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Recap: Swiss Alps Pics

Helloooooo W๐ŸŒŽRLD!!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from last week’s visit to the Swiss Alps. For us, that included Geneva, Switzerland and Morzine, France. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Hope you enjoy!๐Ÿ“ท

The view from our Airbnb apartment in Geneva
Big flower clock and a ferris wheel in Geneva๐ŸŽก
140 meter high fountain on Lake Geneva
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฑ
Sunset on a river in Geneva
Geneva farmers market!
โฌ‡๏ธThese are just a bunch of random flower pictures I took on a few hikes in Morzine.  I couldn’t choose which was my favorite so I just put all of then on here!๐ŸŒธ
๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน
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โ€‹Okay so this one isn’t a picture, but I just think it’s really cool!!๐ŸŒ„

That’s all I have for now, but I hope you enjoyed the pics๐Ÿ˜˜

โœŒ๏ธ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out)

~Kamaile

Another Adventure

Helloooooo W๐ŸŒŽRLD!!

since the last blog…

I’m finally posting something๐Ÿ˜… Now that it’s summer and we have more free time because school’s out. So, you know what that means… TRAVEL! โœˆ๏ธ

We’re going to Europe again. I know right? Three years in a row. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ  This time around we will be going to Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, and the UK. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

A couple days ago, we flew to London from Seattle, had a 5-hour layover, then took a short flight to Geneva. After two days here, we’ll take a train to Morzine, which is in the French part of the Swiss Alps. We vacation there with our friends for a little over a week then take the train through Munich to Bad Blankenburg!!๐Ÿšˆ  If you don’t know what that is, it’s the little town in Germany that the #SeattleBundas visited last year to do volunteer work. I’m excited to go back so I can see some of the friends that I met last time!

BB friends:)

After BB (Bad Blankenburg), we are doing more volunteer work in Darby, England. It will be similar to BB but the people will speak english! Between Germany and England, we’ll be visiting our friends in Belgium. 

We are already in Geneva, but for some reason I still don’t feel like we’re actually here. It feels like a weird dream or something…๐Ÿ’ญ Must be the jetlag!

โœŒ๏ธ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out)

~Kamaile

Seattle to New Delhiโœˆ๏ธ

Helloooooo W๐ŸŒRLD!!

Finally! I’m back with a new blog post and your daily dose of Smiley Maile with tons of emojis.๐Ÿ˜œ 

I know Mom and Trey have already talked about being IN India, but nobody’s talked about getting TO India!๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ  This trip was a little different for us, because dad had arrived in India three weeks before us. So, no travel dad to guide us!๐Ÿ˜ But, mom was great and did awesome putting up with Trey and me.๐Ÿ˜‚

Well, enough with my blabbering. On with the travel already!โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

For my cousin Gracie’s fourth birthday, she really really REALLY wanted to have a sleepover with cousins.๐Ÿ’œ Since her birthday party was on the day of our flight, I slept over at her house the day before. (That was crazy!)

Mad face!!๐Ÿ˜ก

We had a fun night with just us girl cousins, (and of course Aunty Katie and Anders!) and the next morning, people started to arrive for the party.

Birthday girl๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’œ
 

The party was fun, and when it ended Mom, Trey, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunty Tiffy, Jaxon, Layla, and I all got into Grandma’s car and we drove to the airport. When we got there, we all said our goodbyes and then Mom, Trey and I headed inside the aiprort.

Where’d mom and grandpa go?๐Ÿค”

Security lines weren’t too bad, since it was a Saturday afternoon, so we got through that pretty quickly. After that we got to our gate in really good time. Mom and I both have gotten into adult coloring books and we like doing them when we travel, but mom forgot hers at home! So we went into a Hudson News shop and she got a cute little book with Bible verses and little doodles on the sides.๐ŸŒบ

    One of the finished pagesโœ๏ธ

    Here’s a pic of us at the gate.๐Ÿ˜‹

    A bit later, we finally got in the plane! I got the window seat, (yay!) Mom was in the middle, and Trey had the aisle seat.๐Ÿ’บ We hadn’t even taken off yet, but I wanted to see what movies they had on the little tv things they have on the back of seats.๐Ÿ“บ I was scrolling through and found that they had “Finding Dory”! I was soooooo happy because when the movie came out, we weren’t able to see it because we were in Germany.๐ŸŸ

