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1. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

when i was travelling in europe in 2002 i decided to send around 2 little stuffed animals with books for people to write in.

the idea (which i explained in the front) was for people to write in the books where they took the toys, messages, thoughts etc. and to pass it from person to person. That way the toys would have a journey of their own that i would have a record of....

i included my email address and my address in australia and sent them off with 2 people i had met but havent heard anything since.

Was just wondering if by some wierd chance anyone here had come across either book with or without their toy??

am still hoping they will come back one day....

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

it's now 3 years - you are an optimist

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I think that's a cool idea, although massage does have a point... considering it's been 3 years the chances of them ever resurfacing are pretty slim. But you could still make a pretty good story up about their adventures and how they finally went 'missing in action' for years and years :)

Sam
ps. I haven't come accross them, sorry.

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Reminds me of a story that i read in the UK newspapers a while back. Someone had a garden gnome stolen, and after a while they started receiving picturs of this gnome in places like Mongolia, Australia etc. About a year later the gnome re-appeared on the doorstep at the house it had been stolen from. The women who owned the gnome never found out who took it, she didn't know anyone who had gone off travelling, but she was very pleased to have her gnome back!!

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Ella - if either of them show up on my doorstep, I'll be sure to let you know they are safe and sound and headed off to a new destination!!

6. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Reminds me of a story that i read in the UK newspapers a while back. Someone had a garden gnome stolen, and after a while they started receiving picturs of this gnome in places like Mongolia, Australia etc. About a year later the gnome re-appeared on the doorstep at the house it had been stolen from. The women who owned the gnome never found out who took it, she didn't know anyone who had gone off travelling, but she was very pleased to have her gnome back!!

Exactly the same story is in my favourite movie - "Amelie"!
There was her father's garden gnome. Her father has always been dreaming about travelling but was afraid of. And Amelie has taken his gnome whose travels inspired her father to start his own adventure. The clue of the story was that Amelie has a friend air hostess and she took the gnome and made his photos in all places where she flew

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

So that's what happens in the movie! All this time I never knew... I started watching it on the plane once and fell asleep, then woke up 5 minutes before the closing credits. I'm now inspired enough again to go out and rent the thing!

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

So that's what happens in the movie! All this time I never knew... I started watching it on the plane once and fell asleep, then woke up 5 minutes before the closing credits. I'm now inspired enough again to go out and rent the thing!

That, and the mysterious man wearing red shoes in the photo booths...

Watch the movie again, T! It's wonderful!!

9. Posted by ella13 (Full Member 64 posts) 11y

yeah - i am the eternal optimist... will always hope they may turn up at my house one day!!

thanks for replying though - and keep your eyes out!
: )

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Reminds me of a story that i read in the UK newspapers a while back. Someone had a garden gnome stolen, and after a while they started receiving picturs of this gnome in places like Mongolia, Australia etc. About a year later the gnome re-appeared on the doorstep at the house it had been stolen from. The women who owned the gnome never found out who took it, she didn't know anyone who had gone off travelling, but she was very pleased to have her gnome back!!

I've heard that story a lot over the years. I think it's an urban myth.