ZeeZee Zebra, Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Eshara
nijhara1@hotmail.com

Posted Aug 3, 2013, 10:27 pm
Hi there!

I'm just at home with some of my friends and my 'mom' Jeneille, who is Eshara's niece, waiting for my first Host to come along!

I am Jeneille's first TV!

I wonder where I will travel to!

I'm so excited to see the world and learn new things and especially, meet new people and TVs!
Eshara
nijhara1@hotmail.com

Posted Aug 13, 2013, 12:09 am
Hi again!

Well I am on my way! Yay!

I'm off to my first host hanachan in beautiful Japan!

Oh, I'm so excited!

I know I will have lots of fun and see many lovely people, things and places!

See you soon!
hanachan


Posted Sep 10, 2013, 1:07 pm
Hi!
This is a Chinese Restaurant in Takamatsu. hanachan's colleague at work is going to Tokyo office.
Today we have a party for him :)
The restaurant is in the building above the station. Our train is already there :D
hanachan


Posted Oct 19, 2013, 5:18 am
waiting for the boat for the island Inujima

Oh... we were in a wrong place. Our boat is coming to the next pier :mad:
Run there!

from the window of the small boat ;)
(forgot to take pictures of our boat...)
hanachan


Posted Oct 19, 2013, 5:29 am
Inujima Seirensho Art Museum --- the remains of a copper refinery on the island
Inujima is one of the large-scale art project set in the islands of the Seto Inland Sea.
hanachan


Posted Nov 17, 2013, 6:50 pm
fast-food style Sushi restaurant is like this :rolleyes:
It's a very simple way to enjoy Sushi. You pick a plate of Sushi from the conveyor belt which is running beside your table.
You can also place special orders with a touch panel. It's also delivered by the conveyor belt.
I tried Ramen Noodle Soup, too. yummy!
:D

Abdysh


Posted Jan 29, 2014, 12:38 pm
Hellooooo, Jeneille and Eshara!
I'm writing to let you know I've just arrived to Russia!

In the post office I've met another TV, who was Dasha's previous guest - cheerful monkey Arwen from Finland. She was going to travel to Germany. It's a pity we couldn't take a photo together, but we gave a friendly hug and wished good luck to each other!

hanachan, Dasha thanks you for the nice kerchief, postcard and beatiful stamps! She finds it's all awesome :)
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Anna Potapovna was really glad to meet me. Now I'm in good hands... paws :)
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Abdysh


Posted Feb 2, 2014, 5:37 am
Hello there! Всем привет!
I'm lucky to be here in Siberia at the coldest time of the year. It's -43C degrees outside!

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Window view:

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Have you ever seen the winter halo? It's the awesome phenomenon of a huge circular rainbow around the sun. In Novosibirsk it happens quite often because of frost.
But the sky is too bright to take a good photo! This one we took through the sunglasses, and still only little part of halo circle is visible.

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Hot mushroom soup with sour cream and musturd helps to warm up :)

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Abdysh


Posted Feb 3, 2014, 9:00 am
Hi everybody!

On Saturday I went to school with Dasha. She's studying in ordinary state school "№50" in the 11th (the highest) grade.

It starts at 8 AM. Putting books in the bag...

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A lot of people tie the scarf like this to protect their lips and nasal from frost. I'm in the mitten!

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I've tried to take some photos outside, but the camera just doesn't work in such weather :(


The first lesson is Physics. I helped to assemble the circuit.

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Yehuuu, it works! We got '5', which is the highest mark in Russian schools. :)

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I made friends with Dasha's classmates. They are all a bit crazy, but nice and funny :)

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Next lesson is History of Siberia. See the building in the black-and-white picture? It's the large theatre, the main attraction in NSK. Dasha has promised me that we will see it in person.

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At 11.30 AM it's lunch time! The students seldom bring lunches with them 'cos the food in canteen is veeery tasty in this school! They get it free for food stamps.
Today we have borsch, sauerkraut, a bun with cervelat and sweet tea.

