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Graz, Austria - 2nd December 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Just updating Pappys Google map :)

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Graz, Austria - 2nd December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Today we continued with the baking! We wanted to frost some of the cookies, so we had to cut the chocolate first and let it melt over a bowl filled with hot water. When the chocolate was molten, we let it cool a bit and then dipped the cookies in the chocolate. We let it dry on a baking sheet.

We then made two kinds of macaroons: with chocolate and with chocolate and almonds. The chocolate ones were sprinkled with cocoa, those with almonds drizzled with molten chocolate and almond slivers.

We went on with decorating the small boots we had baked two days ago: We frosted them with white and red icing.

Finally we took the Linzer cookies and filled them with apricot jam!

I cant wait to taste them!  B)


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Graz, Austria - 6th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Today my host mom's and host dad's families were invited for an afternoon of cookies and tea! Because it was also the 6th of december, we have been visited by St. Nicholas who puts presents in the boots of good children. Sometimes he also comes personally, especially to small kids, with a huge bag full of presents and his huge golden book, where he can find all the information about a special child for exampel that it has been good in school or that it doesn't follow all the rules... then the kids promise to do better next year and get the presents. In the old days they were given oranges and tangerines, apples, dried fruit and peanuts. Today it's also chocolate, toys... Very traditional presents are also underwear and socks, but kids don't like to get practical stuff!
Kids that havent been good are visited by the Krampus, a very unkind creature with lots of fur and some birch and some chains...see here for more information on the Krampus.

Of course we all have been good, so we found some goodies in our host mom's boots. There were also present for our host dad: some traditional boxers  :rolleyes:


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Graz, Austria - 14th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Look at all the holiday decorations:

A huge moose - that's so cute! And of course a mistletoe above the door! And some Christmas ornaments in a huge glass.
And I saw some polar bears in my host moms flat: they are really lovely.
Then we did something really traditional during the wintertime in Austria: We watched skiing! Skiing is really popular here and the Austrians have a really good ski-team  :)

In the late afternoon we went to the city center and looked at the decorations and the Christmas markets there!

I'm enjoying this Christmas time here!


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Schladming, Austria - 19th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Today my host mom surprised us and told us that we were going to Schladming, a town in Upper Styria, in the mountains. So we packed our bags and skis and the skigear and went to Schladming.

It was pretty cold there - -15°C - but a beautiful snowy landscape! My host mom tooks us with her to the skislopes and we went up the mountains with a cable car and some chair-lifts! We lookes at the map to decide which slope to take!

We also went to a skihut-restaurant to warm ourselves up and eat something. Usually it's "Gröstl", that's a dish made of roasted potatoes and noodles, sometimes also with dumplings and sausages, or meat. (See picture here.) But today we had Leberknödelsuppe (=liver dumpling soup in English). The hut is called sheep alp (Schafalm in German) and they have real sheep there- you can see in their barn, which they share with bunnies! No pics of them unfortunately.

In the evening we watched a ski race held by the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. It was a realty tv show, where Austrian celebrities learned how to race. The celebrities raced together in a team with a former Austrian professional skier, like Franz Klammer, Stephan Eberharter or Fritz Strobl.

Skiing was really fun!


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Graz, Austria - 24th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Today we are celebrating Christmas! So my fellow TV-friends and I wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas.

Here in Austria they wish "Frohe Weihnachten"  :rolleyes:

The presents are brought here by the Christkind, which is kind of an angel who flies up in the sky! You have to write a letter with your wishes to the Christkind and put it at the window in december. The Christkind gets the letter while you are sleeping and it brings the presents to the good children (the younger and older ones) in the afternoon on Dec. 24th. It also brings the Christmas tree. Normally it rings a small bell as soon as it has finished decorating the tree. Then you are allowed to enter the room. But of course, the Christkind is no longer in the room but has flown on to the other children!

We looked at the tree with the candles and then we had a delicious meal. And of course we got presents!


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London, Great Britain - 30th December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

We flew to London to celebrate the New Year there!
We took the Heathrow Express from the airport to the city center and then traveled on to our hotel, which was right next to St. Paul's Cathedral. In the afternoon we went to the London Eye. Unfortunately is was raining cats and dogs, a really typical British weather  and it was pretty cold, too! The pictures are also a bit dark, but you can see me inside the Eye.
My host-mom bought a London-Eye-bear and we TVs chatted with him. He won't become a TV but will stay with my host-mom's stepmom.

