Regit Brown, Germany, Münster


Posted Dec 12, 2009, 6:19 pm
Hi everyone, I am Regit Brown and just receive my ID and code,
really looking forward to start my journey!  :p :p

My name is very special that it's the inverson of the word "tiger". I love it! Because I am a little brown tiger, haha! Thx mom~  :D

I accompanied my mom for many years, when she's still a silly little chubby girl... She always hopes to travel around the world, however, she's very busy and cannot make her dream comes true.  :(

That's why she made me be the toy voyager and gives me those missions! I will try my best and keep updating her while I am out!  B)

Hope there will be a host inviting me soon....  :thinking:

Posted Dec 16, 2009, 5:26 am
Today is bakery day!  B)
I went to bakery with Vi, because she wants to make something special for her friends.

Guess what we have made? It's ginger man! many many little ones!  :stare:

See, there many funny faces!  :stare:
I wanna eat them but was stopped by Vi. =P
And I took a photo with one of them, haha~  :cyclops:

Posted Dec 16, 2009, 6:12 am
I received my passport today, with many of my jungle friends on the cover~  :D With the passport, I can meet my 1st host in USA! I am so exciting!

How does it like? Any famous spot?
Will it snow at USA? It never snows in Hong Kong....  :thinking:
Hope I can play with the real snowman!  :o

Let's start my journey~~~  B)

Posted Dec 18, 2009, 10:13 am
Dear Vi,

I am still on my way to USA, here on the plane is very board....  :thinking:
And it's very dark in the box that I cant took any photo.
Hope the plane will land very soon, lying in the box for such long period made me so tired and wanna run on the grass to exercise a bit! :(

Tell you more when I arrive.

With love,
Regit Brown (inside the box!)

Posted Dec 20, 2009, 12:15 am
Dear Vivyan,
I arrived in the USA today.  :D My new host was so excited, she began taking pictures as soon as I climbed out of my box!
Immediately, I was introduced to all of my new friends that I can play with during my stay here. A large pack of wolves lives here, but they are very friendly towards me.
Then, I was taken on a tour of my host's home. First she showed me her tiny Christmas tree..
..Before we went outside. It was snowing today! I loved to run around and play in the snow, but quickly it got very cold.  :o
Later on at night, we went outside again to see the Christmas decorations while they were lit up.
I met a glowing reindeer... he moved his head up and down, but he didn't say much.  :rolleyes:
When we came in, I added a new entry to my Passport before I settled in for the night.

My American host says that we are going to go down town to Chicago to have fun in a few days. I can't wait!

Regit Brown

Posted Dec 23, 2009, 8:40 am
My host went shopping today.  :)
First we went to a greenhouse called Sid's... there were really friendly fish in there, so my host had to take a couple pictures.  ;)
Then we went to the Chicago Ridge Mall. There were many interesting shops in there, but we couldn't take many pictures because it was so crowded!!  :rolleyes:
But, there was a fountain in there with many coins inside.
My host told me that people make a wish, and then throw a coin in the fountain so it would come true.
I can't tell you what I wished for, otherwise it won't come true.  :p

Posted Dec 23, 2009, 9:19 am
Tonight we went down town in Chicago for the first time. It was so cold and windy!!  :stare:
It was all worth it, though, when we got there. We went to a market / festival called Christkindlmarket Chicago.  :D
Christkindlmarket is an annual event in Chicago that takes place every Christmastime. Many people from Germany come here to sell Christmas ornaments, toys, decorations, clothes, jewelry, wooden carvings, and many more things.
It is at Chicago Daley Plaza, where there is a very large Christmas tree.
There was also a famous Nativity scene there that has been displayed in Chicago every year since 1985. I learned that this is very important to religious people in Chicago.
There were all kinds of food there, like sausages, potato pancakes, waffles, German chocolate, sweet cakes, powdered sugar doughnuts, schnitzel, traditional German soups, and more.  :p
In the middle of Daley Plaza  is the huge Chicago Picasso sculpture. It was commissioned for Pablo Picasso to create in 1963 and has been here since 1967.
At the market, there was a stall full of hand-carved wood sculptures from Germany. There were bears, cats, snails, dragons, lizards, and many other wooden animals.  :cyclops: My host bought an European dragon and I met him when we got "home".  :)
Christkindlmarket was fun but I'm happy to be warm again!  :D

