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Travelog for: Padi

Sant Cugat, Spain - 13th September 2010

By: laureta7

Hello!
My name is Padi and I'm a turttle. I will be 1 year old on September 26th and I want to explore the world! I am currently looking for someone that wants to host me!
This is me in Barcelona, at Laura's house, my owner. And some pictures of another ToyVoyager she is currently hosting, Lester.
Kisses,
Padi

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* Posted Sep 13, 2010, 2:09 pm Last edited Sep 29, 2010, 9:45 pm by laureta7 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Brunssum, Netherlands - 16th September 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Hi Mom!
I arrived in the south of Holland today.
Here are 2 more TV's, Buster, who lives here, and Nippy, he's originally from the US.
Look how they get me out!
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Buster took a peek...
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Look, they have a koi-pond! I wanted to jump in, but my host said the water is too cold for me. And not salty. Is that true? Do I need salty water?
http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00126-20100916-1415.jpg

I cuddled with Gaio, the Podengo Portugues Pequeno.
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And after that with Ami, the cross Podenco from Malaga.
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But I wanted to swim, so my host came up with this...
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Look at me go! Ami and Gaio didn't like it and they were a bit affraid something might happen to me. They started barking, so my host got me out.
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The dogs were relieved.
http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00131-20100916-1418.jpg

I think I like it here...
I do miss you though!

Love and kisses!
Padi

* Posted Sep 16, 2010, 2:29 pm Last edited Sep 29, 2010, 7:36 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Roermond, Netherlands - 18th September 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

What a travel!
We spend almost an hour in the car, my host wanted to take me to see the harbour.
I laughed so loud when we got there....
It's the smallest harbour I've ever seen!!!!

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00145-20100918-1245.jpg

My host got a bit upset... she thought it would be a huge place!
But we still enjoyed our time there.

* Posted Sep 29, 2010, 6:51 pm Last edited Sep 29, 2010, 7:38 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Gangelt, Germany - 22nd September 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Hi mom,

did you know my host is a bit shy?
We went to a "Wild Park", a small zoo with wild animals, but no turtles. Too bad...
But we did see fish otters, lynx, wild cats, all kind of deer, wild pigs, sheep, donkeys and bears.
But my host is such a scared pussy, she was affraid for the animals! So there are no pictures of me with any of them!
I got a bit angry with her and I told her to take my picture with at least one wild animal, and I wanted it to be with the wildest of them all: the brown bear!
So she did... but she was sweating! :cyclops:

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00147-20100918-1421.jpg

My host is weird... she can visit the zoo for free, but is affraid of the animals!
Oh, by the way, it was in another country!!!!

Talk to you soon!
Love, Padi.

* Posted Sep 29, 2010, 7:11 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Landgraaf, Netherlands - 26th September 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Hi mom!!!

Did you know my host works with mentally challenged adults?
And did you know they just looooooove me?

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00142-20100917-1235.jpg

This is Michi, she is so cute!
All the other people didn't want their photo to be taken and put on the net, so I'm only posing with Michi.
This job is very busy and loud. Those people can talk!!! :D

Love you!

Padi.

* Posted Sep 29, 2010, 7:22 pm Last edited Sep 29, 2010, 7:29 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Brunssum, Netherlands - 29th September 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Hi mom, it's me again.

I want to show you where I live right now.
It's a big town, but not yet a city.
It's called Brunssum.

Here I am, walking in a park, named the vijverpark.
Vijver means pond, so pondpark.

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00136-20100916-1624.jpg

On the island are a lot of ducks, geese and swans.

On this picture you see the new city hall. The old one is much prettier, but is under construction. My host got married in the old city hall.

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The new one has a great view over the park.

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Pretty fountain, right?

Next time I make sure I give you a tour thru the house!

Bye for now!
Love, Padi

* Posted Sep 29, 2010, 7:28 pm Last edited Oct 2, 2010, 9:06 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hosts house, Netherlands - 1st October 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Hey mom, here I am again.
I forgot to give you a tour, so here it goes!

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Look: fish!

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Should I jump in?

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Lots of things to do when my host is off to work.

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Play with the dogs, but they are sooooo fast!
The brown one is Ami, he's born in Spain. The white one, you can see his foot, is Gaio and he's born in Portugal.
They are kind of DogVoyagers.

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Here you see me on the map of Holland, I'm standing in the south, where I am now.

