Chompers, Groningen, The Netherlands


Posted Feb 6, 2008, 11:51 pm
Hello Everyone! My name is Chompers and I am a little puppy. I was given to my owner by her sister Jessica. Jessica said that I needed a home where I would be well loved and taken care of. Michele thought that I should become a TV. I only have one host at the moment and am looking for more. If you would like to be my host please PM Michele. On Saturday I'll be leaving for Europe, I'm a little nervous but excited too.

Posted Feb 9, 2008, 8:04 pm
I woke up this morning and said my goodbyes to Honey Bear and Nicki Bear. They both wished me good luck and told me to keep in touch. I'm not sure where I'm going but I'm sure that my owner knows. Until next time.....

Woof Woof

Posted Feb 14, 2008, 6:58 pm
Hi Mummy!

I'm arrived in Alkmaar. I'm a little bit tired now so i'm gonna sleep but Eva promissed me that whe are gonna make pictures tomorrow. And maybe whe are gonna visit some typical Alkmaarse sites.
I keep you posted!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Feb 15, 2008, 10:21 am

Yesterday i arrived and i was so curious to see my new house that i crawl out of my travelbag

The people here are very nice and whe talk about my trip and about my new home. But i was so tired that Eva decided to bring me to my bed.

I slept for a long time. When i woked up i was walking trough the house and found new friends. The teletubbies and Bumba are very nice and we had so much fun!

Eva asked me what i want for breakfast and i think you can gues what i want: Peanutbutter!

Today whe are going to shop and maybe see some mills. I'm very thrilled about this all!

I miss you but i'm also very excited about my trip.

Bye and write you soon about my adventures!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Feb 15, 2008, 7:32 pm

Today i had a great day but now i'm exhausted  :)
But i wanna show you some pictures.

First we picked up Mirdin (the little boy who live here) from the playgroup. To celebrate i'm here we went to the dutch mac donalds
I eat a happy meal and it was delicious.

After that i saw a lot off mills!
Unfortunately i didn't see a mill from the inside but maybe we do that later on.

Do you see that sign on the bridge? It says that they advise against swimming  :(
But on the other hand, it was cold today! So it's better for my health that i can't take a swim in the water.

I'm gonna sleep now.

Big hugs Chompers


Posted Feb 17, 2008, 5:00 pm

Yesterday a friend of Eva visit us and we went to a tattoo shop because her friend pierced her ears. I was a little bit scared so i looked the other way. After that we had a quiet day. We eat a large pizza that had three kind of cheese as topping. It was delicious.

That evening we watched the dutch version of idols. It was very exciting because there were four candidates left.

Today we went to a small village called Calantsoog. It's a village by the sea. First we drove trough the forest of Schoorl

Mirdin loves me so much that he asked me to sit with him in his chair

Suddenly we saw the dike so i want to sit in front to see it al

Callantsoog is a lovely village with a small shopping area. Eva, Mirdin, her mother and i decided to enjoy the sun and sit in the grass for a while. It was lot of fun and even birds came to us

But this wasn't enough for me. I want to see the North Sea and sit on the beach

I was lucky because you can walk on the pier. It was a little bit slippery so to be sure i didn't fall Eva carried me

I really want to show you the dune so here it is

On our way back we drove pass the Noordhollands canal.

Tonight we are going to watch tv. I miss you a lot but i'm also having the time of my live!

Big hugs Chompers


Posted Feb 19, 2008, 5:29 pm

The last two days we stay at home. I was tired and want to meet the pets in this house.
This is Mammoet. He's a sweet rabbit. I was a little bit scared that he's gonna bite me, but i think he doesn't even know how to bite.
This is Isis. She is eleven years old and sleep almost the whole day. I give here big hugs al the time because she is so fluffy.
This is Luna. She scared of everything except Eva. So it didn't succeed talking to her.

After i talked to the pets i want to play with some toys. Mirdin showed me his and i thought i was in heaven. He has so much that we can't stop playing anymore. I had the time of my live!

But Eva calls us because we really need to eat something. I decided to make a tosti for us.

Maybe tommorow we are going to get a guinea-pig. I let you know soon!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Feb 20, 2008, 12:59 pm
Hi mummy!

Today we buy a guinea-pig. We called him Merlijn, after Merlin the wizard.

After that we feed the ducks. My host family lives in a house by the water and every day we see ducks over here.

Eva had a little suprise for me and i was so curious!
It was a little present:
She gave me a new dog toy!!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Feb 20, 2008, 7:26 pm
After lunch we went to the forest in Bergen, Noord Holland. Bergen is known as an artistic village. It is near the sea and in the spring and summer there are a lot of tourists. You can find there a rune of a church and maybe we visit that later this week or next week.

Eva, Mirdin and i played hide and seek and they couldn't find me. I climb in a tree and after hours of searching they finally find me

The second time they found me immediately

Mirdin and Eva can't stand losing again and again so we decided to enjoy the view

After hours of walking i was so tired that we lay down for a while and after that we went home

It was a beautifull forest and i think we go back to it soon.

Big hugs Chompers


Posted Feb 22, 2008, 1:57 pm

Yesterday a new tv arrived named Theosheep. He was very impatient and immediately came out of his envelope. His goals are a little bit different than mine so i guess i'm gonna see other sites than i used to in the next week. But Eva promised me that we also gonna look to sites i like to do. I'm very curious about it al!

Today we went to the Mac Donalds to celebrate Theo is with us

Right now i gonna help Eva decided what to wear tommorow because she's going on a date :)

Big hugs Chompers


Posted Feb 24, 2008, 1:23 pm

Yesterday Eva had here date and Theo don't want to miss a thing so he crawled into her bag. It was so funny because i allready know that Eva decided to stay home with the boy  :D
We were sitting on the table and saw it al.

Later on when the boy left the building we heard the mail man. Theo and i were very curious what he brought us. We immediately recognise that kind of envelope. The TV who was into it was scared to come out

Theo and i spoke to him and told him that it wasn't necessary to be scared. Theo shouted come out, it is very excited here and suddenly whe saw a tiny orange head came out of the envelope

We asked him who he was and what his goals are.
Meet Nelly. He's a very sweet guy and we became friends as soon as we saw each other.

Because of al the talking we are getting very hungry and Eva made us a real nice pizza

That evening i told the other two about idols and how excited it is to watch. The semi finals were on and we couldn't decided wich girl must left the show. They all are great singers and beautifull girls.
Everybody, even the host, cried when we heard wich girl it was.

Because we were all emotional we decided to sleep togheter in one bed

I made such good friends here and really love them.

Today Eva learned us some dutch words.
Hello= Hallo
Bye= Doeg or Doei
I love you= Ik hou van jou
Hugs= Knuffel
Sheep= Schaap

Eva is now going to learn us ride on a bike. I'm very excited but also a little bit scared but Eva told me she stay with us and never let us drop.

Ik hou van je and i keep you posted!

Knuffel Chompers

Posted Feb 24, 2008, 5:22 pm
Hi mum!

It was so much fun to ride on a bike! I found it a little bit scary to sit on it but fortunate for me the bike has wheels on his frame so i won't have to balance.

Eva hold me tight and told me what to do. After a few minutes i want to try it on my own. And i did it!

Here in Holland everybody rides on a bike. People here learn it to their children almost before they can walk. I looked my eyes out to see al those people riding on it.
I found it suprising to see that nobody here wear a helmet for their own safety but Eva told me that it's normal here.
Mummy, can i have my own bike when i'm at home again? It's so much fun :)

We eat a delicious salad and a vegetarian burger. It was a little bit strange to eat because you expect meat. It even look likes beaf. But it was nice to eat.

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Feb 25, 2008, 5:54 pm

Today we visit Eva her ex husband and her son Mirdin. I was glad i saw Mirdin again because i missed him. He is with his father till tommorow because they both have holliday. On the camping were he lives you have a lot of playgrounds so we really want to play. They had a swing, slide etc etc so it was so much fun to be there!
Mirdin, Theo, Nelly and i tried everything there.
Finally the weather was better today then the days before. We saw rain almost the whole time but today we saw a shiny sun and it was warmer. I hope it stays this way.

After that Eva and i went shopping to buy a present for you. Eva promised me to send it to you.

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Feb 27, 2008, 2:59 pm

Yesterday was a rainy day. We looked outside the window all day long hoping for some sunshine.

Later that evening it finally stopped raining.
Eva read us a bedtime story called Dikke Dik. It's a funny story about a fat lazy red cat. In the story they play hide and seek and nobody can find Dikkie Dik. After look every where in the house they find him sleeping in a laundry-basket . They all got tired and decided to sleep togheter in the basket.

