Claire Tamias, Anchorage, Alaska, USA


Posted May 6, 2009, 9:11 pm
I wanted to visit Theodore today but he is already travelling home. I was too late!

We met in the municipal park in winter, we had a lot of fun. Katja told me that I could have more fun, travelling around the world, looking for Theodore. That's a good idea! I've got an invitation to visit Bristol in England, so I'll start travelling tomorrow.

My mentor has a lot of plushy mice and rats. One of them is coming with me, maybe she will also start travelling, maybe she will stay at my first host's home. We'll see.

I think I'll take some little chocolates with me.

These are the rats, the white one decided to come with me.

I'm so exited that I cannot sleep at night, I'm afraid.

Claire T.

Posted May 12, 2009, 7:37 pm

Well me & 'Rattie' have arrived to Bristol, England! We got greeted by Julie & her other TV's - Mr Bananas, Baubles & Pisoni who is staying with Julie from Spain.

Today we went with Julie to where she works & where Mr Bananas used to work before he became a TV! We got to experience the bus journey & then sat with Julie while she worked away! Luckily managed to get out on her lunch break though & hung out in the tree's:) 

This weekend we are off on adventure around Bristol - lot's of places for us to visit around here with beautiful scenery, lots of tree's & countryside - cant wait to send over some more pictures for you:)

Then next weekend Julie is taking us to see Girls Aloud in concert in the city of Birmingham, then we are going to the theme park Alton Towers too - all very exciting!! Her friend who we are staying with has a dog, 2 cats, horse & hamster .... lots of animals for us to meet, we cant wait:)

Here are some pictures of our journey so far ....

Lots of Love

Claire & Rattie xxxx

Posted May 18, 2009, 12:45 pm
Hi Mum,

What a great weekend!!! Me, Rattie & Pisoni said farewell to Mr Bananas (on his way to Canada) & Baubles (on her way to Spain) on Saturday!

The 3 of us that are left then went around Bristol - we learned quite allot as we were going round about the History of the city, it is the largest City in the South West area of England! Bristol dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, and was started by a small settlement, Bristol was formally known as  ‘Brigstow’.

Bristol has got some lovely green area’s & parks, I wanted to just run around all the tree’s, but the weather wasn’t very nice at all so decided I will do that another day! We headed through this beautiful park - Victoria Park, then walked along by the Harbourside in centre of Bristol - we found some ducks & swans to feed - Swans are known as the Queens animal & are protected!

The Bristol Harbour used to be used allot, but as ships got bigger there wasn't enough room & they had to close it back in the 1800's! They moved to docks to where the Bristol Channel meets the Severn Estuary - now called Avonmouth / Royal Portbury Docks!

We did get rained off though for a while - horrible English weather! We decided that would be a good time to stop off & get some food – peanuts were lovely!!

From there we went to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge - it is right above the Avon Gorge, it was amazing, with brilliant view of Bristol! We were so high up though - nearly thought i was going to fall off! In 1753 a Bristol wine merchant, William Vick, left £1,000 in trust in order that when the fund had grown to £10,000 it should be used to build a bridge. It was won by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1830 - He was only 24! He died in 1859 and the bridge was completed and opened five years later in 1864. The bridge is 1352 foot long, the span between the piers is 702 feet long and it is three feet lower on the far side to counteract an optical illusion.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, did more than anyone to shape the face of modern Bristol today, his legacy also includes the boat SS Great Britain, and Temple Meads Old Railway Station.

We then went to College Green - there was a huge Council building & Cathedral there which dates back to 1140!!!

We saw a real castle too - After the Norman Conquest of 1066 this castle was built on what is now known as Castle Park.

On our way home we found an actual dinosaur - glad he was in his cage & not runny round the streets after me, ha ha!

We are all off to see Girls Aloud this week & then to theme park! Never been to a concert before – there will be so many people there, we are sat on the floor area in the middle – only 17 rows away from the front – wow!!!! Then we are going to mission around the Midland part of the UK for the rest of the weekend – me & Rattie will have such as great time with Pisoni. Julie & her friends!! One of her friends has 2 cats, hopefully Rattie wont be too scared to meet them!

Lots of Love & smiles

Claire & Rattie

Posted May 26, 2009, 4:30 pm
Hi Mum!

Wow - what a fantastic week away on our travels we have had! Following your advice we have left Rattie all locked up @ Julie's house while me and the other TV Pisoni on our adventure:)

Wednesday we went on a train & travelled from Bristol to Birmingham to see Girls Aloud in concert in Birmingham National Indoor Arena - we staying in nice hotel, walked along the canal to get to the arena - it was huge - thousands of people there & we were only 17 rows away from the front - had the best night ever!!

Here is some info on the history of Birmingham that you may find of interest:

Anglo-Saxon tribes started to settle in the region around 700 A.D. Tribes such as the Hwicce and Anglian Mercian's started to make the area their permanent home. Evidence of Saxon settlement is apparent from the name endings of some of Birmingham's well known localities. The suffix -ley means clearing in a forest. The town of Birmingham was a hamlet hence ending in ham. In 1166 when Peter de Birmingham bought the right to hold a weekly market in his castle. The market prospered and Peter laid the foundations of the town of Birmingham. 

By mid 1300's the town was listed as third town in size in the county of Warwickshire. Coventry and Warwick were larger. Aston, once the larger settlement now became Aston beside Birmingham. The Birmingham market grew from strength to strength with traders selling their cloth ware and metal goods. In 1511 the Clerk of Ordinance placed an order for horseshoes and weaponry for the Royal Army. Trade links were being forged with East Anglia and Bristol.

In the mid 1600's, with a population of some 7000 inhabitants, William Westley by 1700 drew up a town plan and calculated the population of Birmingham as 15,000. In 1801, at the time of the first census Birmingham had a population of 73,670, which meant it was one of Britain’s largest and most important towns.

In the 19th century industry in Birmingham was still dominated by metalworking. The workers of the town still made nails, brass goods (such as bedsteads), nuts and bolts, screws and buttons. They also made pen nibs and toys. There were also jewellers and gunsmiths in Birmingham. In the late 19th century railway carriages were made in Birmingham. So were bicycles. Glass making was also an important industry. From the end of the 19th century there was also a cocoa and chocolate industry at Bourneville.

Interesting Events in History Time Line:
1832 The Botanical Gardens opened
1852 The first public baths opened
1856 The first public park in Birmingham opened
1879 The Council House was built
1885 Museum and Art Gallery opened in
1889 Birmingham was made a city
1837 A railway from Birmingham to Manchester and Liverpool was opened
1838 Birmingham was connected to London by rail.
1861 The first public library in Birmingham opened 
1873 horse drawn trams ran in Birmingham.
1874 The first modern fire brigade in Birmingham was formed
1879 The first telephone exchange opened in
1882 The town gained its first electricity supply
1890 The first electric trams ran
1885 A Municipal School of Art opened
1891 Municipal Technical School opened
1909 Birmingham University was founded in
1913 Birmingham Repertory Theatre was built 
1960-1971 An inner ring road was built
1971 New Street Station was rebuilt
1973 a shopping centre was built over the station
1980s it was refurbished and renamed the Pallasades
1987 The Pavilions Shopping Centre opened
1987 the City Council unveiled a new City Centre Strategy, the city centre was to be rebuilt and refurbished
1991 The International Conference Centre and Indoor Arena opened in 1991.
2000 Mailbox Shopping Centre opened
The Bull Ring shopping centre was built in 1964 & the re-developed & re-built in 2001
Today industries in Birmingham include car manufacture, engineering, finance and also tourism.
Today the population of Birmingham is 1,025,000.

**On Thursday from Birmingham we travelled to Burton Upon Trent where Julie's friend Jo picked up & took us to her house in Swadlinlicote**

We drove past the Coors Beer factory in Burton upon Trent - it is really famous in this area - look what i found out:
Burton upon Trent is a lovely market town which is most famous for its Brewing Industry. In 2002, Coors acquired the England and Wales business of Bass Brewers and created Coors Brewers Limited (CBL), the United Kingdom's second largest brewer with more than 20% market share. With the number one brand in the UK, Carling, CBL is a solid presence in the seventh largest market in the world. The company employs approximately 2,500 people in the UK, 9,500 worldwide and has breweries in Burton, Alton and Tadcaster.

On March 31st, 2009, Coors Brewers changed its name to Molson Coors Brewing (UK) Ltd. This is a move which clearly signals the companies™ parentage and recognises the significance of both Molson and Coors families in co-creating one of the worlds™ most significant brewing organisations, with operations spanning the globe from the United States, Canada and Mexico through Europe to China and Japan.

Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Timeline
1744: William Worthington starts brewing in Burton-on-Trent, UK.

1777: William Bass starts his own brewing business in Burton, UK.

1784: British ales were exported to St. Petersburg and the Baltic's.

1799: Exports to North America.

1839 to 1944: The introduction of the Birmingham to Derby and Midland Railway provides the opportunity for fast transport and new lines.

1850: Bass production tops 100,000 barrels.

1876: The Bass triangle is registered as Britain's first trademark.

1877: Bass produces more than 1 million barrels a year.

1900: There are more than 32 breweries in Burton, including 87 miles of private brewery track and 36 level crossings in town.

1926: Bass and Worthington breweries merge.

1940s: A declining overseas market for Burton beers and the effects of two world wars lead to a spate of brewery mergers from the 1940s onward. With the aid of new technology, the remaining breweries are able to concentrate on fewer sites.

1954: Carling Black Label launched in the UK. First brewed at Hope & Anchor Brewery, Sheffield.

1960s: A new series of mergers leads to the creation of Bass Charrington, the UK's largest brewer.

1969: Bass Charrington is renamed Bass Plc.

1998: Carling Black Label re-branded as Carling.

2000: Interbrew acquires Bass Brewers.

2002: Coors acquires the England and Wales-based business of Bass Brewers from Interbrew and creates Coors Brewers Limited, the UK's second largest brewer with more than 20% market share.

2003: Carling becomes first and only UK beer to achieve sales of 5 million UK barrels per year.

2006: Carling is the UK's biggest selling beer brand.

2009: Coors Brewers Limited changes it's company name to Molson Coors Brewing Company (UK) Limited.

SWADLINLICOTE - here is what i found out about this town which we drove around:
Swadlincote is the main ‘town’ in South Derbyshire, with a population of around 30,000. The town also includes the settlements of Church Gresley and Newhall. It dates back as far as 1086 where it is described as Siuardingescotes, a small manor which was part of the parish of Church Gresley.
It was once a coalmining area - documents have been found to date back as far as 1294!! But it was not until the late 18th century that coalmining and clay extraction took place on a large scale. Over the next century a number of collieries, brickworks and potteries sprang up, including Sharpe’s Pottery in 1821 where the world’s first rim-flushing toilet was made, Bretby Art Pottery, and T G Green Pottery, famous for the highly collectable Cornish Ware Range. As the industry grew, the skyline became dominated by chimneys and kilns. At one time it was possible to see up to 70 chimneys from almost anywhere in the town without turning your head.

