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Mountain Königsstuhl - Heidelberg, Germany - 13th October 2011

By: nuriayasmin

Hello everyone!

My name is Priscilla and I'm a dolphin. I love my freedom and want to explore the world. I prefer to visit hosts who live close to the sea and would take me there. Well, a lake or a river are also fine but I really need water once in while :-).

Well, today we went hiking in the forest which is not exactly my favourite way to spend my days. However, my mentor was so kind to carry me around all the time and I really had fun with the TV's we're currently hosting.

I posed at the funicular railway station, half of the track is served by a historical cable car but we didn't manage to take a photo of it.


Then we chose the Via Naturae trail which is about 8 km long and runs through the Neckartal-Odenwald nature reserve.


There were quite a number of tables along the way with information about the forest, the animals and plants.


And we passed an art object which I actually found a bit strange.


We didn't hike all the time but also sat down to have a rest and eat something.



So although I would have preferred to swim a little, it was an enjoyable day.


Now I'm wondering who my first host will be. I'd very much like to go on a long journey, preferrably to another continent.



* Posted Oct 13, 2011, 9:53 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Strasbourg, France - 15th October 2011

By: nuriayasmin

I made my first bigger trip, how exciting. Mum, her daughter, some other TV's and I spent a weekend in Strasbourg. We went by train and arrived after two hours and changing trains twice. Strasbourg has a very modern central train station:


At the hotel we TV's studied the guide book to decide where to go.


We walked along one of the canals which turn the city centre practically into an island.


Some of the beautiful old houses were built directly at the water.


Many of those houses are decorated with flowers and plants like this restaurant.


We crossed the bridge which led to Petite France, the most beautiful part of the city centre.


The cathedral is absolutely amazing. They started to built it in 1179 and only finished it in 1439. It's so big that we didn't manage to take a complete picture of it.


The Maison Kammerzelll was built in the 16th century and is one of the most beautiful houses in Strasbourg. There's a restaurant inside it.


On Sunday we took a walk along one of the canals again and I would have really like to swim but finally decided to stay with the others.


We saw this building at Place de la République but I don't remember anymore what it was.


We also saw a memorial for the soldiers who died in Southeast Asia and North Africa during World War II there.


On the way back to the city centre the sun was shining and we admired the many bridges.


We also walked along the river Ill and saw some boats there, it looked very idyllic.


Last not least we climbed the cathedral from where we had a spectacular view over the city. Well, I didn't climb the 329 stair steps actually, nuriayasmin carried me :-)


At the hotel we took a last group photo and also wanted to show off our souvenirs. Nuriayasmin had bought a couple of postcards and an oven mitt and her daughter had fallen in love with a beautiful stork who is looking forward to living in Germany but doesn't want to become a TV.


I can't wait to find my first host pretty soon now.

* Posted Oct 18, 2011, 9:22 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Heidelberg - At home, Germany - 25th October 2011

By: nuriayasmin

I'm leaving! This time I'm travelling alone but there'll be lots of other TV's waiting for me in Bruchsal. I'm so excited to get to know them and my host.

It was certainly a little hard to say good-bye to everyone here but who knows, we may meet again somewhere in this world.




* Posted Oct 24, 2011, 11:15 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bruchsal, Germany - 26th October 2011

By: fam-united

Today I arrived at my new place in Bruchsal. It seems to be rather busy here, so my host told me to tell you, that it might be, that you will have to wait for updates just a little bit. I asked her to go ahead and send you a note, that I arrived finally. She was kind enough to do it for me:)

I will come back online as soon as possible.

Bye, Priscilla

* Posted Oct 26, 2011, 1:29 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

on my way to somewhere, who knows - 28th October 2011

By: fam-united

Today I started to another place. It is a secret - even I don't know, where I will go. I asked my host to tell you not to be worried. I will be offline for more than a week.

I'm so excited.

Bye, Priscilla

* Posted Oct 28, 2011, 2:16 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 29th October 2011

By: fam-united

Hi guys! It's unbelievable. I'm in New York. I'm very happy. Yesterday we arrived after a long flight over the Atlantic Ocean. Arrived in our hostel we decided to go sleeping. And today we wanted to go to a flea market in Hell's Kitchen. But today it started to snow! Since 1869 it was the third time that there was snow in Central Park. It was a great experience. Because the flea market was outside, the organizer canceled it. So we had to go somewhere else. The decision was: American Museum of National History!!! So we went there. It is the museum, which is the setting of the film "Night at the Museum". So here is the first foto with DumDum.
Next foto is with the popular Tyrannosaurus. It also participates in Night at the Museum.
As you can see the snow still fell as we left the museum. Here I'm in front of the well-known museum.
There was enough time left to do something else this afternoon. Because the Central Park is near the museum we decided to visit the Strawberry Fields, known from the famous song of the Beatles. Towards the Central Park is the Darkota Building. E.g. John Lennon lived there. And until today Yoko Onom, his widow, still lives there.
After taking fotos we actually wanted to go into the Central Park. But there was too much slush lying along the way and falling down from the trees. So we went to the metro. Our new destination was: Times Square. There we visited many shops, e.g. the "M & M's World" shop or the Disney store.
I was really surprised that there is a shop only dedicated to M & M's!

