Ismaya, Sensoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Linda Fdph

Posted Apr 11, 2013, 1:03 pm

My name is Ismaya
My dream is to feel snow , just like my siblings ( Larasati, Arimbi and Bisma ). Hope my dream come true as soon

Linda Fdph

Posted Apr 12, 2013, 9:19 pm

Here iam , in Bajra Sandhi Monument
About the Bajra Sandhi itself ,  the architecture  is very unique, taking the shape of Bajra or Genta, a bell that used by Hindu Priests during religious ceremonies. It is also a symbol of the bond between males and females that creates prosperity according to the epic that tells the story of the Gods struggle to get the Water of Eternity.
Every statue and each carving in the monument compound has its own meaning. The whole of the monument symbolizes Mount Mandara where, according to the epic Mahabarath, the Gods had a battle with giants fighting for the Water of Eternity

Linda Fdph

Posted Apr 14, 2013, 1:44 pm

Now , iam being located at Kertha Gosa , an old building of jurisdiction and legislation and is one of the main areas in Bali that has been important throughout history in the development of modern Bali. Located within the district of Klungkung in the north of the island and is an excellent and grand old area with amazing history. The words Kertha Gosa mean peaceful announcement which has been the prime focus of the Kertha Gosa throughout history. The inside and outside of the Kertha Gosa and all around it there is some amazing art in the form of paintings and carvings of wood and stone. This is an area unlike the temples of Bali and the feel is very different. Here at the Kertha Gosa the focus is on power and the importance of the legal system as it was here that trials and penalization was carried out. When inside the Kertha Gosa it is easy to feel how it must have been in the old days when the trials and deep discussions on the politics of the area where carried out. The Kertha Gosa is not only of great cultural value but many of the artifacts and artwork that is inside the building has been deemed extremely valuable although obviously it will remain inside.

And i took a picture with Indonesia girls that wearing their traditional dress, KEBAYA

Linda Fdph

Posted Apr 28, 2013, 4:15 am

As soon i will start my journey, to visit Europa
Now, iam visiting some place before i leave Indonesia
iam being located at Legian Kuta Bali, a tourist area,full with shop and restaurant. But , between the shop we still can find a sacred temple Hindu there. And also, spend a lot of time to visit Ground Zero in Legian Bali


Posted May 16, 2013, 10:51 am
Hello mum,
Yesterday I arrived in Switzerland. After a long journey I was very tired and needed to sleep. Jasper wished good dreams because the first dream in a new bed will come true. The dream must remain my secret, but you know certainly from what I've dreamed. This morning I was sitting on a small bench and had breakfast,

as by and by many stuffed animals appeared. Jasper introduced us:

Panda_Lilo from Germany

Shakespeare from Germany

Hase from Germany

Wolley, he is from Guinea, Africa

Salmonella from Wales

and last but not least Lola Rabitt from Germany

and I showed them my gifts.

I was a bit nervous but they hugged me and welcomed me warmly.

I like it here but it's so cold.
Best regards from your (chattering his teeth) Ismaya

Posted May 23, 2013, 3:58 pm
Hello mum,
today, when Jasper was at work, I've been looking a little bit.

I found beautiful flowers

and a small tree on the balcony.

Then I met a cute cat.

She liked me.

Beautiful views with a wild, blooming cherry tree.

Sunny but cold (10 degrees)

I got a warmer sweatshirt, have you seen it?

miss you mum

Posted May 23, 2013, 6:04 pm
Hi Mum
The last few days were boring. Only bad weather and cold it is. Today we made soap bubbles. First, we have tried it in the dining room

but Jasper has sent us out to the balcony. Too much water and soap on the table and the floor.

We had lots of fun on the balcony.

Posted May 28, 2013, 9:53 pm
Hi mom,
Yesterday we had to say goodbye to Salmonella. She travels home. In parting, we celebrated a tea party with cucumber sandwiches and scones and cream and strawberry jam, and of course tea.

We enjoyed the food and talked a lot.

Then Salmonella packed her things and it was time to say goodbye. We gave her a big group hug and wished her a safe journey.

A little sad we watched her as she slipped into her jacket.

Bye, bye good friend, maybe we'll meet again.
Also, bye, bye dear mom,
your little Ismaya

Posted Jun 2, 2013, 8:06 am
Hi mom,
Today we took a small break in the rain and walked 10 minutes to the outside. We found large tree mushrooms.

A little change in this gloomy monotony.
hugs from

Posted Jun 8, 2013, 2:17 pm
Hi mom,
The last few days were exciting and boring at the same time. We had heavy rains, floods and landslides and we could not go outside. As the weather improved, Jasper's dad had to go to the hospital. Again, no time for walks or excursions.
But today the weather is wonderful and grumpy grandpa is healthy again.
Early in the morning we started for a walk to the river Thur. It was lovely. Everything was very quiet, most people were still asleep. You could hear the birds chirping and rushing the river and the air smelled of hay.
We went over a small bridge. The river looks so romantic.

We sat in the moss

and ran through between rocks.

