Bruni Lila, home in Remscheid, Germany


Posted Mar 20, 2008, 11:39 am
Bruni Lila is a really nice little bear girl. Bruni Lila was picked out of a basket in a shop in our town as the only bear among cats, dogs and ducks.

Bruni Lila will be an Easter present to my sister, who loves stuffed animals, especially bears. Bruni Lila wants to convice her prospective Mum of the ToyVoyagers idea  :D

Bruni Lila is carrying a little notebook with her. Together with her notebook her weight is 51 g.

Bruni Lila will go on the GTVT.
The Sparkle

Posted Mar 30, 2008, 9:20 pm
After a long working day the neigbour rings at my door when i was home.

He has 2 packages.
One for me and one for my boyfriend.

When i opend the one for me i found this cute little ToyVoyager and her travel note book.

I'm verry proud to be her first host. I hope she likes her stay with me.

The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 10:11 am
Today i went together with my other toyvoyager friends to the school of my host.
They have a project about water. The kids can do a round in the playclassroom. Their are all kind of water things that they can explore.
Together with my toyvoyagerfriends in front off some books about frogs and fish.
Me in a bucket.
Me in a duck on the water.
Together with some shells and a peace off coral.

The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 10:39 am
Today i found my first Geocache.

Geocaching is looking for a tresure that someone hide in a nice area.
My host love to geocache because you see nice places.
Me and my first geocache.
This cache called Geomon's First

The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 12:36 pm

Today we went Geocaching again.
I love geocaching because you can see beautiful things like today.

When we stopped the car near a geocache we have to walk in to the forst and then we saw them.
Some beautiful big wood animals.

We walked as close as we can to make some pictures.

Sadly we can only make one picture because the battery's where low :(

We even walk closer and see some more of this beautiful animals called Ree in Dutch.
The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 12:44 pm
Today i went Geocaching agian together with her boyfriend and his little brother.
We made a long drive and than take some hikes.

A beautiful field with only yellow flowers called koolzaad.
Them even smell great.

For this view we walked a stair with 256 steps. The top was more then 100 m higher then the beginning of the stairs.
Ther where some sofa's near the stair where you can sit on to get your breath back.
Together with Chocolate Moose.
You can see on this how many miles you are away from different city's.

The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 12:46 pm

Me and my new horse friend that i have meet near a geocache that we have found today.

The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 12:54 pm

Before i will go in a couple off day my host give me a late easter party to gether with al kind of easter- and easter chocolate things.
Me and a sweet chocolate bunny.
Me raiding on a chicken-chick.
This chicken-chick is special because she holds your boild egg warm.
The Sparkle

Posted May 9, 2008, 12:58 pm
Today i'm going to leave my first host.
I love my visit but it is time to travel to my next host.

I'm going in to a envelop and go to the post office at 11.30 so i maby will be with my next host tommorow.

Till then,
Bruni Lila

Posted Jun 2, 2008, 6:52 pm
Today we went to the „Märchenwald“ (Fairytaleforest) in Ibbenbüren. Tux, another Toyvoyager and a good friend of mine accompanied us. We had a lot of fun there! In a Märchenwald they display fairytales with electric puppets which can move and tell the story of the fairytale. The Märchenwald is already very old. It was build in 1950. It was pretty hard to take photos, as most scenes are displayed in little houses with glass windows. But I think we've got some good ones I want to show you!

This is the way up to the Märchenwald...

The first one was the story of the sleeping beauty. (Dornröschen)

The also have a wishing well (Wunschbrunnen) here! I threw a coin inside and I wished that my journey with toyvoyagers will be very long and adventurous! I hope my wish comes true!

The next story we listened to was Little Red Riding Hood. (Rotkäppchen)

Afterwards we went to the Wolf and the seven little kids (Der Wolf und die Sieben Geißlein)
Look! Here I am with one of them!

Hansel and Gretel I liked a lot, too. Although the witch there is really scary!

I didn't know the story of this one „the 7 Ravens“ it's a really good one!

This is a scene of the Puss in Boots (Der gestiefelte Kater). Unfortunately, the cat was moving to fast so it's not visible on the photo.

In the forest, there are also many castles that belong to dwarfs!

And we attended a birds wedding (Vogelhochzeit)! That was really cool!

Snow White is a beautiful women, don't you think?

The Cinderella has to select beans all the time, poor little girl...

Snow White and Rose Red is a cool story, too. I didn't know it up to know.

