Godnatt nalle, Aachen, Germany

koocachoo


Posted Mar 14, 2008, 6:55 pm
I'm getting ready to pack my things and start my journey....I have to do some shopping first....now where can I find a suitcase my size??

goofychicken
goofychicken@gmail.com

Posted Apr 2, 2008, 3:56 pm
today i arived in rotterdam
the not too happy neighbour of my new host invited me in as my new host was not at home
so i almost got sad as the lady didnt offer me drinks or anything
but then the doorbell rang and goofychicken picked me up :D
i was so happy to see a friendly face
i did get a bit sad when she told me they went to the zoo today but when she told me not to worry as she goes there often and the weather was realy bad today i began smiling again :D
she bought a new stuffed toy today at the zoo.. a red panda :D
here we all are
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will update very soon!!
goofychicken
goofychicken@gmail.com

Posted Apr 22, 2008, 3:08 pm
sorry for not checking in so often! but ive been helping my host alot lately
will show pictures and tell what ive been up to soon!!!
dont worry im still doing fine and having fun!!
goofychicken
goofychicken@gmail.com

Posted Apr 29, 2008, 1:05 pm
just before leaving for France i thought id make a nice update :D
see goofychicken put us to work realy hard so she can sell her house soon :) it looks clean and perfect at the moment.. i wonder why she wants to move!
she says that her new home will be much more pretty.. but when we visited it it was just a dirty squere building  :stare: but then she showed us the building plans and i understand why she didnt put us on the picture there hahaha
well she also let us help at her mums home as her mum needed a new decorated livingroom!
boy o boy where we busy
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painting everything green
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even the windows
they made me use powertools to get old paint of doors..
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sometimes its hard being the biggest boy  :thinking:
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moving the birds around.. us toyvoyagers agreed they are too load but when i wanted to put tape on there beaks goofy's mum looked angry  :stare:
we also had to make a pile of the couches.. squiggles claims he did it on his own.. "yeah right"
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but the collors are nice right?
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even the birds liked it

then time came to say goodbye to goofychickens traveling toy Gus!
hes going to australia!!
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so tomorow we are going to france :) goofy sais she wanted to make something sweet for on the road so we helped her to make fudge :D
wow thats sweet stuff :D
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after we where done goofy let us all spoon the left over fudge out of the pan!
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it was soooooooooooo sweet! but yummy :D

tomorow morning we will go to verdun in france :D im looking forward to it!!
when we come back goofy told me i will travel again realy soon :D so ill try to make an update straight after i get back :)

bye!!!
goofychicken
goofychicken@gmail.com

Posted May 14, 2008, 7:19 pm
finaly an update
:)
sorry its a bit late
we've been to france and put our house for sale woohoo :D
so here are the pictures while godnatt is traveling
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its spring :D
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we stayed in our T3 when we where in france
it was a WW1 trip so we visited alot of sights that where in theme with that
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this is a picture taken in fort vaux on a memorial altar to remember all lives lost
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my bf carried the toyvoyagers around in the backpack so they saw everything
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one of the most impressive sights is the ossuarium
150.000 unknown soldiers are barried here
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infront is a huge graveyard for soldiers who's names are known
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in Romange is one of the bigger american graveyards
so pretty but so tragic
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not only sad things
france is beautifull!! here on a location to picknic
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then came the moment to say bye to babielonnie
she went 1st because i didnt have the adres yet
squiggles checking the box
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group hugg
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final goodbye
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packed and ready to go
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i forgot to take pictures when packing godnatt :s in sorry!
hope he arives safe and sound in India!!
goofychicken
goofychicken@gmail.com

Posted May 20, 2008, 10:10 pm
hey mum
im a bit of the return packages...
so im back in rotterdam!!
will go away again tomorow :) dont worry goofychicken made an error on the adres
Mosuha


Posted Jul 2, 2008, 8:33 pm
Heeeeelllllooooooooooooo Mommy....

