Winter Bear, Sülfeld, Germany


Posted Oct 24, 2011, 11:56 am
Hi everyone!!

My name is Winter Bear and I'm a small teddy bear who wants to discover the world, especially cold places. If you'd like to host me, please send a pm to my mentor nuriayasmin. However, as a start I'm taking part in a so-called Round Robin. That means we're a group of 4 ToyVoyagers who will each spend a month with the mentor of one of the others.

My travel itinerary looks like this:
1. Visiting mellialida in Germany
2. Visiting grunolana in Germany
3. Visiting Willy Olson in Germany

I'm very much looking forward to starting my journey.

While I was staying here at home I had the opportunity to learn quite a few languages so I guess I won't have problems with communication. Here you can see me studying Japanese.

Apart from the other TV's and stuffed animals who are here, my best friend is Sammy, my mentor's cat.

Perhaps I can show you some pictures of my home and my hometown before I leave, otherwise I will do it when I come back here.

Winter Bear

Posted Oct 25, 2011, 10:13 pm
Today we all said good-bye to Priscilla, the dolphin who's going to visit fam-united. And I'm the next one to start a journey :-).

Posted Oct 26, 2011, 8:48 pm
Today I took a short walk through the city centre and along the river Neckar and would like to show off some of my hometown's sights.

This is the Hotel Zum Ritter. It was built in 1592 and was the only house which survived the great fire from 1635 because it was stone-built and not wooden like the other houses.

The Old Bridge was built in 1788. There were 8 other bridges at the same place before that one but they were all destroyed.

On the way home we cycled along some fields.

Do you like my hometown? If you'd like to visit it, send a PM to my mentor nuriayasmin. I'm sure she'll be happy to show you around.

Bye, Winter Bear

Posted Oct 29, 2011, 5:04 pm
Goodbye!! My envelope is ready and I'm going to slip into it right now . I'm so exited.

Posted Nov 1, 2011, 3:55 pm
Hi Mum!

Today I arrived in Seebach at my new host mellialida.

She is really nice. After a walk through the flat I met börnie, another tv. We had a great conversation.

I think, I have a new friend!

I am looking forward to the next few weeks.

My new host told me, that she is very happy about the geocaching Travelbug!


Posted Nov 10, 2011, 5:59 pm
Hi Dear at home!!

My host mellialida is a really lovely host! I have seen the hometown, the "Thuringian Wood" and the "University".

But at the moment, my host gets sick! She had a very bad stomach flu. So, the other tv's and I decide to cook her a lovely dinner.
We cut some tomato's and some mozarella (she loves it!).

Chubby berry red a nice bedtime story (he is such a cute ans civilly bear!). We all became very sleepy!

At the weekend, we would like to visit the castle "Wartburg"! I am so excited!

Posted Nov 14, 2011, 7:22 pm
Hi there at home!

Oh, today was a foggy, cold day. But I like this weather. My host mellialida and the other tvs decide to visit the Wartburg in Eisenach. This was a special wish from  Börnie! But I was also really happy about it.

Here are the facts:

In 1999 UNESCO added Wartburg Castle to the World Heritage List as an "Outstanding Monument of the Feudal Period in Central Europe", citing its "Cultural Values of Universal Significance". The castle's foundation was laid about 1068 by the Thuringian count of Schauenburg. According to tradition, the castle got its name  from  Ludwig dem Springer: "Warte, Berg -- du sollst mir eine Burg werden!"

But I am also sad, because börnie leave us tomorrow. We decide to have a big party for him!

Posted Nov 15, 2011, 4:47 pm
Hi Folks!

We mad a big suprise-party for börnie. He left us today and so we decide to have a really cool party with sweets and juice!

But...have a look at the picture!

Posted Nov 26, 2011, 4:26 pm
Hi Folks!

Today we walked through Thal, this is a village near Seebach, where
my host mellialida live.

I saw some horses. They aren't friendly, but I did my best!
I saw the Thuringian Wood, it was great to see, how the nature
turns from summer into autumn (and I think in a few days into winter!).

Oh, and later we went to the "Geologischer Aufschluß am Großen Ebertsberg". This is a very old stone with "Kristallin, Glimmerschiefer, Gneis and Porphyr".

Glimmerschiefer is about 500 Mio. years old and they call it "Katzensilber".

This is our last tour at mellialida. I am really sad!

Posted Nov 30, 2011, 3:18 pm
Hi Mommy!

I am on the way to another host!
It is so exciting!
I can't wait to see another host or tv. So, I jump into the
dark envelope aaaand...


Posted Dec 5, 2011, 1:10 pm
Finally I arrived in Amberg.
My new host have a small, black, lovely dog :)

Posted Dec 5, 2011, 1:17 pm
Today we baked muffins.
We  have coconut dyed blue.
This "Cookie Monster Muffins" have tasted fantastic. (:
I know that there are no doughnut but it's something like doughnuts. :D

Posted Dec 5, 2011, 1:22 pm
Today it has finally snowed. :O
look how beautiful my snow angel looks (;

Posted Dec 6, 2011, 5:09 pm
Tonight Nicholas has come and has laid to us very tasty things in the boot. :O
Look! Is this not totally a lot of sweet? :O

Posted Dec 11, 2011, 12:15 pm
Hello there!

