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Travelog for: Kirin

Remscheid, Germany - 1st September 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,

it was not as hot today, so of course we took a walk. First we picked up one of Katja's friends and went to the city centre.

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On this Sunday there were no kids playing in the fountain.

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We walked down the shopping street.

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We found this funny graffiti.

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For a short while we waked through a forest where we found these cameroon sheep on a farm.

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Too soon we left the forest to reach the district Luettringhausen/Goldenberg.

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Later we had to climb one of the steepest paths through a vast allotment area to get back to the city. Again the outskirts of Wuppertal were visible in the background.

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Bye for now
Kirin

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Solingen, Germany - 4th September 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
Katja told us that we would visit the neighbour city Solingen today, especially the botanical garden. That sound great! Before we left, she took one of her used books to take it with her because there was a public bookcase in the park. She said she always takes a book there and another one will be taken home.

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So we went to Solingen by bus. Usually we would have taken the  train but due to repair works at Muengsten Bridge no trains are going to Solingen at the moment.

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The botanical garden is subdivided into several sections. There are areas with trees, bushes or flowers. We started here.

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Lots of flowers were already withered, but not these asters!

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There were interesting sculptures showing insects, like these ants.

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Katja also showed us a sun dial. It was .... 15:55 p.m. :)

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We found a tree with  really large leafes.

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We found more sculptures, stylized birds this time.

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Look at this giant butterfly!

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Katja told me to have a look at its back. Wow! Isn't it beautiful with its glass mosaic?

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There you can see it sitting on the lawn.

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Another creepy-crawly :)

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Greetings from my home country :)

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We reached the public bookcase than.

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We took a real classic with us and put the book whe brought from home into the bookcase. We took "Jaws". Katja told us that she had watched the movie at least a dozen timed, but  never read the novel.

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We found more weird and interesting trees, like this one ...

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... or this one.

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We left the garden and decided to walk back to the city centre along the Korkenziehertrasse, a former railway track. It it now a lone for pedestrians and cyclists, meandering through the city. That's why it is called "cork screw" lane. Katja did not know how long we would have to walk so she recorded the track.

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There were some tunnels along the path, this one covered with graffiti inside.

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Obviously we were coming closer to the city centre. There were more and more industrial complexes next to the lane.

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We reached the station Solingen-Mitte than.

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One last look at the city before had to look for our bus.

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Later we had a look at the recorded track. We found out that it was a 4,2 km walk.

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 8th September 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we are having a rainy day, so we decided to stay at home. We helped Katja to prepare lunch. We made Vietnamese stye summer rolls today. We took rice paper, glass noodles, carrots, crisphead lettuce, chili pepper, shrimps, coriander leaves and Thai basil.

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We chopped the vegetables and put everything in place. First the rice paper had to be submerged for a few seconds to soften it.

We put it onto a damp kitchen towerl and filled it.

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The result was not looking really professional, but the summer rolls tasted great with oyster sauce and peanut sauce.

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Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 15th September 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
Katja went into the forest today to pick berries with a friend, without taking us with her! When she came back, she brought a large bag and two large plastic cans full of berries with her. She told us that she wanted to cook jam.

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First all the berries had to be sorted and washed. There were elderberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, rosehips and a few sloe fruits.

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Elderberries and blackberries were given through a sieve mill to separate the fruits from the seeds.

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In the meantime empty jars were prepared.

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Than the fruit purree was mixed with apple juice and gelling sugar and was cooked to a delicious jam.

Tomoroow we will cook another jam from the other fruits.

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 16th September 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we cooked more jam, this time we used oranges, rosehips, hawthorn berries and the sloe fruits.

First the seeds of the rosehips had to be removed.

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Than all the berries were cooked in a little bit water for about 10 minutes and given through the sieve mill.

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A few oranges were filleted and mixed with the berries and gelling sugar.

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We also helped Katja to create and print labels for the jars.

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After hours of hard work here is the result:

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Of course we tried both jams - yummy!

Bye
Kirin

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Wuppertal, Germany - 26th September 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we made a hiking tour today. There is  a hiking trail in the neighbour city Wuppertal, it is called "Rund um Wuppertal" (Around Wuppertal). It is surrounding the municipal area of the city and it is about 120 km long. OleOrangescarf and I accepted the challenge :) Of course we only did part of it.

We started our tour in Muengsten, here we crossed River Wupper.

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From here we had to walk uphill (we always have to walk uphill, I believe). We saw a lot of cut  trees here, funny faces were painted where branches had been cut off.

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We had to follow this trail marking. Our path was following the outer borders of the municipal area.

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This sunlit area in the background is the neighbour city Solingen.

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There were a few isolated houses in the forest. If these mushrooms were suitable for dinner? We better did not try it ;)

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We were walking along a valley with a motorway feeder road running through.

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There were large amounts of these mushrooms, probably parasol mushrooms.

