Fiete, Sülfeld, Germany


Posted Jul 29, 2009, 3:08 pm

my friend Tobbi is a ToyVoyager - and I saw his first photos on the ToyVoyagers-Side.

Now I want to become a ToyVoyager, too.

Let me introduce myself - and some of my friends. I am a little cow and love to party. Sometimes I talk to much, but most people don't understand cowish....

I want to show you my home. We have nice flowers here.

A funny pair of children - they always sit under their umbrellas.

And I love to hang around with the two Clowns.

Hope to see you soon,


Posted Oct 30, 2009, 2:33 pm
Hello Again!
I have arrived in Canada at last! It sure feels good to be out of that envelope! I've already met another TV, his name is Ferda and he is from Czech Republic!

I showed him my postcards and told him all about Germany.

Then he gave me a tour of my host's new house. It was pretty messy!

We met a horse downstairs and he gave us a ride! Wee!

We also met a friendly witch!

And she gave us some Halloween candy early!

After that we went outside to play.

There are still some pretty coloured leaves on the trees.

Once we had used up all of our energy we went back inside and spent the afternoon looking out the window.

I can't wait to see more of this place!

Bye for now!



Posted Oct 30, 2009, 3:11 pm

I made my first trip out today! We went to an old cemetery called Mt. Olivet.

It is special because this is where some of the people who died on the Titanic were buried.

We followed the signs.

Here it is!

There is another Titanic gravesite in the city that is much bigger. This one is where the Catholic people were buried.  The graves are all the same here.

Here is some information about it:

A lot of the stones do not have names on them because when the ship sank these people had nothing that could be used to identify them.

This one has a name. It's Wenzel Linhard. He was a 3rd class passenger from Austria and was 32 when he died.

It was starting to rain so we didn't stay very long. It was very interesting though!

Bye for now!


Posted Nov 1, 2009, 12:32 am
It's Halloween!

Today Ferda and I had lots of fun playing in the candy bowl while we waited for Trick or Treaters to come to the door!

Then there was a knock on the door. We were kind of surprised because it was still very early. When we opened it we didn't see children in costumes, we saw Barney! He has come to visit for a while!

We all decided to help Ren carve some pumpkins.

They were pretty small so it didn't take too long before they were empty!

While Ren cut out her pumpkin's face we helped to separate all of the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin goo so we could bake them.

Ren finished her pumpkin!

And the seeds were ready too!


We went into a dark room to try out Ren's Jack o lantern.

Her mother made a silly face on the other pumpkin!

After all of that hard work it was time to sneak some candy!

Then we put the pumpkins on the front step.

There was a skeleton out there too! Yikes!

Ren's mother dressed up like a witch to answer the door but she couldn't find her hat!

We hung out with her for the rest of the evening waiting to give out candy.

Happy Halloween!


Posted Nov 12, 2009, 9:58 pm

Today I went into Halifax to see some of the important buildings there.

I started out a place called Pier 21. Here it is:

In the old days when people from other countries moved to Canada they often arrived at this building. From here they would board trains like this one and travel west to start their new lives as Canadians.

Here are what some of the plaques read:

After that I went to city hall. On the way I saw this statue of Governor Edward Cornwallis. He was the founder of Halifax. A lot of people do not like this man because he was very cruel to the Mi’kmaq First Nations people in the area.

Here I am at City Hall!

City Hall is located on a piece of land called the Grand Parade. Here is what you see looking the other way:

From the Grand Parade you can see the Old Town Clock. It began keeping time in 1803.

In Canada November 11th is called Remembrance Day. It is the day to celebrate those who fought in war. This monument is one of the places where people celebrate it in the city. I was there a day early so there was only one poppy wreath to look at. There would be a lot more there now.

And last but not least this church is special because it is the oldest building in Halifax!


I wonder what I will see next?


Posted Nov 14, 2009, 9:11 pm

Recently the city that I'm staying at experienced the first snow of the season. It was kind of yucky and depressing looking but then it it warmed up a lot and all the snow disappeared!

We decided to take advantage of the nice weather so Ferda, Barney and I went to a place called Point Pleasant Park.

It is a great place to see the Atlantic Ocean.

Facing the other way you can see the big cranes that load and unload cargo ships.

This area used to be a big military bastion. From here the soldiers could see any ship that was entering the Halifax harbour. There are remains of this all over the park.

There are also lots of monuments honouring the military along the water.

And there are lots of stories to read about different battles and events.

Us TV's discovered this little canon and made up our own battle story! (We won of course!)

After that we moved away from the water and climbed up a really really big hill!

At the top of the hill there is a tower!

(Whew my little legs were tired from the the hill!)

I wonder if there is a princess up there? I called out but didn't get an answer!

Next we walked to another place where the remains of the fort still stand.  On the way we met some seals!

Here it is!

There was a really big cannon here!

You really can see well from way up here! There are no boats at all today!

It was starting to get dark so we made our way back down the hill to catch our bus but we missed it! It was okay though, we just sat on the beach and waited for the next one to come.

And we watched all of the lights come on across the water.

It was a really fun day!


Posted Dec 6, 2009, 5:24 am

Recently I travelled to a place called the Shubenacadie Canal. It's located in Dartmouth, a nearby city that's full of lakes. The canals connect all these lakes together and were very important for transportation before there were lots of roads. This part of the canal system is now a park.

Here's what is on the sign:

The lake that I started at was small but full of ducks!

Hello ducks!

There is a trail along the canal so I took it.

In the old days this water would have been full of canoes and busy people.

There used to be simple houses along the water too but there is not much left of them now.  The rocks behind me used to be a small house.

There were two bridges across the water. I stopped on this one to have my picture taken.

The trail is much higher up on this side!

There used to be a blacksmiths shop behind me here. But once again there is very little left of it today.

A squirrel!

The trail went on forever!

I ended up back at the small lake but on the other side this time!

It was fun!

Bye for now!


Posted Dec 6, 2009, 6:03 am

It was quite chilly here but Barney and I decided to explore the Halifax harbour together. We started at the Historic Properties.

The Historic Properties are a bunch of old buildings that are used for tourist shops now. But as you can see there are not many tourists this time of year!

Just past the Historic Properties is a boardwalk that goes along the water. You can see some of downtown Halifax in the background here.

Here is a statue of Samuel Cunard, a famous shipbuilder who was born here in 1787.

There is only one boat in today! Ren says that during warmer months this place is full of boats!

It's empty!

There is a lighthouse though!

Barney and I rested a bit and watched to see if any more boats came in, but none did.

We headed back after that.

I did see two huge tugboats though!

Even though there were not a lot of boats it was still very pretty and I had a great time!

Bye for now!



Posted Dec 12, 2009, 7:12 am
Know what?! I arrived to the Czech republic! To Rehlovice exactly. It's a place where Misa's parents live.
I brought some stuff with me from my previous host in Canada. Misa was so glad when I showed her the Smarties wrap. It's her favourite candy! Do you know that in the Czech republic they are called Lentilky? We were actually browsing internet which one is older and it seems Smarties were manufactured sooner than Lentilky.
What a disappointment!  :stare:
Nevertheless, this is me when I arrived:

Some other mail arrived with me too...
Christmas greeting card from Bulgaria, New Year's greeting card from Ethiopia, postcards from Iraq, postcard from Georgia, envelope from Algeria, advertisements and statement of current account  :cyclops:

I took a look in Misa's room and look what I found! Stickers with my friend's Barney pictures! It seems I am visiting his mentor!  What a coincidence! :cyclops:
Misa told me she received them from Barney's host Olgamaus. They are so cute!

After that I went for a ride on a strange thing. It was buzzing all the time but the ride was pretty cool!

In the evening Misa prepared a welcome drink for me! It's called Banana Republic! What a funny name!

It's made of mixed bananas. Well... they are quite exotic. But to tell truth I am not sure I want to fulfill one of my life missions with this ...  :stare:

Well, let's wait with my life missions... and cheers!


Posted Dec 16, 2009, 9:53 pm

Today I was working on one of my life mission. I went through Misa's wallet (yeah, I know it's kinda impolite...  :( ...) and guess what I found there! Three different czech banknotes!
I willingly sat on all of them...
They are nice, aren't they?

Later I found another banknote, but you probably know it. :)

I forgot to sit on 10 Euro banknote but I was aware that you are very familiar with this banknote.... LOL! :cyclops:

But maybe you don't know these two banknotes...
This one is from Ghana:

and this one is from Bangladesh:

At the end I wanted to show you the back sides of all banknotes...

When I was satisfied with all that money I moved to kitchen and helped Misa with one type of Christmas candy.
Misa's mother baked it and we finished it.
At first we had to make pairs.

Then every pair paste with marmelade.

And then pour it with lime frosting and let it dry.

Misa supervised me all the time so I couldn't taste a lot!

The next Saturday we continue with the Christmas candy! I can't wait! Hopefully I'll taste more!

Bye for now,


Posted Dec 20, 2009, 9:52 am
Hi mom!

Today I continued with pre-Christmas preparations! I helped Misa with gingerbread decorating.
At first we had to make different colors...

And then we were drawing and drawing... here is a sample of some finished gingerbreads. We were having fun!

We also made another type of Christmas candy. It's called wasp nest. We didn't have to bake it so we finished quickly. It's really yummy!

I think I will have good time here during Christmas. They have so much food and all different candies! I am never hungry :)


Posted Dec 21, 2009, 2:15 pm
Hi mom!

I haven't told you yet that Misa has a new work. Today she took me there for a while. Not because of showing her workplace (maybe later) but because of nice view from window.
She works in a tall building with beautiful panorama. The building is even the tallest in the Czech republic!!! and is called The City Tower.
I have seen a sunrise in there!  :cyclops:

From this window we can see:
1) Castle Vysehrad
2) Petrin Lookout Tower
3) Prague castle

They are three interesting places among many others. Unfortunately we can't see them well on the photo because the picture is not as good as we assumed.

When Misa finished her work we had to go to the center organize things... On our way we saw this fantastic building - The Jerusalem Synagogue. It's the youngest and largest synagogue in Prague. It was built in 1906. It's really nice!

In a while we were at a place to pick up Misa's diploma thesis.
Mmmm, looks like interesting reading!  ;)

Unfortunately we had too full hands to walk more in Prague center. Hopefully we manage it later!


Posted Jan 3, 2010, 12:51 pm
Hi mom!
Today I saw another baking! They baked a christmas bread called 'vanocka'. I was only watching because I don't know how to plaite it.

It's sweet and there are raisins inside. And on the top are almonds!

When the preparation was finished I helped with pulling vanocka in the oven.
And here it is finished. Now only dredge vanocka with sugar and everything is done.


Posted Jan 3, 2010, 1:11 pm

In the morning Misa's family ususally decorates a Christmas tree. Well, she decorates it alone but it doesn't mind.
Because I am visiting her for Christmas I decided to help her.
But at first we had to play hide and seek.

Where am I? :)

Later we started with decorating. We had some glass balls and some decorations made from straw....
I am a very cute decoration as well!

During the day we watched fairy tales on TV. The Czechs always watch fairy tales at Christmas and there are several ones that are broadcasted every year.
There were also big preparations for Christmas Eve's dinner.
In the Czech Republic they usually eat fried carp and potato salad.
Because Misa's father has roots in Slovakia where they also eat a soup made from dried mushrooms and sour cream, is this soup also part of Christmas Eve table.
Another family habit is to eat a garlic clove to stay healthy. Fortunately they didn't insist on one clove for me. I feel healthy enough!

And after the dinner we moved to the living room and under the Christmas tree there were some gifts!
In the Czech republic the gifts brings Christ-child.

Happy Christmas!


Posted Jan 6, 2010, 9:40 pm
Hi mom!

Today we went for a short walk. I want to show you something!

We arrived at the place in the afternoon but as it is usual in winter, it was almost dark. I saw the moon at least!

We are in Dubice. It's a village on the hills above Rehlovice and there stands a church from where is wonderful view on Ceske Stredohori (Bohmische Mittelgebirge) and Elbe River.

The valley of Elbe River is very beautiful, especially in spring. It's a very romantic place and is sometimems called "Porta Bohemica" eg. A Gate to Bohemia.

If we sail this way down the river we would be shortly in Germany! This is  so exciting!

That's so pity we didn't make a boat trip on the Elbe!  :thinking:
Even thought it would be quite chilly these days on the river...
We said "Good Bye" to the moon on the sky and returned home.


Posted Apr 5, 2010, 12:15 pm
I made a trip to Belarus but I think I got lost.
Fortunately, Misa wrote her address on the envelope too so  kind postman returned me back to the Czech republic.
I was so scared that somebody left me alone and now I am so happy I am safe.

At the moment I am travelling to Japan. I can't wait when I am there!

Here are some photos of me when I returned from Belarus and how my envelope looked like.

your Fiete

Posted Apr 14, 2010, 2:29 am
I arrived just in time for the next trip! 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, 11:23 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, 11:36 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, 9:52 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 29, 2010, 2:49 pm
Well, technically we have a couple more udpates to write about Okinawa, but I thought you'd like to see what we've been up to the last couple weeks and so I thought we'd jump ahead and come back to the Okinawa updates once Jayme can download the information from the camera. First is our last night on Okinawa. We went out to eat at Jayme's favorite restraunt. It's called Sam's
They cook the food in front of you so it comes in courses. First is a small treat made of Okinawa sweet potato.
Next comes Navy Bean soup, and you can also see Jayme's new glass in the background. She ordered her drink with a souvinier glass since it was her last visit
Next comes salad
Then the cook arrives and cooks right in front of you! It's served right off the stove of course. We started with potatoes, onions, and green peppers
Then came the meat
And finally came the fried rice and beans
Yum! At least we'll have our bellies full for what comes next
More soon,

Posted May 29, 2010, 3:01 pm
The next day we got up and sat and sat at the airport trying to catch a flight. Finally we left to go home for a bit and came back at midnight to try for a flight then. We were flying space-available so unfortunately we couldn't get on just any flight. Finally we made it on the one at midnight! But it wasn't time for the plane to leave til 3am. We were all very, very tired. And unfortunately Jayme isn't allowed to take pictures of the plane or the airport since it is on a military base :( But once we got on the plane we could take a shot of us in the seats, looks like an ordinary plane doesn't it? Really we're on a seat above a HUGE cargo hold. We flew on a C-5 which is one of the largest planes out there.
After a long, long 10 hour flight we arrived in... Alaska? We checked into a hotel there even though we'd only have a few hours to sleep, but the kids had a hard time sleeping because it was still light out! Kind of neat really. Here's the view from our hotel at 11pm.
Finally we went back to the airport at 5am to catch our next flight. This one was on a slightly smaller plane, but still very big. We had to get onto our seats first.
But after take off we were able to get out and stretch, and look at how much stretching room there was! The kids had a blast running and playing during the flight. It was lots of fun. They even took a nap spread out on blankets on the floor.
Finally after all those plane rides we made it to Camp Pendleton's airfield just North of San Diego. We took a taxi to the beach to wait for Jayme's ride to show up, since she had an hour or so to drive. We just crossed the Pacific!
More soon,

Posted Jun 16, 2010, 1:08 pm
I am sorry I didn't update for so long! We had all sorts of internet problems and couldn't get the pictures up, but hopefully over the next few days you'll get to find out what I've been up to for the last month. We spent a lot of time just relaxing at Jayme's in-laws house, but we forgot to take pictures there. D'oh! We did do some day trips though. Our first one was to Balboa Park in San Diego to visit the Science Center. Here I am looking towards the park from the parking lot where we waited for the park tram.
And here's the Rubean H. Fleet Science Center. All the buildings here are done in a similar architectural fashion.
Inside was very neat, there were lots of handson science experiments for the children to explore as well as a small area for children under 6 (Jayme's barely made the cut off!) where they could play with balls and other toys. Here you can see some pictures inside.
When we came out the water fountain was on! Here is the water fountain outside the museum and behind it you can see the Natural History Museum.
Here's the central area of the park where we waited for the tram to come get us again.
More soon,

Posted Jun 16, 2010, 1:27 pm
A few days after our trip to Balboa Park we headed to the Ramona Rodeo. Jayme's inlaws actually live in Ramona, which is on the outskirts of San Diego. Every year there's a rodeo held here. It's very, very popular. Here's a couple pictures of me at the rodeo
And these are some zoomed in pictures Jayme took during it. It was lots of fun to see.
And don't worry! I made it out without anyone trying to lasso or wrangle me.
More soon,

