Keep up with my OE adventures and find out heaps of fascinating facts along the way. You'll be amazed to discover just how far New Zealand dairy products go!
Rosie's tour of Africa
I’m on safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa
I'm hoping to see The Big 5: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.
Cow oh cow, this is exciting! I’ve already spotted some African elephants, the biggest land animal, and I’m eager to see a cheetah, the fastest land animal in the world. Cheetahs can run up to 114km/h. That’s three times faster than Usain Bolt!
Once I’ve finished my safari, I’ll drop in on an animal that’s become famous for another reason – my South African cowsin, Super Moo. She produces more than 100 litres (that’s a bathtub full) of milk every day. Her owner had no idea she would be such a moovellous milk maker. He only bought her to provide manure for his grapevines!
Visiting Africa has been a truly cowtastic experience and I wish I had more time to and meet some more of the 1 billion people that live here. Then again, it will be nice to get home to the farm and find out what I’ve missed.
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Hujambo! I’m in Kenya now
Kenya is halfway down the African east coast and right on the equator; an imaginary line drawn around the planet that’s half way between the north and south poles.
I’m hanging out with the awesome Maasai people who are famous for being cattle herders and warriors! The Maasai tribes live in the wilderness and surround their villages with fences of acacia thorns to stop lions attacking their cattle!
A typical Maasai family owns around 130 cattle. The people drink milk, fresh and curdled, every single day. It must give them a lot of strength and energy, because yesterday I watched a special dance. Young warriors sang and jumped as high as they could, never letting their heels touch the ground. I have never seen a Kiwi jump that high!
Did moo know that Kenyan people are amazing long distance runners too?
Salaam! I’m now in Marrakesh, Morocco, in the north-east of Africa.
I just got back from an incredible camel trek to a place called Erg Chegaga in the famous Sahara Desert. Erg means sand-sea and that’s exactly what it looked like. We slept under a trillion stars in the middle of the dunes, saw the Milky Way and shooting stars, and in the morning watched the moost beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.
My new friends the camels taught me that their soft padded feet spread wide on the sand to stop them sinking, they can close their nostrils in a sandstorm, and their hump does not contain water but fat. They are very fit, too - they can walk 160 kilometres a day, which is further than Auckland to Cambridge.
I’m off to relax with a cup of mint tea, a Moroccan specialty, before setting off on more adventures.
I’ve just arrived in Egypt, in the northeast of Africa and I can’t wait to look around this incredible place.
I have been staying in Egypt’s capital city Cairo, which is very close to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Did you know that the Sphnix is half-man, half lion, five storeys high and as long as a football field!
Tomorrow, I’m off to the Valley of the Kings, the place where Egyptian rulers known as Pharaohs are buried. It’s moost famous for the tomb of Tutankhamun and so large that new tomb entrances and chambers are still being discovered. The walls of these tombs are covered in symbols called hieroglyphics, which look like small drawings but are actually an ancient language that’s over 5000 years old!
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Rosie's tour of India
Greetings from Goa in the south west of India! Goa is famous for its beaches and the warm waters of the Arabian Sea.
It’s monsoon season so it’s raining a lot, and very humid. Between downpours I’ve been visiting some of the moovellous markets nearby, talking to the friendly people and trying on jewellery & colourful clothes called saris.
Milk is everywhere I look. People just love sipping mango lassi, a yoghurt drink, and chewing on milk lollies. Milk is even a big part of Hindu religious ceremonies. No wonder cows are sacred here!
Because I love to learn, I’ve travelled to a place where I know I will find out lots - a school!
I’m in Pothanikkad, the first village in India where everyone who lives there can read. Unfortunately in India some people aren’t able to go school to learn, but in Pothanikkad they are trying to change that and everyone is welcome!
They have taught me a lot here, but my favourite lesson has been how to make a famous Indian cheese called paneer. It’s so easy! Just add lemon juice to boiling milk then leave it to drain. For lunch my hosts served me kadai paneer, made with capsicum, tomato, onion and traditional spices cooked in ghee, a type of butter. Mmmmmm.
Have you downloaded my mandala mask from the papercraft section yet? You can decorate it in the bright colours of India, it’ll keep you busy for hours!
Cow oh cow, I’m excited and scared at the same time. I’m hoping to see my very first tiger!
I’ve travelled to Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, one of India’s most beautiful parks. It is home to over 60 Bengal tigers, which are also the national animal of India!
Their stripey coats keep these big cats moovellously camouflaged amongst the trees and long grass. Maybe I’ll hear one before I see it, because a Bengal tiger’s roar can be heard two kilometres away. Did moo know they are good swimmers? (Not like my friend Toby the cat!) And they purr when they breathe out, but only when they’re happy.
I noticed that everyone in India starts the day with a cup of delicious sweet milky tea known as masala chai. I already know where milk comes from, so now I’m finding out moore about tea.
I’ve travelled east to Darjeeling, one of the famous tea-growing regions at the foothills of the Himalayas and quite near Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. The mountain air is one of the reasons why Darjeeling tea is moovellously high quality. Workers harvest the tips of the tea bushes, which are dried, packed and sent all around the world, including Moo Zealand. Just add milk for the perfect cuppa!
