Sambu, Lynx Ohio, USA


Posted Jun 27, 2009, 5:30 pm
Today I'm going to start travelling all over the world. I hope to see lots of different forests during my journey. My first destination is Grazz in Austria :)

I didn't have much time to see around Tenerife but at least we made a few photos with my cat friends Felix and Katie and some plants my mentor's got outside.
Felix, Ronnie and me
Katie, Ronnie and me
Some petunias
Some strawberry plants
And an aloe vera. Aloe vera is a very typical Canarian plant.

Posted Jun 30, 2009, 11:59 am
Hi Mom!
I arrived today here in Graz! (By the way, it's written with just one z  ;) ). I met another TV in the mailbox, Mr. S. And I found out that there are several other TVs already here:
They are Ling Ling and xiao xiong !

We had a nice get together on the balcony but unfortunately we had to cut it short as it started to rain again!
My host mom told me that it's been raining for quite a long time now, there are even floodings and high water in some places here in Austria. Luckily not in my new home-area!

Because of the weather we weren't able to do some exploring outside, so we decided to look at the newspaper if there was something interesting on tv.

Bye for now!

Posted Jul 3, 2009, 6:36 pm
Hi Mom!

We TVs helped our host mom to tend her garden on the balcony. As you can see on the pictures there are many vegetables growing there. Just a few more days and we can harvest our first homegrown vegetables!
I can't wait to try how the tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant will taste! Maybe we'll cook something with them? You'll see!

Take care,

Posted Jul 7, 2009, 5:23 pm
Hi Mom!

I told you that we were going to cook something... but it had nothing to do with vegetables! We got a huge basket of apricots and so we decided on making jam!

You can see me as I stir the jam while it cooked! But we had to be careful because jam is really hot while cooking!
Now we have 9 jars full of delicious jam!

Later that day we decided on having home made burgers with french fries. That was really good too!

Look, how huge the burger was!

Unfortunately the weather is quite unstable and its raining almost every day, so we can't go on sightseeing. Keep your fingers crossed that the sun will come up soon again!

Bye Bye!

Posted Jul 8, 2009, 8:12 pm
Hi Mom!

We had so much fun today! My host mom received a lot of presents from her mom who has been to South Africa. There everyone is happy to have the Soccer World Championship there next year.

We decided to try soccer ourselves and play with the official merchandise!


Posted Jul 13, 2009, 7:19 pm
Hi Mom!

We had a lazy sunday yesterday, sleeping in and then we watched the Formula 1 GP. It was fun to watch and we had some chocolate - toyvoyager size of course!

Today we had to say Goodbye to Ling Ling, who is continuing the journey and going to Spain! We all waved bye bye!

I'm writing soon again!

Posted Jul 15, 2009, 11:24 am
Hi Mom!

What a beautiful day it's been yesterday! So we decided on exploring and sightseeing and went to the Schloss Eggenberg. That's a castle in Graz which is surrounded by a huge, beautifully landscaped park! In former days a family lived there, but today it is a museum, mostly for very old things!

In the garden there are many peacocks, and they aren't shy. If you are patient, they eat out of your hands. Well, I decided no to get too close though, as they were huge compared to my small body! They also talk a lot, you can hear their cries through the entire park!

There is also a small gazebo, surrounded by a huge beech tree hedge. You can enjoy a cup of coffee in there!

Throughout the park there are many trees and sometimes you can also find ancient statues.

We then rested on a bench near a small pond! It was pretty hot yesterday but we had fun and enjoyed the beautiful day!

Enjoy the pics!

Posted Jul 17, 2009, 9:50 am
Hi Mom!

We did some shopping yesterday as there is still summersale and we need some things for our upcoming holidays in the Netherlands! I'm pretty excited! My hostmom will also go to the Burgenland first, which is a different Federal State of Austria. We'll go to a spa ressort there and I'm sure we'll have a wonderful time! So I won't update for a few days - but no need to worry. Maybe I'll get a massage there?  :rolleyes:

I just wanted to show you some pictures of the shopping trip:
First you see me eating at IKEA and of course I ate the signature meal: Swedish meatballs!

Then we went on to another Shoppingcenter, in the suburbs of Graz. There I found the old rail car of the funicular railway which leads up to the Schlossberg.

