Bella, Guargacho, Tenerife, Spain


Posted Dec 30, 2008, 12:04 pm
My name is Bella and I'm a baby girl hippo living in Miskolc, Hungary.
Today I decided to become a ToyVoyageger.
I'm very tiny and always happy, so it'll be very easy to host me! I'll be a good girl, I promise! ;)
Now I'm looking for my first host... I'm very excited!!! :D

Posted Jan 8, 2009, 2:06 pm
Hi mom!
Just arrived in Greece!

I met Skippy Kangaroo, another TV! He is my first TV friend! Here we are together .

It's rainy here today but Vicky says we'll go for a walk later and get some photos! We might go to the mall and get me a nice dress... ;)

Until later
Bye mommy!!!

Posted Jan 8, 2009, 9:12 pm
Here I am again, drinking a hot chocolate by the fireplace with Skippy.

We just came back from the mall! Outside it's raining but we had a wonderful time. So here I am at the fountain...

here is a Carousel they have outside the mall, it was cold and we decided to avoid the ride....  :cyclops:

Oh! this is a nice one! We met a huge snowman there! Here I am sitting on his carrot nose!

Vicky says we might go skiing this weekend! I am so excited!


Posted Jan 11, 2009, 9:03 pm
Hi again from Seli,  the beautiful Ski resort.
Seli is a village and winter sports resort located in the Vermion Mountains of northern Greece.
It is located at a distance of 95km from Thessaloniki, where my host lives!
So today we went there!
We had a great time riding the sleigh, playing with the snow and snowboarding!

I am having a great time! I'll write to you soon!
Bye mom!

Posted Jan 24, 2009, 11:13 am
Hi mom!

Sorry for not sending you my news for so long! So I am gonna write you a lot today :)

Vicky and the kids are trying to find me a new dress since it's one of my life missions. I've been trying a lot of dresses... I can't seem to decide which one to get, so i'll keep on trying ....
Take a look...

Posted Jan 24, 2009, 11:25 am
I've decided to show you some photos of a typical greek food!
Greek food is following the Mediterranean diet, which means a LOT of olive oil, vegetables and fish.
I've taken a lot of pictures all of these days so here they are.

Picture1 : here we are cooking ... with a BIG bottle of olive oil!
Picture2: octopus.... it's soooo tasty!
Picture3: fried meet balls
Picture4: fried shrimps with feta cheese and tomato sauce
Picture5: on top "dolmadakia" which are grape leafs stuffed with rice and on the bottom "papoutsakia" which are aubergines stuffed with mince and bessamel sauce on top
Picture6: and for desert "baklava" with walnuts and syrup


Posted Feb 3, 2009, 11:35 am
Hi there!

It's been raining here for many days and we didn't have the chance to go sightseeing.
So I thought I should introduce the family that hosts me... and what is a better way to meet them that see what they are doing in their spare time! So here are some photos of their hobbies!
Mom is into scrapbooking, cardmaking ans jewelry making, dad is into electronics, and the kids are into... playing! What else?! They are huge fans of Winnie tha Pooh!

Posted Feb 3, 2009, 11:38 am
Hey Mom!

I am learning Greek! It's an interesting but very difficult language!
They even have another alphabet!
Take a look!
Today I wrote "Good morning from Greece! How are you?"

Posted Feb 5, 2009, 5:02 pm
This morning when I woke up, I had a nice cup of coffee ...

and then I played the keyboard

the flute

the kids trumpet

the ocarina

and the castagnettes

Posted Feb 7, 2009, 8:03 pm
Today was a very fun day.

The weather was great so we decided to go for a walk by the sea side with the whole family. Mom, dad, the kids, and the toys (me and Skippy).
Thessaloniki is the second biggest city of Greece (after Athens) and is build by the sea.

This is me overlooking the sea and in the background is a view of the city

Here I am in front of the Concert Hall

Take a look at some photos we took by the sea side

we walked by some tennis and basketball courts,

some fountains and artificial waterfalls,

many playgrounds (we had to stop to each and everyone of them for the kids to play...) Take a look at this rather spooky one!  B)

... while in the sea there was a sailing contest

What a great day! Hope you enjoyed my photos  :p
If the weather is as good tomorrow we'll go sightseeing again!

Love Bella

Posted Feb 23, 2009, 8:48 pm
Hi again from Thessaloniki!
I had a great day on Sunday because we went sightseeing. The weather was really bad, it was snowing and freezing but we went to the city center.
Normally there is always a traffic jam there, but because it was Sunday morning and all the shops where closed it was quite nice!
So here are a couple of pictures of me and Skippy, driving to the city center.

