only been a year since I left my home in
When I first met my traveling companion, I asked him exactly what it was he did on all his business trips.† I was sure that he must see some very interesting things.† He laughed, and said he was usually in conference rooms that didnít even have windows, so there was no way to see anything at all.† I thought that if he didnít see anything interesting, the actual meetings must be exciting. †These meetings might last for a day, or they might last more than a week, so I knew it must be very, very exciting.† He shook his head, and told me that I would find it very boring, because they were just meetings.† When I asked exactly what the meetings were like, he said a bunch of engineers would just talk about technical stuff.† He tried to explain some of it to me, but before long I found myself drifting off to sleep, and I decided that he was probably right.† It might be ok for him, but not for me.† I was going to have real adventures.† That is exactly what I have done in every city we have visited since then.
I asked my traveling companion once if it bothered him that I could have excellent adventures, while he was forced to spend all his time in a meeting room.† He tried to convince me that he actually wanted me to have adventures because he enjoyed hearing about the exciting things Iíd been doing.† It still didnít seem fair to me, but if it was what he wanted, who was I to complain?† Part of me was still bothered by it though, so this trip I decided I was going to give my traveling companion a treat.† I would go to the meetings with him during the day, and then we could both go on adventures in the evening.† I might not have quite as many adventures this trip, but my traveling companion would finally have some adventures of his own, instead of just hearing about mine. †All I had to do was stay awake in the boring meetings heíd told me about.† I was surprised when my traveling companion tried to talk me out of it.† He came up with all sorts of reasons why it would be a very bad idea for me to waste my days in meetings with him.† I told him that I had made up my mind, and there wasnít anything he could do to talk me out of it.† I couldnít understand why he seemed a bit bothered by that.† He should want a little company if the meetings were as boring as he claimed.
first morning we walked into the conference room, and I couldnít believe my
eyes. My traveling companion had told me that his meetings were in rooms that
didnít have windows, so you couldnít even tell if it was night or day. This
room had lots and lots of windows, and the view was fantastic.† It looked out over
companion had also told me that the people in his meetings were all engineers,
and that they were only interested in boring things.† When I saw how wrong he had been about the
windows, I decided Iíd better check for myself.†
The first person I talked to was Franz.†
He is a journalist, and his hobby is steamboats.† I was amazed.†
When I was a young bear, I loved to watch boats on
When Franz had to go back to work, I decided I should listen to some of the meetings.† At first I had to agree that they were a little boring, but then one of the talks changed all that.† Nicholas Negroponte told us about a new laptop computer that is being made just for children.† I think itís about time!† My travelling companion has a computer which I can use, but it is way too big for me, it looks ugly, and it doesnít have any interesting games on it.† But when I saw the new computer for children, I loved it.† It is just my size, looks very cool, has a built in camera, connects to the Internet, and has lots of interesting games on it.† I asked if it was only for people.† He thought for a moment, and then said he couldnít see any reason why it shouldnít be for bears too, as long as they were young.† Usually I canít wait to be all grown up, but not this time.† I decided that Iíd seen enough of my travelling companionís meeting, and spent the rest of the day playing with the new computer.† I canít wait till I get my own.
the meeting finally ended, my traveling companion had to drag me away from the
computer to go see
view was great when we took the ferry across the harbour, but when we came
back, it was dark, and the view was even better.†
my favourite movie stars is Jackie Chan, so I was thrilled when I saw him later
that evening.† We were taking the tram up
to the top of
The next evening, when we went out, I decided to give it a try.† I made myself as big as I could, and tried to pretend that I was going to crush one of the buildings near the harbour.† I think Jackie may be right.† Wish me luck when it comes time for the auditions.
I visit a
While we were crammed into the subway car, someone came up to my traveling companion from behind.† I thought he was a pick pocket, so I instantly attacked.† I was just about to wrestle him to the ground, when my traveling companion stopped me, and said that Henry was a friend.† Henry claimed he was just trying to sneak up on my travelling companion to surprise him.† Heíll know better than to try that again when Iím around.
Henry seemed a bit annoyed at first, but I said I was sorry, and explained that I was just protecting my traveling companion.† I told him that for the rest of the week, I would protect him too. †He smiled, we shook hands, and all was forgiven.† By the end of the evening we were best friends.
We went to see all sorts of interesting sights that night.† The first stop was an outdoor market.† I was amazed at all the things that were on sale.† There were clothes, blankets, towels, cameras, and watches.† They even had sinks and bathtubs in one of the stalls on the street.† I think that you could get anything that you wanted there.† Henry gave me a personal tour of it all, and I kept guard.
There were an amazing number of people on the streets, even though it was late at night.† One time we got separated, and the crowds were carrying us farther and farther apart.† I had to jump up with all my might to get high enough to see Henry and my traveling companion.† If you look very closely, you can just see me.
think that Christmas was celebrated in
I enjoyed most of it, but when I wasnít looking, one of the nutcracker soldiers grabbed me.† He had me tucked tightly under his arm before I had a chance to protect myself.† Fortunately Henry was nearby, and he rescued me.† I was supposed to be protecting him.† Oh well.
I knew it, our short trip to