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Phoebe’s Photo Journal of Johdipur
Apr 15th, 2010 by Kate

I kept saying, “Mom, Mom, can I have the camera”.

We walked back to our hotel through the market and I saw so many things that I wanted to take pictures of such as cows with crazy horns, ladies in saffron robes pushing carts of raisins, and tiny little stores with men in them selling anything you could imagine!  These are a few of the pictures I took…

These are only 20 of the 183 cows I counted on the street near our hotel.

These are only 20 of the 183 cows I counted on the street near our hotel.

There were raisin carts everywhere, as well as bread slice carts and fruit carts.  I like the hussle and bustle of this street!

There were raisin carts everywhere, as well as bread slice carts and fruit carts. I like the hussle and bustle of this street!

Come to Raisin Mountain Charlie!

Come to Raisin Mountain Charlie!

Even in the middle of the city, the woman in brightly colored sarri's look like tropical birds.

Even in the middle of the city, the woman in brightly colored sarri's look like tropical birds.

In the cities in India, there are little tiny shops that sell everything from paint...

In the cities in India, there are little tiny shops that sell everything from paint...

... to rope...

... to rope...

In America, a load this big would be put in the back of a truck, but in India they just say "put it on your head for heaven's sake"

In America, a load this big would be put in the back of a truck, but in India they just say "put it on your head for heaven's sake"

A pretty mom with the bread slice cart behind her.

A pretty mom with the bread slice cart behind her.

Married people wear bangles, little girls wear bangles, everybody EVERYBODY wears bangles.  Its crazy.  You can buy about 10 of these bangles for 50 rupee or one American dollar.  I love them.

Married people wear bangles, little girls wear bangles, everybody EVERYBODY wears bangles. Its crazy. You can buy about 10 of these bangles for 50 rupee or one American dollar. I love them.

Fabric merchant's shop

Fabric merchant's shop

In India, some people put eyeliner on the little babies because they think it makes their eyes look bigger.  But their eyes are big to begin with!

In India, some people put eyeliner on the little babies because they think it makes their eyes look bigger. But their eyes are big to begin with!

These kids were on my street washing their hands in the public faucet.  I wanted to take their picture, but they wanted their picture taken WITH me and not BY me.  So my mom took it.  They look more like American kids then most of the kids I saw in India.

These kids were on my street washing their hands in the public faucet. I wanted to take their picture, but they wanted their picture taken WITH me and not BY me. So my mom took it. They look more like American kids then most of the kids I saw in India.

This was the secret door leading to our hotel.  From the street you had to crunch between a flower merchant and a store selling pots and pans to get to the stairs that led up to the entrance.  It was actually a Hari Krishna temple, but half of it was converted to a hotel.  I was really surprised to find this nice little quiet garden in the middle of the crazy city.  My mom said the place had amazing potential.

This was the secret door leading to our hotel. From the street you had to crunch between a flower merchant and a store selling pots and pans to get to the stairs that led up to the entrance. It was actually a Hari Krishna temple, but half of it was converted to a hotel. I was really surprised to find this nice little quiet garden in the middle of the crazy city. My mom said the place had amazing potential.

I took about a million more pictures, but that’s all I’m going to post for now.

Swimmming with the Wild Seals
Feb 16th, 2010 by Phoebe

Swimming with the WIld Seals

By Phoebe Wells

 

Frigid water crashes on the shore

Dark as a rain cloud

Thick as a misty day.

Monsterous waves rolling on top

of me crashing with foam.

 

Kelp clinging to the rock

Flowing like hair

Of a sea Medusa.

 

Rocks moody grey

Coated in bird droppings

Small shrubs cling on.

 

Seals glide through the water

Slick and smooth

Barking with joy

Graceful in the water

 

Just within reach

Happiness

But nervous as I look

Into their soulful eyes.

Critters down under, and even further down under
Jan 11th, 2010 by Phoebe

When we first came to Australia we stayed on a farm, and they had alpacas, cows, dogs, chickens (aka “Chucks”), dogs, cats and a lot of macadamia nut trees.

This is me and Ian feeding the bull!  Nice bull.

This is me and Ian feeding the bull! Nice bull.

This was their big French Bull.  There were 150 girl cows and only one bull.  I got to mix up his feed.  He was SO big that I was scared of him, but he was really nice and let me pet him when he was eating.