Posted Jun 16, 2010, 1:56 pm
After the rodeo we lazed around a bit then thought we should go back to Balboa Park again since we'd only seen such a small portion of it. Our goal today was to go to the Air and Space Museum (you can tell we're taking little boys along, right?). We went to a different parking lot this time. We walked past the Organ Pavillion. We didn't get to see it, but every Sunday they have free concerts here.
Then we walked a short ways in Palm Canyon Trail on our way.
Finally we made it! Whew. Here's the entrane to the Air and Space Museum.
There are lots of neat things inside, the boys really liked this globe. You could make it look like any planet in the solar system by pushing a button.
And they lots of stuff besides planes to look at, like this Aircraft Carrier model.
But of course, there's lots of planes to see!
Whew! We got to see a lot. On our way out we headed back towards our car and decided to stop at the Botanical Gardens. Here's the outside.
And here's some of the lovely plants inside.
More soon,

Posted Jul 15, 2010, 12:45 am
Today we stopped by a place called Dos Picos park. It's a nice small park here in Ramona, CA where Jayme's relatives live. They have many hiking trails, but you have to be careful of the wildlife and most specifically the mountain lions on them. Here we are at the entrance.
Oh and did I mention we took Jayme's new puppy with us? His name is Max. He's a sweetie.
We stopped by the playground here at the park to let the kids play for a little bit.
Then we took a little walk around, but we stayed nearby since Jayme didn't really feel like dealing with any mountain lions today :)
They also have a small duck pond here.
It was nice to get out and stretch a bit! More soon,

Posted Jul 15, 2010, 1:12 am
Today we headed somewhere special, to Sea World in San Diego. We started out our trip in the artic exhibit to see the polar bears.
After that we headed over to the brand new dolphin show. Unfortunately we got there a little late so we were seated way up high! It provided a nice view of the stadium though.
Here's some zoomed in pictures of the show so you can see it. Sorry I'm not in them, but if I was all you would see would be specks. It was a very neat show, there were a lot of human acrobats in it.
After the dolphin show we headed over to see the sharks, here I am in the shark tunnel.
After that we headed over the main-line attraction, the Shamu show.
And again with some zoomed in pictures.
After the Shamu show we went on to see some flamingos.
And then the seals.
Finally we headed to the kid's area to let the kids unwind a bit. They had a jungle gym type area.
And of course some kiddie rides.
Our final show of the day was the seal show. Here's a few pictures of me and some zoomed in ones.
After that we headed home to collapse for the night! But we had lots of fun. More soon,

Posted Jul 15, 2010, 12:42 pm
Today we headed up a little ways north to a city just south of Los Angeles called Anaheim. Anaheim is famous for one very small reason... it's the home of Disneyland! We got there a little too late in the day to go to Disneyland, so instead we checked out the Downtown Disney area, which is a shopping plaza right outside Disney's gates. Here you can see some of the stores here.
We also went inside the Lego store where they had various creations made of legos (and of course blocks to purchase!) We found a statue of a celebrity there, Woody from Toy Story 3. Jayme's little boys love Toy Story and they were very excited to see this life-size Woody.
Finally we stopped by one more store called Build-a-Bear. We didn't take any pictures inside, but we helped the boys to make a dog to send to their daddy for Father's Day.
After that we headed back to the hotel for a good's nights sleep, we wanted to be well rested before our day at Disney!

Posted Jul 16, 2010, 2:58 am
We got up very early to go to Disneyland, Jayme said it's best to be there early because it's less crowded the first hour or two the park is open. When we arrived there weren't many people at the plaza in between the two parks at Disney in Anaheim, California Adventure and Disneyland. We aren't going into California Adventure, but we thought you'd like to see the entrance. You usually can't get a picture like this because there's too many people around.
As you can see, once we got inside the crowds showed up! They open up the turnstiles early to allow people into mainstreet, but you can't get to the rest of the park yet. You can see the castle though! And the rest of mainstreet.
Once they put down the barriers and let us in we headed right towards FantasyLand. Jayme said those rides are a pain later in the day because they're so slow to run and load and offload. The first ride we did was Casey Jr's Train. Here's a picture waiting for it and a picture on the ride.
After that we headed over to do the teacups, what fun!
Then the children really wanted to do It's a Small World. We ended up riding it three times! I don't think I'll ever get that song totally out of my head.
Next we headed over to Toon Town. If you look closely in this picture you can see a celebrity ;) That's Pluto in the background!
Next we went over and took the ferry to Tom Sawyer Island, here you can see us waiting in line. We forgot to take pictures over there we were so busy running around chasing kids.
Next we went over to do the Buzz Lightyear ride. Like we said yesterday, Jayme's kids really love Toy Story. They had lots of fun on this ride. Sadly all we got were pictures in line. Here's the line.
Here's a better picture of one of the wall murals.
Next we went onto the Jungle Cruise. Here's the entrance.
And the boat's we road on.
And here's some of the animals we saw on the way
Finally after that it was time to take a breather while we waited on the parade to start. The kids took a little nap in their stroller and we read for a bit.
Then it was time for the parade! It was more of a show than a parade this time, instead of floats they came out and danced around.
After the parade we ran over as fast as possible to do the Nemo subs. They're very popular right now because they're still new. Here you can see a sub.
And you can't really see what's out the window, but here's where we sat for the ride.
After the Nemo ride the kid's were getting cranky and we were all worn out so we headed home. Whew! I'm sure we'll recover to do some more updates before too long!

Posted Jul 28, 2010, 2:18 am
After we visited Jayme's family in California it was time to head to Ohio to see the next batch of family! So off we went. Our first stop here was at the Columbus Zoo! It was very neat. This year it was voted by some travel magazine as the best in the nation. We ended up starting out at the petting zoo to see the goats.
Then it was off to see the Moose! We were in the North America area.
Keeping with the North America theme we went onto the polar bear exhibit. The bears were hiding, but we got to play on the playground there.
We stopped by the bobcat exhibit as well. We didn't see much of the bobcats, they were napping. But I wanted to show you this plaque because the people in it are Jayme's relatives (by marriage). They raised the bobcats here at the zoo as well as working with the bonobos here at the zoo and some other small cats. Jayme got to have some real fun here when she was younger and they still worked here.
After that we headed into the Asian area. They had a bell there that was very sad. It chimes every time a species goes extinct.
After that it was time to stop for some dippin dots. Mmm!
And then we went into the aquarium.
We saw a couple more animals on the way out, but decided it was time to call it quits then because the kids were getting tired.
More soon,

Posted Jul 28, 2010, 2:54 am
We didn't do too much in Ohio besides the zoo, Jayme was too busy making phone calls! But then we found out we had a road trip to go on! We spent a very long time in the car...
When we looked out the window quite awhile later we were... in CHICAGO?! I thought were supposed to be headed towards North Carolina...
Apparently we had to come up to an area near Chicago to pick up Jayme's furniture that had been in storage. In the meantime, we decided to take some time to check out the city :)
Since Jayme's father hadn't been to the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower we decided to head that way. Here I am outside.
And here are the views of the city from the tower.
They had this neat new thing there. It goes out over the street itself and has a plexi-glass bottom so you can look straight down at the street. I thought it was scary! But Jayme's kids loved it.
More later,

Posted Jul 28, 2010, 3:04 am
After Chicago we had to go up to Wisconsin to pick up Jayme's items. We only had to go just over the border, and we weren't there long but sine Wisconsin is famous for cheese we had to stop to get some.
We also stopped by a restaraunt called Cracker Barrel. They have lots of what's considered American country cooking and you can find them all over the country. Mm. Lunch.
One of the fun things here is that they have these little wooden table games you can play. We got to relax and play one while drinking some root beer while we waited for the kids to finish eating.
Whew. On our way to North Carolina finally! Next stop Wilmington.

Posted Sep 4, 2010, 1:35 am
I'm so sorry it's been so long since I updated! Jayme's been too busy. She also realized she forgot to put up the 4th of July photos! Oops! We arrived to Jayme's new home just in time for the 4th of July here. We spent the morning on a quick trip to the beach, it was lots of fun.
We spent the afternoon unpacking, yuck. Then it was time to head out for some fireworks. Aren't they pretty?
More soon,

Posted Sep 4, 2010, 1:40 am
We had to make one fun stop before the kids went back to school as a special treat. We stopped by Krispy Kreme Donuts. Yum!
Unfortunately the hot donuts sign wasn't on, so we couldn't see the donuts being made. But we did get to enjoy a tasty one.
More soon,

Posted Sep 4, 2010, 1:45 am
Wilmington is very well known for the it's downtown area on the waterfront. We didn't have long to look today, but we wanted to go check it out finally so down we went. Here's a view of the water front.
And a little view of the downtown.
They were also having a farmer's market the day we were there with lots of things for sale.
More soon,

Posted Sep 4, 2010, 1:59 am
Today we visited one of Jayme's relatives and she took us to a local farm. Here you can ride on wagon rides, here we are waiting in the barn for the wagon.
Once on the wagon ride we got to ride around for awhile and feed various animals. The children had lots of fun feeding them as the animals ran up to be fed. Here are some views on the ride.
After the ride we walked down a small path that had these funny gourds growing from the arch.
And we stopped by the petting zoo and to see some camels are on our way home.
Hope to have more adventures soon!

Posted Oct 21, 2010, 8:54 pm
Hallo to my Family
I arrived savely and met new friends. Now I ve to sleep but in the next days my host will make a few pictures ;)

Posted Dec 16, 2010, 4:52 pm
Oh, now it´s time to update.
I have a good time at the host home in Mönchengladbach.
I met a few friends
They are called SamWhite, Cilly and BeePoh.
I really like them.
One day I met the three guinea pigs of my host. Me and Mürfel. She is really shy. :) Me, Kolja and Toffifee. I thing they love each other    ;)
The weather isn´t good but we had a great day and went geocaching...
This was really funny.
We went into the wood and searched for tupperware ... and finally we found it.
We wrote our nicknames in a book and after this adventure my host logged the "found" cache in the internet. We checked the coordinates a little break with my friends... It´s not a lake or a river but the beginning ;)
and YES ... we met cows... I spoke to them and my host looked so confused...
My host had her final exams last week and she passed it really good.. I think we find now a little bit more time ... but the weather ist still sad...
ah .. one impression I got for you... I was celebrating Halloween. (but this was too much for me, too much people, too loud, so I just have the start before we went out on a photo)
This was my bag for the evening :)
Take care, mommy :)

Posted Feb 25, 2011, 3:54 am
Hi Mum,

I am in Canada :D! Tonight I felt a lot of paws funmbling around my envelope :rolleyes:.

And when I eventually came out I found three TVs ready to welcome me :): they are Dottie Mouse and Pitzelpatz who both come from Germany too and sammino a stay-at-home TV.

They were very curious to hear about my travels, so we spent the evening chatting ;).

Posted Feb 28, 2011, 12:44 am
Hi Mum,

Today is an holiday in Alberta :), so smaug wasn’t working and took us out to breathe some fresh air. At one point we had to leave the car as the highway is closed in winter.

The trail was very snowy and mostly between the trees...

...although we could occasionally see our surroundings :).

Eventually we reached the summit of Prairie Mt., from where I could see the prairies in the east...

...and mountains everywhere else :rolleyes:.

Those clouds didn’t look nice...

...and the wind was freezing cold :stare:, so I took a final photo with the summit cairn and we quickly headed back to the warmth of the car ;).

Posted Mar 2, 2011, 4:58 am
Hi Mum,

Today smaug took a day off and told us that we were going skiing :D. As we knew that temperatures in Calgary were going to be a bit frigid :rolleyes:, we checked how things were on the mountains....not a comforting sight :stare:.

We tried to suggest that it was maybe a good day for staying in bed with a hot chocolate ;), but smaug wouldn’t listen to reason, so, to ease the shock of going outside, we decided to train a few minutes in the freezer :rolleyes:....cold, very cold, but not nearly as a cold as our destination.

If anything it was actually way colder than what the forecast said, so, not surprisingly, the runs were nearly empty :rolleyes:...

...but the views were great :D.

And once my toes were so frozen that I couldn’t feel anything it was actually great fun, off we go ;)!!

Posted Mar 8, 2011, 4:35 am
Hi Mum,

Today we asked smaug if we were going to hit the slopes again, but he said that his toes where still a bit too frostbitten and insensitive from skiing last week :rolleyes: and he didn’t want to lock them in the ski boots we went for a hike around Banff instead :D. At the beginning of the trail we crossed this nice little canyon.

In the distance you can see Lake Minnewanka...completely frozen.

When the trees opened up a bit we could see more of the lake :).

It seems that no one has been on this trail for some time....we actually started wondering if it was a trail at all :stare:.

Eventually we reached our destination, the shore of the lake a few km away from the parking lot. Here the landscape was very...white :rolleyes:.

We walked to the middle of the lake to take some photos from there B).

Eventually the wind started picking up and quickly the temperature fell down, so we decided to hide in the backpack for the rest of the day ;).

Posted Mar 19, 2011, 4:04 am
Hi Mum,

Today we had a new arrival here in Calgary :).

It’s Monkez, a nice monkey travelling on the WTVT, and he brought over a lovely card from his last host :D.

Posted Mar 29, 2011, 4:18 am
Hi Mum,

Today is the first day of spring and we are celebrating it...with a fresh dump of snow, of course :rolleyes:.

Well, we were not going to do anything anyway, since smaug was at home sick :(. So we actually had to make sure that he took the right medications. sammino suggested to give him every pill in the house to speed up his recovery :rolleyes:, but we all agreed that we didn’t really want to take the chance of poisoning our host, so we just followed the doses suggested on the packages.

Later sammino showed us some of the maps of his pre-TV travelling life :)...

...and the photos from his private album. We particularly liked his photos in Greenland :D: maybe I'll go there too one day ;).

Posted Apr 4, 2011, 3:32 am
Hi Mum,

It seems that someone forgot to tell to Old Man Winter that we are supposed to be in spring, so the weather is “not particularly nice” :rolleyes: and this week end we didn’t do anything more than a short walk to stretch our legs. As you can see the atmosphere is still very wintery.

We walked down to the river to take a couple of photos...

But when we asked if we could jump on the ice :D smaug told us that the river ice is not good for walking :( so we just headed back to the warmth of home ;).

Posted Apr 11, 2011, 4:33 am
Hi Mum,

When yesterday the weather forecast issued a snowfall warning :stare: for Calgary we noticed that it was April 1st and had a laugh about it :D. Well, it was no April’ fool and today we woke up under a thick snowfall :rolleyes:...which made the trees look very pretty.

Walking around town we could barely see the buildings around us.

We wanted to play a bit on the ground :), but the snow was so deep that we were sinking in it :stare:... we just let smaug do the walking ;).

Posted Apr 23, 2011, 4:13 am
Hi Mum,

Not much happened here in Calgary over the last couple of weeks :(...of course, we got more dumps of snow, but that’s no big news anymore :rolleyes:. But today smaug showed up with a big envelope and told us to take good care of it...there was something moving in it :stare:.

It turned out that it was a new guest arriving here in Calgary, Clifford :D and he brought over a lovely card and some delicious sweets :).

We told him that he got here with a perfect timing as we are going skiing this week :), something that I guess shocked him a bit ;)....he’ll soon get used to Calgary “spring” :rolleyes:.

Posted Apr 25, 2011, 3:27 am
Hi Mum,

Today we went skiing in Lake Louise :D...where, to be honest, the morning temperatures were not really spring-like :rolleyes:. Here we were leaving the base of the mountain on the Grizzly gondola.

As we went up the view improved :).

Later we reached the top of a chair called “Top of the world”: very fascinating name although maybe a bit of an overstatement as there were plenty of higher peaks around :rolleyes:. For instance that one behind me is Mt Whitehorn, from where, apparently, in the afternoon smaug decided to practice tumbling downhill in a quite disorderly fashion :stare:. Luckily by that time we had already left his backpack and were relaxing at lodge, otherwise we’d be a bunch of much thinner TVs now ;).

Here there’s the opposite side of the valley behind me. Those seemly harmless clouds soon covered us making it almost impossible to tell the snow on the mountain from the clouds with everything turned into a milky fog :(.

So we didn’t take any more picture on the mountain. We tried  our luck later in day at the village, but again we were pounded by a blizzard.

We eventually drove over to the lake that gives the name to both the village and the ski resort and the weather decided to give us a break :). This is the west side of the lake...

...while the eyesore :rolleyes: behind me is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, one of the most luxurious and pricey hotel in the Rockies B).

Posted Apr 28, 2011, 4:55 am
Hi Mum,

Happy Easter!

We wondered if smaug was going to get us a giant chocolate egg :D, but he said that it would have been to much for such small TVs :( we got a TV size egg each instead ;)!

Hope you had a wonderful day :)!

Posted Apr 29, 2011, 5:08 am
Hi Mum,

Today we said goodbye to Monkez who is travelling to his next host on the WTVT :). We wished him a safe trip and hoped that spring will look more spring-like in Hong Kong :rolleyes:.