A narrow footpath led us to the waterfall.

Then we walked along the shore

and saw remnants of the flooding.

On the grass in the trees you can see how high the water was.

By beautiful forests

and mysterious gorges, we were on our way home.

In one of the houses that you see in the background I live.

At the end of our walk we discovered these wonderful flowers.

It was great.

Hugs and kisses from your happy Hippo

Posted Jun 15, 2013, 9:25 pm
Hello home
Today I was a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. Honestly it was a coincidence. We wanted to visit the ruins Iberg.

On our way we saw this sign.

It means:  the castle Iberg was built around 1200. By 1300 it was mentioned as a monument to the pilgrimage route. Since about 1800, it is a ruin.

We felt very special.
From the castle we had a great view over the Thur Valley.

On our way home we sat on a funny looking tree.

It stung a little on my butt.

Hugs and kisses from your

Posted Jun 16, 2013, 3:27 pm
Hello mummy,
Today I got up early. A trip on the program. According to the weather it is 30 degrees Celsius today. I wanted to put on my shirt but Jasper consisted on the warm sweater. After half an hour's drive we reached the Schwägalp (1352 meters above sea level) I saw high mountains with white spots.

Jasper said to me: This is snow. I wanted so much to go there.
And so we boarded the cable car

and drove up the mountain Säntis.

At 2,502 meters above sealevel, Säntis is the tallest mountain in the Alpstein massif of northeastern Switzerland. The mountain is a highly visible landmark.

The panorama from the summit is spectacular.

Six countries can be seen if the weather allows: Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France and Italy.
The exposed location of Säntis results in weather conditions normally observed in the high Alps. For example in April 1999, just beneath the summit on the northern snowfield of the mountain, a snow height of 816 cm recorded what. The daily mean temperature is -1.9 ° with a precepitation of 2,701 mm per year.
The International Meteorological Congress of Rome in 1879 declared it as a necessity to build weather stations on adequate and accessible summits. Therefore the Swiss built a weather station on Säntis. (Commissioned in autum 1882)

Located on the peak of the Säntis is a 123.55 meter high transmission tower.

Mom, what can I say, the weather was wonderful. Jasper showed me all the six countries.

Here you can see on the horizon of Lake Constance.

The TV Tower was impressive.

I sat on rocks

and admired rare alpine plants.

I visited an exhibition of minerals - beautiful.

The most beautiful was: I could play in the snow.

I was sitting on the snow,

I was lying in the snow,

I dug down in the snow.

Jasper told me that the snow in June is not as nice and powdery as in the winter. That did not bother me. It was cold, it was wet but it was snow.
Many greetings from the happiest hippo in the world

Posted Jun 21, 2013, 1:22 pm
Hi mum,
Jasper brought us a little skateboard.

On the balcony I tried some feats.

I came away with a few scratches. Nothing serious.

Posted Jun 21, 2013, 1:59 pm
Hello mum,
Today a new TV arrived.

I think it's a little leopard but I'm not sure.
I'll ask her about it. She is a little shy but very nice.
And that we are, Jasper's gang.

Hugs from Ismaya

Posted Jun 23, 2013, 4:12 pm
Hello mum,
on Friday I had my lazy day.
First I tried the new swing

and then I lay in the sun.

Greetings from your deeply relaxed

Posted Jun 28, 2013, 4:54 pm
Hello mum,
yesterday, when Jasper was at work, the bell rang at the door. Although it is not allowed to open the door in Jasper's absence , we could not resist. Hase opened the door a little bit and discovered a envelope with interesting stamps.

A packet from Trinidad and Tobago, wow. Together we brought the envelope into the dining room

and considered what we should do.

We opened it.

The result was a small giraffe, wrapped in pink paper.

We introduced ourselves

and gave GiGi (so the giraffe is called) a warm welcome.

She is so cute, I like her.

Posted Jul 2, 2013, 7:03 pm
Hi mum,

Today we celebrated Shakespeare's birthday. Its 89th Birthday. Can you imagine that?
At Wikipedia we read, the turtles have lived on the earth before the dinosaurs evolved.
Shakespeare has held up well.
We congratulated him and sang a song.

He got a cake and a fishing rod.

While we waited for the cake,

he practiced fishing.

Greetings from Ismaya, who hopes the rainy season is almost over.

Posted Jul 4, 2013, 2:50 pm
Hi mom,
Today we said goodbye to Hase. She travels home to visit her mom.
Therefore, we had a big party yesterday.

Sweets as much as we wanted.

We could bathe in it and had so much fun.

There was a lot of laughter and stories and adventures were told.

But today we had heavy heart. As Hase grabbed her things a few tears flowed.

We all wished her a safe journey.

Bye mom

Posted Jul 9, 2013, 6:22 pm
Hello mummy,
weekend was the northeastern Swiss Yodel Festival in the neighboring town. It was a great event with 4000 participants and about 45,000 visitors.
I attended the parade on Sunday. 60 teams or choirs participated with festive floats.

I saw many women, men and children in beautiful traditional costumes.

