Posts tagged Buddy Bears

Buddy Bears in New Astana, Kazakhstan (Part II)

No, the Buddy Bears are NOT back in Kazakhstan. Who knows where they are on this globe. Buddy Bears were a GREAT tourist sensation in the new part of Astana a year ago. I’m showing MORE unpublished photos I took at the time but for some reason didn’t blog about them. Here’s the second time around, reliving the past. The little girl in pink wanted me to take photos of her next to each bear. I complied with about 3 or 4 photos.  Her father and his friend were laughing (maybe out of embarrassment for this little pixie had no inhibitions in front of other people’s cameras). Clearly she got it, people enjoyed taking photos next to these statues representing different countries. I wonder where they are now?

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“Bear” foot and more Buddy Bears

You would suppose that I’d be coming to the end of my photos of the Buddy Bears. They stand at friendly, disarming attention in Astana, Kazakhstan near the Baiterek Tower.  I had to show off the barefoot toes of the American Buddy Bear that is actually the Statue of Liberty. That’s in keeping with my featuring the Star Spangled Banner the last couple of blogs even though we are not even close to Fourth of July.  I’m just patriotic as I am sure everyone who goes to view these Buddy Bears are when they see their own nation’s representation. I guess my personal favorites are the most colorful Buddy Bears, either Sudan or Saudi Arabia.

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Bare Necessities and More Star Spangled Verses

Yesterday someone sang a verse I hadn’t heard before to our national anthem. It struck me that I only knew the first verse because we hear at every game back in the U.S.  This person sang from the heart which brought tears to my eyes.  Actually, truth be told, the tears were rolling down my cheeks, I couldn’t stop crying.  I know that every country represented in the Buddy Bears has their faithful and loyal country men.  In fact, I just met a girl named Olga from Moldova who was so tickled to see a photo of the Moldovan Buddy Bear when I showed her my slideshow of photos I’d taken.  Probably Moldova’s is one of my favorite because it shows the artist’s humor of being from a small country that noone seems to know about.  Take a look on the map and you will find Moldova next to Ukraine.  Kazakhstan is a much larger country, too big to ignore but people do and I hope that that changes.  It is an amazing country next to my own, of course.  I would hope that all Kazakhs and Kazakhstanis love their country and try to promote it by being the best they can be.

I know this is premature to blog about the Star Spangled Banner before Fourth of July but I think the words are so rich and meaningful.  Since I have lived in other countries away from my homeland for almost 16 years, I believe it makes me even more loyal and more patriotic to be an American.  Our country where we are born is part of our bare necessities, just like having one’s own family.  I am also very blessed to have a wonderful family as well. The last three verses of the American national anthem:

“On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,

Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?

Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,

In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:

‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,

A home and a country should leave us no more!

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.

No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

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“Bear”acudda and other Buddy Bears

What fun for kids, adults and couples to go and visit the Buddy Bears in Astana, Kazakhstan.  The cops are also there to supervise that nothing happens to them, perhaps they are watching 24/7 because they are really precious works of art that change with each year but represent the country by some symbols, shapes and colors.  I just didn’t know that this country of Seychelles Islands existed, must be really small, smaller than Marshall Islands.

What strikes me as odd is that many people don’t know about Kazakhstan yet it is 3 or 4 times the size of Texas.  Unfortunately, only 16 million people live in Kazakhstan who can promote their own country.  That’s why I blog, to help other westerners know about this amazing piece of real estate just west of China and south of Russia.

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“Bearly” Finished with the “United Buddy Bears”

With a gallery of over 125 United Buddy Bears standing with arms reaching above their heads in Astana, Kazakhstan, close to the Baiterek Tower, I have more photos to show.  One poster explains this better than I ever could:

“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.”  Under this motto, the UNITED BUDDY BEARS promote living together in peace and harmony on their global tour…since the first exhibition in Berlin in 2002, around 22 million visitors world-wide have been able to admire the United Buddy Bears.”

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“Bearing” the Weight of the World – Buddy Bears

I bet you thought you had seen the last of the Buddy Bears, well you were wrong!  Some of the designs from the different countries are so amazingly artistic that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show off more of the United Buddy Bears.  I’ve been more disciplined at writing down the names for each country that goes with each bear.  I wish I had done that when I first started showing photos of these bears that are bearing the weight of the world in Astana, Kazakhstan.  Actually, no, it seems that they are putting their arms up in praise, a very non-threatening stance to take in this world that is getting off balance with wars and rumors of wars.

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Buddy Bears are Back (on my Blog)

You thought you had seen the last of the Buddy bears but that is NOT to be, they won’t be going anywhere outside of Astana until the end of July.  If you want to know more about our ceramic bear visitors, go to this website:   http://www.ubb-astana.com to find out more.  I think that the Swedish bear is funny, there must be a good reason the artist put him in a night shirt.  There’s also a song on his left foot that I need to ask my sister or mom if they know what it is.  Incredible the diversity that is shown in all these colorful bears.  The British bear has me a bit flummoxed as well.  The flag I understand but the headdress and goggles, I don’t comprehend.  Someone care to explain this to me?

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