Posted Dec 28, 2009, 10:27 am
My host stopped to take a few pictures at Millennium Park, but it was so freezing we could only get two of the Bean and one of the Pavilion concert venue!
Luckily we're going back soon.  :D

Posted Jan 8, 2010, 7:31 am
A few pictures outside Navy Pier in Chicago.  :D

Posted Jan 8, 2010, 8:09 am
On January 3 we went to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  :cyclops:
This fish really liked me  ;)
As we left the Aquarium, there was a beautiful scene of the city on the lake, so my host had to take a picture.  :D

Posted Jan 8, 2010, 8:32 am
The Sears Tower, after it was first built in 1973, was the tallest building in the world. Now it has been renamed the Willis Tower and is the tallest building in the USA and the 5th tallest building in the world. We went to the 99th floor and the view of Chicago was amazing!  :o

Posted Jan 20, 2010, 3:44 am
On Saturday we went to the Field Museum, and outside in the Museum Campus were some interesting statues that we took pictures with.  :)

Posted Jan 20, 2010, 3:53 am
The Field Museum in Chicago is one of the most famous museums in the world. We went there on Saturday and saw a lot of cool exhibits.  :D
This is Sue, a famous dinosaur skeleton at the museum.  :o
Sue is perfectly preserved dinosaur skeleton, but her real skull is too heavy to be put on display.. this is Sue's real skull.  :o
I think I'm scarier than this tiger. Roar!  ;)

Posted Jan 20, 2010, 3:59 am
I've spent a month here in Illinois now it's time for me to go some place warm.  :D Here I am getting ready for my trip to Australia!

I'll miss Chicago but I can't wait to meet my new host and see beautiful Australia. I'm leaving tomorrow afternoon!  :o :D

Regit Brown

Posted Feb 3, 2010, 8:54 am
On somewhat of a rainy summer day, I have arrived safe and sound in Australia!! It's a bit different than I thought...seeing that Australia is well known for it's scorching summers, and I emmerged in cold weather! But I'm sure there is plenty of hot weather to come!!!

I can't wait to see the Hunter Valley, which is well known for it's vineyards!

Posted Feb 10, 2010, 9:37 am
Finally, the rain has cleared off!!! So we took a trip in a truck today, and took a drive on the famous "Putty Road". It's an extremely windy road, and is well known by bike riders, who love to get away from the city for a day and go for a ride on their bikes.

Information on the The Putty Road

Posted Mar 7, 2010, 6:24 am
Apologies for the long time between updates! I went for a journey around Singleton to see some of the sights before I make my way onto my next host (wherever in the world that may be). I shall talk you through my adventures as you look through the photos!

First of all, in order to get to where we were going we had to get some fuel. Then, what else would a bear Tiger need to get him through a busy day of touring, than Cookie's and Cream Cheesecake at KFC!

We then travelled down the the Singleton Information Centre, where we had a look at what there is to do in Singleton. It's only a small town, but we managed to find plenty to do to fill in the afternoon!!! I got my photo taken with a nice lady who was picking Olives for me, although for some reason she wasn't very talkative. And I never got my Olives either!!!

Then I met some nice local of Australia, a Wombat, Kangaroo, Koala and Kookaburra. But we couldn't chat for long, we had an appointment with the local museum, taking a ride on some tractors on the way of course!