Posted May 3, 2011, 4:31 am
Hi Mum,

Today smaug said that he found a parcel for us TVs in the mail :stare:. sammino explained us that that meant there was likely a new guest in that parcel, so we got very excited :).

And yes :D, out of the envelope came Mandy Sheep a nice (guess what :rolleyes:?) sheep from Germany...we start having a bit of a German colony here ;). She showed us the lovely card that she brought with her (that smaug forgot to include in the photo :rolleyes:) and then we spent the night chatting about our travels :).

Posted May 4, 2011, 4:44 am
Hi Mum,

There’s been a bit of parcel traffic here in Calgary over the last few days :rolleyes:, and a new one arrived today :).

And of course that meant a new guest, Kirin a nice giraffe from Chile :D. She brought over a lovely card and some delicious sweets :D, so of course we spent the night chatting and eating ;).

Posted May 15, 2011, 10:38 pm
Hi Mum,

It’s been a bit boring here in Calgary recently. Last weekend we were stuck home as it rained all the time :( (which sammino said was a very good sign of the approaching spring :stare:, as temperatures are now warm enough to get rain rather than snow :rolleyes:). The only excitement has been the strengthening of our troops due to a new arrival today :).

It’s Frankie_Blue :D a nice bear (although he’s not thoroughly convinced of being one :rolleyes:) from Germany who is travelling on the WTVT.

Of course we wanted to know everything about his travels, so we spent the night up chatting :).

Posted May 16, 2011, 5:23 am
Hi Mum,

This weekend the weather seems to eventually be quite nice, so this morning we went for a short walk on the mountains :). sammino explained to us that we can’t go very high as, apart for a few places, there’s still a silly amount of snow at high altitude so we chose a low altitude trail in a valley that got relatively little snow this winter. When we arrived at the parking lot there was no one around.

After walking a bit we crossed this muddy creek and wondered if we were going to spend the whole day wading into mud :rolleyes:.

But the trail winding between the trees was actually quite nice and dry...

...with the occasional view of the mountains around us :).

Eventually we reached the highest point of our trip...obviously it wasn’t very high as there was no snow around :rolleyes:.

But the view was great :D.

The trail that we took to go back was a bit less nice, actually it was very mucky, so we decided to stay in the backpack chatting and let smaug toiling his way back to the car ;).

Posted May 23, 2011, 4:00 am
Hi Mum,

Today, for once, we had some nice weather over the weekend, so smaug took us to the mountains for a walk :). First we spent some time along the shores of Lake Minnewanka...which looks still pretty much frozen.

Later we headed up on the side of the mountain to the location of an abandoned fire lookout from where the view of the lake was much better :D.

As the sky was blue but we kept hearing loud thunders, we asked sammino what that noise was. He explained that they were just avalanches :stare: coming down from those mountains behind us. He also added that we were probably comforting :rolleyes:.

On the other side of the valley the snow covering Mt. Aylmer seemed less likely to come down...or so we hoped.

Funny enough, someone put up here a makeshift swing, so we played a bit with it :).

As we were getting hungry we asked smaug if he had packed a full 3 courses meal plus dessert :p. Disappointingly he didn’t planned the day properly and just handed us some energy bars :(.

Apparently this lookout is famous for being visited by lots of bighorn sheep but there was none around today...although there were plenty of traces of their passage here, very smelly traces that did not make for interesting photos ;). Talking about smelly things, another very common and slightly less pleasant resident here is the wood tick, so smaug spent the day covered with this fairly disgusting insect repellent...which made the experience of being around him very tough on our smell sense and which also probably explains why (despite this being May long weekend) we hardly met anyone (people, TV or wildlife) the whole day :rolleyes:.

On the way back to the car we stopped on the lake side. Very close to the shore the ice is starting to break up so the lake might be open soon :). Too bad it soon started to rain a bit, so we hid in the backpack and wondered if there was going to be a 3 courses meal with cake waiting for us at home ;).

Posted Jun 4, 2011, 8:32 pm
Hi Mum,

Today we all gathered together to say goodbye and wish a safe trip to Mandy Sheep :) who is flying back home to join her mum for a trip to Denmark.

Posted Jun 5, 2011, 3:58 am
Hi Mum,

Today two new guests arrived here in Calgary for a short visit :): Dean, a nice horse from the USA and Krystal, another one of smaug’s TVs. They were a bit jet lagged so we welcomed them and then let them go get some sleep :).

Posted Jun 5, 2011, 4:35 am
Hi Mum,

Our new guests will spend a few days in Banff for work :o, so today we all accompanied them to check their accommodation :rolleyes:.  Here we started heading towards the mountains :)...

...and got closer to Banff until we reached our exit from the highway.

Driving through Banff was very nice :).

At the conference centre we inspected the room: the view was nice...

And the furniture seemed comfortable enough :rolleyes:.

As the place looked OK ;) we left them here and headed back to Calgary.

Posted Jun 12, 2011, 5:10 am
Hi Mum,

Today the weather was very nice, so we all went for a short walk along the Little Elbow River :). First we took a couple a photos from almost the middle of the river.

Then we kept walking between trees, mountains and the river.

What a nice day :D.

Posted Jun 30, 2011, 3:39 pm
Hi Mum,

today it was party time as it is Krystal birthday :)! We got her a lovely cake and, of course, we let her have the first big slice and helped ourselves with the rest of the cake.

Today it was actually also goodbye time: Dean, Krystal and Sigfrido are all flying back to Europe tomorrow, so we all wished them a safe trip :).

Posted Jul 7, 2011, 3:56 am
Hi Mum,

This week we never saw smaug so we were getting a bit worried....because we were running short of sweets ;). When we asked sammino where our host was he said that he was probably just trying not to be eaten alive by bugs :o on some horrible site in northern there was nothing to worry about :rolleyes:.
Anyway, today was Kirin’s birthday :) and, despite the food shortage :rolleyes:, we managed to organize a little party for her ;).

Posted Jul 7, 2011, 4:48 am
Hi Mum,

sammino told us that this week some of us will leave Calgary, so today smaug took a few detours on a site visit to show us some nice view of the Rockies :). First we stopped looking at the Bow valley.

Later on we took a look at one of the most famous views in this part of the Rockies, Peyto Lake :).

On the way back home we stopped at an even more famous view: Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks :D (no, we couldn’t get all ten of them in the photo :rolleyes:), which apparently used to feature on the old $20 notes.

I am sure those notes would have looked lovely if I had been on them too B).

Posted Jul 10, 2011, 10:53 pm
Hi Mum,

Today we said goodbye and wished a safe trip to Dottie Mouse who will be travelling to USA tomorrow :).

Posted Jul 10, 2011, 11:11 pm
Hi Mum,

This week Calgary looks like a departure lounge ;). Today we gathered to say goodbye to another guest, Clifford, who will travel home to the UK :) tomorrow.

Posted Jul 10, 2011, 11:24 pm
Hi Mum,

No wonder we don’t see smaug often these days....he’s always at the post office :rolleyes:! Today it was time to say goodbye to Frankie_Blue who will travel tomorrow to his new host on the WTVT in Hong Kong :).

Posted Jul 11, 2011, 3:15 am
Hi Mum,

It might be the almost the middle of July, but today we were reminded that we are still in Canada :rolleyes:.

Today smaug decided that the weather forecast looked good so we went for a walk on the mountains....but obviously the forecast wasn’t that accurate....or maybe smaug was a bit sleepy when he checked it ;). It was ridiculously windy and we got hit a by a few little blizzards too. Anyway,  by the time we reached the highest point of our walk, it was still windy but the clouds had lifted a bit so we could take some pictures.
Dark in the East we could see Kananaskis Valley and further away the foothills and the prairies.

These rocky peaks looked a bit grim.

The weather farther West over the Bow valley wasn’t much better.

But this little valley seemed very nice :).

On the way back to the car some blue patches appeared in the sky, so we took a final look at the Bow Valley before taking shelter from the wind in smaug’s backpack.

Posted Jul 18, 2011, 3:43 am
Hi Mum,

Today we all said goodbye and wished a safe trip to Pitzelpatz who tomorrow will start travelling to his new host :).

Posted Jul 18, 2011, 4:52 am
Hi Mum,
Today we had a day of proper summer weather :), so smaug took us to the mountains on one of the most popular scrambles in the Rockies...the fact that we met less than twenty people in the all day makes me wonder how quiet the less-popular ones must be :rolleyes:.
Anyway, we started hiking in very shadowy forest so we spent most of the time in the backpack. We stuck our nose out of it when we thought we could have a look at our destination, but smaug said that we could see only part way up the mountain from this gully.

Eventually the view improved :).

We could see Sulphur Mountain with the summit station of the gondola.

Later on we finally came out of the forest and the view was even better.

We even had our first glimpse of our destination...which seemed to be still quite far away, not to mention a very unusual place for a cow like me :stare:.

But when we reached the summit it was definitely worth the effort :D. The slope on the opposite side was a bit scary, but the sightseeing was amazing.

We could see the Bow Valley more than a mile below us...

...Cascade Mountain in front of us...

...Lake Minnewanka in the distance...

...the east side of the Bow Valley with Canmore...

...more mountains in the south...

...and again the Bow Valley heading north towards Lake Louise.

What a day :D!

Posted Jul 21, 2011, 4:10 am
Hi Mum,

Today we said goodbye to Kirin who tomorrow will leave Calgary and start travelling to her next host in Finland :).

Posted Jul 24, 2011, 5:48 am
Hi Mum,

Today a new guest arrived in Calgary :).

HelgaHH, a nice ladybird travelling on the WTVT :D. She was a bit tired, so we saved all our questions for later ;).

Posted Jul 24, 2011, 6:18 am
Hi Mum,

Today we went out on the mountains again. The car park was very quiet, but it was a nice morning :).

The first part of the trail was in the middle of a forest, until we reached Baldy Pass, where the view was very nice.

Here we also got a glimpse of our destination for the day...which looked still quite far :stare:.

But, somehow, smaug’s legs managed to propel us to the top where we were greeted by a great view :). We could see Baldy Pass below us...

...the prairies in the East...

...the Rockies extending in the North...

...and a very concerning storm over Nakiska ski area which seemed to head straight for us :rolleyes:.

And it actually hit us very quickly, but it also went away very quickly, giving us a chance to take a photo with this nice rainbow :D.

Before starting the trip back we all signed the summit register B).

And back at the car we had a final look at Midnight Peak which by now, of course, was shining in the sun :rolleyes:.

Posted Aug 1, 2011, 6:54 am
Hi Mum,

This week smaug left us all alone all week but when he came back last night we were very pleased to hear that the weather was going to be gorgeous and that he was going to take us to the mountains today :). After spending, as usual, a lot of time under the shadow of the trees we had our first glimpse of the mountains encircling Hidden Lake, which, true to its name, was hidden from our eyes the whole day :rolleyes:.

Moving on we reached Boulder Pass, from where we could see better the same mountains...

...and where we saw for the first time our destination of the day....which seemed awfully steep :stare:.

Later we reached Deception Pass from where we could see back Boulder Pass, Mount Redoubt and Ptarmigan Lake...

...and Skoki Valley.

From here Fossil Mountain appeared a touch less inaccessible, but still a bit far up above us.

But somehow smaugs’ legs managed to propel us up to the top, from where the view was great :D. We could see Skoki lakes with the Wall of Jericho (don’t even think of asking me who and how came up with the names around here :rolleyes:)...

...again Boulder Pass with Mt Temple and Mt Victoria far in the background...

...and more beautiful mountains and small lakes in all directions.

On the way back we stopped for lunch :). While smaug was retrieving the supplies we checked our daily progresses.

Then we focused on the food: the energy bar and drink were far from appealing...

...but luckily smaug packed some chocolate too :), German chocolate :D!

With a full belly we had a look around: our lunch spot had a lovely view over Skoki lakes...

...and valley.

Eventually it was time to head back, but still we took a photo with Ptarmigan Lake and Mount Redoubt...

...and some more photos from the lake shore.

After that we dived back in the rucksack and helped ourselves with what was left of that lovely chocolate ;).

Posted Aug 12, 2011, 3:44 am
Hi Mum,

Today it was a holiday, so we had another chance to spend some time outdoor. This time we stayed close to Calgary in Kananaskis Country. And we were lucky with the weather again :), and had a nice view right from the car park.

Later we dived into the trees, and came out of them already up on a ridge, from where we could see the Elbow River flowing east to Calgary...

...and the Rockies over to the west.

Looking down to the valley we could see that the car park was still completely empty...other than for our lonely car :rolleyes:.

Once we approached the summit we had to follow a nice and gentle grassy ridge.

Until we reached the top, from where we could see both the prairies and the Rockies :D.

On the way back the wind suddenly became a bit uncomfortable, which sent us back hiding into the backpack :rolleyes:.

Posted Aug 12, 2011, 4:32 am
Hi Mum,

Today I got ready to leave Canada, but before jumping in my travelling quarters I worked on one of my missions by sitting on a Canadian note....sammino was planning to use something fancy like a $100 note B), but $20 was all we could find inside smaug’s wallet :rolleyes:.

Then it was time to say farewell to HelgaHH and sammino...

...who gave me a big hug and wished me a safe journey :).

Posted Aug 12, 2011, 10:02 pm
Hello :)!

I arrived in Essen today. I will update with photos later, just wanted to let you know that I am here now.


Posted Aug 21, 2011, 11:55 am
Hello everyone,

today BlackCat visited a pen pal who is living not so far away from her home. We went with her and had a lot of fun in Viersen. You will see on the pictures.

It was a nice day and I hope I can show you a lot more nice towns while I am staying with BlackCat.


Posted Aug 21, 2011, 12:14 pm

today we made a walk in the forest near BlackCats home. It was a nice walk and we made a lot photos to show you!

It was nice in the forest, as it was a hot day and there the sun wasn't shining on our heads all the time.


Posted Aug 23, 2011, 12:42 am
Hello :)!

Today we were allowed to join BlackCat while she was working in the youth centre. There was a teenager disco (for kids from 13-17) today and we were really excited.

BlackCat decided that we will be a good decoration and made us ready for our "work". It was a lot of fun and we laughed a lot.

I really hope we can go to another teenager disco together again.


Posted Aug 23, 2011, 12:51 am

today we visited the zoo of Bochum, which isn’t a big one. There are no really special animals, only 2 sharks. But we weren’t able to make photos there, as the light was so bad. But we made some other photos with the animals outside and with a fountain where you can drink water from (like in America, BlackCat said). Looks nice and we all tried and had fun. Hope you’ll enjoy the photos as well.

I am sorry for not so much photos, but most of the animals were behind glass windows, which made it impossible to make good photos...sorry.


Posted Aug 23, 2011, 1:17 am

today we made a walk through the fields of Essen-Kupferdreh. It was a really long walk, but we really enjoyed it. Hopefully we will make more walks like this in the next weeks.
We found horses :)!
In the middle is the lake Baldeney and the black points are cows :)! Can you see them?


Posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:05 pm

today was nice weather, so we decided to have a walk. First we really had a nice walk in the fields. We had a wonderful view from there. I loved it. But look at the photos yourself.

For the other place I will make an own entry.


Posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:18 pm

When we had a short walk in the forest today, we were all excited. Suddenly there was a ruin on a glade. BlackCat was sceptical first, but her boyfriend took her hand and we went inside. It was so wonderful. We made a lot photos to show to you, but you can’t see how beautiful it really was. I enjoyed it a lot.

Later BlackCat found out, that it was a house of a coal mine which was closed in 1968. Really interesting, don’t you think?


Posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:20 pm

Today a new voyager arrived here. SamSam came all the way from USA to us. I hope we’ll have a lot of fun together.


Posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:23 pm

Today we drove to Haltern am See. BlackCat wanted to have a walk in the moorlands near Haltern. The moorland is called Westruper Heide in German. But suddenly it started to rain really crazy, so we stopped our walk. But we have some photos for you.


Posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:26 pm

Today we went to the city centre of Essen. We found a really cute house near the Grillo theatre.

Later we found out that it is the house for the coulisses of the theatre. Really cute.

Then we went on the shopping street and saw the carillon of the city of Essen. Really nice one. But it was no full hour, so no sound was playing.

Later we went on and saw a statue. In the background you can see the cathedral of Essen (the green roof) and the town hall of Essen (the big black house).

It was a nice day.


Posted Sep 18, 2011, 8:29 pm

Today we went in a little animal park. It was for free and we really enjoyed looking at the animals. We made some photos to show to you!


