Lupus-Tigger, Palmanova, Italy


Posted Apr 20, 2009, 10:29 am
OK, here I am!

My name is Lupus-Tigger. A bit about me: As you can see, I'm a Tigger-tiger.  ;)
I'm a Lupus-Tigger because my Mom has Lupus and my journey is her project for the upcoming World-Lupus-Day on May 10th. Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body).
So I decided to help raising Lupus awareness by traveling the world and telling my hosts a bit about Lupus.
Maybe I get the chance to meet other hosts with Lupus.

As a benefit for my being an ambassador, I get to travel the world, meet new friends and visit as many places of interest as possible!

I hope that I can visit a friendly Toy-Host soon!

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go (as soon as I get my t-shirt...).

See you soon,

Posted Apr 22, 2009, 9:54 am
A short update on my itinery:

I'm so far invited to Germany and after that I'm on my way to Greece! I'm pretty excited!

I'll let you knew when I'm about to leave home- for the first time in my life...

Yours, Tigger

Posted Apr 28, 2009, 6:39 pm
Hi everybody!

I'm on my way to Germany!
You can see me here as I say goodbye to Germania and as I enter my "aircraft".

Next stop: Germany!

Posted May 4, 2009, 4:05 pm
Hello Mum,

today I arrived here in Sülfeld at Rikes home.

RikeH, Murph, Cassandra and Super Grover were so happy to see me.

Then I saw the flowers, that the TVs planted this week-end -
and visited some funny birds.

Will write later - now I have to talk to the other TVs.


Posted May 6, 2009, 11:26 am
Hi Mum,

today we went to a little town near to Sülfeld.
Rike went to school there.

You can see me in front of a nice fountain. The white building behind is the townhall.

That was funny !!!!

Other nice views of the city.

It was a nice trip.

I hope, that you don't miss me too much - I have so much fun with Rike and the other ToyVoyagers !!!


Posted May 7, 2009, 3:04 pm
When we sat in our armchair today – a new TV arrived. She is called Kunigunde
and is a friendly little pig.

Because we were hungry we ate a big Pizza,

but it was to big for us...

Then Rike took us to the playground.

We had a lot of fun together.

Now we will talk about our adventures.


Posted May 10, 2009, 3:22 pm
my name is Lupus-Tigger, because I want to tell about the disease Lupus. Today is a special day:

On the 10th of May it's International World Lupus Day, which has the goal of bringing more awareness over this chronic disease that affects over 5 million people worldwide. If you don't know what Lupus is, here's a quick summary:

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years. In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs ("foreign invaders," like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues ("auto" means "self") and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus occurs nine times more often in women than in men, especially between the ages of 15 and 50, but it can also affect men, children, and teenagers develop it too. To learn more about Lupus, check Wikipedia or the Lupus Foundation of America.


PS : Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Muttertag - auch ohne mich !

Posted May 10, 2009, 3:58 pm
This evening I invited Kunigunde to the dance-school. We went there with a moped and enjoyed the sun.

Then we took a delicious drink.

The room was pretty with a wooden dance floor. We had so much fun, dancing to the music...

...and helping Tobi with some steps.

After it, we ate a delicate ice – what a wonderful evening.

We went home and told the other TVs about our adventures. Then we all played with the wonderful balloon.

Posted May 10, 2009, 4:13 pm
Hello Mum,

Today we went to Hamburg, because the port has birthday.

We saw a lot of nice ships.

This big cruise-ship is called Voyagers of the Seas – it should be ToyVoyagers of the Seas…

I even saw a helicopter !

These are old storehouses…

And this is me in front of the townhall.

We were tired and drove back home.


Posted May 15, 2009, 3:07 pm
We made a trip with the bike today.
The nice yellow fields are typical for Northern Germany at this time of the year. The plant is called rape we think, in German it is Raps, a funny word.

Then we saw this nice maypole…

…and made a rest next to a lovely lake. We all had fun together.

And look Mum - we are 6 ToyVoyagers - so one of my Life Mission is completed. I am so happy about it !

In the evening we said good-bye to TobiHH, because he will start his trip to Finland now.


Posted May 16, 2009, 4:22 pm
Today was a sunny day – so I helped Rike in the garden.

First we planted some beautiful flowers.

Then I mowed the lawn. I am a very helpful TV !!!

And I hope, that you have the same nice weather at home.
Have you seen it - I have my own Tag now !

Posted May 19, 2009, 10:47 am
Hi Mum,

because one of Cassandras life missions is it to read great children books, we searched in Rikes house and found two nice books.

In the first book there very many fairy tales. They are sometimes very spooky, but most of them have a happy ending.

The second book is great, too. There are many songs for children in it - and I found one about a nice horse. We sang it together - it was wonderful !


Posted May 20, 2009, 10:43 am
Hi Mum
in the afternoon we went to visit a nice castle. It was built in the years 1570-1585 and is very nice. Unfortunately we were not allowed to make photos inside, I think, they want to sell their postcards.  :(

So, those are all of us on Rikes car.

That is me in front of the Castle - and the bridge of the castle.


Posted May 22, 2009, 8:18 pm
Dear Mum,

today two new TVs arrived here. It was just the right time for them to arrive. Rike planned a nice party with many games today, because three of us will travel to our next destinations this week-end. Now it is a Farewell- and a Welcome-Party. Great !

For the Party we had two teams. I am in the team for the big TVs.

First we played billiard. That is not easy….so we moved the billiard cue together.

The next game was darts. We all tried to have a 180, but that is not possible for a little ToyVoyager. My best result was 106 – that is good, too.

After these sportive games, we played a game, named Ligretto. It is a very fast game and we had so much fun !

Our referee was a very funny Toy – it is called long hippo. He counted all the points from the different games and believe it or not, we are all winners.  What a wonderful evening.

We had a wonderful sky  - can you see me in front of it?

On Saturday Super Grover, Murph and Cassandra will leave us, but I am sure, that I will have a nice time with Bree, Kunigunde and Penny.



Posted Jun 7, 2009, 7:36 pm
Hi Mum,
my first day on the ship – it is amazing.

First I relaxed in the sun,

then I looked, where we go to.

I am sure, that I will love this kind of traveling.


Posted Jun 8, 2009, 6:09 pm
A great day – we start our journey – a cruise around Great Britain.

Posted Jun 8, 2009, 7:01 pm
Good morning from Ireland,

Today the ship stopped in Cobh. When the ship started his way to the next port, we all were out. First we saw another Cruise Ship, then we had a nice view over Cobh. After it we saw the pool of the ship and played a round of Shuffleboard.

We had much fun together !

Posted Jun 9, 2009, 11:37 am
Hello from Dublin,

This is a photo of me in front of the Ship in Dublin.

These doors are typical for Dublin, they are in different colors.

Now some sights from Dublin. The pubs are very colorful – I loved the red one !

At the end of our long tour, we relaxed in a nice sunny park.

Posted Jun 9, 2009, 11:51 am
This is our little travelgroup on the ship in the port of Liverpool.

And I had a nice view about Liverpool !


Posted Jun 9, 2009, 7:13 pm
The Highlands in Scotland

We arrived early in Oban – and I was outside to see it.

Then we took a bus and drove through the Highlands. It was amazing. High mountains and the blue sky – wonderful!

During a break we heard strange music from that man….

Then we continued our trip through the great landscape.

I love these yellow plants, so we took this photo.

Look, this was our place in the bus, but it was a little bumpy, when Rike took the picture.

In the evening we had a nice sunset.

Scotland is a beautiful place !


Posted Jun 13, 2009, 2:37 pm
Now I want to show you the ship.
This is one of the lounges – called the Captain’s Club, but we didn’t see the Captain.

Here we are at the moment – somewhere around Great Britain.

