GoBigEmma https://www.gobigemma.com Panamerican Adventures in a Vintage VW Bus Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 107779168 #164 Home https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/22/164-home/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/22/164-home/#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:56 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3625 Join Big Emma in Illinois for her final diary (for now!).

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I made it back to my very own garage in Illinois. It was actually very nice to turn my engine off and just be in the garage. If I have to just be somewhere, this is my favorite garage to be in. 

I told Emma that I thought that, and asked her what that feeling was called. She said it’s called Home.

 

I am going to end my diary here for now and just rest for a while. I like writing it, but I want to write about my adventures and not about the garage. But don’t worry, I’ll let you know before we start going again to Argentina. And I’m glad you liked reading my diary. 

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#163 I Made it to the USA https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/19/163-made-usa/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/19/163-made-usa/#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:30 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3620 Big Emma is happy to be back with Regular Emma.

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I am finally done teleporting! And I was so happy to be out of the container and back with Emma that I just had to give her a really big hug.

You know, Emma, I said to her, I’m just happy to see you again. That’s the most important, that it makes me not even worry about not going to Argentina now and everything else.

You’re right, Big Emma, she said. That’s the most important thing. 

And I was so happy and then I remembered to say Hello Andrew! Thank you for picking me up from the teleporter, too!

 

Photo by Andrew Fell

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#162 Little Big Emma is on an Island https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/17/162-little-big-emma-island/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/17/162-little-big-emma-island/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:59 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3616 Big Emma sort of wishes she could be with Little Big Emma, but also sort of not.

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Emma and Sven had to wait for me to teleport, so they went to an island in Belize while they waited and then they would take an aeroplane to pick me up from the teleporter in the USA. I asked What is an island? And Emma said, An island is a piece of land that is surrounded by the ocean. And then I told her, That sounds horrible, Emma! Why would you want to go there? You need to be really careful.

We will, Big Emma. Remember, humans don’t rust like cars do. We will be fine on the island. I am just sad you can’t come with us. We will take Little Big Emma for you instead. But I didn’t tell Emma that I think it is stupid that Little Big Emma gets to go even if it is an island and I don’t want to go anyways because then Little Big Emma gets to take pictures like this one instead of me. 

But it’s also kind of okay that now I am just teleporting and not doing anything. I’m still kind of tired. 

I feel stupid because I can’t drive right and Sven and Emma can’t live in me and camp with me now. What kind of Bus am I if I can’t camp with them? That’s all I did in the last few years and we went all the way to Alaska and to Canada and all over Mexico and we met Buddy and Rita and the 4Runner. Now all I can do is sit in the garage. What if that makes me dead like the dinosaurs?

I hope that I am not dead like the dinosaurs. I still want to go to Argentina and have all the adventures on the way. 

I hope I am done teleporting soon.

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#161 This is How You Teleport https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/15/161-learning-teleport/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/15/161-learning-teleport/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3611 Big Emma learns to teleport.

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Look, now I’m teleporting! This is me getting into the container before I started teleporting

But now I’m all alone except with Eduardo, and it’s very dark here in the teleporter. It reminds me of being in the river. I don’t think I like teleporting that much.

And it feels like being on a boat, and I don’t like being on boats because they go over the ocean and then I could fall off and rust or it could get angry like the river and then I would rust too. I’m glad I’m just in the teleporter and not on a boat. 

I have a long time to think and talk to myself and to Eduardo. And even if I don’t like the container and the river and that my engine doesn’t run well and that I can’t go to Argentina until my interior is better and that I have to go to Illinois first which is even farther away from Argentina than Belize then I can still be happy about being in Illinois soon and seeing Emma’s family and my own garage and getting a new interior and learning how to teleport. It’s okay if it takes us longer to get to Argentina, it just makes the adventure longer. 

I wonder how long teleporting takes. 

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#160 I am Going to Teleport! https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/12/160-going-teleport-back-illinois/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/12/160-going-teleport-back-illinois/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:37 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3600 Sven, my engine is running, but I don’t know if I can make it all the way back to Illinois on my own. It doesn’t feel like it did before I got stuck in the river. What if I have to be towed back to Illinois?  We don’t want to tow you, said Sven. That [...]

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Sven, my engine is running, but I don’t know if I can make it all the way back to Illinois on my own. It doesn’t feel like it did before I got stuck in the river. What if I have to be towed back to Illinois? 

We don’t want to tow you, said Sven. That would also be really expensive. So I said, What does expensive mean? Is it like embarrassing? But Sven said it wasn’t and it wasn’t important.

We will need to put you in a container and ship you to the States, said Sven. I told Sven I don’t know what that means. Can I go in an aeroplane instead? But Sven said I couldn’t fly in an aeroplane because they don’t let cars on aeroplanes. 

Well where is the container, and how does it get me to Illinois? I asked. Sven said, That’s how humans get fast from one place to another without a car. It’s called teleporting. We are almost done cleaning you, so tomorrow we will drive you to the teleporter. 

Okay, as long as I don’t have to go on a boat, I said. I don’t want to get stuck in the ocean, too.

 

Photo by Caro Gesch

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#159 We Talked About Argentina and Decided to Go to Illinois Instead https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/10/159-talked-argentina-decided-go-illinois-instead/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/10/159-talked-argentina-decided-go-illinois-instead/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:00:38 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3598 Big Emma decides that it is time to return to Illinois, for now.

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Sven said we should sit with Emma and talk about going to Argentina and I said, I think that idea is really good Sven. 