Here we are in a dwarf tavern. Dwarfs are nice guys I think... But I couldn't see any girls here...!

This Snow White isn't moving at all... and I guess the other dwarfs were going for a walk the moment we made the photo...

This is a little lake. And inside this huge mountain, there is the hidden forest of the dwarfs....

This tree was watching me all the time! That's creepy! We passed it as fast as possible to enter the hidden forest...

Here we are now, this is the forest and also the mine where the dwarfs work.

This water wheel belongs to a sawmill. Here work many dwarfs, too.

Well I guess, the dwarfs that went for a walk are here now, cause here are more than 7 now...

Although, it's very hot outside here, everyday of the year it's christmas and the angels are playing in the snow!

And these gnoms work for Santa Clause! That's for sure!

Hi hi! Look! This gnome has a snowball fight with a snowman!

This must be a very happy family... they can celebrate christmas every day of the year!

There are many fountains here in the forest, some of them play little games with the water. It's really nice to watch them!

These people seme to have a lot of fun on the fair!

After all this walking we needed a little break...and this is a cozy place to stay!

I'm as small as the dwarfs but still I'm not allowed to travel with this ropeway but still, It was a wonderful day!


Posted Jul 12, 2008, 7:52 pm
Hi Mom,
I arrived in Bruchsal and now I'm looking forward to several outings during my host's holiday.

Watch out for some updates and hopefully nice photos

Bye, Bruni Lila

Posted Jul 26, 2008, 11:18 am
Petra asked us to help her baking a biscuit. She makes a really easy one:
for each whole egg she takes 50g sugar and 50g flour. This time she made a big cake, so she needed 10 eggs and swirled them really long - and we helped her with this, of course. Then we added 500g sugar (yes, that's really a lot of sugar) and one small packet vanilla sugar and again swirled it until everything was foaming. At last we added 500g flour and 1 small packet baking powder, but we didn't swirl this but only folded it in carefully. Then we put it in the baking dish and gave it in the preheated oven (170°C/338°F to 180°C/356°F) for about half an hour.

We had to let it cool down then and Petra told us, that she wanted to the decoration the next day.

But then she needed our help for some handycrafts. She worked on some pages for an album for the headmaster of her school, who left the school. She said, that people, who are older than 63 to 65 years, go on pension. The headmaster will be 64 years old this year and so it was time for him to leave work behind.

This pages we created for those teachers, who take care for their young children at home and who are on parental leave. They thought, that Petra has enough time to do this page for them - crazy girls.

Posted Jul 26, 2008, 11:43 am
Today we helped to make the filling and decoration of the cake.

For the filling we needed cream, nougat and hazelnut. I have to look, whether I will find the recipe. Petra's headmaster loves to play the saxophone, so she thought it would be a good idea to draw it on the cake.

When we were ready, we had to do some more handicrafts. This time we had to cut out some water lilies for the windows of the school doors.

Posted Jul 26, 2008, 12:03 pm
Right now it seems to have many rainbows here in Bruchsal. And it also seems to be one of Petra's hobbies to take photos of rainbows with toyvoyagers. So here is another rainbow.

Posted Jul 26, 2008, 3:01 pm
So this is the last day before Petra's headmaster receives the special album included all classes of the school as well as all other people, who work there.

Here is the front of the album. Sorry, but we can't show the pages, because there are many photos with children.

Posted Jul 26, 2008, 4:04 pm
Today was the last school day of the school year. All kids and Petra are free of school for six and a half weeks now. So for a start they decided to play garden golf. Petra packed us in her backpack and climbed on her bike. Martin, Sabrina and Ralf wanted to be part of it too. Some of our tv friends stayed at home, but Petra told them, that she will take them with her another day.

Emmmh, sorry! You know, I love to jump out of photos, don't you?

Posted Jul 26, 2008, 4:09 pm
Here we sit in the car waiting for the children, who forgot something in the house. So it was a chance for Petra to take another photo with us.

Posted Aug 16, 2008, 2:18 pm
Petra and her children like to sleep outside of the house on some nights in summer. Tonight it is warm and so we decided to try it - but had to go inside after some hours, because clouds came up.

Petra calls them the falling star nights.

Posted Aug 16, 2008, 5:36 pm
Today afternoon we all are watching the Olympic opening ceremony.

Emmh, Petra. Don't you think, it would be much better to help us turn around? It is easier to watch tv, if you sit with your face to it, isn't it???