We took a drive around some of the churches in the area, although by this time it had started to rain, so we had to wait a little bit to actually see anything! Last of all, we visited what is probably Singleton's most famous attraction, the Giant Sundial. This sundial is the largest of it's kind in the southern hemisphere! It's located at Rose Point park. Then, on the way home we noticed this mailbox, and I just had to get a photo with it!!! :)

Posted Mar 7, 2010, 6:40 am
Adventure photos!

Posted Jun 20, 2010, 6:32 pm
On my way to the next host, I passed through a nice forest,
I have never seen real forest so I decided to go and take a look.

I walked and walked till I felt thirsty. I followed the sound and found a lake.
I sat under the tree shadow and took some rest, and then, I felt asleep...

Without knowing the time, I was awaken by something.
I opened my eyes but saw nothing.
I was a bit afraid that I don't know if it's the hunter.

Later, a young and handsome tiger came towards me.
We chated a lot and I told him about my journey.
He invited me to stay in Australia and be with him.
The happy moments made me can't refuse to his proposal.

Posted Jun 20, 2010, 6:45 pm
It's a NEW START~  :D

I stayed on the shelf as usual until a girl picked me up,
and she told me I will become a toy voyager!

Yeah! Something more than just staying on the bored shelf!

This is the place where I from: the Ladies Market in Mongkok.
There are stores along the two sides of the street.

I was just too excited to see the views out of the shelf~~!!!!  :cyclops: :cyclops:

I met other toy voyagers and we are friends now~
We talked and talked on our way home. :rolleyes:

Posted Jun 26, 2010, 12:57 pm
I went to Central with Vi today,
the weather is so nice that I can see the great view of the Victoria Harbour.

The place with green roof is the Central Ferry Pier.  ;)

Posted Jun 26, 2010, 1:03 pm
I just had my tag on!
I am ready for my journey~  :cyclops:

I took some photos with my friends and wrote a note to my next host also!

Posted Jul 4, 2010, 2:02 pm
Today I went to prepare some surprise for my next host~
I won't tell, you will know when you receive it~  :cyclops:

And then I was wrapped and went straight to the post office!

Hope ot will be a short journey to Chile!
I can't wait to dance under the sun, the sun of Southern Hemisphere~  B)

Posted Jul 27, 2010, 11:46 pm
I finally arrived in Chile!! I was so anxious to get out of the envelope!
Leslie was so happy when she saw the keychain I brought her!! :cyclops:

The first thing I saw was the chilean flag, a big, big, big flag, isn't it nice?~

Then I went to explore around the house and I saw a book on a shelf and it seemed interesting, so I opened it and look what I found!

I'll have more news soon ;)

Posted Jul 30, 2010, 1:52 am
Today was a very exciting day!  :cyclops:
I went out very early and since here it's winter... look what I saw... ice in the grass!! It was very very cold, so I prefered to stay inside the house...

I found this strange mirror and I was kind of confused, is that really me?  :stare:

Nice rubber, isn't it?  :p

The day was very cold and cloudy, but I was still able to see some nice views and take nice pictures :)

It isn't hard to tell that here it's midwinter...

Posted Aug 4, 2010, 2:38 am
Today I went to the Schoenstatt Sanctuary in Temuco, it's catholic. It was a very nice and quiet place, I liked it a lot!  :)

This is an interesting thing... people come here and ask favors to Virgin Mary, and when they're granted, they nail wooden boards on the trees aound, thanking her.

I also saw some Araucaria trees.  :stare: They are the chilean national tree.
Their branches have very pointed leaves, so it hurts if you touch them.

Here I'm standing on one.. OUCH! :o

Posted Aug 14, 2010, 8:16 pm
I saw the chilean coins. The chilean money is called ''pesos''
The coin ''1 peso'' worths almost nothing, you can't buy anything with it.
You can see that there are two ''100 pesos'' coins. That's because one of them (the darker and bigger one) is old, the smaller one was released in 2001. You can use both of them nowadays.