Posted Sep 22, 2011, 12:59 pm
Hey :),

today we drove to the North Sea for one day. BlackCat wanted to go there and her boyfriend said: Okay, let’s go. So we took a 3,5 hour drive with the car to go there. When we arrived, it was really windy and BlackCat was really angry that she forgot something to protect her ears. But it was okay. We went to see the lighthouse of Pilsum. Otto, a famous German comedian, filmed a movie there. The lighthouse is pretty famous in Germany and we weren’t alone there. But it was nice.

Later we went to the beach. BlackCat showed us a big sign where you can see what animals are living in the Wadden Sea. We wanted to find animals, but the flood was coming and so we were just watching the waves and feeling the wind on our skin.

It was a really nice day and I really hope we will do something like that again!


Posted Sep 27, 2011, 1:04 pm
Hey =),

today we went shopping in Venlo – Netherlands with BlackCat. She really loves shopping there as a lot stuff is cheaper then in her hometown. And she just drives like 40 minutes to get there. This time we were allowed to go with her.

First we had a short walk at the river Maas which is flowing through Venlo. Last time that BlackCat was here there was a forest at the other side of the river. Now the trees are away and they are building something there.

After that we saw a house with that picture on it. Torsten, BlackCats boyfriend, said it could have been a brewery. We are not sure about it, but we liked the picture.

Later we had a look at the sign post to see where we could go. Do you see the little guy on it?

That is the town hall of Venlo. It is really big and does look nice from the backside. We didn’t have the time to go to the front, as the parking ticket was just for 1 hour. So we had to hurry with shopping and get back to the car.

That was a nice time in the Netherlands.


Posted Oct 10, 2011, 1:57 pm
Hey mum,

BlackCat totally forgot to make photos from my leaving, but I wanted to let you know that I am on my way back home now.


Posted Oct 26, 2011, 6:31 pm

I am at home again. It is great to be back. First I had a rest in my big armchair.

Then I said hello to my friends the bears.

And I talked a lot with these friendly guys from Norway (and Russia).

I decided to come home, because here were not so many hosts – but now I found out that there are hundreds of new members.  I will have a rest at home – and maybe start my travels next year again.

Thanks a lot to all the hosts who showed me so many interesting things and places over the last years.


Posted Nov 25, 2011, 10:48 pm
Hello Mommy!

I arrived at Juls' today. I got here just in time for tea and cake :)
It was delicious and very comfy.
Thank you for the sweets you packed for my trip. (There were even some left to share with juls! hehe...)
Afterwards she showed me round the house a bit and I met the tiny Santa Clause... he is not much larger than me (funny, I always thought he would be bigger).
Juls says there are some more TVs coming and I am excited and looking forward to meeting them and have fun together.
But I think I'll take a nap now, it was a long trip.
I'll write again soon.
love xx

Posted Nov 27, 2011, 12:48 pm
Hey Mum!
Frohen 1. Advent!
I was lucky to arrive on friday. Juls had a lot on her schedule for the weekend and she took me everywhere she went.
This morning we went to a Kammerkonzert Martinee. There was a trombone-quartette who played Praetorius, Lynn, Desprez and Koetsier. The latter wrote the "Suit in sieben Streichen" Max und Moritz Opus 127!
It was rather festive :)
Unfortunately we couldn't take any pictures but we will be joining an Adventschoir this afternoon and maybe I can take some lovely pictures there.
Fiete xx

Posted Nov 30, 2011, 6:17 pm
Hey Mommy,
here is what I did the last couple of days!
We made a morning walk to the "Grambker See" a lake near to juls' place. It was cold but really nice scenery. Can you see me climb a tree and play?
The town musicians you see me with are not the real ones. They were too busy with tourists, we will try again soon.
We went to the medieval market "Schlachtezauber" on saturday. It was really cool! There was a fire-eater and lots of people dressed up as people in medieval costumes who sold mead and handycrafts!
We had a lot of fun and Juls and I drank spiced wine and hot chocolate.
Today Kalista arrived, too. We are going to have so much fun :)
Fiete xx

Posted Dec 10, 2011, 10:56 pm
Hello Mummy!

Here are some more pictures of my adventures.
Bremen is a beautiful city. Most of the sights are currently 'blocked from view' by the market, so I can't see them. But there are so many gorgeous lights here that I can look at instead...
There are stalls that sell all sorts of curious treasures. Also they show traditional handcrafts. And people are dressed up in medieval costumes. I really enjoy the market and Christmastime.
Juls says we usually have snow in these parts by the 18th (which melts till the 23rd) but this year is rather wet. So there might not be snow until after Christmas. Wish us luck for a white Christmas anyway!
I'll keep you posted.
Have a nice 3rd Advent!

Love, Fiete

PS: Also, Takumi arrived today. He was late (due to delays with the postal service) and we were all worried but he is with us now.

Posted Dec 26, 2011, 11:32 am
Merry Christmas Mum!

Wow, so much happened the last couple of weeks and I am very sorry we never found the time to update my travelog so could follow my adventures.
Anyway here we go now!
Unfortunately we never got snow here in time for Christmas. Did you have a White Christmas? We had rain. And lots of it, too.
When we went to the Christmas market last week it was raining cats and dogs.
But I finally got to see the real town-musicians and some of the historic buildings of Bremen. The townhall is world national heritage, the court of law (that's the one with the fancy tower) and the cathedral. Together with Takumi and Kalista we had so much fun!
(Btw, YES, I am on the picture with the town-musicians but I might just be invisible before Kalista's tummy.)

Lots of Love
Fiete xxx

Posted Dec 26, 2011, 11:49 am
Decoration of the Christmas tree.

Hey Mum! One day till Christmas!!!
We are so excited!
Juls went to buy the Christmas tree a couple of days ago and today we brought it inside.
We got all the decorations from the attic and Takumi and Kalista and I helped her decorate it. It was so beautiful and we had lots of fun toying with the bauble and golden ribbons!
Later that night we helped Santa wrap all Christmas presents.
It was fun. All the time there was Christmas music playing :)
I Miss you during this festive season mum!

Posted Dec 26, 2011, 12:16 pm
Merry Christmas Mum!

There was some more biscuit baking today (Cinnamon stars, gingerbread hearts and chocolate biscuits and colourful icing: yummy!!!) and in the afternoon we got to go to the Christmas teatime where all the family was receiving, giving and unwrapping presents.
It was really comfy.
I hope you have a nice time too mum!

I will have to be leaving Juls soon to go to Norway. I will be missing Takumi and Kalista, but I am sure I will be meeting new friends and new hosts. So much more to see and do.

Posted Dec 29, 2011, 9:56 pm
Dear Mum,

when you read this, I am already on my way to new adventures.
It has been great fun to stay with juls and meet new friends, but my journey continues.
I hope to arrive before New Years Eve!
During my last hours in Bremen, Kalista, Takumi and I and juls had some fruit and some cuddling on the sofa.
It was really relaxed and then I climbed the envelope.
Next time you here from me, I'll be in Norway.
Guten Rutsch!


Posted Jan 4, 2012, 3:25 pm
Hiiiiiii mom! :D

I arrived in Norway just on time for the New Years celebration, and i was really happy to get out of the bag i tell you!
I brought a cookie too!

Cilly, a TV that my new hostess already had for a fewweeks, greeted me, and we shared the cookie ;)

Im really looking forward to my days here in Norway, and hope i will see lots of new things, and that you will like my updates and the photos we will take!
Let the vacation begin! :D

Love, Fiete

Posted Jan 4, 2012, 3:32 pm
Its New Years Eve, we went to the house of my hostess' mother, where we spend the evening together with her family.

This was the table before dinner, it was really nice with the decoration i think, set the mood a little :D

They started carving the turkey in the kitchen already, to get nice slices, it started out well, but when people are hungry, they take matter in own hands, and the turkey looked looks pretty on this picture! :D haha

It was a lovely meal, everything as perfect, the mood, the people, laughter, good drink, tyrkey was alright, the sause was mmmm....we had a very nice dinner i must say! :D

After dinner we had a relaxed evening on the sofa watching tv, and playing cards, eating yummie candy, just stuffing us even more ;)

Me, with some Norwegian Kroner, we lost tho :(
Stupid card game!! ;)

Fireworks were very nice, we watched it from the balcony, had a very nice vieuw, too bad the pictures didnt work out, but believe me, it was very nice!!! :D

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Norway with love,


Posted Jan 4, 2012, 3:35 pm
We went for a little drive to a nearby village, Kirkenær today, my hostess has a few days off, so then off we go!
When we drove home, we saw this amazing sunset, and had to stop to take pictures, isnt this beautiful???

And then she took a picture of me in the car on the way home, we were using seatbelts, almost all the time, promise!!

Having a great time, don't worry about me mommy :D

Fiete <3

Posted Jan 8, 2012, 9:33 pm

Today it started to get colder, as you can see here...
Me, together with my friends, Cilly and Eloy!

Fiete <3

Posted Jan 8, 2012, 9:36 pm
Today, hostess decided to have a WII day, play it all day long, nothing more, nothing less, so we did! ;)

She got a WII for her birthday from her sister, a used one, but it works perfectly, and we had fun playing Sims Castaway!

Me with the 'gang', its getting crowded with TV's now, not as planned hostess said, but still we have a very nice time, and she is showing us nice places and fun things!


Posted Jan 8, 2012, 9:49 pm

It was PERFECT weather for a walk today, -7C, beautiful sun and fresh, white snow!
We walked in the village, and first thing we passed was this old church, she could tell me its as old as from the year 1886.
It has seats for 340 people.
The first church was built in 1863, and had 200 seats, it got torn down in 1883.
The 28th January 1948, the roof of the church fell down because of the massive snow that had come down, only the tower and the back of it was still standing.
The church was rebuilt again, and was ready in 1950.

I think its really pretty! :)

This is the local shop, its a little bit more expencive here than in the town further away, but you can get what you need.
If you look at the wall, it spells "Grue Finskog Forbruksforening", funny thing is...its supposed to say Grue Finnskog, why the name is miss spelled i dont know, but it has been like that for years!

We walked up this hill, to the local school, thats also where the local ski path starts, and as we saw the snow scooter driving past us, we decided to take the walk there, and see if he was preparing the ski path!

As you can see, he is busy with the path, only one side is done, but its soon ready to be used!
Finally there is enough snow here for skiing!
Can't wait to join in on a ski trip! :D

While walking through the forest, we saw this pretty sight, well, we saw pretty sights like this the whole trip, the sun was so pretty, shining on the fresh snow, its even difficult to trap this in a picture, you got to see it with your own eyes!

The local river Rotna, it was almost all covered with ice, almost.
We crossed it on our one hour walk through Svullrya.

This is called a GAPAHUK, you can sleep here in the summer, just have a fire outside, make some easy food, or grill the fish you just caught from the little river, then maybe have a beer, see the sun set, and sleep (almost) under the stars.

All of us, on top of the Gapahuk :D

I was playing in the snow, climbing a tree, and hostess had to take a picture of me...

Hi mom, and greetings from Norway! :D


Posted Jan 16, 2012, 8:43 pm
Today we were going to SWEDEN!!! :D
It was only for a short trip, they live only 10-15 minutes away from the boarder by car!

This is the old boarder marker, as you can see, and the forrest behind it is cut down, so its easy to see where Norway ends, and Sweden begins!

Here its even easier to see the tree boarder, as they call it, isnt it cool???

Look, now im in Norway, looking at Sweden...

Now im in Sweden, looking at Norway! :D

Having a great time here still, love Fiete!

Posted Jan 16, 2012, 8:45 pm

It can get cold in Norway, and best thing to keep you warm is...wood!

Lots of wood, and we got to help.
They had gotten wood from a friend who has his own forrest, and it had to be carried upstairs.

Its a lot of work, and as you can see, we helped, and were very good at it :D

As the wood was very wet, we had to build it up, and then it can dry for a while, before we can use it :)


Posted Feb 10, 2012, 11:31 am
Today i have been put in an envelope, and sendt to Germany again!
Have had a great time, but hoping to see more of the world, and have just as much fun with my new host!

Hadet Norge!


Posted Feb 23, 2012, 7:02 pm
Hey Mom!

I came here just when all the other TV came home from a carnival parade. They giggeled and gaggled and made  a big HELLO!
The first thing I did was to pull on my mascerade. Can you see what I am?

This are all very funny guys and I think we will have a great time!

Miss you !

Fiete your butterfly

Posted Feb 29, 2012, 7:13 pm
Today I learned my first hessian words.  Spencer already knows some more words, and we laught a lot, it is a funny language :D

Hessen-Leo is our teacher, he said:

"Horschemal und uffgebassd!"

I really want to learn more of it!!!

Posted Feb 29, 2012, 9:07 pm
Today I learned some new words hessian dialect with Hessen-Leo, Mooky and Spencer.

Posted Mar 4, 2012, 3:55 pm
Today we said HELLO to a new TV.

SunnyHH arrived.

Posted Mar 7, 2012, 3:18 pm
Today I was allowed to visit a primary school. Each tuesday Noisy is helping some children with their homework.
I looked around in the classroom and found a little teddy sitting there. He told me that the pupil sometimes are very loud and that he's glad when the school is over in the noon at 3:15 pm. But he told me, too, that he has learned a lot of interesting things since he lives in this classroom.
There were posters at the wall showing what to eat in the break, what happens in the nature in March, and much more.

And I looked at the nice pictures and the calender.

The pupil had build two houses with electricity. good job!

Posted Mar 10, 2012, 7:34 am
Noisy has got an invitation for sending one of her TVs on the ETVT, and she couldn't choose one herself. All possible candidates were very cute and each one has its own character.
So we decided to make a lottery, the one and only prize was the traveltag. I was the fortune.

And the winner of the travel-tag was Joesys sister YoYo!
I wish her a lot of fun and very nice hosts on her adventures.

Posted Mar 19, 2012, 6:40 pm
Today Noisy brought a basket full with packages and envelopes to us. There was a nice postcard of Gypsys travel to London.
And a big yellow envelope with a Flat Stanley inside. He visits Noisys son.
And a package with an easter-surprise for Noisy from Yosemite. Ther e was a little sheepgirl inside, too. She still has no name, but she is soooo cute.
Then there was another envelope. Mooky has sent  an invitation to Kurt last week, but he didn't asked Noisy. So she was very surprised of Kurts arrival. But she wasn't very angry.
But cheeky Mooky has used Noisys amazon-account without a permission of her and ordered a drum-set. tststs...

Posted Mar 19, 2012, 7:16 pm
just some pics from a walk in the forest..

Posted Mar 25, 2012, 6:20 pm
Today is the first day of spring and we have really great weather. So we walked around the house and looked for the flowers

Noisy told me that she is looking forward to the first crop of the rhubarb

Posted Mar 25, 2012, 7:00 pm
Because I have to move soon, Noisy showed me the farm today.
Now in spring there is a lot of work on a farm.

There are vey sleepy calves

This are the young cows, they will get their calves soon

This bulls someday will be very good steaks  :(

...uuuuuhhh, he is coming....

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Posted Apr 1, 2012, 6:58 pm
Today Noisy showed us a place in garden, where we were allowed to create a "TVs Garden"

After that we made great plans!

Posted Apr 1, 2012, 7:20 pm
Look, what Noisy brought to home!

Can you see me? ;-)

They are only two days old and soooo cute!

Posted Apr 1, 2012, 7:47 pm
On our walk trough the forest we learned a lot!

Posted Apr 1, 2012, 8:44 pm
Today we have worked so hard :-(
And Noisy didn't tell us why we had to bring all this heavy things to the garden...

I digged...

...took stones...





Posted Apr 3, 2012, 6:36 pm
Tomorrow my friends SunnyHH and I will continue our travels.

We decided to make a campfire. We all sit beside the warm fire and talk untill the night came.

SunnyHH was very sad because he had to leave his new girlfriend,too.

You can see on the photos: Mooky, Fiete, SunnyHH and his little girl-bunny, YoYo, Kurt, Plato, Sheepy and Barnabas, the little Teddy.

Posted Apr 3, 2012, 7:08 pm
On my way to the postoffice, where I continue my voyage, I made a walk through the nice old city Weilburg.

The Landtor



In the schlosspark

View to the Lahn

the castle

court of the castle

Now I am on my way to my next host!
See you soon!

Posted Apr 3, 2012, 7:36 pm
SunnyHH has told it yesterday, but we couldn't believe it.
There is a playground, where we have worked so hard!

Look there is a swing and a little pond, soon the tipi will be ready!
We have had so much fund this noon!

Posted Apr 3, 2012, 7:47 pm
Today we should take a bath.
But all the monkeys were gone!
Only SunnyHH, Plato and I hopped into the water!

Posted Apr 12, 2012, 8:30 pm
Hi mommy!

Finally I arrived at LadyButterflys home. After some days sitting in my little box at the post office, LadyButterfly came to pick me up. I was very happy, because it was very boring and it was hard not to eat the chocolate Noisy gave me as a present.