Some distributed specialties from their home, others threw sweets into the audience. We had a lot to do with the pickup.

Flag wavers


Herding dogs

Musicians on horses

A very, very old fire truck

An old post coach


And that is something very special. It is called "Schelle Schöttle" (bells shaking)

In Eastern Switzerland for the alp procession only the three leading cows wear huge bells made of welded sheet metal. The bells are valuable and on the way up, the herdsmen remove them from the cows in order to protect them. They are carried by the men on yokes over their shoulders.
This tradition, documented first in 1838, may have led to the so-called bell-shaking, a musical practice which was observed first in the middle of the 19th century. The Appenzellers shake the bells for fun, much in the way that other play cards. But often the bells are moved forwards and backwards to accompany the improvised polyphonic yodel vocalising.

Here you see me at the bus station on my way home.

This is what we catched.

I had a very nice day and I learned a lot of Swiss traditions.

See you

Posted Jul 12, 2013, 7:25 pm
Hi mom,
Today we had some work to do. We - TV's - got new furniture. A new couch and a new chair.
This furniture we had to drag to the third floor.

Very sweaty.
But they are very comfortable.

Luckily Jasper also bought a deck chair.

After work, we were able to relax on it.

And tomorrow we will travel to Lake Constance.
But this is a new adventure.

See you mom

Posted Jul 15, 2013, 6:42 pm
Hi mom,
Today we made a trip to Konstanz.

Konstanz; English: Constance) is a university city with approximately 80,000 inhabitants
Konstanz is situated on Lake Constance (the Bodensee in German).

The Rhine river, which starts in the Swiss Alps, passes through Lake Constance and leaves it, considerably larger, by flowing under a bridge

connecting the two parts of the city. North of the river lies the larger part of the city with residential areas, industrial estates, and the University of Konstanz; while south of the river is the old town which houses the administrative centre and shopping facilities in addition to the Hochschule or the University of Applied Sciences. Car ferries provide access across Lake Constance to Meersburg, and the Katamaran provides a shuttle service for pedestrians to Friedrichshafen. To the south, the old town borders onto the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen.

This is the Munster.

We saw beautiful old houses.

The casino

- we wanted to play roulette or blackjack, but Jasper said no.

So we admired the view,

and talked with a swan.

Behind us you can see the Steigenberger, a luxury hotel.

On the way to the old town.

This is the Town Hall

The courtyard of the town hall.

An art object -

the inscription on the red table means: unbounded thinking
Exactly what make TV's.

Still a lovely old house called Graf Zeppelin.

Here we are at the harbor.

At the harbor entrance stands the Imperia.

The Imperia is a statue at the entrance of the harbour of Konstanz, Germany, commemorating the Council of Constance that took place there between 1414 and 1418. The concrete statue is 9 metres high, weighs 18 tonnes, and stands on a pedestal that rotates around its axis once every four minutes.
The Imperia shows a woman holding two men on her hands. The two men represent Pope Martin V and Emperor Sigismund. Martin V was elected during the Council while Sigismund was the king who called the council. Both are naked except for the crown and papal tiara, respectively, that they wear as symbols of their power.

Jasper suddenly saw a Zeppelin on the way home. Unfortunately, we were crossing a bridge and could not stop. And unfortunately he is not very good to see.

The little dot next to the flag.

Now I'm tired.
Good night mum

Posted Jul 16, 2013, 4:16 pm
Hi mom,
Sunday we took a trip into the history of Switzerland and walked a little on William Tell's footsteps. We visited the Central Switzerland and Lake Lucerne. On our way we saw many beautiful landscapes and of course lakes.

The first lake was the Aegerisee in Canton Zug.

From high above we could look at him. We drove along Lake Lucerne to Sisikon and hiked on the "Swiss Path"

(The Swiss Path is the name given to a special national path in central Switzerland opened in 1991. It makes a loop around one arm of Lake Lucerne, starting in Rütli and passing through Bauen, Flüelen, Sisikon

and Morschach, finishing at Brunnen. The total length is around 35 km (22 mi), taking 2 or 3 days to complete.
The route recognises each of the cantons making up Switzerland, with markers announcing each canton along the route. The length of route for each canton is proportional to the population at the time of building, and the order is determined by the order in which the cantons joined the Swiss federation)

to Tell chapel,

the oldest chapel in Switzerland.

It lies on the Tellsplatte, where according to legend, William Tell to have jumped from the boat of the provincial governor Gessler. Already in 1388 a chapel was built. In 1503 as a chapel Holy Hüslin is mentioned. A new or remodeling was 1590th
The present chapel was built in 1879 / in 1880. It is adorned with four frescoes by Basel artist Ernst Stückelberg shows the Rütlischwur the apple shot, the death of Gessler and Tell's Leap.
Here you see Tell's leap.

We drove on to Altdorf, the capital of the canton of Uri.

Altdorf is best known as the place where, according to the legend, William Tell shot the apple from his son's head. This act by tradition happened on the market-place, where in 1895, at the foot of an old tower (with rude frescoes commemorating the feat), there was set up a fine bronze statue of Tell and his son.

