Eifiel Tower Jordan/
Israeli Border Patrol Aquila, South Africa
How a 9 year
old will travel
Below are a
few stories of my families travels, hope you like them
World in a year
: I liked the people because they were very nice and I also was really
surprised about all the cops there was. I was also surprised about all the limos
there were lots of hummer limos once there were 5 of them in front of our hotel.
I also thought central park was cool it had a big frozen lake you can skate on.
My favorite restaurant was the
diner near central park I also liked the olive garden by time square. The
empire state was very cool too we went on a fun motion simulator. People don’t
stop for ambulances or police or the fire department! Its weird we were the only
ones stopping! The taxis were crazy if the cops saw them they’d be toast. The
fire trucks use there sirens differently because they go woop,woop, and they
use there horn a lot. But if they did use there sirens all time, all you would
is sirens all day long, so that’s why they only use it a little bit.
horse drawn carriages we went on one it is very cool they are mostly around
central park. And ours went right down town I thought it was crazy! I am
surprised the horses did not get hit or frightened or scared.
to a Christmas show at the radio city musical it was very cool because it was 3d
at the start and it was also cool because later in the show a ice rink popped
out and two people that figure skated on it was neat.
my Mom and Dad that I could move to
, but now that I think about it, maybe we could just get a cabin. I really love
and miss it very much but I’m very glad I went to
SEA ON THE QE II -
received January 6
been on the Queen Elizabeth II for 3 days and are somewhere off the coast of
right now. I really like the kids club because it has very fun stuff to do. I
am building a village out of popcicle sticks it’s really fun. The food is
really great. There are also really cool swimming pools I haven’t used them
yet but they look very fun. There is a big model of the ship it looks so real.
The one we are on is really big, we actually try to get lost in the qe2 because
there’s so many cool things. The cool thing about the boat is that it is the
fastest large passenger boat in the world. The other cool thing about the boat
is that in December the crew told us it took on 100 foot waves on its Atlantic
only ten kids on the boat and there’s one kid that is 9 but it’s a girl!!
That makes me lonely. The other thing that really sucks is that I have to do 3
hours of stinken school work! The other thing that sucks is that the boat has
water tight doors on 5 and 6 deck that open and close every day and it blocks
the hallways which is a real pain and the fire alarm goes off every time they
open and close! They have water tight doors for leaks in the boat.
panama canal was man made but 25,000 of the men died. When we go through the
canal there we are only 30 inches away from land on each side. Each lock is
filled with 26,000,000 gallons of fresh lake water from Gaton.
. The canal is almost 100 years old! And the locks are 1,100 feet long and the
QE2 is 963 feet long, and that does not give it a lot of room to fit in.
electrectly powered cog railway mules pull the huge ocean liner through the lock
transit. The qe2 is charged more money then any other passenger ship, that’s
because of its cargo. The cool thing about the boat is that on deck six there
could be cars. It costs over 90,000 dollars (
) for our ship to go through the canal. Its still cheaper to go through the
canal then it is to go around south America which is 11,000 miles! The panama
canal was completed in 1914. To go from the atlantic ocean to the pacific
ocean you have to go through a series of six locks and have to be lifted over 85
feet. I didn’t know that a huge ship like this could be lifted up and down.
received January 11
morning I had to wake up at 6:30 am and went on a very very cool excursion to an
Indian village. First we had to go on a 1 hour and 15 minute drive to the place
where we would go on boats to the village. When we got there and there was a
whole bunch of Indians giving out life jackets. They looked cool. Then we all
got on boats with motors and Indians with long sticks just in case we get stuck.
When we arrived at the village (which took 30 minutes)
There was a
big group of people playing music and dancing. After that we got to meet some.
Then there was an introduction where they told us about the things they use for
crafts and stuff. Then we got to wonder around the village and look at a craft
store. Later on I met a guy who wanted to talk to my dad about something so I
went and got him. Then after the guy finished talking to my dad the guy gave me
a handcrafted bow and arrow for free for being the first boy ever to visit his
village! The guys name was Mattu and he was the only man in the village who
could speak a bit of English. But he was very nice so we bought 2 things from
his table. On our way there and on the way back we heard monkeys screaming and
on the way back we also saw a resting alligator! The Indians wore blearily any
clothes which freaked me out. They live in grass huts that are raised high so
that no snake water or chickens and they are also raised so they can berry there
dead relatives! That’s freaky!! The tribes name is embra tribe. The boats were
made out of big trees. When we went through the rivers we hit big rocks that
almost made us flip. We probably would have gotten Eaton by crocodiles. I am so
glad I went and I could actually live there because of all the cool things they
do like making crafts and other cool stuff. But id have to learn Spanish if I
ever live there.
received January 14
came home from the beach in
, and it was very nice. Me and my dad went body surfing. It was fun. The waves
were very big like the ones in
. After the beach we went for lunch in a very nice restaurant and I had a
cheeseburger but the meat was gross. We went everywhere in a taxi I had a lot of
fun. There are a whole lot of Volkswagen bugs. The taxi driver we had was very
nice. He took us to the older side of
and it was very smelly and dirty and there were also a lot of poor people. We
went to a little market and looked around but we didn’t get much. When we got
back a little kid ran up to the taxi and opened the doors for us so we gave him
$ 1 and he spoke excellent English. Luckily the weather was hot which gave us
more fun. When we were about to leave I got a picture with a Mexican police
officer! He had a huge gun. He looked really cool. He was protecting all the
is really different then
there are palm trees that are over 1000 dollars but in
there only 3 or 2 dollars!
is different then
is way hotter but
LUTHER KING JR. - January
on Jan 17 2005 and all government offices were closed. I am doing a story on
Martin Luther king today for my homework, because I never knew who he was, and
it is very important part of history.
from 1929-1968 and was the winner of the Nobel Peace prize. He was born in
on Jan 15th 1929. He was the leader of the American civil rights
movement. A very important person named
parks was arrested in 1955 for not giving up her seat in a bus to a white
person. Miss parks was doing nothing wrong. Martin Luther king was
assassinated in 1968 because some white people didn’t like what he was doing.
Mr. King was the leader of the organization that made the bus boycott and helped
stop segregation of black people and white people. Mr. King wanted all protests
to be non violent. In
he made a strong speech called “I have a dream” about not judging someone
by the colour of there skin and all men are created equal. King was assassinated
by a sniper in 1968 and a man named James earl ray pleaded guilty then said he
lied. He was sentenced to 99 years in jail. After learning about Mr. King I
think he was a very good and peacefull man. I am glad I learned about Mr. king
going to pearl harbour and to visit the World War II Memorial for all the
soldiers who gave their lives.On Dec 7th 1941, Japanese submarines
and planes from an aircraft carrier attacked
. The attack badly damaged or sunk 8 battle ships, 13 naval vessels, 200
aircrafts and killed or wounded over 3,000 military personal. The attack by
was an unpleasant surprise and forced
into World War 2 on the allied side. The Japanese were on the side of
. A memorial called the U.S.S Arizona now stands in pearl harbour. The
U.S.S Arizona was a battle ship that was sunk on the day of the attack and were
1,000 crewmen went down with the ship and are still buried at sea. The names of
the men and woman are in graved on a marble wall at this memorial that was built
in 1962. I think the attack by
was very unfair. If there ever is another war they should only be aloud to use
paint ball guns.
added January 22
today and we saw some of the sunkin U.S.S. Arizona. It was freaky to know that
people are still somewhere in it. And there is still oil leaking from the ship.
Before we went to the memorial we watched a movie about the bombing and it was
actual footage of it. It was quite sad. After seeing pearl harbour today I hope
there is no more surprise attacks. We will be in
on Feb. 27 and we are going to see the Japanese memorial and that will be
received January 27
today and drove around the island. We went to the
to boogie board in the huge waves except all the beaches were closed because of
a big undertow. I still wanted to go surfing in the big waves but my dad said NO
WAY! We saw a fire truck and an ambulance and a medical helicopter looking for
someone lost at sea. So we drove all the way to the other side to
, waves were little and big but there good for boogie boarding. The other
bad thing was I learnt how to boogie board at the last second because it was
late and it was getting dark really fast. The trick to boogie boarding is to
push down on the end of your board right when the wave gets to ya. At night it
is really cool on the main strip because theres a whole bunch of shops, mimes,
and street performers. I really liked
and I could move there cause there are lots of surfing and other cool things
and I could go swimming every day.
COOK - received January 27
going to go to the big
, and see captain Cooks burial ground. The sea was to rough so we could not get
to land, but I am writing a story about him anyway because my dad is forcing me
even when I don’t really want to. I don’t think I should have you write a
story about a place I did not go.
James Cook (1728-1779) born in Yorkshire,
was an explorer in the 1700s and he sailed all over the world.
cook is famous for 3 voyages. The first voyage took him around the cape horn
thru the south pacific and to the coastal waters of
. He then discovered the north and south islands of
which he named
New South Wales
. In January 1773 he recorded the first crossing of the Atlantic circle. Cook
was searching for islands that have been seen by other explorers but lost
because of primitive navigational techniques.
ports. On cooks 2nd voyage he located Easter island, Polynesia and
, which he named the
His third voyage was to tackle another great mystery, the
. Cooks expedition suffered its first real problem when some
islanders killed and ate a small group of his men. Cook went back to Tahiti and
and had problems because the islanders were stealing things and it made him
mad. Cook had had enough, so he headed north into uncharted waters and
discovered the Hawaiian islands, in which he named the
. Cook decided to winter in the
islands in which his crew spent many great weeks in
. When they left they had depleted all the food supplies and this angered the
people of the island. Not far from the island one of Cooks ships was badly
damaged and he had to return to
that made the sandwich people really mad so they stole one of his small boats.
Cook then took the chief hostage and that’s when a islander struck and killed
him. I guess it would be cool to see his grave in
, but I don’t really know him. I kind of want to see it, but I am mad right
now because I had to learn about this and I really did not want to.
THE EQUATOR - CROSSING THE LINE CEREMONY -
received January 27
This historical tradition dates back to the 13th
century. Since it had been dicided that the world was round not flat the Spanish
and Portugese explorers ventured further south and west without fear of sailing
off the end of the earth. The excitement of sailing into the southern part of
the world became a special event. It was commemorated in a quasi
religious/mythological play involving King Neptune and his court who were
‘’crossing the line” for the 1st time. The initiations took on
various forms, some were highly dangerous. “Pollywogs” (were the ones who
have never crossed before) would be covered with various nasty liquids found in
the bilge of the ship and then suspended by the ankles and plunged into the sea.
On the QE2 you only have to kiss a fish and then get covered with old stinky
food from the kitchen and pushed into the pool.
You are now a shellback and will never do it again.
This tradition is still carried on by many sea going vessels
including the navy and the marines. The modern day “Crossing the line
ceremony” has changed a little for hundreds of years and in fact contains a
speech by King Neptune which was originally made in 1393.
We Came to
Tahiti and first stopped at a place called
was dirty and rainy. There were no beaches and everyone was poor and it was
very expensive cause a can of pop cost $3.50. My mom and dad couldn’t find
anything to do so we went on a catamaran. I wouldn’t want to live here.
We went to Moorea a day earlier then the ship. We went to a Sheraton
hotel and it was beautiful. We stayed in a grass hut! The swimming pool was huge
and a very nice light blue color. The beach water was light blue to. The sand
was very nice to. There were chickens running around and there were weird birds
flying and screeching. I went snorkeling and saw exotic fish. I got real sick
and threw up everywhere. It’s because I drank some water from the shower. I
had a real gross grilled chicken Caesar salad. Blaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! So when ever I
drank my pop it came back out. So now I don’t eat to much and I probably
won’t wanna eat another Caesar salad for a while. And yes I could move to
Moorea (of course). We are now heading to
and I hope I go back to Moorea someday.
received February 3
We left the
Qe II and stayed at a Hotel call the
in Auckland New
and it is very cool. We are on the 28th floor and we have the best
view. There is a huge building that is right beside us and you can bungy jump of
it (over 150 metres!) and my dad might do it. The fire trucks are almost the
same as the ones were I live. The police and fire trucks sirens are very weird.
We watched our ship leave and we were pretty sad. It gave us a loud honk before
it left. We went to a really good Chinese food resturant and had dinner. It was
called Dragon Boat. Before we ate we saw a guy get arrested and it was freaky.
They started talking to him and then he said something and then they grabbed him
and did that old police grab. (He must of done somin that was really bad!) Maybe
he lied because when they were taking him to the police van they threw something
on the ground. I think it was drugs. We went to a really busy part town of
and it was really quite nice. We also went to this awesome under water world
and you got to go on a ice vehicle and saw real penguins! Then we saw huge sting
rays in a tank! Then a moving platform took us to a huge tunnel tank and we saw
huge sting rays and sharks and cool fish! Then we went to the gift shop but
didn’t get anything. Of course I could live here because its just like home.
Oh and by the way my dads finally gonna let me play runescape on the computer.
- received February 4
on a boat and it took us to this island that was called Waiheke and it was
so cool. We got on a bus and it dropped us off at a church and we walked to a
beach. The beach had a playground and a little swamp that had huge eels in it.
The ferry ride was pretty cool to cause there were lots of nice people. At the
beach a kid caught a huge eel and it was cool. In the city I got a wicked toque,
and it looks like skaters toque. There were a whole bunch of crazy and noisy
birds that were screaming there heads off. Me and danika made these disgusting
drinks that had muddy sand and grose seaweed beans in it. But the beach sucked
because its was real dirty and the seagulls took up all the room and it was
raining when we were there.
the beach we went to a restaurant and the food was awesome I had real good
chicken nuggets and my mom and dad got really good olives and I ate most of em.
We also saw some phosphorus floating in the water. It was cool cause it looked
like a coral reef. And I think it was red. On the island there were a lot of
olives because they grow them there and there were also a lot of mountains,
sheep and horses and winery. On the way back to the ferry we saw how tropical
the island was because we saw lots of exotic trees and lots of horses and sheep
and I really liked
cause it was great.
Did you know the Komodo dragon live in south central
on an island called Komodo. This island is an national park and protected by
the government of
. These giant monitor lizards can grow up to 10 feet long, 300 pounds and live
up to 100 years. They mostly eat wild pigs, Goat, and Deer. I would like to see
Komodo island but I wouldn’t want to camp there.
at the Zoo,
I am not
ready to write because I want to go swimming and I don’t feel like writing. I
am having a good time but the stinking homework sucks!
zoo today and I had a awesome time!
We saw a
huge komodo dragon and it was so cool! Fact: komodo dragons eat deer, wild pigs,
and possibly humans! Oh by the way we went there on a really fast ferry
and then we went on cable car up a big huge mountain to the entrance. Ok back to
the zoo, We also did another really cool thing………… WE FED GIRAFFES!!!!
