JBF Bear, Vienna, Austria


Posted Sep 21, 2010, 12:08 am
I'm JBF Bear and I am a super super SUPER special bear!

If you read here you'll see why:

My mentor got me last year and we thought it would be awesome to travel around and spread the word and make people more aware of all the good they can do!

I hope to visit lots of kids and Cancer treatment centres and hospitals and camps and everything else and bring a smile to everyone's face!!!

My mentor showed me some lovely pics of a sister JBF Bear which were sent to her by a wonderful woman named Chevaughn Joseph who is the President and Co-Founder of the Just Because Foundation!!!
Sister bear got to visit a camp for kids with Neuroblastoma in Northern Ontario, Canada!!!
Look, I've posted the pics for you all to see (see below)!

I'm off to Portugal first to my mentor's dear friend, Helder who is going to take me on vacation with him!!!

I'm so excited to start!!!

See you soon with photos and stories when I arrive!!!

Posted Nov 16, 2010, 1:10 am
Hello mommy Eshara,  :p

How are u my dear? I was a little tired for a long trip, but I arrived.
I'm today by Helder's house and go to sleep because I'm too tired, I'll be here for a weeks, so we have time...
I'll send updates. this week will be very calm.  :rolleyes:
Big kiss to u, mommy.

Posted Dec 20, 2010, 12:29 pm
Hi Mummy  :p

How are u? I'm ok.
The weather here has been very cold and I spent the day of the fireplace.  :D
Today I take the boys to show you who I sleep with. B)
This Christmas there and I'm also going to spend Christmas out Hélder, then show you the photos.
Hopefully, Mom, you have a merry Christmas and talk soon

Posted Jan 6, 2012, 12:40 am
So exciting!

JBF Bear will soon be on his way to visit with fam-united in Germany!!!

It is exciting for him to be able to continue his journey and hopefully spread the word about his Cause!

Posted Mar 9, 2012, 9:42 pm
Surprise!?! I'm with fam-united since today. She really had to search for me in the member list, because she didn't remember, that I was on the way to her. :) She's getting old, but I will help her to think of everything, that's necessary, when she has guests.

Bye, JBF Bear

Posted Apr 6, 2012, 3:07 pm
Today we were invited to celebrate our host uncle's 80th birthday. We celebrated at a Greek Restaurant close to the Rhine. In the early afternoon we went on a walk to have a view on the Rhine. Both, the Rhine and the Neckar flow through Mannheim. Mannheim is a nice city, Petra told me, but she had no time to show more than the Rhine.



Posted Apr 29, 2012, 8:37 am
Happy Easter to you!




Posted Apr 29, 2012, 5:42 pm
Finally I found time to read these two pages of two different newspapers of the week. The one is about Bruchsal asparagus. Bruchsal is famous for its asparagus fields and auctions.


The other newspaper page is about the baroque palace of Bruchsal. I think, you have a good view to many different parts of the main building with the church tower, but still many houses are missing.


Posted Apr 30, 2012, 5:51 pm
We have typical April weather in Bruchsal. There is sunshine and the next moment there is hail and thunder and rain.






Posted May 13, 2012, 4:15 pm
Today evening we saw a nice double rainbow. My host family still has to fight with illness:(


Posted Jun 22, 2012, 9:51 am
We are on our way to Trier today. My host and her husband invited us and her husband's parents to join them on the trip. Here I enjoy a cup of cappuccino in a motorway restaurant.


Posted Jun 22, 2012, 10:12 am
When my host's parents in law were young, they lived in Trier-Ehrang. Actually they were born there and grew up there. We saw all the places, which were important for them. This town is a suburb of Trier, which is located in Rhineland-Palatinate. There live about 10 000 people and it is the third largest district of Trier. It has municipal laws since 1346 A.D.

Here we see the church St.Peter of Ehrang.



Then we went to a house, which was built in 1805. Here you can read about it:



Posted Jun 22, 2012, 10:44 am
At lunch time we drove to Burg Ramstein. After eating a tasty meal we went the last metres to Burg Ramstein and took some photos there. The castle is surrounded by wood. The first castle was build 915 A.D., the one, which we see now was built sometime around 1300 A.D. The former tower house was about 25 metres high and had four floors.





