Do bears…

This post is by Alexandra – one of the kids of the ‘mostly with kids’ in the blog header above. Just so you know.

Do bears… shalalala in the woods?

Most of you may not know the Kate Bush/ Rowan Atkinson song “Do Bears” and it really has nothing to do with bears at all, but I love Kate Bush and I love bears so it felt natural to combine the two. The only thing missing is Kate Bush singing a song about bears and chocolate, and we’d have the whole shebang.

Participants at Travel Bloggers Unite Umbria ’12 have an amazing opportunity to win a trip to volunteer at a bear sanctuary in Transylvania, Romania, courtesy of Oyster Worldwide. How amazing is that? Combining travel with altruism is the best thing in the world (only thing missing is… Kate Bush and chocolate)!

Romania has had a special place in my heart for a while now. I was lucky enough to adopt a dog from a small town in Romania called Botosani – she is the light of my life and I cannot imagine life without her. Since adopting her, I’ve become more and more immersed into the Romanian animal welfare groups on places like facebook, and some may say I may care about this just a little bit too much – I’m one of those people that go on and on and on about animals like people who talk about their babies all the time.

If I got the opportunity to go to Romania to volunteer with bears I think my passion for helping animals would just keep growing, and it would be incredible to meet people with the same ideas about animal welfare as me. Besides – who doesn’t want to go to Transylvania? I’ve been lucky enough to go there before, and to see places like Bran Castle is truly magical (perhaps not as magical as Kate Bush, but really really close).



About Alexandra Redisch

One of the kids in ‘travel with kids’, avid traveller, mystery writer, chocoholic, currently working on a WWII biography.

28 Responses to “Do bears…”

  1. Andrea 23 April 2012 1507 #

    I love bears too – good luck, Alexandra! That would certainly be an awesome opportunity =)

    • Alexandra Redisch 24 April 2012 2346 #

      Thanks Andrea! They’re announcing the winner later this week, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  2. Laura 23 April 2012 2007 #

    Cute kind of bears..I want to see this in real life..Thanks for sharing with us.. I’m one of those people that go on and on and on about animals like people who talk about their babies all the time.

    • Alexandra Redisch 24 April 2012 2347 #

      Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who does that 😉

  3. InsideJourneys 24 April 2012 0604 #

    Hope you go. I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun. Definitely do bears, Sophie!

  4. Robert 24 April 2012 0945 #

    I love animals. And bears… where do you get the chance to work with bears…! So unusual. This would be a wonderful experience.Good luck!

    • Alexandra Redisch 24 April 2012 2350 #

      Thanks Robert, it’s certainly not an everyday experience!

  5. Mark Hodson 24 April 2012 1100 #

    Lovely pic. It’s actually pretty amazing to think that there are still bears in the wild in Europe.

    • Alexandra Redisch 24 April 2012 2353 #

      Yes, now that you mention it it got me thinking… We’ve got bears in Norway, but they’re not wild, not really anyway. It’s rather sad, actually…

  6. Maryden25 24 April 2012 1622 #

    Bears are adorable but we have to beware, they can also be harmful..
    It’s a big opportunity to visit some places like Romania, you have to grab it! It’s once in a lifetime experience…

  7. Angela 24 April 2012 2128 #

    Lovely picture, I totally understand the love for animals, you can be 100% sure your dog will ALWAYS be happy to see you 🙂

  8. Kurt 24 April 2012 2239 #

    Hey when we were in Romania we stayed with a great guy named Colin. He runs Roving Romania and is very active in the Tourism in Romania. He specializes in Transylvania region and eco-tourism. Great man, a British ex-pat.

    • Alexandra Redisch 24 April 2012 2355 #

      Great tip Kurt, thanks for that! I hope I get to go, if I do I’ll definitely contact him!

  9. Rochelle Harrison 25 April 2012 0408 #

    Cute bear… Love it. You really have a lovely picture posted.

  10. Tina 25 April 2012 1633 #

    What a wonderful project! Hope you win 🙂

    • Alexandra Redisch 27 April 2012 1748 #

      Thanks Tina!

  11. This would be an adventure of a lifetime! Good luck 🙂

  12. Adam @ travels of adam 26 April 2012 1150 #

    This really was such a neat opportunity! I hope you get to work with bears somewhere else if not in Romania…

    • Alexandra Redisch 27 April 2012 1749 #

      Yes, I’m not that picky really – wouldn’t mind another animal either 🙂 Lions in Africa, for example!

  13. Luis Fernandez 27 April 2012 0809 #

    Bears are awesome.

    Alexandra, all the best to you, and I hope you win!

    -Luis F.

    • Alexandra Redisch 27 April 2012 1755 #

      Thanks so much Luis!

  14. Jane 27 April 2012 1110 #

    I’ve been in Romania for 2 months a couple of years ago, I’ve been actually in Transylvania, and those mountains and valleys with those beautiful lakes (Murder-lake I think) was really amazing! Actually, we haven’t seen any bear in the forest but our leader has shown us a big brown potty-hill which was from a big brown bear. On a pic, these animals are cute and sweet, but IRL they are dangerous wild animals.

    • Alexandra Redisch 27 April 2012 1756 #

      They are dangerous and it’s important that we respect them – very true! But I think we can learn a lot from wild animals, so I would be ecstatic if I won!

  15. Lisa 27 April 2012 1610 #

    Sounds like an amazing opportunity! I’m terrified of bears so I prefer to appreciate their beauty in photos like this rather than up close.

  16. What an awesome experience to win! I hope you win!

    Thank you for linking up today – I hope you have a super weekend!

  17. Cathy Sweeney 27 April 2012 2229 #

    I’ll have to get on iTunes and check that song out. To answer the question about Transylvania — I’d love to go there, but not sure about volunteering with the bears even though they are super cute.

  18. Heidi19 1 May 2012 1708 #

    Bears are endangered animals and need help, and we can give or do our part to help them This would be a great opportunity to experience it. Hope you win!

  19. Laurel 4 May 2012 1736 #

    I love bears and spent a summer volunteering collecting bear hair for DNA analysis. Hope you’re the lucky winner, it sounds like an incredible project.

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