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Now it's Literature. I've learned some about Russian poet Sergey Esenin and enjoyed his poems which have been spouted by students.

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Reading the Wikipedia article, we suddenly discovered that Esenin and Isadora Duncan (above) look like Dasha's grandparents (under). Their faces are really similar! :D

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Usually school finishes at 3 PM, but on Saturday it's two hours earlier. Lazy weekends started... I'd like to go for a walk, but it's better to wait for a warmer weather, at least -30C. :)

Much warm greetings!
ZeeZee
Abdysh


Posted Feb 5, 2014, 11:57 am
Hiii!

Studying again. English classroom and student's projects about sport.

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One of Dasha's mates Seryozha has his 18th birthday today. This means he has become an adult. Russians have a funny custom to pull birthday kid's ears as many times as many years old is he or she, to 'help him grow up'. So we pulled Seryozha's ears 18 times. :D

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It's still very cold and the only way to take a photo outside is...

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...from the window :)

While we can't walk, in free time my host shows me different interesting things. For example, today we viewed an old stamps collection which has been being collected by three generations. I added new colorful USSR stamp with a picture of Gena and Cheburashka.

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Also I'm helping with History homework...

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...and drinking hot cocoa.

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Love you!
ZeeZee
Abdysh


Posted Feb 8, 2014, 12:25 pm
Hi everyone! Did you watch the Olympics opening?
I really liked it :) Especially the long show about Russian history and the ballet.

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It's a pity that my native country, Trinidad and Tobago, doesn't participate :( So I'll be rooting for my host country.

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Good luck to athletes!
Abdysh


Posted Feb 8, 2014, 12:36 pm
The frosts are gone! Now it's -20C and we finally can walk and take photos :)

This is the beautiful cathedral near my hosthouse.

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Don't you think the birches perfectly match to my skin? :D

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Abdysh


Posted Feb 15, 2014, 10:58 am
Hello!
Today I relaxed in national way - in hot bath called 'banya' (баня .). Russians often go to banya on weekends: not for washing, but to spend time with friends and family or celebrate something. We had a birthday party there.

My host got a lot of presents and postcards.
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It's very hot and dark in the steam-room. What a pity you can't feel the smell of a birch broom and pine oil from the photo!

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Near steam-room there is a font with icy water. When you dive there immediately after steaming, this feeling is undescribable!

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Abdysh


Posted Feb 15, 2014, 10:59 am
Happy Valentine's Day everybody!

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Abdysh


Posted Feb 15, 2014, 11:31 am
My host promised me to go for a walk with me and show some sights of Novosibirsk a long time ago, but she is still too busy, grr! >< I could walk alone, but who would take photos with me then?.. and... the city is very big and I'm afraid to get lost. So I'm waiting and go to school with Dasha everyday.
There is some pictures of the way to school.

Funny graffities in the stairwell.

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The yard of my hosthouse.

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Nice waxwings on the rowan.

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And finally, the school :)

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Abdysh


Posted Feb 20, 2014, 7:03 am
Hi!
All the time when I went to school with Dasha, I was a student. But today I tried my hand as a teacher :)

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It was speacial Physics lesson for 7th grade (12-13 years kids) and the high school students showed them some interesting experiments.

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Seems like a weird booze :D But we needed milk and alcohol for the experiments.

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That's what we got after mixing milk with dyestuff and dropping detergent in it.

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I told them about Trinidad and Tobago, about Japan and my friends ToyVoyahers. Many kids decided to join and release their little friends in big world too. :)

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Abdysh


Posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:21 am
Hello! Hello!
Sorry a lot for long silence.
FINALLY it's accomplished! Dasha took me to the center of the city as she promised a long long time ago.

That very building which I saw in the History book: the Opera and Ballet Theater :)

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The Sochi-2014 countdown watches - they have been counting time down to the beginning of the games.

