Willy W., Schoenheide, Germany


Posted Oct 22, 2008, 3:53 pm
Hello everybody,
I'm Willy W., the red craftsman. My mentor thought I'd be a cute little guy from a comic but I'm the mascot of a famous German complany that produces tools.

Have a look at my former workplace. You can see me in the lower right corner, sitting in a shopping trolley.

Now I'm sitting on the desk waiting for my first destination. My Mummy says that there already someone would be ready to host me. I'm so exited to start travelling


Willy W.


Posted Oct 24, 2008, 1:49 pm
I'm on my way to Hungary now.

Willy W.

Posted Nov 1, 2008, 6:32 pm
Hello from Hungary!!!
Today I had a great day because we went for a walk to Lillafüred which is a nice part of the city. I loved walking thru the forest along the lake!
Unfortunately it started to rain, but it had a special feeling of that cloudy weather!

Posted Nov 1, 2008, 7:28 pm
Today it's Halloween!!! However in Hungary there are different traditions. Yesterday was "All saints day" and today is the day of "Dead people". It's not really about parties, it's about memories...
But as Szandra loves also the traditions of Halloween, we cut out a pumpkin!:)

Posted Nov 3, 2008, 2:15 pm
It was a lot of fun to spend my time with the pets around the house!
Let me introduce them!;)
On the first few pics you can see 2 dogs, Ali and Bandi. They are full with energy and they're always running and playing...Wow, I just love them!
Than comes Karcsi, the cat. Well, not a friendly man with me...:P
I visited also the rabbits. I loved their big home where they can run a lot! Unfortunately one of them, Alma is ill now and he can't be with the others. He spends the nights inside.:)

Posted Nov 3, 2008, 2:30 pm
Later I went to look around in the garden.
Guess, what did I find?! :o The 7 gnome! :D Didn't want to miss making some photos with them!
After they didn't want to play with me I was really dissapointed and I climbed up a tree!  When I forgot about that incident with the gnomes, I set down and tried to find the goldfishes in the garden lake.

Posted Nov 3, 2008, 3:11 pm
Today I learnt to play tennis!!!!
Szandra is a tennis instructor and she said I was a talented student! B)

Posted Nov 9, 2008, 2:43 pm
We travelled to the capital, Budapest by train. Usually Szandra spends the half week there because of her studies.

When I went out to the teracce I was very surprised because I didn't expect for green teracce with a lot of plants.
And I realised immediately some small pumpkins!:)
After I saw some runner beans I walked round the teracce and ejoyed the sunshine.
When I got tired, we went inside and Szandra shew me her collection about her favourite band, t.A.T.u.!:D She has lots of CD! :stare:

Later I helped to make her homework. She is studying in an art school in stylist department and her homework was to make a roll of paper with the clothes of every era. Wasn't easy, but we did!! B)

Posted Nov 9, 2008, 2:53 pm
A bad day...
We got a call from Szandra's mother... with very sad news.
Billy and Pali, the two pet rats were died. They had a routine spay operation and it seemed everything went well, they were already at home. But suddenly both of them died.
We couldn't believe this...
After that we didn't go for sight-seeing, sorry.
Maybe next week.

Posted Nov 10, 2008, 10:08 pm
After we got the bad news, on the next day we travelled back to Miskolc. Szandra wanted to lay her little rats to rest! She loved them very much and I saw, that it was very hard for her saying good-bye to them. I was sad too...:(

Posted Nov 10, 2008, 10:24 pm
As Szandra still wasn't in a good mood, I found out to help her with cooking some cakes. I hoped, this will make her happy! And my idea was succesful, because I saw a little smile on her face! :rolleyes: And the cookies were tasty! Yummy!

Posted Nov 15, 2008, 7:06 pm
Szandra had to buy some things, so I could see the Main Street of Miskolc.



Behind me it's the Erzsébet Square and on the backstage you can see the Gothic Protestant Church of Avas.

Posted Nov 15, 2008, 7:25 pm
We went to see an exhibition, called "Fashion and tradition".
It was a school exercise for Szandra to go there and take photos.
On some pictures you can see me too, but unfortunately the quality of these are not so good.











Posted Nov 20, 2008, 10:01 pm
It was rather cold outside, but we decided to make a little trip and see some of the main sights of Budapest. There wasn't many people on the streets, everything was so calm.We spent a nice Sunday afternoon!
We started with the Vajdahunyad Castle. I have already learnd some things about it...
It was built between I896 and 1908 and derived its name from the wing facing the lake, which is an imitation of the Castle of Vajdahunyad in Transylvania.
There is a nice park around the castle, we walked thru it and saw also the lake which was a little dry now...:P But Szandra said that usually it's much nicer!:D









Inside the castle there is the Museum of Agricolture.


Posted Nov 20, 2008, 10:40 pm
It would be nice to sit in the warm water, but we saw the Széchenyi Thermal Bath only from inside.



On the opposite side of the bath, I found a little fountain.

Posted Nov 20, 2008, 10:47 pm
And let's see the Heroes' Square!
Szandra told me that the monument was built for the 1896 Millennium celebrations, that's why it is called Millennium Monument.



Two museums flank both side of Heroes' Square: the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hall of Art.



Posted Nov 20, 2008, 10:53 pm
I didn't want to go home until I haven't seen the ducks in the City Park!:D



Posted Nov 22, 2008, 3:31 pm
This winter, today was the first day when it was snowing in Budapest!!! :stare:
I went out to the teracce and saw the snowflakes.
I'm just sad a little bit because we don't have enough snow to bulid a snowman...

Posted Nov 23, 2008, 5:51 pm
At night it was started snowing again!! Such a big snowflakes! I watched them fluttering to the ground..and than.. I don't remember... :stare: Szandra said I fall asleep! :D



Posted Nov 23, 2008, 6:00 pm
Snow! Snow! Snow!!! It's still snowing.
I decided to go out to make a snowball and to look around how does the area look like in winter time.



But I was cold sitting in the snow!!!


Fortunately Szandra gave me a warm cap! Yay! B)


Posted Nov 26, 2008, 10:40 pm
Szandra's mother visited us in Budapest and we all went to buy some Christmas presents. I wanted to see the decorations of big shopping centres. And I was really in a Christmas mood when we finished! :D



Ohh...my cap... I didn't see anything.. :stare:



Posted Nov 26, 2008, 10:49 pm
I had to say bye to Szandra and her new guest, Etwas! I'm sad that we can't spend more time together, but on the other hand I can't wait to meet with my new host!!
Brazil, here I come! ;)


Posted Dec 5, 2008, 11:13 pm
After 10 days waiting for Willy... he's finally here!  :cyclops:

;) :p :D :cyclops: ;) :p :D :cyclops: B) ;) :p :D :cyclops: ;) :p :D :cyclops:
They were so happy to see me!


After the comemorations we had to study for the final test that was this afternoon! I learnt something about neuroanatomy...er, that's not the best topic in the world but it was necessary [really?]  :p

Finally we were going to University. We had lunch there, in a place they call R.U. (Universitarian Restaurant), that was not that bad!

And what a surprise, at the class room I found another TV! Unfortunatelly I forgot her name, she's being hosted by a Dejoara's friend and we became friends too. I swear that when I remember her name I post another photo with it, I hope we can play together again.

That's their mascot called "Puro Osso" which means "All bones" in english.

Well, that's all for today. This weekend we're going to study again, Dejoara said that Monday is the last day at University and she has to be prepared for the Chemical test. After this,  we can play a lot together! So... let's roll!  ;)


Posted Dec 11, 2008, 1:27 am
These days have been a little busy, but now Dejoara's on vacation and we can play, watch some movies, go on christmas shopping and else... :D
Telling about movies, these weekend we watched a very good one. It's called Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta, that's about the 70's discos.


I have met that TV again, who's now really my friend because I remeber her name! :)
Her name's Mira, and she's from Australia. We're having some fun together.


These week I met Dejoara's cat, his name is Greko and he has a year and a half.


Ew, he licked me!

Here in Brazil the summer is coming and the weather is becoming hot and sunny so I thing soon we're going to visit a park and relax at the summer breeze drinking a chimarrão (some kind of tea in a special cup they drink around here). That's all for the moment, I hope we can post again soon.
Red hugs.  ;)


Posted Dec 14, 2008, 10:26 pm
Humm, I ate some delicious hot dog at Dejoara's University. It was really good, much better than the Universitarian Restaurant  :p


And these week Dejoara and I decorated the Christmas Tree and the Holy. It's very simple, but beautiful.


A Dejoara's friend went home now that the classes are finished and we drove her to the bus station. She lives in another state called Mato Grosso and her travel would take about 2 days. I met her at the day I arrived here in Brazil and she's very cool, we'll miss her.


Red hugs.

Posted Dec 18, 2008, 10:10 pm
Making a Christmas card to mommy! :D
First we took some pictures of the old newspapers and sliced it out.


Then we glued then on the paper. After we wrote some greetings.


And put on the envelope, ready to send to mommy! This morning we took it to the mail and delivered ;)


After all the work we had, I slept a little with Greko this afternoon.


Red Hugs.

Posted Jan 8, 2009, 11:26 pm
Some photos from the Christmas Party at Dejoara's home



At Christmas day, we took some photos on the backyard, the day was so beautiful.


That's a fruit called araçá, on summer it grows a lot here.



Red Hugs.


Posted Feb 20, 2009, 7:38 pm
Dejoara's camera wasn't working very well these days, so we took some photos and we post everything today.

Some last things we did together this summer at Porto Alegre:
We played DS

I played with Ozzy, Dejoara's teddy bear

I slept with Greko, Dejoara's cat

We sent a gift to Karla on the envelope, I hope she likes it  ;)
It's a note with some thoughts Dejoara had about me and how she felt with me on her home

Bye Bye Porto Alegre, Hello São Paulo.  :rolleyes:

Posted Feb 21, 2009, 2:25 pm

I ve finally arrived in Osasco, SP, Brazil. Karla my host is sick, she has dengue, a very common illness here. So we wont take pictures today. But we will soon!
We will also meet Alizeé and Stanley, but Im not sure when.
Other than that everything is fine, here is very sunny and Ive met all the family already. ;)

Posted Feb 24, 2009, 3:01 pm

Today Karla took me to the city, São Paulo. We saw a really huge bridge held up by cables! Then we went to get some groceries.


Posted Feb 28, 2009, 6:10 pm
hey mom!! ;)

Yesterday I and Karla went to movie theather see " Se eu fosse você 2".this is a brasilian movie where the husband  exchange body with his wife. I loved it!!!  :D

After the movie I had a black beer!! :cyclops:

The dog is Xandy Antenor,a cute dog! :p

Posted Mar 7, 2009, 2:25 pm
Hey Mom!!

Brasil is a good country (despite the heat...), all the places where I went, I was very well received.

this days I went to the Eldorado's shopping with Alessandra, Stanley and Alizee...  I have fun with my new friends and the Brazilian food it's really good.

Posted Mar 7, 2009, 3:05 pm
Yesterday I went with Karla in university, I learned about antropology, filosofy and  hebrew...

Marcia ( Karla's freind) give me a chocolate filled with strawberry(truffle).

When I back to home I'll fatter... I ate all the time here. :cyclops:

Posted Mar 14, 2009, 7:21 pm
You wouldn't believe me if I told you what happened.

It was an ordinary day at work . I was over the phone stucked behind my desk, some other people were in meeting with theirs bosses , other ones were signing papers... WHEN... suddendly a transvesti came in.

YEAH!!! That's what I said: a transvesti came in. He was really strang and tall. He was wearing a short skirt, black boots and carrying a baby doll in this arms.

She came into my friend's direction and strated saying out loud that he was the father of the babby he was carrying.

My friend blushed . It was an embarrassing situation for him, specially because he's one  of our finance managers.

I took a look around and everybody stopped working just to pay attention on that crcus.

My friend PERI is getting marriend tomorrow and we decided to play a practical joke on him by inviting a transvesti to pretend that he was his fianceé or something like that.

After work, we wnt to Zucca's bar ( a restaurant near by) to drink , dance and celebrate a little bit.

It all was a part of the "strag party" that we organised before his weeding day.

I hope you enjoy them.

Posted Mar 14, 2009, 8:06 pm
Hey mom!!!

I hate Monday's... But today was a different day...

Today I went to the Karla's office because was Ana Julia's birthday.

Here when the a person of Karla's office birthday is yours friends adorn your table with balloons and this person give us chocolates. I ate two chocolates . i'm very greedy.

In lunch time Ana Julia's friends go to restaurant called "A PRAÇA" eat , talk and celebrate your day. In restaurant I ate a lot and I drink GUARANÁ, is a pop made to the fruit comum in Brasil. Here is a only country when you'll find this. Delicious!! The cake was lemon.

Karla and I went to the shopping buy a present to her. We buy a book of Calvin and Harold , she loves comics.

I miss you...


Posted Mar 14, 2009, 8:43 pm

It is a second birthay the same week ...

Today is birthday is Lili. Mom, is serious I will go home fatter ... Unfortunately, we could not go to Lili for lunch because Karla had much work to do ... But the office girls love me, and I love it!

Love you!!

Posted Mar 21, 2009, 2:04 pm
Hey  Mom!

the last week in São Paulo was raining a lot... We can't go out... But, today is a sunny day!!!
I went with Karla and Paola to C&C ( Casa e Construção ou House & Building) buy a luminaire. In this store I found all I need for build and decorate a house; things for garden, doors, windows, cement... Everything!!! Is a big store!!

I miss you...

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 4:06 pm
hey mom!

Today we went to Centro de Cultura Juraica (Center for Culture Juraica) to see the pictures by Rogério Randolph ( http://culturajudaica.uol.com.br/). When I was waiting I found a some guys playing the le pacure; It's very comum in Brasil find this sport.

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 4:57 pm
This is Hebraica  Rebouças station near the river pinehiros... I was waiting the train to go home when I decided take these photos...

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 5:32 pm
Hello mom!

Today I had a great day... This time we went to movie theather  with Digory see Zake and Miri Make a Porno... I didn't like!
After the movie we went to Mania do Churrasco eat pizza, I loved!! I had a Caipirinha (typical Brazilian drink), is very good.

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 6:42 pm
Nothing better to do on the sunday afternoon to go to shopping mall. I and Digory called to Hedgie for walk with us. Was very fun...
We found a big elephant, rhino , a indian and a Buddha... We took a funny pictures.

Posted Apr 22, 2009, 1:40 am
In my last week in Brasil, I had a very nice week...