Today we decided to go to Bergen aan Zee. It's also a village near the sea. On our way to the beach we drove trought 'De eeuwige laan'. It's on of the most expensive streets in the Netherlands. We saw some of the houses there and they are big and beautifull to see. When you see those houses you automaticely start dreaming about live there. Eva told us that the people who live in that houses got their own private piece of forest. That's in the same forest i've been before and show you pictures of. But you must be very rich to buy a house in that street. Unfortunally we couldn't get the houses on a picture but here we are in the car watching it:

Here we drove on a street called De zeeweg. It's a long street that leads us to the beach and a little village

We finally arived and walked to the beach. But there was a fortuitous case: the wind. Mirdin start crying and we also cried because we al got scared the wind blow us away. The sea lookes wild so we decided to play somewere else with our bucket and shovel.

We went to the duines instead and there it was not so windy and we played for a while

After that we went to Egmond aan Zee. You got some lovely stores there and we buy some souvenirs to send home.

We also saw a lighthouse. Wow, that's a high building!

Eva told us that tommorow we are gonna eat kroketten. I'm very curious how that taste!

Big hugs,


Posted Feb 29, 2008, 4:21 pm

First i wanna show you a kroket and a frikandel. Both are typical dutch snacks. They taste delicious and if you ever go visit Holland you must eat it.

Today we went to Alkmaarderhout. This park is a part of an old forest with many old trees. You will find an animal farm and the prison.

We wanna see animals but unfortunately the animal farm was closed. We can only see them trought the gates.
The sheeps and goats were inside so we couldn't see them at all but the deers were outside

Look at this beautifull antlers. I'm a little bit jealous right now. I want such angtlers too!

Because the animal farm was closed we decided to go to the Zee aquarium in Bergen aan Zee. Here you have some information about the fish there.

Many fish are as big as a child, because of their size they seem to be very dangerious, but do not harm. Of course the sharks are a different story, watch out for them. Have you noticed that some of these big boys have gloomy colours? They need these dark shades to hunt for other fish. With too many colours their prey can see them coming from a mile away. But there are also fish that need these sharp colours to scare their enemies from them. The Scorpion fish, for example, is a fish that the others stay away from; one sting from this one could mean the end of their life.

An average crayon box does not have enough to paint all of the fish. That's how many shades there are. In the Zee aquarium they have a fish (actually it's a mammal) that does not need much colouring; this is the sperm whale skeleton, it's size is almost 15 meters long and the largest creature in the aquarium.

Look! Mirdin is caress a skate!

It was a pretty long day so i'm gonna rest now for a while.

Big Hugs,


Posted Mar 1, 2008, 7:46 pm

Last night there was a terrible storm in Holland. I got a little bit scared so Eva offered me to sleep in her bed.

Today Eva visit friends of her and i go with her.

We watched spiderman the movie. I found it a nice movie and dreamt about being a superhero also. Saving the world and find my dreamgirl who fall in love in me...
That sound great, isn't it?

Eva bought some delicious easter egs and we eat a lot of it! I'm a little bit nauseous right now but when you begin eating you can't stop anymore.

I made a new friend today. Nadja is a very sweet cat. She is a little bit naughty but that's funny about her. I hope i see her again before i go to the next host because we didn't say goodbye unfortunately. But maybe that is better because i think i have to cry otherwise.

Tonight the finals of idols is on tv. Exciting!!!

Big hugs,


Posted Mar 4, 2008, 5:26 pm

Here in Holland we got terrible weather. It rains and we even saw hailstones and snow. That's why we got some quiet days.
Sunday we helped Eva painting the livingroom. We painted it red and i can say that i fount it a lovely color.
Yesterday i went to the pet store. We bought some stuff for Eva's aquarium. After that i helped here put it in the aquarium.

Today we decided to watch greys anatomy all day long. We sit on the bed and drink tea while watching al this tragic stories:

Look, this is a picture of the weather here:

I hope it gets better this week so we can do things again.

Big hugs,

Chompers and Eva

Posted Mar 5, 2008, 12:15 pm

Eva got a new roomy!
Today we picked him up from a farm. His name is Dharma.
More pictures with me and Dharma comes soon but Dharma just arrived so we let him sleep now :)

He's so cute!!

Big hugs,

Chompers and Eva


Posted Mar 6, 2008, 5:25 pm

A new TV arrived today. He was a little bit nervous to get out of the envelope. We can only see a orange beak.

We try to calm him down and i think it worked because suddenly he fly out of the envelope.
This is Palmeke

We sit down for a while and talked about the goals we have.

We all got a little bit tired so i decided to read a story to the others about Peter the rabbit. They all enjoyed it! We are gonna sleep now. We played all day long with Dharma before Palmeke arrived :)

Big Hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 7, 2008, 6:40 pm

Today we went to the dunes of Petten.
You have an area there were you can walk and enjoy the nature out there.
There is also a nuclear facility in Petten. It is meant for research and doesn't give electricity. But we only see the facility from a distance.

We take Dharma with us and today was the first day we try to let him walk on a leading string. It was great because he immediately start walking with us and you can see he enjoyed it to walk for himself instead of being carried around.

In the end we watched the vieuw from the dunes. You can see a lot from up there. They have a lot of fields full with flower bulbs. Eva told us that in the spring you can see a lot of flowers and it's an explosion off colours.

Unfortunately it start raining again so we went home but it was a great day!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 8, 2008, 1:40 pm

Today we said goodbye to Theo. He's on his way now to the next host. I hope i meet him again. He became a good friend of mine. Goodbye little Theo and good luck on your trail!

We went to the Ruinechurch in Bergen.
This picturesque ruin church in Bergen once was the biggest church in Noord-Holland. From the 16th century church there is only a ruin left now, because the Beggars started a fire here. Only the choir of the church was rebuilt, so from the original church you can now only see the ruins.
In the village Bergen in Noord-Holland there are many beautiful old houses situated around the old village church.

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 10, 2008, 1:37 pm

Today it is such a rainy and windy day that we decided to stay at home and discover funny games to play. Because Palmeke hasn't met the pets here we first introduced them all to each other.
On the cage were the rabbit and guinea pig lives in i saw a little house and thought it would be funny to see if we fit in it.
It worked and inside the house it was very warm and cosy.
I know it looks a little bit silly hihi. But we laughed so much about it.

After that i saw a magazine lying on the couch. I asked Eva what kind of magazine it was and she told me it called mijn geheim. In englisch it is my secret. People who want to tell their secret anonymous have the opportunity  to do that in this magazine. I read the most startling news. Cheating people, people who did terrible things. But also very sweet stories about people who find their great love and how they met each other.

Eva wasn't paying attention so suddenly i saw my change and hide myself in a closet in the kitchen. After a few seconds i heard Eva asking the others where i might be. They all searched for me and Nelly found me at last. I was caught red-handed big times...

But thank god they all laughed about me because they knew how much i love peanut butter  ;)

Big hugs Chompers


Posted Mar 11, 2008, 2:50 pm

Today we went to the town centre of Alkmaar. You can see there some beautifull channels, the old city part of Alkmaar, Waagtoren, a house were a bullet still in from World war 2 and many many more. We didn't have enough time to see it all. But maybe later on this week we go back to see more of this.
This street is called the Kooltuin. You have a channel here and next to this street you have the red light district...
Here i am on a bridge that leads me from the Kooltuin to the old city part. At the end of the channel you can see the Waagtoren.
This is the view when you look on the other side of the brigde.
This is the old city part. You have many picturesque stores here. They are different from shops we all know like Hennis& Maurtitz etc etc. As example: you got a toy store in this street but al the toys are made of wood. In the past children played with wooden toys in the Netherlands. You can also find many souvenir shops here.
Here i am in front of the Waagtoren. In the summer and spring you have a cheesemarket here and you can also find a museum of cheese here. In the past it was a place were travellers who didn't have enough money can sleep for 3 days and nights. Also sick people get nursery here. After that it became the Waaggebouw. This happened in 1583.

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 12, 2008, 9:44 am

Today there is a terrible storm in Holland. The expect gusts of wind till 120 kilometre in a hour. Also rain, thunderstorm and hailstones are about to come this way.
They adviced people don't ride on their bike and warning us for the gusts of wind because they can be dangerous. Also for cars it can be dangerous because of the wind. Luckely this morning there weren't problems on the road althought it was busier than normal.
Sounds scary isn't it?
Alkmaar is lying in the red area here by the coast.
Orange means a weather alarm. Red is the highest color of warning so you can see it's violent weather around here.

