Regina, Santos, Brazil


Posted Jan 22, 2010, 6:21 am
Hi, my name is Regina and I'm looking to travel the world. My mom says that my name means queen in latin. Now I've become fascinated with queens and hope to learn more about them.

Posted Jan 22, 2010, 6:52 am
Today I meet my two siblings, RusselltheBear and PollyWally. I was a little nervous meeting them.

But they were really nice and made me feel at home.

Time for bed now :)

Posted Jan 24, 2010, 6:28 am
Today was a quiet day, mom was cleaning so I read one of her school's newspaper called The Link with RusselltheBear.

Later we sat down to watch a movie together called Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Yay, a movie about a queen. Mom rented it off, the Canadian version of

Snacked on some cheese while we watched the movie.

I think Elizabeth was a fantastic queen and mom agrees with me. She said that she has books on Elizabeth and Mary, Queen of Scots that I can read anytime I want. Thanks mom :D!

Posted Jan 25, 2010, 3:12 am
Today went out, yay! Mom had to do some shopping, (basically spending a gift card she got for Christmas. We took the metro to get there.

We went to a store called Future Shop which sells movies, videos games, computers and other electronics. The store is the old Montreal Forum where the Montreal Canadiens played before they new arena further downtown. Now it's an entertainment complex.

Where I stand is approximately where centre ice was located.

This is a statue of Maurice Richard (I think?) who was arguable their best player of all time and they've been around for a long time, (for a 100 years already).

These seats are authentic seats from the old Forum. Feels like I'm sitting on History. After we went to see The Book of Eli. (did I forget to mention there was a movie theatre in here to?), which was a pretty good movie except the ending though. I won't say what happened so I don't spoil the movie for anyone.

Later me, mom and PollyWally threw a going away party for RusselltheBear. We had some sparkling wine. That's RusselltheBear trying to open the bottle, it was a little hard for him so mom helped him out.

We also had a spaghetti dinner which was delicious.

And we had a candy called Fuzzy Peaches for desert which was also delicious.

Well that's it for today. Tomorrow we say goodbye for now to RusselltheBear. Hopefully he will have fun in China.

Posted Jan 25, 2010, 10:33 pm
Today was kind of a sad day, RusselltheBear is leaving today to start his adventures. We're happy that he's starting his travels but sad that he's leaving.

PollyWally, mom and I said goodbye to RusselltheBear.

We didn't let him leave without giving him a big hug. Happy travels bro :D!

Posted Jan 26, 2010, 6:09 am
When mom came back, she brought treats. It was the first time I tried these chips but they were a little too spicy. Luckily I had some water to drink.

Then we played video games on mom's Wii. First we played Animal Crossing: City Folk

That's me on action.

Then we played Super Paper Mario...not your average Mario game.

Here's another action shot me playing.

Heading off to bed now  :)! Hopefully I'll start my adventures soon...

Posted Jan 31, 2010, 6:06 am
Today we stayed in because it was too cold outside. Mom said outside feels like around -33, yikes! But apparently it's normal around here though Mom doesn't like the cold much.

First while mom was doing a little studying, I relaxed reading aone of mom's books about Queen Elizabeth I.

It's was an interesting read so far. What an interesting life!

Later we watched Hockey Day in Canada which is held everyday to celebrate the game of hockey. This year it was held in Stratford, ON, home of the world famous Shakespearean Festival.  We watched and heard different hockey stories about teamwork and stuff from all over the country.

Then after all 6 Canadian NHL fteams face each other. Mom didn't care about the first game (Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators) because she was not a big fan of either team.

The second game she was more interested in because one of her favourite teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs were playing against the Vancouver Cancucks. The Leafs were up 3-0 after the 1st but ultimately lost 5-3, mom was not happy.

The 3rd and final game had the Edmonton Oilers Vs. the Calgary aka the Battle of Alberta. Mom was happy that her Flames were leading 5-1 after the 2nd and eventually won 6-1. Mom was happy that one of her teams won.