Oh, I am sooooo sorry, that I write you so late, but it was quiet busy around here...... And I got an idea of India allready.... for example at the moment there are a lot of powerbreakdowns, because of the rainy weather....  :(

Unfortunatly I didn't made it right in time to go on the North India Trip with all the other TVs, I was really sad about that!
But the others told me a lot about that and showed me all the pictures....

And I met a real nice bunch of bears, but they didn't stayed very long with us in Chennai, because they had to leave to visit Threadbear in South Africa.

I wished them good luck with their project to bring love to great children on another continent and helped my host to pack them in a cosy nice box.... I hope, they'll arrive soon!
Mosuha


Posted Jul 2, 2008, 8:53 pm
As all of the other tvs are leaving or have allready left, I got a little lonely.... I missed my mommy and my home.....

But now you can't imagine how happy I am.

My host told me, that she will now have much more time for me to show me india and Uli said, I cannot walk around in my pyjama all day, so we will go to a taylor to get some new cloths, indian style... I am so excited!

But the best thing is, that yesterday a new TV arrived, who is totally nice and friendly, his name is Yoki. I am quiet sure, we'll could become very good friends!

So today we went together with Uli to an optic shop, because he needs new sun- and normal glasses and so we helped him with the choice.

To get there, we took a yellow three-wheeler..... I was a little scared, but I tell you, that was fun!
Mosuha


Posted Jul 21, 2008, 10:30 pm
It is quiet busy around here, cause my host is planing her vacations to Germany to meet all her family and friends....

But I have fun anyway, going shopping with her for souveniers and helping her filling up the fridge for poor Uli, who has to stay in Chennai and has to work in this heat.

But today, on sunday, we went to the very nice Park Hotel here in Chennai, which offers a very excusite sunday brunch and even has a sushi buffet.... mmmmmjammmi... that was soooooooo delicious.... I loooooove sushi!

And the desserts..... wow....
Mosuha


Posted Sep 24, 2008, 6:56 am
Hi Mooooooommmyyyyy....

I know, and I am soooo sorry, that you didn't hear from me couple of weeks and please don't spank my host....

Mona went home to Germany to meet all her friends and family after almost one year, so she was very busy runing from A to B to C etc., that she didn't had the time, to bring us to an internet café to make updates.....

But I will serve you some now, that you at least get some idea where I have been during that time....

First, we took a flight from Chennai to Dubai and I saw an amazing airport! From Dubai we took the next flight to Düsseldorf in Germany... It was a very long Journey, it took us 21 hours to come to Mona original home in a city called Aachen.

You also may notice, that I have a new dress. An indian taylor made it for me! First, Mona was a little angry, cause she told her, that I need a new dress, which should be NO PYJAMA!!! But the taylor made an exact copy of my old one, just with another fabric.... I don't mind, because I like pyjamas the best, anyway.....
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 6:48 pm
The very next day, we went into the citycenter of Aachen to go for a haircut, shopping and eating some FASTFOOD, which Mona missed so much for a very long time.....

Aachen itself is a very old city and it is the westernmost city of Germany, located along its borders of with belgium and the netherlands. In former times a lot of german kings were crowned in here.
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 6:57 pm
After my host met a lot of friends and family members all over Germany ( I tell you, I found this sooooo boring, all this talking talking talking....aaaaaahhhhh), Uli also came by from India and we went to visit Monas parents, who lives at the german north sea coast, in a little town called Wittmund.

Wittmund is just about 15 km away from the sea, so one day we visited a nice little fishing villiage, called Neuharlingersiel and spent some hours at the beach.

Normally you have to be very lucky (or just look up in a plan), if you want to see some water infront of the beach, because this area is very famous for it's so called "Wattenmeer". Every 6 hours the water "comes and goes", the tides... and when there are the ebb-tides you can walk to some of the islands infront of the coast if you have some rubber- boots, because the water is totally goes back several kilometers.

As we went there, there was the flood at it's highest point and we could watch som shrimp-fishing boats coming into the harbour.

It was a chilly and windy day, but it was fantastic.