Nathaly (Karla's friends) went to Brotas for pratice radical sports and  took me with her...

Brotas is a small city localized in São Paulo (from the capital you'll need travel about 3 hours) the people called " the adventure city" because there you can do every radical sports...

There I did track, canoeing and rapel... I enjoyed a lot!!

Now, I need sleep because tomorrow I'll go travel to GRECIA!!!


Posted Jun 13, 2009, 7:49 pm
Hi mom,
I have arrived in Greece! It's sunny and really warm here in Thessaloniki where my hosts live. But this weekend we had the chance to go and visit their summer residence in Metamorfosi.

Metamorfosi is a small village with a great beach, clear waters, full of pine woods and many summer residences.

So here are some photos I got from there, at the park and at the beach  B)







Hugs and Kisses
Willy W.

Posted Jun 27, 2009, 12:38 pm
Hi mom,

today we went at the suburbs. There is an artificial lake there full of ducks and little turtles. I had such a great fun with my friends and I fed the ducks.




Posted Jul 5, 2009, 2:52 pm
Hi mom,

last night while we were playing snakes and ladders with my friends a giant dice hit poor little squirt but we helped him get to the ambulance which came quickly.
Don't worry, that was just the scenario of the first video we did, and you can watch it over at YouTube, just click here and enjoy!

Posted Jul 6, 2009, 8:07 pm
Hi mom, this weekend we went back at the beach at the beautiful prefecture of Chalkidiki.
We are at the small village called Metamorfosis, which has mainly summer residences but luckily it's not crowded.

Here I am with my friends just playing at the sand




My hosts just bought a new aquaglide for the kids, it converts easily from sailboat to windsurfer, towable or even kayak. So the kids will be able to learn easily all these sports! SO MUCH FUN!

Here we are by the box


and can you see it in the sea?!


Posted Jul 25, 2009, 8:53 pm
Hi mom,

here are a couple of photos from Thessaloniki. The town is build by the sea so the deck by the sea is a favorite place for all the citizens.
They usually come here early in the morning or at the sunset for walking, jogging, biking... there are also tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds and so many events going on by the sea.

This is the Music Hall



Posted Jul 25, 2009, 9:03 pm
Hi mom,

I am staying at a summer residence of my hosts! I am so lucky enjoying the sun and sea all day, considering there is a heat wave at the moment here!

Here are some more views of the place

A typical backyard door with plants and flowers on top



On top of a tractor we found on one of our walks


and overlooking the sunset form a gazebo with my friends





Posted Sep 4, 2009, 11:58 am
Hi Mom!
From warm and sunny Greece I traveled via airmail to Switzerland.
I arrived to some rain and a dramatic sky over Mt. Pilatus, the 'Hausberg' of Luzern. I am hoping for some better weather and maybe a hike this weekend.
Willy W.

Posted Sep 7, 2009, 4:01 pm
Another tv, Annie, arrived in Switzerland and was greeted with a snack of local products like Ovomaltine (a malt/chocolate like pwoder to dissolve in milk), mint sirup and local produce.
We had a quick look at the neighborhood before retiring for an exhausting weekend ahead.

Posted Sep 8, 2009, 7:24 am
There was a big article in the newspaper about hiking in Switzerland and how it has become very popular again. Well, we agree. We drove to Niederrickenbach and took the cableway up to Maria-Rickenbach.
There's a monastery of Benedictine nuns up there which is a place of pilgrimage. No road leads up, so the mail, groceries etc. are also brought up by cableway.
Maria-Rickenbach is a bit above 1000m high. Our destination was the Brisenhaus at 1753m.

Posted Sep 8, 2009, 7:38 am
After walking a gravel road with some incline for a while, the way got really steep and was more a path through the cow pastures.
It got colder when we got closer to the tree border and the clouds were hanging low.
Up there behind me is the Brisenhaus. The way up there is scheduled for another 30min because it's so steep.
On the way back down we had a look at the garden of the monastery. It was beautiful, very peaceful and had a great view.

Posted Sep 11, 2009, 9:25 am
Hi Mom!
We were off on another hike, taking advantage of the (still) good weather here in Central Switzerland. This time we took a small ropeway from Oberrickenbach to the Bannalp, Chrüzhütte and walked from there over mountains calles Walnstöcke to Engelberg.
Here they are:
Zoomed in, these made a very nice picture, the way they lay there like ying and yang or something similar.
I was fascinated by how nature worked those very artistic lines into the rock. The way was very steep in this part and the drop to the side was scary, so we walked very slowly.

Form the highest point of our hike, at 1943m we had this view of Mt. Brisen, on the other side of which we walked last time.
And here I am looking out over Oberdorf.
The higher of these two outcrops was the highest point of our tour.
After 2 more hours of walking, first down and then up again (how annoying!), we thought we deserved a little rest with view of the Titlis glacier and Engelberg.
We enjoyed the barefoot path at Brunni and made the steep descent to Ristis, where we took a big cableway to Engelberg. We had to hurry to the station to catch out train back to the car.
The train switches to kind of a cog railway for the very steep passages.
I was happy when I was home and coudl rest my poor feet.

Posted Sep 21, 2009, 2:39 pm
I woke up to another foggy day. Can you believe there's a big and normally very visible mountain there?

On Saturday mornings there's a small famer's market on the town square. We went there and could see the boyscouts and a few people of the guard all dressed up. It was quite busy.

After we were done with our shopping we went to Hergiswil to look at the glass ware that's produced there.
Directly at the lake there are some big properties atht we could barely see from the road.

We continued on the the supermarket...
and then to Lucerne via the motorway (green sign).

Posted Sep 21, 2009, 3:01 pm
Then we drove on to Luzern.We were fascinated by the many bicycles parked outside the main station. But traffic in Lucerne is bad and one needs private parking spaces when living there.

We made our way to the former bank building that now houses the Rosengart collection, a museum for Picasso, Klee and some other painters of the late 19th - early 20th century. (the building in the back, behind the IMPORT sign)

TVs weren't allowed inside but we took some pics with the information and postcards of some of the paitings later on:
A particular favourite of our host's is also Klee's drawing of 'The governess' previously entitled 'Das artige und das bösartige Kind' (The good and the mean child) seen on the lower left.

Here we are in front of the famous chapel bridge:
and the many swans.

And with some of the old houses along the Reuss river.
(the city hall)
(Gutsch castle in the background)
(the Jesuit church)

In the old town:

Posted Oct 5, 2009, 5:37 pm
Today I witnessed the Alpabzug(Swiss), Almabtrieb(German) from the window. This is where the cows are led from the mountain pastures to the barns in the valleys. Unfortunately I wasn't able to go down and see it from close-up. But you can see how the cows have extra big and festive bells, that don't allow them to eat and are decorated with flags of Switzerland and the cantons. Traditionally there are also flower-decorations on the cows.

Posted Oct 5, 2009, 5:42 pm
This is our goodbye-Switzerland dinner on the roof with lots of bread, cheese, fruit and veggies, a colorful cactus etc. We did have a great time here.

Posted Oct 10, 2009, 8:20 pm
We are back in Germany and it's really autumn now, moreso than it was farther south.

We stopped by a farm that's in the city to buy some eggs and bread and produce.

Posted Oct 10, 2009, 8:22 pm
We visited Düsseldorf today to go shopping.

Here's the art museum,
the court house,

At the promenade along the Rhine river
you can see that it's autumn now.

Some nice old houses are directly at the main roads. They are usaully used as offices now.
Here's a newly finished office building.

Here's one of the government buildings. Düsseldorf is the capital of Northrhine-Westfalia, one of the German states.
It has quite interesting door nobs.

The townhall and market place:


We came upon a band playing songs to lots of people drinking beer. The typical beer in this city is "Alt". Many people were sitting outside or stopping to watch the band, even though it raind on and off.

Düsseldorf is also a big carnival city. It starts on 11-11 at 11.11 o'clock, another high time is in the late winter. The processions are traditionally with a political message. Here's one of the shops selling costumes and accessories:
And here's a legendary figure fo the Düsseldorfer Carnival, the Hoppeditz, who awakes on the aforementioned date to start up the "5th season" of the year.

Posted Oct 21, 2009, 5:09 pm
Hi Mom!
Today we had the day off and visited the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, or Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg (as the local dialect, a kind of Moselfränkisch, calls it) or Großherzogtum Luxemburg (German one of the 3 official languages, along with French and Luxembourgish).
We walked through the streets and had a look at the shops, some lunch and of course he had to visit the Grand Ducal Palace, the official residence of the Grand Duke, where his offices are located and which is used to house foreign dignitaries and different official functions. They even have a guard up front but I was a bit dissappointed that he just wore a regular uniform, nothing special like the guards in London.

Posted Oct 29, 2009, 10:26 pm
Hey Mom!
While we still had the chance, Ray and I wanted to get our picture taken with the colorful autumn forest.
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn233/Apperveilchen/PA290547.jpg http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn233/Apperveilchen/PA290546.jpg
It was much nicer a few days ago, but then we were too busy enjoying the colors to actually take pictures.
Do you like these contrasts?

Posted Nov 24, 2009, 4:55 pm
Hi Mom!

I'm in the United States in the wonderful state of Wisconsin!  B)
Weather hasn't been great here and with the holiday of Thanksgiving coming up, we haven't gone sight seeing quite yet.

Write more later. :)

Willy W.

Posted Dec 9, 2009, 10:58 pm
I got to celebrate my first Thanksgiving! :)

LOTS of food. Her sister's husband did most of the cooking (my picture was taken before the turkey hit the table). Creamed corn casserole, green bean casserole, banana bread, crescent rolls, yams, cranberry relish, and Waldorf salad... and homemade apple pie with whip cream for dessert!


Posted Dec 9, 2009, 11:17 pm
I am now getting an education in severe winter weather. Nothing like a winter storm that the news people were calling the "three-headed monster".

A blizzard warning was issued about 2pm because the snow was going to be blowing quite hard. She says that we are the black dot in the middle of the map picture.

Can you see the wall behind me? (It's a small retaining wall). This was about 9pm. The snow was still pretty light. It was also blowing up to her front door.

Posted Dec 9, 2009, 11:38 pm
We woke up to the snow plow at 5am.

This is what the retaining wall looks like now. About 13 inches of snow fell on the ground but it was hard to really say since it was blowing around.

The snow basically stopped around 4pm. This was what she opened her door to. Oh, and the wall is now disappeared.

The three headed monster was really the snow fall (which shut most of the state down by the Governor's orders), the winds which were blowing up to 57mph! and the forecast now is the extreme cold ... wind chills of -15 to -30*F (-26 to -34*C)!!


Will write as soon as thing thaw out a little more here!
Willy W. :)

Posted Dec 30, 2009, 2:17 pm
Here I am on a road trip in Wisconsin. We're going from one side of the state to the other.

Destination: Milwaukee!  :D

Even though it's a straight shot on the interstate, we took a GPS with us.

The 3rd and 4th pictures show a ski place that is making snow! See the white puffs in the air? That's the snow! I guess they need more than what just fell.


Pretty driving through this, isn't it?

We made it!!  :)

Willy W.

Posted Dec 30, 2009, 2:26 pm
We didn't do much sightseeing since we were going to lots of places to visit people.

But today we were stuck in the house due to another snow storm!  :thinking: It's amazing how the weather changes here in Wisconsin, especially during the winter.

I got to help wrap some presents. :)

After that hard work, we enjoyed some popcorn.

She tried to show how bad the weather was outside... it's snowing and freezing rain.

Posted Dec 30, 2009, 2:45 pm
We went to her boyfriend's parent's place for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

One of the first things that came out when we arrived, just to set up for the family party, was the booze.

Then I posed in the Christmas tree... to get into the Christmas spirit (plus, I am a Christmas color!).  Then one with the tree, when the lights were turned on. Pretty isn't it?


A reindeer cookie ... or is it?  ;)

Then I got a taste of beer!  :p

Posted Dec 30, 2009, 2:59 pm
Time to start snacking!!  :cyclops: Lots of good food here!

Then the people started doing family pictures and opening gifts (which took awhile) ...

Long enough that I had to have another beer! :)

Merry Christmas Mum!
Willy W.

Posted Dec 30, 2009, 3:14 pm
There aren't that many pictures from the way home since the roads were bad for 1/2 the state ... but she did get a sample picture of that.

Then the other half was sunny and the roads were good (the windshield is dirty!). 


Her car needs a shower! :D

Will write more later since it's getting cold again!
Willy W. :)

Posted Jan 4, 2010, 7:36 pm
Looking at the forecast, we're going to celebrate the new year... inside!!  :cyclops:


Posted Jan 4, 2010, 7:45 pm
:D B) HAPPY 2010 !!!!  B)  :D

We stayed in and watched the fireworks from one of the bluffs that overlook the city (which I will see later she says). They had some good ones! Including the one that looks like a waterfall!


Posted Jan 4, 2010, 7:57 pm
Since it was cold outside, and we stayed up until the new year started, we were "couch potatoes" today. Luckily we found some good cartoons on! (Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes)


Posted Jan 4, 2010, 8:04 pm
Today she said we were not going to let the cold stop us from seeing some more of the city... despite the cold! (8*F / -13*C ... BEFORE the wind)


The American flag was flying pretty good, so it was nice and breezy.  Grandad's Bluff is a well visited place that truly is a very cool place to visit.
This is a trailer that has most of the things used to set off the fireworks that we saw, I guess the cold even kept them from taking it all that night!
The lights are in the shape of a Christmas tree... which is seen from all over the city. (soon to be taken down)

Posted Jan 4, 2010, 8:08 pm
Views are of me looking from the south to the north. You can see the land in Iowa, Minnesota, and the city of La Crosse. The picture in which there are two blue bridges are historic and cross over into Minnesota over the Mississippi River. (Yes, I am that close!)

Posted Jan 4, 2010, 8:11 pm
Going down from Grandad's, the road is very twisty and you have to drive slow. Especially when you want to get pictures! and parts of the road is snow covered still.


Posted Jan 4, 2010, 8:24 pm
AHHHHH!! BEER!!  :D :D :D :D
That's a big can... think I can finish it before I go?  ;)

*hiccup* Willy W.  :p

Posted Jan 24, 2010, 3:28 pm
Today I arrive here in Germany!!!!!
Matylda, Mister Snow, Paule and Manni found my envelope and all four were very curious what will be in it!!! http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4300456324_68034b5250_m.jpg
They helped me to come free. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2753/4299710575_7386f6ac30_m.jpg
Oh and here we "old" Toyvoyagers talk about ours adventures because Paule and Manni will go on their own adventures soon. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4299710637_bdc6ee5be2_m.jpgThey will become wild Toyvoyagers :)

And now I will sleep a little bit :)

Until then, Willy W.