In the mid 1900 more than 6,600 men were employed in the mines and production averaged 2.7 million tons a year. Output peaked in 1964/65 at 3.7 million tons. But production declined from the late 1960s by which time Swadlincote was suffering from a shortage of stable building land and had become scarred by colliery spoil heaps, and clay holes. By 1982 there was only one colliery remaining in South Derbyshire, Cadley Hill.

Swadlinlicote lies at the heart of the National Forest. The National Forest is a forest in the making, transforming 200 square miles of central England. Already more than 7 million trees have been planted and woodland cover has increased from 6% to nearly 18%.
It is an inspiring example for the country, in the face of climate change and other environmental pressures
It is a place of enjoyment and learning for its residents and visitors
It is a place of contrasts, where people find quiet relaxation and active leisure
It is a working forest providing new and sustainable livelihoods.

**We got to meet Jo's pets when we arrived - Sooty & Smokey the cats, and Millie the dog. We went to Brittish Car Auctions where Jo works ..... it was huge, wanted to find a nice car to ride in but instead found a wicked motorbike - i loved sitting on that - it was huge & goes really fast!

Me & Pisoni went & sat in an actual Fire Engine - it was huge, the fireman were very nice though - we want to try & find a nice policeman to have picture taken with but they are allot scarier then the fireman!

I begged Julie & Jo to find me a friend, so we went in to a little pet shop & actually got to meet another Chipmunk - it was amazing, i am much bigger then what she was, but she was very nice, it was such a shame we couldn't of taken her home with us!

Saturday we went to Alton Towers - it's a massive Theme Park in the middle of the country side in the Midlands area of England! It was a little scary to go on the actual rides & no seats were small enough to strap us in & we didn't want to get dropped of lost, but we managed to have our pictures taken on 2 of them - The Water Rapids & The Log Flume - they were great, thankfully we didn't get wait, phew  :o

The weekend ended with a great breakfast & cuppa on Sunday!

All the pictures of my travels will be updated in next day or 2 - Julie has problems with her laptop going very slow at the moment - grrr!!! I hope you like them when they are up though  :rolleyes:

Julie is going to Amsterdam in Holland on 12th June, a 12 hour party on the beach - party & dance kind of music! Will be great to travel over there & go on a plane where i am not stuffed in an envelope - will be able to look out the window & see the sights  :D

And then in July if i am still here there is another concert on the beach at Weston Super Mare near Bristol - pop & commercial music - Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris, The Gossip, Metro Station, The Enemy are some of the names that have been released so far :p

NattNoy the Blue Nose Bear is on his way to England to stay with us - cant wait to meet him - we will all have so much fun!**

Hope you are ok back home? Miss you lots!

Lots of Love & Smiles, Claire  ;) xxx

Posted May 26, 2009, 10:14 pm
Here are all my pictures from my adventure weekend:)

Posted May 28, 2009, 8:06 pm
Hi Mum!

Well we ended up going to the cinema last night to watch Night At The Museum 2 - it was very funny! We even stopped off for a McDonalds on the way there ..... could just about manage a few fries, was more happy playing with a toy we found in the box - he was Rex - a charactor from the film, i wasn't scared of him though! Julie bough me a big bag of sweets to eat when were watching the film too, yummy!!!

When when we got back we noticed a pracel by the door - guess who it was? Natt Noy, a new TV that has come to stay with us!

It was getting late so we all quickly went off to bed as we were getting up early & going with Julie to work as she wanted everyone to meet Natt Noy!

We went on the bus again, and even stopped off in the supermarket - there we soooooooo many nuts, i could barely contain myself!!

Pictures to follow soon .....

Lots of Love, Claire:) xxx

Posted May 28, 2009, 9:55 pm
Here are my pictures for you to see  :D xxx

Posted Jun 2, 2009, 9:54 pm
Hi Mum,

Another great weekend - First of all we said farewell to Natt Noy who has gone off on an adventure for a few days to see where he was born, and then our adventure began - me, Pisoni & Julie's new TV Co Co Rabbit ..... back on the train again as we went to Taunton to see Julie's family - she had to babysit her little brother for the day! We did get to see much of Taunton this time though - but hope to see a little more next weekend as we are back down again to see Julie's best friend from school, Helen, it's Helen's, and her daughter Amelie's birthday!

But did learn a little about Taunton while we were there:

Taunton began as a Saxon village in Somerset. It was called Tone Tun. The Saxon word tun means farm or estate. The word Tone is Celtic and may mean roaring river.

By the early 13th century there was a fulling mill in Taunton. After wool was woven it was fulled which means it was pounded in water to clean and thicken it. From the 13th century Taunton was famous for its wool industry. By the 15th century wool from Taunton was being exported to France, and by the late 16th century it was being exported as far away as Africa

In 1451 during the civil wars known as the wars of the roses a battle was fought at Taunton. In 1497 a man named Perkin Warbeck attempted to overthrow Henry VII and make himself king. His men occupied Taunton Castle but they fled when a royal army approached. There is now a pub named after Perkin Warbeck in the centre of Taunton!

The Market House was built in 1682 with assembly rooms over it. The assembly rooms were used for events like balls and card games. Martket House is still a centre point of Taunton, with pub below & rooms still used for events upstairs!

In the late 18th century wool manufacture in Taunton declined but silk making was introduced into the town in 1778. The railway reached Taunton in 1842. Queens College was built in 1843. It was named after Queen Victoria. Taunton school opened in 1847. Kings College opened in 1880.

In 1974-75 a motorway was built past Taunton - the M5. Today the population of Taunton is 61,000. It is in the country of Somerset & just half an hour away from Bristol on the train.

Taunton also has a a vast military history too:

UK Forces:The Royal Marines are the amphibious commando force of the Royal Navy. In recent times, the Royal Marine Commandos have been deployed to Afghanistan and played a major part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003. They have a marine base at Norton Manor Barracks, Taunton, Somerset. 6 Riffles Army Regiment, Taunton: 6 RIFLES, formerly the Rifle Volunteers, comprises over 450 territorial officers and soldiers and covers the Southwest. The Battalion has Company Headquarter locations in Truro, Exeter, Taunton, Dorchester and Gloucester and provides the population of the West Country with the opportunity to be part of an increasingly active and operationally capable Territorial Infantry, illustrated recently with tours to Afghanistan and Iraq. The 6th Battalion will provide support to Regular Rifles Battalions on operations and training, ensuring that The Rifles establishes itself as a truly integrated national Regiment. 

The Castle Hotel: The Castle at Taunton is steeped in the drama and romance of English history. Once a Norman fortress, it has been welcoming travellers to the town since the 12th century.

Over the past 60 years, the Castle has been owned and run as a luxury hotel by the Chapman Family. The Castle Restaurant is ranked among the top 40 best places to eat in Britain by The Good Food Guide.

Somerset County Cricket Club: Is based in Taunton. It hosts many tournaments. It is on just on the Rover Tone, and was founded in 1875 . It is having allot of redevelopment done to it at present to add more seats, extend the restaurant & to add a conference centre to the grounds!

The weather was so lovely! We sat outside with Julie in the back garden & did a little sunbathing, but it got a little too hot for me & my fur so i went back inside & played some Mario on the Nintendo DS - that was great fun! We got to meet Julie's cats - Charlie & Hixxy, they are very cute - Charlie had the right idea by curling up in the sink - nice & cool in there for her, ha ha!!

On our way home we stopped of at the Somerset Cricket Ground, didn't get to see much of a good view of the inside - but was still nice to say we had been! They have a whole stand named after the famous player Ian Botham! We also stopped off at the beach - was such a lovely view just as the sun was going down! We had a ice-cream & sat on the deck chairs to relax! We wanted to go on the Pier, but it got burnt down last year - they are going to build another one though, maybe i will get to see that one day!

Back to Julie's before bed time & i had enough time to squeeze in another ice-cream to help me cool down - we had early start the next day so needed to get my rest:)

On Sunday we went with Julie up to the 'Downs' - it was beautiful - 400 acres of grassland stretching from the very cliffs of the Avon Gorge to the edges of the Victorian-built suburbs. It is just at the top of area called Clifton in Bristol - it's a very posh area of the city!! There were so many people up there playing football & having BBQ's as the weather was great again! We weren't there to eat though, we were there to go on a bike ride with Julie! We ended a great bike ride & weekend with a little drink - perfect:)

Anyway, that is enough from me for now - i am shattered after my weekend, don't realise how much the heat takes it out of you!! Going to rest up in the Julie's room as nice & cool in there until Friday when we are off again on our travels!

Hope you are ok, Lots of Love, Claire:) xxx

Posted Jun 8, 2009, 10:35 am
Hi Mum,

Well the BBQ ended up being cancelled, Julie's friends daughter was ill so had to stay at home in Bristol!

Instead we went to watch England football qualifier game for the World Cup next year against Kazakhstan! We went with Julie, her boyfriend & her friends! It was good fun great to watch the game, England won - i am not sure if i should be happy or not as i am German, but i am living in the UK? Damien kept speaking about this one time when England beat Germany 5-1 in a match .....  :thinking:

I decided to do a little research on England Football Team & here is a brief summery for you:

England Stats:

England's first official International Match: England vs Scotland, 30th Nov 1872. At West of Scotland Cricket Club at Partick, near Glasgow.
Biggest Win: 1882 - Ireland 0 - 13 England
Biggest Defeat: 1954 - Hungary 7 - 1 England
World Cup: 12 Appearances & Winners in 1966
European Championships: 7 Appearances & best result - 3rd in 1968 & Semi Finals in 1996
Most Caps: Peter Shilton (125)
Top Scorer: Sir Bobby Charlton (49)
Home Stadium: Wembley (opened in 1924 in a match against Scotland, closed them in 2000 . The new 90,000 seater Wembley costing £800 million, hosted its first match on June 1 2007)
Traditional Colours: Home - white shirts, navy blue shorts and white socks. Away - red shirts, white shorts and red socks
Current Captain: John Terry - (Plays in Premiership for Chelsea)
Current Coach: Fabio Capello (Appointed 14 December 2007, Qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa his objective.)

Because of a disagreement with FIFA over payments to amateur players, England did not enter the World Cups in 1930, '34 and '38.

After the Second World War, England rejoined FIFA and duly entered the World Cup in 1950, hosted by Brazil. England, hampered by climatic conditions, failed to progress beyond their qualifying group. And it didn't really egt any better for the years on from that either: In the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, England fared better, losing in the quarter-finals to Uruguay. Four years later, England drew all their group games and failed to qualify for the knock-out phase. In 1962, England progressed to the quarter-finals where they were beaten by Brazil.

However - England's finest international hour came four years later in 1966, when Bobby Moore lifted the Jules Rimet trophy at Wembley on 30 July 1966. Grouped with Uruguay, Mexico and France, England drew one game and won the others to progress to the quarter-finals where Argentina lay in wait. England won a bruising encounter 1-0 and then beat Portugal 2-1 in the semis. In the final, England won 4-2, after extra time, with Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick, the only man to do so in a World Cup Final - how amazing is that?