I’m off to relax with a sweet cup of chai before setting off on more adventures.
I’ve travelled to Agra to see one of the moost famous buildings in the world, the Taj Mahal.
Did you know that it’s more than 350 years old and took over 20 years to build, even though there were more than 20,000 people working to finish it. They didn’t have trucks back then, so they used 1,000 elephants to transport the rock and precious stone from all over India and Asia!
These days the Taj Mahal is recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of the New World and over 3 million people visit it a year – that’s 8,000 a day on average!
Check out the papercraft section to get my Indian souvenirs including a sari-ously cool Cowbot.
I’m in India, home to over 1.2 billion people and the country that produces the most milk in the world – enough to fill 58,520 Olympic sized swimming pools in fact!
There are millions of farmers here, but on average each has only one or two animals on their farm – not like the big herds back home that have 400 or more.
Early this morning I was at the New Delhi train station and saw farmers arriving with their cow’s milk in big cans to sell in nearby neighbourhoods. They told me that over here, milk isn’t just delivered by tankers, but also by trains, motorbikes and even bicycles!
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Rosie's tour of China
Ni hao from Shanghai!
I’m in China’s major business city now, and the number one business here is eating!
Can moo guess what my favourite food is? Moo-dles! You can buy them from restaurants and markets everywhere. A few years ago a 4000-year-old bowl of noodles was dug up by archaeologists in north-western China. The noodles had been buried by 3 metres of mud - do moo think they were still yummy?
I will miss the delicious food and friendly people when I leave China. It has been a truly cowtastic experience. Luckily I still have more adventures ahead of me.
Who knows where I'll go next?
Cow oh cow, am I excited!
I have just met a panda face to face. It was so cute I could hardly bear it. Get it.... bear it?
I am at the Chengdu Panda Base where something very important is happening.
Pandas are endangered so scientists are helping them breed. Keepers sometimes dress in full panda suits to trick young cubs into thinking they are parent pandas, to teach them the skills they need!
Would moo like to eat bamboo all day long? That’s what pandas do. In the wild, their diet is 99% bamboo. Unlike cow’s milk it is not very nutritious, so they have to eat constantly. They have very strong jaws for crushing the tough leaves and stalks. And guess what comes out the other end? Bam-poo!
Ni hao again!
I’ve travelled west to Xi’an where I’ve been enjoying some truly moovellous sights. Today I spent many hours exploring the tomb of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, and my hooves are aching.
The tomb was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. They called in archaeologists, who couldn’t believe their eyes when they uncovered thousands of life-size statues of soldiers, hundreds of horses and many chariots. They were part of a moossive burial tomb of the first emperor of China, who wanted protection in the afterlife. Many weapons were found, too. After 2000 years underground, some of the swords were still sharp!
Have you downloaded your Chinese lantern yet?
I’m off to put my hooves up before setting off on more adventures.
Ni hao to everyone back in Moo Zealand!
Beijing is the capital city. Would moo believe it has 20 million people? It’s even more crowded than my farm during calving season! Wherever I look there are people of all ages, from newborns to very old. Many of them know about Moo Zealand because they drink products made from our milk powder, which is seen as being moovellously high quality.
Nearby is one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China, which stretches for more than 21,000 kilometres. That’s seven times longer than the whole of Moo Zealand!
Check out my souvenir collectibles to download, print and make, including a bright and beautiful Chinese Cowbot and a Chinese lantern. They’ll keep you busy for hours!
Rosie's tour of Europe
Eh up, I've crossed the channel to England!
I’ve just crossed the Channel to England and I’m heading to a place called Cooper’s Hill. It’s famous for an annual event that is close to moo heart, it’s cheese-rolling!
Every year people come from all over the world to take part in this event and here are the rules. You take a 9lb (4kg) wheel-shaped Double Gloucester cheese, decorate it with ribbons, roll it down a steep hill and chase it to the bottom. Whoever gets there first is the winner.
The cheese can reach speeds of up to 112km/h. Now that’s what I call fast food!
The hill is very steep and uneven, and every year people are injured. They make sure ambulances are waiting at the bottom of the hill just in case!
Even though the Brits love their own cheese, they like ours too and they bought millions of dollars worth of Kiwi cheese last year.
A big Danish 'Hallo meine Lieben'!
I’m in Denmark now! Did you know that Denmark is made up of more than 400 islands and was once home to the Vikings? The capital city is Copenhagen and its most famous landmark is a statue of The Little Mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale.
Even though it’s very windy here, Danish people love riding bikes! Their favourite foods include porridge, open-faced sandwiches and liquorice, and they eat a sweet cold soup called buttermilk koldskal with crumbled dry biscuits. Mmm.
They also import millions of dollars worth of New Zealand butter every year!
A very famous chef named Rene Redzepi is introducing new food inspired by traditional and local ingredients. At a food camp recently there was a competition for cooking with hay, with points awarded for aroma and flavour.