Posted Apr 27, 2010, 9:13 pm

I am a Babysitter :-)
Today we - that´s Eebee, Mister Snow, Slimak and Matylda - have to take care of Peggers little niece. The little girl is so sweet. But also very smart and I have no picture with her :-(.
For that I got to know Jule and Standforth.


The fact that the two rabbits.

We have also taken Pitty splash. Pitty is a puppet character from the DDR - TV . Actually he has a girlfriend called Schnatterinchen, but it was unfortunately not there.

See you soon!
Take care!!!!

Posted May 20, 2010, 12:21 pm
Today a wall was stroked with combined forces in Peggers new room in a yellow tone.


She has exchanged only a few days ago her room with one of her occupants and that´s why now the colour change on the wall!

Posted May 20, 2010, 12:36 pm
If already something happens on a dull day, one has of course no camera, besides :-(

I sat with the other in the window and we observed the street. It did not happen a lot, because it rained once again. Indeed, however, there came action on the street.

We were woken up from our dozing by a bang!
A look from the window showed us that somebody with get out for a parking place had driven up!! A young girl ran hectically calling up through the street.

Then some minutes later the police also appeared! We observed everything with interest, but as said: Unfortunately, Pegger did not have here her camera or the accumulator was empty. But, at least, the day, so however, was saved anyhow!

Posted May 24, 2010, 6:37 pm

Humph what I should tell. Today we have everybody with Pegger her suitcase for theirs travels to Slovenia packed.

When she noted finally that her suitcase was so full that hardly a little bit purely fitted she did not decide us to take everybody. so we selected by count out who was allowed with on the trip to Slovenia.

Oh yes, the fact that it gives no pictures from pack of the suitcase is although a problem of Slovenia trip, because the SD Card were broken :-(.


Posted Jun 3, 2010, 8:09 pm


Now I wanna tell you from my trip to Slovenia!!! Pegger have manage to show you some pictures from the stations of the trip by train!!!

We (Mister Snow and me (and of course pegger)) start the journey in Osterode, where her boyfriend lives.

Some facts about Osterode:
Osterode am Harz often simply called Osterode, is a town in south-eastern Niedersachsen on the south-western edge of the Harz mountains. It is the seat of government of the district of Osterode. The town is twinned with Scarborough, in the United Kingdom. Osterode is located on the German Framework Road.
The Söse river flows through the town from the Sösetalsperre reservoir lake about 5 km upstream. The dam was built in 1931 and has a capacity of 25.5 millionen m³. The Harzwasserwerke water company pipes drinking water as far away as Bremen.


Posted Jun 3, 2010, 8:21 pm

On the evening brought us Pegger boyfriend to the train station to Northeim. There we waited for the train to Hanover, where we would meet the others.


On the train - a metronome - Pegger told us something about the next train journey.

Here you see a card:

And here the travelplan:

The plan and card starts in Hamburg, because the first friend of pegger (Mondfalke) starts the journey there.

Posted Jun 3, 2010, 8:35 pm



Hanover or Hannover, on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony and was once by personal union the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain, in their dignities as the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg (which title was later called the Elector of Hanover at the end of the historical period known as Early Modern Europe).
After the Napoleonic Wars ended, the Electorate was enlarged and made into the capital of the Kingdom of Hanover.

With a population of 522,944 the city is a major center of northern Germany, known for hosting annual commercial expositions such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT.
Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the world's largest Marksmen's Fun Fair, and the Oktoberfest Hannover, which is the second largest Oktoberfest in the world.
In 2000, Hanover hosted the world fair Expo 2000.
The Hanover fairground, due to numerous extensions, especially for the Expo 2000, is the largest in the world. Hanover also has regional importance because of its universities and medical school, its international airport, and its large zoo.
The city is also a major crossing point of railway lines and highways, connecting European main lines in east-west-direction (Berlin - Ruhr area) and north-south-direction (Hamburg - Munich et al.).


Here we waited to enter first the arrival of two other friends, and to the night train from Hamburg. This was even on time, others only on other track. Typical German railway.
And typically we had from then a delay, as we stood over an hour just inside the station of Hanover. Since we could not sleep, we walked through the train and met two or three men with whom we talked.
They thought we were crazy, of course, that we take this trip from Germany to Slovenia to watch skiflying there. Of course, they also found it crazy that we pressed our thumbs for Kazakh jumpers.

Posted Jun 3, 2010, 8:44 pm

During the night - with not much sleep- we go by train from Hanover to Munich. There we arrive in the morning and have breakfast at Mc Donalds.

Some facts about Munich:

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. There are approximately 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people.

The city's motto is "München mag Dich" (Munich Loves You). Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (Cosmopolitan city with a heart). Its native name, München, is derived from the Old German word Mönche, meaning "Monks". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. Black and gold—the colours of the Holy Roman Empire—have been the city's official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.

The city is an inspiring mix of historic buildings and impressive architecture, since Munich reconstructed the ruins of their historic buildings but also created new landmarks of architecture.



Posted Jun 3, 2010, 8:56 pm

Yeah we arrive the next country!!!


Here you see the railstation from Bischofshofen.

From there you can see in the distance the skijumpinghills. The final competition of the traditional Four Hills Tournament in ski jumping is held annually at the Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze in Bischofshofen around 6 January.

Bischofshofen is located in the Salzach valley in the Alps, in the District of Pongau, in Salzburgerland, Austria.
The city is an important railway hub and lies at the Tauernautobahn, a highway route through the Alps.

Posted Jun 6, 2010, 7:02 pm

Our next and last train stop was Jesenice in Slovenia. From there we drive with a bus to Kransja Gora, where we will stay the next days to have a lot of party and watching Skiflying in Planica :-)

Here some facts about Jesenice:

Jesenice is a town and a municipality in Slovenia, on the Slovene side of the Karavanke mountain range, bordering Austria to the north. It is known as the home of Slovenia's largest steel company, Acroni, and the hockey club it sponsors, Acroni Jesenice. The town name derives from the ash tree (Slovene: jêsen), which once grew in abundance locally. The history of Jesenice is tightly knit with that of its ironworks and metallurgy industries, which have until recently been the driving force of the town's development in practically all areas.

Here the trainstation:

and an old train:


Posted Jun 6, 2010, 7:08 pm


Kranjska Gora is a town and a municipality on the Sava Dolinka river in the Upper Carniola region of north-west Slovenia, close to the Austrian and Italian borders.

Kranjska Gora is mostly famous as a winter sports town, being situated in the Julian Alps. It annually hosts an event in the Alpine skiing World Cup series, also known as the Vitranc Cup for the slalom and giant slalom events. The well-known ski jumping hill Planica is located in the nearby Tamar valley.

One of the hotels...

Posted Jun 6, 2010, 7:23 pm

Here some impression from the skiflying hills!!! It was a great atmosphere there and everybody cheers for every jumper. It was so fantastic...

Here you see the jumpinghill. It´s the biggest one in world.

The first ski jumping hill was constructed before 1930 at the slope of the Ponca mountain. In 1934, Stanko Bloudek constructed a larger hill, known as the Bloudek Giant. The first ski jump over 100 metres was achieved here in 1936 by the Austrian Sepp Bradl. This was, at the time, the biggest jumping hill in the world, sometimes called "the mother of all jumping hills".

In 1969, a new K-185 hill, Letalnica Bratov Gorišek, was constructed by Lado and Janez Gorišek. Since 1985, when Matti Nykänen flew 191 metres, new world records have always been set at Planica rather than any other ski jumping hill (e.g. Kulm in Austria, Harrachov in Czech Republic, Oberstdorf in Germany or Vikersundbakken in Norway).
In 1994, Toni Nieminen of Finland was the first ski jumper in history to jump over 200 metres. The current world record stands at 239 metres, set by Bjørn Einar Romøren of Norway in 2005.


The result of the individul competition from this day was, that Simon Ammann from Suisse won this day. Second was Gregor Schlierenzauer from Austria and Anders Jacobsen was third!!!

Posted Oct 19, 2010, 10:22 pm

Today we went with Pegger to the library of the German Seminar at her University.
We were in the room where there are only books by and about Johann Wolfgang Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.


Posted Dec 31, 2010, 1:26 pm
I returned home yesterday. What did I find here at home?

Snow and more snow! Nothing but snow!

We took a walk today with Katja's friend Kerstin and her dop Pepe. We went to Wuppertal, to a former army training area. It's the perfect place to stock up some sunshine and let the dog run and play.





Before I'll continue my trip I'll ask Katja if she could knit a sweater for me.

Willy W.

Posted Feb 7, 2011, 7:31 pm
tomorrow I will leave again. I've got an invitation to visit another town in Germany!

I said good-bye to our pets, Brighty and Zaehnchen. Shiva was playing somewhere else.


I found some sweets! I will take some with me, if my trip should last a bit longer I will not starve :)


Tomorrow I will leave.

Willy W.

Posted Feb 9, 2011, 3:06 pm
Hi there!

Today I arrived in Fürstenau, Germany, my new "home-on-time"!
It took only a few hours to reach my destination.
I was welcomed by my new host Aileen and her ToyVoyager Gustav. He will leave for America soon but he promised me to show me everything before he will leave.
Gustav was the one who opened the envelope.






Later Aileen washed my shirt. Olgamaus asked her to do so in an e-mail.



It's the first time that I see how someone washs my shirt. So I was quite curious to see what's going on in the water.
When Aileen left the room Gustav and my tried to reach the shirt. It wasn't as easy as we thought it would be.



...and so I fell into the water. Gustav couldn't hold me because I was too heavy...


OH NO! What will Aileen say? And my mentor olgamaus? Ahhh.
So Gustav and me tried to get my out of the water. But the border was so high! Therefore Gustav climbed on the tab and tried to get me out of here.



But in that moment Aileen came back.
Too late... But she wasn't angry, only laughing!
So she decided to wash me right away.
I've already been wet, so why not?


When I came out of the water Gustav gave me a kitchen towel.
Aileen said that a real small towel would probably be better and gave me another one.




So I finally found a warm place on the radiator.
That's where I spent the next few hours while Aileen was doing some household stuff (ironing, I'm glad that it wasn't me who needed to do so!) and other things that needed to be done.



After about two hours I've already been dry! So Gustav and me went outside.



There was a quite well-shaped cloud so we took some pictures.



Then we went back inside again and played on the lamp. But we needed to be careful because Aileen was scared that we could break it. But nothing happend! So hopefully we can do that again :) .



Finally we prepared lunch. Yummiiie!

I think that's it for now.
But you'll hear from me again soon!

Posted Feb 11, 2011, 9:51 am

Hi down there! Haha I'm sitting on a tree!

But what I actually wanted to tell you is something else. I've got so much to do here that I don't have that much time to update my travelog. Anyway, I COMPLETED MY FIRST MISSION!!!

We visited Aileen's grandma. They renovate her bedroom right now so they definately needed a helping hand (well, mine of course!).
And I got a hugh beer for that! But I'm not tipsy (anymore... I need to admit).






We've also been to Osnabrück yesterday and took some photos as well. I'll upload them later, we need to go into town now to help aileen to send a some postcrossing-postcards. See you later!

Posted Feb 11, 2011, 11:10 am
I'm back again!
As I already told you we've been in Osnabrück yesterday. Aileen hasn't been there for a while and just wanted to have a look. She also bought some small things but nothing special. Most of the time she showed us around, for example her favourit shops and historic buildings.

For example this is the theater and a poster with the announcement of the plays. Aileen told me she once made a practical training there.










Then we went into the "Markthalle" and ate a delicious Crêpe. Hmmmm!



Posted Feb 13, 2011, 4:56 pm
I'm back online with some very mixed pictures!
We drove around quite a lot during the past few days, to Aileen's grandma again, grocery shopping, to Osnabrück (as you know...).
Those pictures were taken in Fürstenau.


It snowed again!! I thought it would get warmer!!! But NO, obviously not... aaaah!


Her grandma presented us her hobby:


Afterwards Aileen showed us how many socks she already got from her grandma... WOW! Quite a lot!

In the evening we drove to a small town close by. One of Aileen's friends picked us up and then the five of us drank Cocktails (two friends, Gustav, Aileen and me). Hmmmm they tasted so well! But Aileen told us not to drink alcohol because I've already been tipsy from the beer I drank some days ago. So we took "Coconut Kiss". Hmmmmm!





The next day we rescued Ellie Muh, the cow, from the same toyshop where Gustav has been before! They know each other. Obviously there are a lot of toys locked up. :( But it's too expensive to rescue all of them Aileen said. I think Gustav and Ellie are really lucky!


Ellie is really funny! And she allows us to ride on her back!! Cooool.


Then we prepared Aileen's private tuition. We waited more than a quater for the girl to come. I thought she would be there in time if she wants to get help?!



Tomorrow is Aileen's mother's birthday! I already know things her mum doesn't... haha!

Posted Feb 17, 2011, 11:09 am
Hi Mum!
Today we wrapped the presents for Aileen's mother, it's her birthday tomorrow. We chose blue paper with light spots. Then we started wrapping...









...okay, sometimes it was more playing than wrapping. But Aileen always reminded us that we needed the paper and couldn't destroy all of it :D

Posted Feb 17, 2011, 11:39 am
Today is Aileen's mum's birthday!
Her mum made a chocolate cake yesterday evening but we weren't allowed to eat it that day because they said it was for the guest that come the next day.
So we also prepared the table. Doesn't it look delicious?








Posted Feb 17, 2011, 11:50 am
Hi Mum!
When the guests were gone we spend a lazy evening playing cards and watching TV. :)
And guess what? Gustav and me each got a Hanuta! Hmmmm, have a look!










Tomorrow Gustav will leave, I don't want to let him go! :(

Posted Feb 17, 2011, 12:11 pm
Hi out there!

Now it's time to say goodbye... :(
No, I'm not leaving, but Gustav is doing so.

Can you remember the sweets I brought with me? I haven't eaten any of it yet and so I though it might be a good idea to share it with Gustav. He was really happy!







Then we needed to say goodbye. We were both sad about it... Gustav was looking forward to the US but he didn't know what to expect. And he heard that Aileen would move in early April and he desperatly wanted to join her. I tried to convince him that it would be great in the US but somehow it didn't help. Ellie Muh couldn't understand Gustav. She was just jealous because she wants sooo much to see the world.