Aren't they SO cute!!!

Aren't they SO cute!!!

Next are the alpacas.  Alpacas are like small llamas but they don’t spit as much, they are very skittish, and their fur is really soft.  Alpacas like water, so when you spray them with the hose they are happy.

The rooster at the farm didn’t do his cockle-do’s early in the morning, he did them once everyone woke up so that was really nice.

One time in the morning Ian (the owner of the farm) moved the cows into the pasture behind the house.  The moowing was so loud that my mom woke up because she thought there was a cow on the back porch.

This is my favorite calf Lucky.

This is my favorite calf Lucky.

My favorite cow was a calf named Lucky.  Her mom died after she was born so we needed to hand feed her and she was very nice.  I helped mix up her milk, and after she was done eating if I would run along side her paddock she would chase me.  She also liked to lick me and her super long tongue was like sandpaper and she could wrap her whole tongue around my arm.  If my cousin Jack was an animal I think he would be a cow because he also has a super long tongue and can touch his tongue to his nose.

Me feeding Lucky.  I gave her a bucketful of milk twice a day.  She would stick her whole head in the bucket and get milk all the way up to her ears!  It was SO funny.  Sorry I didn't get a picture!

Me feeding Lucky. I gave her a bucketful of milk twice a day. She would stick her whole head in the bucket and get milk all the way up to her ears! It was SO funny. Sorry I didn't get a picture!

On the farm their were cuckobara birds who have a really loud evil sounding laugh.  Tessa sang the Cukubara  song that we learned back in Ms Pams class like a thousand times.  We also saw ibus, and they have really long beaks that they use to get grubs out of the ground.

Then we went to Brisbane and went to a koala reserve and I got to hold a koala.  Koalas are marsupials, which means they have a pouch.  They don’t get much energy from their food so they sleep a lot.  They eat only eucalyptus leaves (aka “Gum Tree leaves”), and they only eat the tips of the leaves.  There are 80 types, and they use their nose to decide which kinds to eat.  The males have white chests and have special oils that they leave on the trees to mark their territories.  Every koala looks different.  Some have dots on their backs, some of their noses look different, and their ears might have long fur or short fur.  When I held the koala, it felt very heavy for how small it was, and its fur felt very dense, thick and soft.

Me and the koala!

Me and the koala!

This is a kangaroo - see how its much bigger.  Tessa was hoping they'd be big enough to ride but their not.

This is a kangaroo - see how its much bigger. Tessa was hoping they'd be big enough to ride but their not.

Next we went in to a kangaroo enclosure and got to walk around and feed the kangaroos and wallabees.  We got to feed a baby kangaroo and pet it.  Baby kangaroos are called “joeys”.  One of the joeys was too big for its mom’s pouch but it still climbed in.  It went in head first and then turned itself around but it was so big its head, back legs and tail hung out.  It was totally folded in half and looked really funny.

See the joey folded in half in the pouch?  Its head has the ears pointing down, its legs are behind the head, and its tail is behind the foot.  Poor mama roo!

See the joey folded in half in the pouch? Its head has the ears pointing down, its legs are behind the head, and its tail is behind the foot. Poor mama roo!

Our friend Nick told us that the kangaroo is the national animal of Australia and that they are the only country that eat their national symbol.

At the sanctuary there were also a lot of wild turkeys walking around.  We also saw really big lizards and wambats.  Tessa thinks they are adorable.  I think they look like furry pigs with falt furry snouts, but I do have to admit that they are cute.

In Australia, they protect everything – koalas, turkeys, and even crows.  It seems that the only thing you are allowed to kill is the cane toad.  (Not that I was looking from something to kill)

Next we went to Noosa heads and there I saw a giant hunter spider.  If you spread out your fingers, it went from finger tip to finger tip but they are harmless.  I did learn though that 9 of the 10 most deadly animals in the world are from Australia, like the box jellyfish, the blue ringed octopus, and a bunch of their snakes.

We are now in New Zealand and it is the weirdest thing – they didn’t have any land mammals until the Maoris brought some over, and then the Europeans brought more.  So far I have been to a bunch of museums here in New Zealand so I have seen a LOT of stuffed animals.  The only real animals I have seen are cows and SHEEP!  There are sheep everywhere!