Well me and danika did. But it was really cool we fed them old apple slices with
herbs on it. And we also saw really big tigers and one was in a really bad mood
because another tiger went into the other tigers spot and the bad mood tiger
charge and fought the other, and the bad mood tiger was very nasty cause he
clawed the other harmless tiger on the side of its face! We also saw a
huge feircem elephant who was probably having a real bad day because he was
trying to break out of his cage and it wasn’t a very nice sound either cause
all you could was booooooming!!! Crashing!! And chains snapping so it was
was one of the main actors in a bird show in the zoo. She did not want to do it
but my parents bribed her with a toy. The lady who asked her to do it said it
was going to be a baby bird but it was a humangus owl with huge claws and my
sister felt the claws even with padded leather glove so she was pretty freaked
until she got that toy. He he he! We also saw some huge 2 feet turtles that
looked like they were 200 years old. We also saw some cool gorillas and monkey
and we found a secret window that had a great view of some. One came right up to
the window and ate food! He was sooo cute! (that’s what a sissy girl would say
by the way)I would say he looks awesome! Yep! There was one big huge fat gorilla
and he was the big boss! He was charging at all the other gorillas cause he
needed some food. (He’s actually called a silverback.) I really liked
the zoo and I hope you enjoy my story about it cause im da best writer in the
family! (just kidding!)
like Austrailia and I hope I come back soon.
received Feb 7
Sea World and
At the museum there was a lord of the rings exhibition and it was
so cool! They had all the swords the characters used and they all had dents from
hitting things but some were plastic weapons. There were also some really cool
shields and armour. They had Gimlis armour they had legolases armour and
they had gandalfs staff and clothes. They also had aragorns armour and by the
way they had all the weapons with the armour. They also had some of the orcs
weapons and armour. Me and my sister and my dad got pictures of us as hobbits
and it was so cool because they made it look like one person was bigger than the
other. It was sooo funny! We got one picture of danika being bigger than me and
one with me bigger than my dad. You were aloud to see how they created
Gollum, and the main orcs it was so cool cause the people who played the orcs
had to sit in a chair for 10 hours and were painted and they got rubber masks
and glued them to there faces. They actually slept in the chair! So it was
really cool but its only around for a limited time.
Nikolas - received February 17
off the ship and saw opals that were all types of colours mixed together so
opals are really expensive but we got 2 for free! My mom and dad took me
to a beach called Glenelg. We were told a story about a 16 year old boy
who was eaten by two sharks while being towed behind a boat. We ate at a
restaurant and I had a ham and pineapple pizza with danika and it was great .
The beach was like a
island so it was pretty cool. We went boogie boarding and danika was the
best boarder (well she was really good but I was better).
waves were really small so it didn’t work really good. My dad told us
that sharks will not come into shallow water so we don’t have to worry. But
they actually go onto land to eat people if you can believe it. Father O’Shea
told us at dinner that he studied sharks in school, and most attacks happen in
12 inches of water. My Dad does not know about sharks I guess, but atleast he
kept watching the water as we played so would not get killed. I thought I
saw shark but my dad said I didn’t. I had a really fun time at the
beach. The weather was really hot and dry so I burnt my shoulders.
finished swimming we went to McDonalds and there were birds in it! But I had a
really good cheeeeeeeeeessseeburgerrrrrrrr!!!!!!! My mouth is watering now so my
dad is gonna get mad (just joking) We took a cab back to the ship and we
got more opals…
and would like to maybe come back some time.
Nikolas - received February 17
to hear a man talk today about being a hostage and it was cool and funny. The
mans name was Mr. Waite and he was taken hostage and thrown and chained in a
cell for 5 years. He told us some funny stories, one was about a time when they
threw him in a car and he noticed another body in the car so he said there’s
not a lot room in here and the man replied saying well there was until you got
in! The other was they wanted to put him in a trunk but he was 6 foot 7 so they
couldn’t even close it even when they sat on the trunk it still would not
close so they put him in a refrigerator and then he found out that when you shut
the door the light goes out!
not really want to go to this but my dad said I had and it was hard to
understand. I have to go to 2 more of these talks as part of my school work but
that’s ok because he is getting to the good part which is when he gets locked
in a cell and there about to attack him.
THE BEACH - in
By Nikolas -
received February 20
We got off the ship and got a train to go to a beach near
. On the way to the beach we saw wild cock-a-toos in the trees they were very
annoying. We went to the beach my mom and dads friends from the ship and we had
a great time! When we got there the waves were humongous! Me and Danika played
in the water with the huge waves and when the waves hit us we went flying. So it
was really fun! Then one of my mom and dads friends Hooten buried me in the sand
and made me look like I was sticking out of the ground! He got a picture of me.
Me Danika and my dad made a big shark out of the sand it looked real until I
stuck a cigar in his mouth! After we ate lunch well we watched parrots and
seagulls fight. The lunch was awesome! Then my mom and dads friends had to go
back to the boat so we went to Perth and I got a 20 $ book called “A series of
unfortunate events” The first book out of 3 I think and its called the bad
beginning. I’ve almost read all of it. We went to the art gallery of Western
Australia and it was sort of boring but at least we got in for free.
Game Reserve - received
We drove about an hour from Freamantle to big park called
Caversham Wildlife game reserve. This place had kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian
devils and much more.
We went to see a this huge koala looking thing called a Wombat
and it was huge my dad and mom held him but I didn’t.
Then we went to see rabbits and feed this Lama, went it ate out
of your hand and it felt really weird.
On the way to the kangaroo area we saw these huge Camels and you
can ride them but we didn’t have any time so that would have been cool but we
will do it in Egypt.
We came to this very large gate that let you into this huge park
that had Kangaroos we fed them and pat them it was sooo cool!
The Kangaroos were pretty soft but one of them had sharp teeth.
After we fed one of the fat kangaroos farted!
I really like the Kangaroos a lot!
If the kangaroos were wild they would really hurt you so be
There were herds of them and you were not allowed to run because
it would scare them away and that wouldn’t be very good would it?
This place was really really coooooooool!!!!
After we went to see the Koalas and they were all sleeping they
actually sleep 20 hours a day and wake up at night and eat then they sleep
The Tasmanian Devils were sleeping as well and they looked a bit
There was this bird that was saying hello! Hello! And he sounded
like an old lady!
I really really liked this place and after I got a kangaroo
pen that had buttons and when you pressed the buttons it would punch and it had
boxing gloves on its hands so it was cool.
Mcnaught - received February 23
Today we went to listen to the Captain talk about stuff and
everyone got to ask him questions.
Here are some facts I learned about:
The maker of the ship is Cunard
The QE2 can even carry cars and once carried a tortoise, a limo,
a wolf hound, rats, expensive cars.
A Ship is the best place to be in a tsunami because the water
moves at the bottom and only makes big waves when it gets close to shore.
Cunard cruise lines are owned by Carnival cruise lines.
The ship has an operating room and someone once had there
appendix removed and a baby was born.
Captain Mcnaught calls the Queen Mary scary Mary because they
once had a race to a port and the QE2 won because the ship is the fastest crew
ship in the world.
In the 80s the QE2 was converted to a military ship to help fight
the war in the
and they converted it in 1 week and loaded 35 hundred soldiers and a helicopter
The QE2 then broke the record for the longest passage ever by any
ship without stopping when it went to fight in the
One lady asked if many kids want to become a captain on a crew
ship and he said no because they all want to be fire fighters.
The lecture was very interesting and I liked it.
Story on Mr. Terry Waite - received
of my schoolwork, my dad feels it’s important that I listen to Mr. Waites
lectures. I feel that it is pretty interesting but he just uses some very
complicated words for a 9 year old.
Mr. Waite talked about how he managed to keep his brain strong
thinking of math equations in every way. Mr. Waite communicated to the other
hostages by tapping on the wall so the code would be like 1 tap would be A and
so on. He went to
and took a picture at the Whitehouse with Vise president George Bush senior.
When the story broke about the
contra (whatever that means?) the hostage takers captured him because they
thought he was connected with the Americans and he could give them info. He was
chained hands and feet to a wall for five years. They asked him what he wanted
and he always said books. Then one day a nice guard gave him a book called THE
GREAT ESCAPE! The poor guard couldn’t read English so he got him just any old
book. He was in an interrogation room and they told him he only had 5 hours to
live then they put him back into a room and he fell asleep. When he woke up he
heard the door unlock and a guard stepped in and asked if he needed anything
before his death and he said I need to write a note to my family so they gave
him a pencil and paper but he was blind folded so he looked thru the crack at
the bottom and wrote. The guard took the letter but Mr. Waite found out
they never sent it. The guard if anything again and he said a cup of tea. So he
drank the tea and they asked once more and he said I need to pray so he did. The
guards told him to turn around so he did then he felt a gun point to his head
and the guard all of the sudden said MAYBE ANOTHER TIME. That was very weird! At
one point he got very sick so they taped him up and they drove him to a
doctor’s house so he could be examined. Before that they said they would let
him go but they lied!
they said they’d let him free they made him dress up like a lady and they
drove to a family of threes house and a mom a dad and a little boy stepped out
of the building and went out to greet him but when the boy saw him he screamed
and ran back inside. The guards said they had to chain him to a wall but the dad
argued saying “WE CANT HAVE A MAN CHAINED TO A WALL IN OUR HOUSE!”
Waite Part 3 - received
by Nikolas - Feb 23rd
Waite has been a hostage for over 5 years, locked in a cell, sometimes blind
folded. He was taken hostage in
. He communicated by tapping on a wall. One of the guards was nice enough to get
books to read in his cell but the guard could not read English. Mr. Waite was
usually transported by being taped up and thrown in the back of a car. At one
point he thought he was going to die because one guard pointed a gun to his
head, but he dropped the gun and said “maybe another time”. Mr. Waite’s
friends were also hostages and they had to eat a sheep’s head with everything
in it and on it. The head guard told another guard to buy food for the hostages
but he secretly pocketed half the money and when they found out they took him
outside and shot him with a gun. When Mr. Waite was released, an Airforce plane
took him home and when he got there he could not even recognize his kids. I am
glad I saw Mr. Waite and listened to him, he is a nice man.
Nagasaki city, Japan, western Kyushu island, capital of
. The first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of
. It followed with a second bomb against
on August 9th.
estimates 60,000 to 70,000 people were killed by the
bomb called “Little boy” and about 70,000 and 1 third of the city by the
bomb dropped on
, called “fat man.”
agreed to allied terms of surrender on August 14th.
The only thing left of a church is this tower of bricks. That was
one powerful bomb
These are the only times that a nuclear weapon has been used in a
conflict between nations. There is no escaping the association of the atomic
. It fell on the people in the ancient community just after 11am, August 9th,
1945. The fat man, the bomb was twice as powerful as the
bomb that was dropped a few days earlier. All was quiet in
. At precisely 11:o2am, there was silence. “I was very thirsty, and went out
for water: I found the water with something like oil all over it. I wanted the
water so much that I drank as it was with oil over it”. –Sachiko Yamaguchi
(age 9 at the time of the bombing ) Peace fountain in
’s Heiwa-koen (peace park) dedicated to those who, like Sachiko, died in a
desperate search for water following the atomic blast on August 9th
The story of this boy is very sad because lots of other kids died
from thirst so that made me feel really sorry for the kids that died.
Today was our first day in
and we went to peace park which is exactly were the bomb hit and it was hard to
believe. The difference between pearl harbour and
only bombed the navy ships of the
dropped a bomb in the city and blew up 5 schools including 1/3 of the city so
many kids died in class. I understand why we have wars but I don’t understand
why they have to kill little kids? After
we went to the museum and it was graphic and scary and that is where I saw the
pictures of the schools. It showed kids dead with no heads lying on the ground
and people with skin torn right off there backs and people that had there heads
burnt in half so it made me feel angry and I felt sorry for all those poor
people that were innocent being blown up for no reason at all. The museum was
terribly scary but it was interesting but still scary so I might have
nightmares. I’m glad and sad I went to the park and museum.
In Nagasaki it was really neat the way there cars were so small
the way they liked kids so much and they also had lots of neat electronics like
really small cameras and video cameras and even high tech cell phones. The
coolest thing we saw was this high tech toilet that had a heated seat and a
cleaning spray that sprayed on the seat and then it spit out a cleanex to dry it
and it had a butt washer and cleaner.
We went to eat at an oriental Japanese restaurant and I had 3
bowls of rice with extra soy sauce. My mom and dad had all that grose seafood
stuff. YUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! After we went to these really boring gardens and
we bought tickets but there was nothing to see so I wasted all my energy walking
up a stinking mountain!! (what a waste of yens (Japanese $) after I got in so
much trouble I couldn’t get the rubber numchucks I wanted at the market. But
im goin to get some in
, I hope.
- received March 5
Jujutsu or Jujitsu is a name
applied to many styles of Asian martial arts that involve kicking, kneeing,
choke holds, throwing, and verified weapons. Ju (Japanese for “gentle or
soft”) indicates how much energy is produced by the enemies attack, and jutsu
(Japanese for “art”) refers to the use of that energy against the enemy.
Unlike most types of martial arts, jujutsu has no standard uniform, nor does it
have any spiritual exercises.
Jujutsu is thought to have
evolved from martial arts techniques that reached the Japanese islands from
and were mixed with the combat techniques already present on the islands.
Jujutsu-like fighting practices became an important part of military training
among the bushi (samurai class) during the
Bushido (Japanese, “the
way of the warrior”) is the code of ethics observed by the warrior noblemen,
or samurai of feudal
. Like the rules of chivalry that prevailed in medieval
, Bushido was based on such virtues as rectitude, endurance, frugality, courage,
politeness, veracity, and, especially, loyalty to ruler and country. Only
through the exercise of these virtues could a knight maintain his honor, and one
who had forfeited honor was compelled to commit suicide by hara-kiri. Fully
developed by the late 12th century, Bushido became a written code in the 16th
century. When feudalism was abolished about mid-19th century, the code was
abandoned, but its influence, mainly on the army, persisted.
I stole this last bunch of
sentences because it was very big and complicated.
We bought an actual dragon
samurai sword but unfortunately the boat security took it away until the end of
the cruise but I still have a dagger that I might give to my cousin. You should
of seen the look on the guys face when he saw the sword but they said this
isn’t the first sword they’ve had today.
My mom and dad wanted to go to some temples with some of the crew
(our friends) so we did and it was a little interesting. Before you went in you
had to walk under a wooden circle with paper lightning bolts on top of it and
when you walked under it (without a hat on) you got good luck. There was one
temple that had a 15 foot golden Buddha with candles around it. One of the
temples was the oldest temple in
. We saw a lady walking around the 2 posts and prayed to a bowl of water
but the weird thing was that she did that for one whole day. It was more like a
cemetery than old temples. I sort of liked the temples but I don’t think I’d
go back there unless I was more interested. After a man gave us a whole bunch of
little turtle cakes we bought tons of things from him and my dad gave him a
Canadian dollar and he really liked it. We went down town after and I really
liked it, because it was full of very cool Restaurants and arcades, and shops
that were really high tech. We went to a Japanese restaurants but I didn’t
like it so we went to McDonalds after. I would like to come back to
- received March 11
Well………… I LOVED IT! Because it was like
but way bigger and busier and a whole bunch of electronic stores and stalls. I
got 2 Gameboy advance games and a padded case. One game was the Incredibles and
the other was a game that had 106 games loaded on it and they are awesome. But
the bad thing was I got a stinking stomach flu and couldn’t go out that much!
But when I did go out I had lots of fun. We spent most of our time shopping at
the huge midnight market and we got the incredibles dvd that is still in
theatres everywhere els. Haha!!! We also got the son of the mask lemony snickets
series of ufortunate events. After feeling better we went to a really high peak
on Honk Kong island and it was cool but we were only there for a couple minutes.