Unfortunately though England's next-best performance wasn't until the World Cup was in 1990 when losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-final!

England also enters the UEFA European Football Championship (formerly the European Nations Cup).

England first entered in 1962/63, losing in the first round to France. In 1968, England fared better, getting to the semi-finals, a feat they repeated in 1996.

Following the arrival of Sven-Goran Eriksson as Head Coach in January 2001, the England team enjoyed a period of inspired form, recording 5 successive World Cup victories against Finland, Albania (twice), Greece and Germany, before securing dramatic qualification for the Finals with captain David Beckham's last minute equaliser against Greece.

At the Finals in Korea and Japan, England qualified from the 'group of death' recording a memorable victory of Argentina in the Sapporo Dome.  A three-nil win against Denmark in the pouring rain set up a quarter-final against Brazil and Michael Owen gave the Three Lions great hope when he opened the scoring early-on. However, goals from Rivaldo and Ronaldinho sent England home and crushed their hopes of lifting the World's biggest prize.

England also reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2004. having negotiated a tricky group involving France, Croatia and Switzerland, England crashed out on penalties to hosts Portugal.

In their last World Cup, in Germany, it was almost a case of Deja Vu as Portugal again knocked England out of the competition on penalties at the quarter-final stage. That game marked Eriksson's last in charge and new Head Coach Steve McClaren took over as England looked towards their Euro 2008 qualification campaign.

Steve McClaren was in charge of the Three Lions for 18 games, winning nine, but after missing out on qualification for Euro 2008 his contract was terminated on 22 November 2007.

Julie's camera decided to give up over the weekend though so no pictures to show you  :( She is getting it fixed for this weekend though as on Friday afternoon we are all flying over to Amsterdam for Defqon 1, the dance festival on a beach @ Almere Strand - i wont be far away from home actually will i?

I cant wait - i am hoping the weather will be good as it has done nothing but rain all weekend here - there have even been problems with flooding and even a block of flats catching on fire in London due to lightning - this is crazy for June????

Off again for now, will post up all of my adventures from Amsterdam when i get home next week - we are away till next Monday!

Lots of love, Claire xxxx

Posted Jun 17, 2009, 11:05 am
Hi Mum,

Wowwee - my last weekend with Julie was great!! I have rested up for a few days now, were so sleepy after all the walking around & partying in Amsterdam, here is what i have been up too .....

On Thursday before we went to Amsterdam Natt Noy arrived back with his new friend Gulliver - Natt had been away to the Tatty Teddy Factory, we sat up & listened to their stories of their adventure to Chichester .... sounds like that had a great time!

Then we all helped Julie pack her bags ready for Amsterdam - had to make sure all the important bits were packed - i was in charge of checking her passport - don't want to forget that!! Julie showed us where we were going on the map - she had set out a few places for us to visit ..... we were all so excited!!! We even helped Julie decide on her outfit for the the party we are going too on Saturday - Defqon 1, she showed us a video of the party on her laptop - wow!!!

Friday we headed off to Bristol International Airport to get out flight - it is only an hour long & was really nice to be in the people area & have out own seat too - seatbelts on, checked the safety leaflet too - always best to be prepared!!

When we arrived he went straight to the hotel, dropped off our bags & went for a long walk around Amsterdam - 1st stop was the De Gooyer windmill, also known as the Funenmolen is now a charming brewery and popular gathering place. The Netherlands is famous for its windmills - Amsterdam only has six that have survived the times, of which the De Gooyer mill is the closest near the historic center. It towers over the Nieuwevaart Canal, Molen De Gooyer was built in 1725

We also found a massive clog outside a gift shop - we saw it & had to have a picture taken right away with it. We walked around all the canals & headed over to the Anne Frank House too, it was getting dark by then so didn't manage to get any pictures of that, but it was very interesting reading up all about it!

Off to bed we went, had early start the next day ..... it was the day of the party Defqon 1 - Julie packed us her in backpack & off we went on the train at about 11am, it was very busy - we guessed there must of been about 150,000 people at least, 8 different rooms, lots of bars, food stalls & music everywhere - it was mad, was such a beautiful day too - the sun shined all day for us!!! We had such good fun, Julie bought us 'go fast' energy drink to keep us going through the day, he he:)

We didn't get back to the hotel till gone midnight according to Julie, none of us toys knew though as we fell asleep in Julie's backpack on the train, and we didn't wake up till the next day for breakfast!

Our final day in Amsterdam and another walk around Amsterdam to see what sights we can find .... Julie took us for a coffee first to wake us up! We walked through the Red Light District & was the ladies in the windows 'working' - was very odd to see but glad we went through it as it is such a huge part of the lifestyle in Amsterdam! We also went to the Hemp Museum, Vodka Museum & Sex Museum! And not forgetting the 'coffee shops' where they sell & smoke marijuana ..... so much to see over here that i don't think i could see anywhere else - what a great day out!!

After all that we went to get out bags at the hotel & were on our way back to Shiphol Airport for out flight home:)

Going to have a quiet few days chilling at Julie's now till Saturday when she can get to the Post Office & sends me off to my next destination - Spain with -María- - i am very excited, Julie has been telling me about the times she has been to Spain & it sounds great, looking forward to it so much, although will miss Julie & her toys!

Lots of Love, Claire:) xxx

Posted Jun 17, 2009, 11:16 am
Here are my pictures from my weekend away  :p

Posted Jun 19, 2009, 9:37 pm
Hi Mum,

Well today was my last day in England - it was busy day as we had a new arrival - Chance - who had been staying with you, he bought us lots of sweets, thank you!!! Although we all felt a little sick after eating them so quickly  :stare:

We went to Julie's work again today so Chance could meet everyone, there is a great view of a little pond right by where Julie sits, would of looked nicer if the sun was shining!

But, now i am off to bed, me & Co Co (who is also leaving on her travels tomorrow)  said our goodbyes, we have an early start tomorrow at the Post Office, i am very excited to be going to my new home ..... hope Maria is as excited as me :p

Lots of Love, Claire  :D xxx

Posted Jun 20, 2009, 12:39 pm
Hi Mum,

I am officially on my way to Spain  :p :p :p

Will update you as soon as i get there!

Lots of Love, Claire xxxxx

Posted Jun 23, 2009, 3:07 pm
Hola mami!

I just arrived at María's home in Santiago de Compostela and I wanted to let you know that I am fine and will start my new adventure very soon.

Hope everything is going great at home,


Posted Jun 30, 2009, 9:16 pm
Hi mom! =)

I'm sorry for not updating before but we had some bad days here in Santiago de Compostela and I couldn't do many interesting things or, at least, things that would be worth posting them in my travelog =) Anyway, today I went with María to the uni because she had to do a Literature exam and I took some pictures is a very nice place actually, and it would have been crowded with people if the weather was better...

I'll write again soon. Hugs!

Posted Nov 21, 2009, 1:18 pm
I arrived at my home today, ready for new adventures!



Posted May 10, 2010, 7:25 pm
Merhaba Anne! Hello Mommy!

Today I arrived safely at Jeanne's.
I wasn't tired at all and we made some pictures.
We had a little walk near Jeanne's home.

I should tell you thanks by Zeki Bey. He liked the Mentos a lot and ate all in once and even didn't share them with us.

Günter Da/+/#287;l/+/#305; and I chilled a little bit. The weather is really great! :D

Nearby Jeanne's home there is a small park. There you can find fitness tools. Actually, one can find them everywhere in Istanbul.
It's an free alternative to fitness studios.

And at the end some nice flower for my Mommy :D

I will write soon.
I hope you are fine!

Posted May 12, 2010, 7:39 pm
Hello Mommy! :D
How are you doing?
I miss you much!
Today it was Jeanne's day off and we took a walk at the coast way and we took a lot of pictures. We are really tired. We walked for 4 hours and then we took the train to Eminönü and there we walked again to Kabatas. I saw a lot today but I am so sleepy now. The weather was great. For me it is already a little bit too hot. But tomorrow it should be worse.

After we walked for some time, we had some rest and I ate a very yummy strawberry waffle.
and we walked on..

In the background you can see the Princes' Islands

Isn't it an interesting bench?You can find various of them dedicated to Turkish writers.

and finally we arrived at the old wall of Istanbul

Again, we had a rest under a shady tree.

Oh what happend? I see douple!


Look, the stinky ship!

Finally, we arrived at the train station.

The "New Mosque"

The Bosporus bridge

Galata Bridge and Tower.

The New Mosque again.

Topkapi Palace

Yes.. Right.. The New Mosque again.

Lots of restaurants under the Galata Bridge.

Panorama view.

Far in the background- The Hagia Sophia.

Again the Galata tower.

These were all pictures from our walk. I hope you liked them.
I will take some rest at home for a few days.Also Jeanne is a little bit busy.At the weekend I will try to write again.

See you soon,


Posted May 16, 2010, 1:48 pm
Hello Mommy,

Just a quick note, to let you know that I am fine.
Jeanne caught a cold, so we didn't go out.
I use the time to discover the Turkish Wildlife on a map, which I have found at Jeanne's home. I got scared...

I also tried to call you, but you didn't pick up. :(

I will try to write soon again.
Your Claire.

Ps.: Today we have got 26°C :rolleyes:

Posted May 30, 2010, 5:05 pm
Hello Mommy,
sorry for not writing for a while. Jeanne had been ill for some time and I had to care for her until she was better.
Meanwhile a new TV arrived. Ulrik from Norway. He is really nice but I worry a little bit, that he might get a sunburn too quick.
Yesterday we went to Küçükçekmece.

Before we went to Küçükçekmece, we stopped at an beach.

Than we arrived at the lake, it's really nice lake and not crowded at all.

Nearby the lake there was some leisure park and we also went with the Ferris wheel.

Soon I will write again.


Posted Jun 6, 2010, 9:23 pm
Hello Mommy,

Today we went to some sights in Istanbul.
I liked it a lot. Tuesday I will go to Germany. I enjoyed the time a lot.
Jeanne wanted to show me more things but she had been ill and Thursday, she also had an exam.
I also meet a new Toyvoyagers. They will also travel to Germany but later will come back. I don't know yet. If I will travel home or you will allow me to go on a new adventure. Jeanne will also show me some places in Germany.

Anyway, here are the photos of our trip today.
This is a picture of me and the theGerman Fountain

At this picture you can see me and the Thutmosis' Obelisk  and the Walled Obelisk. The weather was really bad, so the picture isn't so nice.:(

This is the Hagia Sophia. It is so wonderful. I wish you also could see it. Maybe one day we would travel together to Istanbul.What do you think? :D

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is also great.
Look how many tourists you can see in the background!

Do you remember this sight?
Yes, the Galata Tower. We went to Eminönü again.

In the background you can see the Aida. Wouldn't it be nice to travel with it too? The people on the boat are waiting to travel to the Asian side of Istanbul.

I think, this you remember too. The Yeni Mosque and the Sülemanyie.

