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Home, Missouri, USA - 26th March 2009

By: brilliantlyxx

Hello everyone! I'm Penny Kitten.  :D 
I can't wait to start traveling the world and seeing all sorts of new things.  My mentor said I will have a lot of fun doing this...man, I really hope that she is right.


If you would like to host me, please send a PM to Steph.  She'll be glad to send me along.

Travel List:
sararingham in Australia. (Had a fantastic time! Thank you, Sara!)
RikeH in Germany (Loved it here! Thank you, Rike!)
AnjaM in Germany (had a wonderful time at the medievel festivals! Thank you, Anja!)
Delenna in Finland (had a great time! Thank you, Kati!!)
BlackCat in Germany (had so much fun seeing all the sights as well as the trip to China!! Thank you Fabienne!!)
JaymeC in Japan (loved Japan! It was so pretty! Thank you!)
TaisAfinskaia in Russia(currently here!)

* Posted Mar 26, 2009, 1:40 pm Last edited Aug 12, 2010, 6:32 am by brilliantlyxx [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Home, Missouri, USA - 27th March 2009

By: brilliantlyxx

Last night, my mom tried to assure me how much fun I would have!  She let me look at Chance's travelog, her other TV.  I saw some pretty neat things on his, including him DRIVING a car with ANOTHER TV!!  :o


Needless to say, I was a bit jealous, but I'll get over it because next I was shown the response to my message on the forum! I'm already lined up to go to three different people (two different countries)!!  :D
The first is Australia, where I will be visiting sararingham.  I decided I needed to do a bit of research before I set out on my journey.


After that, I will be visiting two different people in Germany. RikeH and AnjaM.  My mom told me that she took German in school, so we went over a few of the important things that I would need to know when I get there.  I won't be going until May, so I really hope that I remember them before I get there  :thinking:

Well, I must be going to bed.  We're going shopping for my luggage this weekend.

* Posted Mar 28, 2009, 2:47 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Home, Missouri, USA - 30th March 2009

By: brilliantlyxx


Welp, today I've been sent on way to Australia!  B) I hope I have as good of a time as I think I will! Until then, I'm taking a nap in this nice bubblewrap envelope.  It's tiny, like me!  :D

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Orange, NSW, Australia - 9th April 2009

By: sararingham

Hi mom! I've arrived in Australia - and just in time, as it's started to finally cool down for the autumn type weather... nice to see - Sara says it's been very hot lately and you could barely go out and do anything... so finally... and I arrived in good time because they're going somewhere special tomorrow... I wonder where that is... Well I'll write again soon I'm going to get some rest... I'm quite tired! Miss you mom! <3

* Posted Apr 10, 2009, 9:43 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Abercrombie Caves, NSW, Australia - 11th April 2009

By: sararingham

Today we went on another road trip to Abercrombie Caves... Sara enjoys going to caves, but this time she was able to take the toyvoyagers along... sadly she wasn't allowed to really take photos of the toyvoyagers within the caves. So Sara took a photo of us on the road to Abercrombie Caves... here I am, it's very full of eucalyptus trees isn't it? Very pretty...

...and we're finally here... feels like we've been on the road forever!

Very quickly once we got through the entrance we saw a whole bunch of animal crossing signs, these are the main ones though, so kangaroo and wombat crossing... I wonder if we'll see anything... it's a very twisty road, we've got to be very careful, it's a very dangerous road...

Thankfully we got down safely and got our tickets to do a tour in one of the caves called the 'bush rangers cave'... you can read about that cave and the history of the ribbon gang right here. The ribbon gang hid out in the caves for about 10 days before being captured and eventually hanged (because of horse theft and murder)... it's a very interesting read about the cave... but we came out of the office and saw this strange sign... there must be a lot of kangaroos in this area...

Sadly we didn't see any kangaroos at all - there was a lot of people camping, Sara thinks they might have scared the kangaroos into the bush having so many people around... oh well, we did see lots of ducks and cockatoos though...

Now we're just waiting in line to get into the caves... we're just waiting for the tour guide... quick! It's starting to rain really hard on us... thankfully for us only the people got wet, we were all in Sara's bag so we didn't get lost...

Finally we're in the caves... here are some pictures Sara took within the main self-guided tour archway cave... we had to walk through this cave to get to the bush rangers cave...

This is the exit of the archway self-guided tour cave... and just around the corner is the main cave we're getting the tour through... but something interesting is this is what is called the "grand arch" it's the largest grand arch in the Southern Hemisphere... even more interesting is we are 500m under the ground right now... how often are you that far under the ground, and can still see sunlight? Pretty crazy right? Well onto the bush rangers cave...