Today the weather outside was too bad, so we decided to stay inside and play some games. We played "monopoly" and "Siedler von Catan". It was so much fun and I found a new fried called Stich. Of course I won  ;). Here's the proof: >click here<

I hope the weather gets better soon, so I can discover amberg.

Greets Winterbear

Posted Dec 23, 2011, 5:10 pm
We have finally decorated the Christmas tree on Tuesday and today are very large and many small gifts under the white tree.
I wish you a Merry Christmas (:

Posted Dec 23, 2011, 5:22 pm
Ho Ho Ho mom  ;)

Today we had a walk through the city and have marveled at the huge Christmas tree at the marketplace and everywhere were these lions. These lions are a kind of mascot of Amberg. Many of them are spread all over the town. The whole city lit up because of the great shining christmas-decoration.


Posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:10 pm
Blue Sky!!! :cyclops:

Posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:25 pm
green grass!!! :o

Posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:32 pm
flowers!!!! :p

Posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:42 pm
A lot a lot of sun
a wonderful day
winter! where are you?

Posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:05 pm
farewell party for our guest

Posted Jan 5, 2012, 11:16 pm
Goodbye, my friend Stitch
goodbye Laila,do not be sad without me
goodbye Snoopy......

My journey continues!!!
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 1, 2012, 9:44 am
Hey Mom!

We're so sorry for updatin so late. But now everthing went right. So here we go...

I arrived a long time ago. When I jumped out of my envelop, there were so much nice toys waiting for me.

They were so nice to me. We talked a lot and ate the chocolate.

Later that day I halped Bentje by baking a cake. We made a Santa Clause cake.  :D Nobody here eat this chocolate mans, so we had to make the cake out of them.

I was melting the butter.

But the best part of making the cake was this! I was allowed to jump on the Santas. Hihi it was sooo funny!

I'm sorry, we forgot to make a pic before we ate the cake.  It was really delicious.

We went out into the garden. There's a funny sign.

We've got a little bit snow. But look, on the Gräbelesberg in the back is more snow.

Bye for a while
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 1, 2012, 10:00 am
Hi Mom!

I helped by feeding the fishes.

We hung up this new shelf in the kitchen.

We drove to Albstadt- Ebingen for a little shopping trip. First we went into the supermarket.  We needed some things for a soup.

Not really nice weather on the parking place.

Later we tried some clothes.

Bye for the moment
Yours Winter Bear

Willy Olson

Posted Feb 2, 2012, 8:48 am
Hey Mom!

Here we go again  :D

We went to Albstadt- Ebingen.

Infront of the Bürgerturm. It's really old and an emblem from Ebingen. It was build in the time of 1500.

The city hall was build in 1912/1913. It has a very nice big gable.

Some of the new works of art in Ebingen. They were made by Peter Lenk and they were set up on 29.11.2011. This is part with the politicians.

It's carnival in Albstadt  :D The people here say "Fasnet"

This is the Martinskirche. The tower was build in 1670. There's a tombstone in the church from a knight called Heinrich von Ringelstein from 1413.

The city and the Bürgerturm.

Bye for now
Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 2, 2012, 9:02 am
Hey Mommy!

We went to Meßstetten to see a bit more snow.

But not really much snow  :( this is no good winter.

It is a very steep road.

We stopped at the Skiarena Täle from the Skiverein Meßstetten.

Me in front of the skijumping hill.

Here you could see the ski lift. It's the steepest which the company that built it ever made.

What a bit snow pile.

Frosty greetz
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 2, 2012, 10:19 am
Hey Mom!

We went to Lautlingen to visit the Stauffenberg Schloss.
The main building was build in 1846. The wall and the towers were build in the Middle Ages.
The brothers of Stauffenberg spent a bulk of their childhood in the castle.

I liked this tower a lot.

The playground next to the castle. Just a big construction zone.

I take a seat on the swing. It was such a fun!

One of the entries

The main building

A really beautiful house

Some information boards (just german)

The big bridge for pedestrian

The church of Lautlingen

We found a funny tree. It's a "Narrenbaum" for the carnival.

Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 2, 2012, 10:29 am
Hey Mommy!

Today it's really cold. We got -17°C but it's so beautiful. The sun is shining.
Isn't it beautiflu?

Björn an me jumped in the garden to play in the snow. I think i finishes my first life mission  :D

Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 7, 2012, 9:06 am
Hey Mom!

We watched some winter sports on the weekend.

Tomorrow we'll start an other adventure  :D We had to get up really early at 4am  :stare:
Than we'll go by the car to the airport in Stuttgart. We'll take a plane to Hamburg and go to Lüneburg by train. Bentjes mom will wait there and take us by car home to the little village called Bavendorf.
On Thursday we'll go by car to Willingen to watch the skijumping competitions there.
I'm really excited!

I helped by packing the case. It's sooo big.

Bentje said I had to take care of the tickets.

We made a little map of our journey. We'll make about 1200km the next days.

I think we'll had a lot of fun. I'm not sure if we find some time to write an update in Bavendorf.

Bye for a while
Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 15, 2012, 12:24 pm
Hey Mom!

It was really early in the morning when we arrived at the airport in Stuttgart. We started in Albstadt at 5 am and arrived at 6:30 in Stuttgart. The check in was a bit complicated.

Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 15, 2012, 1:01 pm
It's me again  :D

The flight to Hamburg was so exciting. Wow, the airport in Hamburg is much bigger than the one in Stuttgart. We went a while to the luggage reclaim. We found our case and than we had to go by train to Lüneburg via Hamburg Central Station. We passed the first train at the airport. So we had to wait an our on the Central Station.
When we arrived in Lüneburg, Bentjes mom and sister were waiting for us. We just spent one night there. On Thursday morning we started our journey to Willingen.

I was very happy that Bodo came with me. He's a really nice polar bear.
Well, he said I could be his little brother.

When we arrived - after 4 1/2 hours sitting in the car - we went to the jumping hill. This one is the biggest one in the world. Only the hills for skiflying are bigger. Bentje told me this in Willingen is as big a the Dom of Cologne. You might see a little red point on the hill. Some of the austrian guys made some trainings jumps.

Here you could see our sleeping room. I'm sorry, it's a bit messy.

The livingroom

I found a scarf. Now I'm a real fan  :D

It was so amazing. We stood in the first line. There were sooo many people and a really great atmosphere! I had a nice time there with Shelly the sheep and the little Pig. But it was cold!

I'm a really happy bear now. I got some autograph cards.  :D

And than... there was so much snow on monday :D

Hope you like our pics
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 15, 2012, 1:23 pm
Hey Mom!

Some more pics  :D

Just wrote some postcards

I jumped in the bag and we started our journey back to Albstadt.

Sitting in the train - Hamburg

Hamburg Airport

Waiting for our flight. We watch a lot of planes.

Ready for take off  :D

Over the clouds...

I made this pic, look what a nice view

Back in Stuttgart

I like traveling by a plane  :D

Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 15, 2012, 1:50 pm
Once more^^

Today we went to Ebingen. We just had to go for shopping. As you can see there's no good weather for shopping today. We've got a lot of snow and storm.

Some nice old houses in Ebingen

The "Rosengarten"

Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 16, 2012, 8:51 am
Hey Mom!

Yesterday we build a snowman but tonight we got more and more snow... look how he looks like today. Maybe he's a little bit drunk  :rolleyes:

Snow all around me! I love it!

The streetsign - just snow  :cyclops:

Maybe we'll go to the ski run tomorrow. Hope the snow won't thaw.

Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 18, 2012, 3:04 pm
Hey Mom!

Just want to tell you some news. Tomorrow we'll go to Oberstdorf to watch another skijumping competition. So we had to get up really early. We'll go by car. About 200km in 3 hours. I think it will be very exhausting. Hope we have a lot of fun. Keep your fingers crossed, that we had nice weather.

Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 24, 2012, 5:03 pm
Hey Mom!

Here we go... Time to tell you about our trip to Oberstdorf.
We startet really early - 6am
okay 1 min after 6am  ;)

My breakfast - a Red Bull

After 3 hours we arrived in Oberstdorf. First we had a little drink

The weather wasn't very nice. Rain, rain, rain

We went to the train station and took the bus to the "Heini Klopfer Skiflugschanze". I was very lucky, Bentje got a ticked for the FIS Family/Special Guests area. I saw some VIPs there. What a huge hill!

Look me and a jumper  :D We had such a great place!

More pics will follow
Bye for a while
Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 24, 2012, 6:18 pm
Hi di ho^^

Here I am again... Just want to show you the pics from our trip back to Albstadt. We drove on the "Deutsche Alpenstraße". Lots of curves I tell you.  :D

Lot of cars on the street after the competition

Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 24, 2012, 6:44 pm
Hey Mom!

We're really sorry, but we had to tell you something. We're just watching the skijumping world championship in Vikersund... and than it happens, a great adversity. A glass of coke fall over... we killed the cellphone, the car radio and well me haha. Now I'm a coke bear.

So I went to the bathroom to take a long bath.

Now I'm laying in my really hot bath. I don't want to come back to you as a dirty bear.

Hope you're not to angry about me
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Feb 29, 2012, 10:03 am
Hey Mom!

Had to tell you some good news! There's no more coke on me! And I'm smelling really good  :D

Today I helped Bentje with her piercings. She got  new piercing jewelry. We sort them.

Surpirse surprise! Now I'm a pierced bear thihi! Didn't I look really cool ha?

But don't worry mom... we pulled some balls out of the ball closure rings and put them on me. No holes into my body  ;) Bentje didn't allowed it. She said, she can't decide to make me some piercings. She won't become any trouble with you.

Lots of hugs
Yours Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Mar 2, 2012, 10:21 am
Hey Mom!

I helped Bentje by doing the washings.

We bought new cuddly socks. I liked them a lot.

I put them also into the washing machine.

I found a funny cup in the kitchen.

Later I wrote the letter for you. Bentje told me you like our card.

Lots of hugs
Winter Bear
Willy Olson

Posted Mar 2, 2012, 3:50 pm
Time to say good bye

Hey Mom!

Today was my last day at Bentjes home. We had a lot of fun today.
First I helped Bentje with her hairs.

If I need a job, I might be a good hairdresser  :D

Tada... looks really good  :D Bentje said I did a good job!

Later we made a shopping tour. There're lots of bottles and some letters

First stop at the bank - we just need some money, money, money...