Next to it is the "shadow" of the Uhrturm/clock tower. This shadow was positioned next to the real clocktower up on Schlossberg when Graz was Cultural Capital of Europe in 2003. Now it's an attraction at the Shopping city Seiersberg.

All right mom- it's time to pack my luggage for the holidays!

Posted Aug 5, 2009, 11:30 am
Hi Mom!

I'm back from my holidays! It was so exciting but I needed the last few days to unpack my luggage and sleep  a bit!

First, I have to show you pictures of the spa ressort. You can see me lounging in a chair on the balcony. From there you have a beautiful view of the surrounding hills.

Wow, look at this huge bed - that made me feel like a king!  B) And we had always fresh fruit in our room - just look at those huge apples!

We were very lucky with the weather and it was really hot!

Posted Aug 5, 2009, 11:36 am
Hi Mom!

Before we had left to Stegersbach, it was time to say farewell to Xiao Xiong!

He continues his trip through Europe now!

We'll sure miss him! And it's always sad to say goodbye to new friends!

Posted Aug 5, 2009, 11:48 am
Hi Mom!

Wow, what a lazy day it's been today!  :D

I was lying on a deck-chair the whole day - but of course under a huge umbrella. I also applayed some sunscreen (you can see the bottle in the basket) and I borrowed my host mom's sunglasses.

When it became to warm outside, I fled to our hotel room to cool down in our mini-fridge!

Mmmmmhhh... I like doing nothing the whole day.... B)

Posted Aug 5, 2009, 11:57 am
Hi Mom!

Another lazy day! The guests in this hotel get a bath robe for the duration of their stay here, as most of them just go to the sauna or swimming pool or to spa treatments!
Of course they didn't have robes small enough for us TVs but we traveled in our host mom's robe. That was fun!

We also enjoyed some time in the garden (you can see the garden on the picture- it's beautiful, don't you think?).
But in the evening we were exhausted and fell in our huge bed!

Good night...

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 12:25 pm
Hi Mom!

Today our travel to the Netherlands began. So we took the passport and the tickets and made our way to the Airport \"Thalerhof\" in Graz. We passed the security check and then went to the Duty Free Shop to buy some presents for my host mom's friends where we were going to stay in Amsterdam. As you are no longer allowed to have liquids or things similar to it in your hand luggage, we had to buy the wine there as well as the pumpkinseed-oil. You can see that the stuff had been sealed in a clear plastic bag and we were then allowed to board with it.
There arent't any pictures from the flight from Graz to Vienna as we had a lot of turbulances and all the pictures were wiggly...

When we arrived at the airport in Vienna we had to go through the security check again and then went to our gate to wait for the flight to Amsterdam. Unfortunately there was a delay and we had to wait some more but we've been upgraded to business class  B) Now that was a treat!

Shortly before midnight we finally arrived at the Amsterdam Schipol Airport and just wanted one thing: Sleep!

Good Night!

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 12:46 pm
Hi Mom!

From our window we have a beautiful view over a canal with houseboats! Wow, can you imagine living on a boat yearround?

We had breakfast and learned a bit Dutch while drinking our tea: Can you see the cups? They have different things drawn onto it and you can read what the things are called in Dutch! What a great way to learn a language!  :rolleyes:

We then started sightseeing and bought the I amsterdam card, where you get a discount card, free entrance to a variety of attractions and a card for the public transport. We used our card for a free canal tour. You can see me in front of the boat, looking out of the boat and watching the pretty houses while cruising! We got a really nice first impression of Amsterdam.


Posted Aug 10, 2009, 3:14 pm
Hi Mom!

Another day of sightseeing!
We started with the Van Gogh Museum and looked at the famous paintings! Pictures from the inside were not allowed, but you can see me in front of it!

We then went on to the Hermitage Amsterdam which has just opened in June. There you can see what it was like to live at the Russian court in the times of the tsar. Wow, we saw some pretty amazing dresses!

We also visited the Amsterdam ArenA, home of the football/soccer club Ajax Amsterdam. We were given a great tour through the museum and the stadium!

Back home we relaxed in front of a ship and imagined that we could just sail everywhere!

That was a pretty amazing day! My feet are hurting from all the sightseeing!