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Walking near Lenina square.

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Abdysh


Posted Mar 8, 2014, 10:40 am

Then we went to the magical Pervomayskiy skver.


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Abdysh


Posted Mar 8, 2014, 11:04 am
Then - down the Red avenue to the river Ob'.

The Alexander Nevskiy's Cathedral:

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The bridge for trains

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It was really cold and the fog you see is the steam on the water :)

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Abdysh


Posted Mar 9, 2014, 9:44 pm
From the river to my hosthome I got by subway. It's not very big in Novosibirsk, only two lines; but it has the longest subway bridge in the world :)

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In russian subway you hear the words "Be careful, the doors are closing now, the next station is..." before the train leaves every station. We wonder if there is a voice saying it in another countries? x)

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Most of stations are decorated with marble. This is one of the wall in the station "Sibirskaya".

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Street musucians are often in the subway. This one played wonderful covers to SOAD on his flute :)

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Abdysh


Posted Mar 12, 2014, 3:12 pm
Again the theater and the momunets of Lenin and the soldiers, but in daylight :)

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Abdysh


Posted Mar 14, 2014, 5:03 am
The real tanks of Second World War on the Square of Star on the Pobedy Boulevard (of Victory).

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This is the house of my host on the background :)

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jinxed


Posted Jan 22, 2015, 9:51 pm
Hello!

I arrived to Finland a couple of days ago. Just in time for the Medieval Market, which is held at the Old Great Square (Vanha Suurtori) on this weekend.

I met some toyvoyagers on the bank on Aurajoki (joki = river) near the Old Great Square. Hanne Hü, Qah and Mr. Moose invited me to join them and that's what I did.

The red building is Katedralskolan (Katedraalikoulu in Finnish, Cathedral School in English). It was the first school in Finland and was established by Catholic monks in the Middle Ages. Of course the building itself isn't that old, it was built after the Great Fire on 1827. In the Middle Ages Katedralskolan was mostly for educating priests, now it's upper secondary school for those who speak Swedish. (Finland is bilingual country with Finnish and Swedish as official languages.)

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A quick view towards Aurajoki and the Handicrafts Market on the other side, before we went to explore the Medieval Market.

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Here we are at the Old Great Square. Merchants are selling their "medieval" products - different handicrafts, paintings, ointments, food, etc. Then there are actors - mostly amateurs and hobbyists - dressed up as medieval people. They have a partly trained and partly improvised show going on for the duration of the market. Although the actors aren't the only ones who have dressed up, some regular market-goers and hobbyists do that too.

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This building is the Brinkkala Mansion. It has a long history, beginning on the 16th century. The building was badly burnt on the Great Fire and then it was renovated to become the Town Hall. Now the Town Hall is located on the bank of Aurajoki near Auransilta and Brinkkala Mansion is best known for the traditional proclamation of Christmas peace, which is proclaimed from the balcony on Christmas Eve at noon.

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Porthaninpuisto (Porthan park) is right next to the Old Great Square and the masters of medieval crafts are showing their skills there.

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There were some sheep in the park, too.

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Then it was time for a break. We went back to the river bank with some traditional confections and the program. Mr. Moose translated it for us, so we found out what's going on and where.

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Then we went to explore the market again and watched a part of the show, too.

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Later we went to watch a tournament by Rohan Stables. It was probably the most exciting part of the day.

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After the tournament it was time to leave the Middle Ages and return to our own time.

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Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 24, 2015, 3:33 pm
Hello!

Guess what? Our medieval adventure continues.

During the market weekend there's usually a medieval day at the castle too. Of course the castle is medieval all the time and you can go there whenever the museum is open, but the medieval day is a bit different. There's more activity and medieval people than usually and it's also possible to go to some places which are normally closed.

