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To collect a tiny souvenier from each country I visit (pin, coin, stamp, etc)

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 4th October 2009

By: Lisag123

Hi! My name is Haggis, pleased to meet you! I am here at home waiting for my first big journey. I think I'll have myself a nice big  dog bone!


* Posted Oct 4, 2009, 10:41 pm Last edited Oct 4, 2009, 10:45 pm by Lisag123 [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 27th October 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Hi Lisa, greetings from Finland! My journey was quite long but it went well. I arrived at Kaisa's (my host's) place today.


The first thing I did was help Kaisa write this update.


Me and Kaisa will get to know each other better later, because now she has to go to work. We will go out and do some sightseeing as soon as the weather gets a little better: at the moment it's raining.

I'll keep you posted!


* Posted Oct 27, 2009, 10:53 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 28th October 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Hello again! Last night I slept like a puppy (having great dreams about big dog bones!), and woke up late this morning. When we were eating breakfast I tried to read the local newspaper but didn't understand a word! Finnish is a really strange-looking language. Sadly none of the headlines had anything to do with dogs.


Can you see the blue-and-white square-shaped thing on the wall behind me?


It's made of postcards. My host is a Postcrosser, and she has a big collection of cards. She assembled the prettiest blue cards into one big work of art to make the plain white wall look nicer.


I went to the balcony to see what the view looks like in the daylight with no mist or rain. I could see quite far away. The building with the red roof houses among other things a hotel and a pub.


Kaisa hasn't decided yet what we are going to do today, but she said she has some good ideas.



* Posted Oct 28, 2009, 9:54 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 28th October 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Kaisa took me for a walk in the park yesterday. There were almost no leaves left in the trees...


...but I found loads of them on the ground! I spent quite a while playing among the leaves with my host.


The park is right next to the lake Pyhäjärvi. Yesterday was a windy day, and I was really glad that Kaisa held on to me tightly so the wind didn't blow me away like a leaf!


We sat on a bench admiring the view over the lake. You could see all the way to the city center on the other side of the lake.


On our way back home we came across this little pond with ducks swimming in it. I think the ducks thought we had brought some bread for them, because they came very close to us and looked a little disappointed - to my eye at least - when they found out we didn't have any food with us.


We also saw a squirrel, but he was too quick to jump out of sight when Kaisa tried to capture the two of us in the same picture.

I think I have some more adventures ahead tomorrow. Until then, bye and good night!

* Posted Oct 29, 2009, 9:42 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 30th October 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Today me and my host visited the park and the arboretum of Hatanpää. The park has been formed around a big old mansion (which was built in the end of the 19th century), and there is also a big rose garden in the premises. The arboretum right next to the park is a home for lots of different plants and trees.


I loved all the gigantic old trees, but this one was my absolute favourite:



Here's me and the mansion:


We also walked through the rose garden. Kaisa told me that there were dozens of different types of roses. The garden is in its prettiest in the summer when all the roses are blooming, but I managed to find one still good-looking flower to pose with.


Here's a nice little bridge we found in the arboretum.


* Posted Oct 30, 2009, 11:55 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 2nd November 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Yesterday my host took me for a walk along the lake shore.


I spotted a rescue boat!


You can see the Pyynikki ridge on the other side of the lake.



This tree was growing above the water. I wanted to go further and see more of the landscape, but my host told me it would be too dangerous.




I kind of like this silhouette photo of me.


New adventures tomorrow, until then!

* Posted Nov 2, 2009, 7:13 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 3rd November 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

It's been a rainy day, so I have spent time inside. Today I listened to my host play the violin. She says she's not very good at it, but at least she did better than me - the violin was way too big for me to play it!


I tried to read the notes, but came to the conclusion that as a skilled dog I don't need them...


... I can always improvise!


I have made a new friend here. His name is Ressu, he's a beagle who loves writing and travelling, just like me. He's not a Toyvoyager, but he has a blog of his own. You can find Ressu's blog here.


Guess what... it's snowing outside! I think Kaisa will take me out to play in the snow tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!

* Posted Nov 6, 2009, 11:48 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 8th November 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Kaisa took me to the city center to see the church of Aleksanteri. The church was originally built in 1881, but in the 1930's a fire destroyed most of it. It was restored in 1938 to look like it does now. I think the style of the building looks a little bit gothic.



Kaisa took me to a park for a little sightseeing tour. I finally got to play in the snow, although there wasn't much of it left.



Today has been a really foggy day, I'm sure you can see it yourselves in the pictures we took! Normally, you could see an amusement park on the other side of the lake in the picture, but now... only mist!


There was an interesting statue in the park. Kaisa didn't know what it depicted, and we went closer to see why the statue was there.



The statue of the lady and two kids appeared to have a very sad story behind it. In September 7th, 1929, there was a raging storm, and a steamboat called Kuru fell over in the lake Näsijärvi near the Siilinkari rock. 138 people perished in the waves. As an empathetic dog I couldn't help getting a few tears in my eyes.