My host told me, that this kind of rough weather is the most perfect to be at the northsea coast, because after a nice walk on the dykes, the hot chocolate tastes twice as good.
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:03 pm
Of cause, we did not want to miss Uli's parents as well.

They live in a small town called Gemünd located in the Eifel, which is a low mountain range in western Germany. It occupies parts of southwestern North Rhine-Westphalia and northwestern Rhineland-Palatinate.

Since 2004 about 110 km² of the Eifel have been protected as the nature reserve "Eifel National Park".

I really liked the landscape there and all the typically nice houses.
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:09 pm
Near Gemünd there is a place, hidden in the woods, which is quiet interessting.

The papers says, that this special place is famous for its power, that may come from magnatic fields in the earth.

Almost 2000 years ago, roman people came there to celebrate and worship there gods. They build temples there and a well.

Even still today sometimes ceremonies takes place there.

Supporter of "The new age" celebrates the cicles of the years, on, how they call it, this holy piece of earth, out in the nature at night, dancing around the fire....

And "New Heaths" prays to their "pre-christian" gods.

Or you can just come out here and enjoy the surounding....

But, no fun, something really weird happend, as we took some steps on the former inner part place of the basilika.
Some of us felt strange in the stomache and their hair in the neck stood up, while they got some goose skin.... uuuaaaahhh
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:14 pm
Also not far from Gemünd, there are the Kakus Caves, where archeologies found out, people lived looooooooong ago.

Imagine, they found proofs for human colonies from the time of the last ice age!

We loved to climb thru the caves and explore the area, it was so much fun!
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:18 pm
And look, here we are again on our way back to India... at our Stopover at the airport of Dubai.

Mona and Uli always fly this way with Emirates and now I know why. Because the stuff ist really really friendly and attentivly, even to toyvoyagers like me!
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:35 pm
Oh momma, the last weeks back in Chennai were sooooooo extremely boring!

It was some kind of monsoon time, I guess, because it rained cats and dogs almost every day.

And very soon after we were back in Chennai, Uli and Mona, both, got sick. The doctor called it Dengue Fiever and they did nothing but sleep all day long....

zzzzz....zzzzzzzzzzz....zzzzzzzzz......

and so we didn't make anything exciting and I couldn't make any updates on my own... I really got upset, I tell you.....

But since few days my hosts have recovered more or less and we used a holiday to the way down to the beach of Mahabalipuram.

The Hindu People were celebrating Diwali these days.

Diwali (or Deepavali) is a major Hindu holiday, and a significant festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

Many legends are associated with Diwali. Today it is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs across the globe as the "Festival of Lights," where people light deyas (small clay pots filled with coconut oil and a cotton like string(wick)is inserted) to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual.

Diwali is celebrated on the new moon day (approx fifteenth day) of the month Kartika.

In Hinduism, across many parts of India and Nepal, it is the homecoming of Lord Ram of Ayodhya, after a 14-year exile in the forest and his victory over the evil demon-king Ravan. In the legend, the people of Ayodhya (the capital of his kingdom) welcomed Ram by lighting rows (avali) of lamps (deepa), thus its name: Deepavali.

So today, the people put out lights and candles, employees gets benefits and presents and also the children gets presents, in all the shops you get special Diwali Offers and in Chennai they burnt fireworks, 2 days, NONSTOP!!!!

It's unbelieveble, really!

So, WE escaped to the beach, away from the chaos.....
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:45 pm
At the end of october my hosts had to got to Mumbai, former known as Bombay, for the registration as an expat.

So we tvs were very excited to see another indian city.... And WOW, what a city that is!!!

According to extrapolations carried out by the World Gazetteer in 2008, Mumbai has a population of 13.662.885 and the Mumbai Metropolitan Area has a population of 20.870.764 !!!

The population density is estimated to be about 22,000 persons per square kilometre.

So Mumbai is India's biggest city and surely one of worlds most expansive Real Estate areas.

Mumbai is so much of everything you can imagine.

It's unbelievleably dirty and ugly,
but beautiful and facinating.

