Speeltuin Groenendaal with Papa and Opa

Speeltuin Groenendaal

Perfect view of all the options

Papa, Opa and Jana took me to a ‘speeltuin’ (playground) near Opa’s house in the Netherlands. It was called Groenendaal. That must translate to scrapes, bumps and bruises because the contraptions caused many injuries and crying kids as a result. Whenever a child cries I run over to make sure everything is ok and it was a busy afternoon for me. I also got an ice cream.

Let me run you through my favourite hazards equipment.

First stop is this roundabout. This one caused some injuries, one from one of the boys in this picture.

It's safe in the middle

It’s safe in the middle

I love the Netherlands. I want to move here. There are basically no rules. For example, I was tall enough to ride this moterbike. No supervision whatsoever. They basically put the parents in charge and with Papa and Opa around that’s not a guarantee for success.

Who's the easy rider now?

Who’s the easy rider now?

The absolute highlight of this playground was a deathtrap merry-go-round. This picture was taken 20 seconds before I slit down and go my feet dragged over the ground. Papa saw it coming and was quick to the rescue. Maybe he knows what he’s doing after all.

Going round, feeling merry

Going round, feeling merry

Speeltuin Groenendaal was a scream. Literally! Did I mention I got an ice cream?


Feeding seals in Victoria, BC with parents

Mama feeding a seal

A lot of my family lives in Victoria, BC, Canada. Last year we visited for Easter and also dropped by some friends of Papa and Mama. They live near the Oak Bay Marina where you can feed the seals! Mama bought a whole bag of frozen fish near the dock. I didn’t get any but it smelled funny so I didn’t mind.

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Mari in southern England

The young girl and the sea

Hi. My name is Mari. Thanks for visiting my blog. I was born in 2011 and at the time of writing this I’m almost 1.5 years old. I like to travel and my parents do as well. So far I’ve visited 3 continents and 8 countries. I’ve seen some cool things along the way and met some incredibly nice people as well.

Travelling with parents can be hard. They don’t always know what they’re doing. Travelling with me isn’t that hard but sometimes they over prepare and sometimes they under prepare. I’ve learned a lot about what to do and my Papa tells me I should share these tips about our trips on this blog. Let me know what you think.