Bob the SATW Bear is going with us to the Galapagos

Hello again!

Today I would like to introduce you to the Traveling Teddy that will be traveling with Chet and I to the Galapagos Islands this week.IMG_2509

The Traveling Teddy is a geography outreach program sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers (of which I am a past national president). It’s a great program and this year Build-a-Bear Workshops came online with us and is donating all of the bears.

This bear is named Bob and he is traveling for a third grade class at San Elijo Elementary School in San Marcos, Ca. I have traveled with many bears before but am particularly excited about Bob because my granddaughter Vivian is in this third grade class. The teacher is Drucilla Van Voorhees. Yesterday the class met Bob for the first time and named him. From what Vivian says, the girls wanted to name him/her Kiwi but the boys had more votes. So Bob it is.

You can also follow Bob on Facebook. He has his own page, Bob the SATW Bear. You can become a fan.

We are busy packing for our trip to the Galapagos Islands which begins tomorrow. Bob will be traveling in the backpack and we’ll post some Bob pictures as we go along. If you want to know more about SATW’s Traveling Teddy program, go to

About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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