That is the way we had to run, when there would be an alarm – and the last photo shows the way to our cabin.

In the evening we went outside and took these wonderful photos !


Posted Jun 13, 2009, 2:51 pm
Today our ship stopped in Dover – and we took a train to a city called Canterbury.

This is the old city wall – very nice – we walked on it. And on the next photo you can see the big Cathedral behind me.

Can you see me on the statue?

Posted Jun 13, 2009, 4:31 pm
Hi Mum,

Today is our last day on board. We had a tournament of fencing. The winner will get a cake and some sweets. It was a hard fight.

Kunigunde and Penny were in the final…

…but then we all decided, that it is much nicer to have the cake and the sweets together.

After eating all these things, we went out for a last walk, because our cruise will end tomorrow. We saw a wonderful sunset – and then a beautiful sky.

That trip was amazing Mum, and I didn’t have enough time to miss you. Do you miss me?

Posted Jun 14, 2009, 11:56 am
Hi Mum,

Today is the last day for 3 of us in Sülfeld, so we watched our travel logs together. We had so much fun to see, what we have done!

Then we all decided to talk all the day and the night, before some of us leave to their new hosts. So here we are sitting in front of long hippo and talked about our adventures. From the left to the right you see us all together. We are dicker Kumpel, Kunigunde, ThomasHH, Slummy, Penny, Bree and me.

I had a great time with RikeH and the other TVs, but now it is time to visit the next host.

Before I forget it - Rike took a photo of me and the currency from Germany, but I think, it looks like our money in Austria.  :)

I will leave tomorrow and go to vickyp in Greece.



Posted Jun 27, 2009, 12:21 pm
Hi mom!

So here I am at Greece! My hosts are really happy to have me and I have a great company of 4 more tv's!!!
Today we went at the suburbs to an artificial lake there is there, the scenery was great and we fed the ducks!!!

So here I am with my friends Ladomar, SaruMaru, Willy W. and Squirt

Posted Jul 5, 2009, 6:42 am
Hi mom,

I am still in Greece having a great time. I have even took part in the first toyvoyager little video adventure!
Check it out here over at YouTube.
Hope you like it  B)

Posted Jul 6, 2009, 7:54 pm
Hi mom, this weekend we went 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 12, 2009, 9:27 pm
Hi mom,
I am having a great time here in Greece. The other day we went for a walk at the city. Thessaloniki is in the north of Greece, it's the second biggest city after Athens the capital. It is build by the sea and the sea shore is a place where everybody loves to go for jogging, biking or just a nice walk.

This is a photo of me in by the deck...

the building you can see here is the Concert Hall

Posted Jul 25, 2009, 7:56 pm
Hi mom

we are currently on vacation enjoying the sun so here are some views of the little village that my hosts own a summer residence.

This is a typical fence door with plants all around

on a tractor we found on one of our walks at the village

Overlooking the view to the sea and enjoying the sunset with my friends

My host told me that I have to leave them soon because I am going to USA ! This will be a long trip!
So I am saying bye bye and I am off to the post office Monday morning! Talk to you again from NY mom!

The currency here is Euro .... so I guess I don't need any photos with euros to fulfill one of my life missions, it's already done with another host!

Hugs and Kisses

Posted Aug 7, 2009, 4:56 pm

So I made it to America and I'm so excited to be here! My host, Nicole says that I'm going to have a lot of fun. Especially at the end of the month when we go on vacation to a whole other state! I wish that would happen now, because she says until then we'll be working a lot.

This is me with Nicole when she took me out of my dreadful package.

I even got a kiss!

Then Nicole and I went to the mall where we browsed many different shops. She brought me in to LensCrafters, which is where her eye doctor is and where she gets glasses. She made an appointment for next week and told me that I could help her pick out a new pair of glasses.

This is me in front of the mall.

Then she put me one of the shop signs and I was up high. I was a little scared but it was fun.

After that we went to the pet store, because Nicole likes to take dogs out of their cages and play with them. She says if she had money she would buy them all. They deserve to be loved.

This is me with a Golden Retriever. She was a nice dog, but after Nicole took the picture she tried to eat me. So, I was tucked safely back into her bag.

When we got back to the apartment Nicole lives in, she introduced me to one of her dogs, Zues. He's a pitbull/boxer mix. He wouldn't stop licking me. He was very nice.

We had fun for our first day together. I can't wait to do more things in the U.S.!

Posted Sep 4, 2009, 2:28 am
Nicole took me on vacation this past week. We had a lot of fun. Most of the time we laid out on the beach and just relaxed. She read lots of books.
This is me in the big lounge chair out on the deck.
This is where Nicole and I took many many naps. I was a little afraid if the hammock at first, but then I realized it was so comfortable!
On my way to the beach!
Look at the ocean, mom!
I wanted to go swimming, but Nicole told me I couldn't. She said that I would not be able to swim and I might get lost. So, I had to sit on the towel and watch everyone else play.

Unfortunately her camera battery got wet and died, so we couldn't take a lot of pictures. But, I had a great vacation and I loved getting tot visit the ocean! We stayed in a three level house with a hot tub and pool and all sorts of cool things.  :D

Posted Feb 27, 2010, 12:31 pm
Nicole has had me for a long long time now and has finally been able to send me off to the next host. I had a lot of fun! Her camera hasn't been working very well since North Carolina, but we went to see movies and she took me out to dinner at this awesome Chinese restaurant called PF Changs a bunch of times. It's one of her favorite places to eat when her boyfriend takes her on dates.  :) I went with her to work...both of her jobs! And she took me to college and I learned about Mythologies of the world.

I can't wait to see what the next host has in store for me!  :D

Posted Mar 29, 2010, 11:07 pm
Dear Mommy,
I'm sorry for the slow updates! Jayme's been very, very busy, but I promise we'll have some new ones soon. One day she decided to take off and take us and the kids up to the aquarium! Here you can see the fish we saw.
And at the very end we got to see a whale shark! They're very big. Unfortunately we couldn't get a better picture because it was feeding time so they were hanging out near the back of the tank.
More soon,

Posted Mar 29, 2010, 11:25 pm
We also go to go spend a few hours relaxing at the beach one day when it was nice out!
I helped the kids play in the sand.
And all of us toys relaxed on the beach towel for awhile.
More soon,

Posted Mar 29, 2010, 11:31 pm
Did you see the news stories about the huge dust storm in Beijing? We didn't have nearly so bad a problem, but we did get some left over dust from the storms. Here's the view from Jayme's apartment. Do you see the fog? That's all dust. Yuck! When you go outside you can taste it a bit. Jayme said the news sources say the dust is safe, but we didn't want to risk it, so we stayed inside unless we had to go out.
We did look up the dust storms in China though. We're very glad it wasn't that bad here!
More soon,

Posted Apr 12, 2010, 12:17 am
I am sorry I haven't updated more quickly! Jayme's been very busy getting her school work done so even though we've done some neat things we simply haven't had time to sit at the computer to write them out since Jayme's been using it to get her work done. We did take a break to celebrate Jayme's birthday! Can you believe how big a cake her husband got for just 4 people and a few tv's?
After that the weather was just too beautiful to stay inside so we took our lunch to go have a picnic at the beach. Isn't it pretty?
But Jayme forgot to charge the batteries (d'oh!) so we only got one picture! After that we got back in the car, where thankfully Jayme keeps a battery charger, and drove to a nearby cliffside for a walk. We took some nice pictures along the way.
More updates soon!

