Today was so much fun! There were two activities, riding Icelandic horses or whale watching. I went horse riding. The horses are so beautiful! By the way, don't call them ponies or the horses will be upset! Although they are pony sized, they have a horses' nature. The horses were very friendly and loved all the attention we gave them, I gave my horse my apple core from my lunch so that made her really happy, but don't tell! We rode on a beautiful trail, the view of the houses from a hill was lovely! The horses were all so good and calm. One of the kids said, "This is like being in heaven!" The Icelandic horse is very special, its breed is still pure because once you bring the horses out of Iceland, you can't bring them back in. They were brought by the Vikings. They can also do two extra gaits, the Tolt and the Pace as well as the usal gaits, walk, trot, canter, and gallop. Icelandic horses are awsome!
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A new day! So many days passed so fast! Breakfast...a bad start. No salmon, salami, or croissants. I only had oranges and tomatoes. The only "breakfast combo" I had was fish and cheerios (just like the first day of Iceland.) I mixed my orange juice with one of the Koolaid sugar packs Jezlyn gave me (thanks Jezlyn!) but after I finished drinking it, I still had sugar on the bottom of my cup. The apple juice had honey in it. Weird lol? Oh well, I was waiting 5 minutes to get my key for my coat. I can't believe so many people didn't come! (Ahemmm, almost no little girls.) I felt bad that Ethan had allergies. I haven't experienced any yet, but I've been having fun with videos like the coffee drinking (Devon can show you.)
(Devon and Jezlyn playing angry birds. Was I supposed to write that?)
Oops, oops, the museum didn't open until 10:oo. Learning about the history of Iceland, seeing human viking skeletons, the Viking still has his bones connected to the body. Devon and Olivier moving 0.1km/hr, Jezlyn tasering me. Good museum though!
Lunch was fine! I came a bit late to get bread, but I really enjoyed the soup. Walking to the master class, me and Devon were laughing louder than the busy streets of Snorrabraut (named that because drunk drivers are snorring.)
Dinner was awesome! There was chicken burgers and drumsticks! I took 12 drumsticks and 6 strips. "Sorry chickens, I was too hungry!"
The concert was just fine. No need to talk about it, unless you want to hear about my dehydration.
The convenience store visit was roger that. I got 2 Cokes and 1 water bottle. Coming back to the hotel, I just made a new video with Devon.
I guess I'm done, because the last statement here is that I am writing my blog on Jezlyn's mom's computer. Good luck next bloggers and next day!
What an amazing concert! This is Stellae Boreales' 5th out of 6 concerts in Iceland and they just keep getting better and better. Today's concert was held at Bustadarkirkja Church and although the concert was not advertised until this morning and the weather was the nicest it has been all summer, there were still many attendees.
As they played through their repertoire, the applause got louder and more intense with each piece, including a standing ovation for soloist Jae-won.
When the concert was over, the audience gave the group a standing ovation which turned into clapping for an encore. The group played Poeme for the cheering and teary-eyed crowd.
All the violinists were so excited with the feedback that they had received that the chaperones decided to reward them with ice cream on the way back to the hotel.
It was quite an evening to remember...
I have an Icelandic hero! He is Oliver, our bus driver, who saved me from the humiliation of forgetting the concert programs. We were all off the bus at Bustadarkirkja and I was walking through the wide wooden doors into the lobby when I realized – no music bag that carried the box of programs that Sherry and I were to distribute to the audience! What to do? Olli was driving away but I ran out and told him my predicament. Dare I ask? Was he allowed? Could he possibly? Take me back to get the programs? “I can do that” Olli smiled and replied.
So I got a solo trip in a 48 seater coach to the FossHotel Baron and after a sprint to my room for the programs back to the church in lots of time to greet our audience.
Thanks to my hero – Oliver!