I will take some pictures of them and post them soon!  Bye!

What are you talking about? That water is BELOW freezing!
Dec 9th, 2009 by Tessa
Dad and I diving "Rico's Wall" at about 12 meters - check out my awesome 5mil wetsuit - I was STILL FREEZING!

Dad and I diving "Rico's Wall" at about 12 meters - check out my awesome 5mil wetsuit - I was STILL FREEZING!

I was in debate on whether I should write about my scuba diving adventures or not- because, frankly, scuba diving doesn’t make for the most entertaining subject. But due to lack of ANYTHING ELSE super funny happening in the last couple of weeks, (besides the fork episode, of which I will post next) I will proceed to inform (and hopefully mildly entertain) you on the vast array of scuba diving equipment.

To start off, they give you a book. In the 3 hours I had before I went to bed, I had to read 175 pages of- not exactly the funniest book I’ve read (but the dive instructor did complement me on my artistic talent that I displayed on the margins- he also commented on my notes arguing with the ways they explained the laws of gravity and my notes saying that liquids, could indeed be solidified under extremely high pressures that caused them to compress. He responded by saying we were not going anywhere that was near absolute zero, so I would have no need to worry.). I then went back to the dive center and watched 3 hours of factual “how to take off your mask” videos that were periodically interrupted by a tourist on the screen (obviously an ignorant American ^_~) doing all of the WRONG things.

In the afternoon I was told to do 200m of straight laps and then tread water for 10 minutes. After passing both of those, they tossed the mass of equipment into the pool and had me demonstrate the skills I had learned on the tape/reading the book.

Finally on the second day we (my dad the instructor and I) headed out to the REAL Ocean. The sea churned the in the same way someone would imagine a witches pot to. The gray sky started to drizzle, and everyone moved to the back of the boat to avoid the spray of the waves that lashed out like arms over the front of the boat. Everyone suited up in there 3 millimeter wetsuits, and I got into my 5millimeter. My dad informed me on more then one occasion that 5millimeters weren’t for tropical oceans, they were for places like; quote: “I don’t know CANADA?” I told him that if I was ever going to go diving in Canada, I would have a custom made arctic dry suit. The dive instructor thought that was really funny. He also laughed at my habit of eating butter right out of the container or having butter, a can of tuna and a bushel of leechee nuts as my lunch everyday.

On the dive trip (once I got used to how COLD the water was) we practiced dive routines like filling up my mask and clearing it, The CESA, and calculating how long we could stay underwater without freezing too much nitrogen in our blood so that when we go up to the surface it doesn’t boil in our veins (charming- isn’t it?). We didn’t see much because we were practicing our emergency routines.

The next day, we had to get our equipment read ourselves. So I got all of my stuff (fins, goggles, snorkel, BCD, butter, leechees, wetsuit, etc.) and put it on the boat. If yesterday the witch was churning the ocean, today she was whirling it with a mad passion, laughing hysterically at the poor little people on boats. The sea frothed and I suddenly felt bad for the people who had to stay on the boat while we dived… And for the 20 people sitting on, what looked like a small bamboo raft that was being paddled out to the sea. Well… that was Vietnam for you.

The visibility was horrible that day, and my dad says we passed by him quite a few times before we actually SAW him. Never the less, the ocean was very beautiful (and cold, but also beautiful). Plus, we weren’t actually scuba diving for pleasure; we were more scuba diving to get me certified so that in better places (in BETTER weather) I could go scuba diving with my dad- which is exactly what we did in the Philippines.

A coral head in the Philippines - check out all the zillions of little tropical fish in the background!

A coral head in the Philippines - check out all the zillions of little tropical fish in the background!

"I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine!"  (a sea slug really, but isn't he cute!)

"I shall call him Squishy, and he shall be mine!" (a sea slug really, but isn't he cute!)

The Philippines was wonderful! The sea was clear- the locals had a fishing law so the reefs were protected! Boulders of brain coral anchored themselves to the sandy plains. Fields of anemone like animals thrived over table coral and colorful fish meander across the sun like swift silver clouds. It was almost as wonderful as hanging up silk curtains of every color all right next to each other, and then standing right behind them while the wind picked them up and swirled them around you.

