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We went to the TUNZA 2008 in Stavanger, Norway from June 13 to June 23. It is a children?s conference for the environment. The trip was very exciting. There were 700 kids from 105 countries. I made a lot of friends from other countries like Norway, Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Australia, Brazil, France, Kazakhistan, Kenya, Egypt, Colombia, US and Canada and many more. My bestfriend is Michael Lewis from Mataranka in the Northern Territory of Australia. The Philippines had five kids in all. One of them Sam Loyola is a member of the special UNEP Junior Board. When we got to the Madla Camp, we went to our rooms. My roommates were two kids from Bahrain and Sam. My chaperone was Sam?s mom Tita Mylene. She stayed with Sam?s sister Veronica in the room right next to us. The other Philippine kid was Buboy Sapuay and his mom Tita Grace and also Shelley Gonzalez and her mom Tita Sara. The next day we went to the Mess Hall. And the food were bread, meat, salad and more. It was so healthy. My favorite food is the baconost and the hamburger. The burger was very juicy and there was no rice. I drank milk and hot chocolate and apple juice. They don?t have soda because it?s not healthy and we stayed in an army camp. In the first day of the conference we went to the Polar Environment School. I learned a lot of stuff like how mussels and crabs can help save our seas. Mussels can filter thirty tons of water everyday and crabs can sense if the waters that they live in are polluted. Scientists put some kind of sensor in their back that leads to the heart. If their heartbeat is slow there?s a problem. So they check if an animal attacked the crab or if the water is polluted. And I learned how seals can swim in zero degrees water. I stuck my hand in zero degrees and it was very cold and my hands were numb. In the second day we constructed a mini solar heater. It was made of foil and boxes. We didn?t get to heat up some water because it was so cold. It was 11 degrees Celsius outside. And in the afternoon we had a boat trip to the islands of Norway. We saw about seven islands. In the third day of the conference we went up a hill and I saw the view. It was very unique. The wind was so strong that it almost pushed me away. Almost all you see from up there are trees and water that?s why it is very clean. The workshops and fieldtrips was about two hours. The other times we listened to lectures and did painting with an artist who paints only environmental stuff. He made us paint a big canvas and I painted one rare fish. On the last day we went to an Astronomy Museum and I saw a lot of things that were almost recycled and they were all so nice. Like there was a thing that could make sculptures out of your hand. In the night we partied at the general?s lounge. We ordered pizza and we got some giveaways like a shirt. The best thing that I learned is that I can take care of myself and I am independent. I can talk to anybody like when the UNICEF media interviewed me in the opening ceremony and my friends saw me on Norway?s news channel. I was proud to represent the Philippines. I hope other kids can also learn about the environment and get a chance to be in one of the conferences. -Bam Azores
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