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This is a very old globe. It's made of glass and as you can see, it has a light in it. I'm looking at Africa. Do they have turtles there?

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Here I am standing in front of a huge home-made house. You can see one of the residents: a chinchilla. This one is called Gizmo. Not an original name, but she had that name, so they kept it. The other one is named Meisje, which means Little Girl.

There is some art hanging on the walls.
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A bit of artwork, made by my hosts grandfather. He went to art-university and studied art. He wanted to become an artist. He made this painting in 1937, when he was still in school!
Granddad is no longer with us, but I love this painting. Do you?

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And another piece of art. My host says it's a van Gogh, but I think she's crazy! It's a copy, but I like it anyway.
Later, my host admits it's not the real deal and the original is hanging in the Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo.

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My host loves to take pictures and she uses this camera.

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Time to go to bed, just have to try out these pillows!

Love, Padi

* Posted Oct 2, 2010, 8:35 pm Last edited Oct 2, 2010, 8:37 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hosts house, Netherlands - 2nd October 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

This day we made our own cappuchino.
It comes out of a bag. Not very Italian, but hey, we're in Holland, so what can you expect?

It did taste good...
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Powder cappuchino... but really funny, it smells great!

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And a Dutch "cookie": a taai taai. Taai means tough. Well, it was hard to chew, that's for sure!
Taai taai is a traditional product and goes together with Sinterklaas. The Dutch version of Santa Claus. His birthday is a holiday with gifts and is on december 5th.
I know, way to early to be eating this! But the stores sell it already and my host loves to eat it, so why wait?

You know, my host promised me we'd be cooking a traditional Dutch diner tomorrow...
Talk to you then!
Love, Padi

* Posted Oct 2, 2010, 9:13 pm Last edited Oct 2, 2010, 9:14 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hosts house, Netherlands - 4th October 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Good morning...
It seems like a beautiful day is ahead.
Look at our sunrise!

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Do you see that pointy stripe, in the middle? It's a tower for the NATO. Lot's of Americans, Germans, French and other foreign soldiers are stationed here and work in Brunssum.

Hopefully today we will make our traditional Dutch dish. Yesterday was to warm and my host didn't feel like cooking.

Bye for now!
Padi

* Posted Oct 4, 2010, 7:14 pm Last edited Oct 4, 2010, 7:37 pm by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hosts kitchen, Netherlands - 4th October 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Yes! The time has come to taste some real Dutch food!
Curly kale.
Have you ever heard of that? It's a stew.
The Dutch name it Stamppot Boerenkool met worst.
Kale stew with sausage.

My other TV-friend helped me out.
Well, first we need ingredients.
Potatoes, kale, small pieces of bacon, sausage and not on the picture: salt, pepper, sweet/sour pickles.

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It's no science... first you need to peel the potatoes. About 500 gramms.

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After rinsing them with water, we cut them in equal pieces and we put them in a big pan.

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Then add water so the potatoes are covered in water.

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Add the cut kale, this bag has 250 gramms.

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No, Padi, that's it, no more kale is flying in the pan from above!

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Put the cover on and wait....

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When the potatoes are almost cooked, start baking the bacon, but not in butter!!! The bacon has enough fat.

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("come on guys, not too close! The fat splashes!")

Bake the bacon brown and crispy.

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The potatoes and kale are cooked, warm the sausage (microwave or pan with hot water) and start mashing the potatoes with kale.
To get it moist, you can add some of the grease of the bacon or use some butter. But don't forget to add the wet stuff of the pickles jar! If you don't have that, use vinagar.

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After mashing, stur the pieces of bacon in the stew. Add salt and pepper to your own flavor.
My host makes it with pickle pieces! It tastes really good!

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Cut them in little pieces.

Then cut the sausage in slices.
Add it to the stew.

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad222/photoclaudia/Hosting/IMG00251-20101004-1748.jpg

And done is our traditional Dutch dish.
Did I tell you my hosts husband is an executive chef (cook)? He never liked Stamppot Boerenkool, until he had my hosts homecooked meal and he loved it ever since!
Or his mother was a terrible cook.... I leave the answer to that in the middle....

Hope you liked this!
Does this mean one of my missions succeeded?
Love, Padi

* Posted Oct 4, 2010, 7:35 pm Last edited Oct 5, 2010, 8:13 am by Braveheart Sam [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Brunssum, Netherlands - 5th October 2010

By: Braveheart Sam

Today I had to give Buster and Nippy bad news...

