Liam Toner

liam-in-flightHi. I am Liam Toner. I play baseball, basketball, and soccer. I am 10-years old and go to Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown, CA. I live in Columbia, CA.

I am looking forward Β to everything on this trip.

 

20 Comments

  1. Kazimir Schifrin

    Hi Liam it’s Kaz. I hope you’re having a great trip, and I can’t wait to see you when you get back.

  2. Logan Seidel

    Hi Liam !
    All the pictures have been awesome to see~ you must be having an amazing time! Some day, I really want to travel too.

    The food does sound pretty interesting and I’m sure I’d like it πŸ˜‰
    I love the red bracelets from Nepal! I wear it every day~ Thanks!

    We are working on a book report that includes making a diorama ~ I’m looking forward to it ~ it should be fun to make.

    The temples you’ve been visiting are SO cool! What does it feel like to be standing in something so ancient? (That’s a question from my Mom;-)
    Talk to you again soon~
    Logan

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      thanks for the question Logan and Wendy, it feels kind of strange to be standing where so many people have stood over the course of a couple thousand years. So many different people, things, animals have been stepping/walking/trodding in these areas. Also in the Roman Coliseum you can feel what happened there. What’s a diorama? What is your book? We have been to lots of cool temples. Some in Asia, like Sri Buddhanath Stupa in Nepal, the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Sri Lanka, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and many more smaller ones in and around these areas. At Ankgor Wat, the main temple in all of Cambodia there was a scene from the Ramayana which depicted the final battle between Rama, Lakshmana, Sugriva, Hanuman, and the Vaanaras against Ravanna, Kumbakarma, and the Rakshasas in Sri Lanka. It was carved into a stone wall that was about 50 meters long (150 ft) and is just one panel of many surrounding the inner temple.
      The food is very unlike Western food. Cambodian food is based on meat with a staple of rice. It’s not as spicy as Sri Lankan or Thai food, but still curry based.
      liam

      • Logan Seidel

        Hi Liam,
        The Temple of the Tooth relic sounds interesting!
        That reminds me, I only have 3 baby teeth left!

        I’ve been making Asian stir frys at home a lot lately ~ they include broccoli, carrots, curry, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts all over a rice noodle called Maifun.

        A diorama is a scene inside a shoebox. It will be from the last Redwall book I read, called Mattimeo, my book report book.
        I did read the first Percy Jackson series. It was great! We are studying Greek Mythology and we’re learning about Pandora’s box.

        Everyone in class loved the postcard with the tuk tuks ~ pretty cool!
        We now have a seasons (Liam) table in class with all the stuff you send to us πŸ˜‰
        We also have a new class pet tortoise, named Lola. She’s 4 years old and Bailey Ankrom is lending her to us.

        What’s your favorite thing so far in Asia?
        Where are you all going to next?
        Miss you~
        Logan πŸ˜‰

  3. Logan Seidel

    Hi Liam! Missing you so much! Looks like you’re having a lot of fun~
    Winter break has been fun. It’s great looking at your blog.
    We’re working on the Ramayana ~ have you seen any shadow puppets in India?
    What is the food like in Sri Lanka?
    What do the tropical fish look like in Sri Lanka?

    I’m reading the Redwall series by Brian Jaques right now and it’s awesome!
    Ami told me about them. There are 22 books in all, so I have a lot of reading to do, as I’m on book 2 πŸ˜‰

    We’ve had one snowfall up here at our new house, about 1 1/2 feet. It was great, we sledded all around!
    Best buds, Logan