This are my new friends.Aren't they nice?
Ulrik , me, Mr. S  and PinkyHH.

We also played Trivial Pursuit.
We had a lot of fun.

Jeanne and Sülyeman played with us too.

This are all  picture from today. I hope you liked my trip to Turkey too. I will write again, when I am back to Germany.


Posted Jun 9, 2010, 3:25 pm
Hello Mommy,

just a quick note, that we arrived in Oebisfelde, Yesterday.

Posted Jun 15, 2010, 5:17 pm
Hello Mommy,

We went to the Mittellandkanal Midland Canal which is close to Jeanne's parents' home and goes also via the Drömling, which is a nature reservate in Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.
The Mittellandkanal is with 325.7 kilometres (202.4 mi) length the longest artificial waterway in Germany.>\">

We played hide and seek. Can you find me?


Posted Jun 26, 2010, 1:54 pm
Hello Mommy,

Yesterday, we went to visit Wolfsburg.
Firstly, Jeanne showed us the VW car factory, with the old power station.
It's a class  listed  monument. But the chimneys are ramshackle  and need to be repaired.

You can also see the The Mittellandkanal again.

This is a part of the Autostadt, which is a  theme  park, all about cars.

This picture shows a lot of rails and in the background Wolfsburg's train station. In the far end you can see the VW office building. At the left side you can see the Phaeno, which is a science centre. We wanted to take better pictures but there was also some constructing and a huge fence blocked our view.

This is Wolfsburg's town hall.

And here is a view from above.
You can see the Rathausplatz with some part of the pedestrian area. In the background you can see the VW office building again and the new power station.

I hope you like the pictures.We wanted to take more but we hadn't a lot of time but soon. I will add some pictures of Oebisfelde.

Have a nice time.


Posted Jun 27, 2010, 12:00 pm
Hello Mommy,

Yesterday we had a walk  through Oebisfelde.
Mainly we went to the Park.
I hope you will enjoy the pictures.
I will write soon again.

See you soon,

Yours Claire,

They had such information plates for many trees and bushes.
It's kinda interesting.

Posted Jul 14, 2010, 12:38 pm
Hello Mommy,

I am back to Istanbul.
I wanted to add some more pictures of Germany but it seems that the upload page is blocked in Turkey and Jeannine forgot the sd memory card in Germany, where we saved my photos on.
We will try to add the photos soon.

Meanwhile, I will go on to discover Turkey.
But I wonder when I will go on to travel to a other place.
Mommy, I also miss you too!

See you,


Posted Jul 21, 2010, 9:47 am
Hello Mommy,

I am still in Istanbul.
I already said good bye to my fellow TV's.

Jeanne gave me some supplies for my trip. Okay, Okay.. It is a present for my new host but maybe I will be able to taste just a little bit during my trip to Chile? :rolleyes:. It's a Turkish candy made from honey, grapes and nuts.

Since Chile is a great travel destination the others wanted to go there too..

But don't worry, I could chase them all off.
Just PinkyHH almost made it into the envelope.

But I kicked her away. After all, it is my turn to travel to Chile, isn't it?

But Mommy, I have bad news for you today. I couldn't start my trip today.
Because there was a new worker at the post office and she told us to go to an other post office.

Jeanne is only able to go there tomorrow.
So, I will start my trip only tomorrow.

Have a nice time and see you soon.


Posted Aug 3, 2010, 11:42 am
Hello Mommy,

I am already travelling to France.
Hope to write to you soon.



Posted Aug 27, 2010, 4:22 pm
I arrived in Chile!!! Finallyyy!  :cyclops:
I was so tight in the envelope, i couldn't wait to come out!
Also, I just completed one of my life missions, because this is the 5th country I visit!  :cyclops:
These are some photos of my arrival

I was just starting to look around when Regit Brown, the TV staying here as well, came to welcome me  :rolleyes:

We introduced ourselves, but he seemed a bit more interested in the sweet I brought, so I told him we could taste just a bit because it's for my new host, so he tore off the label and... mmm! YUMMY!  :p

The first thing that cought my attention was this big chilean flag. The white colour stands for the snow of the mountains, the blue and the star stand for the sky and the red colour stands for the aborigins' blood spread during the spanish conquest.

I'll have more photos pretty soon  ;)

Posted Aug 30, 2010, 11:23 pm
The first place I went to was an university called Universidad de la Frontera, there I took some nice shots.  :)

This mural shows the enmity between the chilean aborigins (called Mapuches) and the goverment.

We saw this little Araucaria (the national tree) and a blooming tree, which means the spring is coming soon!  :rolleyes:

Near the university we found these mapuche totem and ruca! (the kind of house where mapuches used to live before the spanish conquest)

On our way back home we saw these mapuche people, they are on hunger strike for already 45 days, along with 40 or more mapuches in the city.

Posted Sep 3, 2010, 1:38 am
At last there is nice weather over here! Also it's starting to be warm! :D
We went for a walk around Leslie's house. She lives in the very edge of the city, so the ocuntryside is just 5 houses away from hers!

We played around on the trees while seeing the beautiful winter flowers around us  :p

I found a mushroom!  :stare:

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 5:49 pm
We headed to a city 339 Kms south from Temuco, called Puerto Montt! I'm really excited, I heard this city has a port internationally known called Anglemó, and I'm going to visit it!  :cyclops:
The drive was 5 hours long, but it was fun because we were sitting on the front seat of the upper level of a double decker bus!

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 6:08 pm
In the morning we went to explore the city centre, which is right by the sea  :rolleyes: The day was cloudy but still we could see nice views, like this church whose dome is made of copper! :stare:

Can you see the beautiful carving on these balconies?

I walked near this hotel and I saw a german flag! so I went closer to see if I could find a fellow countryman to speak with  :p


Posted Sep 16, 2010, 6:52 pm
We went to an art exposition about paintings and photography. There were paintings by famous chilean painters, like Pacheco Altamirano.

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 7:36 pm
In the morning we explored the house and found some nice stuff, like this couple of chilotes (people from an island in the south called Chiloé)

This is a baby Araucaria, they are very rare to see and take around 600 years to grow up

This wooden shoe lamp was made by Leslie's grandfather long ago

And these pictures were painted by him as well...

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 9:24 pm
We visited the famous port of Angelmó. It's full of craft shops and restaurants! Turists from all over the world come here to see and taste typical food from the south of Chile.

This chess pieces are moais (from Easter Island)
I was lucky the seller let me take these pictures!

This is a mapuche couple

These are indios pícaros, they are like little mapuche men, but when you pull them up..... :o!!

How do I look?  :rolleyes:

These are some views from one of the galleries full of restaurants

Posted Sep 17, 2010, 12:22 am
In the afternoon we went to the mall, but first we took some shots in the city. I can't say I was taken, because I drove the car myself! luckily the police (the green car in front of me) didn't see me, because I think chipmunks aren't allowed to drive, are we?   :cyclops:

This statue is very very famous, there's even a song that tells the story of these two lovers! you can watch it here

There was this chess board near the statue, but wait!... we dont have pieces to play with!  :o

This is the view from the restaurant in the mall where we were at  :D it's beautiful isn't it!?

Time to order!  :rolleyes:
Wait a second!! Look at those prices!!!  :o
Ohh... they're chilean pesos, so it's ok... we can order after all 

After that, we went to a high part of the city to take these night view pictures, the city looks awesome from up there!

Posted Sep 17, 2010, 5:46 pm
Time to say good bye to this city and go back to Temuco...
I had a lovely time over here! I really liked it!
We traveled back on the front seat of the upper lever of a double decker bus!! So we had the best view AGAIN!!  :cyclops:

...Here we are driving to the bus terminal

...5 hours later we'll be in Temuco,

Good Bye Puerto Montt!

That is Osorno volcano, and down there is Llanquihue city

The toll rates

Here you can see Leslie... just a little relaxed  :p lol

This shows the amount of fatal accidents on the road within the last month, which in this case was 0  :)

Posted Sep 18, 2010, 9:54 pm
The chilean indepencence day is September 18th, but in Leslie's high school it was celebrated on sep 9th, by the way, she's a student, not a teacher  :p
There were many traditional dances and lots of food in stands with typical decoration called ''ramadas''.

This couple are wearing the national costume.

These masks are from a festival in the north called ''la tirana''

This is Leslie's best friend, she's wearing a dancing costume from the very north of Chile.

This is called ''chilean salad'' and is made of onion, tomato and coriander.

It seems like I got a little late for pisco... the bottle is already empty!  :(

Posted Sep 23, 2010, 1:18 am
Today is the independence day of Chile!  :stare:
And it's not any independence day, it's the bicetennial!  :cyclops:
We celebrated eating BBQ and going to a fair of traditions.

This is the ''rodeo'' field, it's a chilean sport, very cruel by the way. The huasos (chilean countrymen) have to squeeze a cow against the wall and they get points for that. I didn't like it at all!

Then we kept walking around the fair.

We saw these hourse spurs

And we found a ruca!  :)

This is the mapuche race flag.

We saw this big horse mouth bone!  :o

...And this cow mouth bone.

Flags and ''remolinos''  :stare:

Mmm! Chocolate! Yummy!  :p

A chocolate volcano!  :o

And finally, a fresh glass of slush  B)

Posted Sep 23, 2010, 1:27 am
Today I helped in the kitchen, we prepared  chicken with broccoli and leeks, it was so yummy!  :p
Of course I had some trouble at first trying to find the right ingredients, because I had no idea what they were  :thinking:
I learned that chicken is pollo in spanish, broccoli is brocoli, carrot is zanahoria and leek is puerro.:rolleyes:

Posted Sep 23, 2010, 1:39 am
Today Regit Brown left to USA, so we had to say goodbye. :thinking:

But, the good news is that another TV arrived!! His name is Blinchick and he's from Russia.

Posted Sep 28, 2010, 12:57 am
Look what I found!! It's a treile egg! They're chilean birds, and it's very common to find their eggs on the grass in this time of the year, because spring just started here!  :rolleyes:

I tried some empanadas, the national food of Chile, they're fried dough filled with meat, onion, one olive, and some other ingredients, they are really really yummy!!  :p

Posted Sep 28, 2010, 11:55 pm
We are going to Queule for the weekend, it's a fishing village with beautiful beaches. My host has a summer house there, so i might be going there often!  :D

We got there at night, so all I saw that day was the big and beautiful full moon above in the sky!

Posted Sep 30, 2010, 1:01 am
The next morning we woke up and went straight to the deck to see the view and then to the garden to see the plants and flowers!

These are called ''nalcas'' and they're native from the south Chile.

These little flowers are called ''no me olvides'' which in english is ''dont forget me''

Have you ever seen a flower like this? It's a tree called floripondio and the flower can be used as a drug, but it's not my case  :p


Posted Oct 1, 2010, 9:07 pm
We went to the town to see the boats and everything closer, the weather was really nice!  :)

Many of these boats were destroyed by the tsunami in february 2010, and there are still some traces of it.

