Monday, October 23, 2006

Kiwi Reached Germany!

Kiwi reached Germany!

Hi.. here is my first Blog report of Kiwis adventure in Bavaria/Germany.. and how it met my cats after the arrival!..Soon you will hear more from us! Yesterday Kiwi was found accidently in my mailbox... why accidently? Well in Germany we usually don't get any post delivered on Sundays so I did not look for it. But when I went outside to call for the cat I recognised some post in the Mailbox! And I saw immediately that there is something special: A packet from Finland with Kiwi inside! I forgot the cat (but she was right behind me) and went back in and opened it.
So far from me.. now Kiwi is telling:

whoooah.. thank to whoever I am out of this dark packet which I was in the last few days. I was welcomed by Katrin in Germany immediately after she freed me. She showed me around her house and introduced me to her cats! At first I was almost scared to death because the smaller of those two tried to fight with me while the bigger one just welcomed me like cats do.

To save me from the little one, which is called "Minous" she showed me a place to sit where I am secure of the the little one and where I am able to see everything that happens in her livingroom! I'm looking forward to what I will see from Germany the next couple of days. Bye Bye..

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

News from Salikon

Hello again!
Rain I've spent the last couple of weeks in southern Finland in a city called Tampere. My host Kreeta and I have spent most of the time sitting inside and drinking tea, because the weather has been abysmal, as you see. I'm thinking that the reason that Finland has so many lakes is the fact that it rains so much. Certainly all this rain has filled at least couple of new lakes. My host promised that if she finds any new ones, she'll call one of them "Lake Kiwi".
I spent some time learning Finnish as well. Now I know how to say "hello, I'm a traveller from New Zealand", "it sure is rainy here", "do you sell raincoats?", "will this rain ever end!"* and some other useful phrases, in case my travels take me back to Finland at some point.
Then one morning we woke up to silence. No rainrops hitting the window and no wind wailing in the corners. Mind you, the wather still wasn't the incredibly beautiful and clear autumn weather my host had been talking about, but it was a nice change anyway.
For a while, it didn't rain

The white building on the right is where my host studies. It looks like a banana from air. She tells me that her previous school looks like the letter M from air. Finnish architecture is interesting.
TravellersI met up with some other travellers at the shop my host works at. If I remember right, the cats are from Bangladesh and the elephants from India. I had always thought that elephants would be bigger, maybe the perspective's a litte off in the photo.
We had a lot of fun comparing our travel stories. The cats had come to Finland via Netherlands and had some great stories to tell from there. I can't wait to get there myself!
On my last day here I met the world-famous Moomin Troll, who apparently had spent his summer somewhere sunny, judging from his tan. Moomin was hanging out near his museum where we also went, but as photographing there is forbidden, I haven't got any photos of that. It was great to have Moomin himself introducing the exhibition to us, you can hardly find anybody more knowledgeable of all things Moomin.
A local celebrity

Today my host is going to interview a German painter called Gesine Kikol. As most of her recent works feature dead birds, I think it's safer that I leave Tampere before that meeting. My next stop will be in Germany, Deutschland, ich komme!
Pusuja ja haleja (that's Finnish for "kisses and hugs"),

* The phrases are, respectively: "hei, olen matkailija Uudesta-Seelannista", "onpa tddlld sateista", "myydddnkv tddlld sadetakkeja?" and "eikv tdmd sade ikind lakkaa?". You can hear the pronounciation by going to Mikropuhe Live, pasting the text in the typing field and clicking "Kuuntele puhe".