First of all I heard some heavy steps on my box and hoped someone will open it quickly.

It was Tiplitaps who opened my box and the heavy steps belonged to him. He is very friendly and not much bigger then me. He opened the box and for a second I was blinded by the light.

I showed him and LadyButterfly the presents I had for her. She was very happy and very thankfull.

Tiplitaps also made a welcome-sign for me. He is so cute!  :)

So I decided it is time to share some chocolate with him. Just one chocolate-bug, but it tasted fantastic after just staring at it, during my time at the post office.

After saying hello to Tiplitaps and LadyButterfly it was time to look a little bit around. I found out LadyButterflys loves to play farm games. But he told me, real tractors and farming is much cooler then playing it on the computer.

The look out of the window was very depressing! It rained all day long and LadyButterfly told  me, that the look outside isn't the best. But this month they will move into a new flat and maybe I'm able to help her.

Another part of my hosts family is the cat Mary! He is very cool and no I didn't say it wrong, Mary is really a male cat. LadyButterfly recognized to late she is a he and then she had no idea for a good name.
But Mary is cool, sometimes a little bit crazy, but cool!

Even easter is over, but I haad one last mission. I want to place the little bunny I had with me into the eastershrub. It was hard to climb into the branches, because I'm a little bit to heavy.

But in the end I did my best and found a nice place for the easterbunny!

So now LadyButterfly gave me the advice went to bed early. The next days will be hard, because we have much things to do!
Well... let's see!


Posted Apr 15, 2012, 4:28 pm
Hello mommy!  :D

This day was full of work! As I told you, LadyButterfly will move to a new flat this month and so me and Tiplitaps followed her to the new flat, where we were able to help her painting the walls.

So we painted to whole wall in the sleeping-room in liliac and I think we did a great job!

And because we did such a great job, we were able to take a break on balkonie with reading newspaper and having a little snack!

Later the day we drove to the farm of LadyButterflys boyfriends family. It is just a small farm, but today I saw something very special. The housecat of the family got babys, just a few days ago and I was able to sit very close to them.
The catbabys still have closed eyes, but they are so soft and cuddly.
In the back you can see Luna, the mother and she is also the mother of LadyButterflys cat Mary!

I also had the chance to watch the babies without their mother.
Aren't they cute?

I think it's the animal day today, because after my meeting with the baby-cats LadyButterfly took me with her into the stable to watch the cows.

This is Ella and for LadyButterfly she is very special, because it was he first cow she saw as a calf and so she was also allowed to gave Ella her name.

The brown cow in the back is Christel! She got her name, because she was born on christmas.

Mommy... have you ever played hide and seek in the hay?
It is so funny, but are you able to find me on the picture?

YES... here I am!

The day was full of hard work, so I was happy to go to bed in the evening.


Posted Apr 15, 2012, 8:53 pm
Heyho mommy!

Today the weather is very bad, it rained almost the whole day long. Not the best weather to do some sightseeing, but the chance (and for this moment, the weather) was good to visit Kottmarsdorf and the windmill.

This type of windmill is called "Bockwindmühle" and it is the famous type of windmill in germany and the netherlands.
The windmill of Kottmarsdorf, I visited today was build in 1843 and was used for exactly 100 years. It is still used, but today only for showgrinding and showrotating.
At the moment the mill is closed, so I was only able to watch it outside.

The back of the mill. The wings are still rotating!

The old gears are also still working!

I'm sitting on the millstone.

Ok this was a little bit tricky, even for LadyButterfly!
She knows the special dialect of the Oberlausitz, but that was also hard to understand for her. She is still thinking about what is written on this sign!
Maybe it will be a secret forever!  ;)

I also found some more informations about the windmill!

Befor I left Kottmarsdorf me and Tiplitaps made a picture ohne the "Ruhebänk'l"!

Well, let's hope the weather will be better the next days!


Posted Apr 20, 2012, 11:39 am
Hello mommy!

Many things to do... the move to the new flat is coming closer and closer and I'm helping were I can!
Today it was time to store all the food that don't need a refrigerator in a big box, so we could bring it to the new flat.
I took some pudding to store it in the box... maybe LadyButterfly will make me a pudding for thanks!

I stored it deep in the box so nothing can damage it!

On our way to Wehrsdorf and the new flat, we stoped in Neusalza-Spremberg to watch a national museum and memorial. It is a house called "Reiterhaus"!

The Reiterhaus was build in 1660 and used as a home for farmers. It is the oldest Umgebindehouse of the Oberlausitz. Umgebindehouses are very special houses and you can only find them here. Later I will show you another Umgebindehouse and will tell you something about them.
But the Reiterhaus itself belongs to the most beautifullest houses in the Oberlausitz.


Posted May 26, 2012, 4:15 pm
Hi mommy  :D

Today i arrived at my next host. It was very windy outside and in the early evening i heard some voices and people laughing outside of my envelope.

Suddenly someone put a cutter into my envelope...

And then.. waaaaahhhh! A big purple face with a huge green mouth looked at me!  :o

I was a bit scared!

But then a happy yellow face smiled at me, introduced himself as Wacky-Z and helped me to crawl outside. Phew  :rolleyes:

Hello everybody, my name is Fiete  :D

This is Cilly. She welcomed me very friendly and gave me a big hug.

Hello Wacky-Z and thanks for helping me.

This funny guy is Ziggy Dragon and he arrived one minute before me  :p

And this purple thing named Purple Tentacle is not that scary as i thought  :rolleyes:

Then we all read the postcard, Tamina (one of hostsmom Eustachias toyvoyager) wrote to Eustachia.

Everyone is very friendly and i think i will have a lot of fun here!


Posted May 26, 2012, 4:44 pm
So let's explore where i'll be for the next month...

Oh, there is a red cat!

Hello puss!  :D This is Eloy. Wacky-Z told me, that he is very funny but a bit crazy, too

And here lives another cat named Cami. Hi Cami!

This is the balcony. Hehe, hello Eloy!

And the view from the balcony...

Eustachia turned the grill on for our welcome meal. Hmm.. what will it be?

A Pizza! From a hot pizza stone. Cool, tastes like a real brick oven pizza  B)

And for dessert, we made a spaghetti ice. All we need is icecream (vanilla and strawberry), strawberry sauce and white chocolate.

First of all we rasped the chocolate..

Then we squeezed the icecream through a spaetzle press  :D

Put some sauce and rasped chocolate on it..  Tattaaa!

That was a nice welcome!

Talk to you soon, mommy  :)


Posted Jun 10, 2012, 9:31 am
Hello mommy  :)

Sorry for long time not updating, but hostmum Eustachia had some stress and much to do.

But i have a lot of fun as you can see on the next pictures.
Ziggy Dragon and me did a trip to the "Vogelsberg" and enjoyed the beautiful landscape..

Isn't that beautiful? And i took another picture to complete one of my lifemissions. I know, it's not a big river, but a small one.. hmm more a stream.. But Ziggy and me, we think that counts, too.  ;) What do you think, mommy?

There were nice flowers

What a beautiful view!

Let's take a panorama!

Cool, a stance  B)

Oh look mommy, i found sweet woodruff plants  :D

What's that? Hello? Is anybody home?

Can you find me on that picture?

Woooow, what a huuuge thistle  :o ouch.. sitting on it hurts!

We walked thru the wood and took some more nice pictures.

This tree looks a bit scary i think...  :thinking:

It is completely enlaced by ivy. That looks strange!

Another picture, but the same small stream as in the beginning  ;)

The chamomille smells very good!

That was a great day! Finally we enjoyed the sun and then we drove back home.

Bye bye

Posted Jun 10, 2012, 9:57 am
Today Wacky-Z is going to leave us.

What a bummer, that we couldn't spend more time together, because he's very funny.

Goodbye my funny yellow friend. Maybe we'll meet us again one day.

Byye Wackyyyy

Posted Jun 15, 2012, 5:29 pm
Bang your head mommy!  B)

Today we're going on a trip to the Metalfest Austria!

But first we need to stop in Nuremberg, to buy shoes for hostmom and hostdad  ;)

This is the underground store in Nuremberg. They have a lot of shoes!

Hahaha, Cilly is wondering about this shoe..

Eustachia and hostdad bought this underground boots  B)

So let's continue our travel to Austria!

Posted Jun 15, 2012, 5:33 pm
The Metalfest Austria is a nice and not so big metal festival nearby the small town Mining in Upper Austria.

Haha Mining.. what a funny name  :D

Here are some pictures from our journey to Mining:

It's coming closer...

Oh wow, here we are! There in the background is a tent from the festival square

First of all we pitched our tents and a pavilion. And we are lucky, it's not raining and the ground is dry. Perfect!  :D

The beige one is our tent!  B) But ohoh.. take a look at the sky in the background..

Some minutes later it started raining, but everybody pitched his tent and we sat under the pavilion  ;) so everything was fine!

In the evening we drank punch out of luminous glasses. Isn't that cool?

Posted Jun 15, 2012, 5:39 pm
Today is the first festival day.

So first we need to exchange our ticket for a festival wristbands at this shack. Oh mommy, do not wonder why i'm not at the picture. I took this photo of Purple Tentacle and we forgot to take a picture of me  :p

There in the background is the merchandise, where you can buy festival stuff and t-shirts or sweater of your favorite band...

Here i'm watching the band "Powerwolf". They are a german Power metal band, created in 2003. They sound great!!! B)

Hihih, everybody is dressed in black!  B) I think i'm wearing the wrong clothes for this event... My skin is too white!  :p

Later that day we had a severe storm! It was raining, with hail, thunderbolt and it was sooo stormy.  :o

I was at the tent with Eustachia and the other TVs as it start raining heavily and then turned into hail with a severe storm. We held the tent that it not will lift, but we had so many tent pegs, that nothing could happened  :thinking: But i was a bit scared.

As we came out of the tent we heard many peoples jubilate all over the camping ground and had a feeling of relief that the storm is over.

Everyone of our Viennese friends was wet to the bones  :o and the pavilion was damaged.  :stare:

The whole area around us was desolate!  :o

Here you can see Purple Tentacle watching the hailstones..

And OH MY GOD! There is a little lake in front of the food stands  :stare:

Later in the evening the presenter of the festival gave notice of a new storm coming up. So we decided to escape to into the cars if it comes back again. But fortunately we had only some raindrops.

Our tent was dry, so we slept well this night. But one tent of our friends was comepletely wet so they had to sleep in the cars  :thinking: poor ones.

Posted Jun 15, 2012, 5:42 pm
The next day we had better weather  :D

We listened to some bands, drunk a lot and played drinking-dart. Hihihi.

The one with the fewest points has to drink!  ;)

Well, my throw wasn't that bad  :p

So we had a lot of fun! And hey.. we still got a pavilion  :cyclops: Yeaah, without a roof, but even a pavilion...  ;)

...contrary to our camping neighbours...  :o

This is heavy metal!

Posted Jun 15, 2012, 5:43 pm
On Saturday we had great weather with some sun. So everything (including the ground) could dry and we enjoyed the warm weather.

Nothing new for today. We listened to some bands, ate and drunk a lot.  :cyclops:

Tomorrow is day of departure!


Posted Jun 15, 2012, 5:44 pm
Good morning! *yaaawn*

We woke up too early in the morning. But we had to pack our things and drive back homewards.

As you can see, almost all our neighbours at the camping ground are already gone..

That was a nice trip and it was very interesting for me to visit a metal festival! We had so much fun and maybe i come back here one day  :)

Bye bye Austria!

Posted Jun 17, 2012, 4:02 pm
Hello mommy!  :)

The weather today is so nice and sunny, that we decided to plant some flowers at the garden of Eustachia's mom.

Her mom is in holidays, so it will be a surprise for her  ;)

Mr Pumba starts with aerating the soil.

Great job, Mr Pumba!

Then Ziggy Dragon dug the soil with a shovel..

.. and i can put the bulb into it.

But then said Mr Pumba, its better to chose another Flower, because the one i had is too big to plant in in front of the roses. So he gave me another bulb

Here we go!

Ziggy Dragon closed the hole..

..and Mr Pumba fitted the information stick into the ground.

Time to place some more bulbs!

This is another good place! Oh wow, this bulb is very huge! Mr Pumba had to place it!

..and i placed the information stick  :D

That's a perfect place for our three last flowers. I hope they all will grow, because we are a bit too late for planting.. We'll see  ;)

I hope you have a nice sunday too, mommy.


Posted Jul 8, 2012, 6:54 pm
While I was relaxing in the sun I heard some voices. Why can't I just relax a little bit?! :thinking:

It turned out that the voices were Crawfish, DuDette, Chalon and Alex. I told them that nobody was at home when I arrived so I decided to wait for them while enjoying some sun.


Posted Jul 9, 2012, 10:31 pm
Hello Mommy,

today we didn't really have time for sightseeing, but when our host went to her work we stopped for one picture. It's the backside of the Zions Church in the district Mitte. It's an evangelic church and it was dedicated in 1873. It was built on a hill of 52 meters (170.60 ft), one of the highest points of the former Berlin. The tower itself got a high of 67 meters (219.82 ft) and serve as a reference point and viewpoint. The specific characteristic of the church is that the nave isn't align to the east, like it is normal. That one is align to the north!


Posted Jul 11, 2012, 10:31 pm
Hey Mommy,

today I did an evening walk along the famous Ku'damm (short form of Kurfürstendamm)! After a while I jumped into a bus. It is one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. The street takes its name from the former Kurfürsten (prince-electors) of Brandenburg. This very broad, long boulevard is full of shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. In particular, many fashion designers have their shops there! The avenue with four lines of plane trees runs for 3.5 km (2.2 mi) through the western Berlin.


Posted Jul 13, 2012, 10:00 pm
Hello Mom,

today I did my first ride by car. I was a little bit surprised about the power of the car. When it started I fell on my back. :stare: But then the others told my how I should sit. It worked! :D
We went through our host's Mom's hometown. It's a small village in Saxony-Anhalt. There's not so much to tell, just that they had the biggest power station of the world about 100 yrs ago.

Yours Fiete

Posted Jul 15, 2012, 9:32 pm
Hey Mommy,

once again we discovered this small village!
We started with the town sign. What a difficult name! The inhabitants just write Z'witz and call it Zschorns (don't speak the Z!). Confusing!

It's really green around here.

This is the new control-room for the old power station, but it's closed for years.

There's also a sports ground in this village.

The street where we live...sometimes!

On this street Crawfish learnt driving a car.

Then we walked to the park.

In this park you can see the catholic church. It's really small and... pink! :o

While the others stayed in the park DuDette and I walked through the rest of the village.
This is the kindergarten where my host went when she was a child. B)

We found a ruin. This big old house was the clubhouse about 25 yrs. ago.

There's also a place for small festivals. Unfortunately there was none today. :(

Hm, they have really small streets.

Look at this electrical tower, it's huge! :o

This ugly yellow building is called "Platanenhof". It's one of the newer buildings, but the walls have lots of scratches.

There's another church in this village. This one is an evangelical lutheran church and it looks really old.

Near the church we found the memorial for the victims of the World War II.

Then we finally found some parts of the old power station. Since 1995 it's a museum. The last 2 chimneys fell this spring. This big "chimney" is a cooling tower. There's only one left for the museum.

Can you see the red scaffold? It was a part of the engine house.

And these buildings behind us were the houses for the workers called "Kolonie". It was included in the list of EXPO projects, undergoing widespread restorations in 1997-99.

They have a really beautiful school and schoolyard in this village, have a look!

On our way back home the sun came out of the clouds. It was so wonderful to enjoy it!

This is a small wind station, but I think is doesn't have any function.

I think this walk was enough for me! My feet hurt! :cyclops:


Posted Jul 15, 2012, 11:09 pm
Hello Mom,

we did a road trip again! :D
First we went through villages and forests. It was not the best weather. Have a look to the sky - it's blue and grey and really dark!

After a while we arrived in Dessau. It is situated on a floodplain where the Mulde flows into the Elbe. Maybe you never heard of this city before, but you may have heard of some of its sons, like Hugo Junkers (first airplane totally made from metal, the Junkers J 1 in 1915 - founded the Junkers & Co-airplane-factory which was Europe's biggest airplane factory during World War II), Thomas Kretschmann (Hollywood actor), Dieter Hallervorden (famous comedian and singer, honorary citizen) or Moses Mendelssohn (philosopher, father of Haskalah).

This is the old brewery. It doesn't work anymore, there's such a small adventure park inside.

The building on the left is the biggest shopping mall of the city, called "Rathaus Center".

The tower is part of the City History Museum.

The most famous bridge crosses the river Mulde.

