From Dr. Robin Bell
In January, 2007, two of Mr.
Hubert's Grade 3 students, Jennifer and Fatima, sent Dr. Robin Bell
their flat selves. The following are Dr. Bell's responses. Jennifer
and Fatima were delighted!
From Dr. Bell:
February 8, 2007
sister) who did Flat Stanley in NYC when she was 8, Rosie with
Fatima and Beryl with Jennifer. They are waiting for the bus.
It is dark because leave at 7:15 even though school starts at
9:00 here. It is a long bus ride from the docks where we all
live to the hillside at the edge of the city where they go to
Jennifer and Fatima sailing with me on Saturday- we are leaving
the Barcelona harbor to test our equipment. We just had our
sails fixed for the trip back.
February 25, 2007
Dear Jennifer and
Realized I am getting way behind.... you have now sailed down
the coast of Spain (Barcelona around Capo de Gata (cape of the
cats) to Almeria to the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and to
Gibraltar.....Lot of dolphins..... I have not finished sending
you the pictures from Barcelona! so here goes
I thought I would introduce you to the people who are our
neighbors in Barcelona. They all live on boats like we do. We
live on C dock in front of the Palau de Mar or Palace of the Sea
in Barcelonetta the fishing/beach community in the city of
We live on our boat called Mabel Rose, named after my great aunt
who loved to hike and live on an island off the coast of
Massachusetts. It is 12 m or 38' long. She was built in France
and is about 20 years old. She is white with a blue stripe. It
has 3 rooms. Beryl's room (cabin) is in the bow. it is about
the size of a double bed and has a hatch overhead where see can
watch the waves come sometimes. The main saloon is like our
living room/dining room and kitchen all rolled up into one.
Then Karl and I have a little cabin in the back (aft) where we
sleep. Mango the canary lived with us but very sadly he got
crushed just before we left. We gave him a burial at sea. He
was going to stay in Barcelona and live with the art teacher.
Rosie lives 3 boats away from us. Her boat Sparrow is beautiful
Blue and came from Canada. IT is brand new. Rosie shares a
cabin with nora. They have 3 rooms too. They have also made
the cockpit into a sun room with kind of a canvas tent. Jessie
is Rosie's puppy. He is a Spanish water dog... they are
supposed to help with the lines (ropes) on a boat.
Next to Rosie and Nora lives Lennie. He is from England. He
loves to ski. Do you know the Wallace and Grommet
sounds just like Wallace. He makes me laugh.
At the end of C dock lives a boy names Nicko. He is 8 years old
and lives on a catamaran with his mom. She is from Canada
originally but Nicko is Catalonian, the part of Spain where
Barcelona is. Their boat is has 2 hull so it is very wide.
Nicko draws great pictures.
Across the dock from Nick and Dana lives Nicko grandparents -
Linda and Don. Don used to teach junior high in Canada. He
even had and uncle who lived in London Ontario until this year.
Nicko is very lucky. He ride to school on the back of his
grandmother's bike. He sits side saddle. They go to school
from 9-5. it is a long day.
At Christmas an elf left gifts and golden footprints on all the
docks with kids on them. We also decorated our boats with
lights. Don won the prize 300 Euros!! We all got free
electricity for putting up lights.
Dear Jennifer and
People Seem to like to take flat people to markets in Barcelona.
About 150 years ago they ran out of room to build things in
Barcelona and they needed markets so the they turned all the
convents into markets. They all have St. names. You went to
St. Catherines and St Joseph but everyone calls that one the
They are marvelous places.
We took a Spanish family sailing. He studies ice sheet and
plate tectonics and she builds satellites. Their kids are
Manuel and Nadima. They are 7 and 8. They got seasick when we
went sailing. The picture is after we got back and they were
giving us cookies as gifts. The cookies were delicious. They
have wild boars in their back yard!
Here are some photos:
You and Mushrooms
You and Ostrich Eggs
You and fishmonger
- see snails and crabs they are alive
You looking at the
ruins of the convent that is now under the market
You and Fruit
You at the
Flat Fatima and Flat Jennifer with Karl in front of the Rock of
student Adrienne Smith and Vladimir Kotlikov cutting the
to open the International Polar Year in Paris
With Amber and
Michelle, leaders in youth for IPY at the opening - they have
Riding a tram up
At the top of the
highest mountain in Spain, El Tiede
Lizard that lived
near hot vents on top of the mountain
Dr. Robin Elizabeth Bell
Director, ADVANCE Program at the Earth Institute
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
61 Rt. 9W
Palisades, NY 10964-8000