After that we went to a marina and a lady invited us for a ride on her boat
which is her house for 200
dollars. We did (of course) but we were sort of nervous because the lady just
walked up to and practically threw us into her boat or house. It was cool though
because she zoomed us around the harbour. Sorry to say this but she was good for
a lady.. hehe sorryyyyyy. She brought us threw this tight fit threw 2 fishing
boats and even she was clapping. I know im not supposed start a scentance with
but or because but I do so just forget about it!
received March 14
We drove to
with a driver who was really good and fast. He was also good when we almost got
in accidents because he would speed like crazy until he got away. He took us to
our hotel with our friends and the hotel was the best one yet. It was called the
. Our room wasn’t ready yet so we went to eat at a great Chinese food
restaurant and it was good. I had sweet and sour pork and a bowl of rice and you
guessed it….. with extra soy sauce. After we went to our room…. Well it
wasn’t exactly a room, it was the biggest room in the hotel which was so
called the grand suite! Gosh it was a sweet suite! The rooms curtains opened and
closed with a remote and the bath tub had a T.V.! After discovering our huge
room that had a view of
we went on a canal tour. So we went down to the docks and payed the money and a
nice big boat pulled up so we got all excited but then it left and a long junky
boat with holes and an old engine pulled up so we got sort of nervous but we
went on anyways. He drove us out of the harbour and into this old place where
lots of very poor people lived in these old squares made out of rusty metal so
it was quite sad but most of the people waved to us. And that made me feel a bit
better. I saw this huge lizard that was on the rocks and it was about 6 feet
long! After about an hour he took us to a crocodile farm and he told us to go in
so we bought tickets and walked in. At the entrance there was a spider monkey on
a leash jumping around but when we got in side we were totally scared, well I
wasn’t, but my mom and dad were. My dad was especially scared because they had
some of the longest killer snakes in the world like the king cobra and a Viper
and a man ran up to us and said “I’m taking out a king cobra and a Viper and
doing a show”. The snakes were sitting in a sack almost right in front of us
but, my mom and dad didn’t want to see the show. The snakes were in cages with
holes that were filled with plastic bags and card board so they would not
escape. There were monkeys and a huge tiger and you could stick your head in its
cage but you wouldn’t want to, so we tried to leave but the guy tried to stop
us, but we left any way. So the boat driver took us to 2 or 3 temples that had
bhudas in them. One of the bhudas was almost all solid gold and it was the most
biggest statue I’d ever see. It was called the reclining bhuda. I got a gold
coin from that temple. I think I know why they are so poor, because they
probably spend all of their money on those beautiful temples, gold and gem
On the way back we all saw a smaller lizard but my dad says it
was huge, but the one I saw was bigger. So the day was awesome except all of the
poor people and the polluted waters and skies. The streets of
were very dangerous because of all the poor people, but the weird thing was
every body had motor cycles! There were more motorcycles then cars! The coolest
part in the hotel was the huge pool or pools because there were four pools
connected so you just need to swim under a brisge and climb up and down
waterfalls. I liked seeing
but I did not like seeing the poor people. It made think what it would be like
to be poor, and it wasn’t very good. I might want to go back there when I get
older, WAY OLDER and stronger.
started by getting on a bus with our friend Hala and her friend. The
driver drove for an hour and we finally got to a little city called
. It was extremely hot! We pulled right beside the world’s tallest
building. It was made out of stainless steel! We tried to go up it
but there were no more tickets left so we went to a big mall and we saw a big
event going on about 2 F1 racers and one of them was from
. It was so cool! We could of just walked down there and got an
autograph or picture from them! But we just mostly bought Danika birthday
presents. We drove back with a crazy taxi driver and we drove by the Kings
palace, the railway station and the new monorail system. I would like to
and see this city again.
off the boat and got on a shuttle that took us to some malls. The malls
weren’t that great because everything was really expensive. Everything
was very expensive in
! So we took a taxi to a place that would take you to some island.
When we arrived there was 2 very tall buildings. So we walked in one and
went to the ticket booth and wanted to buy a ferry ticket but the ferry was not
running so that left us with the really high cable gondola! Dun, dun,
duuun!!! Just kidding, my mom was the only one who was scared. When
we got to the island she was totally relieved! When we got there we had
lunch at Subway and watched a snake charmer. After we took a monorail to
an unbelievable beach called
. There was a really nice bridge that took you across the water to a
fairly small spec of land with a big tall tower. You could also swim to
the island in like five minutes, but we did not have our bathing suits so we did
not. After looking around we went to sit down and have drinks. After
that we went back on the monorail to the Underwater World. We bought
tickets and when we got in we saw some really weird fish that looked like
shells. They had a whole bunch of bazaar fish like the ones that look like
tree sea horses and dragons all at the same time. After the Underwater
World we took a bus to a resort that was supposed to have fun mini golf on a
mountain. So we went in but couldn’t find where the clubs and stuff were
so we looked around. We walked all the way to the top and found a family
playing so we asked them where to get them and he said all the way to the bottom
so we walked back down and me and my sister played and had lots of fun.
But the bad news was when we got back to the ship we found that it had broken
down and we had to stay in Singapore another day.
- received March 21
of us walking through the bizarre, and yes it was really bizarre
on a bus and went around the city of
, it was a very very poor city. The bus took us around the city and it was quite
ended up at the bazaar shopping place and it was truly bazaar! When we got out
everyone wanted to touch Danikas face so my dad put her on his shoulders but
they still would reach up and touch her with there germy hands. When we were
driving around the city we saw about twenty bunkers and armoured houses with
loaded machine guns and also some rocket launchers. They were making sure that
the terrists that were after all there money would not come near it but they
were very close to the ship so everyone was scared. After the bazaar we walked 2
blocks to the train station and it was a dangerous place so we payed a taxi
driver to drive us to a hotel to have lunch and a swim in the pool so he dropped
us off but we didn’t like the hotel so we walked across the street to another
one that was way way way way nicer. So we ate lunch at a buffet and then went to
a big swimming pool and had lots of fun. After that we headed back to the ship
and saw tons more bunkers and when we were going to the gate we saw big spikes
blocking some of the gates so no car would smash threw. When we got to the ships
area we had to go threw a special way and we walked by a little ticket booth
that had a bullet hole in it! And a guy wanted to sell us bunnys that he would
high with his hand and we said no so he dropped it 4 feet. We got back to the
ship and my mom went shopping and as I am writing this second it is Danikas
Received March 25
Here is my story on Mumbai
see these little homeless kids makes me quite sad
We came into port around 10am, but people could not get out until
10pm. Immigration checked our passports and another ship was in the docks, so we
waited until 7pm until it left, at dinner time. We watched the ship leave and it
almost hit us. We also saw a submarine that was supposedly driving around our
ship since 3 pm for security.
At midnight my dad went out to do his internet junk at a nearby
hotel and we stayed back at the ship doing boring stuff.
The next day we got
off the ship and nervously ran to our tour bus and on the way the smells were
extremely smelly. It took us a while to get out the gates but when we got
out we headed for the huge laundry village. When we got there all these locals
begged and sold stuff and we finally got through the crowd but one little girl
kept on following us and waving the whole time even when we weren’t looking at
her. When we started back to the bus the girl was still following and
Danika says “Hey I made a new friend” and finally the girl gave us her final
100 waves and we got back on the bus. We bought a little elephant with
real rubies and crystal built into it for a little more than a dollar American.
After that we headed to the 2nd stop a museum that was actually
Gandhis home! Ghandi was a man who stood up for the Indian people and he was a
non-violent man who starved himself for peace. His death was dated 1948.
He looked freaky because he wore a sheet and was very skinny, if I ever got to
meet Ghandi I think I would sort of like him. His house was really small and
thin. The best part of the museum was the miniature wax museum and one of the
stories was that a white lady on a train complained about Ghandi sitting in the
first class section so they threw him off the train. I think he was thrown off
because of his skin colour. We got back on the bus and headed to another museum.
It was in a huge temple but it was sort of boring except for the animal part
where they had all these hunted animals behind glass, like tons of birds,
rhinos, tiger, deer, bear, huge and deadly fish, and killer snakes and rare
lizards. The rest of the huge museum was statues and old pots and stuff.
My dad wanted to walk to a hotel about 3 blocks away from the
museum which kind of made me feel scared and nervous. I felt this way because of
all the scary people and there were so many beggars in this area and freaky
looking people. When we got out on the street everyone came to us and tried to
sell us junk and beg for food and money. It made me feel weird. My dad said to
me that this was the poorest place he had ever seen, but I said it wasn’t. Sri
Lanka was a little worse, it’s just that Mumbai had way more beggars on the
streets. The people in
had nothing at all, almost like these people, but kind of different. The people
had super nice cars and hotels that we don’t even have at home. We made it to
the Taj hotel ALIVE!!!!! The walk from the museum was kind of cool because we
walked down the middle of the streets, and ran away from crowds of beggars just
like we were running away from the police, like we were criminals almost.
The hotel was very, very, very, nice. First we went for lunch at
a Chinese restaurant called Golden Dragon and we only ate 4 small dishes and
some pop and it cost us more than $100 American! So after, headed out to the
pool and it was big with 2 lions spraying out water. It was soooooooo fun!
Outside the Taj was the Gateway to
that looked over the
. The Gateway to
is the gate where all the important things from ships come in. Around the hotel
there were tons of dingo dogs that looked like they were dead and even more
people selling these big junky balloons that were like $30 of their money. After
we got in a cab and we stopped at an intersection 2 homeless kids about my
age walked up to my closed window and started talking to me in their language
and it seemed that they wanted me to come out and I think they also wanted my
hat and shirt probably because they had old rags on.
Mumbai was very, very, dirty and poor but had lots of
unbelievable buildings and cars but it was a very good experience.
I hope one day when I’m older I’d like to come back and
experience all the other cool things of
News AT SEA - received
very, very sorry to say that today March 30, 2005, the Queen Elizabeth 2 got a
may day call from another freighter ship saying that one of their crew members
was seriously injured and after 20 minutes by the time a tender boat got there
he had died. The rumour was that he was painting and fell off a ladder a couple
stories and died from his injury. Everyone was very sad and shocked that this
had happened but we tried and we failed our mission. They say that if he was
alive they would of took him to our ship and a helicopter would land and bring
him to safety.
almost did not get to go to
because of high winds called shamal. The waves were too big for us to go into
port but we had 600 passengers and a new captain to pick up so I knew we were
going to get in.
is a very rich and wealthy place. It is because it has the only 7-star hotel
and really nice cars and no one is ever begging. The first thing we did was we
got in a taxi and drove to a hotel that had a seven star rating and was called
the Burj al Arab but I was feeling car sick and we were not aloud to go in. The
hotel was right beside a big water park on a little mountain called WildWadi and
it looked so cool with all the 70 mph slides and stuff. My dad said we should
walk to somewhere nice so I could get my mind off it. We ended up at this really
different mall that was pretty much outside. We saw a real racing motorcycle in
a miniature version and it’s the newest thing and its called a pocket bike but
it doesn’t even fit in your pocket but it goes super duper gooper mooper
flooper hooper fast for a little toy bike. After my dad finished doing his
400,000 pictures (not that many but a lot) we got in a taxi and we went to the
to eat lunch and go swimming. When we got there, there was a formula 1 car and
it looked like a rocket car. We went up to one of the restaurants on the ninth
floor and the hotel was absolutely stunning by the way. The restaurant was
extremely fancy and I had pepperoni pizza and it was awesome! We got these
little fun books that said things about
and I will tell you right about now…….. 7 hours later ok here we
creek divides Bur
and Deira. The president of the UAE is H.H. Sheikh Zayed. The ruler of
is Sheikh Maktoom. The UAE is made up of seven Emirates. The national bird of
the UAE is the falcon. The national animal is the camel. Souk in Arabic means
has 2 seaports/harbours. The traditional dress for men is called Khandora. The
traditional dress for ladies is called Abaya. Whew that was long and my wrist is
starten to hurt, are your eyes startin to hurt? Well…. never mind I really
need to finish this stinking story so I better get going again…….. Ok back
to the hotel ……LOADING…… After lunch we went to ask if we could go in
the small swimming pool and they said 180 us $ please so my dad just walked away
but then he thought he could get a discount for being a member of the Fairmont
so he went back and payed $83 for me and my sister to go swimming and if you can
believe it, it was tooooo cold so we barely went in at all but I met a friend
anyway and there were a whole bunch of rock bands at the pool from the U.K. and
I got to meet Justin from Darkness and the manager of the band. I didn’t know
if Darkness was famous and boy they were! They were part of the soundtrack of
Bridget Jones Diary’s. I know this is really late but I forgot to say that
before we got to
we went up on deck at night and saw
! We might come back to
cause its tooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooool.
received April 2
went to a place called
and I liked it even though it was small and there was nothing to do at all
except buy stuff. We got off the ship and got on a bus and it took us to the
souk which means market in Arabic. After we got off the bus and we got on a taxi
and asked him to drive us around
so he did. We passed this huge sand castle and I mean a real castle made out of
sand and bricks that went all over Muscat and after about ten minutes we were
back where we started which meant we were finished so now you know how small
Muscat, Oman, is. So we went shopping in the souk that was really different but
big. We got to this little shop that had the traditional wear of men in the UAE
which is a little hat with designs and a long robe that looks like a dress but
it’s really cool. So me and my dad got it from a really nice man. Everything
was old or expensive though they were very nice. If I ever go back to Muscat or
the place you will be finding out about soon, I will get the last thing you need
for the khondora clothing which is a little scarf that you can wrap around you
head or neck.
you can see why
is a pretty nice place with all the nice people and clothing except for one man
who hit me and my dad on the legs with his cane so he could get through. WHAT A
went to a place called Salalah (2 days later) and it was really awesome! We
planned to go around Salalah with our friends (10 people altogether) in a little
van but he didn’t understand and didn’t come. So we took a bus out to the
gate and we got out and 1 of our friends went to the police station to ask for
some transportation for 10 while we stayed in the piping hot weather. I got a
little too hot and went into the air conditioned police station as well. After a
while the 50 taxi drivers sitting out in the street heard about us wanting a van
for ten people and they got really angry at the police and kept coming in and
yelling at the police for letting us do this because they really wanted money
and so they could take us. They wouldn’t settle down so some of the police
came out and wrote most of them tickets and after 30 minutes of madness the van
arrived and we got in. Our friend was born in
so she could speak the language which got us to all these places. So give
a special thanks because she made our day special. As you know
is pretty close to
which means there are more camels here then anywhere else in the world. And we
got to take pictures of them but later I will tell you something amazing about
them. The man who drove us spoke no English as you can see. After we got out of
the little town of
we headed into the desserts and up into the mountains. On our way to our
first stop there were tons and tons of camels and we saw one in the middle of
the road, it was dead as a doorknob with its head missing and its gore and flesh
all around it. The first stop was in a deserted area and here is the really cool
WAS A CAMEL FARM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we got out and we were allowed to
pat the camels and one of our friends told me to come and pat the one he was
patting and he said “its not going to bite, don’t worry at all” and right
when he said that the camel constantly tried to bite his hand and he said,”
never mind”!!!! All the camels really did was stand there and fart and burp
and one of our friends tried some camel milk and they said it tasted good but
after they didn’t look too good. After that a guy with a cane came out and
started chasing the camels into a valley. I bet
10000000000000000000000000000000,90987 dollars that you didn’t know that
camels could run really fast like horses. Oh ya and forget about all that money
cause I don’t even have 1 quarter of it!! After that we went up a big mountain
with twisty and ziggy roads and I bet you half a penny that you didn’t
know that some countries drive on the right side of the road some countries
drive on the left side of the road but in this country you drive on both sides
of the road so when you went around sharp turns there could be a head on
collision just like we almost did. Our second stop was a little area with caves
all around it and a big body of water. My dad was about to take a swim until we
spotted a hidden sign that said something along the lines of “don’t swim in
here or else you will die” don don donnnnn!!! Good thing they spotted it out
there were 2 guys swimming in it having a great time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that stop we went back into Salalah and went to an Omanian food restaurant and
when we got in a guy who spoke no English (once again)led us to a room were we
would eat and he shut the door and you had to sit on pillows on the floor and it
was an amazing meal. And it was only 5 dollars each for 9 of us and there was
tons and tons and tons take away one tons food.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm makes me feel reaaaaallllly
hungryyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After the reallyyyyyyy good food we went
to a little street market and I got a free gemstone necklace and a toy gun and
bow and arrow. It truly was a coooooooooooooooooooool street. After that we
hurried back to the ship so it wouldn’t leave without us.