To turn my thoughts towards happier things I went climbing on a little heap of snow.


At first I thought I saw a ufo in the park...


...but it turned out to be some kind of a stage! That's a shame, it would have been interesting to meet some Martians! :D

After my host had been to the gym, we took a bus home. I got to travel in her huge bag.


I already miss you Lisa! I'll keep you posted!

* Posted Nov 8, 2009, 5:21 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 10th November 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Kaisa showed me the tiny sauna she has in her apartment. It's very small, only two people fit in comfortably. I wanted to try the sauna, but decided against it when I heard how hot it is in there when the stove is on.


I found some euro coins, 10 and 50 cents. All the Finnish euro coins have the same picture of the lion with the sword on the back.


Kaisa said she will give me this rubber band as a souvenir. It's ment to be in the wrist, but it was a little too big for my paws...


... so I decided to wear it like this!


* Posted Nov 10, 2009, 10:40 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 20th November 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

My host took me with her to the city center and showed me around a little bit before she went to work.

I travelled in Kaisa's bag. We went to the bank of the rapids that flows through the city center. You can see some snowflake-shaped christmas lights in this picture, too, although they don't look as impressive as they do in the evenings when it's dark.


We were right at the foot of the bridge Hämeensilta, you can see a little bit of it behind me.


Tampere is a funny city, there is this huge factory building in the middle of the city center.




Verkaranta is a center of arts and crafts, and this pretty building houses among other things a shop where you can buy all kinds of things handmade.


We didn't stay outside longer because of the heavy rain. After the sightseeing tour we watched the tv together.


* Posted Nov 20, 2009, 12:24 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Tampere, Finland - 3rd December 2009

By: arc-en-ciel

Kaisa just told me that I'm going to the USA! To be able to continue my adventures overseas I have to take my passport with me.


I got the first foreign flag to my passport! I hope I can collect many more flags before going home. My host also put the rubber band she gave me in my souvenir bag.


Now it's time for us to say goodbye and head to the post office to start my journey to the States. I can't wait meeting my next host!

* Posted Dec 3, 2009, 7:04 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Okinawa, Japan - 25th February 2010

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
I'm sorry it took so long to let you know I was here, but I am here safe and sound and with many updates to write! We've been very busy. Here I am on the day I arrived! The other toys here right now are Tipu the chick, Tiger Lilly, Penny the kitten and Annie the doll. Hi everyone!
I almost didn't make it! Do you see the big tear in the envelope? Its a good thing it was such a thick envelope.
And here is the bag my envelope was put in after it was torn.
The bag reads:
"We Care. Dear Postal Customer, We sincerely regret the damage to your mail during handling by the Postal Service. WE hope this incident did not inconcenience you. We realize that your mail is important to you and that you have every right to expect it to be delivered in good condition. Althought every effort is made to prevent damage to the mail, occassionally this will occur because of the great volume handled and the rapid processing methods which must be employed to assure the most expeditious distribution possible. We hope you understand. We assure you that we are constantly striving to improve our processing methods in order that even a rare occurrence may be eliminated. Please accept our apologies. Sincerely, Your Postmaster."
Sounds serious doesn't it?
Jayme had just bought some cherry blossoms for her table, so I was able to go take a closer look at them, aren't they pretty? And she says we're off to many adventures soon so I'll have many more updates for you soon!
Much love,

* Posted Mar 6, 2010, 11:43 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Okinawa, Japan - 27th February 2010

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
Jayme says her parents are coming for a visit! Since they're going to be keeping everyone quite busy she thoguht it was only right for us to go take the kids out for some fun before they arrived. We went to two different playgrounds. The first was an outdoor playground, here you can see the playground behind me.
And then we bought tickets for something called a Super Slide.
Wow its big! Do you see the slide behind me? The children ride down it on sleds.
After that the kids still weren't tired enough so we headed to an indoor playground. Here are two pictures from inside.
Whew! I hope we don't have too much else to do before her parents arrived or I may be exhausted for the trip...

* Posted Mar 6, 2010, 11:52 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Okinawa, Japan - 28th February 2010

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
We had one more stop to make before Jayme's parents got here, and that was at the egg farm to stock up some eggs! Its a very neat place, there are lots of animals here to see.
And then here is the store itself! They have eggs, but more importantly they have lots and lots of yummy cakes. Mmmm.
More soon,

* Posted Mar 7, 2010, 12:07 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Okinawa, Japan - 2nd March 2010

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
The first day Jayme's parents visited we went to a place called the Peace Memorial Park. It was a very beautiful spot! Here you can see the cliffs at the edge of the memorial.
And here is one of the many memorial walls listing the names of all 200,000+ who died on Okinawa during World War II.
Behind me is a view of the memorial and the museum
More soon,

* Posted Mar 10, 2010, 6:07 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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