Teddy Bear Travels

Hello, long time no blogging!  Yet again, I have been MIA for quite some time; however, I’m back and ready to focus on blogging again!

When we travel for an extensive amount of time, it’s always nice to have something from home.  Some bring a photograph, others a keepsake…but for me, it’s always my teddy bear, Pierre!

Pierre is a 3-year-old Build-a-Bear who my boyfriend and I made for Christmas in 2015.  He is very loved, privileged, and fortunate to have seen all these incredible places!  I hope you enjoy his journey as much as he does (and as much as I do)! 🙂

Pierre loves to go boating on Michigan’s many lakes!

He and his wife, Claire, have even ventured to Chicago with me!

Pierre and his best friend, Chestnut, were my travel buddies in Sweden for my semester abroad.

Pierre has even been to castles, something that many humans haven’t even experienced!

He loved riding through Kalmar, SE with me!

Praha (Prague) was one place where Pierre could meet some cool cats 🙂

…but he enjoyed being in my dorm with Chestnut, Coconut, Barry, and Sandy!

Pierre was able to meet one of my best friends from Hamburg, Germany too!  She gave us a care package when we arrived!

I bought this bag in Copenhagen, especially for Pierre! He needed it for our weekend in London together 🙂

DOUBLE RAINBOW!!!

We enjoyed sunny days on the dock near the Kalmar castle 🙂

Pierre and I probably loved our time in Norway the most! 🙂 It made him feel at home with all the boating we did in those two weeks…

We love quality time with Juan!  Pierre loves Lake Michigan 🙂

Pierre was also my buddy on my train from Denver to Grand Junction to visit a friend from study abroad!

More traveling is in Pierre’s future, and mine as well 🙂

Making New (Animal) Friends While Traveling

A dog at the market (Aix-en-Provence, France 2014)

Happy Tuesday everyone!  If you’re feeling that post-lunch tiredness or mid-week “blah,” I hope you enjoy some animal photos from my travels!  Here are a few of my favorites:

A dog at the market (Aix-en-Provence, France 2014)
A dog at the market (Aix-en-Provence, France, 2014)
Ronaldo, the seven-month-old elephant (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2017)
Ronaldo, the seven-month-old elephant (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2017)
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When the monkey tried to steal my chapstick… (Hamburg, Germany, 2012)
Pierre my teddy bear, NOT a real bear :-) (Hamburg, Germany, 2016)
Pierre my teddy bear, NOT a real bear 🙂 (Hamburg, Germany, 2016)

Hamburg, Germany in Photographs

During my junior year of high school, I met a foreign exchange student named Saskia.  Saskia grew up in Hamburg, Germany, and never once did I imagine that we would become best friends.  It was hard parting ways with her; however, I knew it was not goodbye (just “see you later”).

Rather than having a graduation party the summer after, I decided to go on a three week trip to visit her and her parents.  It was the first foreign city I have experienced…and it sure hasn’t been the last!  Hamburg holds a special place in my heart, which has inspired me to travel even more.

These photos are not the best and are not edited whatsoever.  The few inserted in this post are some of the only photos I have on my desktop as we speak.  I wanted this post to feel immediate and as true to my feelings as much as possible; I miss Germany and I miss Saskia way too much.

I hope this post inspires you to look back on distant memories and own them; it is better to “feel all the feels” instead of masking your true, raw emotions.

My friend's home in Germany.
My friend’s home in Germany.
Petting zoo outside of the city!
Petting zoo outside of the city!

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When the monkey tried to steal my chapstick...
When the monkey tried to steal my chap-stick…
My German family
My German family
Uptown Hamburg, Germany
Uptown Hamburg, Germany
In the shopping district!
In the shopping district!
Hamburg nightlife!
Hamburg nightlife!
Alterhaus
Alsterhaus
Last night in Hamburg
Last night in Hamburg

Hopefully one day I can visit Hamburg, Germany again!  I also hope that you can revisit your favorite spot, or relive your most cherished memory…