Time for bed :D!

Posted Feb 2, 2010, 2:57 am
Today was an exciting day, mom's brother (that would make him my uncle) is coming to visit. He came all the way from Toronto on a train  :o! But first mom had to clean her apartment a little bit and do some laundry, (she had no clean towels).

So we gathered up all the dirty towels and put them in the laundry bag. (Those letters on the bag are mom's sorority's letters).

Mom let me pushed the button to go to the laundry which is on the top floor.

We watched mom put the towels into the washing machine.

Look at me in the washing machine, hopefully I won't fall in.

While waiting for the towels to wash, we sat by the window. What an amazing view from the laundry room.

Posted Feb 2, 2010, 3:30 am
After enjoying the scenery, we chilled out on this chair. Not too comfortable.

When the towels were done in the washer, mom put the them in the dryer.

The towels are ready to be dried now, hopefully mom won't closed the dryer door on us.

After we were thankfully not left in the dryer, we went to see if we could go on the balcony on the other side of the building. I tried to open the door, but it was lock and it looked like it was cold outside so I'm glad we stayed in.

We then went downstairs to check the mail. Mom let me open the mailbox.

Mom got a postcard from the Netherlands and a movie.

Back upstairs, PollyWally and I played with a Halloween puzzle.

When the towels we done, mom wrapped us in some warm towels while she put away the others.

Posted Feb 2, 2010, 4:20 am
Yay! We are finally on our way to pick up my uncle. We took the Metro to the train station. Here we are at Lionel-Groulx Metro station to switch lines, from the Green line to the Orange line.

We finally made it to Central Station after a long enough delay on the metro. We were at one metro station for about 15 minutes. Apparently there was a fire in the metro, so that cause the delay. Luckily we arrived safe and sound.

His train was delayed so we sat down and waited. Mom brought us a treat while we waited.

His train is almost here, we waited by the gate until it arrived.

We didn't do much after that. My uncle actually fell asleep while we watched some TV. Maybe we'll do something tomorrow?

Posted Feb 4, 2010, 5:15 pm
Today Mom showed us a strange-looking envelope. PollyWally and I wondered what was inside.

When we opened the envelope, we found a moose TV sticking out of it.

We found out is name is Munchy Moose. He is a very nice moose from the States. He showed as a postcard that his mom sent with him.

We sat around and got to know each other a little bit. We also talked about traveling and where we wanted to go.

Posted Feb 4, 2010, 5:41 pm
After Mom showed Munchy Moose around, we had McDonald's for dinner. The Big Mac was delicious.

Then we sat down and watch a show called Little Britain USA, it was really funny.

Posted Feb 7, 2010, 6:52 pm
Today we went to see a movie called From Paris with Love. It was playing at a movie theatre in the old Montreal Forum where the Montreal Canadien's used to play until they moved to a newer arena further downtown. Now it's an entertainment complex with restaurants, a movie theatre, a comedy club and some stores.

This is approximately where centre ice was when the Forum was still used as a arena.

This is a statue of Maurice Richard, one of the greatest Habs players of all time.

We were a little early for the movie, so we sat around relaxed on an authentic seat from the Forum.

Posted Feb 7, 2010, 7:32 pm
While sitting down, I notice that their Christmas is still up. Don't they know that it's February now?
Finally we get to our seat. That's me enjoying a blue raspberry icee or slushie.  The movie was very good but I won't say anything else because I don't want to spoil it if you want to see the movie.

Later, we watched some hockey. First we watch mom's favourite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs face their provincial rivals the Ottawa Senators. The Leafs won 5-0 and mom was very happy.

After we watched another hockey game, this time it was the Edmonton Oilers against the Colorado Avalanche (one of mom's other favourite team),  The Avalanche won 3-0 which made my host even more happy.

Tomorrow we're going to watch the Super Bowl, can't wait :D!