Posted Apr 13, 2010, 11:32 pm
We were able to celebrate Easter here in Japan! Though the Japanese don't celebrate it, Jayme's family is American so they do. Oddly, the Easter bunny brought Jayme's children Easter bookbags instead of Easter baskets. Jayme said he was probably just trying to make things easier for the move since the bookbags are just the right size for the children to carry their toys on the plane.
After the boys checked out their Easter bookbags we went off to find all the eggs the Easter bunny had hidden! We all helped look. Here's the ones I found.
Then it was time to open up all those eggs, look at that candy pile! Plenty to go around!
After that we took some time to color eggs. First we got out the kit that we were going to use
Then we had to set everything up. Eggs, dye, and lots of paper towels to catch the mess.
Here's the egg coloring
And more
And finally the finished product!
We were all pretty worn out :) Another update to come soon,

Posted Apr 14, 2010, 2:36 am
Jayme decided to take the day before her final exam for us to go out and relax a bit. That's kind of backwards isn't it? But she said the weather was just too nice not to go out, so off we went to the Renassaince Resort. We started out by the indoor pool and watched the kids go down the water slides. They had lots of fun.
Us toys relaxed in the lounge chair.
From there we went outside to grab a bite to eat. Here you can see the hotel from where we were sitting
The kids had chicken nuggets and fries, not very creative but it kept them happy til it was time to go home.
There was also an outside pool, but it was a little chilly so no one was in it.
Finally we headed down to the beach at the Renassaince for a bit.
The children were having fun burying each other so we decided to try it out and bury Haggis.
Don't worry, no toys were harmed from this picture, Haggis dug himself out very quickly.
After that we headed home. Jayme has to take her final next, and hopefully after that we'll get to relax some and do some more fun updates!

Posted Apr 28, 2010, 11:24 pm
Today we got to go to a Memorial Park at the Southern tip of Okinawa. Its called Peace Memorial Park and is dedicated to all who lost their lives on Okinawa during WWII. We started our trip at the playground though because the kids were antsy
And here's the memorial area. You can see there is row after row of walls inscribed with all the names of those who died on Okinawa during WWII. They include not just the Okinawans, but also the Japanese, Americans, and even a few British.
The memorial area is situated right on the ocean.
We also stopped by the museum which was very neat, but we were unable to take pictures inside. Here's a photo of the entrance.
More soon,

Posted Apr 28, 2010, 11:39 pm
We were able to visit a very neat site here on Okinawa! We started off by walking up a path with lots and lots of flowers.
Finally at the top we found out where we are. Nakagusuku Castle, an UNESCO site here on Okinawa.
Here you can see me next to a model of the castle with the actual castle in the background.
Here's a better look at the castle.
We went up many stairs
Finally we were way up at the top! Isn't it a lovely view. Here's the inside of the castle
And you can see the Pacific Ocean here.
Hopefully we'll get out again soon!

Posted May 9, 2010, 9:50 pm
We got to go visit a fun place called Forest Adventure Park. Unfortunately us tvs only got to see it from the sidelines. Jayme said it was a bit too dangerous for us to go on the course since if we fell down we'd be lost for good and it'd be a little too easy to drop us. We did get to watch her and others while we waited though. Forest Adventure is a zipline and obstacle course. You can see the zipline course behind me. The lines may be a little too small to see clearly, but they go over the valley, which is very deep. Those aren't shrubs below, they're full grown mature, very tall trees. You can see while she didn't want to drop us on accident!
To show you what the course is like, here is the practice course. Before you're allowed to do the real course they have you go through the practice course so they're sure you know all the safety precautions. They don't want anyone falling!
Finally there's the obstacle course. There's a net that you jump into like tarzan hanging from a rope then you pull yourself up. And then lots of other various obstacles you can walk over.
Here's a picture of Jayme, you can see why it would be kind of hard for her to hold us for poses as well since she was holding one for dear life, which was at least pretty funny to watch :)
More soon,

Posted May 20, 2010, 8:35 pm
I finally made it to my next host's home. I can't stand being in a narrow envelope with no space to move. I started jumping around the room until I discovered these two guys.

They are Topple from Russia, who ist travelling the European Trail, and Muumipeikko from Finland who is staying here as an "exchange TV" for a longer period. I was very happy to see other TVs again and gave them a big hug.

Posted May 25, 2010, 8:39 pm
On Whitsunday the weather was great again and we went on a bike tour. We cycled  through fields and forests and arrived in a small village called Oeschebüttel.

This stone is a memorial for a man who has been killed here in 1840 by his friend. The board above the stone tells the whole story. We came here because somewhere behind the stone should be a hidden geocache, but we couldn't find it. :(

This memorial is for those men of the village who died in the two world wars.

And finally I met some Heath Sheep (Heidschnucken in German). These sheep live on heath land which you can find in northern Germany. The male Heath Sheep look really interesting becasue they have twisted horns.

Posted May 31, 2010, 8:35 pm
Today an envelope from a pen pal from the US arrived. While Katrin enjoyed reading the letter, I prefer presenting you the amazing stamps!

Posted May 31, 2010, 8:41 pm
One of my life missions is to take photos with my host country's currency. This is here in Germany not very exciting, because the currency is like in Austria the Euro. But today Katrin got this special German 2€ coin. It shows the Euro sign and a stickman in a circle. This coin remembers of the European Monetary Union in 1999, which had its 10th anniversary in 2009.

Posted Jun 6, 2010, 8:08 pm
When Katrin came home today, she was a bit disappointed because she had to fill out more than 50 forms for getting all the book she needs for her thesis. It took a while, but finally she was done and had some time for us.
I reminded Topple and Muumipeikko, that I'm not just a fun guy but that I also have an earnest mission. I told them that we should find out some information about the disease Lupus. Topple grabbed a pen and together with me he started to fill out one of the empty forms Katrin had still on her desk. Muumipeikko had a different plan.

He has been spending more time with Katrin and knows that there is a faster way to get a special book. He opens the website of the Hamburg University library and asks the little chatbot Stella (upper right corner, a really nice search engine who appears on every page and wants to help you) where he can find book about Lupus.

Stella's answer was a link to the online catalogue. Then we stared at the display and didn't understand anything because all the results had complicated titles. Katrin looked over them and decided, that it would probably be easier to look for Lupus at Wikipedia. To get some main facts about the disease it would be a good source. ;)

Posted Jun 7, 2010, 8:02 pm
Today was finally a warm summer day, the temperature was about 25°C. I couldn't stay inside the house, I just had to enjoy the sun.

I jumped around the backyard and looked for something to eat. My nose led me to the chives. Now I just need to find some tomatoes to make a nice salad.

Later we three TVs took a last group photo as trio because Topple will leave us tomorrow.

Posted Jun 16, 2010, 8:40 pm
Hey mum, are you already wondering why you didn't hear anything about the Soccer World Cup although I'm in a country which seems to go crazy every four years?
Well, Katrin is not a big soccer fan and she admits that she hasn't watched a single game of this World Cup (not even the 4:0 for Germany against Australia). I think we should change this with the next game.

Today we are in Hamburg, we arrived at the station Dammtor. As you can, Germans are crazy for the World Cup, there are flags from the 32 countries everywhere!

In the afternoon Katrin showed us her office at the campus of her university. She is working as an accountant on two days per week.

The view from her office's window: the brick wall of the neighbour building and a chestnut. But what is the coulourful spot in the upper right corner?

You are right, 32 flags again. This building is also a campus building and I think it's a nice idea to hang the flags out of the window. But there is one question: Will they put the flags of each country away that has to leave the tournament? Maybe we should come here again in two weeks...

On our way back home we took the train from the central station. Here aren't any flags, here are soccer players!

Posted Jun 23, 2010, 7:44 pm
Muumipeikko and I were just discussing about the latest soccer games of the world cup when we heard a noise from the desk. There was a little rabbit who ate sweets. I jumped down at the table, sweets are always good.

The little rabbit is called Miegalyte and it has just arrived after a long distance flight from Hong Kong.