This is the main square of Thessaloniki. It is called "Aristotelous Square" named after the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.

We had to stop in Starbucks (love it) for a hot cup of coffee to keep us warm, and for a sweet snack!

Then we went to see the "White Tower", the symbol of the town.
It used to be a notorious prison and scene of mass executions during the period of Ottoman rule. It was substantially remodeled and its exterior was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city in 1912, turning the former "Tower of Blood" into the present-day White Tower.
Take a look at the Greek flag in the middle, the blue one with the white stripes.

A fountain in the city center

and the statue of Alexander the Great, king of Macedons (336323 BC). He was one of the most successful military commanders of all time and is presumed undefeated in battle.

Did you know that Thessaloniki is named after Alexander's sister "Thessaloniki"? It is the second-largest city in Greece and the capital of Macedonia, the nation's largest region.

This is me in a real size "sarissa".
The sarissa was a 4 to 7 meter (13-21 feet) long pike used in the ancient Greek warfare. It was used in the traditional Greek phalanx formation as a replacement for the earlier dory, which was considerably shorter. The sarissa, was very heavy for a spear, weighing over 5 kg (12 pounds).
Can you find me in the photo?

Then we went at the marina to see the sailing boats

Sunday is a day for family gatherings, so grandma invited us for lunch. Here we are driving to go to her house.... can you see the snow outside the window?

Oh, take a look what we had for lunch
-souvlakia (meat on a stick)
-kefte (mince balls)
-salads (potato salad and cabbage/carrot/spinach salad)
-sardines in the oven for those that prefer to eat fish

Did you know that it's the carnival season in Greece?!
More updates are coming soon....

Posted Feb 25, 2009, 7:26 pm
Who am I?
It's me! Bella!!!! having a great time!
It's the carnival season here in Greece.
So my hosts are wearing their costumes and they are going to parties!
I thought it would be fun to try some of the kids costumes!



Posted Feb 28, 2009, 3:17 pm
Hi from the beautiful town of Volos! It is a coastal port city situated at the center of the Greek mainland, about 215 km south from Thessaloniki.
We are here for an extended weekend and we went for a walk today! Because it's the carnival the coastline is decorated with colorful ribbons.Take a look!

some yachts ...

Volos University

Overlooking Volos.... such a wonderful place!

Spring is in the air!

Look I found a new friend! A ladybug!

A Greek Orthodox church

Have a nice day, I'll update again soon!

Posted Mar 2, 2009, 3:21 pm
Hi again from Volos.
We went at the beach and had some great time! The weather was nice and we even flew a kite. This was the last weekend of the carnival season and flying a kite is a custom on this weekend.
So take a look!

Posted Mar 7, 2009, 7:45 pm
Hi mom!
Today it was sunny and warm, so we went to a suburb of Thessaloniki, called Thermi.
It's a small town and there is a dam there. The place is so calm and the ducks are so friendly!

Take a look at the photos!

Take a look at the path around the lake

I also smelled a lot of flowers! Oh I love spring!

And here I am with the whole gang at the slider of the playground.
You know Skippy Kangaroo... the other four toys in the middle are new ones that my host is getting prepared for their first adventure in the Toyvoyager world!


Posted Mar 11, 2009, 11:13 am
Hi mom!

Look how famous I became!
I am featured in Aris (dad of the hosting family) blog.... take a look here

Well a bit of advertisement of this site in a blog with some visitors is always useful!  :cyclops:

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 11:14 am
Hi everyone! When you read those lines I'll be on the envelope traveling to my new destination... Spain!

Good luck Bella!  We were so happy to host you!

Posted Mar 22, 2009, 4:08 pm

I have arrived to Tenerife! And I was taken out to celebrate my new host's friends birthday that was actually a couple of weeks ago.
On this photo you can see my fellow ToyVoyagers Veggies and Bally

Posted Mar 22, 2009, 4:21 pm
I got to see Katja's workplace today. She's actually got two jobs until next month but this is her full time work place. She works as an interpreter/receptionist in a small clinic.
Here we are with Bally sitting on the desk in the reception.
This is someone's chest xray
Katja works 28h shifts so we had to sleep over at her work. Good night!!

Posted Mar 22, 2009, 4:32 pm
And of course in the morning we had to return home so here are some photos that we took on our way back.
There are some bananas growing behind that wall

Posted Mar 31, 2009, 10:30 am
We've not done much recently and we even forgot to post these two photos that were taken on the 23rd. The weather's been bad; cloudy and rainy, so we've not really been able to do that much either... But anyway, here's a bit of sea and mountain view :)

Posted Mar 31, 2009, 10:38 am
This morning we took some photos while we were going back home from Katja's second job.
This is first just a row of shops...
Here you can see how cloudy it is.. :(
And a bit of seaview too

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 3:37 pm
Good morning!