    Finally, at about six thirty, we took off. Lately, I’ve been really into taking time-lapse videos on my phone, so here is that.โ€‹

    โ€‹The whole flight to Dubai was fourteen and a half hours!!๐Ÿ˜ฑ It was the longest plane ride I’ve ever taken by far. It was so weird, because of the route we’d taken, we saw the sun set two times and we even saw the moon rise!๐ŸŒ…

     We landed in Dubai and the layover there was a couple hours, and we ate and just chilled for a while because we were sooo tired. Then, the flight to Delhi from Dubai was about four hours.โœˆ๏ธ On that flight I finished up the BFG movie, (I had started it on the Seattle-Dubai flight) and then slept the rest of the time.๐Ÿ’ค

    Over all, we spent about exactly twenty four hours traveling and we were POOPED.๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ˜ด I’m pretty sure Mom covered the rest of the events that happened that night, and you can read that in her blog, “The first 24 hours in India, a deliriously tired brain dump.” I’m still not over jet lag on our fifth day, but I’m grateful to be here.๐Ÿ˜Š

     

    โœŒ๏ธ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out),

    ~Kamaile

    6 Things About Living In Close Quarters๐Ÿ˜

    Hellooooooo W๐ŸŒŽRLD!! 

    Guess what!?๐Ÿ˜† We have been living here in the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) base in Bad Blankenburg, Germany for almost a week now.๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒ In this blog, I am going to tell you 6 things about living in close quarters (3 good and 3 not so good). While this is a big building, there are 70 of us living here right now, so it’s pretty busy!
     
    ๐Ÿ‘ Let’s start with the good news: ๐Ÿ‘

    1. Always having friends. You don’t have to go far to find some good people. ๐Ÿ‘ฏ
    2. Getting to know people really well cause they’re here all the time. ๐Ÿ•ฐ๐Ÿ‘ญ
    3. There are people from 26 countries here. It’s a great way to learn about different customs and cultures. ๐ŸŒ

    ๐Ÿ‘Ž Now, here are some not so awesome things about living in close quarters: ๐Ÿ‘Ž

    1. You can’t ever get a break from people.๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ Your room! Family is there.๐Ÿ‘ซ The shower! It’s a shared bathroom.๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿšฝ
    2. The wifi is shared with 70 other people, so its REALLY slow. ๐Ÿ“ถ๐ŸŒ€
    3. If people are having a conversation, even if there are only 2 people, you can hear it. It’s never quiet!! ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Of course, this is my perspective of how it is after being here for only a week,๐Ÿ“†  so I will probably make an updated version of this in a couple weeks, and then at the end of our stay here.๐Ÿ“‘

    Ok that’s all for now, byeeee!!๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ˜„

    โœŒ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out)  ~Kamaile

    Europe trip: K’s favorite pics๐Ÿ“ธ

    Helloooooo W๐ŸŒŽRLD!

    In this blog, I’m going to show you some of my favorite pictures from our Europe trip!๐Ÿ“ท

    Some of the photos in this blog are included because they are pretty. But, some of them are included because they remind me of fun memories!โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Note: Double-tap (mobile๐Ÿ“ฑ) or double-click (computer๐Ÿ’ป) to see the full-sized individual pictures.

    โœŒ๏ธ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out)

    ~Kamaile

    K’s European Food Education๐Ÿด

    So, today I am going to blog about foods we have had through our Europe trip! First, I’m going tell you what I thought that country’s food was, then I’ll tell you what it actually was.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿด๐Ÿ˜‹

    I’m going to start off with Germany, the first country we went to.๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ชBefore I came to Germany, I thought German food was all bratwurst and schnitzel. I didn’t even know what a frankfurter was until I heard we were going to be landing in Frankfurt.๐Ÿ˜‚ And to be honest, I had no idea what a schnitzel was either, It just sounded German-ish. Until I actually went to Germany. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

    When we got to Germany, the first meal we had was in a German pub.๐Ÿป I ordered a schnitzel, Dad ordered shweinshaxe (pork knuckle)๐Ÿท, Mom ordered a schnitzel with mushroom sauce๐Ÿ„, and Trey ordered a frankfurter with lentil soup. It turns out, a frankfurter is basically a german hot dog. And a schnitzel is sliced, breaded, and fried meatโ˜บ๏ธ. I had potato wedges with my shnitzel and they were good, but the shnitzel was amazing!  