Posted Jun 28, 2010, 8:49 pm
A good smell made me jump into the kitchen. I found a rest potatoe salad. It has been made with oil, vinegar, onions and cucumber. A very fresh dinner in these hot days :)

Posted Jun 29, 2010, 8:57 pm
Have you seen this building before? It is on one of the German 2 Euro coins, it is the Holstentor (Holsten gate) in Lübeck. In the Middle Ages it has been part of the city wall, today it is a famous tourist attraction.

I was joking around a bit...

The old city center has some really nice looking houses, this is one of them:

Near one of the churches I met the devil. He seems to have something in mind....

Posted Jul 12, 2010, 8:05 pm
Today Katrin's house became a little rescue place for TVs which were kind of lost. TravelingTuffy, Jelle, Melly_the_cow, Bruno, Meleca and Ray will stay here until Katrin has reorganised their journey.

Posted Jul 12, 2010, 8:29 pm
Maybe you are wondering why you haven't heard from me for a while, but Katrin has been too busy finishing her thesis for university.

But it is nearly done and now we are in the office of Katrin's dad. At once I jumped at the boss' chair.

While the printer was working....

...I had a look at the old picture at the wall. It shows the building which has been here about 100 years ago.

Then I jumped around the piles of paper....

...until the printer has finally finished printing about 150 pages.

Posted Jul 19, 2010, 9:20 pm
When Katrin came home today she was really happy. She has finished her Bachelor'S Thesis and now she has finally at lot of free time again. That's got for me and the other TVs because we hope that she will spend a lot of time with us now. ;)

Posted Jul 20, 2010, 9:07 pm
Our group is getting smaller and smaller. Jelle left us already last week and today we said goodbye to Bruno and TravelingTuffy.

Posted Jul 26, 2010, 9:39 pm
Two zucchinis, two onions soy sauce and quinoa (a glutenfree cereal) - looks like a good dinner (and of yourse too much for one person, that's why I'm here to help with the rest)

While the quinoa is cooking we are stewing the zucchini and the onions and add the soy sauce.

It tasted very good - too good to take a photo of us eating. :P

Posted Jul 26, 2010, 10:00 pm
Katrin just came back home from a meeting of swappers. She got a lot of new postcards, product samples books and a little rhino. Her plan for it: turn it into a wild TV ;)

We also said goodbye to Ray who is leaving to his next host. Now there are just the three of us again. :)

Posted Aug 4, 2010, 8:20 pm
Someone was ringing the doorbell again and again. It was Hippoda, the next guest from the European trail, who wanted to enter the warm house after a short walk in the rain.

Posted Aug 6, 2010, 1:19 pm
We have organised a huge bunch of flowers, lit a candle and now we are waiting for Katrin. Oh, here she comes.
One, two, three, four.

"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you..."

Posted Aug 10, 2010, 9:08 pm
There is another birthday to celebrate: Hippoda turned two today and we surprised her with a bunch of flowers and two candles which look like chocolate candy (they smell like chocolate, too!).

We practised our German and sang "Happy Birthday" in German for Hippoda:

"Zum Geburtstag viel Glück, zum Geburtstag viel Glück, zum Geburtstag liebe Hippoda, zum Geburtstag viel Glück!"

Posted Aug 10, 2010, 9:15 pm
Today this brown envelope arrived and when Katrin read the letter, she started to scream and jumped around her room.

What the letter said? Katrin got a positive answer from the university in Leipzig where she is going to study the next two years to get her master degree.
The letter also brought bad news: Since Katrin will move to Leipzig in September, she can't take care of more than two TVs anymore because the next weeks will be very busy.
I was the first one who jumped in to my box to travel back home to Austria.

Posted Aug 30, 2010, 8:53 pm
Hello World!

I'm back home in Austria now and met my mom's toyvoyager guests. There was also another new guest, Truska, a pink bunny!

The others showed me their souvenirs from the vacation and then we looked at the pictures.

Posted Aug 30, 2010, 8:58 pm
Good day, world!

I'm off to Australia now!

Next update will follow from Down Under!

Posted Oct 25, 2010, 11:39 am
Here I am in Australia.  I have been taking the time to relax and do some fun things with my new friends.

Posted Oct 25, 2010, 11:54 am
When I arrived in Melbourne, it was grand final weekend and everyone was very excited about Aussie Rules Football.  Sadly the match ended in a draw and had to be played again the next weekend.
People come from all over Australia to see the football in Melbourne. It is an amazing cultural event.  Everyone gets involved, as you can see from this newspaper front page.

Posted Oct 25, 2010, 12:03 pm
Here I am at a cafe drinking coffee.  They made the coffee in my size.  How kind.  Don't you think it's clever to put pictures on top of the froth.

Posted Oct 25, 2010, 12:09 pm
Today I am taking the time to smell the flowers and soak up some sun.

Posted Apr 7, 2011, 7:30 pm
Hi Mum,

a big surprise - here I am  - your Lupus-Tigger!

Yes - I lost some weight, but I am on the road again. Look, I met Dicker Kumpel again - we met each other about two years ago.

I went outside into the garden to see some flowers.

Hey - this is a funny guy...

Now I am sitting on the big chair - just like two years ago and talk with other Toys.

RikeH told me that I will be a part of the European ToyVoyager Trail - this is great.

Love your

Posted Apr 12, 2011, 9:15 pm
Hello Mum,

we went to the Baltic Sea - to a place called Travemünde. The weather was really nice in the morning.
We walked along the beach.

There were beautiful buildings.

We had a delicious dinner in this funny chair.

Later the weather was a little cloudy, but no problem for a ToyVoyager.

This is the oldest lighthouse of Germany,  but it was not open.

Behind me is a big hotel, we should spend some time here, Mum.

Look - this is the photo of the afternoon - it was so windy!

The trainstation of Travemünde is funny, on the tower you can see, when the next train to Lübeck will leave.

At home we had delicious muffins.


Posted Apr 19, 2011, 9:10 pm
Hi Mum,

the last weekend RikeH showed me Sülfeld. It is springtime and I saw a lot of nice flowers and blossoms in different colors.

This is the old school.

The mayor lives here.

I liked this beautiful door.

This is the nice church of Sülfeld.

On the way back we found some more flowers.

Today is my last day here - I will travel to my next host.

I said goodbye to Dicker Kumpel. He is such a nice guy.

I will really miss him.

All the TVs here gave me a big hug.

Now I am on my way to the next host.


Posted Apr 26, 2011, 2:14 pm
Hi Mummy,
I arrived in Remscheid today.

When my new host Katja found me sitting on the stairs, she took me with her immediately, visiting a friend for the evening (Katja's daughter was celebrating her birthday this evening -  no parents allowed :D ).


Posted Apr 26, 2011, 2:31 pm
In the late afternoon we went to Wuppertal, the neighbour city, to take a walk with Katja's friend and her dog. We went to Scharpenacken, which is a former army training area. This area was used for military purposes until 2004 A.D as a shooting range. Today there is a local recreation area with vast open areas.

First I want to show you how all the cars are looking:

This area was used for military purposes until 2004 A.D as a shooting range. Today there is a local recreation area with vast open areas.

They are full of pollen, like everything. Even the air is full of it, our eyes are burning and our noses are running. Really disgusting.

In the background you can see a villa quarter. You can find the beautiful mansions of some factory owners here, for example the mansion of the Vorwerk family. Katja told me that there is wonderful country park which once belonged to their villa, it is open for the public for a few years now. Maybe we will visit the park some other time.

This is the highest point of this area, it is extremely windy here. Some people are here with their kites.

A motorway is running along the valley and a new prison is built behind the trees. Katja told me it was visible in winter when the building site was fully illuminated.

It is so warm that already lots of flowers are blooming on the grassland.

Good-bye for today and .... atchoo!!!

