Anthem #76: Ireland

As most of you know, we are almost at the end of our journey.  So I will now start counting down: only 5 more countries until we go home!!!  

In Ireland, Capri sang on Grafton Street in Dublin and we even met some people from Vancouver. We got a newspaper to cover us (The Irish Independant) - see article below:

http://m.independent.ie/entertainment/trending/girl-11-whos-singing-national-anthems-of-80-countries-in-41-languages-is-performing-in-ireland-her-76th-country-today-34906816.html

Please see the anthem singing below:

I have an Irish heritage, so I was interested in coming to Ireland. My mom's first name is Irish, as well as her maiden name (Moriarty). I really loved the Celtic feel of Ireland, especially the small town of Wexford that we visited after Dublin. We also got to be featured on a radio station in Wexford called South East Radio and we enjoyed meeting everyone there.

Here's a little history about Ireland and the Vikings:
At the end of the eighth century, Viking raiders appeared in the Irish seas when they arrived from Scandinavia. At first, they stayed close to the coast, but after that, they established settlements in Ireland after raiding many monasteries. The Irish invented a new type of building called the "round tower" which was a tower that they built to protect their monasteries.  The only entrance to the tower was 10 feet from the ground so you needed a ladder to get to the door. The kingdoms of Northern Europe, including Ireland, eventually built up strong enough armies to fight off the Vikings, but many treasures were stolen during the raids.

Thanks for reading and watching!!!
Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #75: Norway

Before I start this blog, I would like to invite anyone who wants to come to the Pre Jays Game party in Toronto!!! If you want to find out more info or get tickets click on this link: CLICKONTHESEWORDS

Now, although we were only in Oslo for one night I wanted to give you some facts about Norway:

  • Norway translates to "Path to the north". 
  • Norway, Sweden and Denmark make up Scandinavia.
  • The Jostedalsbreen is in Norway and it is the largest glacier in Northern Europe.
  • Norway has over 20,000 km of coastline.

Even though we weren't here long it reminded me of Canada as it had lots of forests and greenery.

Here's the anthem singing:

Thanks for reading and watching!!!
Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #74: Finland

We spent only two days in Finland, both of which were in the SOS village.  We thought that the village was very beautiful because it was on the edge of the forest and the park nearby was one of the best parks I have ever been to! On the last day, we had a bbq where they cooked the food in a bonfire and children from another SOS village came. They said that they had to drive 12 hours with eight hours of breaks, that is a long road trip!!

Here's the anthem singing:

In Finland, we discovered Pokémon go. Pokémon go is a game made by Niantic Nintendo. It is a GPS game where you walk around catching Pokémon and battling in gyms. Very recently it was released in Canada, and Finland!!! I caught Squirtle!!!!!!!!! Here is my blog about Pokemon Go in Finland:

Now I am on the ferry writing this heading back to Estonia for one day. Then off to Ireland.

Thanks for reading and watching!!!

Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #70: Estonia

We flew to Estonia from Copenhagen and had to do stopovers in Latvia and Lithuania so that Capri could sing the anthems. We are now racing to the finish of 80 countries! As we walked into the airport in Tallin, we saw that the place had immediate character, with a map on the floor and an entire wall for exchanging business cards. 

We had a amazing anthem singing here!!! It was at a festival celebrating the independence of Estonia, and the release from Soviet occupation. The festival's name in English means the "singing festival", which was perfect for our mission. Capri got to sing with a famous Estonian singer: Nele-Liis Vaiksoo.  Please see the anthem singing below:

Tallinn is a very old city, with buildings dating from the 14th century. We ate dinner at a very interesting medieval restaurant, where I did a video blog (see below)!!!

We also got a tour of the old Parliament building. The oldest part was a fortress that used to be manned by knights. It also had a tower with 215 steps and we climbed them all!

We also had great news media coverage in Estonia. Here's one of the articles.

Thanks for reading and watching!!!

Bye!!!

Bowen

Anthem #69: Denmark

The first humans to set foot in Denmark arrived there around 10,000 B.C. after the end of the last Ice Age. That's a really long time ago!!  A couple thousand years later, farming was introduced, then bronze, then iron and finally trading was introduced by the Romans. Nowadays, the country is very organized and modern. To get around, most people ride their bikes. In fact, Copenhagen is famous for its biking culture. Over 50% of its citizens commute to work on bikes everyday.

Thank you to Patrick (my mom's cousin) and Leanna, his wife, for letting us stay at their wonderful apartment in Copenhagen!!!!

Here's the anthem singing:

Thanks for reading and watching!!
Bye!!!

Bowen