We had some healthy porridge for breakfast this morning.

I hope that we can update a bit more soon!

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 5:09 pm

We just realised that we hadn't really had muh of a nose around our host's apartment and we also thought you might want to see their two cats so we've been taking some terrace pictures today.
The black and white cat is called Felix and the grey one is Katie. They both love playing with card board boxes...yes the piece of card board Katie's on used to be a box :)
Here you can get a bit better picture of her
And one more with both of them

Katja's boyfriend used to study horticulture and you can see that on their terrace, there are lots of different plants going there. Here are photos of some of them.
Raspberry on the left and a curry plant on the right
Some red very hot chili peppers
Oxalis (or lucky clover as they call them in Finland)
Aloe Vera
Different herbs
some plant growing on the sauna wall

They've also got a small jacuzzi on their terrace

And a sauna as well

I've been told Dave, Katja's boyfriend built it as well as this barbeque

Just one more photo of us and Katie

And of course we had to add one of Felix then too :)

Write more soon!

Posted Apr 26, 2009, 5:11 pm

Today we've been to Los Cristianos. There was a Canarian food fair going but it wasn't quite as big as we had expected. We only got this photo from there:

The fair was at the cultural centre and there was also a display of school kids recycle art

Then we walked to the beach front near the port and sat there for a while

Then we just walked around a bit

Tomorrow we'll go to a classic car show.

Posted Apr 26, 2009, 6:38 pm

Today we've been to a classic car show. I'll just put up some photos as I really don't know much about cars..

This is my Katja's boyfriend's car, a Mazda RX7 from 1981.

There was also some live Canarian music there with dancers.

We got a bit tired after so much standing and walking around so went to sit on the beach for a bit.

And then some more cars again..

We went to see some surfers and waves while waiting for the show to finish and be able to get our car out.

On Tuesday we'll go up north as long as Katja isn't too too tired after a 24 hour shift at work.

Posted Apr 29, 2009, 8:15 pm

Today we've up Teide National Park. It's one of the Unesco heritages.

Here's first a pink flower, there were loads of them on our way up and we stopped to take a photo of one :)

And here's some yellow flowers

Here's the view from one of the view points. It was a really cloudy day

And here are some yellow poppies

Here we are very close to the clouds :)

And here we are already higher than the clouds

And then we finally saw Teide

They've filmed some scenes of Planet of the Apes and Star Wars up here

And this is Teide from the north side

The white things you can see on the background are observatories

And some more clouds

And then we went through the clouds

For a bit we were above then again

And then it was clear again, and everything's a lot greener on this side!!

Posted May 7, 2009, 1:44 pm

Today there was something happening across the road as a fire engine arrived. In the end there wasn't a big fire there, maybe a cooking accident or something. A woman with a burnt arm was taken by an ambulance but nothing else. But still 2 different police forces arrived (local police and "guardia civil") to see what's going on.

Posted May 10, 2009, 2:59 pm

Today we've been to a place called El Medano. It's a well known place among windsurfers eventhough we didn't get to see any windsurfers in action this time. I was told that it's always windy in En Medano but when we got there, it wasn't really that windy there at all. There are a couple of hotels in El Medano and lots of short term rental apartments as well. They get more Spanish tourists there than foreigners.
This is me on a play area
And that's us and the beach on the background. Don't worry, we'll go there soon ;)
Here you can see me and our friend Pasi who's here on holiday
A bit of a seaview here again
This little girl, Katja's friend's daughter was really exited about us :)

Posted May 23, 2009, 2:12 pm
Today Katja made me a nice new dress :) What do you think of it?

Posted May 31, 2009, 6:19 pm

Today we've been to Katja's boyfriends work to walk the dog there and feed him and the cats.
This is one of the cats, Arnie. He is Felix's (Katja's cat) brother :)
This is the dog, Rey. He's getting a bit old now and we couldn't take a long walk with him as it was too hot for him.
Dave works in a tool hire shop. Here are some of the tools/machines they've got for hire.

Then we went to stables near Dave's work where Katja's work mate Liisa is working during her spare time.
We even got to ride a horse!
Here's the face of the horse
Another horse here
And another here too
Here you can see a pony and a donkey that was really cute, and Liisa.
Here's a closer photo of the donkey

Posted May 31, 2009, 6:30 pm
After meeting so many animals, we went for a walk down the coast and we saw this harbour while we were there

Posted Jun 17, 2009, 11:55 am
I have started my journey towards South Africa :)