After the coins I saw a very famous chilean comic book called ''Condorito'', it means ''little condor'' which is the national bird of Chile. It is so famous that the main character Condorito can sometimes be seen as a chilean icon.

Posted Aug 24, 2010, 1:15 am
Look at this! Yummy!~

The darker thing is called Prieta, it's a mix of cow's blood and milk, and some other ingredients, like onion. When you buy them they are wrapped in a piece of pig's gut. You have to boil them, open them and enjoy~! I know, it sounds disgusting... but it's yummy... lol

The long thing is a longaniza, it's made of pig meat with onion, garlic, oregano, and some other things, also wrapped in a piece of pig's gut. It's even better than prietas!

This is what bread is like in Chile. Had you ever seen bread like this?
Here, bread is an important food, since it's eaten in most of breakfasts and dinners, along with a cup of tea, coffee or milk.

Posted Aug 27, 2010, 3:41 pm
Mapuche are the aborigins from Chile, they live here since before spanish conquerors came to South America.
Most chileans are a mix between spanish and mapuche people.
Mapuches have their own language, called Mapudungun, though just a very few people speak it nowadays.
I had the chance to read a Mapudungun/Spanish/English dictionary... here are the pictures :)

This is what mapuches look like, but almost any of them wear these clothes.

This woman is a machi, they are the spiritual lider of the comunity, and they're believed to have some kind of conection with the spirits.
In this picture she's healing that ill man.

This is the national flower, the Copihue

OH NO! I found out something awful!  :o
...''Domo'' means ''woman'' in Mapudungun language!!  :o

This is the chilean fauna

This is a mapuche ritual, I dont really know what it consists about...

This is a ruca, the kind of house where they used to live.
The roof is made of straw and the walls of wood


Posted Aug 29, 2010, 11:05 pm
A new friend arrived! her name is Claire Tamias and she's from Germany. As soon as she came out of the envelope I went to greet her, but it was a little hard to take my eyes off the turkish candy she brought...

Mmm! Yummy!  :p

Posted Aug 30, 2010, 11:28 pm
We went to Leslie's brother's university, it's called Universidad de la Frontera.

These murals show the enmity between mapuche people and the goverment.

We saw a little araucaria and a blooming tree, which shows that spring is coming!  :rolleyes:

Near the university we found these mapuche totem and ruca! (the kind of house where mapuches used to live)

On our way back home we saw these mapuche people, they are on hunger strike for already 45 days, along with 40 or more mapuches in the city.

Posted Sep 3, 2010, 1:22 am
We have nice weather at last!!!  :cyclops: So we were able to go for a walk.
Leslie's house is in the very edge of the city, so you'll see that the countryside is right next to the village, exactly 5 houses away from her house!

A mushroom!  :stare:

We climbed a tree and saw some nice winter flowers :)

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 1:27 am
The trip started! We are going to a city called Puerto Montt located in the south of Chile, 339 Kms away from Temuco! We traveled on the front seat of the upper level of a double decker bus  :cyclops:
The drive was 5 hours long, but it was very relaxing, and I really enjoyed the nice views.

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 2:23 am
In the morning we went to the city centre, which is right next to the sea  :)
Can you see the beautiful carving on these balconies?

The dome of this church is made of copper  :stare:

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 4:39 am
We went to an art exposition and saw paintings by famous chilean painters, like Pacheco Altamirano. There was a section about photography as well.

Posted Sep 16, 2010, 5:44 am
In the morning we explored around the house and found some nice stuff, like this couple of chilotes (people from an island in the south, called Chiloé)

A baby araucaria!  :stare: they are very rare to see and they take around 600 years to grow!

This wooden shoe lamp was made by Leslie's grandfather

And these painings were painted by him as well, and yes, he is a painter  :D

Posted Sep 17, 2010, 5:48 am
This is Angelmó, an international port full of craft shops and restaurats. Turists come here from all over the world to taste typical food from the south of Chile.

