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Travelog for: cerise

Göttingen, Germany - 27th January 2009

By: pegger

Hey!
Today I have decided to take part at toyvoyagers.
I hope I will have a lot of fun on my travel around the world. And I hope that I will not miss my friends here at home so much.
On the picture you can see me with my friends Pegger and Antti - Anssi,  who are curious on my adventures on my travel.

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* Posted Jan 27, 2009, 2:42 pm Last edited Jan 27, 2009, 5:37 pm by pegger [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Göttingen, Germany - 28th January 2009

By: pegger

Yes I have my first host!!!
I am really happy about that and I am curious of my first travel!!!
I will go to Japan. JaymeC is my first host and I am curious what I kind of experince I will get there!!!

But I am sad, too. Because now I have to leave my friends here. However I have had a nice farewell party with Pegger and Antti - Anssi (how you can see on the pictures)

   
Now I am ready for my first trip. I hope I have a great trip and have fun in japan, so that I can tell my friends a lot!

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Okinawa, Japan - 2nd March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
I've arrived! I'm safely here in Okinawa. I got here just as Jayme was about to go to the park so off we went! We took a nice long walk at this place called Comprehensive Park. Can you find all 4 toyvoyagers in the tree?
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This walkway leads down to a rock beach, but we didn't go down that way today because we were following one of the trails. If you look, you can see the ocean though.
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We kept walking and came along this little fish pond. Usually Jayme says they stop to feed the fish here, but they forgot the fish food today. Guess the fish will have to wait awhile for their next meal. It had some very pretty bridges though.
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We took a break here and all sat on a chair for awhile.
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While we were walking past the fish pond, there was a building with this neat gate. Jayme says its called a torii gate and they're found all over the island. Sometimes on the ancient castles, and sometimes at the entrance to homes.
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We sat and took another break near some flowers. It was a very long walk!
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Finally we made it back to the car! I'll write more soon,
Cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 2nd March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
Today when we came home we came home ot a surprise. First, Bobbie had arrived! Jayme had been quite worried about her. She had also found two little pandas. Jayme explained to them that toyvoyagers.com was going to have a big mass release and she would be glad to send them out as travelers. They were very excited!
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But since they were in the free pile in Jayme's apartment (a place where people leave things when they're moving or just cleaning out) they needed a bath first. In they went!
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And out they came nice and clean!
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After that it was also time to say goodbye to Resi. She'll be continuing on in her travels. I hope she has fun!
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Cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 2nd March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
Jayme explained it has been very rainy lately, but its a good thing. The island did not get enough rain last year and they almost went into water rationing! But we were able to go to a playground during a break in the rain. It was very neat. Here's the playground up top.
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And then look at this slide! Its huge! Very steep too. Jayme went down it with the children, but I hid in her purse because I was scared!
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And us toyvoyagers played on the teeter totter.
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What a nice break out of the house! I hope it doesn't rain so we can do another update soon.
Cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 5th March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
Jayme says she's trying to get in shape and exercise more. She's got up at 4:30am to go swimming and she's been trying to walk on the days she doesn't swim. I think she's a bit nuts. Swimming at 5am? Yikes! Anyway, we got to benefit from her fitness kick. We took a very long walk (45 minutes each way!) to a place called Futenma Shrine. Shrine's are very important in Japanese culture. People come to them to ask for luck for the upcoming year on New Year's and they are VERY crowded! They also come on other special days. We got there very early today (around 8am) and no one was there besides the people who tend to the shrine. Futenma Shrine is one of Okinawa's 7 Sacred Shrines.

