LUCKY 13 BIG TRIP DIP
From the 12th diary entry of Stewy Lemmon's childhood adventures.
This week my whole family, Smoochy and I, all headed off by car, to the annual big city fair on Friday the 13th. Some people believe an unlucky day of the year and an unlucky number for most.
It was a big trip for the whole family, which took about two hours and twenty-five minutes to get there. But, we all still looked forward to it coming around each year, despite the long drive.
I had been to the big city fair, for every year that I can remember. My parents have been going there, every year since they were my age.
I thought, 'Man, they must be old now, maybe one hundred and two years old or even a lot more'.
The food stalls were packed full of snacks and different makes of cakes and all kinds of different, yummy-in-your-tummy things, for us kids to eat.
There were stalls selling: Creamy Caramel Cup-Cakes, Limited Edition Lollipop Layered Lamington's and even some, short, swirly, Shortbread Slices.
Even, my mum and two, much older, identical, twin sisters, Emma and Jemma, had set up their very own food stall.
They, were selling heaps of my colourful creation named, 'A Colourful Take-Away Fruit-Blast In A Bag'.
They, were even selling, clear plastic cups along with a spiral-shaped straw.
But, only for the people, who emailed me for the secret, Jiggy-Jiggy Side-Kick Creation instructions, which was in my third diary entry named, 'Water off a Ducks Back'.
Only then, will you remember what the plastic cups are for and how to perform the all important, Jiggy-Jiggy.
There were so many fun rides at the annual big city fair, for all of the kids to enjoy. Like the dodgem cars, a jumping castle and the pirate ship, 'my favourite ride of all time'.
I loved sitting at the very back of the pirate ship because, it made me feel really funny in the tummy.
Towards the end of the day, my dad, had bought a ticket in the, Big city annual lucky dip first prize, surprise raffle.
He had never been lucky in the big city raffle, all of the previous years before.
So, this time, he didn't pick his usual lucky number 7, but instead he picked number 13 and guess what? 'He won the first prize surprise'.
We all went to see what the first prize was, at this year's annual lucky dip surprise raffle. It was a family holiday to thirteen of the world's most colourful cities.
The whole family screamed, with joy. But, I then slapped my face a little and said to myself, 'Is this another dream of mine'? 'Nope! this one's for real', mum told me, with glee.
The day had arrived, for the start of our colourful, lucky-dip, big 13, city trip adventure.
We had, packed all our bags and I even put in my dad's trusty, fancy, far out, funny binoculars and my very, super, sporty, single-shot, stylish slingshot.
Just in case, I needed them both on our exciting city adventures.
My two, much older, identical, twin sisters, Emma and Jemma, had packed their bags full of makeup, creams and a hair styling dryer.
While, Lemmy, had his bag packed by our dear mum, Flo, along with her own.
While, dad went to his unusually built and outrageously painted, backyard, outback, shed and gathered his tools and paint brushes for the trip.
We headed to the airport, to start our first leg of our adventure to London England. On the first day, we went to visit the queen, in her very large house named, Buckingham Palace.
The palace guard's face's didn't move one bit. Even, when dad, tried to make them laugh, with a funny joke or pulling faces at them, to make them smile.
Then, off we went, to see Big Ben. It was built years ago along the river Thames. We, then went to see some old rocks called, Stonehenge. Nobody knows exactly, why they were made.
Their just placed, all alone, located in the middle of a large field, gathering moss and all still on show.
We then took a ferry ride across the English Channel and hopped off in the Netherlands. We all stayed in the very colourful city of Amsterdam.
Mum, loved all of the beautiful flowers and my two, much older, identical, twin sisters, Emma and Jemma, especially loved trying the,
unusual sweet cakes and drinks in the many cafes all spread about town.
While dad, Lemmy, Smoochy and I, really enjoyed riding the bikes along the paths, on the side of the long and winding canals.
Then, we went to the beautiful, but cold country of Norway. We stayed in the capital city of Oslo.
We took a boat ride through the icy fjords and I even thought, I saw that whale that winked at me, on that adventurous day out at, Slip-Slop-Slap Bay.
We then went by bus up north to see the Aurora Lights. Wow! what a sight. It was like daytime, even at ten thirty at night.