You get every kind of Designer Shop there like Prada or Luis Vuitton
and on every street's corner little children, holding Babys in their arms, coming to you sitting in the three-wheeler to beg some money.

You sometimes can hardly breathe because of the smog (people say, to breathe one day in Mumbai is like smoking one package of zigarettes)
and it is home of the worlds biggest film industry, called Bollywood, who produces 1 movie each day in the average.

Not only thousands, but millions of people (54% of the population) sleeps literally on the street or in slums built of carbage. They came from the villages on the surch for work and a little wealth and a better future for their children.

And everybody, who visited Mumbai once, wonders, when this city will collapse?!


We stopped at a true Landmark of Mumbai, The Gateway of India, which was built to commemorate the arrival in India, on 2 December 1911, of King George V and Queen Mary and was completed on 4 December, 1924.

Opposite of the gate, there is the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, that has hosted a lot of famous people thru all times.

And none of us could imagine, that just a few weeks after our visit, a terrible terror attac happend just inside this nice hotel.

Over 100 people died in Mumbai, it was one of india's very black days.

Humans can sometimes be just so cruel and stupid, I just cannot believe.....
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 7:49 pm
We also visited one of Mumbai's beaches, this one is called Yuhu Beach.

Sometimes it really gets very dirty there, because people uses to throw their carbage into the sea....
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 8:04 pm
Mommy, slowly but surely I felt like a hostage...

I am still with Mona, I am not lost but somehow I felt like stucked... grr....

But then Mona had this smile on her face, she and Uli packed their suitcases and she put us tvs into her backpack and we startet a journey.....

We tvs all wondered where we might go, we guessed, we were on an airplane and it took hours and hours, till we saw the lights again....

And mommy, imagine, where we were!?

We went to AUSTRALIA !!!

We were in Sydney, at the airport and we went straight to a hotel, to catch a little sleep.

Early next morning we went back, to the domestic airport and flew to Brisbane, which should be the start of our australian vacations....

juhuuuu.....
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 8:32 pm
We had a real nice long walk thru Brisbane, which is the state capital of Queensland.

This city has a lot of nice old buildings and we found really a lot good offers in the shops ( to be honest, my hosts were pretty excited, we tvs got a little bored going shopping...) :-)

But it was a beautiful day and in the evening we went to the cinema to see the movie "Twilight", because we read all the books from Stephenie Meyer with Mona before.

On the last picture you see the hotel we stood in. It is a heritage buildung and was a hospital in former times.
The hotel is placed very central and was just very charming and nice...
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 8:45 pm
Today we had a lot of fun.

We went to a nice museum, where we lernt a lot about the history of Australia and it's nature and animals.

Later we drove with the big wheel to have an overview of Brisbane, that was just amazing! And hey, you can't imagine, how high that was... but I was very brave :-))

Than we had a walk in the beautiful botanical garden...

It was really a great day!
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 8:59 pm
Merry, merry Xmas,
my dear beloved ones at home!

I miss you guys very much and hope you had great Xmas Holidays!

Today we went on and took the greyhound bus to a nice town by the sea called Noosa Heads, but before I didn't forget to throw a letter into Santa's Mailbox to place my last minute wishes.

(between just the two of us, my only wish was, that you, my friends at home, are feeling great and having a good time!)
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 9:10 pm
The second Xmas day we spent at the main beach of Noosa Heads and it was just a lovely day.

I tried to get some teint, but whatever I do, I just got brown face, hands and feed, but I stay pretty white at the rest of my body...  I just don't know why??!?!?
Mosuha


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 9:19 pm
oh, mommy...

This day was soooo incredibly special!

We went to the Australian Zoo, which was founded by the famous but late Steve Irwing, the "Crocodile Hunter",  and we met a lot of different animals like Wombats, Crocs, Snakes, Parrots, Turtles......

I was allowed to feed an elephant, I could pet a Koala and I met some very friendly and relaxed Kangaroos, who invited me to hang out with them a little bit.

We talked about my journey and the kangaroos were very impressed (even it does not seem like on the photos...)
Mosuha


Posted Apr 22, 2009, 3:35 pm
Today we made a beautiful trip by boat thrue the so called Noosa "Everglades", the backwaters of noosa.