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 3:26 pm
Hi Mom!

After having spent the last days in Amsterdam, we traveled on to the island of Texel.

We have a nice hotel here and we can see the beach from our hotel room.
We rented a bike and went on a tour to discover the island. Can you see me riding the bike?

We came upon an exhibition of figurines made of sand. They were huge! You can see me in front of some figurines of the Easter islands and with dinosours! Scary!  :stare:

In the evening we had a real treat: Vlaamse Frites. That's french fries with mayonnaise, lots of mayonnaise!

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 3:38 pm
Hi Mom!

We went to the beach today- in huge flip-flops  B)!  It was beautiful there. We saw so many mussel-shells there and some crabs or crayfish...

Did you know that people here eat chocolate sprinkles on buttered  toast for breakfast? You can see me with the famous brand of it- we took some home as souvenirs for my host mom's family.

All the walking on the beach made me sleepy....

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 3:52 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we arrived in Alkmaar. We went there by train and the wagons were new and comfortable.

We then walked around in Alkmaar. First we went to a beautiful old church. We continued on to the city center where the cheesemarket is held every Friday. The slogan says "Say cheese - say Alkmaar" so we first visited the cheese-museum!
You can see me in front of fake cheese, but so you can see how huge such a cheese is...

Of course we also went to a store where they sell solely cheese! And look, is that a green toyvoyager-mouse in the window?

After all this cheese I really needed something sweet: So we had a traditional applecake, called appeltaart. Mmmm...delicious!!!! :D

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 6:55 pm
Hi Mom!

Today was the famous Alkmaar cheese-market! You can see how much cheese there was. It was auctined and then transported to the lorries with small wagons by special men. Those are from the cheese-union. You can see them with their hats!
Can you also see the girls in the traditional Dutch dresses? I think they look so cute!

There was also another market there, where you could buy flowers and bulbs!


Posted Aug 10, 2009, 7:01 pm
Hi Mom!

We did another canal tour today! We saw beautiful houses along the canals and a very typical Dutch thing: a windmill!

Then we had a really nice treat: a delicious fruit shake! Yummi! B)

I can't believe that we will go home again tomorrow! Time really flew by!

Posted Aug 10, 2009, 7:22 pm
Hi Mom!

We are going back home today!

So we took the bus to the airport where we had a nice coffee and a really delicious lemon-cupcake with lots of frosting!

I also found some parts of an airplane here and took pics with them  :rolleyes:

Then it was time to board and we had to say goodbye to the Netherlands!

That haven been great holidays!

Posted Aug 13, 2009, 9:14 pm
Hi Mom!

When we returned from our holiday, we had a lot to do: updating the travelogs, eating loads of cheese, washing our clothes, ...

Now we're settled in the "real life" again!

It's mushroom season in Austria now and my host mom's parents went on a mushroom foray and came home with chantarelles. We TVs got our share!
That was great!

Well, I'd say we had earned a great meal after having done so much work in the household  B)

Posted Aug 13, 2009, 9:18 pm
Hi Mom!

Today arrived a new TV. It's a little Westie puppy and he is so cute. His name is LittleWestiePup.
The weather was rainy again, so we could not show him around after his arrival. So we decided on watching tv and sharing a big pizza!

Posted Aug 17, 2009, 1:50 pm
Hi Mom!

Do you remember one of the first pictures I have shown you from here? I was on the balcony, with some small tomato plants and other vegetable-plants.
Now it was time to harvest! Look what we got! And there are still some vegetables on the plants who still wait to be harvested...

We also went to a flower field, where you can pick the flowers yourself. These are gladioli. Ain't those beautiful?

Posted Aug 24, 2009, 4:38 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we went up on the Schlossberg. That's a hill in the city center of Graz. You can either walk up there or go with an elevaor inside of the hill or go by funicular railway. We've been sporty and walked up there. We had beautiful weather!

You can see me with my toyvoyager-friends in front of the Clock tower, which is the town's landmark! Look at the clock...the hands are quite interesting. The big hand is for the hour, the small for the minutes. Normally it's the other way around. But when the clock tower has been built, people only needed to know the hour. So when later people wanted to know the exact time, they had to ad another hand, but a smaller one!

