"We are all going on an Expedition," said Christopher Robin, as he got up and brushed himself. "
"Going on an Expotition?" said Pooh eagerly. "I don't think I've ever been on one of those. Where are we going to on this Expotition?""Expedition, silly old Bear. It's got an 'x' in it."
"Oh!" said Pooh. "I know." But he didn't really.
A. A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh
On a windy day we met Ottomar to find out what his dreams are. Pretty soon it was clear that this boy loves cooking and only talks about dinosaurs and transformers. He dreams about being a chef and a dinosaur scientist/palaeontologist. Our team had never seen a bigger dinosaur fan. Ottomar has visited different zoology and nature museums with his parents on numerous occasions. Does he really only dream of cooking and dinosaurs? To figure this out and to give the family some very pleasant news we asked him and his parents to restaurant Chez André.
Preparation for the expedition
Just like Christopher Robin told Pooh we told Ottomar: "You’re going on an Expedition!" It is a well-known fact that expeditions are always long, surprising and you never know what you will need for them. To make Ottomar’s trip cosier Playluggage sent him a very necessary suitcase with Lego playing option. Inside the suitcase were a cosy pillow and a dinosaur shirt that was very important to Ottomar. The rest of the suitcase Ottomar promised to pack himself.
Chez André head chef Andrus Vaht invited Ottomar to help him in the kitchen. With a chef hat and apron on Ottomar started preparing food for his mother and father. A little dream come true! On the menu was chicken with vegetables and strawberries. Restaurant quality food – mmmmm so delicious! Dessert time was Ottomar’s favourite. Volcano dessert fumed just like a real volcano. This was quite a sight – just like being in a wonderland where dinosaurs walked.
Day before the great voyage the family was invited to Amserv, where brand new Toyota Corolla was waiting. I was exciting to start the trip with a new car and to make it even more so we filled the trunk with My Dream Day balloons. Ottomar’s father took the wheel to get use to the new car, because already next morning the family had to drive to Tallinn Airport.
An unexpected wonderland was waiting
Ottomar did have a feeling that the voyage would take him to a World of Dinosaurs, but what actually awaited him was kept a surprise until the end. News platform Delfi was waiting for Ottomar in Tallinn Airport and the brave boy gave them a fluent interview. After that the family relaxed in the VIP lounge and the flight with Nordica could start. A quick transfer flight later they arrived in Kalmar. Now they only needed to get to Best Western Plus Kalmarsund hotel that provided accommodation for our hero and his parents. Only one last night separated Ottomar from his expedition.
European largest dinosaur centre A World of Dinosaurs is located in a Sweden small town named Kalmar. This is where Ottomar and his parents were going. This was real wonderland for a dinosaur fan! Enormous dinosaur world surrounded the biggest fan –over a hundred moving and vocal life-size dinosaurs. Happy emotions and exploring filled the whole day! There was time to walk around the town after the museum visit.
The family arrived back home tired, but happy. Looking at the dinosaur collection bought and the gifts from Roland Wiberg, the museum owner, Ottomar will have weeks of rememberingwith friends and relatives, but he will definitely have memories for a lifetime.
Just to think about it, 50 years ago Roland Wiberg dreamed about his own dinosaur museum and today his wild and unbelievable dream is a reality.
We need to dream!
Dreaming makes us strong! Dreaming creates miracles!
Take a look for the Ottomars video in news portal DELFI here.
FEEDBACK FROM THE FAMILY
Ottomar is a happy 6-year old boy, whose daily playmates are dinosaurs. Thank you to My Dream Day team and other supporters for fulfilling one of his biggest dreams – journey to the land of the dinosaurs. Little explorer’s heart jumped with joy and filled with emotions.
Expeditions always make you hungry. A great archaeologist will benefit from cookery skills. But who will teach him? As a bonus to our unique expedition Ottomar had the chance to be an assistant to head chef at Chez Andre restaurant. Together they prepared a delicious chicken salad and volcano dessert fit for the land of the dinosaurs. A big thank you to wonderful and friendly head chef Andrus Vaht. We have found another favourite restaurant in Tartu.
This was not the last surprise – Toyota Amserv made our journey faster and more comfortable with the new Toyota Corolla.
The volunteers that organized our expedition were wonderful, warm, helpful and unique.
…… not everything can be put to words some will just stay in our hearts.
This was a real expedition - unbelievable, we even had a personal driver Lennart, who droveus wherever we wanted to. The weekend in Sweden will remain in our memories for a very long time and continue to make us happy.
„There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.“
L. M. Montgomery
VOLUNTEERS: Kertti-Airin Pärli, Mari-Liis Männik, Liina Arumägi, Maria Järvare