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Sept 5th Boston, Massachusetts, USA

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

Sept 5th Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The plane ride was long from Portland to Boston, or it felt long because I had to do homework. When we got off our plane me and mom waited for our luggage while my dad went to go get the car. We rode to my Nana's house and had breakfast there. They had cookies there and pancakes shaped in the letters in my name, dream come true! I
fell asleep with dad down stairs and I woke up in the car at the beach. They woke me up and we all went to the beach. I didnt go swimming because it was cold. After the beach we went back to Nana's and had dinner. We all had lobster and corn on the cob. After all that I left and went home with my mom and dad. Yes- I said home, our real home. We are back!

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Sept 4th POrtland, Oregon

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Sept 4th POrtland, Oregon

I woke up at 8:30 am at my freinds house who were both playing video games when I woke up. I decided to join in on the game then we all started to play X-BOX360. We would throw people in the air with our force powewrs and wait till they fall. It was really funny. It was not the object of the game. My mom came to pick us up
and we all went out to breackfast. The food there there tasted good. They also had a juke box and where we could play all of our favorite songs. After that we went to a park were I climbed a tree to the top branch and had to climb down which was very hard. We all went to an arcade called The 5 Cent Arcade where every game cost 5 cents. We got 5$ each and went into the arcade and we had loads of fun in there. With all of my tickits I got a peice of candy and since one of my freinds lost all of their tickets we had to give all of our tickits to her. She's 11 years old. After that we all went to a cafe where we met her mothor and thats were we said good-bye and split. We went back to Jim's and packed all of our stuff and left for our flight to Boston. overall review for portland. lots and lots of hippies.

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Sept 3rd Portland, Oregon

by Nicosia rainey-Ray age 11

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Sept 3rd Portland, Oregon

My family and I woke up and had breakfast. We went out early to go to Laurelhurst Park. Jim drove us to the park and walked with us. There was a funny sculpure that I liked to jump on and off of. We walked around the pond and went back to our car. We drove passed by the house I grew up in as a baby. After that we drove half way
up Mount Tabor and then we got out of the car and hiked up the rest of the way. At the top of the mountain there was a statue of a man pointing east and towards the exit. I wanted to climb him but I can't because my mother wouldn't let me. We walked down the hill and drove to meet my mom's friend, Mary. Mary had 2 children,
one boy and one girl. I slept over their house. We played x-box360 until their cousins came and kicked us out. Then we watched a movie and went to sleep.

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Sept 2nd Oahu, Hawaii to Portland, Oregon

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray

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Sept 2nd Oahu, Hawaii to Portland, Oregon

My mom and Dad and I woke up and went to the beach. We wanted to go to the beach before we left to go to Portland. We didn't swimm in the water but we played on the beach. After we were done with that Kevin drove us to the airport and he said goodbye to us and we thanked him and we went on the flight. It was about 6 hours so when
we got to pOrtland it was about 9:30 PM. Jim, our friend, picked us up and we went to his house. He had collected lots of snacks and food that I wanted. i had some of the snacks, lots of them actually. I've known Jim a long time becuase I was born in Portland, Oregon. Later on we watched tv and fell asleep, in Portland.

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Sept 1 st Oahu, Hawaii

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Sept 1 st Oahu, Hawaii

My mom and I woke up and decided we want to go to the beach. We had to wait for Kevin before we could go because he had the truck. We waited for him and he came and brought us to the coffee shop because it had free wifi. After that we all went to his place and he planted plants while we sat on the bench watching him for 2 long
hours. He taught us about plants and got us some fruits to try. After we did that we all went to the beach. The waves were just as big as yesterday and Me and Kevin would get barreled by the waves. It was really fun and I made friends with a kid. We watched the sunset and there was a green spark at the end of the sunset.
It looked really cool. We went back and had a cookout at Kevins. I ate n some meat and fish. I also had a hot pepper. it was really hot. I had to eat bannanas and water because it was so hot. After that we went to sleep.yaaaaaaaa!