Posted Jun 22, 2012, 11:43 am
Because my host's parents in law are older people, we had no chance to have a walk in Trier and see all the sightseeing places really close. Her father in law sits in a wheelchair and her mother in law needs a walker, so it is too difficult for them. Nevertheless we took the chance to take a look at the sightseeing places from a place called Petrisberg. It was a bit difficult to take photos, though, first my host didn't have her own camera, second we had the sun against us and third either I or the landscape was sharp and so we had to zoom in some parts to give you a closer view on some places.

Trier is the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC on the banks of the Moselle. Trier lies in a valley between low vine-covered hills of ruddy sandstone in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg and within the important Mosel wine region.

The city is the oldest seat of a Christian bishop north of the Alps.

With an approximate population of 105,000 Trier is ranked fourth among the state's largest cities; after Mainz, Ludwigshafen, and Koblenz.

You can take a look at the link. My host says, that she loves Trier and that you should come and see it, if you get a chance to visit this part of Germany.





We will go and see St.Matthias in the late afternoon.






I'm really sorry, but we also had no chance to catch a short view to the most famous Porta Nigra, because you can't see it on the photo above - it is just too small as you can see on the zoomed in photo.


Posted Jun 22, 2012, 12:53 pm
St. Matthias' Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in Trier. Monks have lived in the present St. Matthias' Abbey since late antiquity. The monastery adopted the Rule of St. Benedict in about 977. The abbey was originally named after Saint Eucharius, first Bishop of Trier, whose tomb is in the crypt. The church has been given the status of a basilica minor.




The abbey church, a Romanesque basilica, is a renowned place of pilgrimage because of the tomb of Saint Matthias the Apostle, after whom the abbey is named, located here since the 12th century, and the only burial of an apostle in Germany and north of the Alps.


Just above the tomb you see the sleeping statue of St. Matthias.



Posted Jun 22, 2012, 1:43 pm
Our last stop was Igel, what is hedgehog in English - what a funny name for a town. We stopped here to take a photo of the Igel column, which is UNESCO World Heritage. The column is 23 metres high and was built in 250 A.D. by the brothers Lucius Secundinius Aventinus und Lucius Secundinius Securus. The original column is in a museum in Trier.


Posted Jun 22, 2012, 1:52 pm
Today we go out for another day trip. I'm sure, I will enjoy it.


Posted Jun 22, 2012, 2:15 pm
Our first stop was at the Hundertwasser house in Darmstadt, which belongs to the state of Hessen. The house is called "Waldspirale", "forest spiral" in English. It is a residential building complex built in the 1990s. It was designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned and implemented by architect Heinz M. Springmann, and constructed by the Bauverein Darmstadt company. The building was completed in 2000 after Hundertwasser's death.


It contains 105 apartments, a parking garage, a kiosk as well as a café and a bar. There are about 1000 windows and no two windows are the same.


You see the typical elements of Hundertwasser's personal style attract attention: the gilded onion domes, the absence of straight lines and sharp corners, the multicoloured painting of the building in earth tones and the colourful ceramic columns.






The inner courtyard contains a playground for the children of the residents and a small artificial lake.





Posted Jun 22, 2012, 6:58 pm

At next we drove to a place called "Mathildenhöhe". We all didn't know anything about this place, so we had to read about it. It's an artists colony and you can see some houses around the park, which were created by them.





With about 180 metres it is the highest place of Darmstadt.



There is a Russian Chapel built in 1897 and the Hochzeitsturm (wedding tower) built in 1906, which was created by one of those architecture artists, which I mentioned above.



We climbed the tower and took some photos from the top floor, but I'm sorry, the photos are blurry. It was just a problem of the sun and the camera was still the small one.


In 1833 they reshaped the garden in style of an English garden and the  plane trees are of this decade.









The artists built their houses in Art Nouveau style between 1899 bis 1914.





Posted Jun 22, 2012, 7:48 pm
Finally it was time to drive to Frankfurt a.M., because we had to fetch my host's daughter there, who came with a flight from Athens, Greece. She was there with her class. We had no chance to see any planes, because we arrived to late to go outside on the terrace.



Posted Jun 22, 2012, 8:11 pm
Because my host and her children still had a break from school, they decided to go and have lunch at a restaurant outside of Bruchsal. I asked her to take some photos with me when we walked home again.