By the way: Do you think, I already completed a mission? I meet three other bears: Galaxy Bear, Kari the koala bear and Nicki Bear.

Okay, that's fine now. Thanks!

Posted Aug 16, 2008, 6:02 pm
We're celebrating birthday today and everyone was allowed to sit in the dining room and eat cakes and drink coffee or milk.

Emmh, Petra told me, that these cakes aren't selfmade.

Later we sat on the oven and listened to everyone talking.

In the evening we enjoyed to sing some karaoke with Petra and her family.

Posted Aug 16, 2008, 6:15 pm
The next day a new guest arrived: Bestik. He travels the European Trail and will stay here for about 4 weeks. We first thought, that he comes from Germany, because his hair looks like the German flag, but he comes from the Czech Republic.


Posted Aug 16, 2008, 7:07 pm
Today is Petra's and Ralf's 20th wedding anniversary. The decided to go on a trip with us. This trip is also my fairwell trip, because then I will travel to my next host.

Here we are:

At first I felt very scared, when I read this about the "Button in ear". I shouted out loud: Oh no! I don't want a button in my ear. Please call my mum, please!!!

But then Petra told us, that nothing would happen to us. We just would walk through this museum.

"Okay, I said. A museum. How exciting:("
But later I realized, that it is a really great museum, just like toyvoyagers' paradise. We visited the Steiff-Museum.

At first we listened to the story about Margarete Steiff's life. Then we had to help a girl and a toy to search for 3000 bears, which got lost on the way to the USA.
First we searched in the ocean.
Then we saw ice bears and penguins.
Petra said, that I just look like a little ice bear on this photo.

When we came out of this room, we walked through an exhibition of different Steiff toys.

Then we walked through another sort of exhibition, where the toys are behind glasses. Petra wasn't that happy about it, because the photos were worse than before and also then the photos weren't really great because of the dark light in the rooms.

At last Petra wrote something into the guest book and also mentioned, that we had been part of the family

Posted Aug 17, 2008, 7:01 pm
How exciting!!! Today we go to an open air concert. I never had been somewhere like this. Three of my new friends will come with me: Froggie, Bruni Lila and Bokkie. Oh, of course Petra, Fabian and his girlfriend and her mother and one of her mom's girlfriends were with us. So we were rather safe, I think.
The only problem was, that we are really really small and our place was too far away to see him sing. Oh, did I tell you, who we "saw" and whose songs we heard? It was Chris de Burgh.

We had a crazy weather, but happily only a few raindrops on our head. You can see it in the clouds, that it rained heavily not far away from us.

We played hiding in a rucksack at first:

our view:

Posted Aug 17, 2008, 8:02 pm
Hi, Nicki Bear! Your hat is really nice. Do you think, that it also would fit to someone of us here? Please, please let us try.

I think, Burrimul Memu looks rather nice, although Petra isn't that great in taking great photos.

Froggie is really funny with the hat.

Don't you think, that Galaxy Bear is a bit too tall?

Oh yes, Kari. Two hats, what a great idea!

Gina Giraffe looks like a clown. Maybe circus Barum will call soon, who knows.

Baby uses the hat as a good hiding place. Isn't it funny?

Everyone shouted: No, Bokkie. This hat isn't made for you.

What do we think about me? I don't know.

Oh, Nicki Bear recaptured her hat again :(

Posted Aug 17, 2008, 8:28 pm
Later in the afternoon we drove to Göppingen. Everyone was rather tired already, but nevertheless we wanted to see this other museum: the Maerklin museum.

Don't be too surprised, but you can't see me in the next photo....

.... because I'm here:

Posted Aug 25, 2008, 9:12 am
Today Petra, her family and we visited the zoo in Karlsruhe. It wasn't that great, because they built at different places.

Then we went shopping in a big shopping center in Karlsruhe.
Petra told me, that she never had been in a shopping center like this.

Posted Aug 25, 2008, 10:31 am
At last Petra wanted to go to the Turmberg in Durlach. Ralf had told her the other day, that the view from there is just amazing.

Here we are on the road, still driving

There is a small railway driving up the hill. I'm sorry, but somehow Petra forgot to take a photo with me included.

Here we are standing in front of the tower and reading the sign:
This tower is the rest of a castle, which was built in 11th century by Earl of Hohenberg, enlarged in 12th century and destroyed by Konrad von Lichtenberg, bishop of Straßburg in 1279 A.D. The donjon was built between 1230 A.D. and 1250 A.D.