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Aug 31 st Oahu, Hawaii USA

by Nicosia Raiuney-Ray age 11

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Aug 31 st Oahu, Hawaii USA

Today is the first full day that my dad has been to hawaii. We picked him up from the airport yesterday. My mom and dad left in the morning for a jog and left me to sleep, when they got back they woke me me up with the loud slamming of the door. we did a couple entrees and went to an internet cafe. after my mom and dad were done using the computer they let me go on for 5 min. later on we met Kevin and he went to go show us his work. His work place was like a jungle. there were three huge trees that only had leaves growing on the top so it looked like a dome. Kevin said that theres a buried tresure inbeetween all of the trees but nowbody found it. we all played horse shoeand then left to go to the beach. The waves at the beach were crazy and huge. they sucked you in like you we getting pulled by gravity. My dad and I took a really big hit to the back and got sucked in then a wave hit dad on top of me. It traped me and then another wave pushed us out.on to the sand. Me and my family headed back home
and went to sleep.

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(The 2nd) Aug 30th Oahu, Hawaii USA

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11


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(The 2nd) Aug 30th Oahu, Hawaii USA

Today is a special day because we get to live Sunday Aug 30th over again. It is because we crossed the date line. WE left on Sunday Aug 30th at 9:20 PM at night and we slept and ate on the plane and then we arrived
here at 11:20 AM on Sunday Aug 30th. My mom was very excited because she has never done that double day thing where she gets to live another day, like time travel. I guess when you are older that becomes more important. My dad's friend Kevin came to pick us up at the airport and so we got into his truck and he drove us to his house.
It was more of a hotel like room since it was only one room. He was going to stay at his friends house while we are here. He drove us to the beach and we all played on the beach. He buried me in the sand and Kevin gave me a huge pack and a F Ca Ca German naturalist body. After that we left and went back to the house and I had a PB and J
Then we went to pick up my Dad who was meeting us in Hawaii. I was so excited to see Dad, if only I could show him - but, I was asleep!

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Aug 30th Bondi, Australia

By Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 30th Bondi, Australia

Me and my mom woke up at Michael's house. WE started getting packed; and we were travelling light at the time; to leave Michaels for good and head to Bondi before we leave Australia. We got our stuff and left Michaels house and said goodbye to him and went to Bondi beach. My mom had to load up one of my blog entries so she had to go to an internet cafe/ Mc Donalds. See at Mc Donalds in Australia they have free wireless internet, but the internet there was not working for anyone. My mom got me some fries from Mc Donalds, 3 chicken Mc nuggets, and a milkshake. The milkshake tasted wierd like a chlorine, the Mc nuggets tasted like chewy plastic, and the fries tasted like
ocean water. Later that day my stomach felt awful, not like throw up but more like a chemical process brewing in me. I've decieded that my body can not handle Mc Donalds food anymore and that I don't ever want to eat it again. We went to go down to the beach and picked our spot.When we got there I dug a huge hole with my legs inside and I covered myself back up and it looked like I was standing in a huge hole and my head was the only thing that popped up. After that me and my mom did homework untill it got too cold and windy.
I didn't like the beach that much because of how windy and cold it was. The reason why we stayed just in Sydney is because Australia is just as big as the United States and I don't think we have enough time because I need to go back hoime before school starts. WE took a bunch of trains to go back to Marks to get the rest of our stuff and then we went on a whole bunch of other trains to go to the airport. That is where we took a plane to go to Hawaii. We decieded to meet my dad there because Australia was too cold and we have never been to Hawaii.

Posted by nicoandkar 15:17 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Aug 29th Sydney, Australia

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 29th Sydney, Australia

Me and my mom woke up and decieded to go out to breakfast with Michael at a pancake place. I got a normal American boy breakfast while my mom got a salad. After that we went to Mc Donalds so my mom could load up the blog entries. As my mom was on the computer Dad sewnt her a message on facebook saying the building inspection on the house my mom has been working on didn't go well. My mom got all freaked out by this so she went out to go smoke like four cigarettes.