I tried to pull him out again but Aileen took me and I couldn't do anything!



Posted Feb 20, 2011, 10:04 pm
Hi Mum!

Did you know that I've got a new travel tag now?

We made some for Ellie Muh and me!
They are also waterproof (at least rain-proof) because we laminated them! Great, huh?





I wear it around my neck now. We wanted to buy a little chain in a DIY superstore but they gave it to us for free! We only needed a really short chain and normally people buy meters. Isn't that cooool?
I'll take a picture of me with the chain later. Now we'll leave for cinema and we'll watch a german movie called "Kokowääh" with a great german actor. I hope it's as good as it sounds to be.

Posted Feb 20, 2011, 10:21 pm
Hi Mum!

We've been in cinema and watched Kokowääh today! It was sooo cool and so funny! You really have to watch it if you haven't done so yet.

We took some pictures in the cinema and you can also see me with my brand new travel tag!

Me with my ticket


This is the reservation for cinema.


Hhmmmm I like popcorn! In Germany they only sell sweet popcorn at most places. Some big or international cinemas also have salty popcorn but that's not normal here. But in Denmark it's the other way round: Everyone has salty popcorn and sweet popcorn is untypical. Aileen told me so, she has lived in Denmark the past half year.




Posted Feb 20, 2011, 10:37 pm
Hi Mum!

I've done quite a lot today!
But just have a look.
















Posted Feb 20, 2011, 10:50 pm
Yesterday Smokey arrived!

She has never been to Germany before and that's why everything is still very new for her.
But she's a really nice bear! I helped her to climb out of the envelope and opened it for her. I know how difficult (or even impossible) it is to open an envelope from the inside! I've already spent long hours in envelopes!


The envelope almost broke on it's way from the US to Germany.
Unbelievable, how uncarefully they handle envelopes sometimes...


And this kind of transportation is even called "First Class"!




Posted Feb 21, 2011, 11:21 pm
Hallo Mama!

I'm back with some new pictures for you!
When I looked out of the window today I found out that the sky is completely blue! Not even a single cloud!


BUT it's soooo damn cold here. Okay, it has been colder but the wind blows and so it feels like the ears drop of (I'm glad they didn't).
Do you see the ice on the brook and in the ditch?



We actually only wanted to go to the next postbox to send two postcrossing-postcards. But then it was really nice to be outside and so Aileen showed us the castle. It's really old. We also went inside and had a look at the canon! Okay, I was the ammunition!



There are so many ducks living in the pond around the castle... I wonder whether they'd also like to be ToyVoyagers.








I wonder whether it's right what Aileen said. She told us that the canon is only decoration nowadays. But they also have this other building called "bastion" with lots of holes inside where they shot out in the past... I'm not really convinced! At least there's no munitions inside, I checked it! Only me!


On our way back home we had a look at a street with quite old houses, so called half-timbered houses.


I need to go to bed now! Good night!

Posted Feb 28, 2011, 8:38 pm
Hi Mum!

It's spring! Really!!! Isn't it great?
Okay, despite of the very few snowflakes...
BUT we found the first colourful flowers!



There were also some white flowers around but I definately prefer those yellow ones, they don't look so sad.

We also drove to Osnabrück again! This time we went into town again because Aileen needed some special clothes.






We passed the university of applied science where Aileen could study (but she's not going to do so because she said she had another favourite).





We also went in some other shops and finally we drove to IKEA.




In the entrance door we found a lot of stuffed toys behind glass! We wanted to release them, but there was no chance. And the toys told us that they got enough food and could play inside the IKEA all night, so the probably don't even want to be released.


I couldn't understand some of the toys - they spoke a really funny language called "swedish" (well, at least Aileen thinks it was swedish, IKEA is originally from Sweden ). But they were really funny!

Posted Mar 6, 2011, 10:14 pm
Hi Mum!

It's almost a week ago since I updated the last time, I can't believe it, the time is flying!
But you can be sure that I have a lot of fun here!
Have a look!

We made funny copies of ourselves,

went shopping in town,


received a lot of letters

(okay, they are Aileen's...)

and packed a birthday-package for a friend in Great Britain.



Aileen wanted to send it really uncolourful so Smokey, Gustav and me decorated it. YES it's true, Gustav is HERE!!!
He actually never went away because he has already been homesick before he had left! Well, I'm actually glad about it.



We always play together, for example we build pyramides.


Smokey is the biggest of us (and the one who can carry most), that's why she's in the bottom. We also tried it the other way round but it just didn't work...


We've also been out eating ice-cream, the very first for this year!
At first we had to choose. Wooow, so many big, colourful kinds of ice-cream!  We finally chose the Spaghetti-Eis, the one that looks like pasta.



Doesn't it look great?


In the evening we watched a family TV-show (television, not ToyVoyagers ;) ) called "Die perfekte Minute" ("the perfect minute"). But instead of just sitting and watching we tried some of the games they played on out own. It wasn't as easy as it seemed to be (although Aileen managed some of them).

In this game you had to throw the glass with the ruler and catch it again, BUT you needed to catch it the other way round, that it to say the top needed to be in the bottom.



Here you needed to blow all cards down except for the one in the bottom. It was really difficult because the card just didn't want to stay on the bottle! OR all cards stayed on the bottle...


I got to go now!

Posted Mar 6, 2011, 10:37 pm
Here are some more pictures!
We baked again! But this time we didn't bake cake but bread, olive-bread.

We cut the olives into smaller pieces...


cut an onion and braised it... (although we finally didn't need all of it)


and then mixed it with flour and some other ingredients.


Finally it needed to be in the oven for a while.

(...quite a long while...)

And then it was ready to eat!

Posted Mar 7, 2011, 9:24 pm
Hi Mum!
Today it was carnival!
Before we started to prepare our costumes we took a walk outside. There it doesn't look like carnival at all.

We passed a house that looked quite strange because it did not have a roof, the windows were broken and everthing else didn't look like you wanted to live in it as well. I asked Aileen about it (because some week's ago it was still there!). She said that people are tearing it down at the moment because it's just too old and in a bad state of repair.


The light was dazzling!




There's also a building behind the house that will soon be torn down as well in order to re-build it. But first the shop that's currently inside needs to sell most things out. That's why they have a 20% discount on everything at the moment!


Aileen said that they would sell all different kind of things and that's why Gustav and me had a look whether some toys inside needed our help.
And guess what?! They did!!


As you can see we convinced Aileen of paying for them! B)



Back home we started to prepare our costumes. We all had different costumes: Smokey was a mummy, Gustav was a flower and I was the coooolest of us (definately!!!): a lion! Great, huh?





throwing confetti








Posted Mar 10, 2011, 1:15 pm
Hi Mum!
Today the wheather was quite bad outside. It's all grey, rainy and windy...



Gustav ask whether we wanted to play outside. Haha. He has a pullover and doesn't need to freeze! And Smokey has fur! What about me?? I only wear a shirt, waiting for summer.

But then Gustav said that he had a surprise for us!


He had two presents, one for me and one for Smokey! We were so excited to look inside!







A pullover!! Now I don't need to freeze anymore!


Thank you, Gustav!


Smokey got a scarf. She doesn't need a pullover because she has a well-warming fur. But sometimes she said that her neck hurts a little bit from the cold wind.




Posted Mar 17, 2011, 1:44 pm
Hi Mum!

I just wanted to let you know that I'm alright! I didn't manage to upload the pictures but Aileen promised to help me soon :) .
I'm quite busy because today there's a birthday again.
We baked a bear-cake yesterday (and another one, but I prefered the bear-cake!).

And I have a new bag now! Aileen said that we would travel to Borkum soon. Gustav, Snokey and I said that we want to collecte seashells but Aileen didn't want to carry them for us. So we've got our own bags now! I'll show you soon!

Of course we also followed to news about Japan. We're all very worried about the people living there and I'm scared that maybe one of my friends is currently travelling there. We hope they'll get it under control again although Aileen explained that it's very complicated and nobody knows whether it works out...

Willy W.


Posted Mar 20, 2011, 12:39 am
Hi Mum!

Here are finally the pictures!
At first I want to show you my brand-new bag!




See how much space there's inside!


But although I'm happy about my new back we experienced that life's not always as shiny as it looks like at first...


We followed the news about Japan all the time, especially on the first day Aileen couldn't get us away from the TV.
But she actually also sat a lot in front of the TV that day...








We found out that there are also problems with the nuclear power stations, especially Fukushima.
We didn't know that something like that even exists. So Aileen showed us that there is one close to us as well.
We could only see the smoke because its about 20-30km away. But that's not far for atomatic catastophes.
You can see the smoke right next to the shadow of the tree.


We also had a look at the destroyed building I showed you in one of the last updates. It's away now! Aileen said the building beside of it is away as well now. I think I need to have a look ;).




Now I'll show you the cake(s) I told you about!


Isn't the bear-shape great?


It's actually a cake with chocolate-pieces :)


Then we needed to wait...


...and wait...


...and wait...


It gets bigger!!! Yeah!


And finally it was finished! Gustav was sooo hunry that he couldn't wait for chocolate-icing.


So we cut it into pieces.



Yummie, it tasted so well!

Hope you're doing well!

Posted Mar 22, 2011, 12:29 pm
Hi there!

It's spring! The sun is shining, the flowers come out of earth and we're just having fun!
We found a great small programm to reduce images today so it's much easier now to write updates... Before we needed to reduce every single image and to type in the number of pixels for each picture. That was actually most work of the whole update!

Here we spend some time outside in front of the house.


Because it was boring just to sit there we started playing hide and seek. Smokey was the first one to hide.





Then it was my turn.



At first Smokey and Gustav couldn't find me. But finally they did!



So it was Gustav's turn.


We tried hard to find him...


HA! There he is!


Posted Mar 22, 2011, 2:58 pm

we've been outside again!
And here's the prove for spring ;):






Then we had some postcards to send again.



News from the buildings that people are tearing down currently.










Posted Mar 29, 2011, 12:02 pm
Hi Mum!

Here I am with some new pictures!

The wheather is great here!


And the plants are starting to flower!



Here you can see wood that's going to be a roof soon.



That's the way it looks like on a truck.


We took another walk around Fürstenau and this time we saw the old prison. But it's not used anymore.
It's the building behind the trees on the right hand side.


And we found a butterfly! It's sitting right next to me.


Only a very few days left here! Then we'll travel to Borkum! :)

Posted Mar 30, 2011, 10:01 am
Hi Mum!
We've been outside in a parc yesterday but without Gustav and Smokey!
I asked Aileen for some action only for me... Gustav and Smokey also had trips on their own (school and Quakenbrück) so I though it would just be fair to have something special as well.










There was also a playground!




Great, isn't it?


Posted Apr 7, 2011, 12:31 pm
Hi Mum!

Sorry that you didn't hear from me earlier again.

We were very busy the last days because as you know we moved to Borkum! And it's so great here!

Gustav, Smokey and me always go out of the house while Aileen is at work. And sometimes we also go into the hotel and try to get some honey and other nice food. But please don't tell Aileen, she think that we're at home during that time!

We also explored the beach and the shops here and sometimes we drive around in the island-train.

Of course we also took pictures!

It was blowing a lot on the ship so we only took a very few pictures here. Aileen said she was afraid that we would blow away!



That's the beach (about 100m away from where we live!)

















And we released Hopps!









Posted May 2, 2011, 9:28 pm
Hi Muuum!
Guess where I've been! HOME!!!
Okay, not really home (that's of course where you are), but I've visited Würth.










It was so great to be there again. But I'm glad to be with you and travel around the world! So don't worry ;).

Back in Fürstenau we tried a lot of games, a new one every day!


I just wanted to poker but nobody wanted to give us money :( . AND by the way I didn't find a poker game... So we played other games and chose chocolate easter-eggs as a reward!







As you know Easter is already over! We enjoyed it a lot. Aileen made special easter-eggs just for us!




And we had wonderful weather!
The trees are very colourful these days.




We climbed on the balcony but then I fell.


Fortunately I landed safely on a bush. :) So I started laughing and wanted to jump again! But they didn't let me do so...

One day Gustav ate honey all day long... He's a real honey-freak! Finally he had stomage ache and so Smokey read stories to us.



After some hours Smokey couldn't read anymore.


Aileen said we needed to go to bed anyway. So we said goodnight like I'll do now: Good night!

Posted May 22, 2011, 3:04 pm
Hi Mum!

We've been to a fair and had a look at a circus recently!
The fair was really colourful and there were a lot of lights. But when we went there it hadn't opened yet so there almost no people. Okay, there are almost no people when it's opened as well because it's so incredible popular...! I know that because Smokey, Gustav and me went there again on our own while Aileen was at work... We weren't allowed to do so so please don't tell her!!!

The circus looked pretty much like me because it was red as well!

Then we asked Aileen for some money to go into one of those carousels! But she said that we are not tall enough and so it was too dangerous :(. So she gave us another carousel where we could play with all day!

Aileens father planted some strawberry-plants some time ago. Today the first strawberries where red so we could harvest them!

Willy W.

(P.S.: I need to attach the pictures at the end of this entry today because imageshack is not loading. :( )

Posted May 26, 2011, 12:12 am
Hi Mum,
today is my last day here and tomorrow I'll start my jouney back home! So we had a farewell-party today. But let's start in the beginning!

Yesterday Aileen took me to the Alfsee, a big lake! It was great there, unfotunately you can't see the whole lake on the pictures as there are trees in front... But believe me it's big!
In the evening Gustav and me came by the idea that we could make a farewell-party for Smokey, Ellie Muh and me. We're all leaving tomorrow. Ellie Muh and I travel back to Remscheid together and Smokey is going back to her home as well.

In Aileen's opinion we ate too much crisps and so she said that we could better bake some vegetable-crisps. So we did! Unfortunately we forgot to take a picture of the finished crisps...

Willy W.

Posted May 26, 2011, 9:05 pm
Hi Mum,

I'm leaving today! Smokey is also on his way home now.
It was hard to say goodbye to Gustav, we're good friends now. But Aileen said that I could visit him again whenever I want!
He also took care that the post can't shake me too much in the package and had some air cushions for me.
This time I'm not travelling alone, Ellie Muh comes with me!
So please open the door tomorrow when the postman comes, mum!
Bye Bye Aileen and hello world!!


Posted Jun 1, 2011, 9:02 am
I came home today with my friend Ellie Muh after having a fantastic time with Aileen.


We brought sweets with us, we enjoyed them with coffee :)


I am looking foreward to some lazy days at home, but I hope I will continue my travelling one day

Willy W.