I'm gonna watch it today throught the window because i'm very curious and Eva promised that she comfort me when i'm scared. She said that we stay home all day long and that inside the house nothing can happened to us.

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 13, 2008, 6:54 pm

I just wanna let you know that i'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm gonna meet my new host mom tomorrow and saturday she take me with her to her home. Eva told me a lot about her because they are best friends so i'm very excited to meet... Lejow!
Tonight Eva and i gonna talk a lot i guess about our time together. I think she is a little bit emotional now i'm leaving. She told me i'm the first TV she ever hosted so i always gonna have a special place in her heart. I'm also a little bit emotional because she is the first one who host me.
But i'm also looking forward to everything i'm gonna do in my trail. And i'm very glad i don't have to travel in a envelope this time. It's really dark in there.
Love you mummy!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 14, 2008, 10:40 am

Today we are preparing ourself at the big TV sleep over and meeting. As i told yesterday Lejow is coming tonight and she sleeps here. Tomorrow Magicwoman join us. They both are hosting TV's as well so i'm very excited to meet them al!

First we vacuum clean the whole house. Those pets can really make a mess  :o

After that we had a lot off dishes  to do.

Luckely we are ready now with the house. Everything looks very clean and we hope the pets and Mirdin don't make a mess again because al our work is for nothing when they do that.

We write a list for the shopping we need for our big party tomorrow.

I'm am so excited! I can't wait to meet everyone. But i have to wait a few hours so Eva decided to take us with her today so we can calm down. I have no idea what we are going to do. She told me but i didn't listen because i ca'n't concentrate at the moment..

Pictures of the sleep over and meeting are coming soon!

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 14, 2008, 1:45 pm

Eva took us to the Mac Donalds for a goodbye party for me and Nelly. Nelly is leaving this tuesday to the next host.
It was great and i get my very own happy meal. We talked a lot about all the great things we did here.

After that we went to the petshop because Eva had a little suprise for us. She let us sit together and listen close. She told us that Nelly, Palmeke and i each have to choose our own fish that Eva can put in her aquarium.
We all choose the same one: a dalmatian molly..
When we got home Eva have to let them get used to the aquarium and told us what the next suprise was. She named the fish after us!! So now Nelly, Chompers and Palmeke always gonna be with her :)

I'm gonna sleep now so i have enough energy for tonight and tomorrow.

Big hugs Chompers


Posted Mar 14, 2008, 9:46 pm

Tonight we had the big party for the sleep over.
Lejow arrived at 5 o clock and first we eat fried and kroketten.
The TV she is hosting called Emil.
He's a great guy!
Here we are all together:

The party means eating a lot off delicious food. We had chips and candy and chocolat!

We played a lot of funny games this evening as sitting in the plant :)

Now we are gonna sleep

Big hugs Chompers

Posted Mar 16, 2008, 9:41 pm
This weekend was the big TV meeting and Lejow took me to her home!!
I am (and Lejow also haha) very tired right now!
Im going to sleep and will post allllll the photos tomorrow I think!!

Big hug
Chompers and Lejow

Posted Mar 17, 2008, 8:06 pm

Finally I can give you the update about the Big TV meeting we had this weekend!!

When everybody arrived, it was time for a photo

After that we went shopping, Magicwoman wanted to get her nose pierced!!
We saw windmills and boats!

I even get to hang with my head out of the window of a car!

It was a car in style, a BMW!

When we got home the real party started
I got some time to meditate and we eat a LOT of chips!

Eryah has a little sweet lovely dog, who wanted to go with me on a picture (ok ok to be honest.. I waited long enough for the dog to fall a sleep..  ;))

That evening we brought Magicwoman back to the train

And after a short drink at Eryahs home, I also went back home with Lejow!!

and never change a good habbit.. So we ended the weekend at..

Chompers and Lejow

Posted Mar 21, 2008, 6:57 pm
Is this what they call SPRING here in the Netherlands?
The only thing I see is rain, rain, rain, more rain, hailstones, rain, again hailstones .. and the wind is blowing SO hard!!
I want the sun to shine so we can do cool stuff!

Fortunate Lejows dad celebrated his birthday yesterday, so we bought a nice cake!

To make it look a little bit like spring, lejow has put down some spring things at home and at her work.
This is a table, with all kinds of spring-things. The children can see this way, what spring is al about!


Look a nice flower! Its a 'Narcis'!

But it is getting dark so early, so we burn candles to make it cosy!

Hugs and Kisses
Chompers and Lejow

Posted Mar 24, 2008, 3:55 pm
Hello again!!
As its been such a BAAADD weather this Easter, and Lejow stayed at her boyfriend these days. Bene and I decided to make his home UNSAFE!!!
We had a lot of fun!
Looking outside.. waiting for the sun (or maybe some snow or hail!)

Yeahh there it is!

Lejows boyfriend has a lot of pets..
fishy fishy
1 kitty
2 kitty!!

Can you find us in these pictures?

The evening of First Easterday (Here in Holland we have two Easterdays!!) we go eat fondue.
That is when you put a little piece of meat on a stick wich you put in a pan with hot oil!!
It is very nice and you can eat a lot of stuff with it, salades, paprika, tomatoes, pickels, union, bread and sooo on!
I had my own stick to!

It was yummie!
I hope the weather is getting better, because Lejow wants to take me to see some glas warehouses. Thats were they grow the plants, flowers and vegetables in over here!!
Lejow is living in 'het Westland' its the biggest warehouse region in the Netherlands!
But more about that when we have some pictures!!

Hugs and a paw
Chompers and Lejow

Posted Mar 29, 2008, 2:11 pm
FINALLY!! the sun is shining!! We immediatly went outside!
As I told you before, the place where Lejow lives (het Westland) is famous in Holland, it is called the Glas City, because a lot of things (like vegetables, flowers and plants) grow here in glas warehouses!
Because of the weather thats almost always bad here, it can't grow outside. In the glas warehouses, it's always hot and there are special lamps to help everything grow!
Here are two kinds of them!

We also went to see the Church of Poeldijk, unfortunately it was closed.
So I made beautiful pictures at the outside  :p
Do you see the nice sun!

The churchtower used to be the highest point of the Westland, untill the started to build windmills here!!!

Lejow is living in a flat, on the 4th floor. The view is marvolous!!!!!
Do you see the church again?

Hugs and Kisses!
Chompers and Lejow

Posted Mar 30, 2008, 10:44 am
Yesterdayevening Lejow decided to take an evening of of her schoolwork! So we went bowling.
Because it was saturdaynight, it was Discobowling! And that is sooooo much fun, with al kinds of light and music and so on.
Wooooww that ball is heavy!!

Chompers and Lejow

Posted Apr 5, 2008, 8:44 am

This week a new TV arrived at Lejows home. First he was a bit afraid to come out of the envelope.. But finally he came out!! It is Tony!!!

We went to the childrens farm. There were a lottttt of animals!
I was a little afraid that they would going to eat me.. but they didn't!  :stare:

When we went back we were very tired, so we went upstairs with the elevator back to Lejows house

Chompers and Lejow


Posted Apr 6, 2008, 7:32 pm
Hello again!
Because Lejow is soo busy with her school (next week she has exams and she has a lot of paperwork she had to hand in)We decided to help her by doing the household!
Lucky, Lejows house isn't that big  ;)

We vacuumed

did the laundry


and did the dishes

Lejow was so happy with us!
She let us play hide and seek..
Find me!

We hope for Lejow this week is over fast.. than she has a little bit rest!!

Hug Chompers and Lejow

Posted Apr 9, 2008, 9:54 pm

We had such an exciting evening yesterday.. and it even went on today..
Lejow is going to school in the evenings to become a teacher.. Yesterday she had an important exam to make.
It started with a ENORMOUS traffic-jam. Lejow had never seen it SO busy on the way to her school.

After calling the school that she was coming to late, there came smoke out of Lejows car!!!
The heat of the engine was to high. She immediatly turned the car on the side of the road. Were 2 nice police man came to help her, to push her to a parking place.

From that place, Lejow runnnn to the train, to go to school anyway. Unfortunate she was 10 minutes late, and school didn't want to let her in anymore..
Lejow was soo angry! Now she has to write a letter to the Exam commission if she can make the test at another time..