Posted Oct 3, 2010, 5:49 pm
Later we headed to ''Agua de las Niñas'' beach, which in english would be ''girls' water''
We passed through this viewpoint called ''El Tope''
From here you can see the whole fishing village.

That beach is called ''La herradura'' (the horseshoe) because of its shape, oh, by the way, it's an island.

...then we kept walking...

I found this dock, Leslie told me it was destroyed by the tsunami

This is called lion rock, can you guess why?  :p

Time for a little rest  ;)

This is Ronca beach, ronca means snore. It's called like that because of the loud sound of its waves.

We arrived! This is Agua de las Niñas beach!

Look what I found!!  :stare:

A jellyfish!!  :o

I found  this very weird rock full of wholes, what could have made them?

After today, I really...

...Even so much, that I started looking for a place to live  :p

After all that, we went back to the house, very tired of course.

Posted Oct 8, 2010, 10:34 pm
Today we are going back to Temuco, I enjoyed a lot this weekend here!
I made a few last shots from the main dock  :rolleyes:

Posted Oct 10, 2010, 4:27 am
It's beautiful to see how all the trees are blooming at last after the cold winter! Spring started around 20 days ago and the weather is nice almost everyday!  :rolleyes:

Posted Oct 11, 2010, 12:33 am
We visited the central market of the city. There were lots of artisans in their stands selling typical stuff.

These are kultrunes, they're drums from the Mapuche culture.

More Mapuche instruments.

These are Mapuche jewelry pieces. The biggest ones are ''trapelakuchas'', they are made of silver and are very expensive.

This is a huge ''indio pícaro''. Do you remember them?
The Indio Pícaro is a traditional wooden statuette of a Mapuche Indian with a long penis. It is found in traditional artisan shops in south-central Chile. It is usually made of wood, used primarily as decoration or for jokes. It consists of an image of a traditionally dressed Mapuche painted with a broad smile that, when lifted, shows an erect penis.

Posted Oct 16, 2010, 12:45 am
We watched the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped for 69 days 700 meters underground in a mine in the north of Chile.
The rescue process lasted 22 hours and 30 minutes.

I have to admit I dropped a couple of tears watching them hug their relatives again.
Now they are all safe with their families again! :)

Posted Oct 22, 2010, 3:49 pm
We went to Ñielol Hill, a natural monument.
It has a huge historic meaning, because here, chileans and mapuches established peace, in 1881, after 3 centuries of war.

There were super huge trees!

This is the Patagua tree, here is where spanish and mapuches established peace. Also, it seemed like a nice place to stay  :p

These 4 meters tall mapuche totems are called chemamüll, they represent the family.

This tree is a Notro, they have these cute little red flowers

This is the view of Temuco from the summit of Ñielol hill.

I read the descriptions of some trees, they were in braille as well!  :)

There was a little museum, so we went in :)

These things are Piñones, they are the seed of araucarias, the national tree.ç

OMG  :o

I made a new friend ;) a big rodent just like me, called Coipo.
It's an own specie of rodent of South America.

WOW, this one IS important! It is a Cóndor, the chilean national bird.
It is the biggest flying bird in the world!

The Andean Condor's wingspan, ranges from 280 to 320 cm (9.2 to 10.5 ft). It is heavy, reaching a weight of 11 to 15 kg (24 to 33 lb) for males and 6 to 14 kg (13 to 31 lb) for females. Overall length can range from 102 to 135 cm (40 to 53 in).

This is a map of The Araucanía region. By the way, Chile is divided in 15 regions, La Araucanía is the 9th of them.

After the museum we kept walking through the forest.

Look at this weird tree!!

Posted Oct 31, 2010, 4:34 pm
We went to the main cementery of the city which was opened in 1897.

This place is for policemen who died working.

After the cementery we went to a memorial park, which is in honor to all the people who died in the militar dictatorship in 1973.

This stree symbolizes the strenght of life.

On this wall there are the names of some of the missing and dead people.

Néstor Gallardo Agüero is Leslie's relative.


Posted Nov 1, 2010, 10:03 pm
NO PARKING sign... it looks weird in spanish, don't you think so?  :p

Posted Nov 13, 2010, 11:04 pm
We went for a walk around the house. Did I ever mention that the house is just 5 houses away from the very end of the city? so you just cross the street and youre in the country side :D

Posted Nov 20, 2010, 12:59 am
Heading south from the house I found this nice lagoon, sadly the day was kinda rainy, so we had to go back pretty soon and couldnt go further.

Posted Nov 28, 2010, 3:32 pm
We visited the cementery again, but this time I focused on the flowers, they were absolutely beautiful!  :D

Posted Dec 1, 2010, 10:55 pm
Mum!! Today Leslie recieved the presents you sent her!!
You should have seen her face when she opened the envelope! haha
She was more than happy!  :cyclops:

Posted Dec 4, 2010, 4:46 pm
I made a new friend! Her name is Sky and she's staying over for a month since her mum is traveling.
We spend the whole day talking and playing, and even eating together :)

Posted Dec 13, 2010, 7:16 pm
We visited a famous train museum Pablo Neruda.
Sadly we couldn't go in to where the main trains are, because the structure is damaged since the earthquake in february and it's dangerous to go in, so that part is closed  :(
This is a part of the wall...

Do you know the onomatopoeia for the sound of trains in spanish?
well, i do, it's ''chucu chucu'' lol

This is where they loaded charcoal.

This one was the presidential train many years ago.

There were poems carved on copper that Pablo Neruda wrote to the trains.


Posted Dec 23, 2010, 3:33 pm
The last place I visited was an art exposition... though I think it was boring, too abstract for my taste, lol

...And this is where my trip in Chile ends...
I had a very nice time here and I am going to miss it!


Posted Jan 15, 2011, 4:47 am
After a long trip, I have arrived in Southern California, United States!  I made it safe and sound.
Look it's Gray, Pink, Gwyn, Grumpy and Candy Cotton.  I also heard about a Drowsy Lamb, but she was asleep.
Nice to be greeted by so many friendly people.
Ready for our next adventure.  Look out world, here we come.

Posted Jan 19, 2011, 5:05 am
I just got to Los Angeles, and Candy Cotton, Grumpy and I are already taking a plane to our next adventure.
You know, Candy Cotton, it was nice of them to get us a seat to share on the airplane.
Grumpy, can you see the airport?
I am going to a casino in Las Vegas.
Time to check out the Mirage Casino.
None of us can reach the machine.
Which button do I press?
Candy Cotton, you pull the lever.
Now it's my turn.  This is fun.
Here is the payout.
I think Candy Cotton may have fallen asleep again.
Time to take a break and hit the buffet.
A Wheel of Fortune slot machine.
We are having a good time.
Are we winning?
This was a fun trip.  We are back safe and sound in Los Angeles.  I can't wait for what is next!

Posted Jan 30, 2011, 7:35 pm
It is a cold and rainy day so our hosts decided to make a nice banana treat.
Grumpy, they have bananas and blueberries.  This is going to be good.
Looks like Pink Bunny, Grumpy and I are going to have some banana bread with blueberries.
Be careful up there, Pinky.
It looks and smells great.
Time to eat.

Posted Mar 27, 2011, 3:11 am
Wow, a marathon! That sounds exciting.
Nursy and I are at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Lots of people around.
The street is closed off to car traffic so we can all just walk around.
Nursy and I like the palm trees by the road.
I wonder if they will let me play their game.
Don't worry, its just a shrub.
I am between the dinosaurs.  We had a fun day. 


Posted Apr 5, 2011, 3:51 am
Nursy and I went to MacArthur Park.  It is right next to Downtown Los Angeles.  It has been in some movies before as well.
There is a big lake in the middle with a fountain.  The Los Angeles metro has a stop right next to it.
Lots of birds hanging out in the park.  It was still fun.

Posted Apr 10, 2011, 11:03 pm
Boy that place looks familiar. . .
It is the Fisher house from the HBO television series "Six Feet Under."
I don't see Michael C. Hall around.
I guess no one is home, but this was fun. 

Posted Apr 24, 2011, 3:25 am
Its dark, where are we?
We are in the metro, waiting for a train.
All aboard, to downtown Los Angeles.
We made it.
Lots of people and traffic in the city.
Wow, I like all the tall buildings.
Nursy came with me.
Ready to head back.
It looks like I am flying.  This was a fun trip. 

Posted Apr 24, 2011, 3:33 am
We saw this nice alcove with benches and a fountain. 

Posted Jun 16, 2011, 9:13 pm
Today I came home after a really exciting trip. I had a great time in Turkey, Chile and the USA. Thank you very much bruehwuerfelchen, Leslie and pinkandgray.

I met Cheerio and Drashuven, both from California. They were glad to hear some news from their home state.

Now I will stay at home for a month or so, enjoying the coming summer. I'm sure I will continue travelling in autumn.

Claire Tamias


Posted Sep 10, 2011, 8:23 pm
I got an invitation to visit Spain once more - Barcelona this time :)

My Mummy told me about Barcelona, I am really curious.

I am looking foreward to meet my next host.

Claire Tamias

Posted Sep 26, 2011, 10:42 pm
Hello mum and everyone!

How are you??

I'm well!! happy to start my adventures around the world 

I've arrived this morning in Barcelona. I'm so happy! everyone is very nice here and as soon as I got out from the package,I had a welcome party prepared by my new friends here!

You know me...I'm an active chipmunk so...This afternoon I needed to jump trees!!

We walked a bit around my host's neighbourhood and I saw the town hall of her district. It's beautiful,huh??

And @Anxova explained me the flags of town hall are (from left to right): The flag of Barcelona,Spain,Catalonia,and Europe! Lot of flags for a town hall,right?? hahaha

Well, today I'm a bit tired so I'm going to bed now!

See you soon!!

Take care mum,

Claire Tamias

Posted Sep 26, 2011, 11:20 pm
Hello mum and everyone!!

Today although it was raining,I had my first impressions of the city!

We were in Born neighbourhood!

This picture shows Carrer Montcada (Montcada Street) it's a famous street because you can find Picasso Museum there,or what my hosts says is the same "people and peole doing an XXXL queue and at the end of the street,the museum".

Near this street I could find Fossar de les Moreres (Mulberry Graveyard), a place of great symbolic significance where the weight of history takes centre stage. Here, right in the centre of the Born neighbourhood, was the site of the graveyard for the fallen during the 1714 Siege of Barcelona. For the Catalans, the fossar is more than a memory. It is a homage...

@Anxova told me why is a very important place for Catalan history and culture: The 1714 Siege of Barcelona lasted more than a year and ended with the fall of Barcelona to the troops of Philip V. Catalonia had lent its support to Archduke Charles of Austria as the successor to the Spanish throne, while Castile was favourable to the accession of Philip of Anjou.

On September 11  in 1714, Barcelona surrendered to Philip V marking the beginning of a period of repression for the Catalans with the abolition of laws and institutions. That's toooo sad!!

The monument bears the inscription “In the cemetery of the mulberry trees no traitor lies” In catalan is "Al Fossar de les Moreres no s'enterra cap traïdor"

And the 11th September has become the National Day of Catalonia, La Diada!!! @Anxova told me is a very exiciting day every year.