I even thought maybe, Stefan Pettersson from North Poland the ski instructor at Shivermytimbers Ski Lodge, lived close to here.
Next city was Paris the city of lights in the country of France.
We went up the Eiffel Tower and I pulled out dad's fancy homemade binoculars from my bag and had such wonderful views of the city and then took a taxi for a ride through the streets of Paris
and even went under the historical Arc of Triumph. Then we all went to see the great artwork and sculptures at a place called the Louvre.
We saw a serious painting of a sad lady named Moaning Lisa; at least that's what I think the tour guide said.
The next morning we boarded a small plane and landed in the very watery city of Venice in Italy.
I thought we were going to land on water, just like Buck the Duck does back at the small village pond.
The city is surrounded by water and everyone travels by a small boat called a gondola which weavestheir way through the water canals and under all the old bridges.
Smoochy even climbed up into the top left-hand side pocket of the Italian man sailing the boat, to get a better view.
The food was so colourful in Italy, like the spaghetti, pizzas and delicious and colourful gelato.
Egypt was our next adventure stop and we went to the ancient city of Cairo. The very old Pyramids were out of this world, with precision angles and stones that fitted together ever so well.
A cruise on the long Nile River was very exciting to see as well. It went from one end of the country to the other, but we only travelled on it for a mile or so.
Then off to Thailand and to the capital city named Bangkok, the busiest city of them all. There were cars, taxis, two wheeled motorbikes and funny three wheeled colourful ones called
Tuk-tuks. There was traffic and people everywhere we went and a lot of confusion by the Lemmon's when trying to cross the busy streets.
We even visited some very old Buddhist Temples in the countryside and had some lunch that was extremely hot stuff, which made us all, puff.
They gave us bread and water to cool our mouths down afterwards. Mum said, oh what a colourful and spicy city it is, and I love there ancient culture and friendliness of their people.
Off to the big red and easy going country of Australia tomorrow. We visited a place in the middle of nowhere called Alice Springs, which was in the Northern Territory of Australia.
The next day we climbed up a rock named Uluru that was a sacred area for Aboriginals, the original inhabitants of Australia.
We took a trip to a beautiful area up north of the Northern Territory called Kakadu National Park. Where we saw big red kangaroos, crocodiles and even some emus.
One kangaroo even to try and box dad, but dad ran away and said, 'He would fight him, but he forgot his gloves'.
We then headed off to China and the island of Hong Kong. What a very old and colourful city it was, with so many colourful buildings to see.
In the large harbour we saw painted fishing and food boats cruising around.
Brazil Rio de Janeiro was next and we even saw the famous Carnival, with people dancing to a very cool beat. All dressed up and having the best party of all time.
Down on the beach people were swimming and surfing and lying about in the sun.
We even went to see a football match with USA v Cameroon playing, oh so well, for the winner would get its hand on a large world cup.
We also saw a very large statue of an important man perched on a mountain.
USA was the last country to visit before our adventures would come to an end. We landed in Los Angeles and went straight to the magical kingdom of Disneyland.
We did a day tour of Universal Studios where they make all the great movies.
Off to Nevada we drove and stayed one night in the ever so bright Las Vegas, oh what colourful sites we saw from our seventeenth floor suite hotel window.
There were so many colourful casinos stretched out as long as you could see which light up at night alright. Dad even said you could see the lights from outer space.
The next day we took a flight over the Grand Canyon in a Hot Air Balloon. We saw beautiful waterfalls and even saw people on donkeys riding down far down below.
New York was our last city to visit; it was especially dad's favourite city, because his ancestors had lived there for years,
before coming to live in our village of Shimmerleedimmerlee to start a family, all those years ago.
The Empire State Building was an historic tall building that even once had a gorilla on top making a movie.
Statue of Liberty was so fun to climb up and see all the lights of New York from across the Hudson River.
We took a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park and even saw a memorable garden for the ex-Beatle John Lennon.
While travelling the New York subway to get to Soho we saw some great graffiti artwork sprayed on council approved walls.
The next day we were heading back home, which is nestled amongst the trees on a hill, in a little country village, called Shimmerleedimmerlee.