Ducky’s trip to the lake

Well after I rode the horse at the farm, I thought it was time to see some of Minnesota’s many lakes. I really enjoyed Medicine Lake which is where I got to sit on this cool dinosaur. Although it was fun to visit some lakes, it was pretty cold. It seems that this was my last destination before I head back to school. I am so excited to see you.

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Ducky’s Trip to the farm.

I arrived at a farm, outside of Granite Falls, MN. It’s cold here, but they have no snow. I went for a walk around the farm and saw some barn cats, they were kinda shy. Next I got to visit with the Belgian horses, they are very big!!! One of them named, Amos, even let me sit on his back. Next I’m off to the big city of Minneapolis, MN.

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Harlyn’s ducky is in an Empire State of mind

Harlyn’s ducky made it to New York City. We took a walk from downtown Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge Park to see the skyline of lower Manhattan.

Right away, he found a few old friends. After squawking at each other for a few minutes, he had to bid them farewell and move on his tour.
Our first stop was the Brooklyn Bridge, which was built in 1883 to connect the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time.
Ducky wanted to stop and see Jane’s Carousel by the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s almost 100 years old.
Ducky paid $2.75 for a metro card and hopped on the subway to ride from Brooklyn into Manhattan. NYC’s subway system was opened in 1904. It’s one of the oldest subway systems in the world, and it is the world’s largest with 472 stations.
Ducky visited the World Trade Center, which is the tallest building in the United States. It is flanked by this spectacular building, which is actually a subway station, known as the Oculus.
Determined to strike it rich on Wall Street, Ducky visited the New York Stock Exchange. He met the Fearless Girl, a symbol of female empowerment.
Just across from the Stock Exchange and the Fearless Girl, ducky visited Federal Hall for a selfie with President George Washington. NYC was the original capital of the United States, and Federal Hall is on the location where the first US Congress met, and where Washington took the Oath of Office.
Ducky took the bull by the horns. He was inspired by this statue, which was made as a reminder of a better future during hard times.
Ducky finally made it to see the Statue of Liberty. The statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886.
Ducky visited the East Coast Memorial, which is dedicated to those who served in the US Navy in the Atlantic during World War II.
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Ducky’s Last Adventures in Japan

Samuel’s Ducky enjoyed his last weeks in Okinawa, Japan. He visited the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world, and saw lots of tropical sea creatures including sharks and the largest fish in the world, the whale shark. He also got to see an exhibition of the national sport of Japan, sumo! Sumo has lots of traditions and seeing it first hand was a real treat for ducky. He finished off his stay in Japan with a big bowl of ramen noodles before he packed his bags and set off for his next adventure with new friends in Germany!

Ducky and a coconut crab
Ducky watching the sharks
Ducky loved watching all the beautiful sharks
Ducky and a whale shark
Ducky watching sumo
Ducky and one of the sumo wrestlers (or a cardboard cutout of him)
Ducky loved the whole sumo exhibition
One last meal of ramen for Ducky before he left Japan
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Max’s Ducky

Max’s Ducky has made it to Nashville, TN! He enjoyed listening to some great live music at the Ryman Auditorium!

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Ducky Adventures in Denver, CO

I arrived in Denver, Colorado after a visit in Seattle, Washington. It’s now snowing quite heavily and I wish I had brought a hat! I wandered the city, slipping and sliding to look at all of the pretty Christmas lights and then finally arrived at Union Station where I got to see this gorgeous Christmas Tree! I am now off to Minneapolis, Minnesota where I’m sure it’s going to be just as cold!

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A Christmastime Visit to Taiwan

Samuel’s ducky took a quick trip to Taiwan (also known as the Republic of China). He saw Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world, and also saw the monument to one of the founder of Taiwan, Chiang Kai Shek. He visited a couple of Chinese temples and enjoyed a Taiwan favorite, xiao long bao (Chinese soup dumplings). He was also amazed by all the beautiful Christmas decorations he saw around town.

Ducky at Taipei 101. This building used to be the tallest in the world!
Ducky at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Ducky at the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
Ducky and the Liberty Arch
Ducky at Dalongdong Baoan Temple
Ducky at Dalongdong Baoan Temple
Ducky enjoying xiao long bao at the famous Din Tai Fung restaurant in Taipei
Ducky and a friendly reindeer
Christmas tree in Taipei, Taiwan
A Christmas light display in Taipei
Taiwanese carolers
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Ducky Under The Sea

Samuel’s ducky didn’t just want to watch sunsets over the beautiful East China Sea, he wanted to see what was under it! So he hopped on a boat to the Kerama Islands near Okinawa and went scuba diving! The coral reefs around Okinawa and the other Ryukyu Islands are very beautiful and teeming with life. Also the water is very clear so you can see almost 100 feet while underwater. Ducky made friends with a few fish while 50 feet below the surface and definitely had an adventure that most ducks don’t get to have!

Ducky exploring the depths of the East China Sea
Ducky with a Scuba Diver, scuba diving takes some time to master but it allows you to see parts of the world that are often overlooked
Coral reefs like the one Ducky saw are found throughout the world and many can only be seen by diving. They are beautiful but fragile ecosystems that need to be protected so future generations can enjoy their beauty too.
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Sam F.’s Ducky is in The Netherlands!

I rode on a plane from Milan to The Netherlands! The sun goes down very early in Europe now so I did not see anything out the window, I just slept on the plane in Christina’s pocket. She put her gloves in there and made a comfortable “nest” for me. The next morning I woke up in The Hague!

What a beautiful view by the Binnenhof!

The Hague is the capital of the province of South Holland, and with 515,880 inhabitants the third largest municipality in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The Hague is popular for its 11 km coastline.

I spent several days in The Hague, but my favorite place was the M.C. Escher Museum!

He was a graphic artist who creates interesting illusions and tessellations with wood-cutting and lithographs.

Here are my favorite pieces of art!

See how the white birds show the sun and the blue ones show the moon?
This one is called the Eight Heads. There are 8 different people in a repeating pattern. Can you find them all?
Fish and birds! They look like flying ducks!
The designs were so fascinating!

M.C. Escher also made interesting artwork with perspectives! Sometimes you have to look closely before you understand what you’re seeing!

M.C. Escher held up a sphere and showed himself! This is not a photo, he created this by hand!
See how he merged a normal drawing with tessellations?
I loved this museum!

I also saw some beautiful buildings around The Hague!

The Ridderzaal

The Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights) is the main building of the 13th century inner square of the former castle called Binnenhof. It is used for the state opening of Parliament on Prinsjesdag, when the Dutch monarch drives to Parliament in the Golden Coach and delivers the speech from the throne.

The Peace Palace!

The Peace Palace could not find a better home than The Hague; the City of Peace and Justice. Today the building is still used by the International Court of Justice and many countries work together to try to solve the world’s problems and help each other. It is a very important place!

Sunset at the Binnenhof

My time in The Netherlands has ended! I am now traveling to Spain! But first, I want to say thank you to Christina for giving me an amazing time in Italy 🇮🇹 and The Netherlands 🇳🇱

There she is!
Bye Christina!

Now I’m off to Spain! 🇪🇸 😍

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Thank you for all the posts that are coming from our duckies!! It it so great to be able to learn about the world through the travels of our ducks! We’ve seen great sites and learned about culture through all of your posts. We check most days and look forward to seeing where the next post will come from. Mr. Ebert and Riceville 2nd Graders

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