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Turku Castle is one of the most notable historical buildings in Finland and it's also the oldest surviving medieval building in Finland. The castle was founded in the late 13th century and it's located near the mouth of Aurajoki and the Port of Turku. Originally the castle was built on an island, but the ground has ascended during the centuries so much that the island is fully connected to the mainland.

The castle has been through a lot during it's long history. It's been built, burnt, rebuilt and extended many times. The latest major damage was caused by an incendiary bomb that hit the Medieval keep on 1941, when Soviet Union was air raiding Turku during the Continuation War. After that the castle has been renovated and restored to its 16th century glory. Now the castle is one of the most popular museums in Finland. It's also a popular place for weddings.

The castle can be divided into two parts: the Renaissance bailey and the Medieval keep. This is the courtyard between those two parts - with a view of the eastern tower and the smaller entrance tower of the Medieval keep in the front of it.

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First we went to the inner courtyard and found out that this door was open. Now we can see a room that's usually closed. It's the oldest room where people have lived in the castle.

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After that we decided to enter the Medieval Keep. On a way there, we met the gatekeeper's bear.

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Inside we sat down for a moment and admired the thick walls and big windows.

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In the gatekeeper's chamber we saw paintings from the 16th century. There was also an old saddle, which seems to be quite small and possibly very uncomfortable.

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In this room you can see scale models of the different building phases that the castle has gone through during it's long history.

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This room is the Nun's Chapel. Katarzyna Jagiellonka - wife of Johan III, who lived in the castle on the 16th century when Johan was the Duke of Finland - used this room for her prayers.

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This picture is from the scribe's chamber.

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These stairs lead to the top of the western tower. The uppermost floor is usually closed, but not today. The stairs are very steep with high and worn steps, not the easiest thing to walk on.

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Here we are, on the top of the western tower. We wanted to take a photo in the front of an open hatch because the view is beautiful, but there were too many people and we didn't want to risk falling down either. These hatches are built for cannons, so no window glass there.

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Here we are on the Renaissance floor, it's the uppermost floor of the castle, if you ignore the towers. This floor was built on the 16th century for Johan III and Katarzyna Jagiellonka. The chambers where they lived are located here.

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Then we continued the tour to the Renaissance Bailey. Here we are in the prison of Erik XIV. Erik was Johan's brother and the king of Sweden (at that time Finland was a part of Sweden, too). He was held as a prisoner here after he lost his sanity and Johan became the king.

It's said that Erik spent so much time watching out of the window that his elbows left marks on the windowsills. We're sitting around one of those marks on these photos.

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The paintings on the wall show Erik XIV and probably his wife Karin Månsdotter.

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Later the castle served as a prison too. The last convicts were moved out of the castle on 1891, when the building of Kakola was completed.

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We had a great day in the castle.

Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 24, 2015, 6:25 pm

Hello!

We spent a couple of weeks at the cottage enjoying the sunny, warm and lazy summer days on the countryside.

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It was fun, quiet and very relaxing.

Best wishes,
ZeeZee

jinxed


Posted Jan 24, 2015, 7:06 pm
Hi!

After relaxing at the cottage it's time for a trip to eastern Finland. Our destination is Eno. It's a village in Pohjois-Karjala (North Karelia) that has been a part of the town of Joensuu since 2009.

Here we are on the road, somewhere near Pieksämäki.

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In Finland the distances can be long and the roads are built in a way that you don't need to drive through towns and villages. So, it's possible to drive hours without seeing anything but forests, lakes and occasional farms.

These photos are taken at Ylämylly, when we had a short break at this lay-by. A beautiful place with a very popular beach.

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Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 24, 2015, 7:43 pm
Hello!

Today it was sunny and hot day, so we spent most of it in the garden. The kids here like us a lot and we played with them for a while, we even got a ride around the house on a kicksled. Kicksleds are usually used on winter, but it seemd to work well enough on grass, too.

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Then we climbed on a blackcurrant bush...

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... and sat on a huge rhubarb leaf.