First I found this big chess board, and look at the pieces! they are moais!!  :stare: They were friendly and let me pose with them.

...With my fellow moai  ;)

A big wooden mapuche couple

How do I look?? :rolleyes:

These are indios pícaros, they are wooden mapuche men, and when you pull them up.... :o!!

After the craft shops we walked around the restaurant galleries and could see a panoramic view of the harbour :rolleyes:

Posted Sep 17, 2010, 4:38 pm
In the afternoon we went to the mall, but we stopped in our way to make some new shots. :rolleyes:

This giant couple are sitting in front of the sea, they're very very famous... There's even a song telling their story! you can listen to it here!

We got to the mall and this is the view from the table we are sitting at! It's very nice!  :)

It was time to order!!  :cyclops:
...But when I saw those prices...well...this is embarrasing...

But then I remembered they're chilean pesos, not HK$... so it's ok, I could order after all  :p
Since I forgot my English/Spanish dictionary at home, I just chose random things, and luckily they happened to be wonderful cakes!

After we finished those yummy pieces of cake we drove to a high place in the city, just to see the beautiful lights beneath us! I think this view is amazing!

Posted Sep 17, 2010, 7:24 pm
Time to say good bye to Puerto Montt and go back to Temuco...
I had a great time over here! I really liked it!
We traveled back on the front seat of the upper lever of a double decker bus!! So we had the best view AGAIN!!  :cyclops:

Good Bye Puerto Montt!

That's Osorno Volcano and down there is Llanquihue city

Posted Sep 18, 2010, 9:17 pm
The chilean indepencence day is September 18th, but in Leslie's high school it was celebrated on sep 9th, by the way, she's a student., not a teacher  :p
There were many traditional dances and lots of food in stands with typical decoration called ''ramadas''.

This couple are wearing the national costume.

These masks are from a festival in the north called ''la tirana''

This shawl is part of the country man typical costume

''Chilean salad'' made of onion, tomato and coriander.

I also tried digüeñes, they are little mushrooms that grow on one kind of trees in this time of the year  :p

I got a little late for pisco... the bottle is empty!  :(

Playing the zampoña  :D

This is Leslie's best friend, she's wearing a costume from the very north of Chile.

Posted Sep 22, 2010, 1:34 am
Today is the independence day of Chile!  :stare:
And it's not any independence day, it's the bicetennial!  :cyclops:
We celebrated eating BBQ and going to a fair of traditions.

This is the ''rodeo'' field, it's a chilean sport, very cruel by the way. The huasos (chilean countrymen) have to squeeze a cow against the wall and they get points for that. I didn't like it at all!

Then we kept walking around the fair.

We saw these hourse spurs

...And we found a ruca!

Mmm... chocolate!

We bought some!  :p yummy!

This is the mapuche race flag.

''Piñones'', the seed of araucarias. They can be eaten as well.

A horse mouth bone!  :o

...And a cow mouth bone.

This is a ''telar'', it's what mapuche women use to knit.

Mapuche jewelry.

And finally... a fresh glass of slush B)

Posted Sep 22, 2010, 2:46 am
Today I helped in the kitchen, we prepared  chicken with broccoli and leeks, it was so yummy!  :p
Of course I had some trouble at first trying to find the right ingredients, because I had no idea what they were  :thinking:
I learned that chicken is pollo in spanish, broccoli is brocoli, carrot is zanahoria and leek is puerro.:rolleyes:

Posted Sep 22, 2010, 3:10 am
I'm leaving to USA!  :cyclops:
Chile was nice, but I've been here long enough, so I have to move on  ;)
I took my last glance to the view from the house, I just think it's so relaxing!

And I said good bye to Claire  :(


Posted Oct 17, 2010, 3:53 am
Hi Mom!!!
I am FINALLY HERE!!!! I thought I was NEVER going to arrive!! My new host was very worried I had been lost!!  I am now in Richlands, North Carolina!! The area is very pretty and it is JUST now starting to get a bit cool outside!! Here I am getting out of my envelope and meeting the other TVS!!