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There was a hamlet in the valley where we found this mail box, nearly hidden between those vibrant red leafes.

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In the middle of the forest we reached a tram station. This is a stop station of a historical tram which once connected several outskirts of Wuppertal. The main track is closed and a "museum-tram" is following a part of the former track on a few days in the year. There will be tours every Sunday until end of October, maybe we manage to take a ride with the tram than.

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Here is the time table.

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Also in the forest we saw this old industrial building, a historical grindery -Manuelskotten. It was built in the 1850 years and is the only still working grindery, which is run by water, in Wuppertal. Iron and steel were worked in this region along the many creeks and rivers since 15th century.

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From a nearby outlook platform we had a great overwiev.

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We rested here for a while.

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We reached a part of the forest than which is an arboretum, a collection of trees. From the 1820 years "foreign" trees were planted here, from 1900 A.D. trees from other continents were planted. After WW II trees from Northern America were planted in search of fast growing trees. I t hink I have been here before in spring of 2011!

The arboretum is divided into several parts (one for each continent) and our hiking trail was running through it.

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Katja looked for sweet chestnuts, but we did not find any.

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There are several hiking routes using this path.

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I don't know exactly what sort of tree this is, but it certainly is not a local tree. Katja said it probably was one of those growing along the West coast of the USA.

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Another interesting tree ...

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We left the forest when we reched the outskirts of the district Cronenberg and home by bus.

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid-Lennep, Germany - 3rd October 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we were invited to join a birthday party in Lennep, one of the historic districts of Remscheid.

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We walked through this park to get to the old town.

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Lennep is the second largest district of Remscheid with about 25.000 inhabitants. Lennep once was one of the most important cities of the region Bergisches Land.

Lennep has an historical city core based on a medieval structure. There were several large city fires, the last one in the year 1746 which destroyed most of the city. It was rebuilt afterwards. Lennep received its town charter between the years 1259 and 1276- In 1929 Lennep was annexated to Remscheid.

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This is the market place with lots of bars and restaurants.

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Most of the streets are rather narrow.

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There is an elementary school in the background of the next photo - Katja went to this school when she was a kid.

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Than we were having a lot of delicous chocolate cake.

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, Germany - 5th October 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
Hi Mummy,
today I took part in a very special event: A ToyVoyagers meeting! Hostmum Katja met Strunki and mcdaniels at Strunki's home. There were 17 ToyVoyagers!

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There was a welcome sign for each "TV-Family".

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I came here with nosyblue, Lamikins,Tsukumo,RockyRaccoon, OleOrangescarf and KoalaMimi .

We met Sargent Froggo,*Nick*,UrselHH,Laika,Gozer,Hase,Charlotte,HelmutBluepant,TheWotWots and Elmar.

Strunki prepared a present for every guest :)

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Have a look - a neck kerchief, a scented candle, yummy chocolate and a lollipop.

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The ladies were starving, so some TVs helped Strunki to finish the prepared lunch - spaghetti with vegetables.

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We explored the garden than.

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There is even a pond.

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Finally there was a fantastic party with candy, chocolate and other delicacies,also a yummy liquor, Killepitsch.

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Maybe we enjoyed too much of this Killepitsch, a liquor delicacy based on herbs. Really weird things happened ... can you see it?

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Time to say goodbye!

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Love
Kirin



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Winterberg/Sauerland, Germany - 6th October 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today we went to Winterberg in the Hochsauerland district, about 150 km apart from Remscheid. Winterberg is a famous winter sport resort. First we had to visit a family member in a hospital where we met more plushy visitors :)

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We also visited the nearby city centre. Although it was a Sunday most of the shops were open - not self-evident in Germany with its strict shop closing law.

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Afterwards we went to Kappe which is part of the Rothaar mountains. Here you can find the Winterberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track.

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They have to work hard on this construction site to have everything finished when the first snow will fall.

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You can use this funny thing to intensify the sounds of the forest.

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They are already preparing the pistes, they were covered with straw to keep the grass from growing further.

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There is also a nature trail on the mountain with the cute squirrel as mascot, sometimes we crossed it.

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There is also a track system for mountain bikers, one of the largest in Germany.

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There is a special lift for cyclists and their bikes.

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This is the bobsleigh track.

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We even found a bobsleigh!

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Goodbye Winterberg!

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Bye
Kirin

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Wuppertal, Germany - 20th October 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we visited a fantastic place today - the Bergische Museumsbahnen, a heritage tram museum. It is situated in the neighbour city Wuppertal and is operating its own tram line which was a regular tram line within Wuppertal until 1969. Do you remember that I showed you this track in the middle of the forest a few weeks ago? This track belongs to this tram line.

The museum line begins about 50 m east of the Kohlfurth bridge. Here one of 200 penguins taking part in the Pinguinale, which was taking place in 2006 to celebrate the 125th anniversy of Wuppertal Zoo. 200 penguins were painted by kids and artists. Nowadays you can find then all over the city area. At Kohlfurth bridge a penguin lady, dressed like a porter, is placed.