Into the supermarket

Wuuhi Mom, last day here and you won't belive, I completed one more life mission. They were so dilicious!

But than it was time to say good bye. We wrote the adress of my next host on my envelop.

The other toys gave a little present to me  :D

Wuuuh look! I got my own fist piercing!

We put it on my TV mark. Think it looks good

At least a big group hug

That's all for now...
See you at the next host
Lots of hugs
Winter Bear

Posted Mar 6, 2012, 1:59 pm
Arrival in Uetze, a small village near to Hanover. Now, my host has two TVs to host and two toys which will become toyvoyagers in a few days. I hope I can see something of this little hamlet. For now, I can show you some pics of my arrival.

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 2:23 pm

My host had a doctor's appointment today, so we drove to Burgdorf, the next town, where my host had her date with an allergist.
Next to me in the first picture is the guardian angel of the car.

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 2:26 pm
The treatment room looked really nice. Not so clinically white. :)

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 2:28 pm
Whoops! My host is so colourful. :)

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 2:29 pm
Back to Uetze: with bus!

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 2:31 pm
Because of the excellent weather, we played a little bit in the garden.

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 3:16 pm
The TV-family gets bigger and bigger. Krtecek just arrived. We welcomed him warmly and gave him a big hug.
Afterwards we met the two pets of the host-family. They have a budgerigar called Racker, like the little tortoise of the movie "Finding Nemo" (in german the turtle is called Racker, I'm not sure of the english name) and a cat called Dicker, because he is so fat (dick is the german word for fat).

Posted Mar 14, 2012, 4:42 pm
We helped to prepare the meal today! Pasta bake! I was responsable for the pasta. :) I think we did a great job!

Posted Mar 14, 2012, 4:44 pm
A new TV arrived! Mo! He is a little sheep with little rucksack on my back.

Posted Mar 14, 2012, 4:45 pm
Unfortunately, in Uetze is no TV-weather at the moment. But on friday we will travel to Göttingen, where my host studies. Hopefully there will be a better weather.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:13 pm
Our getaway to Göttingen started in Uetze of course. We went by bus to Dollbergen, our first intermediate goal.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:17 pm
In Dollbergen, which is a little village and belongs to the township Uetze, we had not enough time to take pictures. But now I have a new entry on my map.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:20 pm
The next intermediate goal was Hannover, the the capital of the federal state Lower Saxony. We took some pictures on the railway station and in the train.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:22 pm
The next intermediate goal was Hannover, the the capital of the federal state Lower Saxony. We took some pictures on the railway station and in the train.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:27 pm
Here is a picture of the landscape between Hannover and Göttingen.

The river in the back is called Leine. The Leine is a river in Thuringia and Lower Saxony, Germany. It is a left tributary of the Aller river (and so of the Weser river as well) and 281 km in length. Important towns upstream to down along its course are Göttingen, Einbeck, Alfeld and Gronau, before the river enters Hanover, the largest city on its banks. We passed all the towns, except Gronau. :)

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:31 pm
Finally, we arrived in Göttingen.
Göttingen (German pronunciation: [ˈɡœtɪŋən]) is a university town in Lower Saxony. It is the capital of the district of Göttingen. The Leine river runs through the town. In 2006 the population was 129,686.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:35 pm
First of all we visited the old botanic garden. Göttingen has two botanic gardens, the old and the new one. But the old one is much more beautiful... however I think the flowers require more time. Everthing is still brown and grey.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:38 pm
Then we visited Weende. This is district of Göttingen. My host live there during the semester.
There was a very strange tree...

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:41 pm
There was a stone which tell something about Weende. It was founded in 966 and was an independantly community until 1964. At this time it became a district of Göttingen. As a consequence, it is the second oldest district (and it is the most beautiful side in town :) ).

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:44 pm
The St. Petri- Church is the oldest building in Weende. It was built in 1180.  :o

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:48 pm
There is also a river called Weende. The spring of the river also provides the people in Göttingen with drinking water.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:50 pm
Afterwards we drove back to Hannover.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:55 pm
In Hannover, we drove by tram to Altwarmbüchen, where the mum of my host works.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 7:58 pm
There was a very nice sunset on the car park of host-mums working place.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 8:02 pm
Back by car.

Posted Mar 17, 2012, 8:08 pm
Back in Uetze. Wow, this was a strenuous day.

Posted Mar 21, 2012, 7:11 pm
Wow, one more TV arrived today! We are a big family now. :)

... oh, there are two TVs! :D  Owen H.M-Fips and Bernie R.G.Bear, they come from Trinidad and Tobago.

Posted Mar 21, 2012, 7:18 pm
We helped baking american cookies today. :) The cookies were very sweet, but delicious.

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 7:43 pm
It was such a lovely weather today, so my host decided to show us TVs Uetze a little bit.
First station was the Junkernhof. It is the oldest building in Uetze. The Junkernhof was build 1635 from the family von Uttensen. Uetze was called "Utisson" (1022) and "Utessem" (1215) in the past. These names are deduced from the name von Uttensen. So the building had a great impact on the village.
So here is the Junkernhof and a stone next to the two-storey half-timber house. :)

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 8:08 pm
The next station was the river Fuhse. The Fuhse is a stream of Lower Saxony, a left tributary of the Aller. The Fuhse originates on the west slope of the Oderwald, foothills of the Harz range between Bad Harzburg und Wolfenbüttel. The source spring lies in the municipality of Flöthe near Schladen. From there the Fuhse flows west of Salzgitter. It turns to the north and flows through Peine, Dollbergen and Uetze to Celle. In Celle (borough Neustadt) it joins the Aller. The most important tributary is the Erse, that joins the Fuhse at Uetze.
There were two ducks on the river. Unfortunately, we had no bread with us... Maybe next time?