When I got out I met Beaver, Frankie Blue, Nijntje and Landroval.  I got here JUST in time for Halloween!!! I am going to go shopping for Halloween candy and help decorate the house and carve pumpkins!! well I am pretty tired so I am going to go get something to eat and then go to sleep!!

Regit Brown

Posted Nov 7, 2010, 6:52 pm
For Halloween my host took me to her car clubs annual Spooktacular cruise in.  It was held at Arbys in Wilmington and we had a fantastic time!! Here are the photos!!

Here I am with a person that was dressed up as a Blind Referee!! everyone LOVED this costume!!

Here I am with a man who was not talking very much haha, I did eat some of his candy!

Here I am with a super cool lime green hot rod!!

Here I am with another member who was dressed up as a Tacky Tourist :)

I LOVED all the old cars!!

Here I am at the Pumpkin decorating contest!! Do you see me??

Here I am with the *Iron Chef* do you see the Iron burns on her chef uniform?? I liked this one!!

Here I am with my hosts good friend Mary.  She is dressed up as Dorothy from the wizard of oz!!

Here I am with the Sponge Bob Car... I am down on the right by the candy bucket!!

Here I am with someone dressed up as a Hillbilly bride LOL!!

I had a great time and I am glad I got to celebrate Halloween in the USA!!!

Posted Nov 26, 2010, 9:16 pm
Hi Mom!!!
I have been pretty darn busy and just now finally uploaded my photos!! It is a pain to have to upload them on photobucket and then come back and post them....BUT if I want to type anything between the photos...thats how I have to do it!! Anyways I will back track to 14 days ago.... I got to go with my host to the Marine Corps Birthday ball!!! I HAD SOOO MUCH FUN!!  We drove down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which is two hours from here.  We stayed at a nice resort on the Oceanfront!!! My host got a few photos of me but I could not take any during the actual ceremony at the ball.  I have posted a brief rundown on the history of the ball and about the ball ceremony.  My host was one of the honor guards and looked pretty spiffy with his dress uniform on and his NCO sword!!  Here is the history behind the United States Marine Corps birthday ball :)

The first formal ball was celebrated in 1925, though no records exist that indicate the proceedings of that event.  Birthday celebrations would take varied forms, most included dances, though some accounts include mock battles, musical performances, pageants, and sporting events.

The celebrations were formalized and standardized by Commandant Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. in 1952, outlining the cake cutting ceremony, which would enter the Marine Drill Manual in 1956. By tradition, the first slice of cake is given to the oldest Marine present, who in turn hands it off to the youngest Marine present, symbolizing the old and experienced Marines passing their knowledge to the new generation of Marines. The celebration also includes a reading of Marine Corps Order 47, republished every year, as well as a message from the current Commandant, and often includes a banquet and dancing if possible. In many cases, the birthday celebration will also include a pageant of current and historical Marine Corps uniforms, as a reminder of the history of the Corps. Another modern tradition includes a unit run on the 10th. Marines are reputed to celebrate the birthday, regardless of where they may be in the world, even in austere environments or combat.

Anyways we had a beautiful formal sit down dinner and dancing afterwards in the ball room.  I got to see the cake cutting ceremony and watched a brief movie and heard the reading of the Commandants Birthday Message.  It was all so very neat and I am so glad I got to be a part of it!!

Here I am on the deck of my hotel room.  I am looking at the Atlantic Ocean and watching people on the beach and at the pool!

Here is another view of me and the Atlantic Ocean.

Here I am with the Ball program and schedule of the nights events.

Here I am at my table.  I was seated at table 51 and I had a perfect view of the entire event!!

Here I am with my yummy dinner!!!