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This is the museum area with the depot and its outdoor facilities.

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Some trams was parked on the track outside the depot.

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You can find all kinds of historic rail vehicles here and also a model railway.

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We had a look at the depot than. So many trams!

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Actually there were no tram journeys for visitors today, but a very nice member of the staff liked the idea of Toyvoyagers so much that we were allowed to enter a tram and join a test run.

This tram is originally from the 1920s years.

This is the driver's cabin.

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Inside the tram ...

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The original line is winding its way through a woodland area to the district Cronenberg.

We really enjoyed the trip through the forest. The route has a height difference of about 150 metres.

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The tram shaking heavily, so I fell from the window sill. Thankfully I did not get hurt.

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Each trip took about 15 minutes. Back in the museum area we had a look at the coat of arms of Wuppertal. A lion with a double tail is the heraldic animal.

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We went back to the car, but had a last look at river Wupper first.

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From here we drove to Cronenberg to take a walk in the Arboretum Burgholz. I remember that I have been here before once or twice, definitely interesting.

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We decided to walk along a path showing trees of Northern America.

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This is a coast redwood tree with its characteristic bark.

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These are the tiny cones of these western hemlocks.

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Our trip ended here and it already started to rain. We went back home, enjoyed coffee and waffles there.

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, Germany - 26th October 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we met a friend today to take a walk around the district Hasten. Hasten is one of the historic districts with lots of beautiful old houses.

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We took a path through an allotment area.

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Here we found more historic houses, mostly built close together.

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A cat was relaxing here.

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Deep in the valley we found this house.

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We went into the forest than and walked along the Morsbach, the creek which is running through the valley.

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Following the valley we walked along this flock of sheep ...

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... and horses, cows and geese on this meadow.

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This trunk was the perfect place for resting.

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There was a tiny house hidden in the valley, an historic wall integrated into the building.

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There are also some old industrial sites with distributing grounds.

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Later, when were were back in the forest, we found a soft moss bed.

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Katja showed us more lovely old houses ...

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We also walked along the museum which I already showed you before.

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Everyone was tired now and we hurried home.

Bye
Kirin

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Halloween-Party, Germany - 31st October 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
had had a fantastic Halloween party in the evening. We invited Strunki and all her guests to visit us.

Our hosts prepared a lot of squirmy food for us. But first I have to show you my costume.

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We were all looking really scary :)

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Soon our guests arrived.

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We were nearly starving, so first we entered the buffet. There were ghosts, a fearsome head with an open brain, looking like fruit salad, dentures with horrible carnassials, sore eyeballs in sanies ...

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green glib with dead vampires ...

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Here is a group photograph of all those ghosts and mummies :)

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What a party!

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, at home, Germany - 7th November 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
we had horrible weather this week, no chance to visit any places.

Today we helped to cook a delicious risotto, a vegetarian receipe with leek and mushroom. You also need an onion, a bit of garlic, olive oil, butter, vegetable stock, white wine, Emmenthal cheese, Parmesan cheese and of course this special rice, salt, pepper and fresh herbs.

Vegetables and cheese were already prepared ...

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...while the rice had to boil.

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In the end all the ingridients were added to the rice.

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Yummy!

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, Germany - 20th November 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
I'm sorry that I am such a lazy giraffe at the moment. Nothing thrilling is going on here, we are often having bad weather and it is already dark in the late afternoon. But today we took at least a short walk to visit Katja's Mum in hospital. It took us only about 40 minutes to get there.

Here at this large intersection the local court is situated.

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From here we went  to the Route of Tools (Trasse des Werkzeugs), a former track for freight  trains which was rebuilt to a lane for pedestrians and cyclists. It is about 4,5 m long, connecting the central station with the district Hasten. You can find interesting  buidings and artwork along this lane.

Here you can see the former slaughterhouse, now under monument protection. Nowadays offices are situated here.

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Here is a place for resting and relaxing.

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Local companies, mostly tool producing companies, sponsored this lane. Here and at some other places you can find large signs with their company logos.

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We also found one of those pieces of artwork. This one was made of coloured die cutting leftovers.

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Can you see us in this coloured mass of metal?

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Close to the station we crossed the regular track.

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We had to cross a valley than.

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We even watched a flock of cranes fly towards the South.

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Hopefully we can explore something else this weekend!

Bye
Kirin

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Remscheid, Germany - 6th December 2013

By: olgamaus

Hi Mummy,
today Katja met her friends for their weekly knitting round. We enjoyed eggnogg, the kind of eggnogg people are prefering in the North of Germany, with white wine and eggs.

Yummy!

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Don't worry, we only had one of them, or maybe two? I think two of them, but definitely not more.

Bye
Kirin

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