On the right you see the small hills and on the left the Rhine valley. If you drive through these towns, which you see here, you will arrive in Bruchsal.

In the far you see the Palatinate Mountains

View over Durlach and Karlsruhe


Posted Aug 25, 2008, 10:36 am
When we were back at home again, we all helped Petra to get this puzzle ball ready

Then it got dark and we asked Petra, whether we were allowed to join her sleeping on the balcony again. We saw many falling stars that night - it's a pity, that we hadn't been able to take photos of them.

Posted Aug 25, 2008, 12:27 pm
Today Petra and her family are invited to visit Petra's aunt and uncle in Mannheim. The weather wasn't that great, so we haven't done any sightseeing.

Here you see a view from the balcony.

You can be sure, that I was a bit in fear to fall down. We were in the fifth floor and it was really high.

Posted Aug 25, 2008, 1:45 pm
Some of us will go on to the next hosts soon. Today it is Bokkie's turn to leave my hosts.

Posted Aug 25, 2008, 2:17 pm
The weather is rather nice this morning. So Petra asked her son Fabian and us, whether we would like to go to a place for a little walk.
When we arrived there, we first had to read the rules, how to behave in the park:

- parents are liable for their children (Are we children???? - No!)
- entry at your own's risk (Okay.)
- walk a dog on a lead (We have no dogs with us, have we?)
- cycling and scooters forbidden (Okay, we will let our car on the parking place, because we think, that's forbidden too, isn't it?)
- don't cut plants - poisonous ( :( )
- no alcohol (Okay, we know and we never drink alcohol anyway. Petra told us, that there is a clinic for those, who are addicted to alcohol, so of course nobody should drink there)

Petra, will you really translate everything at first before we can go into the park??? Don't you know, that we all will behave like always? Ok, we will behave even better than we do normally. So please let us walk into the park now. We know, that we are in an Asian Garden, so you don't have to explain anything, okay?
This ceiling is built with blue bottles.

Petra, do you think, that's funny?!?!

Posted Aug 31, 2008, 9:15 pm
Today we visited the horticultural show. This year the show is in Bad Rappenau.

We had a lot of fun there, especially on the playground.

If you think, you don't see me here, you are right. I'm in Petra's rucksack.

These were the sticks we were climbing on

Here you see me at a station, which shows an event in Jesus life: The woman at Jakob’s well.

We also loved all these beautiful flowers.

Wow, this was a large chair!

Posted Sep 1, 2008, 4:54 pm
It is time to say Goodbye to Petra and her family. I'm happy to travel to Tine now. I think, I had a great time with so many other toyvoyagers here in Bruchsal.

Posted Sep 4, 2008, 7:35 pm
I arrived at Tine's home yesterday evening. Look at me sitting in my helicopter - do I look brave in it? Of course I am joking - I arrived in a brown envelope but I think it would be much nicer to fly with a helicopter from one host to the next  :rolleyes:

When I opened my eyes after the envelope had been open, I saw a lot of light - and some other small animals. At first I meet a little mouse named Christine like my host and then I met a small grey elephant. My host told me that she loves elephants.

After that I made a telephone call with my host's best friend. Wow - what a great invention - you can talk to other persons without being in the same room. It was a nice talk  :) .

Then my host Tine took a photo of me and my notebook in front of a nice small house close to the window. I think I will stay here a bit longer. Everything seems to be fine here...

Bye for today - I have to rest now!

Bruni Lila

Posted Sep 5, 2008, 7:35 pm
Today we didn't have nice weather. It has been raining nearly the whole day long :(  - therefore we stayed at home and did some house work. I had a really important duty, it had been my job to give the dogs their special dog food. I can say, I managed everything quite well as you can see on the photos.

Bruni Lila

Posted Sep 14, 2008, 3:16 pm
Although the weather wasn't nice we went outside on a walk with the dogs.
My host is living in a quarter of Bedburg named Alt-Kaster. "Alt" means "old" in German. As you can image Alt-Kaster is a very old quarter. The houses are quite old - the oldest existing ones had been built in the 17th century.
Close to Alt-Kaster there is a nice lake and a lot of nature as you can see on the photos.


Posted Sep 14, 2008, 3:43 pm
Today is the "Day of the historical monuments" in Germany. On that special day once a year some monuments which are normally private are opened for the public.