The next morning we stopped at a Pancake house.  Just look at my yummy breakfast!! These are Peanut Butter pancakes made with Reeses Peanut Butter chips!! I also got a bunch of whipped cream on them and then I poured butter then syrup!! they were soooo good!!

I have more updates to do about my Holiday Parade and Thanksgiving, but I have to resize all my photos first!! I hope you are doing well and it is now time for me to go eat leftovers from last night!!! yum yum!!

Posted Jan 2, 2011, 10:09 pm
Hi Mom,
My host took me to Cancun, Mexico with Beaver for the first two weeks of December.  Some jerk stole her camara and that is why no updates have been done.  I had a wonderful time while in Mexico and I also took a day trip by boat to Isla Mujeres.  I am sad that all the photos she took of me are gone :(  I had a great Christmas and New Years eve was fun.  My host still does not have a camara and is very sorry that all the updates she had planned for me from my trip and Christmas/New Years did not get done due to no photos.  I am doing fine and have a very nice tan!! 

Posted Jan 15, 2011, 3:36 pm
After a great stay I am now off to the United Kingdom to visit Mia!!! I have packed my bags and now off on my flight to my next adventure!!

Posted Jan 24, 2011, 1:02 pm
I have arrived and was given a warm welcome! I am going to have fun here!

Posted Feb 6, 2011, 6:45 pm
Hello Mum!
Today, we've come to Ryton Gardens, headquarters of Garden Organic, an organisation founded to promote organic gardening, education and research.
It is Potato Day. Gardeners come here to buy seed potatoes of many different varieties to grow at home and/or the allotment.
Duke of York had 10,000 men who marched up a hill and marched back down again.
There's over a hundred varieties here.
After my host bought their choices, we went on a tour of the Heritage Seed Library.
These things are drying.
This is a display in the Vegetable Kingdom section, showing us the importance of various things.
Outside, we went for a walk around the gardens. This is a biodynamic garden.
This is an allotment with sprouts.
There is a wormery in the greenhouse.
A compost tumbler.
In the Children's Garden, with a totem pole!

Posted Feb 6, 2011, 7:51 pm
Hello Mum!
After the fresh air at Ryton Gardens, we went to a hands-on science museum near Ironbridge.
This is a flywheel.
They have various inventions on display. Full steam ahead.
Ooo look, K'Nex
Ironbridge is famous for the first successful bridge built from iron. Here, people can have a go at building bridges.
How about building earthquake-proof buildings? Somehow, I don't think this will survive the shakes. A young girl was fascinated with us ToyVoyagers and assisted us with our photographs!
This is a tessellation jigsaw
This is a steam engine.
Look at all these marbles in the shop. It is time to head home to Wales.

Posted Feb 10, 2011, 8:32 pm
A big parcel arrived at my host's house.
Shall we take a look inside?
Wow, look at all that K'Nex!
My host's son likes building things with K'Nex.

Posted Feb 11, 2011, 12:03 pm
Hello Mum!
My host took me to the town of Porthmadog. She wanted to rescue toys who wanted to go travelling round the world. But first, we spotted something strange going down the road.
A steam train leaving Porthmadog on the Welsh Highland Railway line. This line goes all the way to Caernarfon.
The line from Caernarfon has opened in sections before reaching all the way here. This is the first year that trains will be able to run the whole length.
Half-term is soon. Perhaps we'll be able to go on a train ride!
It isn't a very long train. There isn't much room on the platform for the trains to come this way.
There it goes. This is the Glaslyn river.
we went in search of toys.
Do you think one here wants to go travelling?

Posted Feb 11, 2011, 1:46 pm
After all that shopping for toys needing rescue, we were in need of refreshments.
Pippi and I were telling Misty Rose and Luc Zeke about our travels.
Needless to say, they both want to see the world!

