Otja and Friends live in the Pine Forest, Pine Forest. Yes, there isn’t just one Pine Forest – there are two. First of all, there's the forest called Pine Forest. This is a large green area, which (as you may have already guessed) got its name from all the pine trees (pinus) that grow there. Then there's Pine Forest, the town. It lies in the middle of the forest, right next to Lake Glu Glu. Now, this kind of naming may seem a bit confusing to some humans. And indeed, it can sometimes be confusing for the animals in the Pine Forest as well. But, most of the time, they have no problem differentiating between the two. Pine Forest can mean either the town or the greater tree-covered area surrounding it. Simple enough.
Pine Forest, the town, has all the things you’d expect from a charming small settlement: residential houses, shops, restaurants, streets, parks, children’s playgrounds, a kindergarten and a school, bicycle lanes, bus stops, a town hall and a coffee shop where they serve very tasty drinks - coffee, tea and cocoa. It has many other things besides that, for example the Pine Forest Sports Club. Otja lives just around the corner from it, in a big wooden house at 8 Beaver Street. But more on that some other time.