As you can see here Bruchsal belongs to the rural district of Karlsruhe.



Here's the backside of the house Santa Maria.


I love this VW-Kaefer (Beetle). Do you know Herbie?


Here is the front of Santa Maria. We found a sign and took a photo of it, so you can read some information about this house.



Posted Sep 4, 2012, 5:46 pm
Today we drove to Mannheim, but we only were there on a short visit, so we had no chance to see more than some high buildings and streets.



We were in the fifth floor, rather high in my opion.


My host's aunt has some nice flowers on her balcony.


Here you see the television tower.


Posted Sep 4, 2012, 6:09 pm

In the evening we watched a football match of the EM, UEFA European Football Championship.






Posted Jun 2, 2013, 2:14 pm
Wow! We have another sunny day! I really had no chance to see the flowers in the garden behind the house until now, because the weather was that bad. I can't remember, that we had springweather like this before. All flowers are blooming at the same time and the trees got leaves within minutes it seems.


Posted Jul 21, 2013, 9:12 pm
Today we decided to bake a rhubarb cake. Our host allowed us to do it all alone without her help. So please take a look at the recipe. We explain it step by step:

At first we had to find a place - we are quite a few


Of course we aren't all traveling. Some of us are here as active toyvoyagers, but many of us are guests, who decided to stay here as long as the owners don't find time to get in contact with our host. And of course some of us live here, but we all have one thing in common - we are toyvoyagers.
At next we had to get the eggs. We need six eggs for the cake.


It was Sausi Karl's job to beat the eggs.



Then one of us - don't know who - added 50g sugar for each egg, so it was 300 g sugar. It's quite a lot, we know.


Madam Miff added one packet of vanilla sugar to the dough.



Of course we had to beat the dough again, but we couldn't handle the camera while beating the dough.
Matcha and Ted added 300g flour and one packet of baking powder.



Then we had to stir the dough again until it was fluffy.


Melek helped


and Nathalie


Then Matcha prepared the dish for the dough. We baked without bottom on a foil.


Nathalie was still busy stiring the dough.


And the she filled it in the dish.


Then we all were sitting there and waiting for the cake to get baken in the oven. Man it was boring at first. But we didn't expect, that half an hour can be such a short time, when so many tvs are together.



After this break we had to prepare the rhubarb, because we wanted to fill the cake with rhubarb cream.



Little Dragon helped to skin it.




And Matcha helped to cut it in pieces.


Billy helped Matcha to stay on the pot during cutting the rhubarb pieces.





Then we had to prepare some ingrediences for the cream. We needed two packets of vanilly pudding powder, one egg white and one yolk. We had to stir the egg white.


Before adding the stirred egg white, we had to add the pudding powder. We had added a little bit of water to it and shook it until it was smooth. Then we added the pudding powder to the cooked rhubarb. We also added the yolk.


Then Louis the Rat added the stirred egg white and gently folded it in.



Finally we cut the cake in two layers and filled the cream on the first and then on the second layer and put the last layer on top of it.



Posted Aug 7, 2013, 5:48 pm
Hurray! I arrived in Oldenburg and was welcomed very friendly by Lupo an Relaxo! We told about our adventures and then... guess what then happened!? They give me a pin of Oldenburg for my shirt!
I´m excited what kind of adventures I´ll go through.

Bye, bye
JBF Bear

Posted Oct 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
Hi there! Before I´ll travel to my next host in Austria I want to show you how my summer in Oldenburg was.

In the garden of my host mum I found a "weatherstone". I think it´s a good idea to translate the "Low German" language you see on the board:
Stone dry, sun.
Stone wet, rain.
Stone not seen, foggy.
Stone white, snow.
Stone wobbles, storm.
Stone fell off, earthquake."

I also saw sunflowers, an apple tree, a windmill a very old pump for rainwater an I had a wonderful sunbath!
Hope you enjoy the pics!

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:48 pm

I've arrived in Vienna save and sound. And first thing we did was to visit a very special market. It is special for three reasons.

1. It took place at a castle
2. It only takes place at Christmas time
3. It is a special market build like the ones of the European Middle Ages

So, they had a blacksmith, who woulöd not only build amor for mankind,but also for toys. If you look close enough you will see a rat, wearing a helmet  :D

We also saw lots of yummy food of the middle ages. Even a traditional oven, where they made bread like in the Middle Ages.