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 8:23 pm
There is also a very nice bridge over the Fuhse. ^^

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 8:34 pm
Here you can see the "Neuer Garten". It is a part of the Junkernhof. In former days, it was a restaurant. Today, you can buy it.

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 8:47 pm
The church is called "Johannes-der-Täufer-Kirche". It was built in 1867. The tower is 65 m high.
The predecessor was built in 1837, but it was destroyed in 1863 by a great fire. A stone reminds the people.

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 8:56 pm
We went by bicyle by the way.

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 9:06 pm
After our trip through Uetze, we relaxed in the garden.

Posted Mar 23, 2012, 9:18 pm
Krtecek leaves us today. :( We are a little bit sad, but he will travel back to Paris to his mummy! Have fun in Paris. :D

Posted Mar 28, 2012, 9:55 am
We went to Göttingen once more. :)
It was a very nice day: sun and a blue sky.

Posted Mar 28, 2012, 10:27 am
On this picture you can see the town's landmark: the "Gänseliesel". The Gänseliesel (English: Goose Girl, Goose Lizzy (Liesel as pet name of Elisabeth)) is a fountain which was erected in 1901 in front of the mediaeval town hall of Göttingen, Germany. Although rather small in size, the fountain is the most well-known landmark of the city. Today, it is an essential part of the graduation celebrations for every student who finishes a doctorate at the George August University Göttingen to climb the fountain and to kiss the statue of the goose girl. The Gänseliesel is the most kissed virgin of the world. It is forbitten now to kiss her, but tradition is tradition. :)

Posted Mar 28, 2012, 10:36 am
This is a very small guy. Unfortunately I forgot his name, but he was a physicist in Göttingen and became famous for his work.

Posted Mar 28, 2012, 10:44 am
We went to the botanic garden once more. The last time everything looked so brown and grey, but now we could see some flowers.

Posted Mar 28, 2012, 10:56 am
The next picture shows a historical lantern. It stands next to the "Deutsches Theater" (German theatre).

Posted Apr 2, 2012, 1:24 pm
My journey will go on today. I will travel to the USA. I'm so excited. :)

Posted Apr 10, 2012, 5:52 am
Winter Bear arrived safely in Iola, KS today!

Posted Apr 12, 2012, 5:03 am
Host mom took us to the river today. It was gray and chilly, but the trees and wildflowers were bright and happy!

Posted Apr 13, 2012, 4:20 am
Today was gray again, AND rainy, so we didn't get a chance to do anything very exciting. We sat on the porch and watched the clouds, and visited with the outdoor kitty, Halo. Host mom finished making a dress for one of her daughters! She is going to make two more in the same colors, but different combinations, so her youngest three daughters will complement each other nicely :)

Posted Apr 15, 2012, 5:51 am
Winter Bear  enjoyed the warm meal and great company at the SDA church potluck today!

Posted Apr 16, 2012, 5:47 am
Today the host family took us to Gage Park in Topeka, to celebrate a birthday! There was a lot to do and we had tons of fun playing! :)

Posted Apr 17, 2012, 5:22 am
On the way home from work, host mom stopped to show us the pretty scenery and the rural water tower that is just west of Colony, Kansas! It was such a pretty day!

Posted Apr 19, 2012, 4:59 am
Winter Bear dined with four little hedgehogs this evening. The little hedgehogs were so busy that Winter Bear got tired out just watching them!

Posted Apr 21, 2012, 2:36 am
The host family decided to do a small garden in their back yard this year, but host mom wanted to stop by the community garden to see what other people are growing!

Posted Apr 22, 2012, 5:31 am
Host mom got working in her garden today. She planted onions, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, and a few cabbage in the ground and then mint, tomatoes, and oregano in pots. There's still more to do, but it was a great start! :)

Posted Apr 22, 2012, 5:36 am
In the afternoon, we drove up to the Great Plains Mall and had a look around :)

Posted Apr 23, 2012, 3:53 am
Winter Bear wasn't sure whether to be curious about or afraid of the zombie horde...

Posted Apr 24, 2012, 3:10 am
Host mom finished her second little girl dress! So cute!

Posted Apr 24, 2012, 3:12 am
Host mom has a fascination with water towers. She showed us the one in Garnett this morning!

Posted Apr 25, 2012, 4:34 am
Host mom and her youngest daughter took me for a walk to see what was blooming at Hillbrant House. Mr. Hillbrant was home and he let us go in the back yard to see his koi and waterfalls back there! Sadly, he is selling his house because he is in his 80s and figures he doesn't need a house and yard that big. We sure hope the next owners will appreciate and maintain his gardens!

Posted Apr 26, 2012, 5:21 am
Yay, a birthday to celebrate! Winter Bear loved the ice cream and cake, and the unwrapping of the presents!