Posted Jun 1, 2011, 9:14 am
I've got an invitation to visit fam-united. I will go on a holiday trip to Denmark with her and her family. That really sounds great!

In the morning I packed my things. I'll take some sweets with me, my bag for collecting some shells and sunscreen.


My mum told me that they have fantastic ice cream in Denmark!

Willy W.

Posted Jun 3, 2011, 10:30 am
Hi Mum,

I already arrived at Bruchsal. The weather is fine, but Petra seems to be so busy with ironing, that I'm not sure, if I will go on a walk today. Keep your fingers crossed, that we toyvoyagers won't sit at home for the weekend and look at our hosts how they are working.

Emmh, Petra just told me, that she would like me to help cleaning the car and take a look, if everything is fine with it, so we can go on our holiday trip to Denmark without fear.

Bye, Willy W.

Posted Jun 30, 2011, 8:34 pm
Hi Mum,

something exciting happened yesterday. We sat there and waited for our host to come home from school. When she arrived, she took us and --- everything got dark. Then we felt, that she carried us outside the house into the car. For a long time it was only dark. In the early early morning - it might have been short after midnight - we were carried away again. Still we didn't know, what had happened.
We were so tired from all this waggling in the car, that we fell asleep - we even didn't know, where we were.
But this morning we awoke in this bed - fresh and fit for the day. Our host told us, that we were on the way to Denmark and that we slept at a motel in Hannover. The bed was a bit hard, but nevertheless much better than a night on a resting place along the autobahn.

Here you see us all still sleeping and then playing after we woke up. We already had a lot of fun.



Our room was right above the entrance - a place, where everyone had been able to look on the bed from the outside:( and a place, where you could smell the smoke of all cigaretts the other guests smoked in front of the entrance:(


Bye, WillyW.

Posted Jun 30, 2011, 9:49 pm
On our drive we passed the Kiel-Canal.


After hours on German autobahn we finally reached the Danish autobahn.


Posted Jul 2, 2011, 9:12 am
After about 10 hours and 30 minutes driving without rests - you know, we had some rests of course - everyone is happy to be here in: Nørre Vorupør. We were so hungry, that the first wish was to have dinner. The second wish was to see the North Sea, of course.



After we finished dinner our hosts had some time to eat. In the meantime we enjoyed the light of the candles on the table.



The most important part of today was to go to the beach, of course. We went to the landing site with small fishing dinghies and larger coastal boats. The last occupationally operated coastal boat stopped by 2010, but boats being operated for fishing tourists remain.


The waves were rather flat today.



In the far you see the pier of Nørre Vorupør. It was built in 1908 to protect the landing site. The end of the pier is the most remote point from Copenhagen within Denmark, if you don't count the Faroe Islands and Greenland.


Posted Jul 2, 2011, 6:17 pm
Good morning Mum,

today is a special day, because we celebrate our host's son Martin's 18th birthday.
At first we took a look out of the window of our living / dining room.


Then we sat down on one of our two patios for a group photo.


In the meantime our hosts bought some Danish bread rolls for breakfast. When they were at home, we sat down at the table.




Petra baked two cakes and in the afternoon we met our hosts' friends for the first time to have caffee and cakes on their patio.


Posted Jul 2, 2011, 8:23 pm
Today we had rainy weather, so we only went outside to sit in the car and drive to go shopping at Aldi in Hanstholm.


We bought some pepper sauce there for dinner. Ralf cooked some red cabbage, meatballs and (not selfmade) spaetzle.


Posted Jul 3, 2011, 5:40 pm
Hi Mum,

we just get ready for another trip. Some of us wait in the car already, but I wanted to show you the view from the front door of our small house.


Posted Jul 3, 2011, 7:03 pm
Hi Mum,

after a rainy day inside, it seems to be fine today. We sat in the car for about one hour to drive to Thyborøn. There is a nice house decorated with millions of shells and snail shells. It is called sneglehuset in Danish - I love this word.



At next we drove to the coast centre exploratorium called Kystcentret. We had a lot of fun there and learnt many new things about the element water.

I also saw many furniture and other ship related things, which they found after a ship sunk many many years ago.

Here some more information: Since 1868 the Alexander Nevsky has been lying at the bottom of the sea. A couple of Russian diving vessels arrived and removed the cannons, a contractor bought the sea bed side and salvaged metals - first a lot of dynamite and the copper bolts, copper pipes and gunpowder boxes appeared in the wreck. This continued far into the 20th century. The metal was valuable.
The majority of the 724 men on board were brought safely to landin the frigate's own longboat, which could hold 25 - 30 men at a time.
It's what you can read on the signs next to the ring.


Here I show you a view to the activity part - of course you can't see it good enough to imagine, how it looked like.


Then we drove to the aquarium of Thyborøn. I tried to tough a Starfish, crab or stroke a Plaice or shark, but I had no luck. So here you just can see me in front of one of the many bassins. At least I stayed safe.


For a part of our way home we took the ferry from Thyborøn.



Posted Jul 4, 2011, 4:00 pm
On our way home we stopped at Vestervig Abbey, also known as Vestervig Church, which was established in about 1059 making it one of Denmark's most ancient religious houses. The abbey is located at Vestervig, Thisted, in extreme northern Jutland.


Posted Jul 5, 2011, 6:47 pm
After dinner at our house in Nørre Vorupør we drove to Klitmøller to see another sort of sunset there. Our hosts had been at this place three years ago and they really liked it. It was a bit windy today and the waves were a bit higher.




Posted Jul 5, 2011, 6:53 pm

Hi Mum,

today we drove to Jesperhus Blomsterpark - a flower theme park, which is three km south of Nykøbing Mors. It is Scandinavias largest themepark of this kind. They opened this park in 1966. It is divided in three parts: the flower park, a jungle park and an amusement park, which is rather small, but with some really good attractions for kids - and adults - and us toyvoyagers, of course.

In the jungle park I came really close to these turtles.


I also came close to this parrot. I think, we fit together well:)


Wow - a large crocodile. You see, that I kept a safe distance to it.


I prefer such lovely orchids instead.


Everywhere in Denmark - at least at the places I've seen - you can see the Dannebrog - the Danish flag. I love to see it in front of the blue sky and white clouds.



Here we are in the Japanese Garden - a good place for some group photos.






Then we walked down to Hans Christian Andersen's house - ok, it's a bit small, so I guess it wasn't really his house, but they say, it looked like this. And I'm sure, that he never had so many flowers on the wall and roof of his house.
He lived from April 2, 1805 to August 4, 1875 and was a Danish author, fairy tale writer and poet noted for his children's stories. Maybe you know one of these: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen", "The Little Mermaid", "Thumbelina", "The Little Match Girl", and "The Ugly Duckling". My host told me, that we will find some places in this park, that show some of his fairy tales. So I will take a look.


Even here I saw the Dannebrog.


Here is a flower bed for \"The Princess and the Pea\"


Posted Jul 5, 2011, 8:06 pm
In the late evening we went to the beach again. There nearly was no cloud at the sky, so we hoped to see a nice sunset. Enough words - I need to dream.






Posted Jul 6, 2011, 2:03 pm
Today we had a lazy day at home. The weather wasn't that brilliant, so we read, played games and just hang around.
For dinner we had some scambled eggs with sweet corn and onions.


Posted Jul 6, 2011, 2:31 pm
It wasn't really a big surprise, that our hosts told us in the morning, that we would stay at home again. Petra's knee hurts too much. She limps from her bed to a chair and on the terrace and has her leg rest on another chair. We didn't want to only hang around, so we searched to house for some activity. We found a nice jigsaw puzzle from James Hamilton with 1000 pieces, which Petra had taken with her on the trip. Here you can see, that we did it rather well, but I can tell you, that we needed hours for it.



While we worked at the puzzle, Petra went outside to play football (English or German) with her family. She came back limping and sat down on the balcony.

Later I read a bit more in the "Eclipse" book - it's English, so I understood everything. Petra helped to hold the book open.



Posted Jul 6, 2011, 6:28 pm
Hi Mum,

finally a day to go on a trip again. This time we drove to Silkeborg to Labyrinthia. Petra comes with us: on crutches. It's funny to see her with her backpack - and us- and her photo and then the crutches. She puts them everywhere to take photos. I'm not sure, if that's the best for her knee, though. Oh yes, in the car she sits in the third row with a little stool in front of her for her leg - really comfortable.

At first we climbed out of the backpack and started to run through this wooden labyrinth. We had a lot of fun and Petra had to hurry to take the photos with each of us. Everyone wanted to be the first with all six stamps on the paper for this labyrinth.



She asked me to have a short rest for this photos, so you can see more of the different labyrinths of this park.


Behind our first labyrinth you can see the water labyrinth, where wanted to go at next.




Which way should I choose?


After several wrong ways we reached the middle of the maze. Did I tell you, that the flowers smelled so fine?




After all that walking Petra could hardly walk any longer. So her daughter took us to go to the next maze: The Trojaborg Labyrinth



We wanted to walk the way too, but we chose the stones:)




Posted Jul 7, 2011, 3:07 pm
Back at Nørre Vorupør again we decided to go to Klochs spisested, a restaurant. My hosts' family was invited by friends to have dinner with them there and we were allowed to join them, too.

I had 26 Fiskefilet............................................................75,-
2 stk. med pommes frites, remoulade og citron
2 Fischfilets mit Pommes Frites, Remoulade und Zitrone

It was yummy


Posted Jul 10, 2011, 4:48 pm
Hi Mum,

today we drove to Fjerritslev and visited the best preserved brewery of North Europe. During the years 1897 to 1968 they made thousands of litres of malt beer. It seems, that there will come one of the men to start brewing again the next moment.


I sat down on a scale.


Look at all these beer bottles.




Then we sat down ON the table - not to Petra's joy:(





Then we went into the private rooms.



I found an old dollhouse and of course we had to play there:)


Posted Jul 10, 2011, 6:52 pm
On our way home we decided to stop at the Hanstholm fortress spontanously. It belongs to the saddest part of Danish and of course German history and you shouldn't miss to inform you there about the cause, why you find bunkers everywhere along the coast. The Germans used this part of the North Sea during World War II. The bunker museum covers about 3000 sq m.It is one of the largest bunkers, which the Germans built in Denmark.

It's a really very depressing place. We stayed outside, because dogs weren't allowed to go inside, so I'm sorry, that there are no photos of the inner part of the museum.





Posted Jul 11, 2011, 7:39 pm
And we had a last stop at Klitmøller to take a look at the kite surfers and surfers. Okay, you're right. It seems like a bird in the sky, but it was a kite surfer.


Posted Jul 16, 2011, 4:26 pm
Today we drove to Grenen, the northmost tip of Jutland, north of the town of Skagen, thereby the northmost point of Denmark. Grenen was given its name for its shape like a tree-branch (Danish: gren). It's the meeting point of the Skagerrak (North Sea) and Kattegat (East Sea).

For me it just is one of the most beautiful points on earth.

Before we walked to the promontory (I'm not sure, if it fits well to the place I mean), I had a cup of cappuccino.


I'm not sure, if you can see the top point on the right side of the horizon. That's the point to which I walked then.


Petra walked with her crutches, but still enjoyed taking a photo with me at the beach.


Finally we were here. It was just fascinating  to see the Kattegat and Skagerrak flow together - for everyone except myself, because I  hid myself in the backpack -. So here is a photo of my friend Mandy Sheep, who told me, that I really missed something and I didn't want, that you can't see this place, too.


Then we walked all the way back again and took another two photos at the same place, where we took the first one. Here you see ships waiting in the Kattegat to be allowed to enter the waterway and of course you see the lighthouse of Grenen.



Posted Jul 16, 2011, 5:29 pm
After visiting the most spectacular part of the land of light - that's how they call the northmost tip of Jutland too, we decided to stop at the lighthouse located at Rubjerg Knude. Petra and her family were there in 2008. You need to see an old photo, so you can understand, what happens here.

(photo by one of my host's sons)

On the first photo you can see the dune wandering and the sand flying, too. It hurt in my face and I nearly flew away.:(




Although this wikipedia theme is written in German, the photos are interesting for you and me, so you should take a look here.
Rubjerg Knude is a wandering sand dune, the highest point of the steep coast of Lønstrup with a length of about 1900 metresand width of about 400 metres. We stood nearly at the same place like in 2008 and you see, that the shape of the sand dune changed a lot. The entrance of the lighthouse was nearly full of sand. Some people crawled into it, because they could have a rest from the strong wind outside, but it was somehow creepy. It had been so windy there, that Petra and I had to hide behind her son's back to take this photo. Even if you can't see the sand flying - we had sand everywhere, even in my ears and in my eyes - and in Petra's camera, too.


Posted Aug 1, 2011, 10:20 am
Today we decided to a place, where my hosts had been three years ago already. This time they wanted to explore other parts of this little island called Fur (alternative older spelling Fuur). It is a small Danish island in the Limfjord at the northern tip of the Salling peninsula. Fur has under 900 inhabitants. The island covers an area of 22 km².

The crossing of the Fursund with the ferry takes only 3/4 minutes.


Then we drove on by car. The weather wasn't that great, but we found a nice place near the beach and we decided to walk a little.


I hope, you can see the little path, which we followed down to the beach. The erosion gorges, Langstedhuller, were formed after the Ice Age. The area is one of the most beautiful nature areas on Fur. In early spring, the slopes are covered by cowslips and nodding pasqueflowers. 




This flower is really lovely. I would have liked to pick it for you, but Petra said, that it wouldn't make it well until it reaches you. You I just want to send this photo.:)


The whole beach was covered with shells. Do you see me?


Then we drove to Stendal Høje, which is the hightest point of the island (75 m above sea level). From here you have a view of most of the island and the northern part of Salling and Livø, the coast Himmerlandskysten and Mors. Stendal Høje are also called “Bette Jenses Hyw” stemming from a mound situated further to the north. The island’s largest active moler pit is located towards the north beneath “Stendal Høje”.








At last we visited the church. For us it seems like a part of Greece in Denmark. Here comes some information about the church: The church Fuur Kirke is called Sankt Mortens Kirke, and it was erected in 1126 by three nobles Gutchi, Atti, and Agli together with the vicar Bo. It is extemely rare that written sources are so precise about the origin. The present appearance of the church is of a later date. On the western side of the tower you will find a carved face at 13 metres’ height in memory of a builder who fell down.

In Denmark there are flags on the graveyards and also on many houses. They run it through daytime and hoist the flag to half-mast, if there is a funeral.