    My schnitzel!๐Ÿ˜„

    The next country we visited was France, which I knew a little bit more about than some of the other countries we visited.๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
    Before we went to France, I thought French food was all croissants, baguettes, crepes, escargot, and macaroons. And mostly, that’s what it was! โ˜บ๏ธ 

    We stopped to get some baguettes on the way down from the Eiffel tower and ate them on the grass. They were yummy, but nowhere near as good as the jambon (ham and cheese) baguettes we got on our first full day in paris!๐Ÿ˜œ 

    Baguettes in front of the Eiffel Tower๐Ÿ˜‹
     
    We took an awesome walking tour of Paris but unfortunately, it was rainy and cold.๐Ÿ’ฆWe got some yummy crepes to warm us up!
    Warm, toasty crepes on a rainy dayโ˜”๏ธ
     
    On one of our last nights in Paris, We found a little resturaunt in the heart of the city and ordered some escargo!๐ŸŒ I wasn’t super excited to eat snail, but I was willing to try. I actually thought I might like it, because it smelled okay and you could eat it with bread and cooked veggies. When I tried it, it was worse than I thought it would be! It was sort of like a mushroom, (I don’t like mushrooms either!) only it was saltier (and yuckier!).
      
    Escargot!๐ŸŒ
     
    Then, we went to England. Before I came to England I thought all English people had Fish and Chips all day, every day. Plus some tea, and a bit of bubble and squeak (stir-fried veggies) for breakfast. Until I went to England. My theory about fish and chips was sort of correct, people did have a lot of it, but they didn’t have it all day, every day, just alot.๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ My tea theory was also only sort of true. Did you know that The U.K. Is as much a coffee country as it is a tea country?โ˜•๏ธ 

    Coffe in the crypts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields near Trafalgar Square…โ˜•๏ธ

      
    Poppies fish and chips that we got in London. Yum!๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ They were so good! Especially with tartar sauce.๐Ÿ˜‰
     

    The last country’s food that I’m going to talk about is Italy. Before I came to Italy, I thought Italian food was pizza, pasta, wine,๐Ÿท tiramisu, and gelato!!!๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜„ 

    One of the first Italian Queens, Queen Margherita, ate so much of this type of pizza they named it after her. It is also why the Italian Flag is red, white, and green. Red is tomato sauce, white is mozzarella cheese, and green is the basil topping. I can understand why the Queen ate so much of that pizza, it’s delicious!

    Margherita pizza!๐Ÿ•
      

    Handmade pasta!๐Ÿ Some of the best I’ve had in my life. Perfectly cooked and yummily made.โ˜บ๏ธ
    Tiramisu in Italy is the best! ๐Ÿ˜› So yummy!

    I think I’ve had Gelato almost every single day in Italy so far. It’s amazing! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿฆ
     
    And that is basically all I have had so far in Italy๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ But there are a couple other things that I had no idea about that are very Italian. For example, bruschetta! Bruschetta is lightly salted bread with olive oil and tomatoes on top! It’s soooo gooood…

    Anyway, that’s all for now!

    โœŒ๏ธ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out)

    ~Kamaile

    London Walking Tour!

    Today we did a free walking tour in Soho, Picadilly, and Chinatown in London, UK! ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝ
    In the morning we left our Airbnb around 9:30 and walked to the metro, which, here in London they call the “tube”.๐Ÿšˆ We rode the tube into Picadilly Circus where we met Gregory, our guide for the tour, outside a donut shop. ๐Ÿฉ
    We walked through Picadilly, Chinatown, and Soho. These are a cuople of the interesting sights we saw:
    1. 