It was just amazingly green and the water was so dark, that the plants and trees got reflected like in a mirror...

All this area is a national park and the nature is under protection!
Mosuha


Posted Apr 22, 2009, 4:06 pm
Again, another fantastic nature exploring day!

All together we went to Fraser Island today...

Fraser Island is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, approximately 300 km north of Brisbane. Its length is about 120 km. It was even inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km². Its resident human population was 360 at the census of 2006, but a lot of different animals live on that island and it's rainforests.

We drove with a big Jeep along the beautiful beach and it was great fun. We even saw a wild dingo at the beach, while we had a little break....

Lucky us, the driver knew the ways very good, because you could easily get stucked in the sandy "streets" of the rainforest, and so we enjoyed the ride and the fantastic smell of the woods.... till we finally arrived at Lake McKenzie, which is a fresh water lake, that is sooooo incredibly cristal clear!

I felt in love at once with this place and would have liked to stay here for the rest of our vacations, but unfortunatly we had to drive back in the afternoon... :-(

And imagine, on our way back along the beach, we could spot two wild dolphines in the ocean. I made a picture for you guys....

So far, I truely LOVE Australia!
Mosuha


Posted Apr 22, 2009, 4:19 pm
Yesterday we took the greyhound bus from Noosa to Brisbane and than we caught the flight from Brisbane to Sydney, because....

we did not want to miss the New Years Fireworks in Sydney!

So today we did some shopping with our host in Sydney, till we really got too excited and pushed them, to search for a "waiting place" in the harbour, because we wanted of corse to have a good view!

Lucky us, at 4.30pm we still were allowed to go thrue the gates into the harbour between the opera house and Sydney's famous bridge, but soon it was completly filled with people and we started waiting..... and waiting.... and waiting.....

The people surounding us were really friendly and they came from all over the wolrd, so we didn't get bored and it felt like some kind of picknick atmosphere. That was really nice....

And at 9.00pm, we were very surprised, there was the first, beautiful fireworks show! It is especially for the kids, so they don't have to stay that long awake.

After the first show, boats with thousands of lights crused up and down the waters, and everybody got more excited.

Suddenly...

10... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I wish you all the best in Life and Love for everyone!

The firework show around the bridge was fantastic and we were so glad to see it live, that I had to dry a little tear in my eye.

This was really a very special New Years Celebration!
Mosuha


Posted Apr 28, 2009, 4:07 pm
Lucky us, after the fireworks in the night, we did not have to walk very far to fall into the bed, because the hotel the Radisson my hosts booked were very near by the harbour.

On tv we could see, how thousands and thousands of people get squeezed into the trains and subways....

But anyway, we slept the next morning very long, ordered room service and enjoyed the beginning of the new year!

Later that day we went for a nice walk thru the city and the botanical garden, to end up again in the harbour and the part of the city called the Rocks.

What a beautiful day....
Mosuha


Posted Apr 28, 2009, 4:24 pm
Today we went to the Darling Harbour and also did some more shopping.

My host were so thrilled by the prices of electronic stuff, they say, the newest cds or nintendo wii games and e.g. the ipod nano is sooo much cheaper than in Germany, even cheaper than in India, so they bought a lot of things, and clothes etc. ...

And Australia is also very famous for opal stones and opal jewellery, which is why they bought some of these for their family, too.

Aside from fantastic shopping opportunities ( the EURO - Australian Dollar exchange rate was also pretty good ;-)  ),
Sydney is a fascinating city, too.

Sydney is not only the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of 4.5 million. It is the state capital of New South Wales, and was the site of the first British colony in Australia. It was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, leader of the First Fleet from Britain.

It lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is one such ria and is the largest natural harbour in the world.
Mosuha


Posted Apr 28, 2009, 4:37 pm
Later that day we also went to the sydney aquarium, which opens it's gates till 10pm.

It was really interessting and we learnt a lot about the creatures of the ocean.