a country that is between
. We could see
as it was only a minute away. The day started when we were on a bus out of the
terminal and these taxi’s started chasing us because they wanted money so we
all got off and a big argument started between the bus driver and the taxi
drivers. We crossed the road to a really nice taxi driver named Rushdi with a
4x4 jeep and we asked him if he could take us all day to
and a hotel for 50 but we paid him more at the end. When we started we saw
really nice mountains and dessert and he noticed us admiring them so he said he
would take us there too. We had to wait 2 hours till we got to Petra and all of
a sudden we stopped at a little corner store and Rushdi got out and came back in
1 minute later with about 20 chocolate bars for me and Danika. They were really
goooooooood! They were caramel chocolate bars mmmmmm!!! One hour later we
arrived at little
was too long of a walk. So we got out and went through the gate and we found
our selves in a rock village that was 2000 years old! It was amazing and nobody
else was there. Back then they lived in little rock caves and cooked over little
fires. We got to go inside the little caves and up their little rock stairs. The
place was really cool and quiet. We took many pictures as you can see. And I
found very old rocks that I still luckily have. And there was also big rock
temples and smashed up paintings on the wall. So we all had a very good time
there but eventually it was time to leave to the next stop. The next stop was
probably one of the nicest place I’ll ever go. It was called Wadi Rum a plain
and rocky dessert. How we got there was quite bazaar because we pulled up to the
middle of the road and then turned into a little farming village and turned out
of the village and into a really sandy area and kept on driving. We saw flowers
and we saw the big dessert rocks getting closer and closer and found our selves
in the middle of a dessert. We drove for about 30 minutes and stopped at 2 big
rocks and of course I got out and started to climb the really big rock that was
about 30 feet and I got to the top and the wind almost blew me right off my
feet. It was really cold in the dessert you know… a bit too cold. After that
we went to the world’s largest natural made bridge and got a picture standing
on it. It was quite hard to climb it because of all the large and steep rocks on
it and they were also blocking the path to get up it. After that Rushdi drove us
to some guys that let us ride their camels for 5 minutes or so in circles in the
dessert and they sure smelled bad. My dad’s camel almost bit my leg right off
and when they sat down and got up they were hard to stay on that’s for sure.
After that Rushdi drove us a little bit and then stopped and looked at me and
said ”its your turn to drive!” So I hopped onto the driver’s seat and
almost drove better than Rushdi! I probably learnt it from all those videogames
I’ve played in my life? And I drove for about 5 minutes and then it was my
moms turn!!!! And she almost flipped the dang thing over! So now I can say the
first time I ever drove was in the middle of a dessert in
. Rushdi drove us farther into the dessert and stopped again and said Nikolas,
go climb that mountain of sand by running up it without using my hands but my
mission failed so he took us to a littler one and I still couldn’t do it. When
were driving we thought we saw a lake and we were very sure it was a lake.
Rushdi told us it was a mirage. A mirage is when the dessert plays tricks on
your eyes especially when you are thirsty.
realyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy liked my trip today and i am definitely coming
back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got back to Aqaba and went for
a great lunch while my dad went to the internet café.
- received April 6
The first thing about
I have to tell about is how dangerous it is. We left the ship in a convoy of 20
buses and there were over 20 S.W.A.T and police trucks, motorcycles and cars
securing us throughout the tour. The tour we went on was called Pyramids and
Lunch on the
. We went through tons of dessert for 2 and a half hours until we got to the
pyramids. Our driver was absolutely crazy, probably because we all woke up at
6:00 am. The whole way he would speed at like 90 mph and a cop on a motorcycle
kept on speeding up to the bus and he probably was saying, “Are you crazy!!”
And he would try to speed all the way to the front of the line.
We finally entered
and we were almost at the pyramids of
. 1 hour and a half later………. O.K. maybe we aren’t that close……..15
minutes later……… Ah, here we are at the pyramids of
that are 45 hundred years old!!! Bum bud a rummmm!! So we got out and took
pictures from a high cliff. After this, he would actually take us to the
pyramids….STARTING UP BUS……Leaving…….. Here we are!!!! We got out of
the bus and followed our guide into the second pyramid because it’s the only
one you can go in. If you look at the pictures on the site you will see a medium
sized pyramid with white stuff at the very tip top. We waited in line for a
minute and finally got to the front and headed down to the entrance……..tick.
.tock…… And we bent down and went through the pyramid and it was boring.
There were tons and tons of people though. We had to bend down the whole entire
way because the ceiling is as tall as Danika, but we stopped right by the middle
and headed back because Danika and her 2 friends were too scared. And my mom
didn’t come because she is claustrophobic. When we got out of the pyramid, we
were quite late for the bus and my mom was no where to be seen. After we looked
for her for 3 minutes we heard STEVE!!!!!!! My mom yelled from a far with
some Egyptian head ware on, “I NEED MONEY!!!” She yelled again so my
dad ran over and started arguing with her. And we went over and met the salesmen
and my dad only had a 20 $ bill and it was only $1!!! And the bus was about to
leave so my dad gave him the bill and asked for change but he just gave us more
and more stuff because he knew we were late for the bus so we just ran to the
bus and got in right when the doors shut. So this wasn’t a great tour because
we only got 10 minutes at each stop. After that we drove to the great Sphinx and
all it really was was a big block and a big lion type head and paws. My mom gave
me a lucky charm that she got from those guys that ripped of my dad and its now
a necklace. And we bought some more head were and I got a blue one. After the
Sphinx we stopped at a jewelers shop for 20 minutes or longer. And I got a
little 18 carrot gold necklace hook on that has NIK written on it in
Hieroglyphic which is the ancient Egyptian writing and its little symbols. I got
it for 50 American bucks and on the back it has the key to life which means live
for ever and it has the Egyptian good luck symbol. After that we headed to the
that is the longest river in the world. We got there after 30 minutes and got
on a little ferry. It really was a floating restaurant with 8 armed guards with
machine guns hidden in their suites. Every time we went under a bridge the
police closed it off until we left. We ate really good food and it was a buffet
with a really good band playing. The river was quite dirty but filled with small
and big fish. Did you know that the Nile goes all the way through
and even more places?? Didn’t think so. We sailed through the
for 1 hour and a half and got back to were we started and got off the boat and
back onto the bus. We had to stop about 15 minutes later in middle of a bridge
so the other bus could change buses because their bus wasn’t working right. So
after 5 minutes we were on our 2 and a half hour trip back to the ship. It
seemed that the way back felt like 24 hours to me but eventually we made it back
and waited in line and listened to a band play and got back to the room and boom
non of us fell asleep!!
and I might come back to see the Mosques and the other pyramids. Next time I am
going to see the pyramids longer than 10 minutes.
It’s 5pm and we just
entered the Mediterranean Sea after spending all day in the
. The Canal was cool and there was a war between
had a smaller army than
blew up there whole airport and won. Along the way we saw soldiers and blown up
vehicles and also destroyed buildings. Most of the canal was Egyptian army
bases that had about 15 soldiers in each building. We came across a memorial for
World War 2 that was shaped like the end of a gun. The
is very long and interesting and it would be O.K. to go through again. It only
took us about 10 or 11 hours to go through.
to a town called Marmaris on the north coast of
. The town was really dirty and crazy. People were screaming and yelling in very
weird voices. Motorcycles would speed through the markets. So I didn’t like
the city but I liked what we did. We went to the market and I got a game boy
game called the legend of Zelda a link to the past and it’s awesome. After
that we took a taxi into a deserted town and went to a hotel but it was
everything in it was closed. And it was also in renovation. Everything closed
between 1 and 4 and then everything opens (in the hotel) but we left anyways. On
our way for something to eat we were stopped by a salesman so we went into his
clothes store and I got a hoodie that had the word SPITFIRE on it and a flame
head and it’s really cool. After that we went to another hotel and every thing
was closed in there as well but we went to a little shop and got 2 bags of chips
and some shampoo and when we got out of the store I couldn’t help but opening
a chip and eating some because I was really hungry but my dad got mad. Since we
were all sooooooooo hungry we got to go
to………………………MCDONALDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and it was
deserted as well but it was opened. I ate 2 cheeseburgers, a thing of fries, an
orange fanta, some of a chocolate bar and that’s it. That’s a lot. After
that we hopped in a taxi and drove back to the ship. Now you see why I liked
what I did. I might come back to turkey when I’m 100,000,000 years old, but
maybe before that.
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We got off the ship and
my Dad started talking to a taxi man to see if he could take us around. We chose
that taxi and the man’s name was Salvatore and the first place he took us was
. I found the next bunch of stuff from an encyclopedia:
“Pompeii, ancient city of
Italy, in the Campania Region, built at the mouth of the Sarnus River (now
Sarno), a few miles south of Mount Vesuvius, between Herculaneum and Stabiae.
The city was founded about 600 BC by the Oscans, who were later conquered by the
Samnites. Under the dictator Lucius Cornelius Sulla it became a Roman colony in
80 BC and later a favorite resort for wealthy Romans, reaching a population of
about 20,000 at the beginning of the Christian era. It was also a place of
considerable trade and was the port town of
and other inland cities of the fertile valley of the Sarnus. The city was much
damaged by an earthquake in 63AD and was completely demolished in79AD by an
eruption of Mount Vesuvius that overwhelmed the towns of
, and Stabiae. The eruption also changed the course of the Sarnus and raised the
sea beach, placing the river and the sea at a considerable distance from the
ruined city and obscuring the original site.”
The first thing you see
before you get into Pompeii is a huge volcano called Mt. Vesuvius and you also
see a whole bunch of little destroyed brick houses connected together. These are
the ruins that were destroyed by a flow of lava and an earthquake and the lava
killed the whole city (over 20,000 people was the population at the time 2000
When we got there Salvatore
brought us inside a shell place were they carved really nice things on shells
big and small. After that we went over to the entrance of the now destroyed
ruins. We got inside and headed to the interesting and big places. It was like
the worlds biggest castle without a roof. There really only was little no-roofed
houses that were stores way back when and big building that looked like temples
that they used for the court of law. There were 2 mummies in glass cases that
were so old that they were covered in rock and they looked like as if they died
when they were boxing because their arms looked like one arm was about to punch
and the other arm looked like it was blocking. And you could see their bones and
their teeth and it looked like they were about to jump out and eat you right up.
And when we were walking by walls we saw about 4 lizards climbing them. This
place was about the size of a real city or town. After
we went to a stall and got some freshly squeezed orange juice and it was good.
After that we went to a place called the
and it was all mountains and rocky beaches but it was still really nice.
It was really steep as well. After the coast we went to
and ate lunch at a pizza parlor. I ordered a pepperoni pizza and it was
gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even my
dad had the best pizza he ever had, and even though my dad’s pizza didn’t
have cheese on it because of his allergy he still loved it. After the pizzas we
went for gelato (Ice cream) and I chose a really good fruity one. Even my dad
had some ice cream so he was in wonderland. After we ordered and got our ice
cream and we went out the back door and we were in a new world. A thin little
alley with shops along and motorcycles and scooters zooming by. After that we
hopped in the car and went for a drive. Have you ever seen the movie The Italian
Job because it’s about stunt cars racing through
and Sal drove just like that. He almost hit cars and people he was going so
fast but we made it back to the ship alive. He said he learnt that stuff from
Playstation2 and he was like, older than my dad!
I definitely would wanna
come back to
but I’m not gonna drive.
read the guest book on our web page and I would just like to give a really
really really special hello and thanks to Mrs. Johal and my class and also I’d
like to say hello and thanks to Mrs. Strilive and her class. My cousin is coming
here tomorrow and I am really excited. Micheal if you are reading this than im
really really really really really really really really really really really
excited and me and you are going to have sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
much fun in this beautiful place. Now this is what is around this place……5
swimming pools, a theme park, a lot of water parks, bowling and I think a video
arcade and the beach. I’m lucky that we are living in this beautiful area and
not in another stinky old weird town. The language Espanola is extremely hard.
All I know is hola and grassies. All the people know English a little tiny bit
but some do know English. The town house we are in has a cold floor so you
always have to wear you shoes except in bed. Life in
is quite nice actually. Getting away from all the other tourists except you
guys. The weather is quite cold if you can believe it. We went on a drive for 14
hours and it was like torture for kids. .So I hope you all have a great time in
and everywhere else you are from.
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Tangiers, April 21st
The first thing I saw was
poverty. We got on a bus and headed to the ferry terminal. We had to get up at
5:00am for this tour!
We got to the ferry
terminal and it was not very dark anymore. We waited a little bit and then
went into the terminal. My dad got me and my cousin each doughnuts.
They were really good but bad was about to strike. We got on the boat and
had to wait 2 hours of boredness, but finally got to
and got off the boat and continued on to lunch.
The starting of our
was quite nice with all the scenery and buildings. We passed by caves and drove
on large mountains roads. After that we stopped at a large palace and looked at
a cactus from
and a tree from
. The owner of this palace was from
as well. We got back on the bus and continued on to our place to have lunch.
Lunch was going to be in a grand tent with a band playing and it sure was cool.
There were even more camels for people to ride around on. At the gate
there were two guys on horses with rifles and then a drummer and two dancers
stepped out and did some cool things. The lunch was awesome and it was
couscous and taco meat and also soup. Well, the music was playing, people
came up and started dancing. We got back into the bus and went onwards to
the shopping bazaar. We went in a little shop filled with rugs and
antiques. When you walk up to something they would say, “Oh, I’ll give
you this for 30 euros” and on and on and would not leave you alone.
After, we walked down an alley and homeless salesman would be worse then the
licensed salesmen by aggressively stopping us. After, we went to a
pharmacy and were talked to by a funny scientist and he showed us his
unbelievable powder medicine. He said that some can help with all
sicknesses, like diabetes and cramps in all places and some give you better
memory and more energy. After, we made it through the big crowd of evil
sales people and back into the bus and back to the ferry terminal alive. I
might not go back to
but I’ll go back to
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look so cute, until they attack you!