Posted Apr 29, 2011, 4:19 pm
Hi Mummy,
yesterday it started raining. Usually nobody likes rain, but Katja told us that everyone was waiting for rain after some sunny and warm weeks. She said if we wanted our lakes filled and the nature green, we would need rain.

It's my host's birthday and she had to prepare dinner for her friends who visited us in the evening. Our host is a (almost :) ) veggie, so we had to make lots of delicious vegetable dishes - not perfect for a tiger!

First I helped to fill mushroom heads with cream cheese.

This was quite easy. The mushrooms will be baked later.

Than Katja took meatballs out of the fridge - yummy!

I wanted nothing more than to eat them immediately!

Katja bought tons of different cheese.

This looks like a good party!

In the meantime the cheese tray was nearly ready. We had cheese from Spain, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and of course Germany.

Katja's daughter is a cook in a restaurant (not yet, her final examination will be in May and June). She prepared gravlax, the half of a salmon. Although I am not a bear, I like salmon.

Finally everything was ready and the guest were here. Now it's time to celebrate, not for taking photos :D

A friend brought this plate with antipasti - delicious!



Posted May 2, 2011, 4:31 pm
Hi Mummy,

today we visited Wuppertal. Wuppertal is the neighbour town of Remscheid, famous for the Monorail Suspension Railway (Schwebebahn). The suspension railway travels along a route about 13 kilometres long, about 12 metres above the surface of the river Wupper and approximately 8 m above the city streets. At one point the railway even crosses the A46 motorway. The entire trip takes about 30 minutes.

Two thirds of the total municipal area is green belt: Woods, meadows, gardens and fields. From any part of the city it is only a ten-minute walk to one of the public parks or shady woodland paths.

When we got out of the bus we immediately saw the Schwebebahn.

Katja told us that we would visit the botanical garden and the city centre. On the next photo you can see one of the stops of the Schwebebahn in the background.

A train passed by!

Wuppertal is situated in the valley of the river Wupper, the city centre is in the bottom of the valley, the botanical garden is on top of the slope of the valley, on a hill called "Hardt". On our way there we walked along the local court and the district court.

There is also a Schwebebahn stop at the district court, it is rebuilt at the the moment in it's original historic style.

There is a sign showing the way to the botanical garden. Katja told us that more than 400 stairs are built into the slopes of the valley, so pedestrians can get easily uphill. She also told us that we would have to walk some of them today :) Here is the first one ...

...and another one.

We needed about 15 minutes to reach the botanical garden. There are large greenhouses in the entrance area. The botanical garden was founded in 1890 as a school garden.

You can find the former country house of textile manufacturers named Eller, which contained a villa (built 1820), orangery, residential and farm buildings, and the Elise Tower (built 1838) which provides the garden's focal point.

Here you can see the Elise Tower once more.

I saw this funny looking Handkerchief-tree, also known as Dove tree.

Than we walked through the large Hardt park, back to the city.

Flowers like a carpet :)

We rested here near this fountain.

Than it was time to walk downhill, back to the city centre.

We walked through a lovely housing area.

Soon we reached the city centre with the city hall, the building with the tower.

In front of the city hall you can find this historic fountain.

We walked along the pedestrian area.

What a funny statue! It is called "A new day at work".

We went back to the river Wupper. Here you can see another Schwebebahn stop. Every stop is built in a completely different style. This one is a very modern one.

Next to the modern stop you can find this old bridge.

This stop is the central stop in the city centre Elberfeld, it is built like a station with shops and bars in the basement.

Here is another historical bridge.

This distinctive building is the company building of a savings bank. Its skywalk is leading to another building, crossing two different streets.

Here is the other building, the tower is mirroring in the reflective frontage.

I love this work of art :)

Here is another stair to climb.

From here we had a good overview across the city.

Here you can see the historical concert hall.


We had actually planned to take the bus home, but because the weather was so great we decided to walk towards home and take the bus later. We had to walk uphill for some time than, Katja knew a short cut across the university area.

Here were not only stairs to walk uphill, but also a large bridge, enabling you to cross one or two streets. In the background you can already see the university buildings.

More stairs to walk on the university ground ...

The university was built in the early 1970s years.

When we walked further uphill, we could see the university in it's whole monstrosity.

When we reached the top of the hill we had missed the bus for only three minutes, so we decided to walk a bit further. Here on the communication-road to Remscheid I liked it much more.

Here we finally waited for our bus. In the background you can see the city centre of Remscheid, also situated on a hill, about 10 km apart.

I will also show you a zoomed photo. One of the two characteristic towers belong to the city hall, the other one is a water tower.

This was an exciting trip!



Posted May 5, 2011, 8:07 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we took a short walk in the city centre when Katja went to buy some things in her lunch break.

At the beginning of the shopping street you can find this large sculpture, showing two forceps as a symbol for the tool producing industry here.

This is the main entrance of the shopping mall with a large fountain in front of it.

In this lovely traditional house they are selling flowers and home decoration.

Not far from here you can find the public library ...

... and the central bus station and the company building of the local newspaper.

We had to back to work than.


Posted May 9, 2011, 7:42 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we went to Maastricht in the Netherlands. The daughter of Katja's friend is going to college there. She spent the weekend at home and had to return to the college. We had to drive about 90 minutes to get there.

Maastricht is known as a city of history, local folklore, culture and education. The town is popular with tourists for shopping and recreation. Maastricht is situated on both sides of the Meuse river (in Dutch and German: Maas) in the south-eastern part of the Netherlands.

Thankfully the wonderful historic old town was not destroyed in World War II. We started our trip at the river Meuse.

We took a walk in the old town - restaurants and bars everywhere!

Here you can see the city hall, built in 17th century.

The lovely house in the background (the one with the clock) once was the court house, the "Dinghuis". Nowadays the tourist information centre is situated here.

Strolling around we found the lovliest places.

We reached the central place in front of the basilica.

A fun fair is taking place here!

We tried to take a photo of the basilica, but it was not possible due to backlight and the fun fair. So we walked around for another while.

At least I can show you a small part of the rear side of the basilica  (I know that it is n ot really impressing :) ).

We found really picturesque places and lanes.

In a small park we found the statue of Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, one of the Musqueteers of the Guard. He died died at the Siege of Maastricht in the Franco-Dutch War in 1673 A.D.

We also found a large tree, forming sort of a tent.

That was a lovely trip.



Posted May 10, 2011, 1:35 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we took a walk in the city. On the first photo you can see one of the churches in the city centre.

We walked towards the station than.

Two years ago a new station was built and opened. Now a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists is built to make it easier to reach the station. Now you have to cross several streets to get there. The bridge is made of four ready-made parts of steel. Two weeks ago the last piece was delivered. Now everybody is waiting for the bridge to be completed.

This is the view  from the station to the city centre.

Here is one more photo, also showing the new bridge.

Katja told us that the "Trasse des Werkzeugs" (Route of Tools) is starting here, a lane for cyclists and pedestrians which was built on a closed railway track for freight trains. Remscheid is widely known for it's tool producing industry, many tool producing companies were sponsor of this lane, so it was called "Route of Tools". It is about 5 km long, connecting the city centre with the district Hasten.

Along the route you can find find many industrial complexes, partly still in use, partly more or less dilapidated. You can also find some artwork.

Still close to the station, we walked along a steelworks.

Here you can see signs with the logos of some of the sponsoring companies.

You can often find information boads, this one refers to the slaughterhouse which once was situated here.

We left the Route of Tools to walk home.

Katja told us that we walked about half of the lane, maybe we will walk the other half this week. Oh, we would be home soon - I can see this church from the living room window!

By the way, I am living here at the moment, in the attic storey.


Posted May 19, 2011, 8:05 pm
Hi Mummy,
I am living in the city centre of Remscheid, but in one of the older parts which were not destroyed in World War II like large parts of the city centre did. So you can find many old buildings here, mostly built in the late 1800's and early 1900's years.