There were this many fish (sometimes more!) everywhere you swam.  The colors were insane!

There were this many fish (sometimes more!) everywhere you swam. The colors were insane!

At some points I just wanted to lay down in the water at the bottom of ocean, feeling weightless and fall asleep, but I knew that that was one of the signs of multiple illnesses related to diving, and that everyone would freak out if I just stopped moving. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the Philippines hanging out on the boat and laying in the sun. It was a good day.

A Frog Fish.  These apparently are really rare.

A Frog Fish. These apparently are really rare.

This was eely eely cool

This was eely eely cool

Lion fish:  Pretty and DEADLY (dun dun dun...)

Lion fish: Pretty and DEADLY (dun dun dun...)

A good day on the water!

A good day on the water!

Pandas, pandas, and more…
Oct 31st, 2009 by Phoebe
At the Chengdu Panda Reserve

At the Chengdu Panda Reserve

Yesterday (editor’s note – this actually happened on Oct 17th, but we are a bit behind in posting!), Tessa, Dad and I went to see the pandas.  Since we went there we learned that there are only 1000 pandas currently existing in the wild.  Pandas are very interesting.  Did you now that if pandas have two babies typically only one will survive? Also female pandas are only fertile 2-3 days every year.

A baby panda in an incubator.  Some of the babies were even smaller than this but I couldn't really get pictures of them.

A baby panda in an incubator. Some of the babies were even smaller than this but I couldn't really get pictures of them.

 Pandas are very playful animals.  When we went to see them they were climbing and swinging.  I had so much fun.  Pandas, unlike other animals have a projection in their wrist which works as an opposing thumb.  It helps them eat their food.

Two pandas wrestling.  They were very playful and really fun to watch!

Two pandas wrestling. They were very playful and really fun to watch!

 Pandas live in the bamboo forests of China.  Pandas eat about 80 different types of Bamboo but prefer 27 types. Since people are moving into the panda’s habitat they are becoming extinct.

This panda was climbing up to poke and bother another panda. He was a trouble maker!

This panda was climbing up to poke and bother another panda. He was a trouble maker!

 The “red pandas” were also in the Chengdu Panda Reserve even though they are in the fox family not really in the panda family.  I thought that the red pandas were less playful than the real pandas.  They have a mane-like fur around their head and have striped tails. A “Red Panda” is not really a panda but they are still really cute!

"Red Panda" isn't it SO cute!

"Red Panda" isn't it SO cute!

The day before I went to the Chengdu Zoo and they had one panda there and he was laying on his back with bamboo piled up on his belly and was eating away.  He was the panda version of Homer Simpson.  We also saw a huge tiger called a Siberian Tiger and it was much much bigger than the other tigers.  We also saw an elephant that was so so big we almost didn’t believe it was a real elephant. 

 

I think the pandas get more room in the zoo because the Chinese people honor them more, but the tigers were in 12 x 20 foot concrete cage and they were all pacing and did not seem very happy.  I was very sad for the cats.  There were also bears.  They were very cute.  The fur around their head was like a big big puffy mane.  When they walked on their back leg they wobbled and hobbled because they had very short back legs.  The enclosure were very wide open and anyone could fall in very easily.  The walls of the enclosures had big slits in them so kids could put their feet in them and look over the low wall.  All of the bears were begging for food and many people were throwing them junk food, which is very bad for them.  The big Asian black bears could catch the food out of the air but the Sun Bears could not and the food bonked them in the head.

Our paparazzi!
Oct 7th, 2009 by Phoebe
This little girl's parents stopped the us at least 3 times to take our picture

This little girl's parents stopped the us at least 3 times to take our picture

The little girl was so cute that we took her picture too!  A lot of the parents of kids this old want us to be in a picture with their little little kids, but they are usually terrified of us and cry.  This little girl loved us and even knew how to do "peace"

The little girl was so cute that we took her picture too! A lot of the parents of kids this old want us to be in a picture with their little little kids, but they are usually terrified of us and cry. This little girl loved us and even knew how to do "peace"

You know how in the States we’re just regular kids?  Well here it like we’re super movie stars or something! 

We were just in Tian’anmen Sqauare the other day (with about 300,000 of our closet Chinese friends – my mom and dad said there were at least that many people) and in that whole we only saw about 10 people who weren’t Chinese – including US!  None of them were kids either!