In the aquarium they even have 2 dungongs, also known as sea cows, who are looking sooo friendly and cute!
But they also have dangerous sharks and beautiful corals....

It was like diving in the ocean.....
Mosuha


Posted Apr 28, 2009, 4:43 pm
It was time to move on....

so we took a flight vom Sydney to Melbourne, better said, near Melbourne, cause the airport was called Avalon and we than had to take a bus which drove 1 hour to Melbourne.

But finally we arrived, and after we checked in at the hotel Rendevouz, we made our way to the tourist information center, which is actually the biggest and best organized we've all ever seen.

And we found some really good things to do for the next 3 days! Stay excited..... :-)

By the way, on the first picture you see a train station building and the funny thing is: originally it was planed to be built in India, but the architect sent the plans to the wrong colony and though it was just here in Melbourne, the goverment decided to built it here!

The second picture shows Melbourne's St. Pauls Cathedral...

That day we didn't do much, just had a nice meal and went to bed early.
Mosuha


Posted Apr 28, 2009, 4:51 pm
Today, as we woke up, the weather was beautiful and we knew, this day is gonna be awsome!

We planned a daytrip to the so called "penguine parade" on phillip Island, southwest of Melbourne. Later more about the parade....

But I tell you, the way down there was also very beautiful. We had nice rests in the stunning landscape (most of it was protected national park) and we even found a field of different sorts of lavender. It smelled heavenly, as we stood between the lavender and a nice breeze came by from the sea..... sigh....
Mosuha


Posted Apr 28, 2009, 5:03 pm
As the sun went down, we arrived at a  "lands end" with rocks, where hundrets of seagulls are living and nursing their chicks. The setting was incredible, the wind blew and we had an beautiful walk over the boardwalks, always trying not to disturb the animals along.

At the end of the day, we arrived at a bay, which is famous for it's penguine parade and people build some kind of open arena and some boardwalks there. After the sun is gone people can sit there at the beach and quietely watch one of natures wonders.

Slowly but surely you see, that little penguins (to be correct the smallest sort of penguines on earth) are pieking out of the water...And slowly slowly, the first ones are coming out of the water, forming small groups of maybe 15 or 20...

...as they are very jumpy and shy, you are not allowed to take pictures, otherwise they could get afraid and than they might puke on the beach :-(.... That would be really bad, because, this little penguins were out all day to catch fish for their little chicks, who are desperately waiting for their mums and dads on the beach and between the dunes to get feed....

...and this little groups are waiting very patiently till they feel save to cross the beach.... THAN it is happening.... this cute little animals march over the sand and into the dunes, passing by the human visitors to get to their chicks and it just soooooo amazing to see!..... Some of the chicks are even coming towards their parents to beg for food....

Words can hardly discribe, how exciting we all were to see this... and to hear the little baby penguins calling for their parents....  (some more informations: " http://www.penguins.org.au/ ")

And guess what!? Lucky me, I could take a picture of some wild penguins at the seagull rocks, waiting for their parents, so you can see them, too!
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 9:33 am
Hi all,

hicks....

Sorry, I just feel a little dizzy..... hicks......

phew....

We took a great trip today with a little bus. We went to 4 differents wineries to taste like hundrets of different wines... the famous australien shiraz, some chardonney etc, but also a nice champagner at the end. We even tasted pink and red sparkling wine.... hicks....

We lernt a lot about the art of wine making and to taste in the "right" way.... hicks....

And the landscape along the way was most amazing and sooooooooo beautiful.... hicks....

We had so much fun.... hicks.... but now I just feel... mmmhh....phew..... hicks..... I better go to catch some sleep....hicks.....
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 9:59 am
Lucky us, we all went early to bed yesterday, because we had a truely long day today.

We traveled the famous and really scenic "Great Ocean Road" and had some incredible views...
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 10:14 am
As we drove westerly, we past by a lot of eucalyptus trees and saw some wild koalas. They were sooo cute...

And we also had some freetime to walk through a nice rainforest. The australian landscape is really one of a kind and so amazingly rich and different.

