Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Think This Frog Is Confused...

Does this pool look like a pond? It has, but at the present time...No! But maybe this circular solar cover does look a bit like a lillypad...to a frog anyway...We have a ton of frogs in the two little ponds at the from of our house...perhaps this little guy was looking for some privacy...Play the next video I recorded from my kitchen window last spring and you'll understand why! I call it Frogapaloosa...Hasta luego...




Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #59




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DRIVE-Thru???

Imagine our surprise this past Friday night around midnight, when we, my hubby, my two kids, and two friends, rounded the corner of McDonald's after giving our order and we saw the drive-thru or McAuto (as it's called in Spain) window was surrounded by teenagers...They were crowded so tightly around the window that I had a hard time pulling up. We aren't normally pulling thru McDonald's at that time of night, but the older boys had a talent show and activity night at the school and were still hungry afterwards, so Micky D's it was...The kids must do this a lot because they weren't at all concerned about being hit by my side view mirrors as I inched up to the window...There were about 15-20 kids in total and since I had never seen anything like it, I pulled out my camera and started snapping photos. When the kids noticed, I started hearing them say things along the line of she's taking our picture...why is she taking our picture? All the kids started turning around and talking to me and I told them in my best Spanish that I had never seen anything like this before with all these people at the drive-thru window. They asked where I was from and I said the United States. They asked where, I said Texas, the last place we lived. That prompted one of the boys to tell me very proudly that she spoke English and that he had been to Dallas, Texas, and Fort Worth too. By the end of the conversation, everyone was laughing...one of the kids staying over with us, said that I was so nice and his Dad would have been yelling at them to get out of the way...I took it as a compliment...I do try hard to be nice...I'm not always successful, but I set out with the mindset to be a nice person in this cold cruel world and I'm happy to say on one Friday night in Spain I succeeded! Hasta luego...


Monday, June 6, 2011

Beat the Madrid Heat Tour: Part 10-Bear Hugs in Helsinki...

Helsinki, Finland was one of the ports on our Scandinavian cruise we took last year. We were only in port for one day and were lucky enough to be present on the opening day of the "United Buddy Bear" exhibit. This tour of 140 2m-high fiberglass bears promote living together in peace and harmony. Starting in 2002 , The United Buddy Bears-The Art of Tolerance have been traveling the world, beginning in Berlin and on to Vienna, Cairo, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, Kazakhstan, Helsinki and moving on to Sofia, Bulgaria this year. The Bears were set up in the open square in front of the city's Lutheran Cathedral seen below.

The Bears come from 140 different countries and are beautifually and creatively decorated to represent their countries and its people, landscape or products...
Here's what wikipedia has to say about it..."Buddy Bears are a series of painted, life-size fibreglass bear sculptures originally developed in Berlin, Germany. The first Buddy Bear was created by the German businesspeople Klaus and Eva Herlitz, in cooperation with the sculptor Roman Strobl in 2001." Here's the Bear from the USA...love the Statue of Li"bear"ty...sorry, I couldn't resist the pun... More from wikipedia, "The United Buddy Bears...are primarily about their message...of peace, international understanding and tolerance among the nations, cultures and religions of this world. The United Buddy Bears are an international art exhibition with more than 140 two metre tall fibreglass bears. Under the motto: We have to get to know each other better, it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more, and live together more peacefully more than 140 countries acknowledged by the United Nations are represented, promoting tolerance, international understanding and the great concept of different nations and cultures living in peace and harmony. The bears stand hand in hand in a peaceful circle.


One important prerequisite for this international unifying project is to choose artists from the individual countries — for the circle to reflect the diversity of the cultures of one world. The observer learns about the culture, the history, the people and the landscape of the individual countries — large or small. Hence the United Buddy Bears circle has become a platform for even the smallest and poorest countries which frequently remain unnoticed. Suddenly, they are equal to larger and often rich nations." Here is the Bear from Spain...love the mosaic tile look representing Guadi and Barcelona...
"The bears were on display between June and November 2002, in a circle around the Brandenburg Gate. Around 1.5 million people visited this first exhibition. On 6 November 2002, the bears were moved to new locations, including their respective countries embassies in Berlin, or back to country that they were based on. Some of the bears were auctioned off to raise money for UNICEF." This Bear is from Switzerland...After the circle of "United Buddy Bears" had been such an overwhelming success in 2002, a new circle was created in 2003. The idea was to send the circle on a global tour. On their global tour, the "United Buddy Bears" promote peace, love, tolerance and international understanding. The circle changes every time it reaches a new city. This is not only due to the local conditions, but also to their constantly changing order, as the bears are always set up in alphabetic order, following the local language of the host country." Here's the Bear from Finland..."Entry to the exhibitions is always free. This makes it possible for many school classes to visit the exhibitions in the morning — as part of their lessons — to explore and learn a lot about the culture, history, landscape, economy and music of all five continents in a playful manner. During past exhibitions more than 25 million visitors have already admired the colourful United Buddy Bears." Here's Germany's Bear...
One of my favorite Bear's was this one from Moldova...I love their sense of humor as they use the bear to educate people as to their exact geographical location...

Here's Belgium's entry...notice the "bier" goggles...

Cuba's Bear is smoking one of their famous cigars...

China's Bear looks a little like a mischievous Winnie the Pooh...

I love Ireland's leprachaun, though he seems a bit too large to be real...;-)

Egypt's Bear "bears" some resemblence to Cleopatra...sorry, again...the puns are as irresitable as these bears...

We loved these "Golden Rule" Bears and thought it was quite appropriate that there were two...Do unto others as you would have them do unto you...

I'll finish this post with Albert Einstiein's quote from his bear..."Peace cannot be kept by force...it can only be attained by understanding." Well said, Albert! Hasta luego...



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