We went to this big rock called
and it was really cool. We got on a bus and went to an area where we went on
tours. We went on a tour that took us around to some areas. So we got on a
little bus and went to the entrance but had to wait because an airplane was
landing. After we got in the front gates we went to a little ocean pier that had
a view of a mountain with a 100 ton gun. On the sides of the mountain there were
holes from canons. There are a lot of very old buildings in
which makes it a very nice place. Did you know that Africa and
were joined way back when but an old legend says Hercules separated the two
when he was hunting for a golden apple? We went to a cave called St. Michaels
cave. It was really cool with all its stalagmites and rare rock. After the cave
we went to a little area with a whole bunch of wild monkeys!
The monkeys were actually little tiny apes with no tails. They
really act like humans because of how smart they are. I took a picture with a
really depressed monkey who kept on giving me dirty looks. Some of the monkeys
would jump on top of the other little tour buses and ride. When they see food
they can be very vicious about it with their very sharp teeth and their powerful
jumping power. One person who came on this tour took a picture with her arm
around the monkey and was bit twice. We went to our next stop which was another
little area with some more monkeys. We saw a man with a food bag and a little
monkey zoomed over and took it but luckily dropped it and we found out it was
his camera. Soon after a lady walked over to a little group of monkeys and the 2nd
smallest one jumped on her and she was very frightened. After monkey mania we
went to a little square and had lunch and went shopping and had a very, very
nice time in
Monkey’s attacked our bus as we were trying to leave.
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Plaza de Toro’s (1785), the first ever bull fight was held here.
Today we went to a really cool museum on bull fighting. I got to
stand in the middle of the dirt arena and sit on some of the chairs/benches in
the stands. Bull fighting is a very dangerous and cruel sport. The Object of the
game is to make the bull run through a red cloth and right when it goes through
it, you throw a sword in it’s back. Bull’s are very attracted to red so
it’s pretty easy to get him over to you. The museum we went to was right under
the stands. This arena had the very first bull fight way back in 1785. In the
museum they had used clothes with blood still on it and horns of some famous
bulls. This was a great experience.
Toro, Toro, bring on the Bulls!
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On the 27th of April 2005 we arrived in
. We stayed in the Sheraton, Pine Cliff Resort and stayed for 4 days. There are
4 swimming pools, a golf course,
Pirata which is a little kid’s fun park, mini golf, an arcade, a Junior
Activities center, tennis courts, and the most beautiful beach. Including some
restaurants, and the nicest areas. The hotel lands are very big and beautiful.
It’s in the middle of no where but it’s worth the drive. We had the best
time there and will hopefully go back. This hotel should be the best hotel
in the world. Our toilet in our first room was plugged so we moved to number 270
on the 2nd floor and it was the same room as the last one. Our rooms
were average sized, 1 queen bed and a cot. Not very good for bouncing, but still
pretty cool. The arcade was really big and fun and I pretty much went every
night because my nice dad used tons of euros just for me to have fun, thanks
dad. I wasn’t allowed to be registered for
Pirata because I was too old so I went to the junior activities. It was cool
and fun and I pretty much went once a day. I played mini golf a lot and I played
basketball with my mom and dad and I had a private tennis lesson. We went
swimming in the indoor pool and you have to wear these caps in indoor swimming
pools all over
for sanitary reasons. I went boogie board surfing at the beach and there were
really big waves and I even saw a couple real surfers.
On May 1st 2005 we arrived in Lisboa (
in English) at 2:30 in the afternoon. Lisboa is the capital city of
so it’s really busy. All you can hear is sirens and honking. The day we got
there it was like a ghost town. Everything was closed except for a little coffee
shop where we ate lunch that same day. We stayed at another Sheraton but it was
a regular hotel. The next day (today) we went through the city again site
seeing. We went to that coffee shop again for breakfast\lunch. We had scones and
some crepes and 2 chocolate muffins. We walked around the city a bit again and
then got on a bus to go to a castle. We went on bus number 37 and he was
absolutely crazy. He would speed up little alleyways and he was driving so crazy
he hit the side of a building. Amazingly we made it to the fortress alive but
surprised. The fortress was called
and here are some little tips on it.
“The St. Georges castle rises up on the highest hill of old
Lisboa where the first known fortification to be built dates back to 138 BC. The
thousands of visitors that flock to the Castelo Sao Jorge enjoy a unique culture
and fun experience. The castle and its residential area is today a place of
outstanding originality combining the cosmopolitan area of the castle with the
hubbub of life in one of Lisboa’s oldest parts.” Now here is something quite
interesting. “The Ulysses Tower-Dark Chamber……Installed in the castle, in
, where the Royal Treasure was once kept, is the Periscope, an optic system
invented by Leonardo da Vinci in the 16th century. It allows us to
have a 360 degree view of
in real time.”
We came back to the area where we started and we went to the Hard
Rock Café for dinner. And we listened to some awesome music and we bought some
stuff. I got a Hard Rock Café Lisbon baseball cap and it’s really cool. I
didn’t really like Lisboa because it’s really busy, dirty and there is quite
St. Georges Castle,
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parents want to take all these dumb pictures?
is another one of the millions they have taken in front of the Grand Palace,
On May 3rd 1200 BC, just joking, we arrived in
and we are staying in the 4 star
Espana. It really should be a 6 star because it’s really nice. We have 2
rooms but the one I’m writing in is the biggest and it’s me and my moms,
hahahehehahaweewee (cough, cough)!! Madrid is like Lisbon,
…….busy…….crazy……lots of sirens! There are lots of accidents and
honking but lots of police. There are also
of ambulance about 5 times a day or more, just like the one I’m hearing right
now. Except here the buildings are cleaner than the ones in
. The food is pretty much the same in each restaurant, it’s…….Chicken,
Seafood, Steak, and Paella. The best restaurant we’ve ate at is the Xi Maria.
We went to an art gallery and all the art is not a copy it’s actually done by
the artist. There was lots of art from a man from
named Francisco de Goya. He is quite a good artist and it’s easy to notice
his art because it’s blurry, and mostly dark and creepy. The pieces of art are
very old and are mostly paintings of Jesus when he was being crucified or when
he was alive and it was pretty interesting even though I don’t really
understand them. I got a hat that says
on it with a bull on it and it’s an authentic real
hat. After that we went to a store where they were selling medieval armour and
swords. My mom even showed me a real grenade and I could of afforded it. They
even had axes, spiked clubs and guns from the old times. They were so cool! We
just bought 4 tickets to see Real
play soccer and we almost have front row seats. I don’t think David Beckhem
will be playing because he hurt his leg but it will still be exciting. Hey
Conor, if you are reading this e-mail me your favorite soccer team please.
May 8, 2005
I have to continue my
story. We decided to take a subway to a theme park in a place called Baton. We
waited 3 stops until we got there. When we got there (not in the theme park yet)
the town was very quiet and deserted but there were still some people there.
When we got to the front gates the guy did not speak any English at all. So we
had some troubles getting in but eventually we got in. When we got in, the first
ride we went on was a mini train that shows you around the park, well, the
little kids section. After we went on tons of rides but our mom went on 2, I
think. We walked to the extreme part of the park and some of the roller coasters
went so fast they sounded like a jumbo jet. After, we ate some O.K. food and
then went on more rides. One of the rides was an air plane one and you could
control it to go up or down just like a real one.
#23 David Beckham was so close I could almost touch him
We went to a football game between Real Madrid and Real Racing S.
C. and it was really cool. I got a scarf that says Real Madrid on it and it’s
cool. Going into the stadium made me sort of nervous. Cars were honking sport
tunes and people were yelling. When we walked in we asked someone where our
seats were and he took us to the 2nd to bottom row. And all of the
sudden I felt a sneeze coming on so I huffed and I puffed and achooo!! And when
I looked up the game had already started and there wasn’t even a warning I
don’t think. My dad says that Ronaldo #9 is the best player and he is pretty
good but I like Beckham.
My dad filmed a clip of Ronaldo having a break away and missing
an empty net. Real
won 5-0 but I wished the other team scored at least twice. When I first
I really did not like it, but it got a little better. By the way I am
continuing this story in
and soon heading to
May 9, 2005
A PICTURE MY DAD TOOK AT
THE BULLFIGHT IN
doing a story on Bullfighting as part of my school work and will tell you what I
learnt and saw. All the big words you see were taken off the internet when I was
doing my research.
are not familiar with corridas de toros (bullfights), here is what happens in
order, so that you can decide by yourself whether you want to see one when you
corrida starts with the paseillo, when everybody involved in the bullfight
enters the ring and presents themselves to the president and public.
alguacilillos on horseback look up to the president's box and symbolically ask
for the keys to the puerta de los toriles. Behind that door the bulls are
waiting. When the door opens and the first bull enters, the spectacle starts for
real. It consists of three parts, called tercios ("thirds"),
the separation of which is signaled with a bugle call. There are three
toreros-bullfighters (the better-known word "toreador" is actually
never used in modern Spanish)-in each corrida, each being allotted two bulls. In
the first tercio the bullfighter uses the capote, a rather large cape
that is a pinkish-mauve colour on one side and yellow on the other.
Now the two picadors enter on horseback, armed with a sort of lance. The second
tercio is la suerte de banderillas. Three banderilleros must stick a pair of
banderillas into the charging bull's back. In the final suerte suprema
the bullfighter uses the muleta, a small red cloth draped from a stick. He has
to show his mastery to dominate the bull, and to establish an artistic symbiosis
between man and beast. The corrida ends with the torero using his sword to kill
8, 2005 we went to a bull fight in
and this is what I saw. Right when we got in the stadium trumpets whistled,
“rum pum de dum” and a whole bunch of so called tercios walked in and bowed.
They walked to the side of the arena and practiced. They first took of their
jackets and then more music came on and these knights that are called
alguacilillos came out and also some police and men that help. Then the music
stopped and a gate opened and out came a big angry bull with 2 ribbons stabbed
into its back. The tercios came out and the bull charged at them and some
guys would sit down while the bull charged which is hard to do because you have
to move when it runs through their capote. Then the alguacilillos (the knight
type guys) run over and rams the horse a couple times while the guy stabs him
with spears. Then guys with 2 of those colorful spear type things come out and
do a little dance and taunt the bull and then they run over to it and stick them
into the poor harmless thing and you can always hear a dreadfull shing!! sound
when it goes in and the crowd cheers and screams Olay!! Olay!! And then the main
character comes out and poses with his muleta in is hands and shows off his
strength. He is the one who finishes the poor bull with a sharp sword while it
chokes up blood and moans from the terrible pain. And he makes it get tired
making it run through the muleta tons of times but soon he stabs and kills it
with that sword and then sticks one through its brain and he gets a standing
ovation for his strength and he shows off once more. Then two horses tie a rope
around its feet and drag it around the stadium and roughly drag it out of the
ring. We left right after and everybody gave us dirty looks because there were 3
more bulls to kill. When we got back to the hotel my mom said she heard someone
say that one of the tercios was almost trampled to death but it serves him
right! I would not like to go to one of those again because it was so terrible,
but I am sort of glad I went.
(Posted on May
there are lakes and mounds of sea salt. The mounds of sea salt are about 35
is one of
’s largest salt producers and when we drove through that area all you could
see was mounds and mounds of thick salt. And you could also see miles and miles
of man made ponds of sea water shaped into rectangles. We were driving to our
friend’s house when we witnessed all this but I was so excited I really
wasn’t paying attention so now I have to get most of the information off the
internet. The salt here is actually really good because it’s really, really
salty and much larger crystals then back where I miss really bad, HOME!!
We have been in boring
for a week now and other than the salt this place sucks. I am going to tell you
’s salt and how it’s found and made.
Alicante’s Salt Water Lagoons/Lakes
province is home to a number of salt water lakes/lagoons. Many of these are host
to wildlife, considered to be nature reserves & therefore protected. Others
are worked for their salt deposits, exported for many uses all over the world,
even as far as
(to salt the roads).
The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers this part of
(Costa Blanca-Alicante province) to be one of the healthiest climates on the
planet. The major reasons behind this are both the mildness of the climate
throughout the year, & the low levels of humidity in the air. A major
contributing factor to this low level humidity is the drying effect of the salt
As a result people with conditions often aggravated by the cold
& damp, such as arthritis have found the climate here beneficial, & many
of them seeking to move/purchase holiday homes in the area in later life. Since
Roman times people have flocked to the region in order to visit some of the many
spa’s & healing centres dotted around the coastline. Many of these spas
offer skin healing treatments using the mud of the salt lakes, which is said to
aid in the treatment of conditions such as eczema.
Covering over 3,700 hectares the reserve includes both the La
Mata & Torrevieja salt water lagoons. The Torrevieja lagoon is largest at
about 1,400 hectares & the La Mata lagoon about half that size. The rest of
the reserve is down to pasture or scrub land. Connected to the sea by 2
artificial channels (Acequiones) & each other, the Mediterranean flows
through to this shallow depression & then warms in the Spanish sun. The
water in the Torrevieja lagoon is allowed to evaporate & the salt collected
(1 million tons per year).
The salt marshes & reed beds are used by over 100 species of
birds, feeding on the small crustaceans & larvae that live in this highly
The lagoons are famous for the flamingos, grebes & avocets
that live here.
Sea salt, obtained by evaporation of sea water, is a salt used as an
ingredient in cooking and in products such as cosmetics. Its mineral content
gives it a different taste from table salt, which is mostly sodium chloride that
is either purified from sea salt or made from rock salt (halite), a mineral that
is dug from mines. Table salt also sometimes contains additives, such as iodides
(as a dietary supplement) and various other agents. Various areas of the world
produce specialized sea salt, including
. Sea salt produced in
may have a distinctive red-brown color derived from iron-rich volcanic soil
present as an impurity. One common use of sea salt is in premium potato chips,
(my favotite chips usually have tons of this type of salt on them). Sea salt is
generally more expensive than table salt.
In several countries, including
, sea salt was the sole source of salt. Regulating the sales of sea salt was
highly profitable for the governments. About 110 BC, Emperor Han Wu Di of China
started the monopoly of the salt trade, making salt piracy a crime worthy
of capital punishment. In 1930, the British government of
imposed a salt tax, which led to the famous Salt Satyagraha from March 12 to
April 5 when Mohandas Gandhi led thousands of people to the sea to collect their
own salt rather than pay the salt tax. (I remember Gandhi getting thrown off the
train, but I don’t remember anything about this).
Sea salt is thought by some to be a healthier alternative to
table salt, since it lacks artificial chemicals used in processing. Sea salt,
however, does not contain iodine (what ever that is), an essential nutrient.
At first I sort of liked
but now I just wanna get out of
!!!!! I think that
is the best place to be so I’m really homesick right now and probably for the
rest of the trip.
BY: homesick NIK
received May 19
On Top of
May 19, 2005)
is one of the smallest countries
in the world. It is so small it is not on the globe. There is only one road
leading in and out through the whole country. Today we went to the mountains
that are covered in snow and ice and it’s outside a little city called Ordino.