I just looooooovvvvveeee it!
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 10:28 am
Later the same day, we arrived at the so called "twelve apostles".

The Twelve Apostles are a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Originally the site was called the Sow and Piglets. Muttonbird Island near Loch Ard Gorge was the ‘Sow’ and the smaller rock stacks the ‘Piglets.’ The name was changed in the 1950s to the more majestic "The Twelve Apostles" to lure more visitors even though there were only nine left.

The Twelve Apostles are between the towns of Port Campbell and Princetown on the Great Ocean Road. In the early 2000s a visitor centre was built on the inland side of the road to allow for easy parking and access to the best viewing area.

We also saw the "London Arch" , which is a natural arch in the Port Campbell National Park. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.

The arch closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer part: they were rescued by a helicopter. Fortunately nobody was injured in the event. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.

It was a really long day, till we arrived back at the hotel and unfourtunatly, it was our last day in australia. We all were a little sad, because we all felt in love with this amazing country!

The next day, we just packed our stuff and hit the plane to sydney, were our flight was waiting to take us back to India.
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 10:40 am
On our way back to Chennai, we stopped in Singapore to change the plane. But we had to pass 7 hours waiting time....

Luckly the aiport of singapore offers a great service. If you like you can get on a free city tour, to get an idea of singapore and of cause we wanted to see that!

This city and small state is unbelievable clean and neat and very modern! We vistited a nice, old chinese temple as well, and back at the airport, there was another surprise.

Imagine, we could see a real Formula One Racing Car from the very close. I was so impressed!
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 10:56 am
Back in Chennai these days.... but somehow I miss Australia already. I hope, one day I am able to travel there again!

Some friends of my hosts came by this months and we explored a lot of temples and ancient places. Very often we weren't allowed to take pictures for you guys at home.

I am so sorry!

But in this photos you can see some nice and very old shore temples in Mahabalipuram.
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 11:19 am
pheeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwww....

After already got a little bored in Chennai, it was again, time to travel! I was wondering, where my host would bring me, because they didn't pack a lot of stuff. Just some bathing cloths, a few t-shirts, some books and their ipods.

Where would we go?????

The flight time was not really long, till we landed in ...... Malè, the capitel of the island groups of the maledives.

The Maldives or Maldive Islands, officially the Republic of Maldives, is an island country consisting of a group of atolls stretching south of India's Lakshadweep islands between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago, and about seven hundred kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka in the Laccadive Sea of Indian Ocean. The twenty-six atolls of Maldives encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, of which 250 islands are inhabited.

The Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area; it is the smallest predominantly Muslim nation in the world. With an average ground level of 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) above sea level,it is also the country with the lowest highest point in the world, at 2.3 metres (7 ft 7 in).

From Malè we took a seaplane to reach our destination, Sun Island Resort, on an island of the south ari atoll.

The flight was exciting, though you could see several islands on the way by and I was full of anticipation!!!

Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 11:30 am
I AM IN PARADISE!!!

Sun Island is one of the biggest islands of the maledives and lucky us, we got one of the nicest bungalows on the island.

Although the island is so "big", our place was very private with a piece of "private" beach and I couldn't wait to see the beautiful colour of the ocean here.

From the bungalow it was just a few steps to the shore and.... LOOK AT THAT VIEW!!!
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 11:38 am
What can you probably do best in paradise?

Exactly!

NOTHING, but relax, chill, hang out.... enjoy!

While my host went for snorkeling, I just soak in the incredible view and took a sunbath....
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 11:59 am
Also the evenings were specially beautiful...

Not only we all enjoyed the sunset, but even the crabs came out to have a piek.... :-)
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 12:15 pm
The island itself is really nice maintaint and the way to the daily meals (which were really delicious!!!), was like walking through a beautiful exotic garden.
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 12:26 pm
After the rich breakfast we took a walk.
I just love this little café by the shore.