Wel ok, that was that. But the car was still standige somewhere on a parking place and needed to come home.
So today we maked a big trip!

first we went by bus and train to come to the car
Waiting for the bus... look how nice the sun was shining!
the busstop, it says the time that the busses are ariving.
Dutch is a difficult language!
sitting in the bus..

Finally after a 50 minutes trip we arrived at the car. It was stil standing safe :D

But then we had to wait another 45 minutes for a man of tha ANWB to come (thats a service where you can register in to, when youre car breaks down, they come and visit you for free and try to repair it. If that is not an option the bring you and the car to the nearest garage!)
The man was very kind
his car!

He made an temporarly fix to Lejows car. So we can drive home. Back home again, Lejow brought her car to her own garage.. Now it is waiting when its fixed!
The garage said that the switch to turn the aerator is broken, lucky that costs not to much :D

Now we are going to sleep we are tiiired!

Posted Apr 13, 2008, 3:40 pm
Today was full of surprises
First there came a big envelope to Lejows house.. She made it open and.. Meleleuca came out!!

Next, Lejow told us that we were going to Scheveningen! To the beach! Beacause it was such nice weather!
We saw so much
First we went in a souvenir shop:

Then she showed us the Kurhaus, it is one of the most beautifullest, biggest, nicest, expensive Hotels of the Netherlands, because it is right at the beach

We went on 'The pier' that is a long big thing you can walk on, that lays in the sea. So the view is marvolous!

And then.. that was so cool! At the end of the Pier, someone went Bungee Jumping!!
He jumped right when we are watching!

One of my last lovely days with Lejow, because this week I am going to the next host!

Hug Chompers and Lejow

Posted Apr 16, 2008, 4:50 pm
My last update from Lejows home
I had a lot of fun here, Lejow and the other TV's were very nice.
I can't wait to meet my next host

As a goodbye game we played Monopoly today
Offcourse I won, I'm just good  ;)

Then, the bell ring!
A big envelop came! We al sat down, waiting for what came out..
It was Sylphide

We had a short talk, hugged each other for the last time

And then it was time for me to go in to the envelope. Alkmaar here I commmmmmmmmmeeee!

Chompers and Lejow

Posted Apr 23, 2008, 1:07 pm
Hallo Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today.

There were two other ToyVoyagers who helped me out of my envelope. They looked as if they came from a party. They told me that my new host's daughter is celebrating her 16th birthday today. Angus and Mooney even had a little present for her.

My host, Katja, told me that she has a new DSL-contract and it would start just today. Maybe there are two or three days without internet access, so she made my first update immediately.

It's really great to arrive at someone's birthday.


Posted Apr 25, 2008, 2:21 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we visited the fun fair. I still was a little bit tired from my journey but the music was so loud that I got wide awake.

Here you can buy fruits covered with chocolate.

Here you can see me standing in front of the haunted house. I was a little bit scared and I wanted to get away from this weird guy.

I liked the big wheel more, Angus also.

When we arrived back home  the birthday party had already started. I saw some nice girls and a few boys eating delicious soup and drinking beer. I prefered tasting the sparklng wine.

I must close now, I'm soooo tired.

Posted Apr 26, 2008, 5:00 pm
Hi Mummy,
Katja's sister invited me and the other TVs to spend the weekend with her.
We'll come back on Monday.


Posted May 1, 2008, 1:19 pm
Hi Mommy,
today it's my host's birthday. She is now fourty-something years old. In the morning she had to go to work and in the afternoon her family arrived for coffee and cake. They were her parents, her aunt, her sister with her son, her nephew and her own kids.

We all had cake. Katja made an applecake with amaretto and she bought a strawberry-torte. Too late she realised  that the torte was a really low-fat-thing. It tasted really like there was missing some cream. But the torte was eaten up either.

Later we opened a bottle of sparkling wine and the presents were opened. From her children she got a funny candle that looks like a glass of beer. It is a real beer glass with a jelly candle in it.

From her sister she got a nice heart made of metal to hang at the ceiling and to light a candle into it.

Here you can see us celebrating.

For dinner Katja ordered asian food. Everyone could choose what he liked among four different dishes. We had one completely vegetarian, one with baked fisch, one with beef and another with chicken. It was really delicious.

Later, when all guests were gone, we tided up the kitchen a little bit, but only a really little bit.


Posted May 1, 2008, 1:22 pm
Hi Mommy,

my host told me that she is a member of Germany's biggest association for pet rat keepers. She is an active member who is working for the association's magazine. She also adopts pet rats that are given into an animal rescue or those who has been found when some irresponsible people released them into the wild or left them alone in the apartment when they  moved out like a thiefe in the night.

On Friday two young rat girls will arrive here that has been brought pregnant  into the animal rescue. One of has given birth to the babies on April, 20th and the other one on Katja's birthday. Katja told me that it is better for the rat babies to be raised within a family, so they can get used to be handled. In an animal rescue they have not enough time to handle the rats and to play with them. The rats are crepuscular animals, so they like playing and eating in the late evening. At his time  every animal rescue is closed.

Of course the rat moms need a cage for themselves. Katja has an extra cage for them, but is only has one little door. So it would not be easy to clean the cage and to handle the rats. She cut a larger hole into the grid and made a larger door of an old hamster cage. She also built in a larger door into the cage top.

We helped her .... ähhm.... we played with her tools.

Here you can see us sitting in the cage with the now large doors.

I'm curious to see the rat babies.


Posted May 1, 2008, 1:27 pm
Hi Mommy,

today nobody has to go to work. We had a really late and really long breakfast.

First we baked some bread rolls.

Katja seems to like peanut butter. Moony had to keep me from pinching her bread roll with peanut butter.

But peanut butter was not enough. She put cheese and cherry jam on top of the peanut butter.


Posted May 4, 2008, 6:48 pm
Hi Mummy,
today it was really nice and warm outside. In the afternoon Katja, her daughter Alex, Angus, Galaxy Bear and me took a walk. First we went into a little park in front of the police station. We sat on a rocking horse.

Then we went into the muncipal park. This is the observatory.

Here you can see more of the park.

We went through an old district called „Hasten“. Here are many nice old houses.

Here you can see a famous company, Keiper. They are building bucket seats and racing-style seats for mainstream manufacturers.

We came to a district called “Morsbachtal”. Here the creek Morsbach is running. In this district the first industrial settlements took place long ago. Along the creek tools were made, in the early centuries of industrial settlement the fabrics were run by water wheels.

Here we are all sitting on the balustrade of a bridge running across the creek.

From here you can walk into forrest and follow the route along the historical “Gelpetal”. The river Gelpe is flowing through the valley, coming from Wuppertal. Here you can find an old sledgehammer which is now a museum. Around the hammer some beautiful old houses remained.

On this card the course of the river Gelpe is shown with its historical holdovers from industrial companies.

We were sitting on the edge of a little standpipe. On the picture you cannot see the water flowing, but we all got a little bit wet. But that doesn’t matter because it was so warm.

On this plate the history of the company that you can see in the background, is explained. This plate belongs to a serie of such plates along a special trail along the creek and its industrial culture.

We rested on a bench in the sun.

We found a rock that was worked into the shape of an easy chair. Alex enjoyed the sun again and we did also.

On our way back home we walked along the “Werkzeugtrasse”, the route of tools. This is a lane built on an abandoned railway track. Along this route you can find many signs of local industrial companys who sponsored this lane. This is a bench made of a huge screw clamp.

We went through the muncipal park again, along a pond with ducks. You can also find goldfish and several sorts of turtels who were released into the wild by their former owners.

I am very tired now. We had pasta for dinner. I will go to bed early after I took a last glance to the rat babies.


Posted May 5, 2008, 9:42 pm
Hi Mummy,
today Katja took us with her when she went to the post office.

She showed us the town centre with the shops. She also took Galaxy Bear with her because Alex has to learn for school.

Here you can see some pictures of the pedestrian area.

These large forcepses are marking the entrance to the pedestrian area.

Here you can see the town hall. Unfortunately the tower has a scaffold, but it will be taken away soon.

When we were back at home we relaxed in the midday sun in the kitchen window.

In the meantime Katja made coffee. She wanted to read today's newspaper and eat a doghnut. It's called "Berliner Ballen" here, it is the same dough but it does not have a hole but it is filled with jam.

I wanted to see more and I looked out of the living room window.

In this direction you can see about 100 km when the sky is very clear, without clouds or dust.

This is the view to the other side. I like it with all those trees.