Now we're finally in the bush rangers cave... there are a lot of very small passage ways and there was an area in the caves where there was quite a number of bats... here's the "bat chamber"...
See how on the left side of the photo the rock is very dark? Well, that's where the bats are most often... so there's a lot of... bat poo there... we actually had one fly quite low near Sara's head... but weird enough out of the 50 people around Sara she was the only one that seemed to notice it... crazy huh?

Moving on there's a few more things to see in here...

Then we had to make our way back through the main cave we went through initially and then went back to the car... quickly after the tour we didn't take too many photos. Sara was just trying to stay as dry as possible (or keep her camera as dry as possible) as it was pouring down rain at that point... time to head home...

Something interesting on the way home... we saw an echidna... it was on the side of the road in the long grass... sadly Sara couldn't stop and get photos since it was a very narrow road and it was wet out... so sadly no photos of him... Sara wanted photos quite badly since she'd never seen a wild echidna before. :-) Well, write again soon... tomorrow is Easter down here! :-)

* Posted Apr 12, 2009, 8:38 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, NSW, Australia - 12th April 2009

By: sararingham

I just wanted to wish you a very happy Easter Sunday from all of us down here in Australia! :-) Miss you mom! Write again soon! :-)

* Posted Apr 12, 2009, 8:44 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, NSW, Australia - 13th April 2009

By: sararingham

Today is Hugo and Iago's last day in Orange... they're headed out to Sydney in the morning. I'm quite excited for them! :-) It was nice to meet them anyways... today has been a pretty quiet day outside, it's been rainy and foggy outside... so we drew our names on the sun room window...

...and watched the rain... although it doesn't look too nice it's very welcome here in Orange, with our level 5 water restrictions... :-) I think Winter has finally arrived to the Central West... :-)

Sara assures us we'll still have fun while we're here even while it's raining... write again soon mom! :-) Miss you!

* Posted Apr 13, 2009, 8:46 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, NSW, Australia - 15th April 2009

By: sararingham

Today all of us toyvoyagers decided to help Sara with some of her chores around the house. Usually Wednesday's for her are pretty busy, but this one was way busier than normal since they had so many public holidays in a row... first off Sara had to clean the mouse mansion - once she had it all clean and put new bedding in we decided to sit in it to relax... not really that comfy, but they make burrows in it...

...once that was all done we had to top up the food for the two other mice in separate cages... they're wild mice that Sara caught in her house... since they had been reliant on Sara's food she couldn't release them to their deaths... so Sara keeps them just like the other mice but in separate cages... here we are on top of the cages...
The mouse cage on the left is the boy mouse, who is called Mr. Jingles, the cage on the right is a female mouse (not put together for obvious reasons) called Dorothy...

Sara actually got a photo of Dorothy who came out to eat once we changed over her food and water. It was from a distance because she's scared very easily... this is what she looks like...
...very very small isn't she?...

Next on the list of chores we had to finish off the mouse cage... here we are preparing to put the mice back in their mansion...
...there's four mice in there, can you see them all? Two of them are pretty old now, the large black and white one (more brown and white now) is called Moo, the white one is Charlotte, the tan colored one is Puff (her sister died just recently - she was identical but had a tiny white spot on her back side)... and the small white one with black spots is called Choc Chip... Moo and Charlotte are around 18 months old, which is pretty good... the average life span of a domestic mouse is around 24 months...

Finally... the mouse mansion is complete... see the mice in there?

Once that was complete, we had to get the washing baskets ready, so we had a whole heap of laundry to fold... Sara hates folding laundry so she was happy to get some help...

Now that's all done, and another load of laundry is in the washing machine, time to move on... time to clean out the bird aviary... it's in the kitchen, Sara's got lots of finches but they're all very beautiful... here's me in front of the aviary...
In Bree's photo one of the birds was caught mid air... here's a close up of the zebra finch flying in her photo...

...now we got to clean out the bird cage... we do it twice a week and the birds love when they're cage is all clean... here I am in front of all the stuff ready to go back into the cage...