Here's the view of it from the street.
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There was a very pretty small fountain type area.
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And here is the shrine's shisa. Did I tell you about shisa before? They are traditional Okinawan culture (actually taken from Chinese culture).  Shisa protect a place against spirits and are found on almost all homes and businesses on Okinawa. In fact, Jayme's apartment building even has one! She says the thing she'll miss most about Okinawa is probably the Shisa. Some of them are very cute. This one is rather intimidating. You can tell its a female shisa because its mouth is open. Shisa always come in pairs, male and female. A female has its mouth open to allow the good spirits through. A male has its mouth closed to capture the evil spirits.
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And here is a closer up view of the shrine
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What a lovely walk! I hope we'll have more to update about soon!
Cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 11th March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
The weather has been horrible here! All rainy and icky. Jayme says she's starting to miss the sun, but it is the rainy season and they really need the rain. Last year they didn't get enough rain and almost had to go to water rationing. Since the rain didn't let up we decided to head to an indoor area for the kids to run and play a bit. Jayme said she may go a bit nuts if we didn't get some time out of the house. This area was very neat. It's called the Wonder Museum and has lots of hands on stuff for kids. Here you can see the staircase and the size of the museum. Those ball things go up and down and contract then get big again.
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And they had fun little activities like this one where you turn the handle to make the pictures turn so they all become a blur.
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Downstairs they had things like these stepping stones where you went from one log to the next and learned to count.
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We also got to see a very cool bug exhibit.
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There was an area where we got to learn about water and planets and things.
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And us TVs got in on the playing fun with this little pin thing. You push on one side and the imprint comes out on the other!
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We had lots of fun, hopefully the weather gets better soon!
cerise

* Posted Mar 10, 2009, 8:21 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 14th March 2009

By: JaymeC

Mommy,
Today we went to a place called Camp Zanpa.  The weather stopped raining for about an hour so we could go for a walk. We took a long, long walk. There are many memorials here for the people who perished during World War II
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And here is the coastline we walked along.
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We played some on the rocks here, they're all volcanic rocks as many of the rocks on Okinawa are.
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And finally at the end of our walk we walked by the largest Shisa on the island. Can you see us tvs at all by the foot of us?
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Here's a close up of me and the shisa.
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I hope the rain lets up soon mommy!
Cerise

* Posted Mar 13, 2009, 8:48 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Okinawa, Japan - 17th March 2009

By: JaymeC

Mommy,
The weather finally changed and we were able to really get out and about! We decided to go to the zoo. Jayme says the children really like it and it wears them out. So off we went to the Okinawa Zoo. Apparently lots of people had the same idea we did... see all those children? They were part of preschool groups here to visit the zoo!
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Our first stop inside was the reptile building, this snake is called a Habu. There are many of these snakes on Okinawa and you have to be very careful because they are very poisonious.
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From there we stopped to ride on some toys, don't they look fun? The children really liked them.
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We could also see another sign for the Okinawa Zoo here.
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We found some hippos further along. They're out of the water waiting for their lunch.
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The lion must've also been waiting for her lunch, she was very restless.
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All the trees around the park are labeled, Jayme said this one always makes her smile a bit.
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We also got to see the giraffes
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And the elephants!
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We had quite a day. Hopefully the weather stays nice and we'll go on more adventures soon!
cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 23rd March 2009

