Solbit Sees a Strange Seashell in Sydney

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Dear Nicalai,

Hi.  We’re still in Sydney.  We had been wondering all around the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), when my traveling companions — Nona and Papa — and I decided to go to the café there and dine on the outdoor terrace.  (Well, you know what I mean.  They were eating lunch, and I was with them.  A Plastic Jurassic doesn’t need lunch, but she does need the company that comes with lunch. I love company, don’t you?)  Ooops. I’m rambling away from my topic, the strange building.

Nona & Papa stopped eating and said, “Hey, Solbit, let’s put you on one of these tall tables so you can see the view.”   Imagine my surprise when I took in this view:

 

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“Hey, what’s that I asked?”  Nona answered, “Solbit, that’s the Sydney Opera House.”  I looked again and said, “No way, Momma! That’s no house.  That’s some gigantic colony of mollusks, a pile of seashells.  I know my mollusks, but I haven’t seen one that shape or that large. What is it really?”

Papa answered me, “No really, Solbit, Nona’s right.  It is not a giant mollusk colony, not a pile of seashells.  It really is a house, a big house, where people in Sydney go to the opera, to musicals, and to plays.”

As we spoke, my eyes focused better, and I could see that, indeed, that strange thing was a building and not an animal.” Here’s another picture.

 

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Nicalai, you’ve got to get your parents to bring you here to Sydney to see this opera house.  Amazing!

Sorry,  I’ve gotta go.  Nona and Papa are taking me to a place called Botany Bay. Of course, they’re walking all the way, so we have to go now.  I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

April 2014

  • 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.”

 

Solbit Meets The Cats of Queenstown

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Dear Nicalai,

Does your mom ever want you to do something that you don’t really want to do?  Does your mom ever think that you’re really cute in something that you don’t like?  Well, if so, then you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say, “Nona made me do it.”

Well, how could I refuse your grandmother, Nona?  I could tell that she had her heart set on me doing this:

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Yeah, she said, “Oh, Solbit, go make friends with those cats.  You’ll have a great time.”  We had just gotten to Queenstown (NZ).  All I wanted to do was go meet the Queen.  Oh, no, Nona insisted that I go to the Crafts Market by Queenstown Bay to meet all these cats. (Turns out, the Queen doesn’t live in Queenstown.  Go figure.) Continue Reading

Solbit Finds Fun on Dead Man’s Beach

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Dear Nicalai,

Look at me!  I’m at my sand castle on Dead Man’s Beach on Stewart Island, New Zealand.  Cool, huh?

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Today, Nona and Papa and Susie and Tom took me on a hike.  Susie is Nona’s cousin.  Tom is Susie’s husband.  They’re really nice, and, wow, do they like to travel and hike. We started at Horseshoe Bay.

After about an hour of walking along a beautiful coastline on a sunny day, we came to a sign.  It said, “Dead Man’s Beach.”

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Susie said, “Terrible name, but the guide book says its a great place to stop and rest.  Let’s have lunch here.”  We went right down to the beach.

Tom knows all kinds of things.  When we got to the beach, he taught me to surf.  No kidding.  He searched the beach for a piece of wood that I could use as a surf board.  The first one was too short for me, or I was too tall for it.  Whatever. The second one was longer and worked like a charm.  I surfed all the way up onto the sandy beach and almost right into Nona’s camera.  She took this picture of me surfing and then rolled away just in time to avoid the wave, but the picture is out of focus.  Sorry.

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While Tom taught me to surf, Susie and Nona made that sand castle for me.  When I got back from surfing, they surprised me, and put me up there on the castle wall.  I felt like a queen! Queen of the World!  Tom made the seaweed flag.  Isn’t it something?

But that’s not all.  Papa said that, when people go to the beach, they often bury someone alive just for fun.  So, I asked, “Is that why they call it Dead Man’s Beach? How many people have been buried here?”  Susie said, “No, you don’t have to worry.  You’ll come out of the sand just as alive as you are now.”  Well, that reassured me, and I said, “Bury me on the beach, please.”  They did, and here’s my picture to prove it.

hiking day from Horseshoe Bay to Oban

We hiked the Horseshoe Bay Track, from Horseshoe Bay all the way back to the little town of Oban on Stewart Island.  Papa said that we took 13,520 steps on that hike.  Odd that he keeps track of things like that, isn’t it?

Well, I really, really wish you were here with me.  I’m your friend.

Love,

Solbit

January 2014

*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.”

Solbit’s Fun Day at Wat Muen San

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Dear Nicalai,

How are you guys today?  Having fun I hope.  This morning, Nona and Papa changed their schedule, and, as a result, I had fun.

Here in Chiang Mai, Thailand the mornings and the evenings are warm, but the mid-day is hot and humid.  So, during the day, Nona and Papa like to stay inside with the air conditioning on, or they sit in the shade by the pool reading.