I'm so glad to saw such an important place for my host and Catalonian people!:)

See you soon,

Take care mum,

Claire Tamias

Posted May 1, 2012, 8:56 am
I am on my way to my next host now :)

Claire Tamias

Posted May 1, 2012, 12:20 pm
Hello mum and everyone!

Today I was in the harbour with my host! It was a rainy day (Spain is not always sunny I guess) but anyway, I had lots of fun!!!!!!!!!!!

What a big ship!!!

I love this big shrimp!!!! its awesome!!! My host told me it was designed by Juan Mariscal. Mariscal is a Catalan artist, author, for example, the mascot or pet of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games :)
Do you like it?

It was a cool rainy day!

See you soon!

Take care mum

Claire Tamias

Posted May 1, 2012, 12:45 pm
Hello mum and everyone!

After some days raining, today sun shines!

My host and I went to the city centre and walking around, we saw a street market dedicated to antiques.

I don't like anything,and my host neither! hahahahahaha

After walking a bit more,guess what...I saw Palau de la Música Catalana!

My host told me that on 2009, the Palau de la Música Catalana suffered an unforeseen calamity!!!! a police inspection that made the news headlines on the television and radio and made front page of all the daily newspapers!!!! Initial data spoke of a possible diversion of funds from the Orfeó Català of 2.3 million Euros involving the Former president of the Palau de la Música, Fèlix Millet, and four others.

After some initial investigations, and other judicial issues, my host saw in news that  Fèlix Millet, spend 200,000 euros from the Palau on daughters weddings: Funds paid 120,000 euros toward the wedding of one of the daughters of the former president of the Foundation, Felix Millet, and another 80,000 on his other daughter. And that's only the beginning of investigations!!!

That's disgusting and shameful!!!!! Isn't it??

Well, with this story I had enough and we went back home to have lunch :)

See you soon!

Take care mum,

Claire Tamias

Posted May 1, 2012, 12:56 pm
Hello mum and everyone!

Today we went to see some historical things from Barcelona ( or Barcino during the ancient Roman!)

I didn't know that ancient Roman was also here in this city!

My host told me that the ancient Roman colony was founded between the years 15-10 BC, in the time of Emperor Augustus.

The city was built on top of a small hill and covered an area no greater than ten hectares. It was, therefore, a small city which had, at the most, 1,000 inhabitants.

Barcelona then,was enclosed by walls with four gateways. These gateways led on to the main streets, the decumanus maximus and cardo maximus which came together right in the centre, at the forum or public square.

There were also other public buildings, such as the temple, the basilica, the curia, where the Municipal Senate assembled, and the tabernae or shops, which sold all kinds of produce brought in from various Mediterranean ports. Near the Forum stood the spa or public baths. My host told me that they don't know if Barcelona contained other public buildings which were representative of Roman cities, such as the theatre, amphitheatre or circus.

It was a very cultural day!! I learned a lot!

See you soon!

Take care mum,

Claire Tamias

Posted May 1, 2012, 1:06 pm
Hello mum and everyone!

Today was an institutional day! hihihi! I went to see the City Hall, also known as the Casa de la Ciutat and the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya!!

In the ancient Roman city of Barcelona, the Plaça Sant Jaume was the site of the Forum, the meeting place and stage for political debate. It could be said that the square continues to fulfil the same role today, as it is flanked by Barcelona’s two political powerhouses: Barcelona City Hall and the seat of the Catalan government, the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

The City hall stands on one side of the Plaça Sant Jaume, right in the middle of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and in front of the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

The statues of King Jaume I (the founder of the Council of the One Hundred) and Joan Fiveller (a 15th-century Barcelona freeman and member of the Council) in the vaulted niches on Barcelona City Hall’s main façade were sculpted by Josep Bover (1847).

They are very cool!! Look at both buildings!

I hope you like them!

See you soon!

Claire Tamias

Posted May 1, 2012, 1:13 pm
Hello mum and everyone!

This is a very historical street near the city centre! I loved the bridge...My host said that she would like to have one in her house hahahahaha! me too! :D

Today we were shopping!!!!! This street is full of shops and we love it!

With all the bags (well actually my host only bought 2 t-shirts lol) we went to take the subway and I want to have a picture in Plaça Catalunya!!! The main square of the city

Look at this nice fountain!!!

See you soon,

Take care mum!

Claire Tamias

Posted May 4, 2012, 8:13 pm
Hello mommy!

I arrived in Mechterstädt, Thuringia, today.

When I crawled out of my envelope there were Voi Nam and SunnyHH welcoming me.

My new host says thank you for the card and chocolate, yummy!
And the souvenier from Nook, of course!

Hugs, Claire Tamias


Posted May 4, 2012, 8:29 pm
Hello mommy!

I went on my first sightseeing trip here in Thuringia.

Mechterstädt is not far away from Eisenach and so we decided to visit Wartburg castle.
We - that is Voi Nam and SunnyHH and me.

It is very famous because it is a UNESCO world heritag site.

But before we could see the castle we had to climb the steep hill.
Which was not a problem for me! Voi Nam also had no
problems with the way but poor little SunnyHH was really
slow and it was hard for her to jump all the way. So I offered her to
climb on my back and I carried her to the top.

When we arrived we had a beautiful view on the castle. The
evening sun came out and all these purple lilac blossoms were so
nice in the background!

After we entered the main gate I read some information about the castle.

Wartburg Castle was founded in the 11th century. The buildings
that you can see today were mainly built in the 19th century with
some older remaining parts.

Then I took a walk through the castle grounds, the inner gate and saw the palace.

On our way back down we took a rest in the sunshine and enjoyed the view over Eisenach.


Posted May 12, 2012, 10:30 am
Hello mommy!

Today I want to show you where I am right now.

Mechterstädt is a small village with about 1000 inhabitants.

I took a little stroll through the village but there is really not much to see.

This is there main street where my host lives.

First I walked passed the village hall.

Then there is the church.

And the central square with a little shop and you can see the May tree in the background, too.

And that's about it. Nothing really going on here. But I am sure I will
also visit some other places in Thuringia soon.


Posted May 12, 2012, 10:40 am
We had a lovely sunny day today and
so Voi Nam and I decided to spend some time in the sun on the
balcony.  But first we had to get onto it.

Thank God there is the cat flap we could use. Still it was difficult for
Voi Nam to get up there and through the cat door.  So I helped him.

Then I followed him. For me as a chipmunk it was easier to climb up through the door.

From the balcony I had a wonderful view over the green area and
towards the Inselsberg mountain in the background. With about
900 metres it is the second highest mountain in Thuringia.

Later on  I had a look at the newspaper.

The weatherforecast isn't too good. There might be rain later on
and the next days will be cooler again. Let's see what I will do to
spend my time.



Posted May 13, 2012, 10:58 am
My next excursion brought me to Gotha, a town about 15 kilomters from Mechterstädt.

Gotha is very old and its history dates back to the 8th century.

I saw the castle Friedenstein which was built by Ernst I of
Saxe-Gotha (later Altenburg), "The Pious",  in the 17th century.

Down castle  hill towards the city center I saw these beautiful wells ('Wasserkunst').

And the red town hall looks very nice too. It used to be a department store.

And then I came across this Pyramide. I thought that it is strange to
find a pyramide here in Thuringia. The secret is that it is a tomb for
Marshall Studnitz who had it built in his garden.


Posted May 13, 2012, 11:02 am
Today a big package arrived. Voi Nam and I were curious about what is inside.

Voi Nam opend it and there were many things inside.

And then we saw him in the corner, the little bear!

He crawled out of his box and introduced himself as Bärndt
Bärndt travels on the Big German RR and will stay with us this month!


Posted May 13, 2012, 11:47 am
I miss you mom!

Posted May 18, 2012, 1:25 pm
Today we took a short trip to my host mom's parents.
We had tea time with cakes.

The garden is very green and inthe background you can see the town church.


Posted May 24, 2012, 9:14 am
Hello from Eisenach!

We went there today. It is about 15km from the village and my host
goes there quite often. Today she showed me a little of the town
famous for Luther and Bach.

We started at the Bach House, a museum today. You can see the
old part where Johann Sebastian Bach was supposedly born. A new
house was added some time ago.

Then we went to the Luther House, where Martin Luther lived when
he was a school child. It is a museum today, too.

We carried on and went to the market square with the Georgen
Church and the town hall and the town castle.
Eisenach is a nice town!

Last but not least I saw the smallest house in Eisenach. It has a
width of only 2,05m and is about 250 years old. It is the smallest
half timbered house in Germany that people still live in!


Posted May 27, 2012, 12:34 pm
Today we went to Erfurt (which is the state capital of Thuringia) for a marching band contest.
It took place at Erfurt Fair.

I look at the map to see where all the bands come from.

And then we listened to and watched the bands in the contest.
Great music!


Posted Jun 3, 2012, 2:09 pm
A new addtion to my host family:

This kitten moved in today. He is soooooo cute, don't you thin?!


Posted Jun 6, 2012, 2:43 pm
I tried something special for dinner today - a recipe from a South African cook book: Peanut soup with coconut.

Here are all the ingredients I need to cook it.

First I need to chop the carrots and leek and  dice the onion.

Everything goes into the pot.

Next it's 75ml of dry white wine.

Now it already looks like a soup. I have to add the peanuts and the coconut though.

After some more time for simmering the soup is ready. Yummy!
Enjoy your meal!


Posted Jun 11, 2012, 11:29 am
This weekend we went to Frankfurt/Main for the German Choir Festival.

But first we got ready for our trip and packed our bag.
Or rather we were packed into the bag :)

It was a 3 hours coach ride but time went fast and we also had
enough to eat because we brought a 'SingerSurvivalPackedLunch'.

We did not see much of Frankfurt except the 'Jahrhunderthalle'
where my host and the choir had rehearsals and where the big
concert on Saturday evening took place.

The concert hall was built in 1963 and is pretty large with space for up to 4800 people.

We spent almost all our time there except for one concert. Then we went to the Heiliggeist Church.


Posted Jun 17, 2012, 9:53 am
Today it was time to say Goodbye to the 2 other TVs which stayed here.

Bärndt moves on in the Big German RR and goes to Munich.

Voi Nam travels to Wales in the ETVT.

Have  a safe journey you two!

Posted Jun 18, 2012, 6:06 pm
Weather today was better than expected
and I took the chance to visit the nearby national park Hainich.

The national park is about 160000m² large and the area is a
national park because it is the largest area of mixed forest in middle
Europe. Since 2011 it has also been an UNESCO world natural
heritage site.

First I went to the wild cat compound in Hütscheroda.
It was opened in April 2012 so it's brand new. It was built to raise
awarness of the situation of wild cats in Europe.

It was feeding time at 3pm and so it was easy to get a glimpse of
the four wild male cats living here. Though  can YOU see them through the fence?

After the visit at the wild cats we continued our way along the
scultpure path... with intersting sculptures along the way of course.