In 1899 a theatre was opened close to the town's center for the purpose of performing Schiller's play of Wilhelm Tell.
Here you see me before Tell's Memorial.

Continue along the lake

and through many tunnels

we drove towards Brünnigpass.

The pass is nothing special but on the way one has a view of the Lungerensee.

And that is something special.
Looks like a post card.

Hiking and driving made ​​us very tired. The way home we slept.
Bye mom,

Posted Jul 22, 2013, 4:55 pm
Hi mum
Today we were on the river Thur. We wanted to swim and fish. Jasper had much to bear: some beach towels, sun deck, fishing rod, hammock and a parasol and of course us.
Once at the river we looked for a suitable place. We found a small sand bar that had washed up the flood and made ourselves comfortable.

Shakespeare threw his fishing rod but nothing wanted to bite. But the mosquitoes bite, and that us.
We tried to make a fire but everything was still damp from the storm last night.

It took some effort but we managed it.

We all had a fun day.

Posted Jul 22, 2013, 6:42 pm
Hi mom,
Today is Sunday and we enjoy the day and the sun on the balcony. Too many people and mosquitoes at the Thur
We lounged around all day.

We drank a lot of water but not only.
I did something for my blue color.

For dinner we had something special: prawns and focaccia.

We celebrated Wolley's farewell.

He travels to the French part of Switzerland and met his mother there. He is very happy.
We laughed and talked until late into the night.
Bye mum,

Posted Jul 22, 2013, 7:25 pm
Hi mom,
when we woke up this morning, Wolley's bed was empty.
We found a letter from him.

Shakespeare read it to us.

Wolley do not like goodbyes and tears longer, so he has sneaked in the morning.
Goodbye friend, have a safe trip.
Bye mom,
your somewhat wistful

Posted Jul 25, 2013, 3:43 pm
Hi mom,
I have an admirer - a little seal.

She looks at me all day.

I think she loves me - though - I'm not sure if she loves me or my color.
No matter, I enjoy it.

Posted Jul 27, 2013, 5:35 pm
Hi mom,
Today I said goodbye to Sally.

She started to her first trip.
I hugged her and wished her a safe journey.

Then for me there was only one thing: relax. At 35 ° in the shade you can not do much. Thank God we have a small pool to cool off.


Posted Jul 31, 2013, 10:37 am
Hi mom,
Yesterday we started at 6 in the morning to Munich.

Fairly early but we had to drive nearly 280 kilometers.

The weather was nice but the time was long.

Then finally - we saw our first destination.

The Allianz Arena. Home of FC Bayern Munich.

We marveled trophies,

soccer stars and exhibits.

Then we took a tour of the arena.

Fan or not - it was very impressive.

With the subway we went to the City.

First stop: the famous Hofbräuhaus.

The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is a beer hall in the city center of Munich, Germany. The inn was originally built in 1598 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I. It was built as an extension of the original Hofbräu brewery, but for Weissbier (wheat beer). The general public was admitted only in 1828 by then king Ludwig I. The building was completely remodeled in 1897 by Max Littmann, when the brewery moved to the suburbs. In the bombing of WW II, everything but the ground floor (Schwemme) was destroyed; it took until 1958 to be rebuilt.

First we drank a beer

- ooh so good - and ate a big pretzel.

Then we tried a specialty: pork shank and dumplings.

Yummy, yummy.

Stuffed full, we needed some movement. We looked at the restaurant of a famous celebrity chef

and tried his ice cream.

Not bad.

After looking at the beautiful old houses

we went further to Viktualienmarkt.

The Viktualienmarkt is a daily food market and a square in the center of Munich, Germany.

The Viktualienmarkt developed from an original farmers' market to a popular market for gourmets. In an area covering 22,000 m2 (240,000 sq ft), 140 stalls and shops offer flowers, exotic fruit, game, poultry, spices, cheese, fish, juices and so on.

The maypole at Viktualienmarkt.

The tower of St. Peter church.

the parish church of Saint Peter, whose tower is commonly known as "Alter Peter" - Old Peter - and which is emblematic of Munich, is the oldest recorded parish church in Munich and presumably the originating point for the whole city.

Then was our interest in the Marienplatz with the "New Town Hall".

It was built between 1867 and 1908 by Georg von Hauberrisser in a Gothic Revival architecture style. It covers an area of 9159 m² having 400 rooms. The 100 meters long main facade towards the Marienplatz is richly decorated. It shows the Guelph Duke Henry the Lion, and almost the entire line of the Wittelsbach dynasty in Bavaria and is the largest princely cycle in a German town hall. The central monument in the center of the main facade between the two phases at Marienplatz above the guard house, is an equestrian statue of Prince Regent Luitpold. The bay of the tower contains statues of the first four Bavarian kings.

The main facade is placed toward the plaza, while the back side is adjacent to a small park (Marienhof). The basement is almost completely occupied by a large restaurant called Ratskeller. On the ground floor, some rooms are rented for small businesses. Also located in the ground floor is the major official tourist information.