By: JaymeC

Today we went to Shuri (or Shurijo) Castle. It is the main castle on Okinawa, and the most famous. It is the seat of the king of the Ryukyan Island chain. Of course since the late 1800s the Ryukyan Islands have been owned by Japan and there has been no sitting king. It has been destroyed and rebuilt 5 times in its history, most recently during World War II. First of course we had to drive there.
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Here is the first gate we entered to the castle.
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This is a view down at where we walked. The city you see is Naha, the capital of Okinawa.
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Here is the entrance to the palace grounds.
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And this is the palace itself!
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Jayme didn't have time for individual pictures, it was very busy, but this is the throne room.
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After we left the palace we were able to walk the grounds and found a shrine.
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More updates soon I'm sure!
cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 23rd March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
Everyone needs some fun time! Today it was rainy again so we stopped by a children's play area. Jayme says these areas keep her sane since they let the children play for a half hour or so for just a few hundred yen (a few dollars). Here is the structure.
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We toys got in on the fun a bit. We found a fire truck to drive.
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And we played some in the climbing area.
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Finally we rested with Jayme, this playing is hard business. Isn't it nice they include these massage chairs in the play area where you can still keep an eye on the kids? Just perfect.
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After play time we stopped to get some McDonald's on the way home. The kids love their chicken nuggets and fries, but Jayme says they're a rare treat. Yum!
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More soon,
cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 31st March 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
It has been rainy rainy rainy! Today we tried to go for a walk on the beach, but two things went wrong. First, do you see how bad the sky looks? It started sprinkling...then down pouring! Second, there was a festival of some sort going on the beach! They had a band there playing and all. Jayme says she didn't know what it was for, but it sure looked fun.
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So we gave up and instead went for some more indoor exercise. We arrived in this parking garage type area. Hmm. Here's the entrance sign. Jayme says we're going to the playground....
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Oh wow what fun! Its an indoor play area. First we chilled out on this thing, it spins around and around. It hard hard to get a photo.
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Then we took a ride in the car.
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They also had a small area that was netted all around with fans blowing balloons around. Jayme said the kids really love it.
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And they had ball pits! How fun!
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More updates to come soon, I promise!
Cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 2nd April 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
The weather outside is still rather icky, so today we went to a place that is kind of indoors. Its the Okinawa aquarium. I say kind of indoors because while the aquarium itself is inside, most of it is lit by natural light and it has a large park to walk around outside. Unfortunately we didn't get to do the park today, but we had fun at the aquarium. On the way to the aquarium we stopped for a quick lunch near a bridge. Here's the bridge.
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And here's the lunch. Yum! Jayme said these boxes are called bento boxes. Some of them can get very artistic, and usually they have some rice in them but Jayme says she doesn't like cold rice so she improvises.
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Finally we arrived at the aquarium. Here I am at the entrance. Jayme says that statue is of a whale shark (full size) and I'll get to see one soon!
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We went down into the aquarium entrance hall and could see there was a dolphin show going on. You can see the weather doesn't look nice at all.
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Finally we made it inside. We stopped to see the fish. This is the largest live coral reef in the world that's lit only with natural light.
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We saw some neat fish!
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And even spotted a sea turtle!
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Here's another view of the tank, it has about 5 viewing areas.
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From there we walked down a long dark hallway to see some other small fish exhibits. Unfortunately its dark enough down here that pictures don't come out :( But we got to see some neat fish. Then we moved on to the show piece item of the aquarium, the whale sharks! This is the 2nd largest tank in the world, and the largest view-screen in the world. Here is me and the whale sharks.
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They weren't behaving very well today for pictures. Jayme says usually they swim pretty serenly around, but today they were sticking to the top. We think it may've been almost feeding time, but we never saw them get fed.
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Near the whale sharks is a place to eat and watch the sharks swim. We couldn't get a seat near the windows, but we stopped to have icecream anyway.
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We went to the gift store then went on out. A dolphin show was about to start so we decided to stop by and see it. Here I am at the show.
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The dolphins did some neat tricks.
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After that it was looking really rainy and the kids were getting tired so we decided to head home. But we had lots of fun! Another update soon.
cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 2nd April 2009

By: JaymeC

Today was Jayme's birthday! We had a small party. Here I am at the start of it relaxing with a strawberry daquiri.
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We helped decorate, does it look nice?
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We also put the candles on the cake!
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We sang to Jayme and she blew out the candles and we all got to eat cake. We also played some wii and just hung out. It was a nice relaxing party.
Cerise

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Okinawa, Japan - 10th April 2009

By: JaymeC

Dear Mommy,
We've been very busy! Jayme has been trying to prepare for Easter. We should have lots of pictures of that this weekend! She said we're even dying eggs. hmm, I wonder what that's like? In the mean time we were all dying for some fresh air so we walked to a playground. There are big rocks like this one all over Okinawa, we took a little break on one.
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We also found a nice statue.
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And finally the playground!
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We toys wanted to have fun too so I took a break to ride a whale.
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And play on the monkey bars.
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I'll have more updates soon I promise!
cerise

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