When we arrived at the place we wanted to go we had to wait a while in the car, it was raining cats and dogs. :stare:

I visited the famous Bauhaus, another UNESCO World Heritage! The Staatliches Bauhaus (full name) was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts and was founded by Walter Gropius. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design.

We also visited the Masters' Houses which belong to the Bauhaus. Here they built the director's house and 3 semi-detached houses with large ateliers. Their glass fronts are the most noticeable design element of the houses. Alongside the unity of form and function there is a remarkably intensive rendition of colour - Kandinsky and Klee used their rooms for fascinating experiments with the design element of colour.
A new style of living was also to be demonstrated in the Masters' Houses. Gropius' house especially had a number of details worth noting, from the walk-in wardrobe to the hot water pressure spray in the scullery and the double sofa which could be opened out.
This is the house Muche/Schlemmer...
...and this is the house Kandinsky/Klee.

I heard that there are still some UNESCO World Heritages left in this area. Interesting...


Posted Jul 22, 2012, 11:26 am
Hello Mommy,

today I did a sightseeing tour through the German capital!

I started at the river Landwehr Canal, which is a 10.7-kilometre (6.6 mi) long canal parallel to the Spree river.

I went to Potsdamer Platz. It is an important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin.It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. After developing within the space of little over a century from an intersection of rural thoroughfares into the most bustling traffic intersection in Europe, it was totally laid waste during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War era when the Berlin Wall bisected its former location. Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects.

I also found a funny cow near Potsdamer Platz.

And a lovely playground. But it was locked. :stare:

Near the Potsdamer Platz you'll see the Leipziger square. There's a Dali museum!

Next stop: the famous tv tower "Fernsehturm". It was constructed between 1965 and 1969 and with its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany. There is a visitor platform and a revolving restaurant in the middle of the sphere. The tower is part of the World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT).

This building is the Red City Hall, the town hall of Berlin. It is located near Alexanderplatz and is the home to the governing mayor and the government (the Senate of Berlin) of the Federal state of Berlin. The name of the landmark building dates from the facade design with red clinker bricks. The City Hall was built between 1861 and 1869 in the style of the north Italian High Renaissance

I visited the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) which is the colloquial name for the Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church. It has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop.

On my way to fullfil my life missions I had to pass a tunnel. It was a little bit scary, because I was alone.

But then I saw the river Spree. It is the main river of Berlin. It is approximately 400 kilometres (250 mi) in length!


Posted Jul 23, 2012, 10:39 pm
Hey Mommy,

today we had a big ToyVoyager meeting!

We were so many and we had so much fun!

Kuzma, Günther, *coco*, Dolce&Gabana, Alex and I cruisin' around. :cyclops:


Posted Jul 24, 2012, 10:31 pm
In the morning after the meeting we got up very late. The whole time we wondered about that familiar voice in our travelbag. When we crawled out we realized that Günther was in our bag, too! Did he jump into the wrong bag after the meeting? I don't know!

In the afternoon Alex showed us a postcard he got from his brother  Phog who is in Finland. He told us about the finnisch language on the card: "Kesäterveiset Jyväskylästä!" Alex told us that "kesä" means "summer", "terveiset" means "greetings", Jyväskylä is the city where Phog is and the ending -stä means where it comes from. So the whole sentence (just 2 words!) means "Summergreetings from Jyväskylä". Mommy, I learnt some Finnish! :cyclops:


Posted Jul 27, 2012, 2:19 pm
Hello Mommy,

that little freaky hamster called Chalon left today for his first big journey! He is traveling to Bruchsal.

First he wrote a card for his new host. I was surprised that he's able to write!

When he packed some chocolate into his bag Alex get angry. He told him to take candies instead of chocolate because of the heat.

I gave him a little cow as a talisman for his first journey and Günther gave him a book about his basic rights in the EU.

Then he left. Good luck little Chalon!


Posted Jul 27, 2012, 8:02 pm
Hey Mommy,

we did a short stop-over in Halle/Saale, the largest city in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Its early history is connected with harvesting of salt.
The town was first mentioned in 806. According to historic documents, the city of Halle has been a member of the Hanseatic League at least since 1281.
This is one of the shopping areas. In case of the heat there weren't so many people.

The city is called "City of the 5 towers" and here you can see "the towers above the city" (as a building is named).
Four towers (on the left) belong to the Market Church St. Mary (Marktkirche), built in 1529–1554. It is using elements of two medieval churches, St. Gertrud Church dating back to the 11th Century and the older St. Mary Church from the 12th Century. The church has four steeples, the two western octagonal ones are called Blue Towers because of their dark blue slate roofing. The other two Hausmannstürme are connected by a bridge and on this bridge was the fire watch. The church owns as well the original death-mask of Martin Luther.
The big tower (on the right) is the Red Tower (Roter Turm), originally built as campanile of the older St. Mary Church between 1418 and 1503.
Roland (on the foot of the Red Tower, maybe you can see it), originally (13th century) a wooden sculpture representing the urban liberty. Today’s sculpture is a sandstone replica made in 1719.
And on the left, just a few steps away you can see a monument to George Frideric Handel, built in 1859.
The sun was not really helpfull in this pic. :stare:

On our way back home we took lots of pictures in the car!

This is one of the water towers. You can find a few of them all over the city.

Look, they write the name of the street ON the street! And we didn't use the freeway. :stare:

This lake is the famous \"Goitzsche\". (Sorry, the link is in German)

And we saw a beautiful sunset! :)

Yours Fiete

Posted Jul 28, 2012, 6:04 pm
Hey Mommy,

my first road trip with Alex' car.
First we traveled on a street next to a lake.

Then we reached the freeway and Crawfish hit the gas!

When we passed the lake Sachsenburg we did a short stop-over for a picture for my life mission.
This beautiful small lake is an abandoned coal mine which was flooded by domestic water.

Then we went on by car and left the lake.

We stopped near some flowers for a picnic.

It was a special day for Crawfish, because she got her driver's license for Germany!

Then Alex gave a heart to DuDette, that she always knows which DuDu is her hubby. She was a little bit confused when she heard there's another DuDu. DuDette and the real DuDu both have a heart on their stomach. ;)

We enjoyed our picnic. Some of us got lemonade, some milk, a cake and fruits for all of us and a piece of cheese for the mouse.

When we went back home after the picnic Alex and
Günther decided to try out the new skateboards. They lashed the boards behind the car.


Posted Jul 29, 2012, 9:26 pm

we went to a border line! :cyclops:

Ok, it's just the border line of the rural district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld and the urban district of Dessau-Roßlau. Each sign of the districts show the emblem of the area.
Did you know that there are 295 rural districts in Germany, but only 107 urban districts?

"Welcome to the rural district of Anhalt-Bitterfeld"

"See you in Dessau-Roßlau" (They forgot the "urban district" on the sign!)

Kiss kiss

Posted Jul 30, 2012, 8:25 pm
Hi Mommy,

as you know Crawfish got her driver's licence these days. Now all of us want to be allowed to drive cars. So Alex opened his own driving school!

Ladies first - DuDette started and did it perfect.

Then it was my turn and I failed. :stare:

Last but not least Günther's turn. He was so fast that he couldn't stop.

Then it was time to have some fun! We guys did a race on the skateboards. DuDette gave us a starting signal and Crawfish waited at the finish line. First Günther was the leader, but then he got a problem with his balance and fell off the board. Don't worry, he's ok. So Alex won! The whole time I didn't know how to start the board. :cyclops: It was a funny day!


Posted Jul 30, 2012, 11:21 pm

I finally saw one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany - Brandenburg Gate.


Posted Aug 2, 2012, 10:28 am
Hey Mommy,

here are some more pictures of Berlin!

This is the Berliner Philharmonie, a concert hall and home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Next to the Philharmonie you can find the St. Matthew's Church. The church is part of the Kulturforum which is a collection of cultural buildings in Berlin. It was dedicated in 1846.


Posted Aug 3, 2012, 11:49 pm
Hello Mommy,

today I did a tour with a lovely girl.

DuDette and I did a tour which ended bigger as we wanted. :D
First we stopped at the Museum Island, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can find five internationally significant museums.
Behind me you can see the Old Museum which houses an antique collection and the small park called Pleasure Garden (Lustgarten).

This is Berlin Cathedral which has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop.

Palace Bridge which connects the famous street Unter den Linden and Karl-Liebknecht-Street.

We also stopped at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Behind us is an equestrian statue of King Frederick II of Prussia, located on the famous boulevard Unter den Linden.

We went on to Potsdamer Platz, an important public square and traffic intersection in the centre of Berlin. Here are so many things to visit!
This is the 26-storey and 103-metre-high "Bahn Tower" which is so named because it houses the corporate headquarters of Deutsche Bahn AG, the German state railway system.
A view into a part of the station.
The new Sony Centre is an eye-catching monolith of glass and steel featuring an enormous tent-like conical roof. Its shape reportedly is inspired by Mount Fuji in Japan, covering an elliptical central public space up to 102 metres across!
The Boulevard of Stars is a growing sight which is modeled after the Walk of Fame in the twin-city of Berlin, Los Angeles.
I also met the famous actress Romy Schneider. ;)
This is the place where you can watch the musical "Hinterm Horizont". My host loves it!

This is the Elephant Gate of the Zoological Garden, which is the most visited zoo in Europe.

Near the zoo we found the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The famous damaged spire is already scaffold in case of restoration, but we took a pic of the new belfry. Inside the new church it was really blue!


Posted Aug 5, 2012, 9:21 pm
Hey Mommy,

Alex got another lovely postcard from his brother Phog who's still in Finland.

Later we all took one of the skateboards and went cruisin'. Then we saw somebody relaxing in Alex' canvas chair. He also had a beautiful skateboard!

He told us his name is Casanova, Mister Casanova. He's Alex new brother.


Posted Aug 5, 2012, 10:26 pm
Hello Mommy,

today we went to one of the major rivers of Central Europe - river Elbe.
It rises in northern Czech Republic, then passing Germany and flowing into the North Sea at Cuxhaven, 110 km northwest of Hamburg. Its total length is 680 miles (1,094km).
The Elbe's major tributaries include the Vltava, Saale, Havel, Mulde, Schwarze Elster and Ohre rivers.
The Elbe River basin, comprising the Elbe and its tributaries, has a catchment area of 57,247 sq miles (148,268 square kilometres), the fourth largest in Europe. The basin spans four countries, with its largest parts in Germany and the Czech Republic. Much smaller parts lie in Austria and Poland. The basin is inhabited by 24.5 million people.

Our host told us about the big flood in 2002. The river flows really fast, but I can't imagine that this beautiful river can do something like this! :o


Posted Aug 6, 2012, 10:12 pm
Once again we've been to Dessau. Today we visited the fruit tree orchards and a vineyard which also belongs to the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm.

A lion welcomed us warmly. He and his brother belong to the lion gate.

Another gate. It's the knights gate. Isn't it romantic?

These are the vineyards.

This little cute building is the vineyard castle.

From the castle we had a viewshaft to Kühnau Lake, but there were too many mosquitos so we didn't go there. Can you see the water?


Posted Aug 7, 2012, 8:26 pm
Hello Mommy,

look what I saw today!

As you remember I failed last time at driving lesson. So I got another chance! And I did it really good.

Then Alex invited us to a tour in his car.

We found a nice place for a picnic.

And guess what... we ALL got our driver's license! Alex handed it out to us and Crawfish gave all of us a bottle of wine. Alex and Crawfish drank the rest of the bottles.


Posted Aug 9, 2012, 9:14 pm
Hey Mommy,

today DuDette left.
We all cuddled her. May your journey be safe!

In the afternoon we found a treasure map. It was made by DuDette! :D

Pass the tree, meet the orange ball-flower, pass the pond and the sunflower, find the red vegetable and the red X... :thinking:

Ok! We passed the tree...

...found the orange flower...

...passed the pond...

...and the sunflower...

...and finally found the tomato and the red X!

We started to dig and after a while we found the treasure!

We went to another place to open it.
There was a coin, a flower, some gems and a big piece of cheese inside!


Posted Aug 11, 2012, 9:38 pm
Hello to all at home!

What an exciting day! :D

This morning we jumped into the big car.

First we passed Lake Goitzsche. Can you see it?

We already knew this way. We've been here when we went to Halle.

Hmm, no freeway today. :stare:

We finally parked the car and whoohooo we are in one of the two largest cities in Saxony! This city is called Leipzig and it has about 530.000 inhabitants.

First we did a walk through the city.

This beautiful building hosts the Cafe Riquet.

The St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) is a Lutheran church and most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a cantor.

Mini St. Thomas Church

The New Town Hall is the seat of the Leipzig city administration since 1905.

In the 18th century, Leipzig became the centre for trade with Polish and English goods. It was called "the marketplace of all Europe". In 1678/87, this stock exchange was built. In German it is called "Alte Handelsbörse".

Auerbach's Cellar is the best known and second oldest restaurant in Leipzig. It was described in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's play Faust I, as the first place Mephistopheles takes Faust on their travels.

The St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) has long been one of the most famous in Leipzig, and rose to national fame in 1989 with the Monday Demonstrations when it became the centre of peaceful revolt against communist rule. It was built around 1165.

Johann Sebastian Bach monument inside St. Nicholas Church.

The Gewandhaus is a concert hall and the home of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. It is the 3rd Gewandhaus and opened on 8 October 1981, 200 years after the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra moved into the original hall (Gewandhaus 1).

The Central Station is Europe's largest railway station when measured by floor area (83,460 m²). It has 24 platforms housed in six iron trainsheds, a multi-level concourse with towering stone arches and a 293 metre-long facade. It handles an average of 150,000 passengers per day. :o
The station was used in the film "Shining Through"  (1992).

Now it was time for some new the City-Hochhaus. It is 36-storey skyscraper. With its 466 ft (142m) it is the tallest multistory building in the city as well as the tallest in the former East Germany.
The building is nicknamed "wisdom tooth" (Weisheitszahn) or "university giant" (Uniriese). Maybe it's a good idea to go upstairs. ;)

Finally on the top of the city! :cyclops:

Time for some more history!
We visited the Monument to the Battle of the Nations (Völkerschlachtdenkmal). It is a monument to the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, also known as the Battle of the Nations. Paid for mostly by donations and by the city of Leipzig, it was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle, at a cost of 6,000,000 Goldmark.
The monument commemorates Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig.
The structure is 299 ft (91m) tall and it contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top. The structure makes extensive use of concrete although the facings are of granite. The monument is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Wilhelmine architecture.

Inside the monument.

Finally arrived on the lower platform.

On the top of the monument! :D

On our way home we saw Lake Goitzsche again!

Look, this is an old East-German car called Wartburg. These are not produced anymore for about 20 years!


Posted Aug 12, 2012, 2:08 pm
Hi mommy.

I forgot to update some of my adventures, but Eustachia had some trouble. But now i will show you what we've done :)

Today i visited Seligenstadt. A nice town. Let's do some sightseeing..

This is the Basilika St. Marcellinus and Petrus.

Oh look over there. A very small ferry boat to cross the river.

And finally we relaxed at the waterside and enjoyed the beautiful weather.


Posted Aug 12, 2012, 2:20 pm
Today Cilly surprised us with a goodbye present. She's going to leave us tomorrow.

Cilly: "Helloooooo!" *rolling, rolling*

Cilly: "I have something for yoooouuuuu!"  :D

She brought us something to say thanks and goodbye.

CIlly: "I spend such a great time here with you and this is my leaving present for all of you. I hope you like it"  :D

It's a little shopping cart! Wooooow!  :D



Ziggy Dragon: "Oh yeah, this is sooo cool!"

Cilly: "Fiete, i think it's better for you to sit here in the front seat..."

Oh my god, Purple Tentacle squeezes in, too  :D

Purple Tentacle: "Get out of the way! Woohooo!"

Mr Pumba: "I will push it!"  ;)

What a great present!

Finally we gave Cilly a biiiiiiig hug from all of us together!



We will miss you Cilly and we wish you a great journey! *cuddle cuddle cuddle*

Okay,okay. Now we can play some more..

Posted Aug 12, 2012, 5:02 pm
This time we visited Rüdesheim.

You can see it there in the background, on the other side of the Rhine.

But first we had to cross the river with a ferry boat!

What a beautiful view!

That was fun!

At the other side of the Rhine, we went to the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard.

Here are many vineyards

And the view from upper here is also very nice!

This is the Abbey, but unfortunately we hadn't enough time to have a closer look.

Bye bye Rüdesheim!


Posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:26 pm
Hello Mommy,

we did some sports today! This time we didn't use our skateboards, we borrowed one which we could use all together. We cruised along the Europe Bicycle Path "R1" for a few kilometers. It's a 3500km bicycle route through Europe, starting in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) and finishing in Saint Petersburg (Russia).
We used the part around the lake Gremminer See, a lake created as a result of the redevelopment of the former brown coal strip mine of Golpa-Nord and on whose shore is found the Ferropolis ("the city of iron" ) industrial memorial, actually a museum dedicated to "industrial culture".

