Solbit’s Plea, “I Don’t Want to Live Underwater.”

Dear Nicalai,

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?

Hohe Veluwe National Park

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.

I’m your friend.



September 2014

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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.”

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