At first we went to Grevenbroich-Gindorf and visited the old watermill.
It had burnt down in 1961 and it's still on renovation now.

It was nice to be there.



Posted Sep 14, 2008, 3:50 pm
After visiting the windmill we went to Liedberg, a small old city with nice timbered houses. We went through the narrow old streets and enjoyed the sunshine.

Now I am back at home and I will help cooking dinner.

Bye-bye for today,


Posted Sep 15, 2008, 4:17 pm
Hi again!

As I wrote yesterday, I help my host with cooking our dinner. As you can see on the photos we had a wonderful meal with fish, fresh spinache and chantarelles. And of course with a lot of garlic (I had been responsible for the cutting ;) ).
It was really delicious - I think with a little bit practice I will be a great cook in the future.

Here are the photos:

Posted Sep 15, 2008, 4:33 pm
Today my host Tine had to go to the doctor. We arrived a little bit early. Therefore Tine had some minutes to show me the old citadel of Jülich. This former fortress is huge. Inside is an old castle which is now a grammar school. And you can see some cannons as well, today one with me ;) !

Bye, Bruni


Posted Sep 17, 2008, 4:23 pm
Wow - I am more than nervous. My host told me some minutes ago that we are traveling to East Africa tomorrow. I will go by plane to Kenya and Uganda for a month. Isn't that great???

My host gives me a book of East Africa and I will read now. She told me that she will update my travellog after we are back in Germany again. Therefore there won't be any update before the 20th of October.

Have a good time,

Posted Jan 11, 2009, 3:54 pm
Hello again!

Sorry for my long absence, but because of many different problems my host wasn't able to update my travelog early. Her life was not easy during the last months but now she is feeling better and I was allowed to use her computer again.

In autumn I went to East Africa with my host. At first we went to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. There we visited the Nairobi National Museum which was re-opened some weeks ago and we had a great day there.

At first I was afraid of the animals - but later my host told me that these animals aren't real. Therefore I let her took a photo with a zebra and me  :rolleyes: . Another photo on the head of a buffalo was also taken.

At the end of the visit I was really tired - therefore I sat down on a wooden object. My host told me that this was an African Kalebasse, where the Kenyan (and other African people of course) usually put their water and other things to drink inside.

Bruni Lila

Posted Jan 12, 2009, 10:01 pm
During our time in Nairobi we went to the schools in the slums nearly every day. My host had to do a lot of charity work there and it was my job to make the shy ones of the sponsored kids and the other children happy.

Look how I did that - the girl was laughing when I played with her and she wasn't afraid anylonger.

I loved my time at the Kwa Watoto school.

Bruni Lila

Posted Jan 13, 2009, 7:14 pm
After the charity work in Kenya we travelled to Uganda by bus. We drove to Kampala, the Ugandan capital first and one day later to the Southwest of Uganda, to Lake Bunyoni. This lake is a wonderful area surrounded by mountains not far away from Ruanda and the Congo. We had a calm time there. Most of the first day we sat outside in the shade and looked on the water, drank some Ugandan tea and enjoyed everything.


Posted Jan 18, 2009, 11:23 am

We stayed on the island in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi for some days. We lived in the little hut with a great view over the lake. Our hut had got a small terrace as well.

On a walk on the island we found a little playground with a swing and my host went on the swing together with me. Later we met an island family. One son wanted that my host took a photo with me - and of course she did. Later on the walk I met a strange plant - I was told that this is a banana tree - but I didn't see any yellow bananas, therefore I don't know if this was true...

Bye for today

Posted Jan 20, 2009, 5:33 am

today I arrived in BlackCats house and I wasn't the only toy. Cassandra, Tiger Lilly and Germania arrived here today, too.
BlackCat had already guests. Tilda, Thiele and Friendship Bear were here, too. So we are a nice group now.

Posted Jan 21, 2009, 7:05 pm
On our last day in Africa we went to the zoo in Entebbe. Entebbe is close to the capital Kampala which is crowded, noisy and sometimes a bit dangerous. We all did want to stay in Kampala longer, therefore the zoo was a great alternativ.
I saw many animals there - like zebras, chimpanzees, antilopes, rhinos and many others. And I also visited Lake Victoria.
I like the photo of the Chimpanzee very much - sorry there was no chance to take a photo with me and him together, but there wasn't any place to sit alone - therefore I watch the situation on my host's arm!