Posted Apr 27, 2012, 5:37 am
This morning, host mom took us to see the community corrections garden that is maintained by the county jail. The motto is "Building Character Through Gardening." We met a super nice lady there, who told us about how she works with the inmates in the garden. Being a small town with a large jail, our county houses a lot of female inmates from the bigger cities, when they have overflow. She often works with people who have never, ever gardened and have no idea about plants or where vegetables come from. One day, she was working with a group of ladies and handed them each a radish, plucked from the ground, and they stood around, and finally one said, "What am I supposed to do with this?" She said, "You eat it." The lady thought a while, then said, "I can't eat it, it's dirty." The nice lady explained all vegetables grow in dirt and you just have to wash them off. The lady argued a bit, so she showed her how to wash it with the hose and try it. The lady tried it, gobbled it down, and then her whole face lit up, and she exclaimed, "I like dirty food!"

Posted Apr 28, 2012, 1:08 am
We made a potty stop at the tourist stop in Burlington!

Posted Apr 28, 2012, 6:38 am
We had a yummy dinner at CiCi's Pizza in Topeka!

Posted Apr 28, 2012, 6:44 am
Host mom finished her last little girl dress! Her three littlest daughters are going to be so happy (and so cute) in their new dresses! :)

Posted Apr 29, 2012, 5:13 am
The dresses were so adorable that we Toy Voyagers insisted on being photographed with the pretty princesses wearing them!

Posted Apr 30, 2012, 4:31 am
Winter Bear enjoyed sabbath school and potluck at the Seventh Day Adventist church.

Posted Apr 30, 2012, 6:02 am
Host mom got started on a new project... I wonder what it will be?

Posted May 1, 2012, 5:13 am
Host mom and one of her daughters took me to see the historic Old Allen County Jail. It was closed so we just poked around outside. We found the geocache in the tree, and that if you turn around and look the opposite direction from the old jail, you see the community corrections garden and the new jail!

Posted May 3, 2012, 4:25 am
Host mom and her littlest daughter took me for a walk down the alley behind the house, to see what we could see!

Posted May 4, 2012, 5:18 am
Play time!

Posted May 5, 2012, 3:57 am
We are helping Anastaysia on her goal of visiting 10 cemeteries, so the host family took us to visit Iola's new cemetery. There are stones that date back into the 20s, so it's not THAT new. They looked for their friend, Patty, who succumbed to breast cancer last year, but could not find her stone. Her daughter had said it had roses on it, but there were so many that had roses, that didn't help narrow the search!

Posted May 6, 2012, 6:43 am
Host mom had to take a trip to the airport very early this morning. She watched the moon the whole two hour drive, since it was supposed to be a "supermoon" today. When she got done with checking in her cargo, the moon was nearly to the horizon and kept threatening to go behind the clouds, so the pictures aren't great- but the moon sure was pretty!

Posted May 7, 2012, 5:14 am
After watching the supermoon set, we took a nap and woke up hungry. We drove to Ryan's, where we enjoyed the breakfast bar!

Posted May 8, 2012, 3:06 am
One of the TVs in our group has the goal of visiting state line signs, so host mom took us a few extra miles east to get a picture of the Missouri sign. There wasn't a Kansas sign when we crossed back in, so we didn't get that :(

Posted May 8, 2012, 4:38 am
On our way back toward the highway, we found a little old cemetery. Anastaysia got really excited, so host mom was super nice and stopped so she could see. It is the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Overland Park, KS. We found information about it here: click here! Who knew cemeteries had so much history?!

Posted May 9, 2012, 5:59 am
In the evening, we had SDA youth group in Thayer. It's the last one for the season- they take a break until fall, and we'll really miss it!

Posted May 10, 2012, 4:06 am
Host mom started an interesting new project. She said she is making armor out of craft foam for her son's history presentation, where he has to dress up as Chandragupta Maurya and do a presentation.

Posted May 11, 2012, 4:21 am
The host family were looking for a service project and found a garden that needed weeding. The garden belonged to a lovely lady named Lula, who lives way out in the country. It was hard work and sometimes the kids wanted to quit, but when they looked up and saw Lula's happy smile, it made them work twice as hard :) We made quite a dent, but there's still plenty more to be done... we plan to go back in 2 weeks and do some more :)

Posted May 11, 2012, 5:26 am
After working hard in the garden, we all needed a nice, hearty meal at El Charro! Yum! :)

Posted May 12, 2012, 5:47 am
We watched the host family's oldest daughter play cello in the spring concert!

Posted May 12, 2012, 5:48 am
I didn't get a chance to get a departure picture, but Winter Bear is back on the round robin, and on her way to see miapearl!

Posted May 30, 2012, 7:35 pm
Hello Mum,
I have arrived, and to celebrate it, we are watching The Prisoner.
The  first episode is the arrival of Number 6 to The Village (aka Portmeirion where the other visitors went last weekend).
Number 6 has just looked out of his window.
There he is.
An aerial view of the green dome
Another aerial view.
Rover in The Piazza.
Another aerial view.