We even saw a couple skiers speeding down runs. Me and my sister played in the
snow but we didn’t have proper snow gear on. We are staying in the
la Vella. We have a room that is special. It’s called a theme room and the
theme is a Pirate ship room. It has a sword and 2 guns strapped to the wall and
a treasure map made by an artist. It also has bunk beds and I get to sleep
on the top bunk and my sister sleeps on the bottom. And the best thing for
me is………… an XBOX and you can rent out games at the reception. Right now
I have Halo and after this I’m going to play it with my dad. This place (
la Vella) is crazy because of the extreme emotional everyday traffic and you
can barely breathe because of all the car exhaust and smelly pollution. The
people here and in
don’t like us much because we speak English. All the French make fun of us
like when my dad went up to a snack bar and said “one donut please”, a
French family sitting behind us said doonut?? Ha ha haaaaaaaaaaa! And they never
want to speak or help us. One waiter said at a restaurant that they hate
Americans because they force the Spanish and French to get off planes because of
their culture and skin colour. I think this place is cool because once you get
away from the everyone not liking us and the main city it’s really nice. I
would like to come back here after I learn French and Spanish and then pretend I
am the same culture.
by Nikolas - received
first thing we did was struggle to get out of bed and then we went to pack our
suitcases into the car. Then we ate breakfast and got ready to finally say
. After breakfast, we got into the car and drove to
airport to fly to
. We drove for about 30 minutes and then we were there. So we loaded a cart full
of our luggage and walked into the airport and headed to our gate. We waited a
while and then we got on the plane. They went thru the safety plan and finally
we were in the air in our British Airways flight to
. We flew for about 2 hours and we met this very nice man from
and he told us everything we needed to know about one of the oldest cities in
the world (
). We talked all the way until we landed in (you know what because I’m tired
of saying it) and had to walk down a small staircase to get on to a bus that
would take us back to the terminal. When we got back to the terminal we headed
straight for the train that would take us closer to our hotel. We went on the
train and waited 1stop and then got off at the south terminal and got out of the
airport and took another train to the area we are supposed to be in and after
that (toooo many “after that’s” don’t you think?)we hopped in a taxi and
drove to the hotel and it was the same hotel we stayed in before we came to
(Express by Holiday Inn) but it is nicer. Our room is really nice too.
to start on the next day because my dads getting really angry so I should hurry.
So, we woke up early again and struggled to get out, we wanted to see the sights
and museums around
. So we looked around town for a ticket for going around town on whatever you
want to ride and we finally, finally found where to get one. I think it was 10
pounds for the whole family, not bad. The first thing we tried to find (it was
very hard to find) was Buckingham Palace which is where Queen Elizabeth II lives
but right now she is in Alberta, Canada. The royal family was there and
they were giving out medals but we didn’t see them we only saw the people that
were awarded. There was lots of police and people around the building but no one
was allowed in. The palace is really big, it’s like the size of a hotel. There
were those guards that would stand still for a long time no matter what but
these ones marched around every once in a while but I can understand why.
is pretty cool and I’d go
back if the Queen is there.
that (woops I said it again he he he?)we went to the Winston Churchill war rooms
which is where he hid when
was being destroyed by Nazi bombers! Winston Churchill was the prime Minister
at that time.
War II broke out in September 1939 when
marched it's soldiers into
France got mad about the invasion of
by declared war on
. The Union of
) and the
joined the British and French war in 1941. Chamberlain invited Churchill
to become a member of his war cabinet. Churchill was again first lord of the
admiralty (What ever that means?), and during the next eight months he did his best to build up the
navy, especially in the field of anti-submarine warfare.
the German attack on
ended public confidence in Chamberlain (not sure what this means but it was in
the book). On May 10, the day the Germans launched
their surprise invasion of
, Chamberlain resigned, and King George VI asked Churchill to be prime minister.
Labour and Liberal leaders readily agreed to join Conservatives in a wartime
coalition government. Churchill set the tone of his leadership in his first
report to the House of Commons, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil,
tears, and sweat." It was only the first of his stirring wartime speeches,
which knit the country together and inspired people around the world.
parents have explained this stuff to me. but I still don't understand it all,
getting really bored.
Winston Churchill was prime minister of Britain during World War II, Churchill
roused the British to stand against Nazi
. The sight of Churchill, with his cigar and two fingers held in a “V” for
victory salute, he called it “their finest hour”. In the end the
and entered the war after
made them mad and the
kicked some serious butt! This whole war thing was interesting and boring all
at the same time, so I won't bore you with a long war story.
the Winston Churchill War rooms, we went to the Rainforest Café but the food
was different and it wasn’t as good as the one that was once back home in
Vancouver but I like it anyways. After that we went to a premier of a movie
called House Of Wax and I was gonna see Paris Hilton (whoever the heck she is)
and some other famous actors but we bought tickets to go see Chitty Chitty Bang
Bang on stage so we had to leave but it was so totally worth it! We had to walk
to the theatre and sat down in front of the stage. This show was supposed to be
absolutely unbelievable but it was waaaaaaaay past that! The show was the best
ever! And it was like the car really could fly. The characters looked exactly
the same! Everybody loved it!!!!!! It was awesome!!!!! After all that fun we
took a bus back and asked the driver to take us to our hotel but he forgot. It
was funny, and after we made friends with him and his name is Addi and he is
and he is really nice. He said he really liked
. He said he is moving back to
with his daughter and wife. We are still in
as I write this. I like it quite a bit.
- received May 29
Today we got on a train in the Waterloo Station right by the
London Eye. The Waterloo Station is very big and contains many train tracks. We
were going on a EuroStar train to
. The train we went on was a high speed train and looked like a very, very, very
long futuristic jet plane. It was a 2 and a half hour drive through
until we got into a certain part of
. We went through a very, very, very, very, very long under water tunnel that
took at least 22 minutes. Here is some info about the under water tunnel.
Tunnel, tunnel 50.4 km (32 mi) long, carrying a rail link under the English
Channel between Cheriton, near
, and Coquelles, near
. The tunnel, one of the greatest civil engineering projects of the 20th
century, has an ultimate design capacity of 600 trains per day each way.
Drive-on/drive-off shuttle trains, operated by the Eurotunnel Company, carry
cars and trucks. The journey takes 35 minutes. Each shuttle travels at 130 km/h
(80 mph) when under the sea, is 800 m (2,625 ft) long, and carries up to 180
cars, or 120 cars together with 12 coaches. Freight shuttles can carry 28
are actually three tunnels: trains travel in two running tunnels 7.6 m (24.9 ft)
wide, one on each side of a service tunnel 4.8 m (15.7 ft) wide. The undersea
section is 39 km (24 mi) long. There is 195 km (120 mi) of track in all,
including 45 km (28 mi) in the United Kingdom terminal and 50 km (31 mi) in the
French terminal. Maintenance and emergency services use the central tunnel, and,
if necessary, passengers could escape into it on foot in the event of an
emergency on board a train.
has a concession from the British and French governments to run the tunnel until
2052, charging railway operators for access. Through-trains for foot passengers
are operated by Eurostar, a joint venture of the British, French, and Belgian
national railways. Eurostar trains travel at up to 140 km/h (87 mph) in the
tunnel and take three hours to travel between
When we got to
we quickly rented a van and got directions to the Holiday Inn we were going to
stay in. We had to drive for a very long time until we made it alive. When we
got to the hotel we ate dinner and we just came back now. So far
is pretty nice and I could stay here for a little bit.
and Brugge - received
and got a room at the Holiday Inn. That night we went into an old market
town and struggled to get a parking spot with our rented van.
is a pretty old city and everything is from like the 14th century.
We walked through the market and looked through a couple shops and when my mom
was done looking at all the 1000 cloths and shoe stores we went to a 5 floor toy
store. There were hundreds of people walking the streets so it was hard to get
around. We took a motor boat tour around
and the city is so old that your neck would be sore after looking wherever the
tour guide would say. On the left we have the shnoo bloo temple soup kook, on
the right we have st. jj ble blat e ta tea and so so so so so so on. I really
don’t want to write this so I’ll just go on to the next
Sooo, we drove our little van for 1 hour until we got to a little
city with a bit too much people called Brugge. It’s pretty much exactly the
. Red roofs on houses just like
(which I didn’t tell you sorry) but 2 times the people. There are even older
things too. We went to a church across a busy square right by our hotel (which
that is really nice) that claims to have a few drops of Jesus’s blood. It’s
a really small church and the music reminds me of a haunted house. There are 2
really busy squares but there is one that is just packed with tourists mostly
from Europe or
. There are lots of horse drawn carriages that can easily run you over a couple
Ouch! The blade you see is the original one that was used.
The coolest thing about
was the Gravenstien medieval castle that is known for doing terrible haunting
tortures and death sentences a long time ago. There was an exhibit on and in
glass displays there were weapons and armour. We went down into the torture and
stable room that was definitely haunted. Here are some tortures they did way
back then: They would put them on the stretching board and fill their stomachs
with water until they would burst. They would sit you down on a high upside down
triangle and put weights on your ankles which would really hurt if you were a
man. They would cut off your feet and hands and then hang you. They would lie
you down on a board and drop a heavy blade that would chop your head off and it
would drop in a bag which they would put on a stick to frighten pass-biers.
Sounds terrible hey? Imagine being a victim?
and the medieval castle were really awesome and maybe I would come back.
June 6, 2005 - received
on June 6, 2005)
my sister with Mr. Yvan Ouellet (Blue)
to the Canadian Centre at
for the anniversary of the WW II allied invasion onto the beaches of
61 years ago. We went to the centre at 11 am and watched the ceremony
celebrating the day the Canadians stormed the beaches. We watched the
Ceremony outside when it was raining and they gave us 4 poppies and 4 crosses
that had the names of soldiers that died on the beach, they were for us to stick
in the sand of the Juno Beach shore and remember them. Me and Danika were both
holding and waving Canadian flags while the ceremony was on. After the ceremony
we met a cool veteran named Yvon but his nickname is Blue so that’s what we
called him. He drove the first truck off the boat and he said he had to run over
his own men to get the truck out of the area. He drove all the way from
to transport Canadian troops. He was driving through the war in
and was under heavy fire from Nazi’s so that’s why he ran over his own men.
It was so cool meeting a veteran that fought on D-Day.
my sister are placing crosses to remember the soldiers on Juno Beach
the ceremony we went to
which was a bridge that was taken by Nazi troops and liberated by the British
Army. We went through the museum and walked on the bridge and we saw bullet
holes from a German fighter plane on the top. Around the bridge they had
vehicles used in the war set up and even a glider plane replica that was really
cool. The tour guide was told by a veteran that was at
that he saw a tank come out of a plane at 2000 feet. The soldiers had to start
the tanks and the jeeps before the planes landed and one of the tanks was left
in gear, so when the soldiers started it, the tank drove over the pilots and out
the front of the plane. Everyone died because the tank fell 2000 feet and the
we went to
and while we were in
we went to the American war cemetery and there were 10,000 crosses in perfect
rows and a view of where it all happened. After that huge cemetery we went to a
church where a soldier’s parachute had got caught high up on top and was
eventually killed by Nazi’s and he stayed up there frightened for one night
thinking that someone would come and save him but no one did. They put a fake
parachute up where he got caught to show you where he was. I’m glad I came and
learned about the WWII and I will come back with “my” family hopefully.
also really reminded me of
so I will be sad to leave.
- received June 6
is the place where D-Day took
place and some battles in World War II. We have gone to the beaches where the
Canadians battled at and there are still some blown up pieces of items and we
even went into 2 small bunkers. 45,000 Canadians died in World War II. Many of
them died in the town we are staying in now and on the Canadian D-Day beach. The
beach the Canadians fought on is called
. The beach the Americans fought on is
beach. The beach the British fought on is Sword and Gold beach. After we went
and learnt about some things. We saw some clips of the War and we also saw some
used gear and weapons. Some of the info was kind of sad and we also saw some
helmets, guns, ID cards and some other things dug out of the beach after the
war. The museum is really nice and all the used items in one of the exhibits
were 60% of a man’s war collection! That’s a lot of stuff!! After the museum
we drove to the
and it was very neat and clean. There were grave stones going on for like 2
acres on and on and it would take you a day or 2 to read all of them. A lot of
them were 25 years old or less. If they were not that old they were 30 and up
and had a loving family. Imagine your dad promising he would come back but never
did, I would still be waiting for him now. That’s really sad and I feel sorry
for all those lonely moms and kids. At least some came home and met their
families once again.
Day” we went to a bigger
that had 3,000 Canadian graves! It is called Cintheaux and just like the other
one it was surrounded by big maple trees with big maple leaves which I did not
tell you about in the first story. Behind the Cemetery was a huge field that had
100’s of real red poppies growing on it. Actually most of the areas outside of
(where we are staying) are humongous patches of plain farm land. After that we
where the British fought and we went to a 360 degree movie theatre
that had 9 screens and we watched real footage from the war and it was cool.
Right after they showed footage they quickly showed you what it looks like now.
After that we went for lunch and watched some people race down on army jeeps
playing tons with their sirens and we heard bag pipes play and tomorrow we will
go to the D-Day anniversary, so it will be 61 years when D-Day was fought.
Here is a
little information I have learned about WWII:
A lot of
this war stuff was really hard to write in my own words so I wrote it just like
in the books my parents are forcing me to read. arrrrg!
II was a global military conflict. It was the most devastating war in
human history. More people died in this war than any other. The war began
in 1939 when
was angry at Anglo-French coalition. Soon it included most nations of the
world. It ended in 1945. In the last stages of the war two new
weapons were introduced: the long range rocket and the atomic bomb.
In the main part of the war they used the same or more improved weapons used in
World War I.
were unhappy with the outcome of World War I. The French and the British
disagreed about a lot of things and they were not sure they could defend the
Peace settlement. The
were angry at the Europeans so the Americans went into isolation.
early morning hours of September 1st, 1939, the German armies marched
. On September 3rd the British and French surprised Hitler by
declaring war on
but had no plans to help the Polish. Man for man the match was pretty
much even but the Germans had much better vehicles and aircrafts than the Polish
had. By Sept. 20th almost all of
was in German or Soviet hands. I am still reading about the war and am going to
keep learning more.
NIKOLAS – received
We got to
by driving from
and got stuck in stinking traffic. Me and my sister didn’t care because we
were too excited thinking about getting a hotel in
. We sat in traffic for about 20 minutes enjoying the view of the
. Finally we got out of the traffic and started our long drive to
. We arrived in the area of
and went into a gas station to get gas of course. We were looking all around at
the awesome castles, a hot air balloon and the Wild West theme scenery. We could
see our hotel in the distance which was the Holiday Inn (what else would it
be?). Finally, we arrived at the “Holiday Inn” and loaded our luggage onto a
cart. When we walked in our jaws dropped to the floor (in happiness!) because
the hotel was more like a double over sized circus. Well, that’s what it was
because there were pictures of old circuses all over the walls and everything
was called something from the circus like “Ringmasters Corner” which is a
kid’s buffet and movie area with the buffet restaurant right beside it. There
was also an awesome arcade and a games area. This hotel gave us the feeling we
would be happy for the rest of our lives. The pool was huge, our room is pretty
much the biggest of them all because it’s called the “kid suites” and we
get a circus bedroom all to ourselves and it has a bunk bed and a T.V. that has
an English cartoon channel so it’s like heaven for us!!!!!!!!! But we are not
for a couple days because my mom and dad want to keep on going to
for 3 days. So we dropped off our jumbo rental van and got on a train into the
city. We waited about an hour on this freaky subway that smelt like marijuana
and some people looked at us like we were a side dish! But finally we got to
where we wanted to be and got on another train and waited about half an hour and
got out in the city of
We got out
onto the streets and went straight to the Louvre which is the most famous and
largest museum of them all. It’s famous because it holds 2 famous art pieces,
one is the original Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo de Vinci and a statue called
Venus de Milo and I don’t know who did that. We went through the museum
looking at all these 1000 year old antiques and some papers written by Pharos.