After the visit we went to the airport and we went home, back to Germany...


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 9:42 am
After the weeks in Africa, my host had a lot of work to do and therefore she had no time for longer trips. But we went to the small lake in Alt-Kaster very often and on one day it was really cold and freezing...

Bruni Lila

Posted Jan 24, 2009, 9:47 am
What a pity - once a year there is the St. Claus Market in Alt-Kaster - and what happened, we had a heavy rain during the whole day. Therefore it wasn't possible to take many photos.


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 9:49 am
Look, what we found in front of a house in Alt-Kaster - they don't have a Santa Claus here, but they have a Santa Dog...


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 9:54 am
Yesterday we went on a walk through Alt-Kaster again, because my host wanted to show me the special Advent calendar in this little village. Every day from 1. December to 24. December children of a school class or a kindergarden group from Bedburg are decorating house windows, one per day.

Look at the following windows - I think they are really nice, aren't they?


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 10:00 am
Wow - at the end of the year we have some snow. My host told me that they don't have snow very often. Therefore it was great to be here when the snow came... - because then we were able to have a short snowball fight.


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 10:04 am
And - at the beginning of 2009 it was snowing again. My host took me to her working place and during the lunch break we went outside for a walk around the Media Harbour with the Gehry Building, the Parliament, the harbour itself, the river Rhine and of course with snow.



Posted Jan 24, 2009, 10:10 am
Again my host and I went on a walk around Alt-Kaster and the lake together with the two dogs - we still had some snow.


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 10:13 am
The weather was cold and sunny and we wet on a walk again. This time we went on the "Wolfgangstieg", which a a steep small path with steps from time to time. At the end you are on the top of the area and you have a nice view around it.


Posted Jan 24, 2009, 10:16 am
Today my host told me that I have to leave to visit BlackCat in Essen. She took a last photo of mine together with my big friend Mr. Snowman outside.

Bye-bye Tine, hello BlackCat...


Posted Feb 19, 2009, 3:37 am
Hello :)!

Today I arrived at my new host Black Cat. I arrived with a lot other Toys.

It seems to be nice here. Hopefully I can see a lot.


Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:23 am
Today we went to a part of Essen that is called Kray. BlackCat needed to get a package from the post office there so we went there all together. On the way back to a bus stop we saw this wonderful church. It is the St. Barbara church. BlackCats grandparents married in this church. Doesn’t it look nice?
The church tower
The front door of the church
Another view of the tower.

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:25 am
That’s us in front of the pitman statue in Steele. Pitmen were really good for the city Essen, because they had a lot of coal mines here. Now there are only a few ones left and no one is still working, but this statue should remind you of the pitmen that did the work to make Essen to such a big city like it is now.

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:28 am
Today we went with BlackCat when she visited her boyfriend at work. He is working in a company that is in the Margarethenhöhe.
The Margarethenhöhe is a jewel of the city. It is one of the loveliest examples of the German garden city idea. This area of the city is idyllic and was donated in 1906 by Margarethe Krupp on the occasion of her daughter Bertha’s wedding. Maximum two storeys high, comfortably equipped flats for workers and employees were developed following the plans of architect Georg Metzendorf. Even though the area gives a feeling of unity, no house is the same. Various design elements such as bow fronts and hedgerows, arched gables, plaster and natural stone foundations were used to give homes individual appearances. The estate has been under historical preservation since 1987.
It was really nice there but it was still dark, so the photos aren’t so good.

A picture of Margarethe Krupp

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:30 am
This is one shop in the city of Essen. We found it when we were just walking around there. Doesn’t it look nice?

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:32 am
Today we made some cookies for the budgies of BlackCat. She found a recipe online how she can make cookies for her birds herself and wanted to try it. So we went with her in the kitchen and helped her as good as we could.
Looking for the grain feed
Putting an egg to the flour
Mixing it
Putting the grain feed into the mix of eggs and flour
Mixing it again
Making little cookies of it (not perfect, we know)
and now we have to wait 15 minutes…
The cookies are ready =)!
And the birds are happy about it.

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:34 am
Today we wanted to welcome a friend of BlackCat that will visit us with the bus. We were all really excited. I was allowed to go with her to the bus station and welcome her friend. So I was happy.
As you can see I saw a lot nice places on the way to the bus stop.
This is for the traffic light. When you press it the lights for the cars will turn red and your lights will turn green so that you can go over the street.
That’s the sign of the bus stop.
As we had still some time BlackCat showed me the emblem of Essen on the backside of the timetable.
That is the map of all bus and trains in Essen. Such a chaos on it, isn’t it?
Waiting for the bus is really comfortable.
And there the bus arrives.

