How I survived 9 months of travelling with my family

One Last Day

We have been in Florida for two weeks! It’s been great! We have been to Aquatica, Sea World, Universal Studios, and Discovery Cove. At Discovery Cove, I swam with dolphins! I got to ride the dolphins, touch them, and they did some tricks for us! Also, we snorkelled with HUGE rays! And I mean huge! Also we swam with lots of tropical fish! That was in Kissimmee. The last 3 days we have been at Universal Studios. It has been fun. There’s lots of rides. My favourite was Seuss Landing. It is all cool shapes and Seussy stuff. There’s Cicus MakGirkus and Snookers and Snookers sweet Candy Cookers. And the signs say Here and There and Near and Far and That Way and This Way! It has some rides like the Sneetches Trolly and the Cat in the Hat ride. It’s very fun. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is 3 roller coasters: the dragon challenge which is 2, and the Flight of the Hippogriff, a not too fast and not too high family coaster that I went on 4 times. Jurassic Park is very fun too, we went on a Pteradon flying ride. I really enjoyed it.

Tomorrow we are going to Miami to stay one night at the airport hotel, and then the next day we go to the airport to get on a plane to Toronto, then to HOME! It feels like just yesterday we were hiking in Italy or eating fresh waffles in Belgium, or even going to the CN tower! It really does! This trip has passed so quickly! I’m sad that its over, and a teeny bit nervous for school, but I’m excited to see all my friends and family! Plus, at the end of June, we are getting a PUPPY! I’ve been waiting for like 4 years!!!!! 🙂

Me on Flight of The Hippogriff, with Dixie, Discovery Cove, and Seuss Landing

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Discovery Cove Dolphin Facts

– The dolphin we swam with (Dixie) is 40 years old

– The oldest dolphin there is 45 years old

– Dolphins are born with 80-100 teeth

– Each dolphin’s tail ruggedness is unique to them

– Dixie has a calf that’s 9 months old

Commerson’s Dolphins

– Females have a black boomerang shape

– Males have a black tear drop shape

Me with Dixie

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School Dinners, SATS, and Lots of Maths

IMG_2174Yesterday, I went to my cousin’s school for a day to see what English school is like. First, I met the teacher, who they call Sir, and hung my coat in the “cloak room”. We did maths (that’s what they call it here) all morning then went outside. It was dark, dreary and freezing cold. There was a fenced off paved area with a teeny park in the corner. That was what we had to play in. In my school, we have a HUGE playground, two turf fields, and all of behind our school. After break, we did some Literacy. We walked over to the “dining hall” for lunch. We went up with a tray and the dinner ladies gave us a slice of turkey, roast potatoes and carrots. Also a slice of cake. We ate school dinner which was VERY different from our lunchtime in Canada. It was yummy! We walked inside and me and my cousin went to MathsBooster to practice maths for 15 minutes. Then we joined everyone else outside. Sir did a 9 minute (I counted) speech on how the class had SATS in 6 weeks, and how they usually do something else in the afternoon. But we had to do maths all afternoon to practice for SATS, which I think is a massive test. It was supposed to be arts and crafts, thats why we chose for me to go on a Thursday, but oh well, good for me to do math, I guess. Anyway,we went out for a short break in the front area. When we went inside, and did a little activity where you make up who would have been the 6th child from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Mine was Paul Pranker who was always pulling pranks. We went to a quick assembly and then school was over. I was surprised how normal being in class felt. When we were in class, I felt like I had been there forever. I am really glad I went because it was very cool to see how different school is in another country.

This is my school:

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British Baking

cake meA few days ago, I mentioned that we had a lot of lemons in the fruit bowl, and not many apples. Then, my Aunt Paula said that me and my cousin Evie should bake lemon cakes, because Evie’s dad loves them. Usually my sister does all the baking, so I realized I hadn’t baked for ages! We made two lemon cakes, and added some raspberries for extra delight. We drizzled some homemade lemon glace on top. I put 3 raspberries in the middle of mine. Baking brought back so many lovely memories of baking gingerbread men at Christmas time.

At supper time, we got together and I cut the cake. It was thankfully delicious! One of the best cakes I had ever tasted if I may say so myself. It was lovely and moist. Everyone loved it!

My new love of baking led me to making a delicious raspberry-chocolate chunk cake topped with chocolate glacé.

We ate that last night, and it was just as good, and my decoration had improved a great deal too. I found a new love, and it all began with lots of lemons!

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Ye Old Scotland

We have been in Scotland for 5 nights, and I have learnt lots. Scotland really does have lots of legends, like Nessie the Loch Ness monster, and Greyfriar’s Bobby,( a man with a very loyal dog who was said to sit on the man’s grave for 40 years after he died!) Scotland is a magical place. The Highlands, and the huge snowy mountains and deep forests. If you have not seen the movie Brave, you really should. We watched it 4 times already, but once in Scotland and it seemed so real. Then we baught the Brave soundtrack CD, and listening to that in the car while driving around the Scotland highlands was AMAZING! I totally recommend Scotland and Brave. We also went on a Harry Potter trail. We went to see J.K Rowling’s handprints, and the cafe that she wrote the books in, and lots more places where she got inspiration!

Scotland- where legends come to life.

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How to Survive your family while travelling: Chocolate

One of the things that comforts me while travelling is eating chocolate. The chocolate in England is delicious!!! I love chocolate oranges so much! Chocolate brings back memories of Christmas and home.

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The Cabin

A few weeks ago, my family went to my mom and dad’s friends Billy and Pam’s cabin in the Lake District. It was the first time I’d been in 4 years, and I had SO much fun! Billy is a complete adventure lover. We got there late afternoon, and we helped Pam fill up the bird feeders with nuts and seeds, and scatter some seeds on the ground. There is a huge window on one wall, looking into into the front of the woods, where the feeders are. There is LOADS of wildlife to see there like red squirrels, pheasants, sparrows, blackbirds, badgers and more! We saw pheasants, girl and boy, lots of birds and a squirrel! We then went for a walk in the wood till dark! Then we drove to a little town called Keswick for curry! When we got back we watched Nativity. We went to sleep and the next day some friends came over and Billy made 20 pizzas! One of the kid friends is very adventurous and we played outside in the dark with walkie talkies! It was SO fun! I love going to the cabin, we are going again next week. I can’t wait!

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