That sounds more like food for ME, not you! Maybe that’s why the Danish word for food is ‘mad’.
Hallo meine Freunde, I'm in Germany!
I’ve been enjoying the sights of Germany over the last few days, home to more than 80 million people.
I’ve already discovered that Germans really love their bread. Would you believe they have more than 300 different kinds? The thing they love to put on bread of cowrse is cheese! Many Germans enjoy eating something called quark, which is a sort of cheese that’s more like yoghurt.
European countries buys a LOT of casein from Moo Zealand, it’s a protein that comes from milk and is used in nutritional foods and processed cheese. We sent more than $130 million worth to Europe last year, and most of it arrived in Germany!
Beer is popular too. They have a festival in one of the big cities, Munich, every year (called Octoberfest) to celebrate and drink beer from huge mugs.
I am seeing castles wherever I look in Germany! Some are still lived in by rich families, others have been turned into hotels, and some are in ruins.
Have you downloaded your German barn and Euro Cowbot yet?
Hallo from Belgium to everyone back in Moo Zealand!
Hallo to everyone back in Moo Zealand! I can’t quite believe I’m here in Europe, soaking up all the history and culture.
In Belgium, people always kiss each other on the cheek, not once but three times (left, right, then left again) when they meet.
I am being kissed a lot, because Belgians like New Zealanders. We helped them during the First World War and they still have warm feelings towards us.
They like our dairy products too. Last year, tens of millions of dollars’ worth of butter landed at Belgian ports. Whew, that’s a lot!
Now I’m in Brussels where their favourite street food is chips with mayonnaise, served in a paper cone. I came across an interesting statue in the town square, it’s called Manneken Pis and you don’t have to speak the local language to understand what that means!
Be sure to visit the papercraft section of my website. There’s heaps to download, print and make too, including a Cute Euro Cowbot and a cool barn. It’ll keep you busy for hours!
Rosie's tour of Cuba
Hola from Cuba for the last time!
One thing I've noticed during my time here is how cowtastic the cars are!
Cuba has the best examples of classic cars because people weren't allowed to import new vehicles for many years and they had to make do with the old ones from the 1940s and 50s.
The cars, buildings and people throughout Cuba are very colourful, unlike me and people are very keen to find out where I'm from, so I tell them Nueva Zelanda, which is New Zealand in Spanish (the language that Cubans speak).
The truly international language of cowrse is moosic! Cuban moosic includes salsa, rumba, mambo and cha-cha-cha. It's played wherever I travel - in buses and bars and often out in the streets. I can't stop tapping my hooves when I hear it.
I've learned heaps about Cuba over the last few weeks, but sadly I have to leave and say Adios! I'm excited about my next stop though - I'm off to Europe! I'll write again soon.
Hola moo guys!
I’m out in the Cuban cowntryside now! It is very green and lush, with palm trees in the paddocks. I’ve seen some of my Cuban cowsins, called oxen, pulling ploughs. That’s a job we don’t have to do back home!
I visited a town named Nueva Gerona, on an island off the mainland named Isla de al Juventud, to see a moovellous marble statue of Cuba’s moost famous cow, Ubre Blanca (White Udder).
She once produced nearly 110 litres of milk in just one day, whew! That’s four times more than a typical cow! She produced more than 24,000 litres in just one lactation period (305 days). These were both world records at the time! No wonder Cuba’s leader, Fidel Castro, wanted her to be cowmemorated with a statue.
Do you think I’ll get my own statue one day?
Hola again, mis amigos!
I’ve been enjoying the sights of Havana, Cuba’s capital city. I’m seeing a strong cow-nection between the locals and their leche! They love rice pudding and Cuban flan, and also delicious turnovers filled with cream cheese and guava paste.
Did you know that, as well as food, Cubans of all ages love playing dominoes? People gather in parks and town squares to play, and you can hear the clattering of dominoes and chattering of players late into the evening.
Nights here are much noisier than back on my farm – and much more exciting!
Speaking of exciting, have you downloaded your set of Cuban dominoes yet? Maybe you could challenge your family to a game! If you haven't, head straight over to my Papercraft section and don’t forget about the Cute Cuban Cowbot!
Hola to everyone back in Moo Zealand!
I can’t quite believe I’m here, soaking up Cuban warmth and learning all about this fascinating island nation.
The children I’ve met seem happy and healthy, and that's partly thanks to NZ milk! Moo see, thousands of Cuban kids grow up drinking Kiwi cows’ milk (they call it leche). All under-4-year-olds are given a litre of leche every day, and Cuban cows can’t produce enough all the time, so we help out!
NZ exports around $64 million in dairy products to Cuba, mostly milk powder, which the Cubans blend with their own cows’ milk to make fresh and flavoured milk and drinkable yoghurt.
By the way, have moo spotted my new 'Rosie la Cubana' cowbot - I'll send a Rosie goody bag out to the first person who sends me a pic of their made up cowbot cowllection. You can moo-mail your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Phew! Watch out for my update next week!!