Anthem #64: Croatia

The SOS village was just a short drive from Osijek. It was big and it was surrounded by large trees and other greenery and it also had
a playground. There was an administration building with our guest house on  the left. Right in front of our house stood a sort of arena with benches of concrete. That was where Capri sang the anthem. There were about 65 kids in this SOS village. The houses each held 2 families (They were big houses). Anthem singing below.

I met lots of nice boys and we made a trampoline with mattresses and played on that. There was a set of twins in the SOS village that had been there since they were 1 month old. Their mother had had them when she was 18 and she already had 2 kids. The twins were taken to the SOS village and have been there for 1 year now. They were adorable!! Here's a picture of them.

We said our goodbye's and off to Bosnia we went!! 

Thanks for reading and watching!!
Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #63: Serbia

It was a long trip getting to Serbia. We had to take 3 trains and 2 buses!! That's a lot of traveling in 2 days!

But when we got there, we knew it was worth it. Who can say "I've been to Serbia". The SOS village there was rather small with only 65 kids!! It was the classic SOS village with an administration building with houses speckled around it. The houses had 2 floors each with about 5 rooms with 2 beds in each. The kids were very energetic, enthusiastic and excited to sing the anthem and meet us!!

The anthem singing was in the administration building in the biggest room below.

The national news in Serbia also came!! (article below)

Thanks for reading and watching!!!
See you in Croatia!!

Bye!!

Bowen

Anthem #62: Romania

Today we are on a train and all I can think about is how crazy the last few days have been. So far it had been good until... my mother went down a waterslide in Arad. When she hit the water her leg went off to the side. We were scared because we did not know if it was a break or a torn ligament or anything bad like that!! It was not good. Because the next day we had a five hour train ride!!! We were scared!

The lifeguard called the ambulance.  We could even hear the sirens echo through the water park as the ambulance got closer and closer and closer!!

We got to the hospital and waited while our mother lay in a stretcher in one of the hospital rooms. We did not know what was going on. About 1 hour later she came out!!! We were anxious to find out if it was bad... it wasn't broken but it was a painful torn ligament and we had to find crutches. About 2 hours later we found some my mom was happy to be able to walk better!!! We also found her a knee brace.

The next day, after another 5 hour train we arrived in Cisnadie in the middle of Romania and we took a taxi to the SOS village. The next morning we walked out and sung the anthem with 9 of the SOS children.

As I type these sentences, the only sounds traveling in the air are the sound of my dad typing and the chug chug chug of the train. A few seconds ago the power went out on the train and we were in complete darkness. The only light was my computer screen.

Green trees, sloping landscapes and blue crystal water flows around the train pouring down windows, enlarging lakes. The rain is coming down in hard cold sheets, "Good thing we are in the train" I said "Yeah" my mother said.

Now if you think that Romania (Transylvania)  is filled with vampires, you're wrong. The only thing that is a little creepy are the gothic houses that dot the sloping, curving landscape and total silence through the valleys. When the odd sound is heard it echoes through the hills of Romania.

Throughout Transylvania there are lots of little town-like villages, most of which only have 100 or so houses in it. But the SOS village are always big because the land in those areas is cheap. 

Speaking of cheap Romania was so cheap that the milk we bought for breakfast was less than one of their dollars!!! The exchange of LEI to Canadian dollars is around 10 LEI for 3 Canadian dollars.

Another thing about the Romanian SOS village was the SOS houses were huge!! Each had about 5 rooms and could hold about 7 people or more!! And we thought the SOS houses in Hungary were big!

This is the second time now that the power on the train has gone out, so maybe I will wrap it up.

We are heading to Serbia next and we will have to take 3 trains and 2 buses. That's a lot of traveling in 2 days!!

Bowen

 

Anthem #61: Hungary

Some people usually wonder "Why is Hungary named Hungary??" well if you watch my video blog (below) you'll see why!!

Hungary's SOS village was great!!! Geri our guide, translator and area manager took us around the town to see everything around the SOS village!!! We also went and saw the youth center close by. It was fairly big with 1 large house that had 5 rooms. Outside of the youth center they had a little animal sanctuary with birds. Some were flightless, but most could fly!! We also had a great anthem singing.

Thanks for reading and watching!!!

Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #60: Slovakia

Did you ever think that you would end up in Slovakia?? What I am trying to say is that Slovakia is one of the most exotic places we have ever been to!! 

There wasn't an SOS village in Slovakia, so Capri sang the national anthem in the main city square in Bratislava. (Anthem singing below).

I also did a video blog next to the UFO bridge!!!

Thanks for reading and watching!!
Bye!!!

Bowen