Posted Aug 1, 2011, 1:51 pm

On our way back we stopped at Sjørring Volde. I think, the best idea is to upload a photo of a part of a big sign next to the place. It would be too much to write:)



When we looked up to the sky, we saw a strange sun. There was a large circle around the sun. It is called Halo 22°. My hosts already had seen another Halo 22° back in 2008, when they were at Grenen at the meeting point of North and East Sea. They and of course I were happy to see the optical phenomenon (again). It was a bit difficult to take a nice pic with me. When we arrived at Nørre Vorupør, we still saw this Halo 22° above our house.


Posted Aug 1, 2011, 2:08 pm
Back at our house we only wanted one thing: Jump into the water! Petra, can you please leave the camera in the living room? We don't want to be photographed now.


Emmh, Petra. Please don't take photos here! We want to relax a bit now.


Seems, she doesn't hear us. Maybe we should look at her and not at the water, but it is just too exciting to be allowed to jump into the water today. We can't turn around to face her. So, Petra, even if we don't look at you and seem to talk to the water - we mean you, who should put down the camera now.


Okay, okay! One last photo, but then this is it!


Ahh, was that fun! Sorry, Mum, that we all didn't want photos of us in the water. But afterwards Petra was really thankful, because we splashed around a lot and maybe her camera would be broken now. Because she stayed calm, we allowed her to take two photos of us relaxing in the sun, after we all had been under the shower.



Posted Aug 3, 2011, 10:04 am
After a one and a half hour drive we arrived at Randers. There is a rainforest - I only believed it after I've seen it. There are three big big domes with three different rainforest themes: Asia, Africa and South America. Click on the link, if you want to know more about it. You will find more information, if you go to THE EXPERIENCE. I can tell you, it was hard for the camera - so sticky hot and humid. Not only the camera had problems, but I too. It was so hard to breath and you know, I have a fur, so it was even more hot to me than to the others maybe except the other toyvoyagers, of course.









Of course rainforest means a lot of forest:)



But we also saw many beautiful fishes.




I also met a really big crocodile. I had been safe - there was glass between me and the crocodile.


Here we are in the South American part.



From here we drove to Graceland. Yes, you've read it right. But I mean Graceland Randers, which of course isn't the real Graceland, where Elvis lived. Nevertheless I enjoyed to be here. Petra told me, that it maybe is the only chance for many people in Europe to see something similiar like the real Graceland. So I tried my best to understand it and I really liked the exhibition there.



This is an original phone, which was down in the jungle room.





There's also a cinema, where the show Elvis movies. This one maybe was "Elvis by the Presley's".


After the movie we've left the building.


Posted Aug 3, 2011, 11:28 am
At 6 pm we were back at our house in Nørre Vorupør. We were really tired.


Posted Aug 3, 2011, 4:34 pm
This is our last day at Nørre Vorupør. We visited the local museum with exhibitions about the town and fishing tradition.






We sat down in a ship and hoped, that someone would come and take us fishing, but Petra told us, that we'd chosen the wrong ship.




We had some fun, when we took the group photo in the steering wheel.



This is the last photo of Nørre Vorupør: the really nice church.


Posted Aug 3, 2011, 4:54 pm

We are back in the car again - for another more than 7 hours trip back to the motel in Hannover. Of course it is raining again.



Posted Aug 4, 2011, 1:11 pm
Once more we stayed at the Motel one in Hannover. Petra said, that she had a really really bad night. The bed was much too hard for her to sleep. Thank God, we toyvoyagers had a nice place to rest.

Now we are in the car again and guess what? It is raining.


Here we are on our way to Bad Pyrmont. I guess it was Bingen, where we took this photo.



I can't remember, where this photo was taken.


Posted Aug 4, 2011, 2:15 pm
After we had breakfast in a nice coffee shop, we went on a little walk. We saw some really beautiful old houses.


Fountain Place with Hylligen Born


Here we passed Frankfurt a.M. and we tried to catch a photo with us and the skyline - it was too far away and really small. So it is hard to understand, why they call the skyline of Frankfurt a.M. "Mainhatten".



Posted Aug 4, 2011, 4:36 pm
At home again, we found two big packages on the kitchen table. Cassiopeia and some long missed toyvoyagers had arrived during our stay in Denmark. We have to talk now - tell stories of our travels.




Posted Aug 6, 2011, 4:55 pm
Petra's camera had been at the shop to get rid of the amount of sand in it. So we had no chance to take photos in the meantime.

Today it was warm and now there are heavy clouds at the sky. We wait for more rain.




Posted Aug 6, 2011, 5:09 pm
This early evening we were in Ötigheim to watch "Peter Pan". I really enjoyed it. See a few photos of it here:




Posted Aug 6, 2011, 6:05 pm
Summer break started, so Petra and two of her kids are off from school for 6 and a half weeks. To celebrate the day we went on a short walk to a restaurant, which is located at the edge of Bruchsal area. A part of the way led us on the way of the seven sorrows of Jesus' mother Maria.

This is the first station: Simeon's prophecy.


Before we reached the fifth station we passed this cross.


The chapel called "Feldkirchle" is the fifth station.


We also passed this vineyard.


Posted Aug 19, 2011, 7:56 pm
Today we took a photo of nearly all tvs, which stay here right now. There are several tvs of our host: Aaron, Robinson, Schnuffi, Scotty, Cassiopeia and Simba Leon. Then there are the regular guests: me, Bubo, Henry, Sanji, Tuffy, NiliHH, Jack, Chuckle, BarryO. All the others are tvs, which stayed with hosts, who had some problems and no chance to send them on to their owners or the next host. It is the biggest amount of toyvoyagers I ever had around me:)

Posted Aug 21, 2011, 11:40 am
Today the weather is nice - finally. So we had a chance to go out and take a look at the sightseeing places of Bruchsal. Bruchsal was first named in 976, but there are places even older than that. Bruchsal is famous for its beautiful baroque palace, for asparagus and for traffic jams on the autobahn.

Here you see the Damian Gate, which is the entrance to the palace area. You can see art exhibitions there every now and then.


We crossed the street and walked to the fountain in front of the county court. Such a pity, that my host forgot to take a photo of the county court, but you can see it on another photo.


Here you can read a about the fountain:


We crossed the street again and walked into the palace front garden. At first we took a photo of a sign:



The big part of the building is the main building of the palace. On the left side you see the catholic church St. Damian and Hugo, where my hosts go to Sunday service.


Here you can see from left to right: the building with the chamber music hall, the tower of Damian Gate, the little piece of the tower of the jailhouse, then the tree. At next there are two more buildings, which belong to the palace area, between both is the street, which we crossed before. Then the higher building on the right side is the county court. And you can see the little gate, through which we walked into the front garden.


We walked into the church to take a look at old photos. You can see, that the palace was destroyed during World War II. They rebuilt the area, but the church inside is modern nowadays.


In the second last photo you can see a little gate, which leads from the front part to the back part of the palace. We walked through it and took a photo of the backside of the church and the church tower.


There are some fountains on the backside of the palace. Each year there are open air concerts and it's a place for nice wedding photos. Around Christmas there is a second Christmas market at that place, too.


Four guards with halberts are at the line between the fountain part and the palace garden.


We walked to the little pond, where usually you can find many ducks.


At two crossings of the main way you can find a statue at each corner. This crossing shows the four elements water, fire, earth, air. Here you see the fire statue. You maybe remember, that I've shown you the water statue a while ago.


This crossing shows the four seasons winter, spring, summer, autumn. This statue is summer.


There are several ways lined with chestnut trees.


We left the palace area and drove to the backside of the hospital. There is a parking place and we stopped to take two photos: one shows the old hospital building with its nice little tower and the other shows the jailhouse.



Then we drove to the Belvedere, which was built as a hunting lodge for Prince Bishop Franz Christoph von Hutten.


Next to the Belvedere and Stadtgarten there is a place, where you have a great view over Bruchsal.


You can see the two towers of the baroque church St. Peter, which is close to my host's house. In the street right in front of me you can see some of the oldest houses of Bruchsal. 80 % of Bruchsal was destroyed during the war, so mostly you only see houses built from 1945 to today.


The buildings in front of me and the white one on the left side belong to the older people's house. Then there is the private catholic grammer school called St. Paulusheim - the big grey building in the far left side.


This nice house also is next to the Belvedere. Nowadays it belongs to a hotel.


Posted Aug 29, 2011, 2:18 am
Hello mom!  Sorry I haven't written before, but it's been a busy week!  Last weekend Mel helped her dad out cooking BBQ for hundreds of people in East Lansing.  We weren't able to help much, but we got to look around a bit before things got too busy.


This is the smoker, it is full to even inch with food!  We cooked baked potatoes, pulled pork, baked beans, chicken, and ribs!


I thought I might get my beer, but they ended up marinating the chicken in it, not drinking it!  Such a waste, I think, though the chicken was delicious!

See the name of the cooking team??  I fit right in!  Mel's dad is called Willy sometimes, too!  He liked me right away.  He's also a mechanic. ^_^    He said I could work on his cooking team, but then a BAD thunderstorm came in and Mel had to put us back in the truck for our safety, so I didn't get to help as much as I wanted too. :(


This is one of Dad's trophies he got for cooking in Texas! It's a TV sized outhouse!  We all laughed.  I decided to play a joke.  Do you see the little bit or red hiding behind the door?

Peek a boo!


I was just hiding, not using it, I promise.  ;)

Posted Aug 30, 2011, 6:39 pm
Hello!  This weekend Mel used her one day off to take us to a Civil War muster in Jackson, Michigan!  The American Civil War started 150 years ago. 

We wandered through some shops which had historical costume supplies and other interesting things.  The girls were looking at hoop skirts and hats, but us boys thought that the uniforms and weapons were more interesting!


The big event of the day was a reenactment of the Battle of Bethel Church which happened in Virginia in June of 1861. 

The Union troops lined up right in front of us! 


Then they marched over the hill to attack the southern troops.  There were canons also, that were really loud.


We missed a lot of the battle because it happened over that hill, but all of the good seats were taken.  :(

The Union troops were attacking a fortified Rebel position with half as many men.


Despite having the advantage of numbers, the Union ended up having to retreat, mostly because of confusion between units, it seems.  At one point in the real battle, some of the Union troops were shooting at each other!


Here the Union is trying to regroup for one last charge, but it didn't succeed and they retreated all the way back to the city. The Rebels only lost one soldier in the fight.


On the way out, Mel walked over to another part of the park to see if the big fountain was running, for BineHH, but it wasn't.  :(  But we did find a 9-11 memorial with an actual part of one of the World Trade Center buildings.  We decided it would be a good place for group shot!



Posted Sep 13, 2011, 2:25 am
Since BineHH had to leave the next day, Mel took us all downtown to see the World's Largest Musical Fountain!  It was across the river from where we sat and was still as tall at the whole hillside!  They played fun music and the water 'danced' to it, and the colors changed to fit the music and the dance, too!  I've never seen anything quite like it.  :D

Mel says she's heard the tale that the pipes that make the  'peacock' in the middle, which is one of the most popular formations, was invented by her great grandfather!  He must have been a handy guy!




Posted Oct 6, 2011, 1:59 pm
Hello Mum!  Mel has tried three times to update this and each time she ends up with computer problems, so she hoped that maybe the third try is the charm!  ;)

Mel and mom needed to go to the Home Depot store for some small things, so they took me along so I could look around!


Here is the painting supply aisle where we got most of our items.  We are going to paint the living room a lovely gold soon!


I got distracted by this full aisle of shining lights!


Oooooh, look at all of this lumber!  I could make so many things from it all!


I would borrow this forklift to get it all home!  If I could just reach the steering wheel...


There is maybe every size and shape nail, screw and bolt here that you could imagine!


Just for fun I played in this shopping cart. Yes, it's a cart, shaped like a racecar.  Home Depot is a well know race sponsor.  Vroom!


Vacation pics next!  :D

Posted Dec 13, 2011, 2:24 am
Hello Mum!  Mel apologizes for taking so long to get vacation photos up, but she is determined to catch up, so that we can start posting holiday photos! 

We left from Mel's home in Grand Haven early in the morning.  By lunchtime we were at the border!  We stopped for lunch in Port Huron, and then went looking for a certain park that Mel had heard about.  The waterfront there, on the St Clair River, was very nice!  That's Canada on the other side of the river!


Mel found the park she was looking for farther upstream.  It was mostly a stop for Einstein but the rest of us enjoyed it too!  Look Mum, I am posing with Thomas Edison, the great inventor!  He spent some of his childhood here in Port Huron. 


Then we crossed over the border into Canada.  Vanilla had done it before and told us not to worry.  Then we rode along the whole way through that part of Ontario to Niagara Falls, in a heavy rain!  Mel had to drive the whole way and was tired by the time we got back over the border.  Then her Mom took over and got us to Rochester, New York, for our first night's hotel.

The hotel was okay, and we got up early the next morning for more exploring!  We went for breakfast, then since we were already closest to downtown, we went to see the Great Falls.  They are right in the heart of town, since the city used the waterfall to power mills and factories as it was being built.


Then we went to see a huge mansion and gardens, that used to belong to george Eastman.  He is the man who invented kodak film, and it made him very rich! 
This is his coservatory.  It had a lot of plants and trophy animals he had shot on safari.


This is the library.  He was a world traveller, and I am too!


We had two more stops that day - it was a very full day of sight-seeing!  One that Mel took us to see was the Erie Canal!  have you heard of it, Mom?  This is one of the locks, that raise and lower ships along the way. 


We stayed that night in Geneva, New York, but got there just before bed time.  Many more adventures were planned for the next day!  I'll post those later, promise! 

Posted Dec 13, 2011, 2:30 am
Today was Mel's day to take photos, so we started at a state park known for it's waterfalls! 

This is the first one we saw, before we walked all of the way up the stream inside the gorge!  It is called Entrance Falls.


This is another falls inside the gorge.  The whole length of the creek looked a lot like this!  Very pretty!  Mel took so mnay photos of the water!


This is a falls outside the park.  It is right on the edge of a town, and you can see the falls down the main street.  There was a nice park there to pose in.


For the evening, we went to the Corning Museum of Glass.  It was very interesting!  Here a man is making hand blown glass ornaments, that they then gave away to the viewers.  Mel got a hummingbird, and meema got a mouse!


We also explored displays of artowrk made from glass, from all through human history!  Some was amazing, and very beautiful!  These were windows made for Frank Llyod Wright, a famous designer.


We got back very late that night, since we saw so much!  Mel took a ton of photos and we learned a lot, too!

