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Trento, Italy - 31st March 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Who ever said that Italy is a sunny country? It’s been raining for the last two days :(! Since we were getting a bit bored, today we explored a bit the house where we are staying. First sammino introduced us to some of his friends here. There is a big bald eagle...


...and two equally big owls. They were a bit upset that we woke them up in the middle of the day :rolleyes:, but they let us take a picture with them.


Later we met this interesting frog: apparently his job is to sit on the floor and croak whenever someone enters the door.


Then we found this old atlas. It must be old indeed, it still says that this part of Italy is part of the Austrian Empire :stare:.


At the end of our exploration we found this clock: sammino told us that it’s been broken for ages and there is no plan as yet to fix it: pity, it must be creepy hearing it at midnight ;).


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Trento, Italy - 2nd April 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

The weather did not even slightly improve over the last couple of days so we are still stuck at home :(. So, today we decided to entertain ourselves with a bit of gambling by playing the roulette :D. That was good fun.


Later we wanted to engage in something more challenging and we organized a checkers tournament. It was a real battle of minds and, of course, I was the best B).


After so much playing we needed some food ;), so we had a typical Easter cake. It’s called colomba: that means “dove”, I guess due to a supposed to be bird-like shape...maybe with a lot of imagination :rolleyes:. Anyway, it was delicious :).


* Posted Apr 11, 2010, 3:38 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Trento, Italy - 4th April 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum, Happy Easter from a very rainy Italy!

Although we are still waiting for news about the sun :rolleyes:, today we had good reason to celebrate: there was a special  Easter egg just for us TVs :D.


Reaching the chocolate was a bit of a challenge: we laboured our way past the wrapping just to find another layer of it :stare:.


But, eventually, me managed to get the egg open ;).


It was delicious :)!


* Posted Apr 12, 2010, 3:27 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Trento, Italy - 5th April 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today the sun reappeared in the sky after almost a week of rain :D, so we decided to go out for a tour around town. First we started up the slopes on the side of the valley. Here you can see  “Trento’s mountain”: it’s called Monte Bondone, and the ski slopes lying on the other side of it can be reached from town in about 20 minutes drive.


While here we were looking north up the valley.


As we drove by we saw some secondary valleys and more mountains in the background.


At one point there were only steep forested slopes and rocky peaks above our heads :stare:.


By some kind of magic  :rolleyes: we emerged back in the main valley a few km south of Trento. Here we could take a look at this nice castle :) (it doesn’t look like, but it is actually very big).


Before heading back home, smaug took us up a little road on the opposite side of the valley from which we could have a look at the vineyards on the valley floor....I wonder if we’ll have a chance to taste some of the wine ;).


* Posted Apr 18, 2010, 11:17 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Trento, Italy - 7th April 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

My (wet :rolleyes:) Italian holiday is coming to an end. Today we helped smaug preparing his luggage and tomorrow early in the morning (very, very, very early in the morning :stare:) we will start heading back to Calgary.


See you soon :).

* Posted Apr 19, 2010, 12:19 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Calgary, Canada - 28th April 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum!

It was like Christmas this week :D! Yesterday Pepita (one of smaug’s TVs) arrived back home to rest for a few days....and she brought a lot of lovely sweets with her ;).


And today a new guest arrived: Spooky, a nice dog from Japan :D!


I guess we’ll have plenty to chat about for a few days ;).

* Posted May 3, 2010, 3:01 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Elbow Valley, Canada - 1st May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum!

Today the weather was quite nice (after the blizzards of earlier this week :rolleyes:) so smaug took us out for a short walk in the woods :). We spent most of the time under the trees encouraging smaug while he was labouring his way in the fresh snow ;).


But when he stopped to rest we played a bit in the snow by ourselves :).


At one point we found a place with a good view over the valley.


But those clouds in the distance were a bit concerning, so we decided that it was enough for the day and went back to the car.

* Posted May 3, 2010, 4:18 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Elbow Valley, Canada - 8th May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum!

Guess what? It’s been snowing again for most of the week, and we are in May :stare:!


But today the weather was a bit better, so we went out for another short walk in the woods :). Some sections had plenty of fresh snow.


On the way we found a couple of nice spots where we could take a photo.


* Posted May 11, 2010, 2:25 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Calgary, Canada - 9th May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum!

Today we said goodbye to my friend Pepita who is travelling to her next host, so we wished her a safe journey :). After crossing each other path in Germany and twice in Canada, I wonder where we are going to meet next ;).


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Calgary, Canada - 13th May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum!

Today smaug came back home and told us that Hedgie has been invited to a trip to Fiji :stare: and will leave tomorrow to make sure he catches his flight. So tonight we all gathered together to wish him a safe trip :D.


* Posted May 15, 2010, 5:21 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Prairie Mountain, Canada - 15th May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today it was very warm...for Canadian standards, of course :rolleyes:...so we went for a nice walk to a place called Prairie Mountain. Soon after leaving the car park we could see the Elbow River meandering in the valley below :).


Once we reached the top it wasn’t that warm anymore, the wind was bone chilling :stare:, but the view was great :). We had lots of mountains in the West and South...


...and Moose Mountain in the North. smaug said that we might go there in a few weeks when the snow melts.


In the East we could see the prairies...and with a very good zoom you could even see Calgary in the distance...but not in this photo ;).


* Posted May 20, 2010, 4:13 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Barrier Lake Lookout, Canada - 23rd May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum!

Today the weather wasn’t too bad, a bit windy actually :rolleyes:, so we went visiting a new place between the mountains. We left the car at Barrier Lake and after a bit of walking we had a wonderful view over the lake...


...and of Kananaskis Valley :).


Moving up towards the lookout the view opened on the foothills rolling down into the prairies in the East.


From the lookout we could see the Bow Valley carving its way into the Rockies.


On the way back we followed a trail that was always in a very thick forest, so I just spent the time chatting with the other TVs ;).

* Posted May 25, 2010, 3:41 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Calgary, Canada - 24th May 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we all gathered together to say goodbye and wish a safe trip to Nijntje who tomorrow is going back home :).


* Posted May 31, 2010, 5:00 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Powderface Ridge, Canada - 6th June 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today we were again up on the mountains :). smaug said that we were going to a trail that hopefully should have been fairly clear of snow....in his dreams :rolleyes:. On the road we found this sign and suggested that maybe it was a good idea to take the heed and turn back, but smaug said that we had nothing to worry about and went on :stare:.


Actually smaug was right, the first part of the trail was clear from snow, it was a mucky watercourse instead :o. But after wading through that for a good hour we reached a nice view point :).


Later the landscape went back to usual, no shortage of fresh snow at all.


But it was worth the effort as we reached a place with an even nicer view :).


The way back was, of course, very muddy, so I’ll spare you the details of that ;).

* Posted Jun 13, 2010, 5:15 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Aylmer Lookout, Canada - 13th June 2010

By: smaug

Hi Mum,

Today it was (eventually :rolleyes:) a very nice ad warm day, so we went for a long hike :). We spent the first part of the day walking among the trees, but once we reached our destination the view was beautiful :D. Here you can see Lake Minnewanka...


...and some of the surrounding mountains.


On the way down we had a few more nice views.


As the day was lovely we stopped on the lake shore, where an eagle come down greeting us :stare:. It was Landroval, one of smaug’s TVs who just flew back from Japan. While smaug was resting in the sun we had plenty of time to chat ;).


* Posted Jun 21, 2010, 4:41 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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