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"Sorry guys, but I have to pack and head out for another journey. I had a great time with you and I will always remember you! You are my first TV friends during my travel. I'll miss you..."

Buster already saw it coming. He heard his mom talk to me, she said I am going to love it at RikeH's house.
Buster gave me a huge hug!

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"Bye Padi, be safe! And if you happen to see Sweet Mimi, give her a kiss from me!"

Nippy however was flabbergasted. His water-mate was leaving?

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"I'll never forget us trying to swim with the fish in the middle of the night! I'll try to do so, when my host is asleep, alright? And I'll think of you when I do it. I'll miss you very much!"

I saw that Nippy was almost crying. Buster saw it too and he held Nippy very close.
I waved them goodbye.

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"Bye guys, I love you and I'll never forget you both!"

Mom, I am on my way to RikeH's house in Germany.
Yes, don't worry, my host packed my book too!
Talk to you when I arrive in Germany!
Love, Padi

* Posted Oct 5, 2010, 8:34 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Hamburg, Germany - 9th October 2010

By: RikeH

Hello Mum,

I arrived in Sülfeld. Dicker Kumpel gave me a warm welcome.

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Then he introduced me to the others.

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The weather was nice - and we went to Hamburg - a big city in Germany. We are on our way!

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We went into the city park. There were nice flowers.

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There is a big lake in the Park, but it was too cold to swim in it.

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Look - the tree has a wonderful color.

http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu215/RikeH_2009/A2010c/IMG_A0100.jpg

This is a really big lawn, many people were there - played games and flew kites.

http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu215/RikeH_2009/A2010c/IMG_A0101.jpg

The last thing we saw was the Planetarium - a really nice building.

http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu215/RikeH_2009/A2010c/IMG_A0105.jpg

Will write more soon.

Love
Padi

* Posted Oct 9, 2010, 9:47 pm Last edited Oct 10, 2010, 7:14 pm by RikeH [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bad Segeberg, Germany - 16th October 2010

By: RikeH

Hello Mum,

today we went to Bad Segeberg, a nice little town near to Sülfeld. We started in front of this nice old building.

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This is a really funny fountain with a man on it. But the sun was in the wrong direction,  so you cannot see it that good. Fortunately we were able to see it.

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Next to it there were beautiful flowers - I had to sit next to the flowers!

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Another beautiful old building.

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and the church.

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Then we walked up a hill and had a great view of the theatre where they play stories of Karl May in the summer.

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Some minutes later I had this view over the city and the big lake of Segeberg.

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Here you can see all of us.

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On the way back to our car we stopped at a small lake and met some ducks.

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Love
Padi

* Posted Oct 17, 2010, 11:12 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sülfeld, Germany - 20th October 2010

By: RikeH

Hello Mum,

we made a walk to the centre of Sülfeld today. It is autumn now.

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The autumn has wonderful colors.

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This is the German Flag.

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More sightseeing - the old school.

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Can you see me, Mum?

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The mayor works here.

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Sülfeld has a wonderful church.

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On the other side of the street is the pharmacy.

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Back home I found these lovely flowers.

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Many greetings
Padi

* Posted Oct 22, 2010, 8:49 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sülfeld, Germany - 31st October 2010

By: RikeH

Hello Mum,

It is me - Padi. Are you surprised to see me like that? It is Halloween!!! We all  wanted to go as ghosts - but to tell the truth, RikeH is not really good in creating costumes, although she spent hours on it. Well now I look like something between a ghost and a mummy, but I am sure, we will have fun this day.

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Well, we went outside and stopped at the first house we found. It seems to be winter? A funny snowman.

Can you see me in my costume?

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The door opened and we sang a song - and recited a poem.

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Good luck for us - we got sweets.

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Well - it was a rainy day - so we decided to go back onto our armchair.

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We put away our costumes - well - not everybody did it. Maybe a real ghost - we all were very curious.

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Fortunately not - it was a new ToyVoyager here - called Hoots. We were very surprised, because we didn't know that he would come. He was invited more than 6 weeks ago...

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Dicker Kumpel gave him a warm welcome.

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RikeH told us that we should eat something normal, before eating all the candys, so we had some burgers.

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I shared mine with Frankie_Blue.

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It was yummy. We will spend the rest of the day looking out of the window - and watching the ghosts outside.

love
Padi

* Posted Oct 31, 2010, 4:59 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


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