Posted Dec 13, 2011, 2:34 am
Today was Mel's birthday!  In the morning, we drove to Seneca Falls, New York.  It is famous mostly for being the "Birthplace of Women's Right,s"  the town where the women who started America's suffrage movement met and planned.  We visited both the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the Women's Rights National Park. 

In the National Park, we all posed for this fun photo!  I decided to be a construction worker!  Everyone got jobs that they would like to do. 


In the city's tourist information building, Alex_Lion and I played firemen for real!  The city was the home of the factory that inventing the pumps for these old fire engines!  Could you imagine having to fight big fires while pumping by hand?  Even if you were bigger than us?


After Seneca Falls, we drove to meet real Seneca people!  We went to a living history event at Ganondagan Historical Site as they had an education day for people to learn about the city that their ancestors built, and the culture of the tribe.

This is a longhouse like the people would have lived in long ago.  It was full of people now, and also smokey.  We didn't stay inside long.


We settled down on the lawn to watch a reenactment of when the French Voyager Lasalle came to ask the Seneca for help in exploring the Great Lakes. 


We stayed in a really nice hotel foom that night!  It had a pool and super comfy beds, Mel enjoyed her birthday, I think. 

Posted Dec 13, 2011, 2:38 am
Today was Mel's Mom's birthday!  She wanted to start heading back towards Michigan, but not quite yet.  So we went west to another State Park, this one calls Letchworth.  It was a lovely valley with huge waterfalls!  The weather this day was the best of the whole trip. 


After that, we kept going west until we got to Pennsylvania.  We were only there for a couple of hours, there is just one tiny bit of that state that sticks up to touch Lake Erie.

Then just as quickly we were in Ohio!  Three states in one day?  We stopped for a quick break to see Lake Erie.  The lake was interesting, but I had more fun reading about the construction project that built the park!


Then another hotel for the night, because the next day it would be back to Michigan!  But we had the whole day to get there, so we made a sight seeing stop in Marblehead, Ohio.  It is near Cedar Point, a famous amusemnt park, but the park was not open.  We could see it from accross Sandusky Bay though.  The day was rainy and windy, so we did not stay long.

This is the lighthouse at Marblehead, one of the oldest on the Great Lakes.


It was nice to get back to the house and rest!  But it was also a very fun vacation.

Posted Dec 13, 2011, 2:42 am
October and November were a blur!  Mel was busy making up for her vacation, and they started to work on fixing up the house, too.  So I am going to pile all of the fun that we had into one or two posts, okay mum? 

Halloween!  We used it mostly as an excuse to dress up!  Alex the doll wanted to be a Jedi and he talked Raven and Amelie into playing along.  But then of course we all wanted to dress up, too!  I got the coolest costume, I made this one myself!  Do you know which Star Wars character I dressed as?  I can only imagine if I had had the right tools, it woudl have been even better!


Then Sunny_HH came!  We have a new friend!


At the end of November, the USA celebrated Thanksgiving.  Mel had to work on the day of, so we did our big dinner the day before.  We helped decorate!  Tyler and Madison helped us, they colored the pumpkins.


Look at all of the food!  I want some of the mashed potatoes and gravy! 


And now we are decorating for the Decemeber holidays!  So we are still busy, but at least Mel finally got my travelogs caught up so I can post new photos for Christmas and Yule!  No snow yet, but we keep hoping.....

Posted Dec 17, 2011, 7:58 pm
We are getting ready for the holidays!  We helped Mel decorate the tree.    I found an ornament that is a red bear!  Mel has had this ornament since she was a tiny baby!


The tree looked so pretty when it was done!  We did a good job!

Then we helped Mel and Madison send greeting cards!  We helped Madison tell which stayed in the USA and which needed special international stamps.


Sunny, Sveni and I found a card going to Germany!  That made us miss home, but we are happy to be safe and warm here with Mel for December.  :)


Posted Dec 28, 2011, 2:18 am

MERRY CHRISTMAS MUM!  We celebrated here a day late, because Mel had to work at the hospital, but it was worth the wait!  Tyler and Madison had stockings waiting for them when their mother brought them over for breakfast and gifts....


And then all of the presents were under tree!  We helped wrap some of them!


But before we could open gifts, we had pancakes!  Special Swedish pancakes, which is a family tradition!  They don't look like much but were SO yummy! 


Mel got a new camera case and a flash drive shaped like a turtle and some cooking gear, she liked all of her presents very much!  But even more fun, the kids liked what Mel got them - Tyler got snowboarding gear and Madison got books and pretty clothes.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday, mum!  New Year's is soon, and Mel tells us we will go to a party, but only until 11pm, because then she has to work!  maybe meema will keep us at eth party with her until midnight so we can celebrate! 

Have a wonderful 2012, mum! :D

Posted Feb 8, 2012, 4:15 pm
Mel has been sick for too long, but she is finally feeling better, even though now she has to get dental work done again.  Almost over! 

The weather here has been very not-wintery!  I was showing my new friend Tatanka that there are spring bulbs growing already!  I hope that there isn't to much snow later, so that they can bloom.


You will remember Tatanka, he just came from home!  He brought me a nice postcard!  Well, not all for me, but it mentioned me, and invited me home!  I am so excited!  I am going to leave very soon to come back to you, mum!  :D


After Tatanka got settled, we helped Mel with postcards for postcrossing while watching Ghost Hunters.  It was a nice relaxing afternoon.

Then Mel gt invited out to dinner with her mom, and she invited Tatanka, Batty and me to go along!  On the way we stopped downtown to see the winners of the Winterfest Photo Contest.  They were on display in the winter of the local museum, but the museum wasn't open.


The downtown of Grand Haven is small and not many people were there - it was too cold and windy to be that near the water!  At the end of the street here is where the Musical Fountain is.


This is on a deck overlooking the river in Grand Haven.  Way in the distance is the pier and Lake Michigan.  I was so glad for my warm sweater!  I am sure it is much nicer in summer.


And now I am off to the post office with Mel!  Amelie and Justin are going too, they are going back to their artist for repairs.  Also all of our postcards have to go out I am in charge of them.  I will see you soon!  :D

Posted Feb 18, 2012, 5:22 pm
I came home today, bringing a lovely postcard with me.

Fimbo_Fimble, one of my Mum's Toyvoyagers, came also home today, what a happy coincidence. He brought a real voodoo doll with him :)


Thanks a lot to kessalia for hosting me in Minnesota, showing me interesting events and taking me to a DIY-store.

I think I will stay at home for a while now, but some day I will continue travelling. It is so much fun!

Willy W.

Posted Feb 22, 2013, 8:37 am
Mummy told me that I was invited by cocoaby to visit her in Japan. That sounds so exciting!

Of course I packed my things immediately. Thankfully Mummy bought her favourite chocolate today, so I pinched some of those tiny bars to enjoy them with my next host :D


Japan - I'm coming!!!

Willy W.

Posted Mar 1, 2013, 9:27 am
White owl of home delivery of Yoko brought a lot of letters.
Hojicha(twin brother of TV Matcha) say "cheers for great work" and  received.
It was a small packet  and Postcrossing's card.
Hojicha and White owl  tried to open carefully.
"Konnichiwa!"(It means Hello!)
Willy W. came out of the envelope.
Residents were warmly welcome Willy W. from Germany.
Hojicha give Willy W. hot coffee because Today is cold.
Willy W. gave chocolates and many used stamps and postcards.
Yoko was sincerely grateful.
Journey was comfortable and high speed!
Willy W. talked  variety of wonderful travel .
Everyone want to listen more and more.
Willy W. is a TV first came to this house.
Enjoy Japan!

Posted Mar 1, 2013, 9:50 am
I found "The Hina Matsuri ".

The Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival or Girl's Festival) is celebrated on March 3.
The Hina Matsuri is a festival when we display hina dolls and pray for young girls' growth and happiness.
The custom began during the Heian period(about 794-1192 A.D.) and the dolls were dressed in gorgeous ancient court attire.
Usually the dolls are placed on seven steps, hinadan, with the emperor and empress at the top, followed by three ladies of the court and five court musicians lower down.
We also display peach blossoms, rice cake cubes and diamond-shaped rice cakes on the steps.

It is wonderful!

Posted Mar 1, 2013, 10:06 am
Next week Yoko's son have test,he looks very tired to study, so I give a hand to him.
It's easy for me.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 12:13 am
Good morning, Katja!
Hojicha has showed me Japanese postcard of a popular of Postcrossing.
It is GOTOCHI card.
They need three times the normal cost to send international mail this card.
Hojicha said
"You go to Yokohama of this postcard today!"

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 12:24 am
30-minute train ride, I arrived in Yokohama.
Yokohama is Japan's second largest city with a population of over three million. Yokohama is located less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train, and is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture.
There are a lot of people!people!people!
I saw "Yodobashi Camera" Japanese famous electronics store and  department store "Sogo".

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 12:46 am
Change trains, we have moved to Sakuragi-cho.
I have found a vending machine where state-of-the-art.
This vending machine to buy a drink by touching the screen.
Also This machine depending on  customer's age and time and  temperature,  For customer introduce the product.
What are the recommend to Willy W.?

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 12:55 am
There was a movie theater near the Sakuragi-cho station.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 1:10 am
There is a Landmark Tower.
70 floors. Height of 296.33m.
This building is in shopping mall.
Pokemon center, Jump shop (One Piece, Naruto, Gintama...), Studio Ghibli, Restaurant...
Hard Rock cafe YOKOHAMA.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 4:44 am
Then, we went to the Queen's Square Yokohama,[at].
It is also a large shopping mall.
Florist(You can see Japanese cartoon character "Hanagappa" ),Snoopy Town Shop,Disney Store, Vivitix(Sanrio), Starbucks ...
There is also a concert.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 5:10 am
We enjoyed views of the outside.
It was I can see buildings of GOTOCHI postcards.
Large Ferris wheel clock type, Sail training ship "Nippon Maru", Red Brick Warehouse, Inter continental.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 5:21 am
Minato Mirai 21 is a modern urban development that was created.
50million visitors every year.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 5:35 am
Yoko has guided me in the gallery for "Nissan" Japanese car manufacturers at the end of the day.
I want to work  because craftsmen.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 6:01 am
Hi, Katja!
Today, I will inspect the car of Yoko.
Yoko would love the car.
German car seems very popular in Japan.
Because, German car is high quality!

Result of the inspection
I think no need of repair.

Posted Mar 3, 2013, 9:30 am
Toy Cars listen to reputation of  great craftsman Willy W.
Everyone hope  want to repair by Willy W..
I eat Sakuramochi(bean paste rice cake wrapped by cherry leaf), Hishimochi(rhombus-shaped mochi) with Japanese green tea.
Today is Hinamatsuri (Dolls' Festival) !
Katja,I'm enjoying Japan.
I will update again in a few days.
Maybe Wednesday...bye

Posted Mar 6, 2013, 5:38 am
Hi, Katja.
Yoko is off today.
She decided to participate in the traveling notebook RR.
This is her first try.
I also helped a little.
She has little trouble in English.
But she has been writing hard.
She finished writing  travelling notebook.
Raku of squirrel in peanut  gave me a feast.
It is simple tasty noodle!
Willy W.

Posted Mar 6, 2013, 5:57 am
Hello again, Katja.
I went to look for a spring at afternoon.
Dandelion and daffodil and white plum and pink plum blossoms were blooming .
Plums smell was sweet and good!
Yokosuka temperature is +17 degrees.
Willy W.

Posted Mar 6, 2013, 6:11 am
Yoko's son taught me the ukulele .
It's great music.
I want to playing my ukulele  to Katja.
It is my soul music!
Willy W.

Posted Mar 7, 2013, 10:24 am
These are canned beer.
It is the name called "Kuro Label" (Kuro means Black) by Sapporo breweries Ltd. 
Yoko likes beer, but she not drink now.
I will make toast together after Yoko's husband came home.
I'm looking forward to drinking beer.

Posted Mar 8, 2013, 7:12 am
Hi, katja!
I was able to make new friends today.
Yoko has a dog.
He is a three-year-old friendly papillon dog.
Today is south wind blowing strongly, the temperature is +20 degrees.
A lot love
Willy W.

Posted Mar 9, 2013, 8:40 am
Today is warm sunny day too.
Cherry blossoms will blooms in after three weeks.
Some people drink a beer while watching the beautiful cherry blossoms.
Yoko show me canned beers.
This is referred to as low-malt beer to drink like beer.
Cherry blossoms is also printed on the package of canned beer.
This beer's name is Kirin Tanrei by Kirin Brewery company.

Posted Mar 9, 2013, 8:56 am
You can see BMW dealer in  Yokosuka.
It was located on the Route 16.

Posted Mar 10, 2013, 9:20 am
Yoko's son show me his reading books.
This is "Yume wo kanaeru zou" means "Elephant who made me succeed".
It was issued 1,700,000, and very popular in Japan.
The story appeared  "Ganesha" god of India.

Posted Mar 10, 2013, 9:22 am
We were all excited!
Because We might be observable in Japan today "Comet PANSTARRS".
Today is + 24 degree temperature,however a lot of cloud in the sky.
We can not see the stars.
It is regrettable.
But there is still a chance!
Willy W.

Posted Mar 10, 2013, 12:55 pm
We were taught Yoko's son Shogi(Japanese chess) .
He is a member of Shogi club in high school.
Syogi is interesting!

Posted Mar 11, 2013, 9:50 am
Yoko came back home after work.
There was a few hours until sunset.
She said "Let's go the Umikaze(means sea wind) park ".
We went to the Umikaze park.
It is smell of the sea. We heard the sound of the sea.
The park had been planted tulips.
There were not bloomed yet.
You can see small islands are called Sarushima (means monkey Island) .
We enjoyed the walk.
When I came home,  Nana had arrived from Germany.
We sincerely welcome!

My host Yoko  bought newspaper.
This article, "Two years...the Tohoku Earthquake " at newspaper.
Yokosuka is  more than 300km away to Fukushima.
Two years after the earthquake, people are beginning to regain the smile reconstruction.
Japan have facing a variety of problems still.
However,Japan is resolved surely.
Because Japanese childrens smile more than anything.
Over the world Toys and Toy Voyagers make a their smile.
Willy W.

Posted Mar 11, 2013, 10:18 am
Today, Isidore arrived from Germany.
We sincerely welcome.