We passed a big field full of sunflowers!

After a while we found this red box! Alex told us it's called lunch box!

We climbed up the lunch box and enjoyed the view.

The lake is still not full. It will be flooded until the end of this year.
Around 30 years ago there was a village on this place instead of the lake!

Then we went on cruising. After 4km we found another lunch box! This one was yellow. Alex told us there's also a blue one somewhere...

As you can see there was nobody around the lake except us!


Posted Aug 13, 2012, 9:05 pm
Hello Mommy,

I went to the European championship of powerboats at Lake Goitzsche! :cyclops:

I don't know who won, but it was really interesting! Can you see the boats on the water?


Posted Aug 16, 2012, 9:47 pm
Hello to my beloved ones at home!

Today we found a mystical box. There were nice pictures and strange symbols on it! :thinking:

While we realized that the pictures were stamps we didn't notice that somebody was watching us! :o

It's little Sunny from China! Now we know that these strange symbols on the box were Chinese letters! :D

Mommy, do you speak Chinese? :)


Posted Aug 18, 2012, 8:04 am
Hello Mommy,

time for another road trip by car!

After traveling a while we noticed something big in front of us...

We stopped the car and started walking.

Wow, it was a big cow! We tried to talk to it, but it didn't notice us.

Hmm, I am a cow, too! So I jumped on the big fat nose of that big cow and talked to it in cow language.

After a while I told the othes that we are allowed to ride on the big cow. :D

From this height we could see so much more than from the ground! In a short distance we saw another big animal! We wanted to get closer.

We jumped off the cow and walked to the other animal. It was a sheep.

We were allowed to sit on it, too! What a nice sheep!

We talked with both for a while and told them about our adventures.
Then we went back home. What a lovely day.


Posted Aug 20, 2012, 10:35 pm
Hello Mommy,

it was really sunny today, so we decided to go to the lake. We went to Lake Goitzsche which is created as a result of the redevelopment of the former brown coal strip mine of Goitzsche. In 1998 they started to flood the old coal strip mine with the water of the river Mulde and they planned to finish this in 2006. But in 2002 during the big flood the dike of the river broke and the lake was full within 2 days! This is an area of 13,32 km²! :o

There's also a marina at the lake with so many yachts! We could rent one and sail over the lake and along the coast which is 66km in length! :o

The lake is also called Lake of amber... ;)
But I couldn't find any amber, just these colored houses.

Oh, I forgot the suncream. I think I got a sunburn. B)


Posted Aug 22, 2012, 10:23 pm
Hello Mommy!

Today we visited Bitterfeld, a small town with about 15.300 inhabitants. During the GDR years, it gained notoriety for its chemical industry complex which caused remarkably severe pollution, even by GDR standards.
Look, there was a movie filmed in this city!

There's not so much to see, esp. on Sunday when everything is closed.
At the market place you can see the protestant church St. Antonius. It was built from 1905–1910.

The city hall is also near the market place. It was built from 1863–1865. This is the back of the house without the trees in the pic. ;)

Love you.

Posted Aug 24, 2012, 10:31 pm
Hello family,

it was time for me to leave. They all cuddled me a lot.

Then I crawled into my envelope. My next stop is Switzerland.
Goodbye friends.


Posted Aug 28, 2012, 11:43 am
Grüezi mum

After a short and pleasant journey i arrived in Switzerland. After the postman handed me over i heard whispers and purrs.

Then my envelope was opened and i saw many curious faces.

I crawled out and became a warm welcome and lots of hugs.

Then i showed them my gifts.

Now i'm going to look around a bit and get to know my new friends. It seems to be really nice here. So long mum.

Posted Aug 29, 2012, 3:33 pm
Hi mum
Today i worked on one of my life missons. And this work was a great pleasure. I ate fruits, a lot of fruits. Host mum said i had the choice:Cherries from canton Zug

Grapes from canton Wallis or plums from canton Thurgau.

I tasted them all. After that, my belly was filled, well filled. But it feeled like heaven.

Kisses from (fruit)heaven


Posted Aug 30, 2012, 10:22 pm
Hi mum
Today i went with host mum to Wil to visit her dad. He's a bit old and host mum helps him by doing his homework.  Because it looked like rain i became a raincover.

While host mum was cleaning grandpa's house, i had a look from the balcony.

Grandpa has also nice flowers.

Later we went to the city. The weather was getting worse.

First i had a look for slippers, they tried to eat me.

Then i wanted to get gumboots. But my legs were to short.

For consolation, i got a donut. A chocolate donat, oh, oh.

Despite bad weather it was a funny day.
Love you mum!!

Posted Aug 31, 2012, 1:38 pm
Hi mum
Yesterday, after our return from grandpa, it was time to prepare dinner. PIZZA!!!
We gave flower into a bowl

added yeast, salt, water and some olive oil

and mixed very well. (Ok, we let machine do)

After a while we put the dough on a baking tray. Looks good.

Tomato sauce, Mozzarella and ham spread on it. Looks better.

After baking looks best.

And than we enjoyed our pizza. Soooo good!!

Send you thousand pizza kisses

Posted Sep 2, 2012, 7:52 pm
Hi mum
Host mum called us TV's yesterday: " We are going to visit the biggest city of Switzerland". So we jumped into her bag and off we went.

The weather didn't look very good.

After what feels like 100 hours (we were in a traffic jam) we arrived at Zürich, the biggest city of Switzerland.

There we visited the first thing "Prime Tower", the highest building of Switzerland. Completed 2011, 126 meters high, 36 floors.

From entrance to first floor we had to use stairs. And then an elevator to 35th floor. From there everything looked soo small.

When we go on to famous Bahnhofstrasse, with all its expensive shops, weather was getting worse and worse. Didn't matter, we had raincovers.

I saw some famous shops.

and Lindt und Sprüngli, the luxury Swiss chocolate and confectionery company.

I quickly sat on a Rolls Royce.

I saw Swiss national bank, stock market and expensive hotels.

We walked on to lake Zürich, had small talk with a swan and saw one of many excursion boats.

We discovered a nice clock, build with flowers,

and a small harbor for sailing - and motorships.

A little look around, and then go on, the weather was to nasty.

After a little walk we reached old town with Frauenmünster, one of the wellknown churches, and a nice place in old town.

We walked on to Grossmünster, another church, and to river Limmat.

At night i felt into bed exhausted. This was my day in Zürich.

Send you lots of kisses


Posted Sep 4, 2012, 2:04 pm
Hi mum
this morning weather was a bit better. This we used to play on the balcony. Host mum has so many herbs here, it looks like a garden.
There are chives, parsley,rosemary, thyme, mint, basil, arugula and a small olivetree. One can hide wonderfull.

And afterwards you smell soo good. Now i'm in a hurry , host mum has called. There is something to do.
Love you mum


Posted Sep 5, 2012, 6:03 pm
Hi mum
Autumn comes, here in Switzerland. It rained a lot in the last few days and it's getting colder. Host mum has knitted me a cap. Do i look good??

Yesterday Pettersson, the little moose, received an invitation to Germany. At night, when everyone was asleep, we celebrated a small farewell party. With sparkling wine, olives, Swiss cheese and Italien breadsticks. We have lit candles and sang songs.

This morning we all hugged Pettersson and wished a safe journey.

Host mum brought him to post office. After her return, we harvested basil .

We've plucked the leaves from the stems

and then we mixed them with salt and olive oil.

This paste we have filled into small glasses.

Host mum used them in winter for salad dressings, soups and tomato sauce. Maybe weather is better tomorrow, then we can hike to the small river nearby.

Many greetings from here

Posted Sep 7, 2012, 8:50 pm
Hi mum

When we awoke this morning, the sun was shining. We knew today we can go to the small river Thur. Host mum told us that the source is on the Säntis, and after 134 km. flows into the river Rhine. After a short hike we reached a bridge and had a great view in a romantic valley.

We crossed the river Thur and climbed up a steep path. We kept walking along a narrow forest path,

and heard a noise in the distance. Between moss-covered rocks (the photos are not so good, it was too dark), we saw a small waterfall.

We had to climb down a steep, narrow path to get to shore.

We crept through between large boulders and were finally at the waterfall.

At the root of a fallen tree, we rested a bit.

This place looked very mysterious.

After a while we wandered on, always up the hill and came upon a large meadow. There grazed a few cows.

On a bench we had a rest and drank some water to refresh.

From here we had a nice view.

On the way home (i walk in front of Lola, so you can't see me)

we saw beautiful flowers, elderflower and pear trees.

On the other bank of the river Thur we played a bit with stones and looked into the green water.

It was a beautiful day.

Posted Sep 9, 2012, 12:21 pm
Hi mum, yesterday we took a trip to St. Gallen, the capital of the canton. We drove through nice little places and through beautiful countryside with lots of woods and meadows.

Now and then we saw cows grazing.

St.Gallen, with 73,000 inhabitants, is the largest town in Canton.

St.Gallen is known especially because of the monastery and the abbey library.
But even the old city with the many small streets is worth seeing.

Hey mum, I tried bullriding. I guess i was not all that bad.

In contrast to the many old buildings, the city government is very modern.

We strolled through the monastery courtyard and admired the Cathedral.

In the old monastic buildings today, the cantonal government is housed. The Cathedral has been described as one of the last monumental Baroque monasteries in the western world. It was completed in the 1766th The monks who founded the library books Considered as medicine for the spirit. The 150,000 strong collection continues to inspire visitors and scholars today.
Only 30,000 of the library's collection - books and manuscripts - can be seen. Some books are simply to precious to be shown in plublic. There are 400 books that are more than 1000 years old. Photographing was of course strictly forbidden.

The Convent of St. Gallen is Unesco world heritage site since 1983. After visiting the monastery we had earned a break.

On the way home we host dad has shown the soccer stadium.

Coincidentally, we were able to witness a Désalpe.

From a distance we saw the mountain Säntis

and beautiful farmhouses.

I say bye, bye after a busy day.
Love you mum

Posted Sep 11, 2012, 1:31 pm
Hi mum,
yesterday was our host brother's proposal to visit the Churfirsten. The Churfirsten are a mountain range in the valley of Toggenburg. This Plating comprises seven peaks, all over 2000 meters high.

Therefore host mum calls it the mountains of Snow White. "Behind the seven hills, where the seven dwarfs ..." So we were on our way.

In perfect weather we drove up the Toggenburg to Alt St. Johann.

This small village is incidentally the hometown of the famous ski jumper Simon Ammann.

From there we took a cable car up the mountain to Alp Sellamatt, 1400 meters above sea level.
We had a wonderful view over the valley and the Säntis on the other side.

First, we walked along a path called the Sound Trail.

While hiking the sound path you can experience "how stone sounds",

or feel, how a tree transports sounds, or try out 23 different instruments. It was very funny.

We also saw pigs.

They looked very satisfied.

Later we came to a road that is called Path of Legends.

An exciting walk taking in several adventure stories, mythical legends and fantastic tales from Toggenburg.

Finally, we have looked at the Luke Chapel.

The ecumenical chapel of St. Luke is a few steps above the mountain inn surrounded by ancient firs.

This chapel fulfilled family Lötscher a big desire. They named it after their first grandson Luke.  On a stone wall in front of the chapel we marveled once again the beautiful scenery.

Then we were on our way home.

After another exciting, wonderful day we fell into bed tired.

Bye for today, Fiete

Posted Sep 12, 2012, 4:31 pm
Hi mum,
Last night there was a thunderstorm and it began to rain. When we woke up this morning, it was still raining. At breakfast, we thought about what we could do today. It looked like a boring day. We sat on the balcony and watched the rain, when we heard a loud murmur. We asked host mum what's is. I show it to you, she said, grabbing us in her bag, took the umbrella and off we went. The way looked familiar, we went to the river Thur. Ooh, what a difference. You remember the romantic gorge?

The gentle green river?

Nothing more to see, only a brown flood.

When we opened the mailbox at home, we found a surprise. A packet.

We were curious to know what's inside.

We opened it and out came -  zebra.

We welcomed and cuddled it.

Zebra is from Denmark and is married. Her full name is: Zebra Fru Hansen. Zebra brought many sweets and a card from home.

The day was not as boring as we thought.
See you mum, Fiete

Posted Sep 14, 2012, 6:25 pm
Moin moin mum
Today host mum was very busy. That's why I entertain myself. I worked on one of my missions.

I have discovered something that reminded me of home.

I've talked with Runa.

And then host mum has found an image that we have not shown you yet. When I met in Zurich a little cow.

On Sunday we will make another trip. I'll get back then.
Love you mum

Posted Sep 17, 2012, 4:14 pm
Hi mum
Sunday we left early. We had a long journey ahead of us. First we went towards Grisons, the easternmost canton of Switzerland. On the Rickenpass we had a great view of Lake Zurich and the Glarus Alps.

At a rest area on Lake Walen we could consider the Churfirsten from the back.

We had fun on a playground

and sat on a bench, made ​​specially for us :-)). The inscription means: Here are the little ones, the largest.

Next we drove past the Heidiland near Maienfeld and Bad Ragaz.

We passed through pretty villages

and stopped at a little old bridge.

This bridge crosses the young Rhine.

We drove on

and reached the village of Disentis,

with his old monastery.

There we had lunch. Capuns, a specialty of the Grisons.

The mountains were higher and narrower the streets.

Then we arrived at our first destination, the Oberalp Pass.

Here rises the Upper Rhine.

Next, we visited the Schöllenen canyon with the Devil's Bridge and the Suvorov monument.

It is reminiscent of the battles between General Suvorov and Napoleon in 1799. We continued on to our next destination,

the Klausen Pass, which is 1948 meters high.

The prospect of fresh snow covered mountains was breathtaking.

We sat down in a snow rest

and enjoyed the sun and the view.

The ride home, we have overslept.
Hugs and kisses for you mum

Posted Sep 20, 2012, 5:53 pm
Hi mum
This morning host mum has introduced a new family member. He's called Hemming and he is a little wolf. Host mum has found him yesterday in a store. He was so alone on a shelf, there she could not resist and took him. On the balcony, we told him about our travels and adventures.

He begged until host mum allowed him to be a TV. Hemming told us that he is a friendly wolf. He is only grumpy when he does not get anything sweet. Therefore, we have baked cinnamon buns.

Better safe than sorry.
That's it for today. Best regards


Posted Sep 21, 2012, 11:35 am
Hi mum,
Today a new TV arrived. Host mum brought a small package.

We were all very curious to see what is probably in there. The big cat had to be the first stick their nose into it, as always.

Then very carefully a little pelican crawled out.

We welcomed and embraced him warmly.

And here he is, our new friend: Sausi Karl.

Have a nice day, mum


Posted Sep 22, 2012, 7:10 pm
Hi mum,
This morning we said goodbye to Zebra.

She was only here for a short visit. Now she travels home to look after her husband before traveling on. At first we were a little sad but then the doorbell rang, and the postman brought a special delivery. On Saturday? We were all very excited.

It was Carolin from Vienna.

The Post had forgotten on Friday. Host mum was a bit afraid she might be lost. But now she's here and we have warmly welcomed.

If the weather is better tomorrow, we make another trip.
Until then mum


Posted Sep 24, 2012, 1:42 pm
Hi mum,
Yesterday morning the weather was not really nice, but it was dry. Therefore, we decided to explore the next piece Switzerland. No one betrayed us where it's going.

After a while we saw a sign: Rhine Falls.

And when angels travel, the sun came out. We parked at the Schloss Laufen and could already hear from afar powerful noise. Through the castle gate

we came to the old courtyard with its battlements and arrow slits.

By a staircase with various viewpoints we came closer and closer to the Rhine Falls.

We saw small boats that you can drive to the Rhine Falls. It looked from the top right dangerous.

But the platforms were exciting enough, you could not hear yourself speak, so loud were the water masses, and the water sprayed in your face.

Afterwards we looked at a small antique furniture exhibition in the castle.

On some chairs felt like a king.

On the way home through Zurich's wine country we saw huge pumpkins

and tasted of the grapes.

So mum, that's it for today. See you soon.


Posted Sep 27, 2012, 1:45 pm
HiHo mum
Yesterday host mum has started her new job. So we were alone at home. First it was a little boring but then we had a great idea. We play Pirates of the Caribbean. In the kitchen and in the office we found everything we needed. Chopsticks, trivets, plastic bowls, paper

and glue. A pirate flag we printed on the computer.

It was hard work, but it was worth it.

We had lot of fun.