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Later we went to sauna. This is an old sauna. First you have to carry the water inside and then boil some in the big cauldron by burning wood under it. The sauna stove is heated by burning wood, too. There's no showers either. You're supposed to wash yourself in the sauna by mixing boiling and cold water in a wash basin. I think this kind of sauna is more atmospheric than the modern ones.

You can see a part of the sauna stove in the corner and a part of the big cauldron in the front of it.

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Then we sang karaoke. It was fun.

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After that it was time for us to go to sleep.

Good night,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 24, 2015, 8:25 pm
Hello!

Today we drove about 50 kilometers to Ilomantsi. Just for fun and a little sightseeing, too. We saw lots of forests again.

Ilomantsi is the easternmost municipality in Finland and also the continental part of European Union. So you can't go much further east without crossing the border to Russia.

First we went to the water tower, which is now known as Hermannin viinitorni (Hermanni's Winetower). There's a coffee bar at the top, where you can also get some local wines.

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Beautiful views from the top of the tower. I wonder if we could see all the way to Russia, too.

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Then we ate apple pie with vanilla sauce and juice. It was yummy.

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After we left the tower, we went to see the Orthodox church. This Prophet Elijah's Church is the largest Orthodox church in Finland. It's very beautiful, too.

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Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 26, 2015, 9:40 pm
Hello!

After a hot and sunny day spent shopping in Joensuu, we went to the beach.

Pielinen is the biggest lake of Pohjois-Karjala and this body of water here is Pielisjoki, a river that begins at the southern end of Pielinen and flows through Eno and all the way to Joensuu. Joensuu actually means river mouth, a logical name for a town that's located at the mouth of Pielisjoki.

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We noticed something interesting nearby. These huge stones are a part of Suomen Salpa (Finland's Bolt) which is also known as Salpalinja (Salpa Line, Bolt-line).

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Salpalinja is 1200 kilometers long bunker line that goes from the Gulf of Finland to Petsamo in northern Finland, although Petsamo is now known as Pechenga and it belongs to Russia. Salpalinja is also one of the most notable fortifications of the World War II. Now it's possible to do some sightseeing along Salpalinja and there are several museums on the way.

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Salpalinja was built on the eastern border of Finland during the Interim Peace between the Winter and Continuation Wars. It was meant to be a defence line against the Soviet Union and these huge stones were meant to stop tanks. In the end the Soviet Army was stopped before it reached Salpalinja.

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Anyway, it was a beautiful evening and we really enjoyed our time at the beach.

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Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 26, 2015, 10:10 pm
Hi!

Today it was time to travel back to Turku.

This time we had a short break in Central Finland, more precisely in Vaajakoski, which is a part of Jyväskylä. We chose to stop there because of Panda, which is a candy factory that produces licorice and chocolate. They have a factory outlet there and that's where we went.

The mascot is kinda cute, so we wanted to pose with it.

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About 600 kilometers and 7-8 hours in car on a hot summer day... We were very tired and happy, when we finally reached Turku.

Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 29, 2015, 5:20 pm
Hello!

Yet another warm and beautiful summer day. This time we decided to spend it on the cliffs of Kuuvannokka, Ruissalo.

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We found a little bit of history again. This sign is a memorial for the Finnish War in 1808 - 1809 at sea. This war was fought between the Kingdom of Sweden and Russian Empire. Until that war Finland was a part of Sweden and after the war it became the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland within the Russian Empire.

More specifically the sign is a memorial for the Battle of Punkinsaari (saari = island) on 4th July 1808. It shows the positions of Swedish and Russian ships between the islands (from left to right: Ruissalo, Pukinsaari, Hirvensalo).

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During the Finnish War Russians built some artillery batteries in Ruissalo and this is the location of one of those and that's why the memorial sign has been located here. Of course the artillery is long gone, but the mark on the cliff still stays.