...as for the birds, some of the birds are quite unique. Zebra finches are very common everywhere in the world. But Sara has some pretty unique ones, she's got star finches (yellow and red faced), gouldian finches (which are endangered in the wild - and extremely hard to breed), spice finches, diamond doves (which is the world's smallest dove)... and society finches which are a bird that was never found in the wild - it was a domestically bred bird, so it's very handy to have in mixed aviaries especially with breeding, as if you do it right you can have the society finches take over and raise the babies that were abandoned. Here's some photos of the finches closer up... can you figure out which bird is which?...
...Sara also has some "ground dwelling" birds at the bottom... also good in aviaries, they're called button quails they're both of the silver variety...

Something exciting... is we hear some... odd sounds come out of the cage recently... Sara says two of her gouldian finches actually have had fertile eggs that have hatched. There's sadly only one baby remaining... and it's sure noisy. Sara's not sure how old it is or what it looks like since gouldian finches are extremely hard to breed since they'll easily abandon the nest. Even when Sara was taking a photo of all of us in front of the aviary one of the gouldians sent out a "warning" chirp that made all the birds freeze and Sara didn't want to bug them too much. Sara promises when the baby leaves the nest she'll get photos of the baby and us so we can see what a baby gouldian finch looks like. :-)

If you can't tell Sara is an animal lover, she also has fish, and she has a dog... since they're not cleaning the dog right now there's no photos helping with that... Sara put the dog in the kennel to get the photos since she's still a puppy and in training. So here we are with her 1 year old beagle, Anni...

Last but not least it's time to finish off the washing, so we all headed outside and "hung out"...

...after what seemed like forever, all the clothes were on the line... it got very very windy while we were outside but we were protected by one of the kid toys Sara's got outside for Andrew (her son)... here's all the clothes on the line...

...now it's time to rest... it's been a long long day! write again soon mom! <3

* Posted Apr 15, 2009, 7:58 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Bathurst, NSW, Australia - 21st April 2009

By: sararingham

Well... we all took a road trip to Bathurst. We got a call today saying that we were going to be taking a long road trip in a few days (when we were going to go to Bathurst)... so we pushed our trip here sooner... first things first, Sara always searches for kangaroos since she knows the places that they frequent on the outskirts of the town... so... lets see if we can find any of those famous Australian animals...

Next thing you know... we were there, and there were some kangaroos... just sitting on the side of the road. Sara got us in a photo before she got some close up photos. They weren't all that close to us... here I am with the kangaroo in the distance...

...and of course Sara got some close up photos of the kangaroos... there was a large male there as well, you'll notice him out of the bunch when those photos come along...

But that wasn't the last stop in Bathurst... this town has a much more famous thing in it... something that all Australian's know about and it makes this country stop when it's on... let's move onto the next stop... write again soon! :-)

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 1:22 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Mount Panorama, NSW, Australia - 21st April 2009

By: sararingham

Next stop was the very famous Australian race track... Mount Panorama... this is the race track that holds the famous Bathurst 1000 each October. For one full weekend the city is absolutely booming, people come from all over Australia to see the races... so we got to visit the track... here's us on the way to the track... if you see in the background on the side of the mountain you can see the writing? See it mom?...

I'm sure the sign was a bit hard to see, since we were still quite a distance from it... here we are at the entrance to the track...

...but before we go on the track we got to visit the new statue of Peter Brock which was introduced last year at the races. Mr Brock was famous for winning more times than anyone on the track... sadly he died in 2006, in a car crash, on a different track... very shortly after Steve Irwin died... within days. Here I am in front of his statue...

Sara decided to take us up to a higher level to see the race track from above... sort of... here I am in front of the sign you might have been able to see some of earlier... it's the very famous 'Mount Panorama' sign on the side of the mountain...

...and of course we had to check out the starting gate... we had to see where we were headed...

There aren't many race tracks open to the public. Nor are there many race tracks where you can drive on them, or have to drive on the track to get to your home... some people live on the track (on the inside ring of the track there's vineyards and quite a few little houses that people rent out during the races)... well... what are we waiting for, let's see what this race track has to offer...
Now we have been able to see the whole track as it is, you can see the view from the top of the mountain... isn't it beautiful? Well I better get home and get some rest... Sara says we'll need it for what's coming up! Write again soon!

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 1:42 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Orange, NSW, Australia - 23rd April 2009

By: sararingham

*yawn* It's 6am, and we are already on the road... were leaving Orange now... Sara's keeping quiet of where were going... it's a big surprise to all of us, although it's mainly just a long drive for us we might get to see some fun things... well here we are, leaving Orange just as the sun is coming up...
Lots more to see... write again soon! :-)

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 1:49 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Parkes, NSW, Australia - 23rd April 2009

By: sararingham

We've already been on the road for 2 hours... it's a place Sara's never even been before, a small town out West of her called Parkes... it's a town with only around 11,000 inhabitants but it's the largest town we'll see for the rest of the day...