We need to change your interior, said Sven. You got so wet, Big Emma, we can’t just keep it like this. We need to make it new. And I told Sven, Yes, I think none of it works well like this. I don’t think we will be happy to adventure to Argentina until we change it.

Yeah, said Emma. We can’t keep traveling, even if your engine is running, if we can’t live in you, Big Emma. But I think the real question is, should we make your interior new here in Belize? Or drive back to Mexico? Changing it will take us weeks or months, and we have to save up to get a lot of the other things that got too wet to save.

I thought about all of this for a while. Then I had a thought that I realized was good, but at the same time it made me sad. So I said, I think it’s sad but it would be better to fix me in Illinois. If I can’t go adventuring for now, I think I would rather wait in my own garage. And Andrew is there, and I wish he could help fix me too. And I like adventuring but I think it would be okay to take a break and be in my own garage for a while. But I’m sad because then we won’t be on the way to Argentina anymore. 

Then Emma and Sven were really quiet for a long time so I think they were sad that I said that we should go back to Illinois, but then Sven said, I think you’re right, Big Emma. Getting you out of the river was difficult for all of us, and I think being at home for a while would be good. And then Emma said, Yeah and we will be better at building you there, too. I don’t want to go back to the USA, but we can take care of you better there.

Then it’s settled, said Sven. We will go back to Illinois after we’ve finished cleaning you up, Big Emma.

 

Photo by @toyache

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#158 Sven Got my Engine Running! https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/08/158-sven-got-engine-running/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/08/158-sven-got-engine-running/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:00:43 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3594 Big Emma is excited that Sven got her engine running again after the flood.

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I’m just so excited because SVEN GOT MY ENGINE RUNNING! Ha! Take that, you stupid river! You can’t destroy my engine!

I got so excited about it I said I wanted to drive all around but Sven said that wasn’t so good for me yet and that they still had to clean like all of me anyways so we would stay here for now. 

And he is right. My engine was running but it didn’t feel good like usually. Everything still hurts a little bit. 

But that’s okay, as long as my engine is running! 

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#157 I Think Caro and Konsti are My Best Human Friends https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/05/157-think-caro-konsti-best-human-friends/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/05/157-think-caro-konsti-best-human-friends/#respond Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:00:54 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3590 Big Emma gets some help from her friends after her misadventure in the river.

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I was feeling really bad. Not just because my engine doesn’t run and all of me is still too wet. Those don’t feel good either but I was actually feeling bad because I think that Caro and Konsti will never want to visit me again because usually we go to fun places and drive all the time but now I can’t do that anymore and instead they just have to clean me all day long.

So I told Caro and Konsti, Thank you for cleaning me so much. I can’t clean me because I don’t have any hands. But we were supposed to go adventuring together except that I got caught in the angry river and now we can’t go on any adventures and I’m really sorry.

That’s okay, Big Emma, said Konsti, it’s not your fault you got stuck in a river. And then Caro said, And besides, we know you’re not usually like this. 

Yeah I don’t usually get stuck in rivers, I told them. If you ever want to come visit me again, I promise that I won’t get stuck in another river.

Don’t worry, we’ll come visit you again, said Caro. We still love you. Let’s just park a little more carefully next time.

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#156 What am I Going to Do Now Emma? https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/03/156-going-now-emma/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/03/156-going-now-emma/#comments Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3576 Big Emma thinks about the future.

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After the tractor got me out of the river, they took me to this place. Emma said they would clean all of the mud out of me and try to get my engine to run. I just said, Thanks Emma.

I’m sorry about all of your scratches, she said. And your broken window. We’ll fix you, you know.

I don’t care about my scratches, I told her. I’m just happy I’m not in the river anymore.

Hey Emma, I asked her, Can I still go to Argentina? 

I don’t know Big Emma, Emma told me, Your engine doesn’t run right now. We have to fix it first. And we have to clean you, and fix a lot of other things. But don’t worry, we will. And after that maybe we can still go to Argentina. And besides, Argentina’s cool, but we are just happy you made it though the flood. 

That’s because I’m strong, I told her.

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#155 Thank You, Tractor https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/01/155-thank-tractor/ https://www.gobigemma.com/2018/01/01/155-thank-tractor/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:00:22 +0000 https://www.gobigemma.com/?p=3574 Big Emma gets some help from a tractor.

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Sven and Emma came back to get me and they brought Caro and Konsti with them and a lot of other people. 

I didn’t know what to say to them when they got back, so I just told them The river pushed me on my side and I’m really happy to see you again

We are too, Big Emma, said Sven, but we need to figure out how to move you. Just wait here a bit.

And then they came back with all these people and a car called a tractor. The tractor said something to me but it was all in Spanish. I told the tractor, I’m still learning Spanish, do you know English? But I don’t think it did because it didn’t answer me. 

All of the humans attached a rope to my underside and to the tractor. You got this, Big Emma, said Emma, the tractor is really strong and can get you out of here! I wanted to help them, but I couldn’t move at all like this on my side. I told them Watch out I don’t want to tip over to the other side! But the tractor was careful and I tipped back onto my wheels. It felt really really good to be back on my wheels.

I told them, I’m sorry I can’t drive myself, my engine doesn’t run right now. So they towed me all the way out of the river. They were all very nice about me not being able to use my engine.

I’m tired, I told Sven. He said, That’s okay, Big Emma, you did everything you had to. You can rest now. 

Okay, I told him. I knew you guys would rescue me. 

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