Posted May 11, 2008, 5:29 pm
Hi Mummy.
today we visited a flea market in the town. It is held every year on Pentecost, on Sunday and Monday here. Katja wanted to look for a pot to make fruit in rum, it is called "Rumtopf" here, as well the pot as the result of putting rum and fruits together.

She really found one. She also bought a bowl made of ceramics with a large sunflower painted inside.

Her daughter Alex bought shoes. I watched her choosind shoes. She bought white shoes for her new dress.

But now let's have a look at the scenery:

Katja also bought two dvd's.

Here you can see what we bought today.

We will watch one of the movies today.


Posted May 16, 2008, 9:10 pm
Hi Mummy,
yesterday in the evening it started raining like hell. We are living in the attic storey here and enormous raindrops fell onto the windows in the ramp. Today in the morning there was still a little bit rain but at noon the sun was shining again.

Katja met her friend Kerstin to take a long walk. Of course Angus and me went with them. We drove to Solingen-Höhrath to walk around the "Sengbach-Talsperre". This is a water reservoir dam and you are not allowed to walk close to the water. The walking path goes uphill and downhill around the lake and from some points you have a stunning view onto the dam.

We parked the car close to some stables. On many paddocks we saw horses.

On our way to the dam we came along  this funny fence. The owner had fastened small wooden boards to the fence. On these boards he put real shoes in which plants are growing. Katja told us that these shoes are standing there for years already.

This sign also is fastened to the fence.

We went into the forrest. In the background you can see "Schloss Burg", a medieval castle built in 12th century.

We reached the dam. The sign explains to you that the dam contains drinking water and what you are allowed to do here, better what you are forbidden to do.

This is the concrete dam.

The dam is one of the oldes dams in Germany. It was built from 1900 until 1903.

We made our way around the lake. The path went uphill and downhill. Sometimes we could not see the lake, but then the view was beautiful.

This is a motorway bridge.

On our way back to the car we saw this beautiful blooming bush. It is called "snowball" here, do you know this plant also?

We walked for almost three hours! Back home we tried to measure the walked distance with google earth. It must have been about 10 - 12 km.

We are all tired now,

good night


Posted May 22, 2008, 6:23 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we made Lamingtons, an Australian cake. Katja said that some mentors of TVs talked in the forum about Lamingtons. She was curious about Australian cake so she decided to try it out.

Tomorrow her nephew is celebrating his birthday. His birthday was last week. He was on vacation with his parents then so the party will be tomorrow. We will take some of the Lamingtons to the party.

Katja didn't make photos when we prepared the dough because she had to recharche the camera's batteries first. They were ready when the cake was also ready.

We made most of the cake with coconut like it's written in the receipe. Katja's brother-in-law does not like coconut so we made some pieces with chocolate granules. I'm sure they taste good also. Those with coconut are delicous and very moist.

On Saturday I will climb into my envelope for visiting the Netherlands. Katja said that they also have good cake there.


Posted May 24, 2008, 10:31 am
Hi Mummy,

today we went  to Lennep, another district of Remscheid, to visit Katja’s nephew Lucas and his parents. Lucas was celebrating his ninth birthday. Lucas’ parents are Katja’s sister and her brother-in-law. They live in a nice flat in an old house. Because of the nice weather they decided to let the party take place in the garden.

Galaxy Bear went with us because his host, Katja’s daughter, had to join a soccer training in the afternoon. She arrived at the party at dinner time. So Galaxy Bear was able to enjoy the nice weather in the garden.

On our way to Lennep we had to pick up an envelope from the post office. Inside the envelope something was crawling and talking. The envelope was sent from Finland, so it only could be the adopted girlie bear. We told he to be patient for a few minutes. First we went to the flat of Katja’s aunt because the two of them wanted to drive to Lennep with her aunt’s car.

On the balcony many flowers were blooming.

When we arrived in Lennep we first wished Lucas a happy birthday, he got his presents and then we helped the little girlie bear to get out of her envelope. She was carrying a letter to Katja with her. She was very glad to be welcomed to nice.

We were very hungry, it was good the the table was ready for coffee and cake. Katja’s sister made a cheese cake and nut wedges, Katja brought the lamingtons we made the day before.

Katja’s sister had prepared a strawberry punch. Therefore you need strawberries cut in pieces with a little bit of sugar. This has to draw through for an hour or two. Then you have to put the fruits into a large bowl and then you add a bottle of white wine and a bottle of sparkling wine. It was delicious and very refreshing.

The strawberry punch had a funny effect on Galaxy Bear and me. We played at the football table with Lucas and his Daddy, but I’m afraid we did not choose the correct position. When Lucas and his Daddy moved the bars with the little players we flew into the air.

It was very funny. Katja murmured something about little bears and puppies and alcohol. Alcohol? Ahh… the strawberry punch ……

To calm down we rested on the water barrel in the sun. Galaxy bear took a walk through the garden to watch the flowers

Later we played basket ball.

After dinner we sat and talked. Katja’s sister had a book which explaines first names. We all looked for a name for the girlie bear. We found several nice names and we could not decide which one to take. Katja said she would check later if any of the names were already placed for other ToyVoyagers. The bear’s name is now Finja.

Katja’s brother-in-law drove us home. We were very tired and we almost fell asleep in the car.


Posted May 26, 2008, 7:34 pm
Hi Mummy,
I left Katja's home today. I'm on my way to the Netherlands now. I hope it won't take too long to get there.


Posted May 28, 2008, 2:13 pm
Hi mum!

I arrived in the Netherlands today!

Marjolein just came back from the citycentre with LiLA Bear but she said she is going to show me the city real soon!

Nick, LiLA Bear, Pingu and Roots Bear welcomed me in Den Bosch as the Dutch simply call 's-Hertogenbosch.

Marjolein was very happy with the cool card I brought here from  Remscheid!

Love you!! Kisses Chompers

Posted May 29, 2008, 11:51 pm
Dear mum,

I went to see the Dutch national footballteam today!! In the footballstadium of PSV Eindhoven in Eindhoven. The match was between Holland and Denmark. It was so cool!

Before the match, there was a giant toy on the field! He had a drum with 'Dutchy' on it. Marjolein told me this is the mascotte of the Dutch team. I said he should also travel but Marjolein doubts he will fit into an envelop. She told me a little secret: there is actually in man inside that lionssuit!

But then the match began. First it was time for the national anthems. The Dutch anthem is called the 'Wilhelmus' named after Willem I, king of the Netherlands in the 16th century. The song has 15 verses but they only sing one at the footballmatches. Most of the Dutch only know this verse.

That's the goalkeeper of the Netherlands, Edwin van der Sar, on the big screen.

And they're off!

Do you see all the people nicely dressed in orange? Orange is the Dutch national colour. This is because their royalty's (queen Beatrix and family) are called Oranje (orange in Dutch).

Rafael van der Vaart (number 23, footballer of HSV, in Germany) took a cornerkick for Holland.

And Holland scored!!

I was so excited! Do you see me partying??

So when the second half of the match began, it was 1-0 for Holland.

But then Denmark got dangerous!

O no! Denmark scored!!

And that was the end of the match. The first half was very good, but the second half the Dutch team played sloppy and they let Denmark make a goal. I hope they will do better at the European Championship next month! This game was just for practice.

The stadion of PSV Eindhoven is a very beautiful stadium, also on the outside. It's called 'Philips Stadion' because Philips is their sponsor. Philips is a factory that makes lamps and other electric stuff. Eindhoven is therefore also called the 'Lichtstad' translated something like The city of Light. That sounds beautiful doesn't it?

Miss you! Love Chompers

Posted May 31, 2008, 9:46 pm
Hi mummy!!

We went to the biggest Bingo of Holland today! There where lots of Dutch singers and Marjolein and Kasper also won something! They both won a replica of the t-shirt the Dutch national team whore during the World Championship of 1974! It was so cool!

This all happened in the footballstadium of the club Vitesse, the Gelredome, in Arnhem (or Arnheim in German). It didn't really look like a stadium, like the Philips Stadion. But that's because the Gelredome was also built for things like performances of big artists and of course superbingo's hihi.

It was really big and there where about 36000 people inside!

Gerard Joling, who is a famous Dutch singer, presented it. He looks a bit weird in is golden suit but Marjolein said that's because he is gay.

Jan Smit also performed. He is from Volendam and he has is own real life soap. He has been a famous singer since he was very small and he sang a song for his grandmother. Marjolein has got one cd of him and she thinks he's cute. O and she has some underpants that say: Mrs Smit, as if she is Jan's wife haha. Marjolein got them from Kasper, he is a bit weird too.