Whenever we stop for my mom to take a picture of us, other people jump in front of her to take our picture, and then they line up to get in the picture with us!  Yesterday we stopped on a bridge to take a picture and I am not kidding, 10 people were in line to take pictures with us.  LOL!  I bet since we got to China about 500 people have taken our pictures!  It happened in Japan too but not as much. 

EVERYONE looks at us and points at us!  Its like we are exotic animals and like if you saw a double headed albino yak walking up the street and you wanted to take its picture. 

Another thing that is funny is that people want to say whatever English words they know, even if it doesn’t make sense.  One boy said “Hello, Hot Choc-o-late”.  Other people say “Hello, Happy Birthday” and “Hello, what is your favorite color?”   The other funny thing is that you can tell that all kids my age were taught for the olymics “Hello, and welcome to Beijing” because THEY ALL SAY IT! 

I’d write more, but I have to leave now for my next photo shoot!  LOL!!!!

My mom wanted us to stand in front of this float cause it had a Phoenix bird on it (for Phoenix!) but we ended up having to stand her for like 10 minutes because all these people lined up for pictures with us!

My mom wanted us to stand in front of this float cause it had a Phoenix bird on it (for Phoenix!) but we ended up having to stand her for like 10 minutes because all these people lined up for pictures with us!

reach out and touch FACE
Sep 28th, 2009 by Phoebe

Yesterday I was singing my favorite song “Reach Out and Touch Faith” by Depeche Mode, and then all of a sudden our taxi driver drove  so close to a person that I could have touched his face. I then blurted out- “Reach out and touch face!”

Mom says that that is the perfect way to describe driving in China.

Canadian Critter count!
Aug 16th, 2009 by Phoebe
A cute little ground squirrel (we thought it was a giant chipmunk, but its not!)

A cute little ground squirrel (we thought it was a giant chipmunk, but its not!)

Big Horn Sheep (you can tell its a boy by its horns and other things)
Big Horn Sheep (you can tell its a boy by its horns and other things)
Pippy the house sheep that thinks its a dog and let us dress it up!
Pippy the house sheep that thinks its a dog and let us dress it up!

The Rocky Mountains in Canada have lots of animals that we don’t have in Arizona, and a few that we do have.  We drove around a lot so we had lots of time to look for animals.  We really wanted to see a bear and a moose, but we never saw the moose.  Here is a list of the animals we did see:

  • 1 BLACK bear (not huge but still cool!)
  • 7 Big horn sheep
  • 1 Elk
  • 2 deer
  • 1 Pika (a tiny little rodent only found it here)
  • Pelicans (really giant pelicans in Calgary – they weree along a river where there were salmon we think)
  • Sea gulls (also in Calgary – strange)
  • 1 wild turkey
  • Hawks (a lot of them)
  • Cows (many, many, many cows….)
  • Regular sheep and one “house sheep” named Pippy (see picture)
  • alpacas (they are SO cute and I want one and my mom said we can see if Phoenix allows us to have them when we get back!)
  • chick`a` munks (as I call them) or chippy munkos (what Tessa calls them)
  • black squirrels
  • Horses
  • Thaylee (pretty fluffyhouse cat at couchsurfer’s)

 And that is all for now!

Critter count
Jul 1st, 2009 by Phoebe

We are going to keep track of all the animals that we see on our trip.  Some of the animals that we’ll see are not ones from our country, and I think all my friends will think that the animals are cool.  We are going to keep a list and take pictures of the ones we think are awesomely cool.

So far we have seen:

  • 3 squirrels
  • blue jays
  • cardinals (not the football kind)
  • chamelons with red puffy necks
  • frog
  • Fritter dog, Ziggy, and Roz at Papas (two dogs and a cat)
  • Shugorei!!!  She is living at Nana and Pappy’s and was so happy to see us she wagged her butt so hard she knocked herself over
  • jumping fish in the St. Lucie (don’t know what kind though)
almost
Jun 26th, 2009 by Phoebe

There is more then meets the eye when it comes to planing. We have to “train”, we get our giant backpacks on and we hit the park and walk around and around!

We scan books about each country, so that we can look at them when we get to each different country.   It might take time but in the end it will be worth it when we’re in a country like JORDAN.

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