We got to see what Parkes is famous for... it's radio telescope...

Can you see it? It's pretty big at 64 meters wide... but obviously it's still a bit of a distance away, you can see it slightly over the trees... you'll see it a lot better soon...

...and finally here we are... isn't it massive?
I don't think the picture gives it the justice it deserves... it's amazing how huge it is... apparently this radio telescope actually helps with NASA, and helped with the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in 1969. The famous transmissions with the voice of Neil Armstrong came through here, before being transmitted to Houston... isn't that awesome?

Sadly we couldn't stay long, so we just got some photos around the front area of the museum... here I am on top of the world... what toyvoyager can say they've done that?

...and here I am on a sun dial... I'm not quite sure how it works but it is cool to look at isn't it?...

Well we quickly had to get back to the car and get on our way... we had another 2 hours to our first destination... I'm thinking this is going to be a long day... but a good start! I can't wait to see what else I'll get to see! Write again soon! :-)

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 2:04 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Condobolin, NSW, Australia - 23rd April 2009

By: sararingham

Next stop was a small town called Condobolin... this town has around 3,500 people in it, but honestly it looked a lot smaller than that... we struggled in this town, we couldn't find a place that sold the fuel we need for the car. So we had a bit of a panic attack before finding someone that sold it... thankfully... here we are on the outskirts of Condobolin...

Throughout this tiny town there was a lot of huge trees, it was actually quite pretty... very dry and warm but it was very pretty... here are a few pictures from around the town...

...and this is us when were filling up the tank... we were so happy to find fuel, we would have been lost in the middle of nowhere and that would have been even worse... and you'll see why soon...

...it's time to get back on the road... so much more to see, and the most interesting of it is coming up! I promise you'll enjoy this next bit... I know I did! :-) Write again soon!

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 2:13 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Between Condobolin and Nyngan, NSW, Australia - 23rd April 2009

By: sararingham

Now we were on a long stretch. Sara said this would last a while so we all got pretty comfortable and laid back... it was a nice smooth road, this was going to be nice...

Just as we got confident about the ride... the road went from this wonderfully paved road...
...to this... for 100 kilometers (62.5 miles)... it was a very bumpy ride...

So throughout the ride we decided to just watch out for wildlife... see if we could see anything... sadly we didn't see anything... and then... what did we see in the trees...
We saw an emu! A wild emu... how cool is that? Sara had the car turned around so we could get a few photos. Sadly he was at such a distance that we couldn't really get any photos "with" him...

Moving on we just watched the landscapes, if we're lucky we can see something more... I'm surprised I got to see an emu as it is... how amazing, Sara's never seen an emu in the wild before... here's the landscapes that we were driving by for the 2.5 hour drive up this road to our next destination...

...and then all of a sudden... we saw more emu's... wow this is getting crazy... this guy was on the side of the road...
...he was really really scared of the car so he stayed back and tried to get on the other side of the fence, we had to over take him in hopes he didn't hurt himself trying to get past the fence... he was fine thankfully...

...then almost just as we passed that one we saw another group of emu's... this time there was 10 of them all together...
...they all got startled quite easily and took off running farther into the paddock so Sara got some photos of that...

Sara got to see two other groups of emu's with at least 10 birds in each group... Sara even got a video of the emu's if you'd like to see it check it out here it's only 15 seconds long... they're very curious birds aren't they? I think I'm starting to enjoy seeing them... they get more and more interesting as time goes on... :-)

Finally we were at the end of the 2 hours on that dirt track, no more emu's... although we came into something very common in the "outback"... farmers letting their cattle out of the paddock to graze on the side of the road... we had to be very careful...

Just after that we were finally coming into the next town... write again soon! That was such an interesting ride through the "outback"... we even passed by the center mark in New South Wales... it means we got exactly to the center of the state... how crazy is that?

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 2:53 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

Nyngan, NSW, Australia - 23rd April 2009

By: sararingham

Next stop was a town called Nyngan it's a town with only around 2,000 people but looked surprisingly bigger than the last town we were in that had another 1,500 people in it... go figure...

It was only a short trip through the city so here are a few photos on the way through...

Well, we're moving onto the next small town... thankfully we're almost done, we've been on the road now for 8 hours! Crazy stuff! Write again soon!

* Posted Apr 23, 2009, 3:11 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page

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