Politicus Agnes Kant was also on the party. That is because the goal of the Bingo was to raise money for playgrounds for Dutch children. Agnes Kant also wants more playgrounds.

And of course was Rene Froger singing on stage! He also sings in English so I could finally understand some of the songs!

This is Edsilia Rombley. She went to the Eurovision Songcontest for the Netherlands twice. She never won.

I filled in the Bingocards for Marjolein.

The biggest act was Frans Bauer! All Dutch people love him because they think he is so normal. The Dutch don't really like it when people are to drama. Frans did kidnap this child on stage but she seems to enjoy herself.

The Bingo was also the final for a program called 'Kinderen zingen met Sterren', which means Children sing with Stars. There where 4 teams on stage. The team that sang with the duo Nick and Simon from Volendam won.

We had a great time!

Love Chompers

Posted Jun 3, 2008, 7:47 am
When we got back a new toyvoyager had arrived! It was Davy!

Posted Jun 3, 2008, 7:50 am
Hello mum,

We helped Marjolein make dinner today! We made Russian Stroganoff with cucumbersalad. It was very nice!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jun 3, 2008, 7:52 am
LiLA Bear went on with her journey today. Marjolein took her to the postoffice and send her off to England. I am going to miss her! She is very sweet! I gave her a big hug and wished her good luck.

Posted Jun 4, 2008, 12:22 pm
Dear mum,

I ate some peanutbutter from the Netherlands today! Although I already ate some in Holland this one was from the Dutch brand Calvé! It was very, very nice!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jun 10, 2008, 11:48 am
Hi mum,

Because the Dutch footballteam played their first match for the European Cup (against Italy) yesterday (Holland won with 3-0!!) we decided to play some ToyVoyagersfootball!

I was in the team with Davy.

Davy attacked!

He tried to score... But Pingu got the ball. :(

And then they started attacking! Nick played the ball to Roots, Roots played it back to Nick. Nick tried to score...

And he scored.

So my team lost. But now I can't write anymore because I have to get back to some more footballmatches! We are going to win this time!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jun 10, 2008, 7:07 pm
I had already told you the Netherlands won from Italy with 3-0 yesterday, hadn't I? Marjolein bought some newspapers to show how the European Cup lives in Holland. All the newspapers are orange! :D

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jun 14, 2008, 6:46 pm
Dear mum,

I went to the zoo today! It was a zoo in Rotterdam called Diergaarde Blijdorp.

Pingu immediately ran to his penguin brothers.

But I went looking some doglike animals. And I found the Prairie Dogs!

I took some grass to get him to notice me.

He looked at me, a bit angry. He said: 'You are no prairie dog! What kind of weird animal are you?' I said I was a REAL dog.

Oops, I shouldn't have said that, now I made him really mad! Let's run away!

Posted Jun 14, 2008, 6:58 pm
Of course prairie dogs aren't the only animals in the zoo. And they are actually a bit scary!

If you look real close, you can see a turtle swimming above me!

We had some coffee in a Caribbean Cafe.

Woohoo, I'm a penguin!

These birds are totally orange! I guess they support the Netherlands too.

This kangaroo carries a little one!

I asked these fellows if they also where prairie dogs. They laughed real hard. They said they where meerkats. Stokstaartjes in Dutch.

We took a break in the Chinese Garden.

Then Nick got really excited, because he saw some reindeers!

It was really cool in the zoo! I met a lot of new animals and the prairie dogs didn't follow me, woohoo.

Love Chompers

Posted Jun 17, 2008, 12:18 pm
Hi mum,

I ate some real Dutch food today: herring and stroopwafels. The call herring, when you eat it like this Hollandse Nieuwe. It doesn't look very yummie, but it actually was! They eat the herring not with knives and forks but they bite it out of the sky! Weird Dutch people ;)

Kisses Chompers

Posted Jun 24, 2008, 5:59 pm
Dear mummy,

I went with Marjolein to Groningen, her birthtown. She celebrated her 22th birthday there, with her parents. I met her family and her parents pets. They live in a suburb called Lewenborg. In the old days this was farmland, which you can still see, because of the farm still in Lewenborg. And there is some farmland but sheep now eat grass here.

After a long trainride from Den Bosch to Groningen. This is about two and a half hour.

Marjolein parents' house looks like this:

I met the pets. This is the cat called Dribbel. She didn't really wanted to take a picture with me but I did it anyway haha.

And the had a real dog! Not like the mean prairie dogs, but a real dog! A real old dog also, she is about 13 years old and called Amber.

Love Chompers

Posted Jun 24, 2008, 7:10 pm
Hi mum,

When we got home from Groningen, a new tv had arrived!

We heard some strange sounds coming out of the envelop...

What is that???

It's TheOutsider!!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jun 29, 2008, 5:33 pm
Dear mum,

In the province of Groningen, the village Warffum is every year an international dance-festival called Op Roakeldais. This is in the dialect of Groningen and means something like 'hoping for the best'.

People from all over the world come to Warffum for this festival that takes about a week. Dancegroups from for example Mali in Africa:




The Netherlands:






On these photo's they where all getting ready for the parade in the centre of Warffum. It's a beautifull Dutch village.

After this we went to the hobby market. Marjolein bought some presents for her father who's 50th birthday is today. In the Netherlands is costum to buy mustard for people who are 50. And the also say that when you are 50 'you say Abraham'. So Marjolein also bought some stuff with Abraham on it. When a women is 50 the will 'see Sara'.

In a big tent some groups from the parade also danced on stage during a performance called 'The world dances in Warffum'.

These are the Scottish:

And Colombia:

Then it was time to go back to Groningen with the train. It's a journey of about half an hour.

It was a very cool and also hot day!!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jul 2, 2008, 7:36 pm
Hi mummy,

A new tv arrived today! It's Claire! She is here because she is coming with us to Italy!

Atfortunately for her the weather was very bad today! But I guess she is used to that because she is from the Netherlands.

Love Chompers

Posted Jul 7, 2008, 2:57 pm
Hi mum,

I went back to Groningen! We ate at a Tapasrestaurant. Tapas are little Spanish snacks. We ate lots of stuff like spare ribs, dates, lambs, melon in honey and lots more. And for dessert a chocolatecake!! The restaurant had some beautiful and colourfull stairs!! After diner we had some drinks on the Marketplace called the 'Grote Markt'. We also went to a bar called the Newscafé and to the cinema. To the movie called In Bruges. It was a weird but cool movie. All and all we had a really nice night in Groningen!

Best wishes,


Posted Jul 7, 2008, 11:06 pm

In Nieuweschans, in the province Groningen, was a very cool festival today. It was called Celtic Midsummer Festival (in Dutch:Keltisch Midzomer Festival).

It was so cool! Lots of people where dressed up.

Asterix and Obelix where even there! There was a battle between the grown-ups and the children and the children won everytime! Of course I was cheering for them :D

We had beers and spare ribs.

And we danced to Celtic music from the Dutch band Rapalje. And the German band called Faun.

Marjolein coloured a candle and her boyfriend Kasper got a very cool stone mug with 'Rapalje' on it! They also bought special tea. Marjolein's mother bought lots of juwelery and she flirted with Obelix! He didn't have a shirt on and was getting very red in the sun. So she offered him some sunblock! ;)

I had a great time!!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jul 10, 2008, 3:36 pm

Yet another tv arrived today! Finja is also coming to Italy with us! We are all very looking forward to the trip!

Kisses Chompers

Posted Jul 13, 2008, 10:55 pm
Dear mum,

It's almost time to leave for Italy! We will leave tomorrow from Den Bosch at 7:30 am with the bus to our first stop in Beek, wich is near Arnhem. From there we will get into the bus, that will get us to Italy! Firstly we will stop in Germany, near Freiburg, for a good night sleep in our first hotel. Tuesday we will continue our journey and in the evening we will arrive in Toscane, Italy! But I will not tell too much already, I will update as much as possible!

I have already learned some Italian:

Yes: sì
No: no
Thank you: Grazie
You're welcome: Per favore
Here you are: Prego
Fantastic: fantastico
I don't speak Italian: non parlo italiano
Do you speak English?: parla inglese?
0: zero
1: uno
2: due
3: tre
4: quattro
5: cinque
6: sei
7: sette
8: otto
9: nove
10: dieci
What time is it?: che ore sono?
Goodday/morning/afternoon: buongiorno
Goodevening: buonanotte
Hi: salve/ciao
Welcome: benvenuto
How are you?: come sta?
Have a nice meal: buon appetito
See you later: arriverderci
Have a nice holiday: buone vacanze

I will speak to you in Italy soon! I have already made my peanut butter sandwiches!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 10:15 am
Dear mum,

Today was a traveling day. I am in France now, just over the bourder with Germany. Our hotel is very good, the bed nice and soft, and there is a swimming pool! Too bad it is too cold to swim. And because we are soooooo tired, we just went to sleep!