       
    The Bag O’ Nails theatre! An old theatre that used to have shows every night, but now it is a private venue. One thing Gregory told us here was that if there is a blue plaque somewhere, READ IT!๐Ÿ˜‹(Cause they’re special๐Ÿ˜…) At this place, these were the blue plaques๐Ÿ‘‡ 

     The first plaque read that, here at Bag O’ Nails venue on May 15th, 1967 Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman. Cool! I love the Beatles!๐Ÿ˜„
    The second plaque read that, here on November 26th 1966 Jimi Hendrix first played here. Gregory told us that Jimi came to the venue thinking he was there to watch a show, but then, he heard his name and was called up on stage!๐Ÿ˜† There, he played his right hand๐Ÿ‘‹ guitar๐ŸŽธ upside down for the show. (Jimi was very poor at the time, and when he was 15 his dad saved up to buy him a guitar, but it was right handed, and Jimi was left handed! So Jimi played his right hand guitar upside down.๐Ÿ˜›) After the show, someone came up to Jimi and told him “That was one of the best shows that I’ve ever seen.” That someone was Jimi’s idol, Eric Clapton. Wow! That must have been so awesome!๐Ÿ˜„ 
    2. 

     The Spirit Of Soho mural! St. Ann’s dress is the neighborhood of Soho with the streets,๐Ÿšธ resturaunts,๐Ÿด shops,๐Ÿฃ and everything else. On the bottom of the mural, there are four people standing in front of a yellow clock. Those people are (from left to right) Mozart, (Mozart lived in Soho for one year from age 8 – 9 while he was doing his tour of Europe.) Karl Marx, (He has a big red book in front of him. He appears to have a red thing in his left hand. It used to be a can of Coca Cola but the mural is so old that it fell off๐Ÿ˜“) Theresa Cornelys, (Opera singer and actress) and Casanova. Every hour Casanova blows a kiss to Theresa, (thats why his mouth looks so odd) and Theresa winks back. (thats why her eye looks so odd) We were there for the hour and we saw the Wink-kiss exchange and it looked so odd!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

    ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜‚
     
    So, those are some of the things I saw on our London walking tour!
    โœŒ๏ธ โญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka peace out)

    ~ Kamaile

    ย Indochina Tour: K’s Favorite Pics

    Helloooooo W๐ŸŒRLD!

    So, I’m gonna do something different on this post, instead of going and writing a whole long post about the  entire tour, I’m going to show you the highlights of the trip with pictures I took with my camera! ๐Ÿ“ท ๐Ÿ˜Š

     

    This picture is of a Buddhist monk praying over some visitors. I really like this photo, but I wish the monk was the focal point!
     
     
    This is a famous highlihght from Wat Maha That in Ayutthaya, Thailand. A head fell off of a Buhdda and rolled over to a tree, then the tree’s roots grew around the head!
      
     
    We found a statue of this creature at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and it is called a Mom. So mom had to take a picture with the Mom!
      
    We visited a pottery store in Chiang Mai and these ladies were making all these ceramic peices by hand!
      
    We visited the Maesa Elephant Camp and these elephants were painting pictures with their trunks!
     
    We climbed up to a temple that was on top of Mount Phousi and stayed there for this beautiful sunset.
        
    We visited this waterfall in Luang Prabang. So pretty! (Khouangsi Waterfall, Luang Prabang, Laos)
      

    The Heroes of Ha Noi!
     
     
    We went kayaking at Ha Long Bay! So fun and pretty.
     

     

    Ha Long Bay sunsets!
     
     
    Caution:โš ๏ธAnimal Crossing!โš ๏ธ (in Sapa, Vietnam)
     
     
    Horses for sale! (In Bac Ha, Vietnam)

     
    Well looky here! I look across a river to find China on the other side! (Lao Cai, Vietnam/Hekou, China)
        

     

    So, we went to the market. Have you ever seen stingray at your local market? ๐Ÿ˜œ (In My Long, on the Mekong Delta, Vietnam)

     
    My wonderful family hiking through the ancient ruins of Beng Mealea! (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
      

    I just have to sit down and take a breath. I mean, I’ve now been to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia! I’ve snuggled with tigers for Pete’s sake!๐Ÿฏ (Not drugged or tranquilized!๐Ÿ˜) I’ve looked across a stream to find China on the other side! I’ve climbed over the ancient ruins of Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat, AND Beng Mealea temple! I’ve swum in one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! (Ha Long Bay was Awesome!) I’ve tasted a fruit that smells like rotten meat! (by the way, don’t try Durian!)๐Ÿ˜– 

    And now, I get to rest in this awesome country, Indonesia.โ˜บ๏ธ

    โœŒโญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (aka Peace Out)

    ~ Kamaile 

    Indonesia: Things are a Little Different Here

    Helloooooo W๐ŸŒRLD!