By the way... Does anyone know a structural engineer? It would really help my mom out.

Anyways, 30 minutes later she came back and said its not that big of a deal just some thing.
We all left to go to wine tasting. I learned alot of stuff about bubbly wine, red wine, rose wine, and white wine. I also learned that the color of the halo around the wine
dictates how young or old the wine is by the lightness. The wine was all good so we all started to laugh and talk for awhile. Then we went home and popped pop corn and watch Anchorman.

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Aug 28th Manly Beach, Australia

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 28th Manly Beach, Australia

My mom and I woke up ut Micheals and got ready to go to the beach!, to do homework. We got on a ferry to go to manly beach, were I shall do homework and not play. When we saw the beach from the streets it full of people playing. When we got to the beach I didnt play, I DID HOMEWORKKKKKK!!for three hours I sat there doing homework, every time I look at my shadow it keeps falling back since the suns going down. Oh homework oh homework, wont you leave me alone, Im just a little kid trying to have fun. You act like a prison caging me in, when time tries to come my mom says,"you cannot enter here, try again." 3 hours later... HELP MEEEEEE! sooner or later me and my mom and the homework left the beach and went back to Micheals to go think of somthing else to do. When all of us brain stormed it out it was to eat, earths solusion to everything.
No actually, my mom and I planned to cook and bought fresh seafood from the beach. After that my mom and Michael went to go out to have fun while I stayed home and did HOMEWORK. Right when they left out door I went to sleep.

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Aug 27th Blue Mountains, Australia

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 27th Blue Mountains, Australia

My mom and I woke up at our hosts house, Micheal. My mom and I decided that we were going to hike the blue mountains and see tourists attractions. Instead of taking a bus to the blue mountains we deceided to walk there which took aprox. 1 hour. We walked down a trail for about 3 minutes and we saw the first stop. It wasn't too
enjoyable because other people were being extremeley loud and talking in a extremely annoying languge which consists of A lot of words in high pitch. We took a quick look at the view and then left to go on our hike. we planned to go down to the forest floor and then come back up but before we do that we went to see The 3 sisters.
They look like 3 pillars to me, and if they were girls, they would have to be extremely ugly. We saw the caves and cool rock formations. After that experience we set out on our hike to the bottom of the forest. WE started hiking down and it started to get dark and the bugs started to come out. As we were walking down we saw the waterfall.
It was extremely loud. Near the bottom of the forest floor we saw a roller coaster like train that goes up so we took the train up the mountain. The roller coaster went really high straight up. It felt like you were getting pushed into the back of the seat and the floor. By the time we got back up to the top of the mountain it was dark and cold so we
headed back to the town of Katumba. We ate and then took the train to where we were staying. WE were both very tired so we went to sleep.

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Aug 26th Manly Beach and Sydney, Australia

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 26th Manly Beach and Sydney, Australia

Today we woke up and decieded to go to the Zoo. From our location to the zoo was a long way so we started our journey with our 45 min walk to the ferry (even though we were2 minutes from the train) then we got on one ferry the another and after that we were at the Zoo. When we got to the zoo we took ma monorail up to the top of the zoo.
The whole zoo seems to run on down a mountain. We saw the reptile and bird exhibit. The birds exhibit was basically your in a cage and there is about 7 different types of birds and you would walk through the cage and see all of the birds. The next exhibit we saw was the reptile exhibit. There was snakes and lizards in the exhibits.
They all looked really cool but they looked as if they got hypmotized by biggiesmalls. We saw the kangaroo exhibit and a kangaroo mom had a baby in its pouch. It was awsome. The baby was almost as big as the mom and just climbed in and out of there. My mom took lots of pictures. We started seeing kids, first it was 10, then 100, then
1,000. It was crazy. I hated it. We left the zoo as fast as we could and escaped. WE left on a ferry and then took another ferry to Manly beach and walked around and took a long hike. Then we took another ferry back to our house where me and my mom went to sleep.