The first floor hosts a big balcony towards the Marienplatz which is used for large festivals such as football championships or for concerts during the Weihnachtsmarkt. Its main tower has a height of 85 m and is available for visitors with an elevator. On the top thrones the Münchner Kindl. The Rathaus-Glockenspiel, performed by an apparatus daily on 11am, 12pm and 5pm, is a tourist attraction.

Not only we want to see this place.

It was just time for the chimes.

Next to the town hall tower you can see the towers of the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady), another famous church of Munich.

By Kaufingerstrasse (shopping street and pedestrian zone)

we walked to the Frauenkirche. The picture looks a little funny but the church is being renovated.

That was the only part which is not blocked by scaffolding.
Jasper did her best.

Slowly, it was time to think on the way home.
At Stachus (Karlsplatz)

we took the subway back to our car. Then drive for hours.
We still enjoyed a beautiful sunset

and then fell into bed tired but happy.

Love, Ismaya

Posted Aug 3, 2013, 11:14 am
Hi mom,
Thursday, 6 clock in the morning. We packed our suitcases once again.

Our destination: Engelberg

9 am - We stopped at Lake Lucerne.

Jasper showed us the Rütli on the other side of the lake.
The Rütli, a meadow, is a historic site for the Swiss. 1291 here three brave men have made ​​a covenant by oath against the Habsburgs (the evil taskmasters). This Rütli Oath is considered the founding of Switzerland and is on 1 August celebrated as a national holiday.

Awesome we looked at the small meadow.
(The small round lakeside lawn - right above my nose)

Then we drove to Engelberg.

Engelberg is the leading mountain resort (Urner Alps) in central Switzerland. In the Middle Ages, Engelberg was known for the educational accomplishments of its Benedictine monastery, the Engelberg Abbey, whose school was well-known and regarded throughout the country. From the 19th Century, Engelberg became internationally known as a resort and spa, but is today visited as much for skiing as for its clean air. With its combination of modern sports facilities and alpine location, Engelberg is a magnet for both summer and winter tourism. The closest large cities are Lucerne and Zurich.

This was our hotel.

After checking in, we went immediately on the way to the cable car and drove to Härzlisee (little heart lake) The mountains here are a paradise for paragliders.

Because mountain air makes you hungry, we strengthened ourselves with specialties of the region and a glass of wine.

Then we enjoyed the great view and the beautiful weather.

On our way back we saw the monastery.

We also had a look at the magnificent monastery church. The monks just celebrated their evening prayers. Out of respect we did not take pictures.

Due to the National Day there was a great feast in the village. There was so much to see.

Jasper wanted to photograph everything, but the masses of people made ​​it impossible.

Mom, it's 9:30 pm and still as bright

On the way to the hotel we saw far away on the mountainside a cross of torches.

Exhausted, we fell into bed.

Bye for today

Posted Aug 3, 2013, 4:29 pm
Hello all my friends,
Next day - next fun. We all awoke early in the morning. On the balcony we had a good view of Engelberg.

The wonderful fresh air and the sun awakened the thirst for action within us.

Quickly host dad thrown out of the bed and then for breakfast. Strengthened for the adventure of the day we were waiting in the lounge,

while host dad paid the bill. The angel of the hotel.

These angels sculptures standing throughout Engelberg (Engelberg - Angel Mountain) and are painted individually. And because our hotel was named "Edelweiss" , this angel is painted with Edelweiss.

So, our destination today: Mount Titlis

On this panel you can see what heights we will move today.

The first look at the summit.

The first view from the summit.

Speechless, we admired the mountains.

The transmission system.

Cooling in the snow.

And now the Cliff Walk!

The test of courage. Not for us, for Jasper.

Europe's highest suspension bridge. Only 140 meters long but 500 meter abyss below.

It swayed and wobbled and it was absolutely great.

Because Jasper thought she need to sit down, we decided to take the Ice Flyer - the glacier chairlift.
Haha, we had to stay in Jasper's pocket. Minimum size of 1:20 meters. One after another was allowed to come out of pocket for a picture.

Jasper was afraid we might fall and forever disappear into a crevasse.

Perhaps we would show up after years or decades as a TV glacier mummy again. An interesting idea.

After a short break on the glacier

we took the cable car down to our next destination.

Trübsee, a small mountain lake on a high plateau below the Titlis.
We walked around the lake and marveled again and again the mountain scenery

and the plants.

Then it was finally time for the journey home. The cable car took us back to Engelberg.

Here you can imagine how steep it is.

We had much to talk about on the way home but at some point we fell asleep and dreamed of Cliff Walk.
We had two great days.

See you soon

Posted Aug 9, 2013, 5:38 pm
Hi mommy,
yesterday wecelebrated DottiScottis 1 Birthday.
She got a big cake with a candle.

We played music and sang Happy Birthday.

Dotti blew out the candle and cut the cake.

Then we all enjoyed a large piece. It tasted wonderful.