The sign you can see on the last picture says: Chocolate cookie medicine- that is a medicine I like :)

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:53 pm
Next we visited the cellar of the castle. There they tell you the famous story of the Nibelungen.

In this tragic story Siegfried has to fight a lot in order to be able to marry the woman he loves. His most important fight perhaps is when he kills a dragon. Because after the fight, he bathes in the blood of the dragon, which makes him invincible. Well, a small leave has fallen on his shoulder, and there no dragon blood did touch his body- that's why he can be killed there.

He then gets a lot of money from the king of dwarfs, and really manages to marry the woman he loves- but dies soon after. She takes revenge on the people who killed him.

It is a very tragic story  ;)

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 5:56 pm
Then we visited the other parts of the castle, which are very steep.

The castle was build on top of a mountain in order to be able to see enemies who wanted to fight you as soon as possible. That is why we were able to enjoy a stunning view from up there.

On the pictures you can also see the Danube river, which is perhaps the most important river of Austria.

JBF 'Bear

Posted Nov 28, 2013, 2:10 pm
Hi there!

Today we went to Schönbrunn Palace and the Christmas Parket in front of it.

This palace is where the Emperor used to live, when Austria was a large kingdom. It looks very nice, even though it was meant to be pink :)

At the Christmas market it was very cold, so we drank a Punsch, which is a warm cocktail, made out of tea, and spices and juices and a hint of alcohol maybe...it is really yummy. :)

The market was nice too. Ereything they sell is handmade, and makes a really nice christmas decoration :)

I also played with a child. She wanted me to keep her company, so I did, and we became friends soon :)

Posted Apr 25, 2015, 8:10 pm
Long time no see!

Today I went to Stift Göttweig, which is a really impressive monastery in Austria. It was founded in 1084  - which makes it of course very old.

In order to get there you habe to climb a mountain - but that was not much of a problem for me - as we took the car  ;)

We made a little tour though the castle. I was really in awe of the statues of the saints - they looked so close to life, that they sometimes were quite intimitating.

Another very intersting aspect of the monastery was that it had lots of features, which were not really "built in", but only "painted on" - so the church has two clock towers, but only one of them has a real clock. The clock on the other tower is only a painting. The same is true for some of the windows. Apparently it was really important to maintain the symmetry of the building.

I enjoyed our visit a lot!

See you soon!

Posted May 2, 2015, 7:23 am
Happy worker's day!

The 1st of May in Austria is traditionally a day to honor the workers. It is also tradition to go the Prater - so we did  :D

The Prater is a theme park, which was built more than a hundred years ago for a world exhibition. While a lot of the attractions have changed quite a lot, you can find one very famous ride which has stayed the same since the exhibition in 1897 - the Viennese Giant Wheel  :D

We took a ride with the Grottenbahn - which requires one to be very brave, since it is basically you riding on a dragon into its cave. There the dragon tells you about different fairy tales. We were told about little red riding hood, and snow white. I enjoyed myseld quite a lot, and am happy to say that I've become friends with the dragon!

Posted Jun 9, 2015, 7:30 pm
Today I was exploring the Ysper Klamm in Lower Austria.

A Klamm is a gorge, and it was just beautiful. As it was a very hot day, we did not stay too long - even though the air that was cooled by the waterfalls made the heat more bearable.

Afterwards we also went to Maria Taferl, which is a little village, which is located at the top of a hill. From up there you can enjoy the most beautiful sight.  :D


Posted Jun 9, 2015, 7:46 pm

Today we've been going for a nice little walk. We did not get too far, but there are still some pictures I really want to share.

The first one is just us traveling in the underground. Actually the Viennese Underground System is kind of famous, because it is featured in a popular movie called "der 3.Mann". In this movie secret agents chase each other through this system - so that is kind of cool  B)

Next we went to see the Haus des Meeres (House of the Seas) which is an aquarium. It was originally an air raid shelter in WW2 and is a reminder of the horrors of war.

The last thing I want to show you are the Ampelmännchen. On the traffic lights in Vienna you can now find happy couples, instead of the usual lonely traveler. I think that this is very nice.

JBF Bear