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 11:42 am
Hi Mum,
Today, we went to The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth.
First, we rode in the train up the cliff to the top.
This display says how we can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions.
A pond with the frog
A dolls house with electrical gadgets. This display allows you to see how much energy is wasted by leaving things on, or on standby.
They haven't heard of ToyVoyagers!
A little garden with things growing in sinks and toilet bowls.
Solar panel, we can position it...
and increase the amount of light hitting the panel.
We are in the polytunnel. They have some grape vines.
They also have flowers and other plants.
There is a solar panel roof. There is a course currently for people wanting to know more about solar panels.
A mole!
and its tunnel.
Comparing different energy and power.
Bee hive!
Anatomy of a bee!
Honey bees.
Dancing bees (waggle dance).
The Queen Bee lays eggs in a wax cell.
A wind powered seat.
A metal plate, painted dark, insulation behind, and then covered in glass.
A water pump sprinkling water into the large pond.
Blades for a wind turbine get attached to this thing.
Now it is time to go.

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 12:55 pm
Hi Mum,
As it was a nice evening, we stopped off to cross a bridge to Barmouth.
The path is alongside the Cambrian railway track.
The river Mawddach meanders down to the estuary.
The area is quite sandy.
There isn't a road bridge across the river in sight.
We crossed the bridge, it was rather too windy to stop for photos on it..

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 12:56 pm
Yesterday was a long day so today, I am going to rest.

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 12:57 pm
Hi Mum,
Today we went GeoCaching along the North Wales Coast.
There is a GeoCache near this small church and it has a well.
This is a very small church.
But it has stained glass windows.
It really isn't very big!
Then, we went along the coast and found one here!

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 12:59 pm
My host tells me that the Olympic Torch is coming to the area, and said we might be lucky enough to see it!

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 1:01 pm
Hi Mum,
The Torch is coming, the Olympic Flame is coming.
There's a procession first
With the corporate sponsors
getting us in the mood
to see the Torch any minute now...
More police on motorbikes.
There it is, trust my host to have it out of focus!
There it goes, can you see the flame?

Posted Jun 1, 2012, 1:02 pm
Hi Mum,
We have another chance to see the Flame.
Should be here any minute now.
Looks camoflaged in the "fold" of the building.
Can see the Flame better.
And there it goes.

Posted Jun 25, 2012, 3:52 pm
Today, we went to see a castle.
This is Beeston Castle, in Cheshire.
we are resting on the outer bailey, or wall, looking across the Cheshire countryside.
A view along the wall
And a view up the hill to the castle.
I made it up the hill, and am now in the castle
The castle was partially demolished in the Civil War.
A good view all around (weather permitting).
The castle was built on sandstone rock, in the 13th century.

Posted Jun 27, 2012, 10:57 am
Today, we've come to Anderton Boat Lift.
This is the top of the boat lift.
That's what it looks like from the side.
We are on a boat trip.
Taking a brief tour of the River Weaver Navigation system.
Pleasant cruise!
Then we got to go on the boat lift.
We are coming off the lift
and cruising onto the canal.
Then, we had another look at the boat lift.
And tried the maze made from counterweights.
And here we all are at the centre of the maze.

Posted Jun 28, 2012, 5:50 pm
We are in Llandudno today because last week, after visiting the Anderton Boat Lift, we stopped off at the theatre in Llandudno, for my host's son and husband to see a show. My host left a bag there, and only discovered it was missing yesterday.
It was a sunny day and we had a little rest on the promenade outside the theatre, after she got her bag back.
The sea looks calm.

Posted Jun 28, 2012, 7:14 pm
We are in Porthmadog to ride the Welsh Highland Railway.
We are on the train, just leaving the station.
The engine pulls us out of the station, but then has to switch ends to pull us in another direction.
Porthmadog has an estuary, with a tidal island.
And inland, are some hills and mountains of Snowdonia in the distance.
We are going across the Cob, built to cross the estuary.
This is the River Glaslyn.
A hill, Moel Hebog, from Beddgelert station
We are moving again.
And on we go.
We have stopped off in Rhyd Ddu. We can take a look at the engine.
Can you see the top of Mount Snowdon? Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales.
And on we go.
We are approaching another station.
That engine is called Caernarfon Castle.

Posted Jun 28, 2012, 7:16 pm
We have arrived back in Caernarfon
The train will go back to Porthmadog.
There's Caernarfon Castle.

Posted Jun 28, 2012, 7:18 pm
It is time for me to leave Wales. "Hwyl Fawr" = "big fun"/goodbye.

Posted Jul 6, 2012, 9:36 pm
Hi Mum,

Yesterday I arrived in Sülfeld. Dicker Kumpel gave me a warm welcome.

Then he introduced me to the other TVs here.

Today I went to Bad Oldesloe. We went into a park with the theme children rights. I loved this funny house.

This shelf was art – so I don’t have to understand all.

I saw some ducks, but they went to other people, because they got food there.

A nice view – but not really something interesting to see.

This fountain was in front of the town hall.

The Stadthaus was next to the townhall.

There were some nice old houses in the town.

And some beautiful flowers.

Look – a water wheel.

I loved playing on this duck.

Winter Bear

Posted Jul 11, 2012, 4:03 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to the Zoo of Hannover today. First I saw some hippos. They seemed to have a good life here – lying in the water!

We made a boat trip in the Zoo – and I saw some other animals.

This friendly duck loved to swim next to our boat.