She also got a gift.

3 wishes.

Whatever she want - if Jasper can fulfill it, she will do it.
Love you mommy

Posted Aug 10, 2013, 4:49 pm
Hi mum,
do you remember the three wishes that Dotti got for her birthday?
One of them she used  for a farewell pizza party for Shakespeare and GiGi Giraffe.
So last night we sat together one last time,

and enjoyed our pizza.

Then they packed up their belongings and said goodbye.

Their path leads to Austria + Canada.

After a big hug and many good wishes they crawled into their envelopes.

Goodbye my friends, have a good time.
Have also a good time mum.
Your Ismaya

Posted Aug 13, 2013, 4:05 pm
Hi mom,
when Jasper came home from work today, she brought with her a new guest and a packet.

Jasper introduced us. Twixx is the name of the little billy goat. We all greeted him very friendly.

Together we went to the dining room where he showed us his gifts.

Curious, we then opened the other envelope.

Many sweets, a nice card, a tiny pilgrim's staff and a film container appeared.

Snake Speare carefully opened the box
and a small - really small mouse looked out.

We welcomed him warmly

and hugged him very carefully.

Two new friends - now the fun can go on.
Hugs and kisses

Posted Aug 16, 2013, 2:17 pm
Hi mom,
tonight Jasper and I will accompany Grandpa to a classical open air. Grandpa loves this music and because he is over 80 years old, he feels safer accompanied.
I took a shower, used a bit perfume from host dad

and I tied a bow tie around.

Now I'm ready to go. Do I look good?

See you

Posted Aug 17, 2013, 1:51 pm
Hi mom,
I had a very tremendous evening yesterday. First we picked up Grandpa, then we went to Wil, where the classical open air took place. From the car park we took an elevator (because Grandpa) to the old town. From the square in front of St. Peter's Church, we had a beautiful view.

We walked through romantic streets with beautiful old houses,

the town hall

and suddenly saw a huge scaffold.

Jasper told me that this scaffold is the tribune (from behind), on which we will sit.
And now from the front.

This building is called "Hof zu Wil".

The Hof was the seat of the prince abbots during more than 500 years.

An impressive building.

The old city gate.

We discovered a gondola. A prop for the show.

In front of the stage.

Then the musicians made ​​ready.

The performance began.

We listened to music by Bellini and Verdi.

Sorry mom, I'm a bit blurry. It was something difficult to photograph, we were sitting pretty tight.
But it was an experience.

hugs from your Ismaya

Posted Aug 19, 2013, 3:39 pm
Hi mommy,
Yesterday I visited the Alp Sellamatt. First we took the car to Alt St. Johann

and there boarded the cable car.

This brought us to 1390 meters above sea level. We had a great view of the Thur valley, the Säntis and Churfirsten.

We hiked on a circular route and there was a lot to see:

Happy pigs

Alpine chalets

and many beautiful plants.

We also wanted to visit a small chapel but there just a baptism took place. Because we do not want to disturb, we sat on the low wall in front and enjoyed the view.

At a fountain we refreshed ourselves.

Over the upper Alp

our path led us back to the cable car.

I slept very, very well that night.

Hugs from

Posted Aug 21, 2013, 2:08 pm
Hi everybody,
yesterday we celebrated the birthday of Frederik.
From me he got a big hug, best wishes and sweets.

The big cake, we will eat when host dad is at home. It will be a feast.

I'm looking forward to it.

Posted Aug 22, 2013, 8:42 am
Hi mum,
I suffer.
Fredriks birthday party was great but now I have a terrible hangover.

see you

Posted Aug 23, 2013, 12:35 pm
Hi mommy,
yesterday I had laundry.

It was really necessary.


Posted Aug 25, 2013, 5:22 pm
Hi mom,
I just crochet a friendship bracelet for Snake Speare. He will leave soon.

It is to remind him of our time together.
miss you

Posted Aug 27, 2013, 12:18 pm
Hello mum,
Yesterday we said goodbye to SnakeSpeare. He started on his first trip.
After a small snack (there were snakes sausages, hehe)

we sat together, ate muffins and gave him good advice for his journey.

Then it was time to say goodbye. I gave him the friendship bracelet that I have crocheted.

After a group hug

SnakeSpeare slipped into his travel cover. A last look and lots of good wishes go with him on his journey.

Bye bye little snake, and bye for today mum

Posted Aug 29, 2013, 3:56 pm
Hi mom,
as a large envelope arrived yesterday,

Jasper had a smile on her face. After we opened it, we knew why.

Yuma is home.

He brought two friends that are living here now.

We hugged and greeted him.

Then we had much to tell.

Kisses for you mom

Posted Sep 4, 2013, 3:44 pm
Hi mom,
Eat or not to eat - that's not the question.

Only - how much.
Love you

Posted Sep 8, 2013, 10:44 am
Hi mommy,
Yesterday we attended a special event. A hot-air balloon festival. I could watch up close as the hot air balloons were made ready for launch.

First the balloon envelope is spread and then inflated with a huge fan.