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Aug 25th Sydney, Australia

by NIcosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 25th Sydney, Australia

My mom and I woke up in the morning at 9:00. WE were planning to wake up at 7:00 but of course we were too sleepy and needed to sleep longer. WE wanted to go explore Sydney and our neighborhood.
So we walked 45 minutes to go to the ferry stop. WE saw that next to the ferry there was an amusement park but sadly, the whole time we would be there it would be closed because it only opens on weekends.
WE made it just in time to get on the ferry. On the feryy I ate my muffin which tasted great because I hadn't had a muffin in forever. People here use toilet paper which is great because it already makes me feel like I am home. Many of the places we were there was never any toilet paper. The place that we are going to first is the opera house. There is an opeara house in Boston and one also in Sydney Australia which is cool. I noticed that there were loads of field trips from schools all around sydney, a bit too much for my taste. The field were annoying because there were too many kids screaming and singing, it was overwhelming. Anyways the Opera house looked amazing. It looked like a coral with all these layers and wierd forms. It was really beautiful. Then we headed to this place called "The Rocks" because my mom wanted a beer. So she had a beer and I had my soda. I noticed that Australia is quite cold right now. WE need a jacket, thats how cold it is. Then we went to an art museum that my mom wanted to go to which wasn't very good. After that we walked around a ton and visited lots of places and streets.
We then felt hungry so we went to go eat. I wanted to get fish and chip but my mom insisted I get a steak because she said I was looking skinny. The steak turned out to be the hardest stake I have ever tried to eat. It
was dry and chewy like gum. My mom didn't believe me on how bad it was because she does not believe in wasting food so even though she is a vegetarian she ate some.
Later she regretted it because she didn't really feel good after. We headed back home and fell asleep, I fell asleep watching South Park. It was the episode about hybrid cars and George Clooney
smug smog..it felt like home.

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Aug 24th Sydney, Australia

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 24th Sydney, Australia

I woke up on the plane that we originally got on to go to Australia. It was about 6:00 am in the morning when they served us breakfast. It's quite amazing how good the airline food is here. They served us four different crisonts with all different stuff in each one. They were also very nice to us and would try and make us feel at home. We left
the plane and went to go to catch a train to go find the house we were staying at. Our host gave us a map to his house. He made it very simple so it was easy for us. WE got on two trains and walked out of the train station to a stop sign and turned left. WE saw his apartment building but the challenge was getting our luggage up there. When we were at the top of the building we were insanely tired. I took a 5 hour nap and enjoyed it alot. 5 hours of napping later, our host, Mark, arrived and we all greeted each other. He made us lamb that tasted great with
rice and along with our meal we watched Jackass, the funniest stuff I had ever seen. Then we went on a night walk and we saw some animals and Mark got a huge spider stuck on him. When we got home my mom made me do homework and then I had to go to bed.

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Aug 23rd Bangkok and Beyond..Hello Australia

by Nicosia Rainey-Ray age 11

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Aug 23rd Bangkok and Beyond..Hello Australia

I woke up on the bus drowsy and dizzy. We were the last on the bus since we were the slowest to get off the bus. A taxi driver tried to grab my hand to go to his taxi but I said no and me and my mom left. It was hard to find our way to the street were our hotel was before. We wanted to go swimming inside of the pool at the hotel
but they wouldn't let us so we decided to go explore the shops. i got presents for my friends and I got a t-shirt for me. it shows the evolusion of man kind and at the end the man turns into a computer addict. The words on the shirt say "somthing somewere went terribly wrong", funny stuff. I got a sandwich from a store and ate it on the bus to the airport. The bus was packed. The airline we were going on was uniform based airline so me and my mom had to change into our small nice shoes. When we got on the plane the people on the plane were so nice. It was Emerites airline and we were flying to Sydney Australia. The ceiling of the plane looked like stars and they had over 100 movies to pick from. The meals were great that they served us and it tasted great too. After my first movie I fell asleep on my moms lap.

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