In the photos you can see the boardwalk to the little harbour and some nice italien restaurant as well as to the dive centre and the most incredible snorkeling place.
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 1:07 pm
To be honest, I got a little jealous at my hosts.
They went snorkeling every day, even they got a really bad sunburn on their calves (no, I am truely no jealous about that!), but later they showed us some pictures, they took under water. Amazing how many beautiful, colourfull, funny fishes they saw down there....

I wish, I could have seen that live.....

But this paradise is in serious troubles!

Due to global warming over the last century, sea levels have risen about 20 centimetres (8 in); further rises of the ocean could threaten the existence of Maldives.

However, around 1970 the sea level there dropped 20-30 cm.In November 2008, President Mohamed Nasheed announced plans to look into purchasing new land in India, Sri Lanka, and Australia, due to his concerns about global warming and the possibility of much of the islands being inundated with water from rising sea levels. Current estimates place sea level rise at 59 cm by the year 2100. The purchase of land will be made from a fund generated by tourism. The President has explained his intentions, saying "We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we also do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for decades".

And because the water gets warmer and warmer, many corals and ocean life died and is dying still.

You can still see the damages under water that were caused on 26 December 2004, following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the Maldives were devastated by a tsunami.

Only nine islands were reported to have escaped any flooding, while fifty-seven islands faced serious damage to critical infrastructure, fourteen islands had to be totally evacuated, and six islands were decimated.

A further twenty-one resort islands were forced to shut down due to serious damage. The total damage was estimated at over 400 million dollars or some 62% of the GDP.

A total of 108 people, including six foreigners, reportedly died in the tsunami. The destructive impact of the waves on the low-lying islands was mitigated by the fact there was no continental shelf or land mass upon which the waves could gain height. The tallest waves were reported 14 feet (4.3 m) high.
Mosuha


Posted May 18, 2009, 1:13 pm
By the way, we also had a look at the pool area here.

Yes, it IS beautifull, but if you have such an ocean around to drop in, who would choose the pool??? ;-)
Mosuha


Posted Jun 17, 2009, 9:40 am
We took a really nice long walk around the island, though my hots were searching for another nice spot to snorkel....

Did I say, that I just adore this beautifull ocean view?

And after the long walk, we hang out in the sea breaze.... uuuuhhhh, that's life!
Mosuha


Posted Jun 17, 2009, 9:55 am
Tonight we went to one point of the island, where the locals feed stingrays every night. So they come very near to the beach, you can actually pet them.

In the beginning I was a little scared, but they were sooo friendly, so I tought them as well. I felt a little bit like toughing a wet shitake mushroom. :-)

It was really incredible!
Mosuha


Posted Jun 17, 2009, 10:05 am
It seems, every good thing comes to an end and so this vacation does sadly. ....sick....

We had to leave today, so we said good bye, took the boat to the sea plane and went off....

I do hope soooooooo much, to return one day to this beautifull place, maybe with you?!
Mosuha


Posted Nov 4, 2009, 3:46 pm
Hello my friends at home....

uuuhh.... where to start?
Maybe, I should tell you, where I am right now, so you don't have to worry anymore.

I am not lost, I am now in Aachen, Germany.
My host left India and moved back home to Germany some time ago and of cause I came along.

To be honest, I am quiet happy, because sadly the mail system in India is not the best and sometimes packages got lost in the mail there. But from Germany I will surely have a save journey, when I will go on.

What I did all these weeks?
Well, there were a lot to do. I helped Mona to organize the move, in Germany we visited a lot of her friends and family, made some renovations in their home in Aachen, bought a car,  and we stood some weeks with her parents, because her father got a new hip and they needed help in their everyday life.

I am really sorry that I didn' make any updates during this time, but it was just too busy.

And then there came a new member into the host's family.
His name is Hugo and he's a puppy. Now he is 5 months old, he was 3 month, when he arrived.
Hugo's daddy is a Beagle and his mommy a French Bulldog.
I really like him, cause he's sooooo cute, but I have to be carefull, he always wants to play with me, in a very rough way.

These days I will show you a little bit of Aachen, and I hope, that soon my voyages will go on. I am ready to visit a new host. Is there anyone out there who likes to take me arround? :-)

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