From here we went to the municipal park. There is a pond with ducks and turtles.

Katja told us that the pond nearly fell dry because there was nearly no rain within the last ten weeks, so the fire department filled about 150 cubic metres water into it a few days ago.

The local observatory is situated here in the park.

The city centre of Remscheid is situated on top of a  hill. When we left the municipal park the streets were going straight downhill.

This is a house which is typical for this region. You can often find houses which are covered with slate and also half-timbered houses. They usually have green shutters.

We decided to walk through a nearby woodland area.

We left the forest close to a district with some old industrial complexes. Katja told us that Remscheid is well known for its tool producing industry since the late middle ages. Industrialization began in the valleys where water wheels were running the machines. Close to the valleys you can still find old and also new industrial sites, often close to dwellings.

The next photo was taken in a parallel street of the street where my first photos was taken. No more lovely traditional houses ...

... but here in the parallel street to the opposite direction you can still find them.



Posted May 21, 2011, 8:21 pm
Hi Mummy,
we visited Katja's nephew today, he was celebrating his 12th birthday. He is living with his family in the district Lennep, the second largest urban district.

We walked through a small park first.

Lennep has a historical old town, rebuilt afer the last devastating major fire in 1746 A.D. Many houses are under preservaton order.

A part of the town centre is still surrounded by remains of the former city wall. We were sitting on this wall.

We took a walk in the city than.

This is the market place, the farmer's market is taking place here twice a week.

Typical for the townscape are narrow lanes.

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The founder of the x-rays, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, was born here in Lennep in 1845 A.D.

Katja showed us the Roentgen-Museum.

Katja grew up in Lennep, she also showed us her school.

When we visited Katja's family we played in the garden.


Posted May 21, 2011, 8:39 pm
Hi Mummy,
today I want to show you Katja's pets - predators like me. This is ferret girl Shiva.

This is Zaehnchen, the most curious ferret in the world!

The ferrets love to play in this crackle sack.

This is Brighty, the third ferret.

Ferrets are always hungry and it was dinner time for them. The sight of the raw chicken intestines and chicken drumstick made my mouth water! Sometimes it's a bit hard for predators in a veggie's household :)

Tomorrow Katja want to take the ferrets out for a walk, maye I will go with them.


Posted May 24, 2011, 1:27 pm
Hi Mummy,
in Katja's lunch break we took a short walk in the city centre. First she showed us the city hall, partly hidden behind a scaffolding. Its tpwer is 48 m high, so you can see it from the surrounding cities.

On  the large open space in front of the city hall you can find a pillar with a lion on top of it. The lion is the heraldic animal of Remscheid.

We went through the shopping mall.

Here you can see the central bus station.

Here you can also find the adult education centre.

Katja told us that she will go to the cinema this evening, they are showing a filmed version of one of the most famous German operas - Der Freischütz (often translated as "The Freeshoter" or "The Marksman". This opera is considered as the first important German Romantic opera. The premiere cast was in 1821 A.D. I hope she will enjoy it.


Posted May 29, 2011, 9:42 am
Hi Mummy,
yesterday another Toyvoyager arrived, it's Ellie Muh. She brought Willy W. with her.

In the afternoon we visited Germany's highest railway bridge, Muengsten Bridge (Müngstener Brücke). We took a walk through the forest to get there.

Soon we reached the river Wupper in the valley.

On our way to Muengsten Bridge we saw the shop of  an artist blacksmith.

This shark is great to keep obtrusive neighbours from your estate :D

We reached Muengsten Bridge than. The bridge is the highest steel railroad bridge in Germany. The bridge is 107 metres (351 ft) high, 465 metres (1,530 ft) long and spans the valley of the river Wupper, connecting the cities of Remscheid and Solingen. It was built from 1893 until 1897. Unfortunately it is closed for more than a half year now due to repair works. The railway complany neglected this bridge for decades, now it has to be restored and fortified extensive and costly.

Due to several weeks without rain the river Wupper is shallow at the moment.

A leisure park was built under the bridge some years ago. This café was opened last year.

There are several plates with riddles on them. To hear the conclusion you have to jump onto the plate :)

They also have a kiosk and a crazy golf here.

We decided to walk a bit further through the forest. When we left the park and walked on in the forest we had to walk steep uphill. The steep slopes are cliffy.

Even from a larger distance we were not able to see the whole bridge!

We found a bridge to cross the river.

We found some information signs along our way.

We were exactly under the bridge!

Fossilized footprints?!

No! Katja told us there were many pictures, sayings and so on were into ground and rocks by stone cutters.

We reached this lovely outlook pavilion.

From here we had the best view to Muengsten Bridge.

Walking back to the car meant walking uphill again, really exhausting!

On our way home we had to buy a few things. In the eveining were want to do nothing but watch TV.


Posted Jun 2, 2011, 7:34 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we took a walk in the afternoon, to one of the older districts, to Hasten.

Hasten is a district about 2 km apart from the city centre, surrounded by woodland. You can find shops and restaurants here.

You can find many traditional houses here.

Houses like the following one are usually under monument protection, which means that you have to comply with the directives regarding exterior apperance, interior design regarding wall coverings and floors, for example.

The Patrician villa on the following photo was built in built in the late 1780 years. It once was the house of a rich factory owner, nowadays a museum is situated in this lovely building.

The old houses are built close toghether.

Close to our home I saw this old factory building next to the municipal park.

Bye for now

Posted Jun 6, 2011, 8:39 pm
Hi Mummy,
today we visited Duesseldorf.

Duesseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is situated on the River Rhine, and is renowned for its many events and also for its fashion and trade fairs. We went here by train and started our trip in the city centre, close to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Arts Collection North Rhine-Westphalia) because Katja's friend needed to buy some things in an art supply store. Behind the museum we found this special wall.

From here we walked towards the old town.

Katja and her friend wanted to show us river Rhine. We reached the Burgplatz. Here you can see Burgplatz (castle place) with the Schlossturm (castle tower).

An excursion boat had landed just a moment before, so a crowd of people was heading towards the old town.

Lots of people were taking a walk and enjoying an ice cream or a beer here. Close to the city the promenade is full of bars.

The Rhine promenade was built in the late 1980s in its today's appearance. The traffic is running underneath the promenade. The houses in the background are much older of course.

In the distance the Rhine Tower and the old harbour came into sight. Rhine Tower is a telecommunication tower with a rotating restaurant behind the windows.

A freight ship from the Netherlands was moored here.

Katja showed us the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia, the parliament,. situated at river Rhine next to Rhine Tower.

This is the main entrance area of the Landtag, averted from the river.

Yippie! Katja and her friend decided to take the elevator to the top of Rhine Tower! We had a spectacular overview from a height of about 170 m.

You can find a special clock on the outside of the tower, here is explanation how to read it.

The building shaped like a reversed "U" is called Stadttor (city gate).

Here you can see the harbour ...

and here the Landtag close to river Rhine.

Back on the ground we took a walk to the harbor. We walked along the marina first.

Rhine Tower once more ...

This part of the harbour is called Medienhafen (media harbour). For decades the harbour has been an area of workers, industry and trade. After the Mannesmann company had discontinued its tube production in Düsseldorf, parts of the central harbour were no longer needed. As a result the eastern part of the harbour started to be redeveloped. Nowadays you can find media companies, but also fashion and design offices here, lots of gastronomy also.

You can find some spectacular post-modern architecture, most famously three twisted constructions by Frank Gehry, here.

Here you can see the opposite bank, can you see the building with the climbing men?

Here is a zoomed photo of the funny facade:

It was very hot, but extremely windy.

Also a great sight :)

We walked back to the old town than. Here we saw this old dock, even an historic ship is moored here.