* Posted Nov 12, 2011, 3:07 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 30th October 2011

By: fam-united

Today we had a taut program. First we visited a church service helped fashion by a Gospel choir in Brooklyn. It was a great experience! Afterwards we went to the famous Brooklyn Bridge. On the way we had a great view of the skyline, Miss Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge itself.
Arrived at the Bridge we hit the road over it. Here are some impressions.
Then we went to Chinatown. There we had lunch. Next destination was the Empire State Building. We wanted to go there in the afternoon because we wanted to see the sunset.
The Empire State Building is the highest building in Manhattan with 443 metres. You have a great overview over Manhattan and New York.
This evening we decided to go to Times Square a second time. There we visited the Toys'R'us. In the foyer there is a big wheel.
After a long day we went to the hostel and fell in our beds.

* Posted Nov 13, 2011, 12:02 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 31st October 2011

By: fam-united

Today we visited the Tenement Museum. It fiddles with the immigration of people in different points of time. Today we had a walk through the borough. The guide told us many things about the immigrates, e.g. how they live 100 years ago and how 120 years ago. We could also see the influence of different religions, like synagogs, churches and temples. In the near there is the famous Katz's Delicatessen. It was setting of the film "Harry and Sally". So we had to have lunch there inside. We had a great Hotdog!
It was a nice experience!
Today we also visited Macy's,referred to as the world largest store. It was really huge! After visiting it we decided to have dinner at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Afterwards we went home to have more sleep than in the previous nights.

* Posted Nov 24, 2011, 6:06 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Elizabeth, USA - 1st November 2011

By: fam-united

Today we went to an Outlet in New Jersey. Therefore we went by bus from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to the Outlet "Jersey Gardens" in Elizabeth. It was quite large and still there was snow at the parking lot. There many brands have shops where you can buy clothes most time cheaper than in New York City. So we made a shopping spree.

* Posted Nov 24, 2011, 6:28 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 1st November 2011

By: fam-united

In the evening we visited the musical "Phantom of the opera" at Majestic Theatre. It was grandiose. Such a nice show and nice music! Unbelievable!

* Posted Nov 24, 2011, 6:30 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 2nd November 2011

By: fam-united

Today we went to Liberty Island. Before that we met at Battery Park in the south of Manhattan. It is a park which is named after dutch artillery which once defended the port of New-Amsterdam. In the park there are many different memorials. One of them is the Salvation Army Memorial which was dedicated in 1952.
There was enough time to walk around. At a barrier I could see the Statue of Liberty. A great first look!
Because the Statue of Liberty is one of the most important sights in the USA, there were many safety arrangements. So my friend took the opportunity and took a photo of me in front of a police car.
Near the Battery Park or in the Battery Park there is Castle Clinton. It is best remembered as America's first immigration station, where more than 8 million people arrived in the U.S. from 1855 to 1890.
Another memorial was the memorial named "The Immigrants". It was dedicated in 1983 to Samuel Rudin, whose parents arrived there in 1883, in place of all immigrants who arrived at the USA.
In the next photograph you can see me, a sweet eastern gray squirrel and Castle Clinton in the background.
After this short walk we entered the ferry and went to Liberty Island.
Arrived at Liberty Island we had to walk a little bit around the Statue. Although it is much smaller than the skyscrapers it was very big.
The Statue of Liberty was donated by the french nation and is 93 metres tall.
You also had a great look at the skyline of Manhattan. You can see the One World Trade Center which will be the tallest skyscraper in New York.
After visiting Liberty Island the ferry went to Ellis Island.
The island was made part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and has hosted a museum of immigration since 1990. Now we wanted to visit this museum.
First we entered the entrance hall.
Upstairs we visited the great hall. There you can see 48-star US flags. Alaska and Hawaii were no US states when the flags were hoisted up.
After a long time in the museum we took the ferry back to Manhattan.
In the evening two of my human friends went with me to some important places in New York. First destination was the Flatiron Building. It was completed in 1902 and the first skyscraper in Manhattan with 87 metres.
From there you could see the Empire State Building. New York at night was very fantastic!
You could see the Metropolitan Life Tower, too. It was built along the lines of St Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy.
Next destination was the Chrysler Building.
Near the Chrysler Building there is the Grand Central Terminal. It is the world largest station with 67 tracks.
Here you see Grand Central Terminal and Chrysler Building together.
Then we went to the New York Public Library. It is one of the biggest libraries in the USA.
After a last look at the Chrysler Building and a visit at McDonald's we went back to our hostel and collapsed into bed. It was a very nice and long day!