Hey, what's that? I had to take a closer look when there was a big
violet stain on the ground. It was plenty of butterflies!

We took the wild cat path which is about 7 km.

And came to the look-out 'Hainichblick'.

I don't know how many steps I had to take up there but the
spectacular view over the countryside was worth it! See how green
this part of Thuringia is? And in the background you can see the
hills of the Thuringian Forest.

Our way back to the car took us about 1 hour in nice sunshine.


Posted Jun 27, 2012, 1:45 pm
Today was a friend's 40th birthday and so we had a big party!

Since he is very found of GDR related items and stories we decided to decorate the party room with GDR gadgets.

Look, here is the wall newspaper with Eastern German posters, picures and mottos.

We also put red carnations and flags on the table.

Last but not least some Eastern German literature: old magazines and a joke book.

We also took a rip with the birthday boy in an old East German Car: a Wartburg. Yes, it is called like the castle in Eisenach. That's because the car was BUILT in Eisenach!

We had a great evening with lots of fun! It was like a journey back in time!


Posted Jun 27, 2012, 1:48 pm
Mail from Italy?!  I was curious what is in inside. But then of course it must be a new TV. And yes:  YoYo, who travels on the ETVT, arrived here.


Posted Jun 27, 2012, 1:50 pm
And yet another new TV. We said hello to HömpfMöpf, a TV which travels on the Big German RR. I will be happy to show him bits of Thuringia!


Posted Jul 1, 2012, 4:31 pm
This evening we went to the theatre in Eisenach.

Pupils of the Abbe-School performed songs and plays. This is before the show because photos during the show were too dark...


Posted Jul 1, 2012, 4:34 pm
Mommy, it is soooo hot here. The sun is shining all day long. To cool down a little we went to the Altenberger Lake near Eisenach.

I enjoyed my time!


Posted Jul 1, 2012, 4:37 pm
Today I started a MZ motorbike tour to Saxony. Things are packed and we are ready to go! I will update about my trip as soon as I am back in Mechterstädt.

See you mommy!

Posted Jul 3, 2012, 1:17 pm
So this motorbike tour was shorter then expected because of bad weather. But let's start at the beginning.

Our first stop on Saturday was artificial lake Oberwald. There we put up our tent in bright sunshine.

After the work was done we enjoyed a beer and I prepared the little dinner picnic.

The next day we went to Chemnitz, formerly known as Karl-Marx-Stadt. Therefore one can still find the giant head of Karl-Marx in the city center.

Our next stop was Zschopau - home of the MZ motorbike for many years. MZ is short for Motorenwerke Zschopau. So we brought the old lady home.

Today there's no longer any production of motorbikes. So the old factory isn't really used.

We went to the motorbike exhibition in the castle Wildeck.

Me and the MZ man:

As you see from the pics the weather was already bad and it was  raining cats and dogs. When we were back on the campingsite we had to dry everything first.

Then I prepared dinner on the little stove.

Mmmmh, a nice hot can of beans.

and a desert with nuts for me:)

During the night there were thunderstorms  and the rain did not stop. It was also a little cold. So we decided to return back home after 2 days.
Our last stop was my host's hometown Penig.

Now we are warm and dry back home and relax.


Posted Jul 16, 2012, 7:22 pm
We visted the little zoopark in Gotha this Sunday.

Look, all the animals we saw:


Posted Jul 18, 2012, 5:45 pm
It is only 3 more days at school before summer holidays so my host took us to her school today to show us the nice grounds.

Then we went to the school library and I helped my host to list the new books on the system.

Puh, what a huge pile to work on...


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 2:57 pm
We are on our way to holidays in France. But because the way is so long we took a first stop in west Germany, in Aachen.

The town hall

and the market square

We also visited the cathedral which is a UNESCO world heritage site.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 2:59 pm
Our first stop in France was Epernay in the region of Champagne.

We took a walk through the streets, saw the town hall

and walked along Avenue de Champagne with all the wine cellars.

And of course we visited a cellar and tasted Champaign.

So many bottles!


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:00 pm
Next stop: Bayeaux in Normandy.
When we arrived in the evening the cathedral was illuminated in great colours.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:02 pm

We spent some days in Normandy and visited a lot of places related to the 2nd world war and D-Day.

Arromanches for example with the D-Day museum and you can still see leftovers of the embarkment.

German Bunkers along the coast

And then  we visited Omaha Beach. Nowadays a lovely place for swimming and sun bathing. Only some information boards and the monument remind us of the war time.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:04 pm
Near Nantes we visted the castle in Clisson and the house La Garenne Lemot. Unfortunately it was a very rainy and foggy day :(

Our next stops was the Chateau de Goulaine. We visited the castle and there was also a butterfly pavillion.

And most surprisingly the biscuit  company LU shows their ads and pictures in an exhibition there.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:05 pm
There are many lovely castles in the Loire Valley.

We went to Amboise.

It is interesting that Leonardo da Vinci also lived here for 3 years. He was invited to move here from Italy and lived in the Chateau du Clos Lucé before he died.

I love the exhibition on his models of flying machines, military machines and so on.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:06 pm
Our last stop in France was Nancy. My favourite was the Place Stanislas with the town hall.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:08 pm

We enjoyed a lovely sunny day in La Rochelle.

La Rochelle's landmark are the two towers in the old harbour.


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:08 pm
Now I have  been back in  Mechterstädt for 3 days. And it is time to move on again. But before I visit a new host I take a break and go home for a while. Looking forward to seeing you again, mom!

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:16 pm
Then we made our way to France via Belgium. HömpfMömpf and YoYo came with us!

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 3:57 pm
Did you know that Jules Verne was born in Nantes but lived in Amiens for a long time?
We visited his house in Amiens with all the history about his novels like 'Around the world in 80 days'.

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 4:08 pm
The journey lead us to Brittany the next days. First we stayed in the north in the lovely sea side town St. Pol de Leon. We relaxed on the beach, though the water was very cold with only 16°C, brrrr. We went for walks in the mudd at low tide and went on a boat trip.

Posted Aug 7, 2012, 4:14 pm
On our way southwards we stopped at a prehistoric site in Carnac with thousand of menhirs!

Standing stones whereever you look. big, small, thin...
People are still not sure why their ancestors put them there: religious reasons, military reasons.... no idea.

Hey, somebody being funny there - sent me flying....


Posted Aug 11, 2012, 7:10 pm
Today the postman put me into a mailbox. That's weird as we do not have a mailbox at home.

I decided to climb out of the mailbox and have a look.

I'm confused ... this is not the house where my Mummy is living ...

... than suddenly she appeared and hugged me and told me that she changed house last month. Now I am really curious how my home will be now. At least the outside is looking nice with a small park in front of the house.

We went inside,  had a coffee and enjoyed the "Butterfingers" I brought with me - really delicious candy:).

Wait for more news from my new home!

Claire Tamias[

Posted Aug 19, 2012, 3:31 pm

It is incredibly hot today. We are spending the day inside. We helped Mummy to sew curtains for the bedroom.

It was quite easy and soon they were finished.

Claire Tamias

Posted Jan 17, 2013, 8:08 pm
Hello Mum,

Finally I arrived in Sülfeld.  DickerKumpel gave me a warm welcome.

Look Mum, I didn’t eat all my food, so I was able to share it with my new friends.

Then I showed my nice postcard. PieksiHH was really interested, because he will visit you soon.

Oh – the Christmas Tree was still in the house.

I played in it  - a tree inside a house is wonderful!


Posted Jan 20, 2013, 10:30 pm
Hello Mum,
It is winter in Sülfeld now. Look, we had snow.

I sat on a big stone and played in the snow.

Another stone in front of the old school of Sülfeld.

The mayor lives here.

This is the pharmacy of the village.

On the other side of the street there is the beautiful church.

Claire Tamias

Posted Jan 22, 2013, 5:55 pm
Hello Mum,

We went to Bad Oldesloe today – it is a small city near to Sülfeld. Our first stop was next to this water wheel.

Then I went to the church.

Because it was very cold I went inside.


There was a small river in the city.

And a bridge over it.

I loved the old houses in Bad Oldesloe.

Behind me you see the city hall.

Next to it was another beautiful building – called Stadthaus.


Posted Jan 26, 2013, 5:09 pm
Hello Mum,

I went to Hamburg today – and watched ice-hockey.
First a car drove over the ice and prepared it for the game.

Then the game started.

It was really interesting.

During the break I had something delicious to eat.

Well – we (the Freezers) won. Great!


Posted Feb 9, 2013, 6:52 pm
Hello Mum,

The weather was awful outside and RikeH had a bad cold, so we decided to play billiards. Dicker Kumpel explained the rules.

Then he showed us, how to play.

I tried it – and it was so much fun!

I won against Lexie with 5:2.

Later I played in the room. A horse must have lived here years ago.

Look – a big barrel.

Then I tried to call you – but nobody was at home.

RikeH had such a crazy lamp in her basement.

The worm and I had a lot of fun together.

Claire Tamias

Posted Feb 18, 2013, 7:17 pm
Hi Mum,

Today we decided to travel to the Port of Hamburg.

I had nice views, although the sky wasn’t that blue.

Look – a wonderful old sailing ship.

This is a monument. People from Vietnam from the Cap Anamur gave it to Hamburg.

Another old ship - called Cap San Diego.

Then we went into the Speicherstadt – with many old storage houses.

Really near to the old houses they built new modern houses.

It was interesting, but very cold.


Posted Feb 23, 2013, 2:33 pm
Hi Mum,

Today I found the first flowers in the garden. They were small and yellow.

Near to it I found white flowers

This funny guy has his own plant. He sits outside all year round.

For me it was too cold outside, I wanted a last photo with a flower – but inside the house.


Posted Mar 8, 2013, 2:57 pm
Hi Mum,

My friends and I are on the cruise ship now. This is our bed.

Here you see a little more of our cabin.

For the start we got some delicious sweets and a bottle of champagne.

Later we relaxed on our balcony.

I had a nice view of Miami from the balcony.


Posted Mar 8, 2013, 2:58 pm
Hi Mum,

I had a lazy day hanging around on the ship. I will show you more photos of it later – but today I had something delicious to eat.

First I had a basket of assorted tortilla des maiz strips.

For dessert I had strawberries dipped in chocolate. They looked wonderful.

And they were delicious – I ate them all.


Posted Mar 8, 2013, 2:59 pm
Hello Mum,

This photo was so funny – but let’s start earlier this day. We arrived in Oranjestad this morning. What a nice view!

Before I started my exciting trip on the island, I had delicious breakfast.

Look – really big cactus-plants.

And a wonderful beach.

Later we stopped at another nice place.

It was a funny trip – and now you can see, why. We drove on a segway.

Our last stop was next to a lighthouse.

I decided to taste a coconut.

A last view from our balcony – then we had to leave.


Posted Mar 14, 2013, 3:46 pm
Hello Mum,

Today we visited Willemstad – a nice city on the Curacao Island. They have nice bridge there, called Queen Emma Bridge. It is a Pantoon Bridge and called The Swinging Lady. We went over it – and when we reached the other side – it started swinging.

