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Abeja's camera visits Volubilis

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Poor Kavitha sits there on the bed of the hotel room, her hurt ankle on a pillow. Abeja is dangerous! She tried to take Kavitha up the highest mountain in Northern Africa. Then she poured water on my buddy Sid, Kavitha's digital camera! Poor Sid! He always felt sorry for me, being Abeja's camera, but she did him in first.

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The first glimpse of the city is breathtaking
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"Well, Kavi, I'm off to see Volubilis," Abeja says as she grabs me and stuffs me into her bag. "Take care of your ankle!"

Wow, Roman ruins! That'll be pretty cool...if I make it. This is the really OLD stuff we're going to see.

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Archeologists have only uncovered half of the ancient city of Volubilis
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Umph! She squashes my face when she digs around for money to pay the taxi. Soon we set off down the path to the city.

This used to be a forest, but the trees were all cut to make wheat fields. Northern Africa grew most of the wheat for all of the Roman Empire. Now nothing grows here!

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Don't forget me!
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Abeja along the Decumanus Maximus
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Tea, anyone?
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Now I'm up, and Abeja is taking pictures of the ruins. It looks like something out of a history book. She's walking faster in excitement. Look where you're going, Abeja!

Whoa, that was close. She almost walked right into one of the people working to uncover more ruins! They have been digging for a long time, but only a little bit of the city is uncovered. The center is where all the fancy art and really pretty buildings are!

Hey! Why is Abeja setting me down on this old stone? Oh, she's using my auto timer to get a picture of her with the columns along the main street! Next thing you know she'll be having me write her dispatches!

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The triumpal arch is a huge gate to nowhere!
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At the end of the street stands the huge Triumphal Arch that goes from the main street to more ruins and lots of fields. It's not like the archway is a door through a wall or something. It just kinda stands there, out in the open, and you can just walk around it if you want. That doesn't make sense, does it?

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It's practically a penthouse apartment for birds
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To the right we can see where court was held.

They have stood the huge columns up again, and some even have giant bird nests on top!

After snapping a bunch of photos, Abeja hands me to this strange old Spanish lady to take a picture of her.

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Ack! Abeja gave me away to some stranger!
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The coolest things about this place, though, are the mosaics that all the rich people had in their big houses. They are made of pieces of glass or stone or tile and make pictures.
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This floor shows Bacchus and Ariadne, two characters from Roman mythology
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Wanna jump on and off this?
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One mosaic shows a man with a prize for winning a type of horse race. To win he had to jump on and off his horse while it ran!

The houses are long gone, but the mosaic floors are still here. Abeja just went crazy taking pictures and trying to get herself into them any way she could.

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Wanna jump on and off this?
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Even though I bounced around as Abeja climbed all around the old houses, I made it back safe and sound, and with some good pictures to show for it. I don't know how much longer I'll live as the camera of the craziest world-trekker, but I'll sure see some great things while I do!

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