Posted Mar 13, 2013, 8:16 am
Hi, Katja!
Wednesday is a day off work of My host Yoko.
We went to Shioiri of Yokosuka.
There are called "Dobuita street " in Shioiri.
Also, " Sukajan" of Gotouchi card born in the Dobuita street.
After that, we went to the Verny park.
Verny park is derived from the name of  French engineer.
We went to Memorial Verny,We saw a huge model of the steam hammer, also books of Yokosuka history.
We also went to JR(Japan Railway) Yokosuka station.
I found there is a "Sucurry of Seagull" of the Yokosuka's characters."
We found Yoko's favorite Japan old  type postbox.
This postbox is valuable the end of production in 1970.
It has been used yet.
We saw the Koban(Japanese Police box).
Yoko have to go shopping on the way with us.
She bought a lot of food .
You can see some of them.
We drinking soy milk. Yummy!
a lot of love
Willy W.

Posted Mar 14, 2013, 8:48 am
Hello, Katja!
I saw a program of learning "German" in  Japanese television.
It is very interesting.
Willy W.

Posted Mar 20, 2013, 5:41 am
RAKU gave me fried chicken nuggets.
It is shrimp with Chili Sauce flavor.
We listened to favorite CD of My host Yoko's son.
This is pank rock! It is "THE CRO-MAGNONS".
We are singing and shouting and dancing!!!
When I look up to the sky, I wish you look the sky too.

Posted Mar 20, 2013, 6:04 am
Hi, Katja!
We went to the Sankeien garden in Yokohama  on Saturday afternoon with the son of My host Yoko.
Sankei garden is very popular with foreign tourists.
We looked many turtle, and some flowers were blooming.
Also we gave bait for carp and tufted duck.
Old wooden Japanese house was very interesting.
Bamboo forest is my favorite!
Three-storied pagoda(important cultural property )  was built in 1457.Amazing!
We enjoyed  Japanese garden.
Willy W.

Posted Mar 20, 2013, 9:06 am
Hi, Katja!
Yesterday +22 degrees , today +20 degrees.
Very warm the past few days, the cherry blossoms were blooming.
Everyone pleased cherry blossom  blooming in Japan.
Also cherry blossom  blooming 10 days earlier than usual.
We went to see  Japanese elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and graduate school.
Flowers were blooming in the park a lot.
I also saw shrines and temples.
It was a solemn atmosphere.
Willy W.

Posted Mar 21, 2013, 8:33 am
Today is Vernal Equinox Day ( national holiday in Japan).
It is day for praising nature and showing respect to living things.
Many people eat  "Bota-mochi" (a rice cake coverd with bean jam or soy flour ) in Japan to this day.
We eat Bota-mochi. yammy!

Posted Mar 21, 2013, 8:36 am
Cherry blossoms make many happy all Japan.
My host Yoko back after work We went to see the cherry blossoms in  hurry before the sun goes down.
We feel so happy.
Weekend it will be in full bloom.

My host Yoko showed me the money in Japan.
10,000 yen, 5,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 1,000 yen, 500 yen, 100 yen, 50yen, 10yen,  5yen,  1yen.
Yukichi Fukuzawa to 10,000 yen bill is printed.
Yukichi is a samurai(warrior), thinker.
To 5000 yen bill Ichiyo Higuchi is printed.
Ichiyo is a woman writer.
1000 yen bill is Hideyo Noguchi of the scholars.
5 yen and 50 yen coins have holes.
This is very rare in the world.
I ask Why is coin have holes?
Maybe make be easier to determine other coins.
and saving material?

Posted Mar 24, 2013, 1:27 am
Enjoying the cherry blossoms are a lot of people in Japan.
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom !
It so beautiful.
We went to see the shrines and temples.
The shrine was built 350 years ago.
Fujiwara Michizane riding a cow has been worshiped.
He is called the god of learning.
There was a bill of the tree.
It is 絵馬(called Ema).
Each wish is written to this.
Puppies and great mother dog is a symbol of  安産祈願(Wishing You Love & Happiness)! 
We went to the temple last dragon has been enshrined.
It is so cool!
Once back home, we ate sushi for lunch.
Eating sushi in Japan is the best of all.

Posted Mar 24, 2013, 2:33 am
We went to the central park Yokosuka in the afternoon.
The park was located in a high place.
There is also a Yokosuka City Museum.
Spun yarn,kimono, huge crab, shellfish, and Crystal violet,Naumann elephant model.
We will go back home in hurry because it's seems to rain.

Posted Mar 27, 2013, 9:11 am
It is raining cold today.
We will show you some games in Japan.

"百人一首(Hyakunin Isshu)" is one of the Japanese traditional games.
It is also the name of the game in which they are used.
The game is played mostly on Japanese New Year's holidays.
On each card, a poem (waka) is written, and there are a total of 100 poems.
The standard collection of the poems used is called Hyakunin Isshu,
which is often also the name of the game.
The collection was chosen by a poet Fujiwara no Teika in Heian period.
There are national conventions for the game.
Two sets of 100 poem cards in Box.

Karuta is one of the Japanese traditional games.
First,a person read the card. Like this way.
And the others look for a card which is the picture and word drawn about it.
How many cards can you find?
The winner is having the cards most.

Next, We will show you "Pokemon Card Game".
This is what son of my host was using.

And, The next show is "Duel Masters Card Game".
This is what son of my host was using, too.
He was the winner of the competition of this card game.

My host's sons have spring vacation began.
They taught  a lot of games for us.

Posted Mar 31, 2013, 7:48 am
We went to Kamakura, about 20 minutes get on train.
Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination.
We went to see the "Great Buddha" in Kotoku-in.
I was surprised that there are windows in the back of the Buddha.
Why is there a window?
I think It was ventilation, tourist can be go to the Buddha's in body.
We went get on Enoden(Gotochi-card).
Enoshima Electric Railway, familiarly known as Enoden, has 100 years of history.
However, it was very very cold, weather is very bad.
If weather is good, We were able to see Mount Fuji the tallest mountain in Japan.

Posted Mar 31, 2013, 9:02 am
We then went to Hasedera Temple.
Hasedera is a temple of the Jodo sect, that is most famous for its statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The statue shows Kannon with eleven heads, each representing a characteristic of the goddess. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculpture in Japan, and can be viewed in the temple's main building, the Kannon-do Hall.
It was not allowed to take photo.
I found a smile Jizo.

Posted Mar 31, 2013, 10:04 am
We finally went to the Tsuruoka Hachiman Shrine.
Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is Kamakura's most important shrine.
Today is really cold.

We can show you "Gosyuin-cho".
"Gosyuin-cho" is  collect stamp book where written by Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

Posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:56 am
Today is cold rainy day too.
We were try folding "origami".
It is"Japanese Samurai helmet" .
This is a Japanese traditional origami model which has been folded for hundreds of years.
Made for little boys in Japan on Boy’s Day or Children’s Day (5th May), it is a fun accessory for an action man - or, made with newspaper or wrapping paper or folding paper for children.
Also, we made pig, frog, crane (black, red, yellow), balloons, boxes, bird,  shuriken (Ninja's throwing knifes) , flowers and more.
We had a lot of fun to make!

Posted Apr 6, 2013, 1:31 am
New school year begins in April in Japan.
The Japanese government give textbooks for elementary school student and junior high student in Japan. It is all free.
However, high school students must buy a textbooks of myself.
My host's son will be a sophomore in high school.
He showed me to us he bought a textbooks to learn from the new semester.
It was very difficult content.
We enjoying read the manga before textbooks give us a headache.
I like especially"JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE".

Posted Apr 6, 2013, 7:29 am
We visited the Mikasa park when our hosts work get off.
Time was past the 5 o'clock in the evening, but it was still bright.
Why did you come to this time?
Because spring storm will passes through Japan tomorrow .
We enjoyed the Mikasa park today.
The sound of water was able to relax.
We went to the Yokosuka port market on the way home.
However, there was nothing to what my host want.

Posted Apr 12, 2013, 11:23 am
We went to the Central Library of Yokosuka.
we took a picture in front of Oriental literature.
After that, we were playing in the park.
4 TVs slid down the green slide.
I found a beautiful pink flower.
This is a flower called "Satsuki".
"May" is called also "Satsuki".
It seems so named because this flowers bloom on May.
My host bought 2 books at bookstore before heading back home.
It is a "The man called pirate" and "Marunouchi Tanita cafeteria".

Posted Apr 19, 2013, 9:14 am
We went to the Kannonzaki park.
There were a lot of flowers, and  stone Japan map and statues.
I think this statue is mermaid and soldiers.
Sea was also very beautiful.
I looked for a mermaid with my host.
But mermaid is not here.

Posted Apr 28, 2013, 7:31 am
It’s been a long time.
My host was very busy two weeks so far.
But I am very well.

We came to Tokyo today!
Tokyo is the capital of Japan.

And we visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
There was a wonderful thing around the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Flat stone falling from the sky, Circle of stone(maybe tiger used in the circus) , two best friends ladybug and two dove of good friend.

There are observation room free to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
45 floors above ground and there is a 202m height.
Fortunately so, I was able to see  tallest tower  "Tokyo Skytree" and the tallest mountain the "Mount Fuji" in Japan .

At last, I saw "Kumade"called lucky ones.
Kumade is wide rake that can gather up a large pile of fallen leaves and other garden litter in a single sweep.
Kazari Kumade, a gorgeous ornamental version often handmade by traditional craftsmen, is believed to "rake in"wealth, fortune, business success, and even family safety.
You can obtain Kazari Kumade at Torinoichi (Rooster Fairs), held in various places in Tokyo including the Asakusa area in November.
Generally, Torinoichi are bustling with people from all over the nation and the world.
Torinoichi are regarded as seasonal festivals announcing the arrival of winter.

Posted Apr 28, 2013, 9:39 am
We have been moved by subway to Asakusa from Tochomae Sta..

We came to the Senso-ji Temple.

I saw a big red lantern in Kaminarimon gate.
There is  "Fujin"(god of thunder) and "Raijin(god of the wind), next to the lantern.
Then there is Nakamise Street.

There is a Hozomon gate.
There was Ema(votive picture) in the shape of a tear, there was also a five-storied pagoda.
There was a "Koinobori" in the Senso-ji Temple.
Koinobori are cloth streamers in the shape of a carp which are flown on a tall pole on Children's day(May 5th, public holiday).

Posted Apr 29, 2013, 9:58 am
We came to "Tokyo Skytree".
The Tokyo Skytree is a new television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo.
With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion.
A large shopping complex "Tokyo Solamachi" with aquarium is located at its base.
I saw shop Hello Kitty, Manekineko, food sample in "Tokyo Solamachi".

Posted Apr 30, 2013, 9:35 am
We went to Zojoji from Daimon Station.
Daimon means big gate in Japanese.
We walked to see the historic building.
We like Jizo with pinwheel.
It is very lovely red hat and bib.

Posted Apr 30, 2013, 10:38 am
May 5th is Children's Day(public holiday) in Japan.
Typical to celebrate Children's Day is carp streamers .
We came to see 333 carp streamers to Tokyo Tower.
Why 333 carp streamers?
Maybe Because height of Tokyo Tower 333m.
I found a shop of German cuisine in front of the Tokyo Tower.
Looks like delicious!

Posted May 1, 2013, 1:07 am
I will introduce ticket vending machine of Subway in Japan.
You can see ticket We bought "Tokyo 1 day subway pass".
We came to the Imperial Palace of Japan.
Imperial Palace is very very wide.
It is a bronze statue of Kusunoki Masashige.
He is famous Japanese samurai.
Many tourists had come to the Imperial Palace.
We could not get inside the Imperial Palace unfortunately.
There was office building a lot around the Imperial Palace.
What I loved the stone wall of Edo Castle.
This is sign of financial power of Edo Castle at that time.
It was great stone wall with no gap.

Posted May 2, 2013, 9:25 am
We went to Tokyo station.
Tokyo Station is building of red brick.
There is a hotel in the Tokyo station.
At last,Introduce commercial facility that KITTE near the Tokyo station. KITTE means stamp.
We were happy to can see a lot of tourist destinations in Tokyo.

Posted May 2, 2013, 9:37 am
Hi, Katja!
Happy Birthday!
I love you with all my heart from Japan.
Willy W.

Posted May 2, 2013, 10:30 am
We came to the "Kurihama Hana-no-kuni" park.
"Kurihama Hana-no-kuni" has with a lot of flowers.
Hana means flower in Japanese.
I was able to see again the carp streamers.
Nemophila flower, poppy, hydrangea, lavender has bloomed.
We met great monster Godzilla here.
He smiling for us.
Japanese black pine was prickly.

Posted May 3, 2013, 10:28 am
We went to the Arasaki park.
This is a strange rocky bit dangerous.
I was greeted in the cute ladybug.
I said "Konnichiwa""Hallo""Hello".
But ladybug was asleep.

Posted May 3, 2013, 11:04 am
This is my last travelog in Japan.
Today, I have to say "goodbye everyone, goodbye Japan".
I had many memories in Japan.
"The Hina Matsuri", ate Sakura-mochi and sushi, flower blooming(especially Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), playing ukulele, playing with My host's dog, drinking Japanese beer(It's light taste), learning Shogi(Japanese chess), shrines and temples, museum, Buddha, folding paper, library, capital Tokyo, celebrate my mum's birthday in Japan, carp streamers, and more...
It was fun all.
I am looking forward to go back home.
I'll go back to Germany.
A lot of love
Willy W.

Posted May 12, 2013, 3:17 pm
Today I came back home from my fantastic trip to Japan. Thank you so much, dear cocoaby for being such a great host. Mummy and I examined my souvenirs, a pretty postcard and a pack of sushi erasers.


I was so tired from this long trip that I went to bed immediately. Tomorrow I will tell Mummy's guests about my adventures in Asia.

Btw, I helped Yoko to repair the car, she forgot to mark that I fulfilled a life mission. Mummy will do this now.

Willy W.

Posted May 12, 2013, 4:05 pm
Today I enjoyed breakfast with Mummy, our guests and son Philipp. Philipp brought bread rolls for us.



Mummy is knitting socks for someone in far away country. She said they would be finished soon.


Willy W.

Posted Aug 16, 2013, 9:50 am
I am on my way to a secret mission. Mummy is sending socks for a charity project to a lady in East Germany. I secretly slipped into the envelope. Let's see what will happen!

Willy W.

Posted Aug 17, 2013, 12:23 pm
Hello Mama,

I just want to let you know that I arrived safely in the mountains!

Its very hot here today but my host mom says it can be very cold, so I'm glad I have my sweater with me. I get a pair of socks from Niceheather and she promised me to show me all the sights around here.

See you later!