There were many beautiful and colorful houses here. This was a synagogue.

More colorful houses.

And a yellow church.

After some walking we saw the bridge again. This time people walked over it.

I loved the nice houses. Behind me you see the Governors Palace.

Houses in the Breedestraat.

Well – did I already tell you that I love this bridge?

I had a great view from the bridge.

Back on the ship I relaxed and then I walked on the upper deck and had these views over the city.

Look – there was another cruise ship.

This is our ship – I went into the pool after this photo, because it was so hot – we had about 31 degrees Celsius!


Posted Mar 14, 2013, 3:47 pm
Hello Mum,

Another sunny day on our trip. Behind me you see our ship.

Our first short stop gave us a nice view over the small harbor.

Grenada is the Island of the nutmegs. You see one next to me, on the other side there is a fruit of cocoa.

I walked to the Concorde Waterfalls.

Then we went to a factory for the nutmegs. It was like a paradise for me – so many nuts.

They were packed here.

At this place they dry the nutmegs.

This is the machine to open the nutmegs.

I learnt a lot in this factory. It was so interesting.

Our last stop was at a volcano lake.


Posted Mar 14, 2013, 3:48 pm
Hi Mum, 

We visited Kingstown today. To tell the truth, we didn’t like it too much. There weren’t many touristic places to visit, and it was very crowded on narrow streets. But we found one nice place – a church called St. George’s Cathedral.

In the park of St. George’s I found beautiful flowers.

Because we didn’t feel so great in the town, we returned onto our ship – and looked over Kingstown.

Maybe you can see the kind of houses they have here.

I loved the color of the water – in reality it looked nicer than on the photo.

The clouds looked dark, but we had no rain – only high temperatures and a very high humidity.

These are the stairs in the foyer of our ship.

Maybe I should have such a lamp at home, too.

A really strange color, isn’t it?

But it was a nice chair in the Grand Bar.

Many greetings

Posted Mar 20, 2013, 8:46 pm
Hello Mum,

Our next Port of Call was Bridgetown.

I loved this nice old sailing ship.

There were some small yachts near to it.

There was a small arch – but I don’t know, where it was for.

I took a rest under this big tree.

This is the St Michael’s Cathedral.

Behind me you can see the Parliament.

Do you know this man – it is Lord Nelson.

This was another beautiful building in the city.

Back on the ship I was hungry and I ate 3 sandwiches.


Posted Mar 25, 2013, 2:49 pm
Hello Mum,

Today we took a nice trip over the St. Lucia Island. Our first stop was near to a village called Anse La Raye.

We stopped at another point of view – and saw the fishing village Canaries.

It was amazing – we saw the majestic Pitons.

Then we drove into a vulcano and saw the Sulphur Springs.

The springs were interesting – but had a bad smell – so we decided to leave and visited a nice Botanical Garden.

There was a beautiful waterfall.

This place is called Marigot Bay – the site where the original Dr. Doolittle movie was filmed.

We spent our afternoon at the beach.

I loved this view.

And I had fun at the beach.

When we went back to our car we saw these palms.

This view was so beautiful – typical for the Caribbean, I think.

What a wonderful day!


Posted Mar 25, 2013, 3:07 pm
Hello Mum,

I am famous and I am beautiful – so I had to visit this Island. It is called Saint Barthélemy or St. Barts.

From my balcony I saw this big yacht.

This was the port of Gustavia.

I stopped at the Stone Anglican Church.

On the other side of the street there was this big anchor.

Behind me you see one of the oldest houses here – the Dinzey House, built circa 1820.

This is the Wall House.

This is the new town hall – called Hotel de la Collectivité.

We stopped at the Shell Beach.

After relaxing at the beach we walked up this little hill and had a nice view over the harbor.

St Bart was a beautiful Island.


Posted Mar 30, 2013, 3:25 pm
Hello Mum,

We were alone in our cabin and decided to have a look at the minibar.

We found some nice drinks and put all onto our table.

I decided to take this beautiful bottle.

One was not enough – I found a second one.

Well – we had a great party!

Good night, Mum!


Posted Mar 30, 2013, 4:23 pm
Dear Mum, 

The evening was wonderful – but I didn't feel great this morning.

RikeH brought some ice for my aching head.

Afterwards we got some medicine.

Later that day I felt better – and had a great breakfast in the suite. Be sure that I didn't drink the champagne.

This was my last day on the cruise ship. I really loved it here.


Posted Mar 31, 2013, 5:49 pm
Hello Mum,

This morning we arrived in Miami. I loved this view!

We took a trip by bus and saw some nice places.

It was a great journey!


Posted Apr 1, 2013, 3:11 pm
Hello Mum,

We were back in Germany – and look – it was still winter!

These icicles were very long!

There was a lot of snow in the garden.

You don’t believe it?

Look at this snowy mountain!


Posted Apr 1, 2013, 6:17 pm
Hello Mum,

The snow was still here – and we took a long walk.

What a long way!

I loved the blue sky and the white snow.

This view was great, too. There was so much snow next to a small river.


Posted Apr 1, 2013, 7:17 pm
Hello Mum,

The bunnies were really excited today. We asked why – it was Easter.

Time to search some Easter eggs and other chocolate. I found something!

Well – there was something in the basket of the bunny. But it was so high above the ground.

I asked Long Hippo to help me.

It was much easier this way.

I got the chocolate bunny.

Later we all sat together and were happy, because we all find a lot of delicious sweets.

Happy Easter, Mum!


Posted May 4, 2013, 7:09 pm
Hello Mum,

Bad news – RikeH had the flu and was not able to make nice trips with us. So we decided to explore Sülfeld in the springtime.

The first stop was next to this sign – I learnt a lot about an old channel.

There it was – smaller than in the Past I think.

We stopped at a nice place and talked a lot.

No snow anymore!

We went along this small lake – it was frozen in the wintertime.

Look – what a wonderful tree!

This is the old school of Sülfeld.

And behind me you can see the emblem of the village.

Some years ago they celebrated 800 years for Sülfeld – an old village, isn't it?

This is the church – a really nice building.

I spent some time on a playground – and loved it.


Posted May 14, 2013, 8:43 pm
Hello Mum,

Dicker Kumpel told me that I will travel to another host soon. Today I spent some time in the garden and had a look at the new flowers there.

I loved these!

But yellow flowers were beautiful, too.

Can you see me?

I thought about picking some of the flowers for you, but decided not to do it.

This is the place where Dicker Kumpel grows his vegetables.

Many greetings

Posted May 15, 2013, 9:05 pm
Hello Mum,

after spending 4 months here in Sülfeld - and on the Cruise of course - it is now time to leave.

Dicker Kumpel and I had a great time together. I will miss him.

Then I said goodbye to my friends here.


Posted May 23, 2013, 12:35 pm
Dear mum,

I safely arrived here in Franconia!
When I first looked out of my package I was careful, but Meomie from Vietnam welcomed me warmly. I handed over the sweets and the postcard from RikeH and then we went out in to the garden to breathe fresh air after my journey and see some flowers.

See you,

Posted May 31, 2013, 1:59 pm
Today I had to say good-bye to my new friend Meomie, she’s going to Japan, but it’s a surprise for her… ;) She was very excited, so I wished her much luck and save journey.

Posted Jun 10, 2013, 4:27 pm
Today we made a trip to the “Franconian Switzerland”.
First it was a bit rainy and then a big thunderstorm came, so we had to wait in the car. Then the sun came out again and we did a little walk to the Kuchenmühle, the “cake mill”.  :D The stream is called Aufseß and it flows into the Wiesent, why the area is called Wiesenttal.


Posted Jun 29, 2013, 6:27 pm
Dear mum,
I’m really sorry. I couldn’t update my travelog so long, because hostmum and I are really busy with their new family member. She is called Fina and we often play together. Isn’t she cute? :)

Posted Jun 29, 2013, 6:35 pm
Today I went into the garden, although it was a bit rainy. Look what I’ve seen: hundreds of baby toads! :stare:
They came from a pond near the house, searching for a good place to live until they can get babies themselves. Then they will hop the whole way back again.

Posted Jun 30, 2013, 12:41 pm
Later this day we collected flower umbels of elder. Back at home we prepared elder sirup, which has to brew for three days now. It smells already very delicious.

Posted Jul 9, 2013, 3:06 pm
Today I accompanied hostmum and her friends to a lake nearby. The weather was warm but very cloudy so there have been only a few people. Swimming was wonderful. Can you see the mussels in the water? I also found a feather.


Posted Aug 3, 2013, 10:42 am
Tonight I left Ravyna to accompany her boyfriend on a great tour through the Alps for two or three weeks. I’m very excited!
I don’t know when I’ll be able to update again, maybe not before our return, but then hopefully with many photos. ;)

See you soon,

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 11:47 am
Dear mum,

News from my trip through the Alps!
On the first picture you can see me inside our tour bus, in which I travelled with Ravynas boyfriend. He accompanied two guys who did the whole trip by bike - from Salzburg to Nice! Here I am on the “Passo di Gavia” in Italy. People who came there stuck labels on the traffic signs. It looks kind of crazy. :D

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 11:51 am
This day we’ve been at the Olympic jump in Sankt Moritz. The second photo shows my car seat. ;)

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 11:53 am
Here is a picture of the beautiful lake „Lago di Como“, back again in Italy.

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 11:56 am
On top of the Nufenen Pass we had a super clear view to the valley of Valais and many famous mountains higher than 4000 meters. We took an accommodation in one of the sideways vales of the great valley.

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 11:58 am
The first photo of the Mont Blanc is from Courmayeur in Italy. And then we took another when we were closer. Isn’t this a great mountain?

Posted Aug 30, 2013, 11:59 am
The first photo of the Mont Blanc is from Courmayeur in Italy. And then we took another when we were closer. Isn’t this a great mountain?

Posted Oct 5, 2013, 9:23 am
In the meantrime I arrived safe and sound at my home. Mummy was happy to have me with her :)

Claire Tamias

Posted Nov 16, 2013, 7:37 am
I HAVE ARRIVED!!!  I arrived late last night so I just went straight to bed.  But today I was out and about meeting all my new little buddies!  There are pictures, but the photo library is repairing itself so no pictures tonight I'm afraid.  So sad.  But so many thanks to mommy for sending along goodies with me, they've been keeping my new host so happy!  They remind her of her time in Germany when she enjoyed all of the German chocolate she could find.

Tomorrow will be full of adventures!

Posted Nov 26, 2013, 1:25 am
It has been a busy 10 days since I've been here.  I met NoMi, Zhia (a chipmunk that is going to my moms house), and Benno!  We've been having a great time here!  Hopefully the good times will continue when I go out on the town tomorrow with host mom.

Host mom is so grateful for the goodies.  She shared them with me and they were so delicious!

There is a picture of me outside in the snow.  Host mom didn't want me getting snowy and wet so she put down some plastic for me!