridge is the highest steel railroad bridge in Germany. The bridge is 107 metres (350 ft) high and spans over the valley of the river Wupper, connecting the cities Remscheid and Solingen. The bridge was finished in 1897.

A few years ago a leisure park was built under the bridge.

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We walked to Solingen-Unterburg through the forrest.

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Solingen-Unterburg, Germany - 15th August 2008

By: olgamaus

We crossed the river Wupper here.

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Along the path through the forrest you can find rocks with engraved inscriptions or sometime tabletop games. Here is one of them. You only have to look for some small stones or acorns and you can start.

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Then we had to walk about half an hour to get to Solingen-Unterburg. This is a very old district of the neighbour town Solingen. It's located in a valley, the river Wupper is running through the district.

We saw a little church and a very old graveyard. The graveyard was established here in 17th century. The gravestones are all made in the same style with a certain sort of sandstone.

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First we had to rest for a little while.

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This is a statue showing the "Kiepenkerl". In past centuries those men carried all sorts of goods in their panniers to get them to the customers. This one here is carrying pretzels, which are very special for this part of Solingen. They are sweet hard pretzels.

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Have a look - this old guy is smoking his pipe for ages.

Bye
Fester

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Remscheid, Germany - 21st August 2008

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
two new ToyVoyagers arrived today, Lady and Hueso.

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Lady's mentor BlackCat made a little lottery a few weeks ago, Katja was the winner. Lady broght the postcards and the magnet that Katja has won.

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Look, the magnet is already placed where it should be - on the fridge!

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Bye
Fester

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