Monday, February 24, 2014

Around the Neighbourhood with Flat Lucas

Today was a busy day!

We went for a long walk. It was really, really nice outside. It's spring. There were so many people! Some were walking their dog, some were pushing babies in strollers, there were other kids on bikes, scooters and skateboards. Everyone was outside!

First we walked through the neighbourhood. The houses in Nina and Pete's neighbourhood look a lot like this one below. They are apartment buildings. People here live mostly in apartment buildings. The cars are tiny! Look! 
Did you know that the "HH" on the license plate stands for "Hansestadt Hamburg"? That means everyone knows that any car with HH on the license plate is from Hamburg. NEAT!

Afterwards, we walked towards the big lake in the middle of the city. It's called the "Alster". We saw ducks and geese and boats. It was really windy. The boat nearly blew over!
The lake is so popular, there is even a tour bus that drives around it for tourists. The sightseeing city bus tour is called, "Stadtrundfahrt". 
We were getting a little hungry and a little tired after all that walking, so we headed back towards home. Here are some of the signs of spring we passed along the way:
My favourite part of the afternoon was stopping to get my favourite food at the grocery store: PIZZA! 

Mmmm pizza!

Later this week, we'll look at what things people do for fun in Hamburg.

Did you know that Hamburg has TWO soccer teams? WOW!! I can't wait to learn more and share it with you.

Have a great week from Pete and Nina in Hamburg!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Flat Stanley Traveled to South Carolina

Flat Stanley got on a plane and traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a few days. We spent time walking around the city of Charleston and went to the beach. It sure was nice to get away from the cold weather here in Minnesota!

This is a picture of Flat Stanley going over the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston. This bridge goes over the Cooper River and allows people to walk, run or bike over the 2.5 mile bridge. It is a very popular place to go because you can see the entire city of Charleston from this bridge!

Flat Stanley also spent time visiting Kiawah Island, a small island near Charleston. It was 80 degrees and sunny when Flat Stanley took a little visit to the beach! 
That is the Atlantic Ocean in the background! The water is still chilly at this time of year so we couldn't go swimming quite yet. Maybe when we go again in April the water will be a little warmer so we can go for a swim!

That's all for now. There will be more to come from Flat Stanley soon!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Breakfast with Nina

Today is Friday, February 21, 2014.

Nina and I made breakfast together. I like to help!

Pete couldn't join us. He is in the city of Berlin. He is working on a gigantic project. That means he has to visit many libraries in other German cities. Berlin is the capital city of Germany. 

Nina and I ate wholegrain bread with cream cheese, egg and caviar. All of the ingredients come from Germany. It says so on the label!

I learned some new words in German.

Bread made with lots of seeds is called:
"Saaten Brot".

Cream cheese is called "Frischkäse".

We drank tea called "Gute Laune". That means happy! I am always happy.

look! the toast is happy!

Lucas' first day

I arrived in Hamburg, Germany on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

My hosts are Pete and Nina. They live in Hamburg, Germany.

Pete is from the USA. Nina is from Canada and Austria. 
Austria is a tiny country in Europe. Nina says there are no kangaroos there.

Pete and Nina live in a neighbourhood called Uhlenhorst, in Hamburg

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Flat Stacy arrived in PA

Flat Stacy has made it to the state of Pennsylvania in good condition! It took her about 16 hours of driving to get here in mail trucks but she made it! We were excited to meet her and read about her interests. Our 1 year old son is especially ecstatic to have Flat Stacy visiting.

We took Flat Stacy to a music class with us. She was the oldest one there and she volunteered to teach the class about the vowels using the song "Apples and Bananas." Do you practice this in class with Mr. Skalicky?

After music class, Flat Stacy got to play in the snow! Although Flat Stacy is used to all of this snow in MN and was hoping to visit somewhere warmer, she still enjoyed sledding down the hill, building snowmen, and having snowball fights. Flat Stacy was happy to hear that all of the snow we have will melt in a week or two (and then, most likely it will snow again...). When Flat Stacy arrived on Tuesday, school was cancelled because of all the snow and unsafe road conditions. It was about 20 degrees then, but today it is about 50 degrees outside! It does snow a lot here, but it does not get as cold as it does in MN.

Flat Stacy has also had fun learning some fun facts about PA.  We live north of Pittsburgh, which is one of the larger cities in Pennsylvania. The state is known for manufacturing steel (that is why the football team is called the Pittsburgh Steelers). The roads are very curvy here because of all of the hills. I hope Flat Stacy doesn't get car sick! Another large city in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia. Philadelphia is in the opposite side of the state from Pittsburgh, but it is the home to the Liberty Bell and that is also where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Flat Stacy was also excited to find out that Punxsutawney Phil lives around here. He is the groundhog that makes an appearance on Feb. 1 to predict if spring will arrive early or not!

This weekend, Flat Stacy will be traveling to the state of Ohio to attend a birthday party! She is very excited to meet some more friends. We hope everyone has a good weekend!