Puh, what a day! Time to go to bed! Tomorrow is new year's eve and we want to celebrate!


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London, England - 30th December 2009

By: Pixiedustlady

Updating my google map :)

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London , Great Britain - 31st December 2009

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

After a quick coffee and a pain au chocolat we started our sightseeing-tour!
We first went to a monument for the big fire in London in the past and walked through the streets of London. We saw a traditional English pub. Then we went to the Tower and the Tower Bridge. It was pretty cold again today, but despite the cold there were so many people out there sightseeing!
Of course we also did a little shopping at Harrod's!

Then we prepared for the evening ahead! We tried my host-moms ear-muffs on- they are pretty cool, don't you think? Froggy-green frog-muffs  B).
We walked to the Thames and the fireworks viewing areas there. There were so many people, but we managed to get a nice place on a bridge. Then we had to wait for the Big Ben to strike midnight. To keep ourselves warm, we danced to the music. Finally we heard the clock strike and then everybody started counting: 10, 9, 8,, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
People started wishing each other a happy new year and started ooohing and aahhing over the fireworks. They really were great. Maybe you have seen them on tv? And then all the English speaking started singing: \"Auld Lang Syne\". My host mom knew the song as there is also a German version, but she didn't know the English words. But she said that she has regognized the song from "Happy new year, Charlie Brown".

When the fireworks had ended, we went back to the hotel and had a drink in the bar there!

Hope you had a great New Year's Eve, too!


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London, Great Britain - 1st January 2010

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

Today we started with a lazy breakfast in bed - delivered by the roomservice! And we were quite hungry from all the oohhhing and aahhing yesterday  :rolleyes:
While having breakfast we wtached the Vienna New Year's Concert which is broadcastet from Vienna to many many countries all over the world. My host mom told me that it's very traditional in Austria to watch the New Year's Concert on tv while having a late breakfast! As Mom also missed the Viennese Waltz at midnight - which is another very traditional thing to do in Austria - we waltzed together when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra played a waltz. But, no photos of that...I guess my feet aren't made for dancing...

We then took the underground to the Houses of Parliament and walked around in that area. We also went to the Buckingham Palace, but we haven't seen HM the Queen. But we saw one of her guards, with his cool felt-hat!

In the afternoon we went back to our hotel and then visited St. Paul's Cathedral! We went up so many stairs which have been old and uneven and kind of slippery sometimes but finally we had reached the platform and were able to have a look over the city!

I have to say, I really liked London. Maybe I'll come back for a visit some day....


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Graz, Austria - 3rd January 2010

By: marcie08

Hi Mom!

We have arrived back here in Graz yesterday and now it's time to pack my bags again! My host mom told me that I'll go to Belarus.
I'm curious about the new surroundings and the other TVs I'll meet there!

But I'm a little sad right now too as I had to say goodbye to my new friends.... Landroval will also leave - he's going to Germany.
Here you see us saying goodbye. Maybe our paths will cross again in the future!

I really liked it here in Graz but now it's time to hop into my aircraft!
Bye, host-mom, take care!

And Mom, next update will come from Belarus!


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Mogilev, Belarus - 21st January 2010

By: Elen

I have arrived to Belarus! Here it is very cold, today was-20 C. Have taken away from mail me in the evening, therefore to make photos it has not turned out.


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Mogilev, Belarus - 21st January 2010

By: Elen

I in a snow field! :rolleyes:


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St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, Australia - 24th January 2010

By: becka_kate

Our next stop was at St Mary's Cathedral.


This year it the main site for the Lights of Christmas festival which started with the Sydney Girls Youth Choir performing two sets of carols on the cathedral steps.

They were followed by a spectacular light display which projected images of candles, flowers, butterflies, gum leaves, rain and a kaleidoscope of colours onto the Cathedral wall.

This was one of our favourite displays of the night - candles and Australian Christmas Bush flowers.

and this beautiful kaliedoscope of native flowers, which started with a single line of light tracing the rose window and slowly growing larger and larger.

At the end of the light show we posed with the nearby Christmas tree, which had the added bonus of having the famous Sydney Tower in the background!

Bec has more cathedral photos here if you're interested :)

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Mogilev, Belarus - 10th February 2010

By: Elen

We went to cafe to eat ice-cream.


* Posted Feb 24, 2010, 2:54 pm Last edited Feb 24, 2010, 2:54 pm by Elen [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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