Posted Mar 1, 2011, 1:11 pm
We've come to Techniquest, a hands on science centre associated with Glyndwr University in Wrexham
There were all sorts of illusions.
The patterns have changed.
It makes my eyes go funny.
Another illusion.
A parabolic mirror
A pin thing.
A pin thing with smaller pins.
I hid under those, but I think you could see me in the smaller one clearer.
Outside, we caught the end of a rocket-launching session.
I think they said the pressure they were going up to was 50psi for these demonstations.
Back inside, there's a weather station. It wasn't a very windy day.
Ooo waves.
This is an orb, with a layer of fluid between two domes. Shiny crystals in the fluid show the lines of flow.

Posted Mar 1, 2011, 10:10 pm
We are going to my host's mum's today. How exciting.

Posted Mar 3, 2011, 4:48 pm
We said farewell to Charlie B. today.
Have a safe journey little mouse.

Posted Mar 3, 2011, 5:10 pm
It's party time! It is Captain Caramel's birthday.
There's a candle on the cake.
After the cake, we played with these balloons!

Posted Mar 6, 2011, 7:43 pm
On our way home, we went via Magna, an industrial science museum set in an old steelworks near Rotherham/Sheffield.
There were 4 zones. The first zone we went to was Water.
A whirlpool exhibit.
Next, we went to Fire.
Something is spinning.
This is a fire tornado.
Lighting isn't that good for photographs with the fire tornado.
Next stop was Air. This is a musical exhibit with tubes and things.
The exhibit can be quite noisy.
We then went for a game of Air hockey.
The air blows through holes in the table and lifts up the puck ever so slightly.
This is a frequency exhibit with little polystyrene balls bouncing.
This is a different frequency.
There was an information exhibit about the Bessemer Process (air is blown through molten iron to remove impurities).
Before going on to the final area, we caught some of the Big Melt show, a reconstruction of how they made steel. This is the arc furnace.
We went to the final area, Earth. The set up is quarrying "rocks" and these get picked up by the children and taken somewhere by wheelbarrow before going on conveyor belts and distributed either back to the "quarry" or to a chute.
Can you see the "rocks" on the conveyor belt?

Posted Mar 10, 2011, 10:55 am
Tomorrow, I will be leaving Wales for pastures new. My host took a photo of me with all the other ToyVoyagers and will upload the photo soon.

Posted Mar 10, 2011, 10:57 am
I said goodbye to my host, hello nice people at the Post Office and Royal Mail. I wonder when I will be on the plane to take me to my new host!

Posted Mar 22, 2011, 11:15 am
Hi mum,
I'm in Italy! The firs thing I saw when I came out from my envelope was another TV, Bussi! I think we'll become good friends.
My host likes flowers so I took a couple of photos on her balcony.

Posted Mar 30, 2011, 10:44 am
Hi mum,
my host and I have visited a wide park close to our house, I've also met a duck who was swimming in a little lake!

Posted Apr 1, 2011, 2:08 pm
Hi mum,
this is the new Contemporary Art Museum which has opened at the beginning of this year. Close to it there is the Royal Palace (which is a museum too) and, in front of them they're building a salt pyramid with horses but... it is not finished yet and nobody knows what's the meaning of it! In the same square there in the Cathedral called "Duomo". Do you like it?

Posted Apr 18, 2011, 4:02 pm
Hi mum,
my friend Bussi and I are looking on a map to find out where exactly we are and we also have to explain it to a new TV who has just arrived: "Charlie Mouse"!

Posted Apr 23, 2011, 7:27 pm
Happy Easter mummy!

Posted Apr 26, 2011, 2:29 pm
Hi mum,
I'm learning how to prepare a typical Italian dish: "spaghetti e pomodoro".
My host says that Bussi and I are doing very well!
You have to do like it:

- weight pasta (spaghetti) and add salt
- prepare tomato sauce taking tomatoes, oil, salt, onion, a bit of garlic and pepper
- put tomato sauce cooking for a few minutes
- put the pasta into a potful of boiling water
- drain the pasta and add tomato sauce

now it's time for dinner!