Apart from the nice bed, the view from the window wasn't all that.

We had a nice diner, a good night sleep, and after breakfast it was time to really go to Italy!

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 10:55 am
More traveling today! We went across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Wow I'm seeing a lot af the world today! I will show you some photo's of Switzerland.

This is the bus I am traveling with and will be traveling with for the next days.

We went through the Gotthard Tunnel and after that we almost where in Italy. Just a few kilometres now!

Our first stop is in Toscane. The town in called Montecatini Terme.

We took a strowl through the town.

There wasn't much time, so we went back to our hotel, had some diner and went right to sleep!

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 11:35 am
Time for the holiday to begin! I started in Pisa and saw the Tower of Pisa!!

This building is where people are baptisted in.

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 12:12 pm
After our visit in Pisa, we had some wonderfull lunch in the mountains of Toscane. We tasted lots of wine and olives made from the people who live in the farm.

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 12:31 pm
Then it was time to go to Lucca. Lucca is a wonderfull old city with lots of beautiful buildings and old squares.

This square used to be an amphitheater. They build houses on top of it, but it still has the shape of the theater.

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 2:40 pm
Florence is the place to be, lalala :D Florence has to be the most beautiful city I have ever seen! Did you know that every year lots of tourists end up in the hospital because they are overwhelmed by the beauty of Florence? It's called the Stendhal Syndrome after this man called Stendhal. He is the first person of who it is known he fainted after seeing Florence. His heart stopped pumping and he coulnd't breath. Thank God none of us had these problems but it is such a beautiful city!

Santa Maria Novella

Campanile next to the Basilica San Lorenzo

Basilica San Lorenzo

Duome (Santa Maria Del Fiore)

Saint George (from Saint George and the Dragon) made by Donatello

The tourguide of the trip told us a story about this George. Donatello made this statue and showed it to his master. He asked him if there is anything wrong with George. His master answered: Yes there is something wrong. Donatello of course wanted to know what this was. But his master simply answered: I won't tell you, you have to find out yourself. Donatello wondered and wondered, he looked at George and he could not find anything wrong with him. He got ill of these doubts. Donatello got so sick, that at one point he was actually dying. On his deathbed he asked his master: Please tell me, what was wrong with Saint George? His master said: He doesn't breath. He looks so real, if he breathed he could just walk towards us. And then Donatello could die in peace.
It's a wonderfull story, but in reality Donatello lived happily ever after, after making this statue. But it's a good story :)

David (waiting for Goliath) made by Michelangelo.

This is not the original David, that one is savely in a museum.
It stands on the Piazza Della Signoria.

Ponte Vecchio

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 5:40 pm
The fifth day was a bit of a travelingday. We went to Siena first, but after that to our new hotel in Fiuggi. First Siena. This is a very old city from the Dark Ages.

It has a very famous square: Piazza Del Campo. The people of Siena call it the most beautiful piazza of the world. It has the shape of a shell.

Every year this Piazza turns into a racecourse. When the 'Palio' (horseraces) takes place, every person from Sienna goes to the Piazza. They stand on the inside of the square and the horses run on the outside.

Every part of the city have a horse in the race. And it doesn't matter if the jockey makes it to the finishline, when the horse makes it, the horse wins. Sometimes accidents happen because the jockey doesn't ride the horse on a sadle.

Duomo di Siena

We walked around the city for a bit and we had some really good pizza! Funghipizza (mushrooms) on the Piazza Del Campo.

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 7:16 pm
After our visit to Siena, we travelled to Fiuggi. From this town we are going to Rome! I can't wait! Here are some views from thr bedroomwindow, looks pretty doesn't it?

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 8:41 pm
Time to visit Rome! Or Roma as it's called in Italy. The bus brought us to Rome. We took the subway to go to the centre of the city. Went we got back at the streetlevel this is the first thing I saw:

The Colosseum! The Colosseum is soooo big!! It was built between the year 70 and 80 AD. The use was an amphitheatre. You could watch fights between lions, between lions and gladiators or just between gladiotors. One way or another, people would die. When the Colosseum was opened the Romans celebrated the opening with a party of 100 days. In these days everyone was welcome in the Colosseum. Everyday the fights and other events happened during the entire day. Romans where very ahead of their time: they already had fast food! You could buy it at stands near the Colosseum. Bread and wine, that sort of stuff.

Forum Romanum, this is the central area which the ancient Roman civilization developed.

The Pantheon (Temple of all the Gods)

Trevi Fountain

Spanish Stairs

Posted Jul 27, 2008, 9:39 pm
The second day in Rome! This day we had some time off in the morning and in the afternoon we went to the St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

On our free time we found a cool Toy Store called Al Sogno.

They had lots of very cool toys.

Too bad Marjolein found the toys way to expensive. But they seem to have a really good life in the store and they will be bought by rich people who will give them a good life :)

We had pizza again today! After walking around we went to Vatican City to see the St. Peter!

On this photo I am standing on the Bridge of Angels.

The view from the balcony. This is the way the pope always looks at the St. Peter's Square.

The guard of the St. Peter are Swiss Guards. They have to be realy Swiss boys from between 18 and 25 and not married. And of course Catholic.

The inside of the St. Peter's Basilica

The Piéta from Michelangelo.

Saint Peter's Tomb, where the popes are burried. It was not allowed to make photo's of the grave of the latest pope but Marjolein did make some photo's where she was allowed.

Posted Jul 28, 2008, 9:55 am

Pompei is a town from the first century after the birth of Christ. It was built by Romans.

Years (about 15 years) before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the town was destroyed by on earthquake. The inhabitants of Pompei didn't know it then, but this was just Mount Vesuvius warning them for the eruption.

There where other warnings. The water dissaperead. Because of the hot lava the Vesuvius was making the water turned into steam.

In Pompei lived about 20.000 people. The went to the store

To the bakery

Or to a bathhouse

Or the just sat in there own garden, for example in the House with the Little Fountain

But on 24 August 79 the time stopped. The day turned into night and this lasted for three days. People didn't know what was happening. Some died because they breathed in the ashes of the mountain. Some died because of rocks flying around. Most people died right at the spot.

Almost everybody died in 79. But the city was preserved really well because of the ashes of Mount Vesuvius. So that's good for us, we can learn a lot, about the way people lived and what happened that day. We can go back in time and walk around like the people of Pompei used to do.

Posted Jul 28, 2008, 10:38 am
On our way our next hotel near Venice, we had a stop in Ravenna. In 409 AD Ravenna became the capital city of the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar gathered his troups here. This was in 49 BC.

We went to see a early Christian church famous of mosaics. The Basilica of San Vitale.

We also went to the mousuleum (Mousuleum of Galla Placidia) next to the church.

Posted Jul 28, 2008, 5:50 pm
Time to see Venice! Venice is by many called the most beautiful city in the world. We went here by boat. You could also go there by car but according to our guide you are suppose to go by boat.

We set foot on the land and went into the harbour of Venice after a trip of about half an hour.

On our way to Piazza San Marco we saw The Bridge of Sighs. This bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the old prisons to the interrogation rooms of the Doge's Palace. It got it's name because the prisoner got a last look at Venice and their loved one from the brigde before there inprisonment or death and used to sigh there.

On the Piazza San Marco stands the Basilica di San Marco a Venezia.

There also stand two poles on the Piazza San Marco. No inhabitant of Venice would ever stand between those two poles, because people used to get excecuted their. Gulp!

On the left pole stands a lion. The lion is the animal of Venice.

We went for a walk around the city. The first thing we saw was the second most famous bridge, the Rialto Bridge. It's the oldest bridge in the city and build in 1181.

We had the most wonderfull view from the bridge!

We walked on and saw some beautiful sights.

Then we came across the only wooden bridge in the city: Accademia Bridge.

But sightseeing was the only thing we did, we also did some shopping! We saw a great toystore again, this was a Disney store!

Venice stretches over 118 little islands. It has a population of 271.251 people. People have lived on the islands for centuries but it is known as a city since the ninth century.

Posted Jul 28, 2008, 5:58 pm
In the evening after our trip to Venice we took a little walk down the beach near our hotel. I saw the Adriatic Sea in Venice but now I also got to touch it!