The bathroom was a bit under water but only a bit, honorable word.
Love you mum

Posted Sep 30, 2012, 7:24 pm
Hi mum,
Today we went to Einsiedeln. Einsiedeln is a small town in the canton of Schwyz, and known for its baroque church and the Black Madonna.

It is also a place of pilgrimage on the Camino. Unfortunately, the photograph is not allowed in the monastery church. Host mum is looking online for a picture, the church is really beautiful,

you could not tell by the weather, it was foggy, wet and cold. With hot chestnuts, we warmed up a bit.

Then we visited the ski jump.

It is a plastic covered jump and is used for summer training.

Even the students of the high school sports train here.

At home host mum has made a special dinner - Raclette.

Melted cheese with potatoes, cucumbers, onions, sweet and sour homemade pumpkin and more.

It tasted wonderful.

Bye mum

Posted Oct 1, 2012, 8:21 pm
Hello mum
This morning we found a well-known envelope on the table. With an address on it. Curious, we tried to figure out where things are headed, and above all who is going to travel.

I am the lucky one, who can travel to Finland. At first we were all a bit sad I had to leave, but we were happy too. Hemming had to distract me at the computer,

while the other have baked a farewell cake. I enjoyed immensely.

Then I was allowed to fill my belly with fruit.

You never know how long the journey lasts. Then I packed up my cap,

in Finland it can be very cold, a few sweets and a card of host mum.

All gave me a big group hug

and I slipped into my envelope.

Bye mum until next from Finland.


Tschüss min Jung, we will miss you!

Posted Oct 8, 2012, 9:49 pm
I'm in Finland!

Hello mom and the whole world! As you can see, I'm in Finland now. Because of the stupid closing hours of the post office I had to spend my first weekend in an envelope in the back room of the main post office of my recent home town  :mad: I'm so glad my previous host had put some chocolate in the envelope... I became hungry and I ate the chocolates. I'm sure they were ment for me  ;)

Here are the very first photos from Finland. See you soon, again  :p


Posted Oct 10, 2012, 8:10 pm
Street art

It is a bit cool here up in the North but I like it! And I have my blue hat to keep me warm ;)

My host took me outside to look at the sky and the street... And she was right: Art is everywhere. Take a look at the street art we saw.

There is so much to see and to do. I will write soon again!



Posted Oct 14, 2012, 7:51 pm
I watched the world record live!

Austrian Felix Baumgartner  rose to more than 39 km in 2 hours 45 minutes. Over a four-minute free-fall the parachute opened. Baumgartner landed on the ground safely at 21.17 Finnish time.

And I watched it live!


Posted Oct 14, 2012, 9:11 pm
Playing in the leaves

Today I went out to see the beauty of autumn. It was so much fun to play in the leaves. Everybody should do it once a year!


P.S. I'm 4 years old now!!!

Posted Oct 17, 2012, 8:20 pm

I met cows and other farm animals in Finland  ;)
I guess this doesn't count in completing my life mission    :rolleyes:


Posted Oct 18, 2012, 4:45 pm
A trip to Porvoo

I traveled by bus to Porvoo in Southern Finland. First I visited the chocolate factory / shop Brunberg

I looked at the map and made a city tour in the old town of Porvoo.  Places I saw were for example the Porvoo river, The Old Town Hall , House of Runeberg and some statues.

The main attraction was the Porvoo Cathedral

I was shopping in several flee markets and small boutiques. It was great!

Greetings from Porvoo,


Posted Oct 18, 2012, 5:14 pm
Petäjävesi Church

This morning was very foggy when we started driving to the Petäjävesi old Church (UNESCO WHS)

I was amazed to see that historical site!


Posted Oct 18, 2012, 5:48 pm
Old barn and forest

While my host family was visiting the grandparents I went to see an old barn. No cows...  :(

In the wet forest I tried to lay on different moss and lichen. And ate some lingonberries  :D Sorry, mom, I got a little wet but it was fun!  :p


Posted Oct 19, 2012, 12:13 pm
Fairytale day in Finland

18.10. is the fairytale day in Finland. It is also the name day of Satu = Fairytale. My host has been before a fairytale / story teller in the library and she loves fairytales.

I got into one...



Posted Oct 19, 2012, 3:47 pm
Baking ginger breads

In this family they have a tradition to bake ginger breads 3 times a year: in June, in October and in December. Not only for Christmas  :)

In October they bake because of the birthday: the eldest daughter celebrates her birthday today.

It was fun to bake and sweet to eat  ;)


Posted Oct 23, 2012, 9:07 pm
Frosty morning

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First snow in Finland by Fiete

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Playing in the snow  :p

Posted Oct 28, 2012, 7:09 pm
The International Teddy Bear Day

October 27 is the International Teddy Bear Day. For you who didn't know this we can tell you that the US President Theodore Rooselvelt from whom the teddy bear got its name had his birthday today, the 27th of October. And therefore the International Teddy Bear Day is celebrated today all over the world.

I was also celebrating this day. First I got to meet many Teddy Bears in this home. And then Old Teddy Bear invited me to have coffee and bear cookies with him and his friends. What a wonderful day!


Posted Oct 28, 2012, 7:19 pm
Post card to home from Fiete

P.S. My host is a postcrosser...

Posted Oct 28, 2012, 7:36 pm
Life mission

Here I am sitting on the bank notes in Finland. Finnish currency is euro since 2002. The previous currency was Finnish mark. And I'm sitting on the marks  :)


Posted Nov 4, 2012, 4:42 pm

On today's newspaper I read that it's Halloween. I was invited to a party by a Halloween cat. IIKS! What can I wear? It all happened so sudden that I had no time for a costume.

Instead I decided to make a Jack-o'-lantern as a present for her. My next problem was to find a pumpkin small enough for me... I solved that problem, too. I made my Jack-o'-lantern  of a mandarin. We also decided to eat spider candies.

Our party turned out to be great. You can see it in the photos  ;)


Posted Nov 4, 2012, 5:09 pm
The Craft Museum of Finland

Today we visited The Craft Museum of Finland

Here is something we saw there.


Posted Nov 8, 2012, 8:33 pm
Gingerbread house and playground

All the snow has melted and I was cycling with my host. These are the first pictures from our trip. More will come another day...


Posted Nov 9, 2012, 8:40 pm
Bridges and speaking stones

And we cycled on... We saw two beautiful bridges and the stones were talking to us!

End of the bicycle tour!


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Some snow work

Together with Flowipowi we were making some snow cakes. It was fun!



Posted Nov 10, 2012, 1:58 pm

Today I was baking together with Flowipowi. Here are some photos of making the dough and baking & decorating the mocha squares. But they got eaten before a photo was taken  :rolleyes:


Posted Nov 15, 2012, 8:35 pm
Blue day

It has been cold and dark and rainy... I decided to have a blue day  :stare:

I did all kind of blue things, take a look  ;)


Posted Nov 20, 2012, 7:54 pm
Busy day

I woke up in the morning in my bed as usual. I had no idea this was going to be a very busy day.

My host's daughter dances ballet. I helped her to sew laces to the new ballet  slippers. And I tried them on  ;)

My host loves to do crafts. I helped her with decorating matchboxes, making about 70 Christmas cards, finishing a door wreath and packing all the candles she has done (some of them are in coffee cups!). Then we spent 5 hours at the market / flee market selling my host's crafts and used books, toys and clothes. There I met some COWS that a friend has made and was selling with us.

And this was not all... After that we went to the best toy shop in town to buy new gingerbread molds.  ;)

I'm waiting for next day, maybe another busy day...



Posted Nov 25, 2012, 3:05 pm
Opening Christmas

We went to the center to see switching on the Christmas lights (but missed to see the highlight with fireworks...). We listened to the Star boys TIERNAPOJAT and gave them some coins for singing. We also saw Santa Claus is coming to town performed by dancers. We were shopping till we dropped... Luckily we finished the day by eating in a restaurant  ;)


Posted Nov 30, 2012, 9:48 pm
Natural History Museum of Central Finland

Today we visited the Natural History Museum. . I met many interesting animals there. Take a look at the photos.


Posted Nov 30, 2012, 10:06 pm
December 1st

My friend KRTEK gave me an advent calendar as a present. There is a small window for every day in December until Christmas.

Today I can open the first window  :D How exciting!!!



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December 2nd

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Advent calendar

Together with Flowipowi we helped our host to make a surprise advent calendar to a friend. We wrapped postcards in old Christmas magazine pages. I think it became quite cool  B)


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December 3rd

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1st Advent

Together with Flowipowi and our host we made advent lanterns of old glass jars and lace. We decorated them with golden ribbon and wooden numbers. I painted number 3 and Flowipowi painted number 2 and host painted 1 and 4  :)

In the evening we sat down, ate some Christmas tasting (chocolate, lemon, almond) cup cakes and drank hot mulled wine.


Posted Dec 3, 2012, 8:31 pm
Working day

Since Christmas is coming I must help my host at work. Today I burned candles and joined the angel choir  ;)


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December 4th

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December 7th

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December 8th

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Another working day

We cycled to work in the moonlight  B)

This was a baking day! We made everything ready for the kids to bake ginger breads. And then we were so busy to bake that we had no time to take photos of the baking  :rolleyes:

But here is one ginger bread to taste for you!


Posted Dec 8, 2012, 4:18 pm
Independence Day

Today we celebrated the 95th independence day of Finland. We had our own Finnish flags and burned blue and white candles. And of course we watched from TV the celebrating in the president's castle. But where... 


Posted Dec 8, 2012, 5:19 pm
On the road

I'm not going to tell you everything, but I will tell you this: Today we spent about 7 hours in the car, on the road  ;)



Posted Dec 8, 2012, 5:37 pm
1st stop -and on the road again

We saw lots of road today. And on our first stop lots of bells... And I had a nice cup of coffee  :D


Posted Dec 8, 2012, 5:59 pm

Surprise!!! I am in Rovaniemi now! It is dark, cold (-22) but less snow than in Jyväskylä. I looked at the map and visited quickly the center before going to sleep.

Tomorrow will be very exciting day for me...


Posted Dec 9, 2012, 2:11 pm
December 9th

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We left from the hotel at 9 and it was still quite dark. Not too cold, only -17. I wanted to see some reindeer but the only ones were the lights at the airport...


Posted Dec 9, 2012, 8:00 pm
Santa Park

There were all kind of interesting things in Santa Park. First of all: the whole place is underground in an old mine. And because of that it was possible to cross UNDER the northern Arctic Circle. Cool!  B)

We took a ride in the Four Seasons – Sleigh Ride. It was so fast that all the photos have speed lines  :rolleyes:

We also visited the ice gallery. That was very cold -but the ice sculptures were so great! Together with Flowipowi and Traveling Teddy we sat on the throne like kings  :)

In Santa Park there was also the Elf School (we did not join), lots of cafes, gift shops, post office, gingerbread kitchen and an elf dance show.

But the best thing was that I MET SANTA CLAUS!!! Santa held me in his hands and said that I have been very nice!  ;)


Posted Dec 9, 2012, 8:39 pm
Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

Our next stop was... Okay: we had to eat first but after that... We came to Santa Claus Village.

We spent lots of time just walking around, visiting the gift shops (my host bought postcards from every shop...), post office and drinking mulled wine with a mince pie.

Then it was time to jump into the car and start driving back home. I slept most of the time in the warm and dark... 7 hours all together.

Mom, this was a wonderful trip!!!


Posted Dec 9, 2012, 8:59 pm
2nd Advent

Second candle, mince pies and decorating the house -even the bathroom got it's Christmas lights  :p


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December 10th

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December 11th

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December 12th

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December 13th

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Working again

Today I helped decorating a Christmas tree. I also joined doing the crafts. We used old glass jars and bottles. Weren't we handy!


Posted Dec 13, 2012, 10:18 pm
Christmas mail

My host has lots of friends and relatives. Today I helped her to finish writing the cards sealing the envelopes and sticking the stamps. Tomorrow all the cards will be mailed  :)


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December 15th

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Christmas path of intangible gifts

Today we were talking about recycling, repairing, reusing, not wasting the food, giving away the unnecessary, selling at the flee market and playing without toys. So important things!


Posted Dec 15, 2012, 7:55 pm

In the workshop I helped my host to make some notebooks. We were so busy that we had no time to take photos of the proses but luckily we have a picture of the result. Take a look!


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December 16th

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Christmas lights

Next to the center church is a huge Christmas tree with beautiful lights. The church is quite pretty itself. It was cold and windy while walking there...


Posted Dec 16, 2012, 2:15 pm
Christmas market

Jyväskylä got a new Christmas market place this year. Of course we went to see it even though today was windy and snowy... We took only very few photos but from these you will get the spirit  ;)


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December 17th

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Nativity scene

Nativity scene is getting more and more ready. I think we make a great addition to the stable  ;)


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December 21st

Posted Dec 21, 2012, 9:56 pm
December 22nd

Posted Dec 21, 2012, 10:06 pm
Ginger breads

Once more we were baking ginger breads... We love them! This time we also decorated them. Look at my own little teddy bear  ;)


Posted Dec 22, 2012, 10:07 pm
December 23rd

Posted Dec 24, 2012, 9:14 pm
Baking on the 4th advent

Christmas is so near and we wanted to help our host in the preparations. Together with Flowipowi we baked a cake!


Posted Dec 24, 2012, 9:35 pm
December 24th

Posted Dec 24, 2012, 10:13 pm

On the visit to the library I met a couple of elfs, looked at some Christmas books and read some Mamma Moo books  ;)


Posted Dec 25, 2012, 8:32 pm
Sunny winter day

It was cold (-20) and clear today. I was cycling between two working places with Flowipowi and our host. The sun looked strange, we were looking at it and even climbed higher to take a better look of the sun... But that was maybe not a good idea, we fell to the snow  :rolleyes:

The sun started hiding behind the clouds but the winter roar with snowy trees was very beautiful  :D


Posted Dec 25, 2012, 9:39 pm
Driving to visit grandparents

The weather was great, sunny, -24 and we were driving... until the sunset  B)


Posted Dec 26, 2012, 10:01 pm
Christmas Eve part 1

We woke up early in the morning and watched both TV and the dawn with the blue moment... On TV my favourite was The Snowman  ;)

They don't usually have a Christmas tree in my host's family but this year the children took one from the grandparent's backyard. It smells great! The tree is so tiny that all the decoration was too heavy for the branches. The girls made pretty paper snowflakes and the Christmas tree is just perfect!

We saw some presents under it and big sack appeared from somewhere (of course we did not see Santa Claus visiting...). Later in the evening we were opening the presents and feeling happy  :D


Posted Dec 27, 2012, 9:16 pm
Christmas Eve part 2

I just want to share some moments and Christmas feelings with you with these photos  :p


Posted Dec 29, 2012, 3:43 pm
Boxing Day

The most well known tradition linked to the Boxing day is "the ride of Stephen's Day" which refers to a sleigh ride with horses. These merry rides along village streets were seen in contrast to silent  mood of the previous Christmas days. Nowadays some people still do the sleigh ride but my family does the ride by car.

We went to the frozen and snowy and empty harbour. Sunny and COLD. I enjoyed the views. Flowipowi, Traveling Teddy and Snowman joined me.

Next stop was in Vaajakoski. We visited Naissaari, another summer place in Jyväskylä. It was frozen and snowy and empty. Sunny and COLD. Beautiful.

And of course we went to greet the big Panda of the chocolate factory. Happy Christmas to you, too!


Posted Dec 30, 2012, 8:37 pm
Christmas Carols

We were singing Christmas carols with host and others. I taught them how to sing Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht  :rolleyes:

After singing we wanted to listen more Christmas music. There was lots to choose from (My host is crazy about Christmas...). Lots of children's Christmas songs and many DCs of international music, too. My host cold not choose between Michael Bublé and Finnish Tomi Metsäketo so made my choice... Everybody enjoyed Justin Bieber  ;)


Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:12 pm
I'm coming home!

I just said goodbye to my host, to Traveling Teddy and to my new friend Snowman. Then I jumped into the envelope and now I'm on the way home...

See you soon!


Posted Jan 3, 2013, 9:10 pm
Christmas movies

Many evenings in December I have been watching Christmas movies. Today it was time to watch again. But there is so much to choose from...

Finally I made my choice and enjoyed  :)


Posted Jan 26, 2013, 3:15 pm
Hello friends,

I am at home again; I spent a wonderful time in Finland. My host gave me some nice things, so I had a lot to look at and I had enough to eat on my journey.

It was funny – I met JUMP – the son of my last host – and we talked a lot. Of course he wanted to wear the wonderful scarf!

The Christmas Tree of my Mum was still in the house – and I took a look at it.

But there were other nice Christmas Decorations in the room.

I loved this one.

Then it was time to say goodbye to JUMP.

It is nice to be at home again – I will tell my Mum all about my trips!