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      Hello Logan,
      No, I have not seen any shadow puppets in India although I did see some in Istanbul, Turkey. Maybe I will see some in Indonesia because that’s the original place where they were made. The food the food the food! We’ll start with breakfast: stringhoppers (they’re kind of like thin spaghetti noodles made into little round patties) served with dal curry (yellow lentils) and coconut sambol (finely ground coconut meat with thinly sliced red peppers and a splash of lime juice). Lunch: vegetable roti a tortilla like flat bread with vegetables and curry wrapped inside. Dinner: sri Lankan rice and curry, which is white rice and 5 curries. Some of the curries are pumpkin, string beans, jack fruit, dal, beets, okra, eggplant. They are all amazing and I think you would really like them. The Sri Lankans eat it spicy with red chilies and with their hands. I mostly eat with my hands because rice and curry is a lot sloppier with a knife and fork. At the end of the meal the waiter brings a hot water bowl with a lime inside to wash your hands.
      I can’t answer the tropical fish question because I haven’t gone snorkeling here. They are probably the same as on Kauai. We saw a huge black and white angelfish in the water. We have seen lots of colorful fish that were caught in the Indian Ocean, some of which include red snapper, blue and red parrot fish, baby tuna, octopus, squid, crabs, lobster, jumbo prawns–all of these were laid out on tables on the beach and you could pick what you wanted to eat. Anyone who eats fish would probably love it.
      I had been listening to the Percy Jackson series. I listened to them all. I think you would like them. There’s only 5 books. There’s also a second series called The Heroes of Olympus also by the same author.
      The class should be getting a package from me. It is at my grandma’s house. It has stuff from India and Nepal.
      Paseh ham buanua (that means see you later or till we meet again in Sinhala, the Sri Lankan language)
      Liam

  4. Jackson

    Hi Liam.Where are you going to be for Christmas?!@#$%^&*()?>.I have no idea why I did that.Have fun in wherever you are. fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmJjJjjjjJJJjJJJJJjjjjjjjjJJJJJJJJJjjjJjJJjjjjjjJJJJJJjJJJJJJJjJjJJjjJjjjjjjjjjjjJjjjjJJJjJJjJjjjjjjjjjjJJJjjjjJJJjjjJJjJJJjjjjaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      Hi Jackson,
      I was in Sri Lanka for Christmas. They don’t really celebrate Christmas here. I am having a lot of fun. Love, Liam

  5. anthony7196@sbcglobal.net

    Happy Birthday Liam!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Reggie and I miss you and hope you are enjoying your adventure.

    Have fun!
    love
    Anthony – Reggie

  6. Caterina

    Hi Liam, it was great having you in our class, we’re glad we got to know you. Do you know you left your sweater at school? We hope you’re enjoying Rome,
    Caterina and Maria Celeste

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      Oh no. How can I get it back? My dad and I can go on Friday morning to the school to get it. Is it still there?

  7. Jessica

    Hi Liam~I read that you were invited to join the 5th grade class at the Waldorf School you visited. Have you been able to do this and if so, what has your experience been?

    • Jim Toner

      Liam Toner

      Yes I was able to visit the Waldorf School for two days. It is about the same as our school but with some different classes. Some of the classes I did with them are: German, English, botany, math, handwriting, handwork, main lesson, etc.

  8. Travis Bainbridge

    Liam! First off, I miss your family! It’s so awesome to see all of your pictures with you guys smiling and having a wonderful time! One of my questions is what has been your favorite country so far and why?

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      ITALY! because of the gelato, pizza,and all the spaghetti!!

  9. Susan Day

    Ah – here is the place to write questions to you! So, are you more of a city person like your dad or a monastic person like your mom or something else altogether?
    and – what is it like for you to do so much traveling – not going home in between trips but continuing on to more and more new places?

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      I’m more of a city person myself but I like both.As for your second question I sort of like doing all of the traveling at once.My dad says that when we are done with this trip we will be done with traveling for a while.

  10. Shannon

    What is the funniest thing you have seen or done so far on your trip?

  11. Adam Robertson

    Hi Liam. Are you meeting other kids on your journey?

    • Jim Toner

      Jim Toner

      Thanks for your question, Adam. Yes, I have met many so far. Lots of kids I met in my soccer camp in Sweden, like a boy who was born in Greece. And I boy at the soccer camp who spoke perfect English and I later found out he was born in Los Altos, California. I also met a boy in Rimini, Italy. His name was Alex. He was born in Romania but he’s been living in Italy for four years. I played in the Adriatic Sea with him and we played with a squishy ball that bounces off of the water.

      -Liam

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