Nona and Papa were packing, and I was pleading, “Papa, I don’t want to live under water. Let’s not go!” I know what you’re thinking: Solbit never wants to leave where she is, and Solbit never wants to go to a new place. Well, that’s sort of true, but, believe me, this time is different. They said they’re taking me to a country where about a quarter of the place is BELOW SEA LEVEL! I know what that means, wetsuits and scuba gear.
So, this picture shows where they took me. To the land of big telephones! Just kidding. Really, here’s where we went.
Surprise: in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands! I’m breathing air without scuba gear! I guess we’re in part of the country that is just a little above sea level. Papa says that, where the country is below sea level, they use levees or dikes — long wide walls — to hold the sea water back. No wet suits required. Gosh, the towns and the countryside are beautiful here! Can you see the magpie, the black and white bird?
I thought everybody would have a boat! No, everybody has a bicycle! Nona says that makes Papa feel very much a home. You know how much time he spends on bicycles.
We’re leaving now with our friends Bjorn, Kai, Cat, and René, to go to a place I can’t pronounce. Nona spelled it for me while I wrote this: R-I-J-K-S-M-U-S-E-U-M. I’ll try to send you some photos from there.
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- You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
- You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”