Look – a big rhinoceros.

A good view of the giraffes – the one in the middle was really young.

Then we met smaller animals. They are called prairie dogs.

It was a great day in the Zoo. Dicker Kumpel told me that I will complete one of my life missions tomorrow!

I am really excited!

Winter Bear

Posted Jul 11, 2012, 6:18 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to Bad Salzdetfurth today. It is an old mining town.

First I sat next to the saline and enjoyed the healthy air.

Just another view of the salines.

We made a group photo on the fountain.

Later I sat in the Summstein and had fun!

This is a colorful house for doves.

They opened a golf-course here – but it was too hot to play it for us.

There was a big wheel in the park. It is from the time when Bad Salzdetfurth was a mining town.

We went into the town – and found another relict out of this time.

Can you find me on this funny guy?

Winter Bear

Posted Jul 15, 2012, 1:30 pm
Hello Mum,

We visited Murph and had a great TV-meeting – starting with a drink!

Look – I had a yummy blue drink!

Well – really yummy… I drank a lot of it.

Mum – then it was time to complete on of my life missions. I met two other travelling TV-bears.
They are PinkyHH and Maxi.

We went out onto the balcony and had fun!

It was great sharing some bear-stuff with the others…

Then it was time to go into the living-room because Murph and his guests showed us a wonderful cake!

We all went nearer!

It was so delicious  - we had a great party!

Later it was time to leave – and we had a big TV-hug!

Winter Bear

Posted Jul 17, 2012, 6:31 pm
Hi Mum,

We were in another nice city this weekend – called Hildesheim. There were many wonderful old houses. See me in front of one of the nicest I have ever seen.

Next to it was a smaller one.

I loved the funny house with the two little towers!

This is the town hall.

Look – a wonderful old post box.

Then we went to a big church – called St. Michaelis.

Can you see us under this statue?

It was a little scary to sit there.

Many greetings
Winter Bear

Posted Jul 27, 2012, 2:38 pm
Hi Mum,

This weekend we drove to the town Harburg – and went around this lake. This photo was a little dark.

But a little later I sat in the sunshine!

We went to a park – it must have been beautiful in the Past.

At least we found some nice flowers in one corner of the park.

Then there was a big surprise – we went to another part of the park – and it was so beautiful!

I loved these flowers – and would have loved to send some to you!

Winter Bear

Posted Aug 5, 2012, 7:15 pm
Hi Mum,

We went to a fun fair today.

I didn’t want to try one of these carousels, but it was nice to see them.

But I loved this chocolate stick – and it was healthy because of the pineapple inside.

Look - this house had nice colors – and the people inside had a lot of fun.

And this carousel was nice, too – not as fast as most of the others.

This one was called wild mouse XXL.  I thought about using it, because I am a mouse, but I was too small.

So we stopped at the last roundabout - and then we went home.

Winter Bear

Posted Aug 8, 2012, 7:51 pm
Hi Mum,

Today we took a trip to a village near to Sülfeld. Can you see me on the big stone?

See me on a lot of wood!

We found a nice place and talked a lot.

Then we went to a nice cabin – and watched for birds!

Can you see the white dots – there were swans!

I liked the tree in front of the blue sky.

And I loved this funny tree.

We had fun at this point. We made a competition in long jump.

I had a great fourth place – not bad for a bear.

Can you imagine what I did here?

Yes, I used the slide.

Before we went home – we played on this big swing.

This was fun!

Winter Bear

Posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:24 pm
Hi Mum,

I went to a little town near to Sülfeld today – Bad Oldesloe. The white building behind me is the town hall.

This is the Stadthaus – but I don’t know what is inside the house.

I loved this water wheel.

We had a rest next to a small river.

There were some old houses in the city – a nice place with a lot of flowers.

Winter Bear

Posted Aug 17, 2012, 12:26 pm
Hi Mum,

Today I went to Lübeck – a nice town in the North of Germany. They have really beautiful old houses here.

This is the theatre of Lübeck.

I loved the beautiful balcony of the town hall.

These are views from the other side.

I went to the river – and saw old storehouses.

On the other side of the river are typical houses.
The river was really nice.

On the last photo you see the most famous building of the city – it is called Holstentor. Years ago it was on a bill of German money.

Winter Bear

Posted Aug 31, 2012, 12:31 pm
Hi Mum,

A new guest arrived today – it is Lorca. She showed the nice postcard that olgamaus created.

Later we visited Dicker Kumpel’s Grandma. She had birthday this week – and this is one of her presents.

I really loved these wonderful flowers!

Winter Bear

Posted Sep 5, 2012, 8:27 pm
Hello Mum,

The weather was awful outside, so we decided to explore the house. A horse must have lived here in the Past.

I tried to call you, but you were not at home.

No wine in this barrel.

Then I played the trumpet or whatever this was.

Winter Bear

Posted Sep 5, 2012, 8:30 pm
Hello Mum,

On Sunday we made a walk through Sülfeld. This is the old church.

On the other side of the street is the old pharmacy.

Here you can see the emblem of Sülfeld.

Do you understand the words on this big rock?

Behind the rock there is the old school.

Mum, my friends Mr. Stanley and Tiplitaps left for new adventures - do you have any idea, where I should travel next?

Many greetings
Winter Bear