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Being a dinosaur, I don’t mind the hot and humid weather.  Actually, I like it hot and humid.  So, I wish we would go out during the day.  No, they stay in, and that means I’m zipped up in Nona’s purse pocket.

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Today was different.  Papa and Nona came back from breakfast.  I could hear them talking.  “Since the weather is cooler today, maybe we ought to go for a walk this morning.  What do you think?” Nona said. “I’m ready to go,” Papa replied.  Then, I heard Nona say, “Did you put on your sunscreen?”  No answer from Papa, but I heard him getting something out of his backpack.  I bet it was his sunscreen.

I’m a dinosaur, and I don’t need sunscreen, so I was ready to go right away. Nona and Papa walked quite a distance, and I fell asleep on the way. Do you ever fall asleep when you’re on the way to something with your parents?

I woke up with a start.  Someone was pulling me out of Nona’s purse pocket. Then, I realized we must have arrived some place that they wanted me to see.  “Hey, where are we?” I asked.  Papa said, “Solbit, this is really cool. We’re at Wat Muen San!” Continue Reading

Solbit meets Leo in Guilin

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Dear Nicalai,

“Where are we?” Solbit demanded.  “Let me out of here!”  She wanted out of Nona’s purse.  Nona took her out and showed her where we are now.  “This is different.  This isn’t Shanghai.”

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Nona said, “No, we aren’t in Shanghai any longer, Solbit.  We’re in Guilin, now.” Solbit asked, “Oh, yeah, I was just starting to get used to being in China and now you’ve moved us to another country?”  Nona said, “No, Solbit, we’re still in China. We just moved to another part of China called Guilin.  Guilin has lakes and very old worn down mountains.  A lot of us tourists come here to see the lakes, the old city, the knobby mountains, and the terraced rice paddies.” Continue Reading

Solbit’s Big Scare

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Dear Nicalai,

As you know, we left Japan last week and flew to China. Solbit said she didn’t want to get lost again, so she asked to please stay in a zipper pocket of Nona’s purse on our flight.

After a few days getting used to Shanghai, Solbit became adventurous. She went with us to The City Temple of Shanghai  and was amazed by the many different gods in that Taoist Temple. She also had trouble breathing due to all the burning incense.

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Then we went to Yu Garden, behind the temple, and, oh, my, she got a surprise there!

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She found a very big dragon. She looked up at it, and said, “Nona, put me back in your purse. Now!”

Nona tried to tell her that it was just a sculpture of a dragon, but she still insisted on going back into the purse.

We think she’ll realize that she had nothing to fear, and that, next time she sees a dragon, she can just enjoy what an artist created and not be afraid.

Love,

Nona & Papa

September 2013

*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.”

Solbit Gets Excited About A Birthday

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Dear Nicalai,

“Come on! Wake up!” Sparkle Orangie Luku Breakit (Solbit for short) said from inside Nona’s purse. “Get me out of here. It’s Sunday. Remember what that is?”

Papa said, “Yes, Solbit, we know it’s our granddaughter Ainsley’s birthday. She’ll be seven years old today.”

“Yes, and I want to celebrate. Take me to that nice coffee house where you saw the fancy things.  What did you call them?”  “Cake,” Nona answered. “Right, I want cake!” Solbit said. “Just because she’s thousands of miles away doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy birthday cake with her on her birthday.! Right?”  Nona agreed, “Right.”  Solbit again, “Nona, remember to bring your camera.  You can take photos of me with the cake and send it to Ainsley, so she knows we remembered her on her special day.”

Nona and Papa got dressed. They got out their umbrellas. Kyoto had rain. Nona popped Solbit back into her purse. “Solbit, you’ll stay dry in there, and, when we get to the coffee shop, we’ll take you out. OK?” Nona asked.  “OK,” Solbit replied nestling into her dry purse pocket.  Nona zipped it closed, giving Papa that look again that says, “You nearly lost Solbit, because you forgot to zip your pocket.”

We walked to Inoda’s Coffee House <http://www.inoda-coffee.co.jp>, and we knew we had found it when we saw the antique, big, red coffee grinding machine from Philadelphia in front of the shop. It’s on a quaint little street in Kyoto near other interesting Japanese shops.

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Antique Red Philadelphia Coffee Grinder Sits In Front of Inoda’s in Kyoto, Japan

Nona and Solbit looked at all the cakes at Inoda’s Coffee House. They agreed on the Black Forest Cake topped with cherries.  Papa doesn’t do well with sugary things, so he let them choose by themselves.

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Dwarfed by the cake, Solbit didn’t know where to begin.

Papa watched as they tucked into that delicious birthday cake. He said, “Let’s all send Ainsley a birthday greeting.”

Happy Birthday, Ainsley!

Love,

Nona, Papa, and Solbit

September 2013

  • 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.”