Tomorrow it's time to go back to The Netherlands. We will sleep in Germany the next night and by friday we are back in Den Bosch. The trip to Italy was so cool! I certainly want to go back ;)

I hope you enjoyed the updates!

Love Chompers

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 12:44 pm
Hi mum!

I have more exciting news to tell you! Today it's time to leave for our next holiday! Check out the cool van we had to leave for the holiday! :D

Hugs Chompers

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 1:01 pm
We arrived in Austria the same day. We stayed in a Landall Greenpark near the town Gargellen. The view was beautiful!!

We are going to do really cool things in Austria, lots of walking and swimming! 9th of August we will leave for another country!!

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 1:32 pm
On our way to our next holiday-stop we went through a very small country. Called Liechtenstein! We saw the capitalcity Vaduz. Unfortunately there wasn't much time to make photo's, but look at this one:

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 1:37 pm
The next week of our holiday is in Switzerland! On top of the hill of the village Wildhaus is our very big house. For all of the family of Marjoleins boyfriend Kasper. This is a familyreunion! I met everyone!

This is our house:

And this is the view:

The family's name is Paping, so they had their own flag!!

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 2:06 pm
We did really cool stuff. On sunday we went on a picknick on a mountain! We roasted sausages on a campfire! Look at the beautiful surroundings:


Posted Aug 19, 2008, 2:16 pm
In Unterwasser, they have a very famous waterfall! The Thurwasserfällen.

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 2:39 pm
The last day of our holiday, we stayed in because of the rain. We did saw a beautiful rainbow!

Posted Aug 19, 2008, 2:57 pm
Pfieuw we're finally home! It took a lot of time, because 38 km before Den Bosch, the car broke down!! We had to wait for hours and hours for someone to get us. But we did ride into a really big truck!!

Posted Aug 26, 2008, 9:21 am
Hi mum,

It was the open day of the Footballclub FC Groningen today! Marjolein goes here since FC Groningen playes football in the stadium the Euroborg, which is since 13 January 2006. It a really cool green stadium. We also went to the dressingroom of the players, it had a really big green bathtub!


Posted Aug 26, 2008, 9:24 am
After the day at FC Groningen we went to the annual festival in Groningen called Noorderzon. At Noorderzon it's always fun with theater, music and lots of food! I saw a really cool car, with speakers so we could hear really cool sixties music coming from the car!

Posted Aug 28, 2008, 3:21 pm
Hi mummy!

We went to visit Marjolein's boyfriend at his internship at the footballclub PSV Eindhoven! We weren't allowed to make photo's inside the stadium but we made some cool shots in front of the stadium. Maybe you remember I went inside the stadium in May?!

The guy on the photo is Coen Dillen. He was a famous footballplayer for PSV. He played at the club in the fourties, fifties and sixties. He stands in front of the stadium.

On the background is the entry-gate to the stadium. You can see the sign of PSV and the words: 'Eendracht maakt macht'. This means something like: United we stand stronger.

Hugs Chompers

Posted Sep 2, 2008, 10:22 pm

Today we visited the Bookmarket of Tilburg! This is the biggest bookmarket of the South of The Netherlands.

Marjolein bought these books:

It's: Angels & Demons from Dan Brown, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and a book called 'Bedwelmd' from Lulu Wang.

Posted Sep 2, 2008, 10:37 pm
After the Bookmarket in Tilburg we went to the fair in Den Bosch; the 'Bossche Kermis'. This fair takes place once a year, in the summer. And it's very big!!

At the end of the fair, which took place for about a week, they set the city hall on fire!! It's looks very real doesn't it ;)

But it was just fireworks. It looked great though :)

Hugs Chompers

Posted Sep 9, 2008, 2:43 pm

Yesterday we said goodbye to Davy, Pingu, Casanova and Alizée. But it didn't stay quiet for long: today a couple of new ToyVoyagers arrived! They're Hinz + Kunz.

Posted Sep 14, 2008, 6:09 pm
Hi mum,

We went for a very nice bikeride today. The weather was very nice and Count wanted to go to a cemetery. It was a beautiful cemetery with lots of trees!

On the way back we went to a park.

Marjolein told me she has seen a lot of these parks in the Netherlands. All cities and big villages have a little lake with trees and stuff surrounded by houses.

Tonight we are going to a stand-up comedy show!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Sep 15, 2008, 11:51 am
In the night we went to a comedy club. This was in the Verkadefabriek in 's-Hertogenbosch. The Verkadefabriek is a former factory of the brand Verkade, who make cookies! Too bad they didn't had any more cookies in the factory hihi.

The stand-up comedyshow was very cool! Altough I didn't know the comedians, they where very funny. Yes, I am learning a lot of Dutch here with Marjolein!

Across the road of the Verkadefabriek was yet another former factory. This is a sigaretfactory of Willem II.

This factory is also a place for theater, music and other performances now.

Doeg doeg (bye bye) Chompers

Posted Sep 24, 2008, 9:52 pm
Hello mummy!

I went to the party of Marjolein's grandparents today! They are married for 55 years! Wow that is a very long time!! I got a very nice invitation just for me! We ate cake and drank coffe and after that made a boottrip, on the Paterswoldsemeer. That's a lake near Groningen.

After this we ate lots of food! Very, very nice food! And that wasn't all: they had cake! Mmmmm it was very nice!

Hugs Chompers

Posted Dec 14, 2008, 12:08 pm
Dear mum,

It's the time of the year for christmasmarkets in Germany again! Marjolein and her family go to Oldenburg every year. But this time they decided to go to Leer.

We drank some Gluhwein, it was very good.

Marjolein wanted to take a photo of me with the market at the background, but we got this strange woman on it! O, now I see it, it's Marjoleins mother! She looks a lot like me, don't you think?

They also had fairytales! This is me with Cinderella.

It was great fun!



Posted Dec 14, 2008, 12:11 pm
But wait! It was very cool in Leer, but Marjolein convinced her mother to also go to Oldenburg!

This is where they always park.

Look it this market, doesn't it look much cooler than the one in Leer? It's certainly much bigger.

And as we walked in Oldenburg, it turned dark and all the christmaslights went on, doesn't it looks beautiful?

We ate a lot and bought a lot and had so much fun!



Posted Jan 17, 2009, 3:50 pm

I visited a Celtic MidWinter Festival! Just half a year ago I went to the Midsummer festival! This festival is called Yule in Celtic.

They had lots of meat like Spare Ribs just like the last time!

There where guys playing bagpipes.

And you could also buy clothes, mostly Celtic and Gothic.

And the Dutch band Rapalje had a show again. They sang Celtic music in English, Irish and even Dutch. Even the Dutch dialect from Groningen called Groningen. It was really cool!


Posted Jan 17, 2009, 3:55 pm
Merry Christmas!!

We went to the zoo today! It was the Noorder Dierenpark in Emmen.

I saw some prairiedogs again!

Gilbert was fan of the penguins, but they wouldn't look at him! How sad!

We also went to a part called the Waterfactory. They tought us all sorts of stuff about water and what happens in between it being in lakes an rivers and people drinking it.

Marjolein is planning a trip to another zoo in The Netherlands in January!



Posted Jan 17, 2009, 4:15 pm

Today we had a cultural day; we went to the Museum of Groningen. They had an exibition of paintings from J. W. Waterhouse. He was a painter who lived in the end of the 19th and the begin of the 20th century. The exibition was called Enchanted by Women. And we where allowed to take photo's inside the museum, check it out!

This painting is called The Lady of Shallott. She is a woman from the legend of King Arthur. Waterhouse mostly painted women from legend and mythic stories. And Marjolein loves that kind of stories, so we didn't get out of the Museum soon haha.

This painting is also called The Lady of Shallott. This is Waterhouse is most famous painting and it has hung in the Tate Gallery in London for over a century but it made a trip to Groningen, that's so special!

I really liked this painting. It's called 'Lamia (on her knees)' and was painted in 1905.

On the website about J. W. Waterhouse this story is written beneath:

If questioning would make us wise no eyes would ever gaze in eyes; if all our tale were told in speech no mouths would wonder each to each.

Were spirits free from mortal mesh and love not bound in hearts of flesh no aching breasts would yearn te meet and find their ecstasy complete.

For who is there that lives and knows the secret powers by which he grows?
Were knowledge all, what were our need to thrill and faint and sweetly bleed?

Then seek not, the "if" and "Why" I love you now untill I die. For I must love because I live And life in me is what you give. - Bill Archer