The city centre was crowded with people, so we decided to walk back to the station to take the train home.

We came past the Koenigsallee, the most famous shopping street here,(and the most expensive one :D ), famous for the fashion showrooms and luxury retail stores located along its sides.

When we got home, we all needed a shower immediately.



Posted Jun 17, 2011, 5:28 pm
Hi Mummy,
I just want to let you know that I am on my way to England now. Because Cheerio was also leaving today I thought we would travel together.

I packed some sweets into my envelope for my next host.

I hope this will be a short trip!


Posted Jun 27, 2011, 8:10 pm
Hi Mum,
Just a brief note to say that I have arrived safely in Wales. I had my photo taken with the toyvoyagers here and my host will upload the photo soon.

Posted Jul 8, 2011, 8:31 pm
Hi Mum,
Today, we went somewhere by bus. We went to Bangor. We got off at the top of this hill but the shop is on the road at the bottom of the hill.
Look at those clouds, and some of Snowdonia's hills and mountains.

Posted Jul 8, 2011, 8:44 pm
Hi Mum,
My host collected lots of redcurrants from the currant bushes in her back garden. There were too many to eat, so she found a recipe in a book to make sorbet.
First, my host washed the currants and then weighed them. They were then boiled for a couple of minutes in a small amount of water.
Then, she added some honey and whipped cream before pouring it into a container before freezing. She stirred it a few times before letting it freeze properly.

Posted Jul 18, 2011, 10:53 pm
Ooo a Parcel....
Whose voice can I hear calling?
Hello Bobi

Posted Jul 29, 2011, 3:01 pm
Hello Mum,
Today is a beautiful day and we've come to the local agricultural show just outside Caernarfon.
The first place we visited was the poultry tent.
They had many chickens on display...
There were even ducks and geese.
Afterwards, we check out the crafts tent. Look at these crafty spiders...
And these funny wooden spoons
Outside, there were some old tractors.
I can't reach the steering wheel.
They also had different kinds of livestock. These piggies are hot.

Posted Jul 29, 2011, 6:41 pm
Hi Mum,
Today my host was dropped off in Chester (her husband, son and son's friend went to an outdoor adventure park).
The traffic was bad because it was race day.
Chester hosts horseracing on the flat. The first race is underway. The horses are racing at the back somewhere (not really visible in this photo).
My host didn't come to Chester for the races (she didn't know it was on). We went for a walk around the city walls. Chester lies on the River Dee.
This part of the wall was home to the Round Tower....
near the Old Dee Bridge.
The stone weir was built in the 11th century, providing water power.
we see boats taking people on river trips.
The weir looks quite impressive.
Chester was around in Roman times. This is the Roman gardens.
This is perhaps the most recognised place in Chester, the Eastgate Clock.
Down below, there are the shops. The city is busy today.
Further round the wall, we come to the bit overlooking the canal.
Another gate. Can you see the fountains on the roundabout?
We've finished our tour of the city walls and have come back to the racecourse.
A race will be starting soon and the horses are going down to the start.
Here they come racing...
Who is going to win?
A horse with 4 legs and a jockey on board!
The black and white buildings are another character of Chester.
Can you see a bit of Chester's cathedral?
There's the clock again..
And it is time to make our way to the meeting point to get picked up and taken home!

Posted Aug 3, 2011, 1:25 pm
Hi Mum,
Today, my host and her husband decided to go for a walk along some of the Anglesey coastal path.
We are on the north side of the island.
This is the old brickworks at Porth Wen, and made silica bricks for the steel industry.
We didn't go further down, but my host's husband did.
Back to the coastal path we went and then along it. This is an old lookout at Dinas Gynfor.
Can you see the path on the hill over there? That's the route we'll be taking.
This is Porth Llanlleiana, another relic of Anglesey's industrial past. A long way down and then a long way up the other hill!
Taking a breather!
This is the church of Saint Badrig.
A panorama.
This is a nice beach, Porth Badrig. Nearly at the end of the walk. Pleasant day out, apart from my little legs aching!

Posted Aug 3, 2011, 2:07 pm
Hi Mum,
Last week, my host took us into town.
Look what we saw in the Castle...
It looks like a Tardis...
We didn't have time to go to the castle that day....
But today, we do have time...
Can you see it?
The Doctor Who television series is made (produced) in Wales. The Tardis is visiting some historic places in Wales.
Time for a look round the castle. Up to one of the towers we came.. The river is the Seiont and comes from Padarn Lake (that's in Llanberis).
That's the dais where Prince Charles was crowned the Prince of Wales in 1969.
Another tower climbed...
Back at ground level for a rest..
The Queen's Tower..
Spiral staircase at the bottom of one of the towers but our little leggies are tired .
Time for a rest!
And then back to the Tardis for one last look before heading home...

Posted Aug 3, 2011, 2:54 pm
We have come to my host's mum's house!
There are lots of ants in the garden. This book says that ants don't like crossing chalk!
There's an ant...
It still is in the same section...
Hmm, it has escaped. The ants we've watched seem quite happy to cross the chalk. Back to the drawing board.

Posted Aug 3, 2011, 3:10 pm
Hi Mum,
Do you know where I am?
I am lost in the maze in maize. There is a quiz sheet and questions but the answerboards are hidden throughout the maze.
On the board there is a letter. When all the answers have been found, these letters make up the answer to another question. My host has obscured the letters.
The theme of this maze is the rainforest. The theme of this maze is the rainforest.
With questions on the rainforest people,...
I can't remember the question that had this as the answer...
A cute animal..
There's another bridge so we can look across the ma(i)ze.
And a bench at the eye to rest...

Posted Aug 10, 2011, 3:18 pm
Today there is a little country fayre at Whaplode Drove, a few miles from where we are staying.
There are vintage cars on show.
And other vintage things.
Not so vintage is this jelly!
These jellies will be thrown and hopefully caught!
Looks like quite a bit was caught there.
Unfortunately, not all those jellies were caught in the World Jelly-Throwing Championship. The one organiser has to clear up!

Posted Aug 10, 2011, 5:12 pm
Hi Mum,
On our way back home to Wales, we stopped off in Nottingham. A shop my host wanted to go to was closed, and the caves her husband wanted to see were also closed.
Instead, we had a brief wander around. Could that be Robin Hood?
Back in the centre, there was something unexpected. A beach!
They also had a mini funfair, and a permanent water feature.
They even have trams.

Posted Aug 10, 2011, 5:24 pm
Hello Mum,
It is time for me to leave Wales for pastures new but before I am wrapped up in a padded cell for transport via Royal Mail and co., my host shows me some of the currency of the UK.
Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Hwyl Fawr!

Posted Aug 15, 2011, 12:33 pm
Lupus-Tigger has arrived in Finland! Photos to be taken soon :)

Posted Aug 20, 2011, 6:36 am
I'm in the city of Porvoo. Porvoo is the 2nd oldest city in Finland. It has almost 50 000 inhabitants of which 33% is native Swedish speakers (finnswedes). Porvoo is only 50km east from Helsinki, the capitol of Finland. It takes less than an hour to drive there.

I walked from the west shore over the bridge, thru the old town to the west shore again. This was a quick view, I should get a more specific tour later :)

Posted Sep 4, 2011, 5:20 pm
I visited the Moominworld with my hostfamily! It's located in Naantali, a small town near Turku (a bigger town in the southwest coast).

I met allmost all the Mooomin folk and their friends! I got to visit the moominhouse from the inside!

Posted Sep 4, 2011, 5:38 pm
I got allowance!

Ha ha, not really, I'm just posing with the money my host happened to have in her wallet. These are euros. The coins have Finnish background but the bills are the same everywhere. The former currency of Finland is markka. 