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:35 am
Today we made a short stop at the main station of Essen. They are working at it at the moment, so that it is nicer for 2010, when Essen is the cultural capital of Europe for one year.
Here you can see them working.
And that is the “Handelshof” a hotel on the other side of the street. It had the emblem of Essen on it. Can you see them?

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:37 am
Today we went shopping into the Limbecker Platz. It is a new shopping centre in Essen with lots of nice shops. They are still building a part of it, but one part is ready for shopping already. It is really nice there and we had a lot of fun.
That’s the Limbecker Platz from outside. On this picture you can see where they are still building.
That’s inside. Doesn’t it look nice?
Doesn’t it look nice from inside? So much nice things are there to see. I love it.

Posted Mar 13, 2009, 12:38 am
I had to go today. My next stop will be Munich and I am excited. But I am a little bit sad, too. Leaving my new friends here isn’t so nice. So I decided to wave them and go away fast then.

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 8:26 pm
I have arrived at the home of my Munich host.

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 8:43 pm
Today the weather was cold and rainy - so I refused to get out of the nice and comfy backpack and get a photo taken at the Stachus (Karlsplatz).

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 9:12 pm
As usual I went for a walk with Maggy, our host's dog. We were very surprised when the meadows along the Isar river was suddenly dug up. Later we heard that this part of the Isar close to the German Museum is "under renaturation". In the seventies many rivers were put straigth, now they are put back into the previous natural state.

Posted Mar 17, 2009, 9:44 pm
I accompanied my host to her home town. Sulzbach-Rosenberg is a small town in the North-East of Bavaria. Pandamao showed me the town centre, a former cloister, the castle and town-hall.

Posted Mar 23, 2009, 3:16 pm
I'm back with Katja now!

Katja and Pandamao met here in Munich. I went with Katja to go home at Easter.


Posted Mar 25, 2009, 6:45 pm
Hi Mummy,

today here we planned to walk through the old town and than to visit Westpark.

We started at Sendlinger Tor, which is a city gate at the southern extremity of the historic old town area of Munich.

From here we walked along Sedlinger Straße to do some shoppings.

Of course we also visited Marienplatz with the famous new town hall. On the next photo you can see the Mariensäule (Marian column) and also the towers of the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of our blessed lady).

From here we went to Westpark by metro.

Westpark is a large urban public park in Munich. It was completed in 1983. It hosted the fourth International Garden Show (IGA 83) that same year.

I saw this statue, displaying a bear.

They have an area here which is called Little Asia which consists of a Chinese garden, a Japanese garden, a Thai sala and a pagoda.

Unfortunately the part with the Chinese garden was closed for visitors at the moment.

So let me show you the Japanese garden.

This is the beautiful Thai sala.

We took a long walk in the park and went back to the town centre than.

This is Karolinenplatz, an important intersection here.

From here we walked to Königsplatz. The square is framed with the "Ionic" Glyptothek and the "Doric" Propylaea (Propyläen) and the "Corinthian" State Museum of Classical Art.

That's enough for today, my little feet are aching.


Posted Mar 25, 2009, 6:54 pm
Hi Mummy,

we visited Tierpark Hellabrunn today.

We saw lots of interesting animals.

A bear!

Have a look at those giant turtles.

We also watched a show with raptors. They showed a barn owl, a peregrine falcon and a golden eagle.

The girl is showing the peregrine falcon here.

They let the birds fly and they came back after performing how to kill their prey.

This is the golden eagle.

We had to leave to zoo than to get back to the airport. Here we are on our way back home. My last journey does not happen in an envelope, but in a plane!

I had a fantastic time in Munich!

See you soon

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 8:58 pm
Today I passed by one of the old town gates of Munich - the Isartor. These days a museum is inside.

Posted Apr 10, 2009, 9:13 pm
Soon I'll be leaving Munich and my host said that I have to see at least Marienplatz in the city centre before moving to a new location. I especially liked the glockenspiel in the town hall's tower.

Posted May 9, 2009, 8:33 pm

I came home to my mummy Ina today. You remember that I was an Easter present for her last year? I promised her than to be back in a year.

Here I am!