    So, our first couple of days here I noticed a lot of differences between the U.S. and Indonesia.

    First off, most of the locals here wear long sleeves even in this Hโ˜€T and sticky weather! Many of the Muslim women here wear headdresses, too! I believe they are called hijab. And even worse, the hijab are normally dark-colored so they soak up the sun and heat even more. If that were me, I would either faint, or get heat stroke.๐Ÿ˜ฐ ๐ŸŒž 

    Another thing that’s different and sort of fun is that some of the companies here have names that have to do with their location. For example, when we were driving through Jakarta I saw a store called  Transjakarta. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that, but I did get some photos of some other companies! 

     

    INDOMILK … some brand of milk .

     
    Indofood! A random brand of food. (like Kroger or something)
      

    The third thing is TRAFFIC. Oh. my. word! It’s crazy!!!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš˜๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš– People don’t really stay in the lanes and kind of swerve around other cars to get to the place they’re going a little bit faster. Let me rephrase that: People don’t stay in their lanes and when they do it’s not for long! And people will swerve around other cars to get where they’re going a little bit faster, especially motorcycles! Man, if you’ve gone to California and you didn’t like how the motorcycles drove on the lines, you won’t survive here!๐Ÿ˜ The motorcycles ride on the lines, drive on the opposite side of the street than they’re supposed to be on, go on the sidewalks even when it’s  crowded, and sometimes they have up to families of five squished on the same bike.    

     

    Haha! I bet you guys think this is bad , but it gets way worse.

    Oh yeah! I forgot to say that there are also some horses that ride along the side of the street. You can ride them around town! I haven’t tried it yet, but I hope to! They look really fun!๐Ÿ‡

    The fourth difference between the U.S. and Indonesia are the bathrooms!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿ›  So, there are these things I call bum guns. And whenever you go #2 you have to squeeze the lever on the handle and water will come out. Then, you clean your bum with it. It tickles! 

    The bum gun!
     
    Also, the water that comes out of the faucet isn’t clean for drinking, so whenever you brush your teeth you have to go to the water dispenser, get a glass of water, and brush your teeth with that. Another different thing about bathrooms are the showers!๐Ÿšฟ Since there is more water pressure in the morning, unless you take showers in the AM you will get C โ„ LD showers every day!

    Well, that’s all for now! 

    โœŒ โญ•โ›Žโž• (aka peace out)

           ~ Kamaile 

    Planning for Southeast Asiaย 

    Hello world,

    Guess what! Our next stop? Indonesia!

    So, this will be my longest time ever away from home, I mean, more than two whole months! Man, that’s just crazy to think about. We’ll be staying with some friends that are living in Bandung, which is just west of Jakarta, Indonesia’s Capitol. We aren’t just going to stay in Indonesia, we’re going to go to some other countries in Southeast Asia too: Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos on a 25 day tour.

    We’ve been planning, preparing, and prepping like crazy! Mainly, all the “P’s.” But, the worst part of the “P’s” is IMMUNIZATIONS. Blugh.๐Ÿ’‰ I was worrying and dreading and worrying and dreading and worrying and dreading and worrying and dreading! But, when we got to the doctors office, it turns out that for one of the shots, you could trade out for pills!  And the other shots that aren’t pills, are only for grown ups! Two of the pills that we take now are typhoid and malaria. So much for that worrying and dreading.

     

    The other thing is food. I’ve got to get used to Indonesian food! In order to get ready, we’ve been having more Asian, and more spicy foods. For example, the other day we had spicy Asian stir fry, which wasn’t a really big deal because I don’t mind heat, I kinda like things spicy! My mom even made our green beans spicy with Sriracha.

    We leave soon (May 11th!), so I’ve got to get to packing, I mean, I just packed for two weeks in Japan, now I gotta pack for two months for Southeast Asia.

    I’m soooo NERVOUCITED!!!๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™‰๐Ÿ™Š 

    โœŒ๏ธโญ•๏ธโ›Žโž• (AKA peace out),

    Kamaile