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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...

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...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.

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

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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:.

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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.

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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).

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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 :).

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* 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.

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

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

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It was delicious :)!

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* 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.

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While here we were looking north up the valley.

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

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

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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).

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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 ;).

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* 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.

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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 ;).

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

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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 ;).

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

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

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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:!

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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.

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

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* 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.

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* 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 :).

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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...

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

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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 ;).

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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...

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...and of Kananaskis Valley :).

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

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

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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 :).

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* 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:.

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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 :).

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

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

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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...

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...and some of the surrounding mountains.

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

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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 ;).

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


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