You can see me looking down to the city center with the town hall (Third picture) and the Kunsthaus. That's the blue bubble (last two pictures) and a museum for contemporary art and photography!

What a beautiful view- don't you think so?

Posted Aug 25, 2009, 2:44 pm
Hi Mom!

I am a farmer! That was sooooo cool today! We harvested potatoes- on the balcony! Can you believe that? Look, they had red skin! I can't wait to try them...

So, howdy for today!

Posted Aug 25, 2009, 2:53 pm
Hi Mom!

Today we met a new TV, Atta. She came from Germany and told us about her travel!

She was a bit tired from all the traveling, so we wanted to have a quiet evening! We decided to play scrabble- it was a bit tricky as we played the German version, but we had so much fun!

Posted Aug 27, 2009, 8:16 pm
Hello from Germany!
Today I arrived a the village Mechterstädt in Thuringia, right in the middle of Germany. I already had a great day, lots of sun and a very warm welcome. My new host found me around 6 pm when she returned from school.

We did a bit a bit of postcrossing, registering a card from Oklahoma and I got the news from ToyVoyagers:

For the weekend we are travelling to Sondershausen in the north of Thuringia. We will attend a choir workshop and I will tell you more about it next week.



Posted Aug 29, 2009, 4:12 pm
Hi Mom!

Time to say goodbye to Graz, my host-mom and my new friends!
I had a great time here!

To sweeten the good-bye-ceremony  B) we had a huge carton of ice cream!

Bye Austria, hello Germany!

Posted Sep 3, 2009, 8:33 pm
On the weekend we went to Sondershausen, a town in north Thuringia, about 60 km away.
My host attended a choir workshop - once again.
The castle is the place for rehearsal and nowadays the place of the music academy of the town.

WOW, it is great fun sliding down the old stairs!

And look at this great fountain, the best place for this heat!

Here is me travelling in the handbag:

We had lots of fun during and after rehearsals:

Posted Sep 3, 2009, 8:40 pm
Well, today my host had to prepare for school - nothing exciting.
I helped and studied maths with her. Puh!

Posted Sep 3, 2009, 8:44 pm
It was very hot today - over 30 degrees celcius!
Because we needed to refresh we went to have an ice cream at Mc Donalds. Yummy!


.... and after :)


Posted Sep 12, 2009, 9:02 pm
One of my host's friends had her birthday last week and so she invited us to a
Chinese restaurant - yummy! I had roasted duck which was delicious!

Posted Sep 12, 2009, 9:03 pm
Well, September ist the month of birthdays!

Today we went to another birthday party.
Of course we brought a present. Here is what I gave:

I would love to taste these sweets!


Posted Sep 12, 2009, 9:06 pm
Work, work, work! There is nothing really going on here. My host
is busy with school, preparing, marking..... I helped a little bit:

I also found a new friend, this little bear and we spent some time together chatting!


Posted Sep 19, 2009, 2:09 pm
Today we went to Eisenach to visit my host's friends and godchild.

First we took a stroll through the city and did a bit of shopping. We came across this pharmacy which is a film location for a famous German TV series that is placed in Eisenach. The name is Familie Dr. Kleist.  A lot of tourists come to Eisenach to visit the locations.

Here is one of the landmarks in Eisenach, the 'Klaustor':

In the evening I met a little boy who loved to play with me. We built DUPLO houses and went on a car race .... a lot of fun!


Posted Sep 26, 2009, 2:16 pm
My host visited her parents yesterday. They live about 200 km away in Saxony.

In the afternoon we went to castle Rochsburg to visit an exhibition on fashion.

Here are pictures of me on the castle grounds:

And this is what we saw about fashion through the years. Strange underwear  :rolleyes:

Beautiful dresses:

It was a beautiful autumn day. Look at these dark red wine leaves on the house!


Posted Oct 4, 2009, 8:53 am
Ah, well, nothing really going on here. My host has to work. This is a picture of her work place, Salzmannschule.

And I have to try to fill time.

We started reading a book which is pretty interesting:

And watched a movie in the evening - scary!