It was pretty boring for me and I was also very tired. So at the end when we
left I was quite happy until I remembered that we have to do it again 3 more
times. After, we went onto a double Decker tour bus and I had a temper tantrum
over headphones because they didn’t stay in my ears. I felt like throwing them
off the bus and into the ocean and my mom did to. After, we went to a small
French restaurant beside the
. The food was trebien (very good in French) and we left them a very good tip.
Then we took those 2 freaky subways back to
day we took one scary subway train (thank goodness) to the city of Paris once
again and walked to the Opera house and caught a bus to the Eiffel tower and
waited in line to get a ticket to go up it. We waited for a little bit and then
we went through the entrance and waited in line for an elevator. When it arrived
like 20 people packed in and we were swooshed in the side, it wasn’t very
comfortable. We stopped 1 quarter of the way up and packed out of that elevator
and waited in line for like 20 minutes for another one and some people were
smoking in line. And when it was our turn along with 22 other people we all
packed into one again and were even more uncomfortable. We got to the middle and
did that exact same thing all over again while we looked at
far, far down. Finally, after being even more uncomfortable we got to the top
and looked down at the busiest city in the world. After about 15 minutes we
headed all the way back to the bottom of this huge structure and got back on the
tour bus. We got to the
and ate some sandwiches. After that we got back on the bus for the hundredth
time and went to the cathedral of Notre Dame walked around and then ate at a
little restaurant and the guy who served us looked like Cat in the Hat. After
all that we went back to the train station and took another long train ride back
to Disney and had a look through
graffiti behind me say’s
“save our planet”
Wall was a wall that divided
into 2 sectors. We went to the Berlin Wall and saw only one long strip of
it blocking East Berlin from
. It is badly damaged and covered in citizen’s graffiti. In 1989
they destroyed most of the wall and set people free to their family and friends.
The East Germans, who were at that time controlled by the Russians, built the
wall. They built the wall to put an end to the ever increasing flow of
people leaving East Berlin and going to
. The wall was the very first ever to divide a country and to surround the
major parts of a city. When the wall was built on the 13th of
August, 1961, the East German government told East German citizens that it would
only be temporary.
barrier was a barb wire fence and then slowly was made into 3.5 metre high
concrete sections. On top was a thirty-five cm diameter pipe. The
wall reached a total height of just under 4 meters. On the
side, beside the wall, there were armed guards that shot anyone who tried to
get over. There were also trained German shepherd guard dogs as well as
watchtowers and bunkers. This id followed by electric fences that when
touched, set off alarms. This wall blocked all forms of transportation:
roads, railways, subways and waterways. Houses that were in the way of the
construction of the wall were evacuated by force, doors and windows were bricked
up and some families were separated.
Charlie was the well known border crossing between west and
. It was located between the American and Soviet sectors. After
World War II,
was divided into 4 sectors: French, British, American and Soviet.
Checkpoint Charlie was the sight of successful escapes and not so good escapes.
On the 18th
of October 1989, Erich Honnecker was forced to quit as head of state. On
November 9th the wall was unexpectedly opened. Families were
brought back together as they were before. Over 1,000 people lost their
lives, almost all of them were shot to death, including 37 members of the border
troops or police.
Disney Rocks! - received
We are having a lot of fun actually being able to go into the
park. If you read my
story it said that we could not go to Disneyland because our parents wanted to
for 4 days!!! Well, that’s over with now so we are free to go every
single day we are here. My 2 favorite rides are Pirates of the
and The Haunted House. My favorite land is Adventureland. It is a
tropical area with some pretty cool grass huts. The park is pretty big and
it is really new. Pirates of the
is a log flume-type ride. You go through all these blown up places and a
couple wars over drunken pirates and before you know it you are speeding down a
I just remembered……I have another favorite ride I like,
Go-Karts! These Go-Karts aren’t the ones you are thinking of.
These ones are on a track but you still have to turn and do all the stuff you do
in a real car. They all have real roaring engines too!
3 days later……..
We went to the other park: Walt Disney Studios! The
first exciting thing we did was a Behind the Magic Tram Tour and it shows you
how they use special effects in action movies. The first crazy thing they
did was we drove into a little building type place and there was a semi-truck
with a big fuel tank and then we heard a voice call, “3-2-1-take 1, Action!
Then our tram got stuck (on purpose) and we started rocking back and forth and
then the fuel tank of the semi-truck caught on fire and then everything was
burning! Finally, two gates opened and let an avalanche of water rage out
and put out the fiery canyon.
We drove out of the special effect scene and into another. We
heard the roaring of a dragon and the fake city that the tram was stopped in
caught fire. While it was still burning we drove away. We drove
beside some windows that had some clothes and vehicles used in movies.
The tram came to a stop and everyone got off and we went to watch
the Disney Cinema Parade. It was a parade with lots of characters from
Disney. After the parade we went to the Armageddon Movie Scene ride.
We stood in a room and then meteors started destroying everything around us.
It was pretty cool!!!
Now beware…….this next information will make someone like me,
who loves awesome action…….pay millions of dollars to see this spectacular
show……..it is called……..ehem, eeeh emmm,………THE STUNT SHOW
It’s a bit too awesome!! The cars were so cool and they
were doing cool stunts like the Matrix Movie. They were showing the things
that they do for action packed movies. The car stunts they were doing were
like ballet except way more exciting and way cooler. My favorite part was
when they were using a very talented stunt man named Mika. It started with
Mika getting a top secret letter and some criminals saw him get it so then all
you could hear was a machine gun firing and then two motorcyclists dressed in
black raced out and went after Mika! First Mika ran up to a building and
shot the guy with the machine gun off a roof (the guy landed on a big cushion)
and then ran into a motorcycle store and then there were a few moments of
silence. Then Mika drove out of a glass window and the chase continued and
then a couple jumps off a ramp and then Mika jumped and grabbed onto a swinging
net going over a body of water in front of the crowd and jumped back on the
ground. Then he shot the ground with his (cap) gun and then fire was
blocking the road but a motorcyclist came speeding out and fell off his
motorbike and slid through the fire and then pretended to die. He was
wearing fire proof clothing covered in gas.
After that, I got 2 autographs. One from Mika and one from
a motorcyclist and I even got to sit on his bike. After the crazy show we
went to a dinner show called The Legend of
Bill and we had a blast! The day was great and went very, very well!
and had a bad first impression. We thought it would be a nice city but we were
a little wrong. It was pretty dirty and it was one of those cities where people
sometimes look at you like you’re a side dish and you probably are one in this
city. We were staying in a
and it was really nice. It had its very own park and also had awesome food. We
had a bit of fun though. Everybody here lives in little apartments because they
barely have any money. They have very good ice hockey players here and one of
them is a Canuck. Marek Malik is from
. While we were here Jaramir Jagr was in town. We went on a tour of the
city and went to some cool places.
suffered a huge flood. The flood reached
and the height the water reached was 3 times my size. Our guide told us to be
aware of pickpockets because we were going into busy areas. We went onto the
and it was quite old. It was in the area were the flood was. I think it was
made by Charles the 4th. It crossed a big river so the bridge was pretty long.
Only people were aloud to go on the bridge not cars. We walked by a policie
(police) station and got to a medieval village with a huge castle type church
(it’s in the picture above). The church was half Gothic and half
regular. It was half and half because one part was just cleaned and the other
was unclean. The village was pretty cool. There was also a big president office
building with a 100 yard long hall. After our tour ended we went to a pizza
restaurant for lunch-dinner. It was pretty good and after that we had special
taxis that were like reckless drivers and they sped us over to a market and we
had lots of fun. I probably won’t come back here because it’s a bit too
was pretty good after all.
concentration camp which I called “a desert of horrors”.
I COPIED THE NEXT PART
FROM THE BOOK HERE, Freaky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Concentration Camp, is a place where selected groups of people are confined,
usually for political reasons and under inhumane conditions. Men, women, and
children are confined without normal judicial trials for an indeterminate period
of confinement. Camp authorities usually exercise unlimited, arbitrary power.
Although many kinds of facilities have served as concentration camps, they
usually consist of barracks, huts, or tents, surrounded by watchtowers and
barbed wire. Concentration camps are also known by various other names such as
corrective labor camps, relocation centers, and reception centers. In World War
II more than 6 million people died in German concentration camps, but there have
been other camps throughout history.”
was not exactly a desert, I just called it that because it was scorching hot and
you could kind of see a forming mirage. What they did to the innocent people was
the worst things they could to anything or anyone. They would hang them, starve
them to death and when they died they’d burn their bodies to ash or throw them
in a pit. Adolf Hitler and his terrible, horrible army made this treacherous
camp in 1933 and in 1939-1945 the horrible horror started. As you see in the
picture below, the camp was closed and lucky survivors were freed by the
PRISONERS ABOUT TO BE FREED ON APRIL 29TH 1945
was huge and what they did to the poor people made me very, very angry. Luckily,
war crime trials sentenced 36 SS Nazi guards to death. What they did as you know
made me very angry but I’m glad I went there and learnt about it and I hope
nothing like this ever happens again.
now we are in
staying in a cottage on a farm with our friends but it took a long time to get
here. First we drove for a while in
and all of a sudden my mom said, “there’s something in my leg!”
pulled up to a gas station and my mom said “it’s a tick!” so we asked the
person working at the gas station where the nearest doctor is but instead we
went to the hospital. A tick is a small bug that jumps on to your skin and
sticks its head into where ever it wants to and sucks your blood and it gets
bigger and bigger. If you pull out a tick and the head stays in then you could
get certain diseases. By the time we found the hospital it was about the size of
an apple seed. We took her in and we had to fill out all these sheets and show
our passports and then they took her to all these different offices. Finally
they found the right one and me, Danika and my dad went to wait in the car. We
waited about an hour and finally she came out and got into the car. Luckily they
got it out without the head falling off but there is still a chance of disease.
mom told us what they did we continued our long drive to a ferry terminal. At
this point we had almost been driving 8 hours until we got to our destination
where we had to wait an hour on the side of the entrance so a lady could help
us. After the wait we bought a ticket and drove on the ferry. It was an
overnight ride so we got to stay in cabins. The cabin smelt but it was good
enough. There was quite a lot of thing’s on the ship like a Cinema, a couple
slot machines and games, a kids play place, an entertainer, a bar, a buffet, a
large store, and a couple other places. After a great Swedish dinner we slept
until seven in the morning and then got packed up to leave the ferry. After we
were done packing and double checking for other stuff we headed down back to our
car. The ship came to a halt and everyone drove off and we started a very long
12 hour drive. Finally we got to a gas station where our friends were going to
pick us up and we were so happy to see them. They drove us to Cecilia’s
parent’s farm where I am writing this story. When we got there we were in
heaven with our own Swedish cottage and the nature that surrounded us. They even
have someone’s horses that we are allowed to pet. It is like the olden days
out here and we are all having great fun. On the second day they took us to a
little waterfront cottage in the big forest.
even allowed me to fish in the river and Cecilia showed us how to make what I
call a berry kebab. We got back to the farm and just relaxed out in the lawn. I
would rather sit on their lawn then be in
. It is so nice and I will be sad when I leave. Luckily we still have a little
more to stay! On the third day we went to a very cool Swedish half zoo half
pioneer town and had a great time. After that we drove up a mountain to the
that is a kid’s obstacle course through a large and fresh forest. I never had
so much fun for a long time! We had to travel through the forest climbing steps
up and down and balancing also using a lot of team work. There were so many fun
things we did at the adventure park it would take hours to unleash it.
special thanks to our friends Houtan and Cecilia for making our stay super fun!
I went to
and wanted to learn a bit about Vikings. Actually, my ancestors were Vikings.
So far I’ve learnt that Vikings are not very good because they mostly sailed
in their long ships and slaughtered citizens in little villages. Usually, they
destroyed Christian churches and other buildings that represented God. Most
Vikings came from
. All Vikings were not united because Danish Vikings conquered
. Swedish created civilization in
. Norwegian Vikings went to
. Vikings spoke a tribal type of German. My ancestors were Norwegian Vikings but
my grandma (my dad’s mom) knew most of the other facts but my dad should have
listened to her more. So now I don’t know any of the facts.
around the city and saw quite a bit of interesting things. We saw these little
breakable troll figurines sometimes dressed in Viking gear. I even bought a
Viking rune stone that gives you luck of any kind you choose.
is quite a dirty and scary city that has a “I’m gonna beat ya up” type
vibe. It was pretty cool and I’m glad I went and I could come back. I know
there isn’t much in this part of the story but we didn’t do much.
to a little haunted street called Shambles and found out about a Ghost hunt
every night at 7:30 pm. We then went for dinner and finished just in time to get
to the starting point (start of
). After a few minutes a darkly dressed man came along and shouted “I’ll be
back!!!” and walked further into the cool street. A few more minutes later he
came back with a huge group of people from the other starting point (end of
Shambles). Then he shouted “if you are with the ghost hunt then follow me!!”
We all walked down a wide street and we stopped once again and bought our
tickets. He then took us to a corner and slammed a metal stool on the ground and
started warning us about us knowing that anything could happen in a very loud
and dark voice. What this was all about was that he would take us to the front
of all these freaky houses and tell us freaky and horrible stories about them.
Each one was so dark and creepy I stayed in the middle of the group. Some had
too much details and some were to bloody to even think about. Then at the end of
the night he took us to an Italian restaurant and we acted like nothing was
wrong and then we all went to a big window and screamed “blaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!”
but nobody seamed to care so we walked a way and dreadfully ended our night of
II - received Aug
lots of police and special police vehicles
we went to the first Hard Rock Café ever made but unfortunately the restaurant
caught fire a couple weeks before we came. Luckily we still went into the store
and the vault museum. We had this really cool guide that was from
and he even turned off the security alarm so we could touch rock stars guitars
and cloths. We were the only ones in the vault room so it was cooler. The best
thing was that I got to sit on Jimmy Hendrix’s couch and hold his used guitar!
on Jimmy Hendricks couch and holding his guitar
saw Elvis’s Karate robe (black belt) worn by him. We had a great time and will
go back sometime to eat.
time we were in
it was just after the frightening bombings so there were so many police out on
the street they could destroy an army of super strong mutant alien super
robots!!! They had all these high tech weapons and vehicles. Some police trucks
look like they were carrying nuclear weapons. We also saw the changing of the
guards at Buckingham palace but it wasn’t too grand at all. We are coming back
later after the trip and will visit our most favorite spots in the city.
the many Castle ruins in Scotland
, Edinbourg, St. Andrews, Inverness, Loch Ness,
and then we drove around a lot.
loved it here because of all the cool castles, they were so old and very big.
The one problem with
is that my whole family was in a bad mood and my little sister had farts so
stinky they could kill a Dragon. I’d say my favorite thing to do was discover
the destroyed castles and cathedrals.
we did not see much at all except we saw the remake of “Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory” and it was sooooooooo funny.
Edinborough we saw a huge parade and it had all kinds of people in it like
Korean dancers marching bands and a couple bag pipe bands and much more.
we stayed at a B&B and it was very nice. The man and lady that owned it
were even nicer. The man was a jockey and he told us stories and showed us neat
pictures. We drove along the Loch Ness and saw fake Loch
we stayed at another really nice B&B at it was good as well.
