Currently in Vienna, Austria
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Making a surprise birthday cake for a dear friend who is smart, good looking, and funny and reminds me a lot of myself.
So many times did I want to defect from the tourism to become a true mountain bear but I came back to the city, only to be sent to the dry cleaners.
|Day 0||25 Aug||Azpegi, Spain|
|Day 1||26 Aug||Refugio de Azpegi, Spain|
|Day 2||27 Aug||Barn, Spain|
|Day 3||28 Aug||Les Chalets d'Iraty, France|
|Day 4||29 Aug||House on the road, Spain|
|Day 5||30 Aug||Refugio de Belagua, Spain|
|Day 6||31 Aug||Lescun, camping, France|
|Day 7||1 Sep||Lescun, camping, France|
|Day 8||2 Sep||Pont de Trungas, France|
|Day 9||3 Sep||Refuge de Pombie, France|
|Day 10||4 Sep||Refuge d'Aarremoulit, France|
|Day 11||5 Sep||Cabane d'Doumblas, France|
|Day 12||6 Sep||Refuge de Wallon, France|
|Day 13||7 Sep||Pierrefitte Nestalas, France|
|Day 14||8 Sep||Gavarnie, France|
|Day 15||9 Sep||Cabane des Aguilous, France|
|Day 16||10 Sep||Near Parzan, Spain|
|Day 17||11 Sep||Puyarueso, Spain|
|Day 18||12 Sep||Camping Exelia, Spain|
|Day 19||13 Sep||Refugio Conangles, Spain|
|Day 20||14 Sep||Restanca, Spain|
|Day 21||15 Sep||Salardu, Spain|
|Day 22||16 Sep||Salardu, Spain|
|Day 23||17 Sep||Refugi Gracia Airoto, Spain|
|Day 24||18 Sep||Sierra de Pilas, Spain|
|Day 25||19 Sep||Pletu Palomera, Spain|
|Day 26||20 Sep||Certascan, Spain|
|Day 27||21 Sep||Bacello, Spain|
|Day 28||22 Sep||Coma Pedrosa, Andorra|
|Day 29||23 Sep||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|Day 30||24 Sep||Cabana de l'Eucasser, Andorra|
|Day 31||25 Sep||Refugi del Siscaro, Spain|
|Day 32||26 Sep||Porte, camping, France|
|Day 33||27 Sep||Cabane de Rouzet, France|
|Day 34||28 Sep||Puigcerda, Spain|
|Day 35||29 Sep||Barcelona, Spain|
PYRENEES 25 AUG - 28 SEP 2013
View Teddy Little Bear's route in the Pyrenees in a larger map
Tumbago is your pilot. I will be serving refreshments on this flight. I need a drink.
Remember how we met with Dzibelia? We found Veronica again, selling toys. She makes me feel brave. Her name means "victory" and she has a victorious life, full of love, compassion and excitement.
We will always care for her, and know that she follows our adventures.
Our visit was a surprise. I will never forget the look she gave me, it's a moment when one is unprepared, and you can see through the bottom of their heart, and what I found was so much warmth and affection, that I am not even sure Veronica is aware of the strength she has inside her. She doesn't have 20 years of age.
BTW - we had a serious business to discuss with Veronica - the DOB of Dzibelia. She will think about it and let me know. Because I don't want to always share my Birthday with him. We want to have two separate cakes to share with each other.
Angelinka treated us with chocolates for her Birthday. She and her best friend and husband Ilko love to travel
the world. Special places are for special events, and God is in charge to bring strangers together.
Happy Birthday Angelinka!
Today is my birthday. If it is true that the next year will be same as the day of your anniversary, then let's say -
I will lose my way a lot and not worry about it, but enjoy the places I reach instead.
The day of the reality check. It looks good, it feels good, but will it let me continue be a backpacker, or I will have to turn into a dude with a suitcase? And.... hurray! I can hike with a 20 lb backpack. Good enough for me, I am a Little Teddy Bear. 20 lb of honey can take me a long way. I give you all a hearty smack!
It's raining cats and dogs for many days now. Must learn to swim.
They made us wear caps, as if we have a hairline, really.
The Big Dipper and the Little Dipper are full of honey.
This is why they are part of the Fat Bear and the Little Bear constellations.
I thought toys inside chocolate eggs are made of chocolate.
The Bears are up and roaming for honey in the outskirts of Vienna.
The notorious honey thief "Sticky fingers" and his accomplice were captured in the act of stealing a honey comb.
Due to some misunderstanding "Sticky fingers" first stole a hair comb which he tried to use to hide his identity.
All the people (and animals) with names Theodor(a) and variations celebrate today.
Dzibelia puts on a helmet and patrols as a Fart police when there's a suspicion that Teddy Little Bear had some gassy food.
the day i met teddy for the first time
cosy home february outside
after a few glimpses of spring
cold winter is back
following my hardly pushing inner voice
to take a walk to gloriette
i finally try a first step out of the house
leaving doggy in bed
he is like me
i enjoy the fresh air
yet i am glad to wear glasses
and a soft hood
my eyes and head
first i give it a slow going start
yet while arriving at schönbrunn
and walking through the gate
i already feel much better
i enjoy the walk
taking deep breaths
fresh air for the mind
i like those statues
and figures of stone
that you come to meet
they are telling stories
and if you lend them your ear
turn out to be
gifts from above
this day after about ten minutes of walking
i come to see a woman nearby
arranging two little teddybears
on a stonefigure and taking pictures of them
this could be me
is my first thought
and i stop by to say hello
hello to teddy
she told me her story
and i told her mine
showing ears we share a lot
i am really happy coincidenced :-)
i know that
on this special day
was a turning point for me
and i thank god
and the universe
after weeks of deep depression
going through a dark night of soul
which does not come once a year but
once in five to seven years
my inspiration is back
and next comes spring
i feel alive again
and i love it
joy is back
the first moves
are on their way
“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”
I was told to start eating gummy bears because they are made of gelatin obtained from animal by-products (bones, hoofs, horns). Freaky. That makes me a... cannibal!
Tomorrow is my operation at Herz-Jesu Krankenhaus. They will remove an implant from my elbow put there in Kuala Lumpur. The implant is showing over the skin and I look like Robocop.
Getting ready for the postoperative snuggle. The first three photos are how I imagined my bath will be. Then comes the reality check. Not so bad sharing a laundry bucket with your closest oversized friend, and then be suspended from a closet hanger for a day. Now I smell of roses - so humiliating for a Little Bear in the middle of a hibernating season. But I have to go to a hospital soon. One implant from Kuala Lumpur has broken through the skin and needs to be removed. Hope this is not going to compromise the construction I have inside my elbow.
Who's fighting the monsters when you fall asleep?
Land Rover Defender advertising, and a tag line to go with it - Go beyond.
This image captured my imagination with its simplicity and meaning. But the longer I stare into it the more reasons I find to like it. There is only one country in this collage of visas that I have been to, République Française (France), and that's my greatest experience so far, climbing Mont Blanc. I am really looking forward to explore the rest: Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Côte d'Ivoire (or Ivory Coast), Suriname, maybe more that I can't make out. So this is not a one-year resolution. This is how my life should pick up in 2013.