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It was fun to sit on the cliff, watch the sea and enjoy the sunshine.

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This little pine tree has found an interesting place to grow.

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There was a small bay between the cliffs. The beach there was covered by small rocks. I also found a feather, most likely a seagull's.

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Hey look, there are flowers, too.

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One more look towards the sea before going back to jinxed's. It's been very fun day.

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Best wishes,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 29, 2015, 8:40 pm

Hello!

Winter in southern Finland can be very changeable, like this winter has been so far. Temperature bounces around 0°C, on one day it snows and the next it rains.

Last night it snowed again and it's a bit below 0°C, so Qah and I decided to go for a walk to a forest.

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We climbed a tree, just for fun...

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... and followed a path over a fallen tree.

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We had to walk quite carefully, because there was only a thin layer of snow and a lot of ice underneath. It was very slippery.

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There were blueberry twigs growing almost everywhere. These were on top of a huge stone.

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We climbed a tree again.

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A huge branch had fallen from an old oak. It kinda looks like a dragon or something. Maybe we're dragon riders now.

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We found some big and beautiful icicles.

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Then we found an old house - or what's left of it, not much more than the foundation. I wonder who lived here and what happened to the house before nature has taken over.

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Looks like there's still water in the well, frozen and covered by snow.

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This brook was frozen, too.

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I liked this old stump of a tree.

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Another frozen brook.

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Greetings,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 30, 2015, 1:31 pm

Hello!

Today it was a bit above 0°C again and it was sleeting the whole morning. When it stopped, we decided to go to the forest again while there's still some snow left.

We found squirrel tracks.

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Looks like someone's had a campfire on this small clearing.

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We thought it'd be fun to play in snow for a while and that's what we did. We built a snowman, it was fun.

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Time to continue our walk, but not without climbing rocks and trees.

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Best wishes,
ZeeZee
jinxed


Posted Jan 31, 2015, 11:38 am
Hello again,

Teddy had found small Runeberg's tortes, so he shared them with us. Of course we had tea, too. These tortes are usually avaible only around the 5th of February, which is known as Runeberg's day.

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Johan Ludwig Runeberg (5th February 1804 - 6th May 1877), was a writer and a poet, he's also the national poet of Finland. He wrote in Swedish and his best known writing is Fänrik Ståls sägner (Vänrikki Stoolin tarinat / Vänrikki Stålin tarinat in Finnish, The Tales of Ensign Stål in English), which is an epic poem that describes the events of the Finnish War (1808 - 1809). The first chaper of the poem became the national anthem of Finland (Maamme in Finnish, Vårt land in Swedsh, Our land in English).

Anyway, the tortes are named after J.L. Runeberg because it's said that he liked to eat them on breakfast. It's also said that the recipe is made by his wife Fredrika Runeberg, although it may be a variation of a recipe made by confectioner Lars Astenius on 1840's.

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Today it's time to say goodbye to Qah, Mr. Moose and Teddy because I will countinue my journey towards new adventures. Perhaps we will meet again, someday, somewhere. Who knows.

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Greetings,
ZeeZee
Kuschi


Posted May 3, 2015, 6:07 pm
Hello,

I`m fine. It is really nice at Karins place.
She lived with her family in a big house with many pets.
That is sooo coool.
Kuschi


Posted May 3, 2015, 6:19 pm
Hey mum,

today Karin took us with her to work.
She works at the city museum.
Kuschi


Posted May 3, 2015, 6:23 pm
Hello,

today we went in to the cinema.
We watched a funny movie.
Kuschi


Posted May 3, 2015, 6:25 pm
Hey mum,

as today is carnival, Karin made me a fancy dress.

I am a pirate, the other TVs too.
Kuschi


Posted May 3, 2015, 6:42 pm
Hey,

Today we went to a reptilian zoo. It was amazing.
Kuschi


Posted May 10, 2015, 6:46 pm
Today we went in a cool Restaurant

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