IT’S LIKE IN RUINED CASTLES
best thing in a castle is when you find a destroyed staircase and investigate
where it would have led to. You should even try climbing up a destroyed tower
and see how many floors there would have been. Like I said ruin buildings are my
favorite to discover and examine. I sure hope we see tons more!
quite a bit and I will come back.
We came to
on a ferry and went straight to the holiday inn in the center of
city. We stayed in the hotel for only 1 night and then drove to
. Once again we stayed in a holiday inn and discovered the city. For dinner that
night we went to the hard rock café and got a couple t-shirts. After
we drove to killarney and stayed in another holiday inn (too many holiday
inns!) for 2 nights and then drove to
and (finally) stayed in a best western. After that we went to the
crystal factory and bought a tour around it! It was so amazing!!!!!!!!!! We got
to watch the men make vases and drinking glasses. Now whenever I see something
crystal I will really respect it. It looks like such hard work!
After that we went to the blarney stone and got to kiss it. It
gives the gift to speak but my sister already has THAT GIFT.
THE STONE WAS AT THE TOP OF A FORTRESS AND WAS PRETTY HARD TO
KISS. I GOT A CERTIFACATE AND A LAMINATED PICTURE FOR PROOF. AFTER THAT WE WENT
TO THE FERRY TERMINAL AND CAUGHT A LITTLE FAST FERREY OVER TO
AND I MADE A COUPLE FRIENDS. WHEN WE GOT TO
(ALMOST 2 HOURS) WE GOT A ROOM IN ANOTHER!!!HOLIDAY INN!!!
The second daY WE WENT AND MET OUR FRIEND (WHO IS A PRIEST) AND
VISITED HIS HUGE HOME BESIDE HIS CATHEDRAL. THE NEXT DAY HE TOOK US FOR A BIG
SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF
. THE VERY BEST PART WAS WHEN HE TOOK US TO AN OLD COAL MINE WHICH IS NOW OUT OF
SERVICE AND IS NOW A MUSEUM. FIRST WE WAITED IN LINE AND THEN THEY GAVE US HARD
HATS WITH LIGHTS ON THEM. WE ALSO GOT VERY HEAVY SAFTEY BELTS AND THEN THEY
STUFFED OUR GROUP INTO AN ELEVATOR AND WE MET OUR GUIDE. ALL THE GUIDES WORKING
THERE ARE EX-MINERS SO THEY NEW QUITE A BIT. THE ELEVATOR TOOK US 300 FEET UNDER
GROUND TO THE OLD MINE. IT IS ACTUALLY CALLED “BIG PIT” FOR SOME
THE TOUR GUIDE SCARED MY MOM BY SAYING THAT IT COULD COLLAPSE AT
ANY TIME AND THEN WE STARTED OUR DANGEROUS TOUR. IN OUR TOUR WE WALKED ANOTHER
100 FEET DOWN. BY THE WAY, THEY USED HORSES IN THE MINE TO PULL THE COAL THRU
THE MINE. THEY ACTUALLY HAD A COUPLE HUGE STABLES TO KEEP THE HORSES IN. THE
MACHINARY THEY USED WAS SO HEAVY AND THEY EVEN HAD TO BEND DOWN TO 2 FEET
HOLDING ALL THEIR EQUIPMENT FOR UP TO 14 HOUR SHIFTS. KIDS FROM 6 TO 11 HAD TO
WORK DOWN IN THE DARKNESS WITH RATS RUNNING AROUND THEIR FEET AND OPENING DOORS
FOR PASSING MINERS. I NEVER KNEW MINING WAS SO DANGEROUS AND MANY PEOPLE WOULD
DIE DOWN THERE. WHAT AN EXPIERENCE THAT WAS AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT
THAT’S FOR SURE. I SURELY RECOMMEND IT FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE.
IS VERY NICE AND I WILL COME BACK!
We are in
and my dad wanted me to learn about Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a man
who wanted every person to be free regardless of their skin colour. At that time
the Africans were being arrested for fighting for freedom. Even teenagers were
beaten with sticks and then put into prison. Nelson Mandela was luckily not
arrested at this point. At first he tried to be peaceful but it did not work. So
his group called the ANC started fighting back in a bad way. They did some
things against the law but I can understand why. No one should be treated like
that. Mr. Mandela was actually a boxer and in my opinion was pretty good. The
police and the government were after him so he was on the run. But one night he
was caught and sent to an island where all the other arrested Africans went. The
island is called
and the whole thing is a harsh prison. He spent 18 years on
and a total of 27 years in later prisons.
Today we went to
to see the prison museum. The only transport is boat and it is pretty far away
from shore. Our tour guide was a man named Mr. Sparks and he was a real prisoner
for 11 years. He was convicted of terrorism and was taken from the ANC.
We got to see Mr. Mandela’s original jail cell.
The picture above is Mr Sparks who was in prison with Mr. Mandela
for 11 years, he was really nice.
The Asian and East Indian were treated a tiny bit better then the
black only because they got long pants and jackets plus shoes. The blacks wore
t-shirts and shorts and no shoes nor socks even in the rain or the winter. The
way they sent messages was 1 of the most surprising. What they did was they
would be able to play tennis for a short time and they would put a message in
the ball and then hit it to the next section of the prison. Then they would open
it reveal the message and hit the ball back without anybody seeing. The prisons
such a horrible place so do not think it was one bit good. The tortures for
disobeying rules. There were 3 punishments you would either be beaten, starved
and I think if you were caught with unknown studying items and other thing that
I forget they would not be able to study for 4 years. The prisoners had a bucket
for a toilet and 3 blanket’s for a bed sheets and a pillow and their windows
were holes with bars and they froze to death in the winter and rain because they
had no glass windows at that prison. When Amnesty International and Red Cross
and the rest of the world saw what was happening they forced them to release
only the political prisoners and that included Nelson Mandela. The most
important thing that happened was black South African’s were aloud to vote a
new president and they voted Nelson Mandela. Since he was president (5 years) he
changed not just
but the whole world. He is still living and he 84 years of age but seems pretty
young. If I ever met him it would be a great honor!
I DEFINETLY WILL COME BACK TO
South African Game reserves
(written from Kruger aug 6, 05)
OK, where do I start, ah ok how bout today for example. This was
one of our most fantastic days of all game reserves. Why, because we saw 5 lions
and three cubs (baby lions) and a cheetah and many elephant and also a dazzle of
zebra or 200 and even chacma baboons and vervet monkeys!!!!!! We also saw hippo
in the lagoon in front of us!!! The biggest lion of the pride we saw was walking
in between cars and practically rubbing against them. There are also crocodiles
on the river banks!! Only 500 from our African bungalow, its ok there’s a
fence in between. We also saw the most dangerous animal of the big 5, the
buffalo which we are pretty used because we have seen so many at the other
parks. but they do give me the heebi jeebis! The bad thing about Kruger (the
park I’m talking about) is that there is malaria and we aren’t taking any
chances at all so we are sprayed with terrible smelling bug spray every day!! It
sucks! So far we have stayed in 3 camps and tomorrow we are heading to our 4th.oh
ya, before I forget there were also the tallest giraffes in Kruger and they were
so interesting and beautiful. This park is bigger than some countries we’ve
been through!!! Ok now I will tell you about the first park we stayed and it was
a private reserve, it’s called
. Now this park was a good park to stay in first before any others because it
had an “ok” amount of animals and I’ll name off a few. There were only 4
giraffe 3 hippos hundreds of ostrich’s leopards (which we didn’t see) and
lots of zebra and wildebeest. Also lions but are growing up in another section
but we saw them any ways. At our camp there were caged areas with animals like
baby lions and in another they had crocodiles but whenever we went to look at
the lions they would always look at danika!! But one night danika didn’t want
to look at them so my dad asked why and she said “I do like them but I wish
they didn’t want to eat me.” And she wasn’t kidding!!!!
also has a large family of rhinos which also gave me the creeps because of the
way the mother with the baby acted when people were around.
One of the many Giraffes in Kruger
The next national park we went to see was called addo and was
known for its many elephants. We arrived and saw a huge tortoise right by the
front gate!!! But that was barely a start because when we went on a safari we
were astonished!!! It was just so amazing to see real African elephants right in
front of you!!! One elephant with big tusks came right behind our safari truck
and some yahoos even drove closer to this huge monster. We were all thinking he
was going to flip us but we were lucky because he was only curious. They also
have many types of deer and antelope in every park and especially kudu (except
) but anyways back to addo. Addo has at least 400 elephant, that’s quite a bit
isn’t it?!!? I think they should also be known for there many dirty warthogs
because they have quite a bit. Ok now I should tell you about
’s many bazaar foods. First of all I should tell you that I have so far eaten
ostrich and kudu and they taste just like beef. But the most bazaar thing is
their biltong. It’s simply dried meat and salt, but I saw something that would
taste horrid and it is……ehem……eheemmm……….ELEPHANT BILTONG!!!!!
DOSENT THAT SOUND AWFUL?? WELL I THINK IT DOES. SO FAR WE HAVE OFFICIALLY
SEEN THE BIG 5 WHICH IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOU SHOULD LOOK IT UP!!!!! IM SOOOOO
GLAD I CAME TO
AND IT IS MY
MOST FAVORITE PLACE
ON THE WHOLE TRIP SO I’LL COME BACK.
is the biggest sand
island in the world. It also has
's deadliest snakes. The island is roamed by dingo dogs and once cattle.
It has neat sea life like we saw off the peak of a big mountain called Indian
Head. Sea life includes sharks, turtles, whales, dorphins, exotic fish and
the ugly and rare sea cow. We saw sharks munching on fish and much, much
more! The island also has the Maheno ship wreck. The Maheno was a
passenger ship until the war when it was converted to a medical hospital and
then after was converted back. Soon it retired and the Japanese bought it
for scrap metal. When they were towing it, it got caught in a cyclone and
the Maheno became unhooked and drifted onto the shores of
. We got to see the ship wreck and it was very rusty and old. When
you go to
you better have a huge 4x4 because the roads are made of sand and are about 5
metres deep. If you still don't have a clue what
is, then I should explain. Forty percent of the island is tropical
rainforest and the rest is regular forest. Some of the trees have quite
amazing stories and different styles. One tree that we saw was 4 metres in
diametre and they said it was 800 years old. They said that was just the
start because they had trees that were over 2000 years old. We saw all
these trees as we travelled on our tour bus, our tour bus was a monster bus!!!!
At one point we got stuck driving down the beach and all the men pushed it out.
One of our stops was a big lake right in front of a mini-sahara with huge sand
dunes. All we did at that lake was run down the sand dunes and dive into
the water. Then we stopped at another huge crystal clear lake and had a
blast! I could just keep doing it over and over again.
is actually owned by Club Med
which is a world wide resort built for kids. Of course, that’s where we
stayed. Club Med always has a stage, a restaurant, but not always something for
kids. This one had tons for kids like 4 swimming pools, a games room, a
kids club, flying trapeze, bungee bounce and much, much more!!! The kids
club was the best of all though. Yes, I did do the flying trapeze but
totally messed up. The bungee bounce was o.k. but I messed up again.
I made some good and bad friends. I was in 3 shows, the circus show, the
French dance and the Spanish dance!! In the circus show we did a Men in
Black action scene. I also did 2 kayake trips off Lindeman’s tropical
beach. The buffet has a different culture of food each night. My
favourite nights were Mexican and Asian. Club Med is all inclusive so you
can eat and drink whenever you want! There is also beach volley and ping
pong. There are lots of exotic fish and shells everywhere in the crystal
blue ocean. The
is kind of like a mini rainforest. There are lots of parrots on the
island. The kids club was open daily and I went all the time. The
club was at the top of a mountain with a high playground. The club was
beside the bungee bounce and trapeze. When we left on the ferry all the
staff came down and waved good-bye. I was sooooooooo sad to leave the
. I loved it so much, I have to go back!!!!!
I will so go back there!!
IS A BIG CITY
is surrounded by marinas and harbours. It is also very hot in the city
and can get quite unbearable.
We took a tour to 2 exciting places, tjupukai cultural park and
hartleys crocodile adventures. The cultural park was a piece of land owned
by the tjubukai tribe. They started off with a welcoming demonstration and
dance. This tribe used didgeridoo a lot and was very cool. They
showed us their bush medicine and food. They used large snail shells to
cut shavings from their food. There was a specific nut they used when
crushed in water and drank it would stop diarrhea from too much fruit.
They showed us how to throw a boomerang and a spear. Their spears were
different then other spears. It was very interesting and I’m glad I
Hartley’s crocodile adventures was the most exciting thing we
did. First we went to the snake show and learnt a little about dangerous
snakes. She showed us
’s most venomous snake. One drop of that snake’s venom can kill 50,000
mice. After the snake show we went on a boat tour through the crocodile
river. He lowered a rod with chicken and the crocodiles jumped to get it!
It was amazing!!! After that we saw the crocodile attack show! It
was like steve the crocodile hunter but live. Hartley’s crocodile
adventures was very cool and very interesting. I liked ‘em all!
GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living thing in the world,
bigger than the
!!! We went to the outer part of the reef and it was called
Reefs. Our pontoon was by the continental shelf. It’s where the
reef ends and drops down very far!
Our pontoon included a cafeteria and a snorkeling area. In
the snorkeling area there was a harmless type of shark called the White-finned
shark. In the snorkeling area the fish are not one bit afraid of people.
We went on a submarine tour through the breaks in the reef and saw 2 big
The reef was quite an experience!
Now that’s one big Aussie termite mound!
The Outback is a large bush land and desert located in
. It contains many lizards, snakes, kangaroos and lots of cattle. It
also has many different types of insects. We took a 3 day tour to the
Outback and it was a great adventure.
Our first stop was
which is a big waterfall and a lookout point. Our next stop was lunch at
a place called Ravenshoe. We had a good lunch and then continued to our
accommodation in a quiet town in the middle of nowhere called Hughenden.
Then we went to a ghost town called Winton where Waltzing Matilda and Qantas was
created. Then we went to a town with a population of 5. We stopped
there for a washroom break and then went through more desert. The roads of
the Outback are dirt and covered in road kill and cattle pooh.
We then took a walk down to Python Gorge. When we got to
the bottom we saw 2 huge pythons. One was 3 metres long and the other one
we didn’t know because it was coiled up in the rocks. After that, the
owner of the land showed us some aboriginal art that was at least 1000 years
After driving for a while we arrived at the best stop for dinner
and our accommodation. While we were driving onto their cattle station we
raced the daughter on her horse and she won! It was close though!
When we arrived I fed their pet kangaroo and the girl showed me and Danika a
grand tour of the station! It was so fun!!! After that we had a
great dinner and then had a good nights sleep. The next morning we got up
at 5:30 and some people were late. We ate breakfast and got on the bus
after having such a great experience! After driving for a couple hours we
arrived at the border to the
and took pictures then kept driving. A while later we arrived at a gas
station for lunch. After more driving through more desert we arrived at a
5 metre tall termite mound!!!! It was so high!! After that we
stopped in an aboriginal community and had a break. And that was our 3 day
What an experience!
I will do it again!
quite happy that I have traveled with my family. Though, I do think 11
months is too long. My 3 favourite places were
was cool too). I could live in
, it was really nice. I did not like
very much because they were not very nice to us!! I will never forget the
. I am sooooooooo glad I went on this trip, it was a great experience.
When I get old enough I am definitely going to go on another trip and see more
of the world.
to everyone who followed us on our trip!