Posted Feb 9, 2010, 7:11 pm
We started off the day with some breakfast. We had a very delicious donut and some yogurt.

After breakfast, we played some video games. That's me playing Animal Crossing: City Folks, mailing a letter to someone.

Before the game, Mom got some snacks to eat. One bowl has Lay's Ketchup chips and the other bowl has Miss Vickie's Jalapeno chips. I preferred the ketchup chips.

Mom also gave us some beer to wash down the chips.

Then we watched the game. It was a good game overall but Mom was disappointed that her Colts didn't win but she said that there was always next year.

Posted Feb 13, 2010, 6:26 pm
After mom showed Munchy Moose around, we had a Manakish, (which is a pita with chesse and other stuff). This one was a plain cheese one and it was really good.

Later we watched the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Olympics. It was a spectacular show. This pic shows the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the "Mounties".) are carrying in the Canadian flag.

Next, the Natives welcomed the world to their lands. This shows one of the tribes but I forget which one.

Next came the parade of nations and when the Americans came in Munchy Moose cheered for them.

When Canada came in, Mom, me, and PollyWally all started to cheer. They came in last because they were the host nation.

Next was the cultural part of the ceremony. This segment of called "The Hymn of the North".

After, the Governor General of Canada, Michaelle Jean declared the games open.

The lighting of the Olympic Cauldron usually is a one person job but they had 4 people light it (well 3, since there was a technical error).

This was a spectacular night and historical one too. This was the first time in Olympic history that the opening ceremony and the Olympic cauldron was held in an indoor stadium.

Posted Feb 15, 2010, 4:47 am
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Today was kind of a sad day for me because I'm leaving tomorrow for the Netherlands so today is my last day here. So everyone decided to throw me going away party.

First we ate some delicious nachos.

We also had some delicious French wine. I know, not the usually choice of drink with nachos.

For dessert, we had some Valentine's Day chocolates, also very delicious.

Later we watched some of the Olympics. First we watched the Ladies' 3000m Long-Track Speed-Skating. Canada's Kristina Groves won the bronze medal WOOOHOOOO!

Then we watched the Men's Freestyle Skiing-Moguls Finals. It was a very good competition. Here's Bryon Wilson of the Us, he was 3rd in qualifying and ended up winning Bronze, good for him!

Then came Alexandre Bilodeau of Canada. Guess how he finished? 1st! All of Canada is celebrating now because that is their first Olympic gold on home soil. I know that me, Mom, and PollyWally were jumping up, crying and screaming because he made history. We were all amazed because we witnessed history.

Time to continue the party  ;)!

Posted Feb 16, 2010, 3:13 am
Today is the day I leave but I didn't leave until I said goodbye to my sister PollyWally and my friend Munchy Moose.

I gave them both a good bye hug.

Then they both waved goodbye as I climbed into my envelope.

Next time you'll see me, I'll be on the other side of the Atlantic in the Netherlands.

Posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:00 pm
Hello Mammy!!!
I arrived safely here in The Netherlands. I was quite a trip :D I arrived just in time to meet my hosts first TV leave for Belarus where he will start his adventures!

Here I am with my new tv friends:D

Saying Goodbye to Bombus

A surprise my host showed me
Just like me, right ???

We will come back soon with pictures from the country and its culture :D

Posted Mar 4, 2010, 8:43 pm
WOW , there will be many many pictures this time!!!

First of all , we did many things and I'm sorry I couldn't post here all the time. My host is very busy and photobucket not always cooperates with us...

The first pic.. we are not the only travellers around here...

Here is our host's companion...the bike. It's incredible how many bikes this country has... everyone seems to be addicted to biking...

Last week we went to a chinese restaurant :D

The, on friday , our host surprised me saying we were going to Amsterdam...

And not just that, we were going to a witches party!