* Posted Jan 3, 2012, 1:31 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 3rd November 2011

By: fam-united

Today we visited the United Nations Headquarters. In front of it there are the flags of all member nations.
It is a great area, but the building by itself is very plain and a little bit boring.
After passing some security barriers we entered the building. There a leader guided us through the building. We also saw the United Nations General Assembly.
It was very interesting to hear some facts about such an important organisation.
Outstairs I took a last view at the Secretariat building.
We decided to have lunch in Chinatown. So we saw in the near of the Brooklyn Bridge the County Clerk of New York County. It is a neoclassical building.
Beside that building there is the US Court of International Trade. It is also a very impressive building.
We could also see the Woolworth Building from a distance. It was from 1913 until 1930 the highest skyscraper in the world. At the right side you can see the One World Trade Center.
Because the weather was too sunny, the next pictures are not that brilliantly. But there you can see me and 8 Spruce Street, known as New York by Gehry. Gehry is the name of the architect. With 265 meters it is the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.
Afterwards we met my friend's teacher to make a tour to the Wall Street area. Our first station was the Charging Bull. It is a the symbol of aggressive financial optimism and prosperity, leaning back on its haunches and with its head lowered as if ready to charge. It is one of the most famous sights in the financial district.
At the next picture you can see the Trinity Church. The Trinity Church is part of the film "National Treasure" with Nicolas Cage. Under the church they find the treasure.
Next station was the Peking, a steel-hulled four-masted barque. The ship once was German, later British and now it is an US-American museum ship. It was built in 1911. Since 1975 it is in New York.
From the pier of the South Street Seaport you could also see the Brooklyn Bridge.
In the opposed direction we had a look at the financial district.
Now we went to the New York Stock Exchange, one of the most important financial places in the world. It is a classical building, which was opened in 1903.
Beside the Stock Exchange there is the Federal Hall National Memorial. The Federal Hall was the first capitol building of the United States of America under the Constitution, and was the site of George Washington's inauguration as the first President of the United States. It was also where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced in the First Congress. The building was demolished in 1812. Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street was built in 1842 as the New York Customs House, on the site of the old Federal Hall. It later served as a sub-Treasury building and is now operated by the National Park Service as a museum commemorating the historic events that happened there.
We proceeded to the Trinity Church. The Trinity Church was built in 1846 in neo-Gothic style.
Last station was Ground Zero and the new World Trade Center. It was a really sad feeling to see the place, where 15 years ago stood the World Trade Center and where the September 11 attacks took place.
First we saw the new Four World Trade Center. It will be the fourth highest building in the WTC area with 297 meters.
It has a great glass facade.
A little later we had our fist look at the One World Trade Center, which will be the highest skycraper in New York with 541 meters. At that time the building was circa 300 meters tall.
Here you can see me in front of  the One World Trade Center on the left side and the Four World Trade Center on the right side.
Now we entered the memorial area and had a better view of the One World Trade Center. In the background you see the 7 World Trade Center, which was finished in 2006.
The memorial consists of two fountains and a museum which is under construction. On the next picture you see the fountain which is on that place where the old Two World Trade Center, the southern tower, stood. We had a really sad feeling there.
Here you see the fountain, which is on the place where the northern tower, the old One World Trade Center, stood.
After a long and very interesting day we went back to our hotel. It was a nice day which I'll never forget.

* Posted Apr 4, 2012, 4:56 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

New York, USA - 4th November 2011

By: fam-united

On our last day we wanted to see the High Line Park. But first we had a look at the famous Chelsea Hotel. Many artists and musicians lived there.

After a short walk we arrived at the High Line. The High Line is a 1.6 km New York City linear park built on a 2.33 km section of the former elevated New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, which runs along the lower west side of Manhattan. It was nice to see that in a big city as New York still is a small piece of nature.
In the evening we went to the airport and flew back to Germany. It was a beautiful week in Big Apple. Thanks to my human friend!

* Posted May 13, 2012, 6:01 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bruchsal, Germany - 25th November 2011

By: fam-united

Today another package arrived at our place. We all were really curious. It was a new toyvoyager called Drescher, who just had arrived at our place.



We decided to listen to the White Christmas Album while we baked a Hannchen Jensen cake, which you can see on the left page. We baked it with peaches, because we don't like cherries in it.



While we took care for the Hannchen Jensen cake, Petra baked some cookies. You see, it isn't that easy to hold Mi-Go back from eating everything. He just threw us around when he jumped up to catch some of the finished warm cookies.


* Posted Dec 18, 2011, 3:40 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bruchsal, Germany - 27th November 2011

By: fam-united

Today we baked a braided yeast bun, because Petra's one son had a belated birthday party. It tasted really fine - and once more we had to take care for Mi-Go to not eat it all before any other person had a chance to get a slice of it.




* Posted Dec 18, 2011, 3:50 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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