It is getting cold here with autumn arriving. A lot of rain too.  :(


Posted Oct 4, 2009, 6:47 pm
Every October one of my host's choirs visits the harvest festival on a nearby hill called 'Hoerselberg'. Also other choirs attend the festival and sing some songs for the visitors. This year, today, I went along. Well, it was raining cats and dogs and was very windy and cold.
They still sang but there were only a handful of visitors.
On the picture you can see me too. I am in my host's left hand, front row on the left, very small, though. But I am there!

The view from the top is great but unfortunately today there were many clouds. Here are still some impressions of this region, the Thuringian mountains.

There were also some stall where they sold little souvenirs and cakes or biscuits. These cookies look funny, little hedgehogs and snails and squirrels:

Or you could buy these mice. Little bags filled with herbs:


Posted Oct 4, 2009, 6:53 pm
After the choir performance we went to Eisenach, which is about 10 km away.
We visited some friends and took a stroll through town. Though it was Sunday the shops were open. Because yesterday we celebrated 3rd of October, national holiday in Germany, the shops were closed. So a lot of people went to town today to do some shopping.

Here is me on the market square in front of the main church:

There are beautiful buildings, half timbered houses in Eisenach. In the back you can see Luther house where he lived for some time.

Tomorrow it is back to work for my host. She will be very busy again. Maybe she will take me to school with her?? We'll see.


Posted Oct 8, 2009, 2:18 pm
Yesterday was a girls' night out! My host and some friends went to a beauty class to learn about colours and make-up. I went along. Can you see me in the middle of all these cosmetics?!

They were really curious, looking at how things to do:

In the middle of action:

Lots of FUN!


Posted Oct 12, 2009, 9:58 am
Tonight we attented a special concert.
An Egyptian Choir from the German School in Alexandria/Egypt made a tour through Thuringia and gave a concert on castle Wartburg.

Here is the programm:

The concert was fantastic! I loved the music.
The venue was great too! Wartburg Castle is a World Heritage Site in Thuringia. It is famous because of Martin Luther. It was here that he translated the bible into German.

This is the view from the castle over the town Eisenach and the surrounding area:

The concert took place in the palace of the castle. A great room. Unfortunately the picture is not that good, but I was not able to take a photo with flash.


Posted Oct 12, 2009, 10:03 am
This weekend we went to a choir workshop in Sondershausen again. Here is another view of the castle Sondershausen which houses the music academy and is the place for the rehearsals:

On our way back we took a break at the restaurant 'Harth-Haus'. On the wall you can read about the region and towns, their height above sea level.


Posted Oct 14, 2009, 3:18 pm
My host is on holidays at the moment so we enjoy lazy days.

Today we did a bit of postcrossing in the morning and went to the post office which you can see here:

Then we went shopping in the nearby town Waltershausen. This is me on the market square in front of the town hall:

And after shopping at the supermarket:

And guess what I did today!? In my host's garden there is a trampoline!
So I went on it for the first time and jumped and jumped and jumped....
and that means - I completed one mission!!

Posted Oct 17, 2009, 1:39 pm
Today we visited the book fair in Frankfurt / Main.

Some children at my host's school are members of the youth jury for literature and today we attended the prize giving ceremony.
There were about 1000 people in the hall.

Here are the winners in the different categories:

Children's book

Young adult lit:

Specialised book:

And this is the winner of the youth jury award - 'The Book Thief'


Posted Oct 17, 2009, 1:42 pm
ByeBye Germany!

I am off to the USA to visit my next host.

Posted Nov 4, 2009, 6:16 am
I made it here to USA, a little place called Lynx Ohio, my guardian is Robin, she has other ToyVoyagers visiting too, Penny-bo, Leopold, Matylda, and Sox....they are all so nice, Sox is on his way to his new journey...I am enjoying my evening with my new friends......, we sat by the fireplace, & played cards....and got to know each other...Robin is taking us to work with her tomorrow, she works in the Activity Dept. , which means she is over doing all kinds of fun stuff, like painting, crafts, Bingo, puzzles, singing, Trips, shopping, and more!!! They told me all about the Halloween Party they had, I am sorry I missed it! But there will be plenty more to do...I am so excited to meet everyone tomorrow at the Nursing Home!

Posted Nov 4, 2009, 6:19 am
Here I am playing a game called "blackjack" , I went over 21, but its okay, we all did:) :D