Subsequently, the air is heated with a gas burner. The hotter the air is the more the balloon rises.

Then the pilot and passengers climb into the basket and the balloon takes off.

It was great, totally great.
I will also be balloonist. I've found the perfect balloon - TV size.
(sorry for blurry)

After I had watched many balloons at the start, I was waiting for the highlight of the day - the night glow.

Isn't this an incredible sight?

Hugs and kisses

Posted Sep 17, 2013, 2:54 pm
Hello mom,
Sunday morning and it's still raining - or again? We do not know.
Well that Jasper has found something interesting that does not require good weather.
So we went to Stein in Appenzell and visited a show dairy.

Here we could see how the famous Appenzeller cheese is made.
A cutting-edge facility that is operated by one person, processed thousands of liters of milk into cheese.

Then, we let us explain the care and ripening of cheese.

Very interesting.
And then - a cheese lover's paradise.

Approx. 15,000 cheeses are stored here.

Slowly but surely we were hungry.
Unfortunately, this was not for us.

Then Jasper found a place for us and we enjoyed cheese and other delicacies.

A very interesting day ends.

Posted Sep 22, 2013, 8:15 am
Hi mom,
Today Jasper baked a cake for us.

She hopes that improves our mood, which has reached a low point after another week of continuous rain.

The aroma was fantastic and we could not wait to try a piece.

Stuffed full and satisfied I discovered even a little blue sky and a ray of sunshine.

There is hope.

Posted Sep 26, 2013, 11:23 am
Hello mom,
Jasper had a lot to do yesterday. Because the weather was so beautiful we have connected the "Must" with the "Allow". So we strolled in Wattwil - the center of the Thur Valley - along the Thur.
Far away we saw the monastery of St. Mary of the Angels. (The small white houses above the center of the bridge)

On the other side of the river stands the high school. Host brother learned here before he studied chemistry in Zurich.

Because the Thur valley is so narrow, most residential areas are built on slopes.

This bridge - a pedestrian bridge - is one of many that cross the Thur.
Wattwil alone has seven bridges.

The Post Bridge - built in 1909.

This futuristic structure is the steeple of the Protestant church.

The view from the post Bridge.

So we had circled the center of Wattwil.
Now came the "must". We ran to the bank, the post office and the supermarket.
Go for a walk was funnier.


Posted Sep 28, 2013, 11:11 am
Hi mommy,
Yesterday we welcomed a new guest. A nice girl horse named Hanne Hü.
When I saw her the first time she was still asleep.

Later, in our living room, we greeted her warmly and talked very nice.

I think you can have fun with her.

Hugs and kisses

Posted Oct 2, 2013, 10:09 am
Hi mom,
yesterday we said goodbye to Yuma. After a short stopover our little friend continues his journey.
With a big hug and many good wishes we let him go.

Now we wait for good news from Finland.

See you mom,

Posted Oct 2, 2013, 11:07 am
Hi mommy

it's me again.
Yesterday there was a Swiss specialty for dinner - cheese fondue.
Hungry I waited until Jasper brought the melted cheese.

Then I had to stuck a piece of bread on a long fork, and thus stir in the melted cheese.

That was funny, especially because I stirred so wild that Jasper was afraid I might fall into the cheese.

After a short wait - the cheese was so hot - I enjoyed my first bite.

Very yummy.

To empty the pot was not a problem.

Now I am looking forward to raclette.


Posted Oct 7, 2013, 11:34 pm
Hi mommy,
at the moment I would like to spend the whole day in bed.

The weather is lousy. For two weeks I have not seen the sun. Only fog and rain.

On Thursday I will travel to Austria. Wish me luck for better weather there.


Posted Oct 15, 2013, 10:46 am
Hi mom,
I'm at the airport in Zurich and wait for the departure. It's still dark outside and it's raining.

Last check - our flight will start on time.

Boarding and goodbye Switzerland.

Above the clouds

- and -

Hello Vienna

Here I say goodbye to my friends.

I'll leave them. My new host lives here in Vienna. Not many TV's have the opportunity to reach their new place in such comfortable way.
Goodbye my friends, goodbye Jasper. It was a wonderful time in Switzerland.
Maybe we'll meet again.
See you soon mom
your Ismaya

Posted Oct 17, 2013, 2:34 pm
Hi mommy!

I have arrived in Vienna, and I already visited the city hall :D

It really is a beautiful big building which is also quite old. It was finished in 1883- so it is not really that old (there is also a second, older city hall in Vienna, but the one I took photos of still functions as city hall today  :)

On top of the highest roof there is the city hall man, a statue. It was put there, because on the one hand the roof was not supposed to be higher than the one of the nearest church, on the other one the city hall was supposed to watch all over the city- hence the highest point should be there. By putting the city hall man on there, the roof wasn't higher than the one of the church, and the city hall man could still watch over Vienna.

The insides of the city hall also are beautiful. I really enjoyed looking at this building :)

Posted Oct 21, 2013, 1:15 pm
Hi there!