The Book of Shadows

Amsterdam was so windy and rainy that our host thought she was going take off with the wind... so we didn't get to take any pics...
But, back to Wassenaar, the weather finally started to show some nice days around here...

The fron yard of the house is being rebuilt and we couldn't miss making a picture

And she took us to her dutch class

Where I learned about the Queen of the Netherlands :D
Dream almost fulfilled :D My host wants to take me to a library where I can study more about queens while she focuses on her dutch lessons :D

And playing with Morris

Hope you have liked... and I didn't write much because my host is sooo tired and is heading to bed soon :D See you guys later :D

Posted Mar 16, 2010, 12:15 pm
Heeey !!! I just HAD to take this picture! We were at the hockey practice when my host saw two girls playing with a toy... right beside us.. a UNICORN toy!!!! We had to meet :D

I also met the princess, Ariane van Oranje of The Netherlands. She is the third daughter of Princess Máxima and Prince Willem Alexander :D

And we also watched the kids playing!

Morris ( can you find me also?)

We went to mauritshuis museum and saw " girl with a pearl earring"

That's it for now, I'll be back soon :D

Posted May 17, 2010, 12:19 pm
Hello!!! Long time I don't update my travelog!!! But I have very nice and new pictures now!
Around one or two weeks ago, my host took me to Madurodam, a miniature city that has all the most important sighs and curiosities and culture of The Netherlands.

First view of the park

The miniature house of Maduro, the founder of madurodam, who was born in Curacao.

It was a really nice day , now I'll prepare some nice pictures for next time... and this week, we are going crazy with packing everything to go to Brazil... and as I haven't found a new host yet... I think I'm going along :D I can't wait

Bye Bye

Posted May 27, 2010, 2:03 pm
Olá, tudo bom?

Yes, I learned my first words in portuguese!!! We arrived in Brazil on friday, but the weather has been quite tricky for us to go out and take pictures! But I have a few I can show...

MorgenSter is back to Brazil, living with her father. It's a small apartment on the thrid floor, but very cozy. Here you have the view from the side window.

They love soccer. And this is the flag from their favorite team : Santos

Valentine's day here happens in june 12, so every store is getting ready for it and I didn't stay behind...

A parcial view of Praca da Independencia or Independence Square.

But still we have so many other places to visit and better photos to make of these same ones...
Stay tuned...

Posted Jun 14, 2010, 2:35 pm
Hello Mommy!!!
I can't believe I just uploaded all the pictures and wrote a great text to you and lost it all...
MorgenSter has taken me to several places so far and I have enjoyed them all.
One of the places I have visited was her boyfriend's house. There I got to meet two cats, Tako and Xany. tako is super friendly, but Xany wasn't into me much ( or anyone else for that matter).

My host also showed me her cousin's wedding album. She was in The Netherlands when her cousin got married, so she couldn't attend it. We were both delighted to see it...

Me and Tako

Playing poker

Later on, my host and her father took me to a barbecue in the country side of São Paulo state. The barbecue was in a city called Cruzeiro, which means cruise. MorgenSter also didn't know anyone there, but we took some great pictures at the small bar at the man's living room. It was his sister's birthday, as far as I could tell.

This city you can almost see behind the green is Santos, where I'm staying with my host. The forest we were is the Atlantic Forest , or what is left of it... which isn' t much if compared to what it once was. Still it was amazing to see the city emerge from behind the trees and hills as we drove back to Santos...

Posted Jul 8, 2010, 3:46 pm

This is my last post from Brazil, since I'm now starting my journey to Lithuania, where I'm going to see and learn many many new things.

We had a small gathering in  MorgenSter room and Vakinas, her TV was present to say goodbye to me.

At the window with a little bit of the view

As you can see, MorgenSter gave me a ribbon for my horn <3, but if you don't like it, I won't keep it :D It was just a nice memory of our times together here.

The brazilian flag (i was ready to watch one of the world cup games)

Hope to write you all soon :D