Posted Sep 4, 2011, 5:43 pm
It's my hosts birthday (she turns 25, again) and we spend the day geocaching. My host and her friend drove to Mäntsälä, a really small place with a few caches neither of them had yet found. I got to see some sights while at it. It was quite rainy for a birthday...

Posted Sep 4, 2011, 6:27 pm
Porvoo is by the Baltic Sea which means a lot of water and archipelago  B) The creator on Moomin (Tove Kansson) used to spend her summers on an island nearby. No wonder Moominpappa loves the sea!

Posted Sep 11, 2011, 11:26 am
host and her middle kid attended The postcard event in Hämeenlinna. It's an annual event where postcard artists and distributors and collectors come to sell their cards. There are also postcard and stamp displays, competitions and some arts&crafts booths. They are in two levels but we managed to take photos only on the lower level (the upper one was packed!). The were also Postcrossing table and my host was one of the people telling about this hobby. later she even got to brief Keanne van der Kreeke about Postcrossing!

We also attended the postcrossing meetuo there and signed quite a few cards... I can't yet tell how many as there will probably be a competition about it  ;)

Posted Sep 25, 2011, 8:25 am
My host took her kids to see the potholes inAskola. She herself had visited the place a few times in her youth. She remembered the site being larger than it was...

The site features a set of 20 cylindrical glacial potholes, called ”hiidenkirnuja” in Finnish. This is the most extensive geological find of its kind in Finland to date.

According to the theory most accepted today, the potholes were formed at the end of the last ice age, more than 10 000 years ago, either in the ablation zone of the melting ice cap or in glacial crevasses into which meltwater flowed. This resulted in so-called moulins, shafts where detritus, rubble and boulders were swept along by the streaming water in a downward swirling motion. As they whirled round they ground a cavity into the rock, slowly expanding it with the passing of time. The process could take many hundreds of years.

Posted Sep 25, 2011, 2:20 pm
I'm leaving! Here are the last few photos - "leftovers" - showing some architecture and some more sea. On Monday I will leave the country and head for  Russia! 

Posted Nov 4, 2011, 10:01 am
Hello mummy!
I`m in Russia and here we have golden autumn. My friends and I went for a walk to the nearest forest. I wish such weather could be forever!
We had much fun: for example, I climbed to the tree - can you find this orange point at the photo?  B)

Posted Nov 14, 2011, 3:09 am
Hello dear mummy!
I visited Minsk!!!
Minsk is the capital and largest city in Belarus, situated on the Svislach and Nemiga rivers.

Misk was totally destroyed during Second World War and reconstructed in 60-s. That`s why the whole city is a little bit Soviet. Maria has already been here once, so she was more interested in watching area. So we went to: 
Nesvizh was part of:
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth between 1569-1793
Russian Empire (except short occupation by France in 1812) between 1793-1915
German Empire (1915-1918)
Belarusian People's Republic (1918-1919)
Lithuanian-Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (as part of USSR) in 1919
Poland (1919-1939) (except short occupation by USSR in 1920)
Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (1939-1941 and 1944-1991) and
Germany (1941-1944).

The city was a county (powiat) centre in Nowogródek Province during Polish rule between 1919-1939.

The main sight is Nesvizh Castle, which is really great!

And one more thing: I made a photo with Belorussian currency! They use only banknotes there that`s why there are many types of it.

Posted Nov 26, 2011, 6:20 am
Hello mummy!
I made one more photo with currency, but this time it is Russian rubles.

Posted Dec 21, 2011, 7:38 am
Hi mum,
I arrived in Italy just in time to see that I was the "Voyager of the Week"!
Now I have to meet the other TV that are here...I'll write you soon.

Posted Dec 24, 2011, 2:11 pm
I'm ready for Christmas!
Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted Dec 26, 2011, 10:32 am
This year I spent my Christmas with my friends Tomi the Bear, Ranil and Finn, I,ve learned Italian traditions and I tasted the typical Christmas cake of Milano which is the "Panettone" you can see in the pictures!

Posted Dec 29, 2011, 4:00 pm
Today is a sunny but cold day and I'm going out for a walk. I've seen a little river which is frozen...I think I'd better come back home!

Posted Dec 31, 2011, 4:10 pm
Best wishes for a HAPPY 2012!!! We are all playing a funny sheep and I have to pay attention to the wolf!

Posted Jan 3, 2012, 2:13 pm
Hi mum,
do you know that I'm able to prepare delicious dishes of Italian pasta? With my friends Ranil, Tomi the Bear and Finn we've cooked "spaghetti" with tomatoes!!!

Posted Jan 7, 2012, 11:02 am
Hi mum,
here I am at the Royal Palace in Monza. My host took me to visit the rooms where Queen Margherita lived at the end of 1800 (when Italy was a monarchy), I could't take photos inside so I'm showing you the Palace from the outside!

Posted Jan 13, 2012, 1:12 pm
Hi mum,
today is a special day because in Milan is arrived the snow! Oh well, it doesn't snow but they are taking the snow here because in the week end there is the Cross Country World Cup, a skiing race. The problem is that the temperature is not cold enough for the snow so I think it is going to melt before the race!
I'll let you know!

Posted Feb 1, 2012, 1:58 pm
Hi mum,
some pictures for you from Sforzesco Castle!!! Till yesterday the weather was good but today it's snowing and I've read in the newspaper that next days are going to be the coldest of the last 27 years!!!! Oh poor me!

Posted Feb 7, 2012, 9:45 am
Hi mum,
I'm going for a walk on the snow with my TV friends KalliHH and Finn. It's so cold here!!!
Hope you're fine.

Posted Feb 24, 2012, 1:29 pm
Hi mum,
did you ever hear speaking about the "International Tourism Exchange"? It's an important exposition in Milan, about tourism. You can find leaflets of every place in the wolrd (and also some sweets...). My TV friends and I are thinking which could be the next coutry we'll the meanwhile I'm taking a photo in the desert....well, not  really a desert, but just a picture of Tunis!

Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:56 pm
It's the last day of Carnival here so we're having fun all together!
Have a nice Carnival too!!!

Posted Mar 29, 2012, 4:55 pm
Hi mum,
yesterday evening I had fun looking at Milan-Barcellona with my friends Finn and Voi Nam!
Everybody was so excited about this match!
Lupus Tigger

Posted Apr 7, 2012, 4:11 pm
Hi mum,
my TV friends and I are cooking for Easter! We're so busy...hope everything will be a success!
Lupus Tigger

Posted Apr 8, 2012, 11:14 am
Happy Easter!!!

Posted Apr 15, 2012, 12:45 pm
Hi mum, I'm going out for a short walk before it starts raining again...I'm so disappointed about this awful weather!!! Love, Lupus-Tigger

Posted Apr 24, 2012, 2:26 pm
Hi mum,
I'm going to visit the north east of Italy...first step Udine! I'll send you pictures from there!

Posted Apr 26, 2012, 9:41 am
Hi mum,
I'm in Udine, in the north-east of Italy. I'm having a look around and I'm thinking to take a break in a shop to taste the typica grappa of this region called Friuli!

Posted Apr 28, 2012, 4:38 pm
Hi mum,
here I am in Aquileia, this town was very important in the past, it was the 4th important town in Italy during the Roman Empire, now it's a small town but has a lot of Roman ruins, they are 2000 years old...

Posted May 7, 2012, 2:47 pm
Hi mum,
I moved from Friuli to arrive in Veneto, another Italian region. Today I'm visiting Treviso but before starting my tour I need a break with a typical Italian piadina!

Posted May 10, 2012, 11:38 am
Hi mum,
this is Villa Manin, a very typical house of Veneto, of course it's the house of very rich people!!!

Posted May 11, 2012, 9:20 am
Hi mum,
my last visit in Italy is to Palmanova. It was an important military town during the I World War but now it's a small peaceful town!
Wait for me, I'm coming back home!!!