Today we went for a walk on the Bisamberg. This is a little mountain in Vienna. It really looks beautiful at this time of year as fall changes the beautiful green of summer, in an even more colorful spectacle.

There is especially lots of wine growing on it, which does look beautiful, but there are also some oaks. There is a story about them:

A farmer who lived on top of the Bisamberg was really scrooge-like. He didn't even want his daughter to marry for love, but would only marry her to a very rich man. So he told a servant, who asked to marry his daughter, to go to the devil.

His daughter was shocked by this, and started to pray for their souls.

The servant in turn was desperate, he really loved this girl, and did'nt know what to do. Then the devil came by, and told him that he would make him rich, if in turn he could have his soul. The young man thought about this, and told him that he would agree to this pact, but only if the devil waited to collect his soul until the oak tree lost all its leaves. The devil agreed.

Thus the young man became rich, and was allowed to marry the daughter of the greedy farmer. She quickly learned about the way her husband had aquired his money, but wasn't shocked. She had prayed for so long, and trusted god to help her in this. And indeed the oak tree never lost its leaves. The devil was so angry at this, that he punched the tree, and since then all oak tree leaves are sinuate and lobate

Posted Nov 11, 2013, 5:58 pm
Hi there!

In Austria it is tradition not to celebrate Halloween- even though it is done more an more often- but instead to celebrate the death on November, 1st, by visiting them on the cemetery.

We also wanted to do that, and therefore vistited the most beautiful cemetery of Vienna- the Jewish cemetery, which is part of the central cemetery. It is so beautiful that there are written stories and songs about it. :D

I think this is the case because it is mostly left to itself, and this way nature takes over. SO you can see foxes and deer while visiting it.

It was a great visit, I wouldn't have wanted to miss...

Love, Ismaya

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:35 pm
Hi there!

This weekend we visited a special market.

First it is special because of its location. The market was a located at a very old castle.

Second it is special, because it takes place only during Christmas time. You can buy all sorts of Christmassy products,

But that's not even all! :D

It is also special because it was like a market of the European middle ages! :)

That's why we were able to see the works of a blacksmith, who did not only build amor for man- but also for toys  :D (if you look close enough, you'll be able to see it)

We also saw lots of typical food of the middle ages. even a traditional old oven, where bread was made.

You can also see us in front of a sign, saying chocolate cooky medicine -suddenly I felt kind of ill- so I ate one of these cookies and... it worked I felt so much better afterwards  ;)

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:40 pm
Then we went into the cellar of the castle, where they tell you the story of the Nibelungen.

It is a very tragic story about Siegfrid fighting to marry the owman he loves.

He first has to fight a dragon. He succeeds and then bathes in the blood of the dragon, as this can make you invincible. Unfortunately a leave has fallen onto his shoulder, making it the one point of his body where he can be killed.

He then goes to a dwarf kinf, where he gets lots of money, and really manages to marry the woman he loves.

Yet he gets killed quite soon, and his wife takes revenge on almost all the other characters of the story. SO there is lots of fighting and dying- it is really tragic. I think I prefer happy endings  ;)

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:43 pm
Last but not least we also looked around the castle. We had to climb very steep steps, but it was all worth it. The view from the castle was so beautiful! :D

It was strategically build on top of a mountain, so you would be able to see, if enemies were about to approach you. That's why it has such a nice view.

The river you can see on the pictures is called Danube river, and is the most important of Austria's many rivers.

Love, Ismaya

Posted Nov 28, 2013, 2:04 pm

Today we went to Schönbrunn Palace, which is where the Emperor of Austria used to live. Austria ruled over a lot of land in those times, and most of the land was not won by war, but by marriage. Austrian monarchs had many children and by marriage the kingdom got bigger and bigger :)

The Palace itself was build to resemble Versailles. It is much smaller, and it originally was intended to be painted in pink- but today everybody is happy with the way it looks.

As it was cold, we enjoyed a hot drink and then had a look around. Everything you can buy there is made by hand and makes quite a nice christmas decoration:)

Love, Ismaya

Posted Apr 25, 2015, 8:13 pm
Long time no see!

Today I went to Stift Göttweig, which is a really impressive monastery in Austria. It was founded in 1084  - which makes it of course very old.

In order to get there you habe to climb a mountain - but that was not much of a problem for me - as we took the car  ;)

A very intersting aspect of the monastery was that it had lots of features, which were not really "built in", but only "painted on" - so the church has two clock towers, but only one of them has a real clock. The clock on the other tower is only a painting. The same is true for some of the windows. Apparently it was really important to maintain the symmetry of the building.

I enjoyed our visit a lot!

See you soon!

Posted May 2, 2015, 7:32 am
Hi mum!

I was very happy to have the chance to go on a short trip to Tokyo to visit the Sensoji Temple.

The legend says that in the year 628, two brothers fished a statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, out of the Sumida River, and even though they put the statue back into the river, it always returned to them. Consequently, Sensoji was built nearby for the goddess of Kannon.

It is Tokyo's oldest temple.

I enjoyed myself a lot!