What a nice day! We started off the day by visiting the National Museum of Iceland. I found it surprisingly more exciting than I thought it would be! Charlotte, Jerry , Bennett, Ethan and me took funny pictures of us in costumes, listened to videos about Icelandic history and played on Nintendos and whiteboards after the museum’s visit . Later, we ate a delicious lunch of fruits, soup, bread and carrot cake and headed off to the masterclass with Gudny. She gave many helpful tips at every single part of the pieces that my colleagues played. I was happy to be there. I found it hilarious how both Bennett and Jerry hurried to reach their cameras to film Jae-Won play Devil’s Trill!
For the past couple of days, I have been a bit stressed I must admit. But after performing solos at various venues across Iceland, I feel great. I’ve learned many useful tips by attending the masterclass es and I look forward to applying my new found knowledge to my future performance. This has been an awesome trip!
Tonight was a brilliant night! We entered Bustadarkirkja to gorgeous organ music reverberating through the church: it was thrilling. We played our music beautifully. The music sounded great not only because of our expert playing but also because there were good acoustics. Simi was our first soloists, and she came up onto the stage looking confident even though she was nervous! She played the melody beautifully, the notes soaring into the church. The superb duet was played by Mathew and Laura, the two parts merging into one gorgeous piece. Jae-won played his solo amazingly. The contrast was superb with the lyrical first part going into the quick exciting second part. The greatly appreciative audience even gave him a standing ovation! We finished with the combined repertoire. Ave Maria and Poeme were stirringly played and I’m certain they touched the hearts of everyone there. The Bach Double was a great contrast to the two slower pieces. The audience began applauding and gave us a standing ovation! They kept applauding and we ended up giving three bows before we walked off. The claps began to get into a steady rhythm and before long they were asking for an encore! We played Poeme again even though many of us thought we should have done Hungarian Dance instead. We stopped on the way back to the hotel for ice cream as a treat for such a stupendous concert. Even though I was the first that got ice cream, I wasn’t the first to finish it! We had a successful concert and we had a lot of fun afterwards. Iceland is a great place to be!
What an activity packed day! I managed to sleep in until 8:35am! When I got up I quickly threw on some clothes and went downstairs to the amazing breakfast buffet. In the morning from 7 - 10am the hotel always has a ton of stuff laid out (smoked salmon, waffles, fruit, boiled eggs, bread, cereal, yogurt and more) and you can pick and choose what you want! After a scrumptious breakfast, I went upstairs to pack. We wouldn't be coming back to Hotel Baron, so we had to pack a set of casual clothes, your muisc, your violin, your stand and your swimsuit and towel! We left in our concert blacks. My grandma, Arlene, Michelle, Jezlyn and I went on a rather unsuccessful shopping trip before we had to meet in the lobby. The one benefit of that shopping trip was that I changed my money into kroners. After that we all got on a bus to Hallgrimskirkja because it was raining. At Hallgrimskirkja we played a very short concert. I thought that the concert went very well! It was an amazing experience playing in such a huge and beautiful church! The acoustics were okay but not brilliant. We ended up with quite a good turn out! Since Hallgrimskirkja is such a big tourist attraction many people who came to go up in the tower watched our concert first! After the concert we were given coffee, juice and cookies! We then got back on the bus and went to Hotel Lind for lunch featuring smoked lamb on pita. After lunch we went to a music school to meet up with other Suzuki students. We had a practice for the concert that we were to play in the park. We watched the blobbly seals get fed before we headed to the tent where we played the concert in. The seals were so cute flopping and blobbing from the land to the water! It was amazing to watch! They made funny sneeze-snort sounds! We played the concert. On the last piece we couldn't find our music and everyone else started. So we had to play it by memory. We then went back on the bus to go to the swimming pool. It was a little awkward in the change rooms because we had to shower naked. We had to wash thoroughly with soap before getting into our swimsuits. It was awkward to us who weren't use to it. Swimming was great fun! There was a water slide that was very fun! It started like a normal water slide then it was dark, then dark with white bands, then dark, then dark with multi-coloured stars, then it becamse normal again and you popped out into the pool! My friends and I did that quite a few times then we did some baskets with a ball and a net that was hung above the water. This experience was very pleasant even though it was an outdoor pool because the water was quite warm! After our swim we went to Hotel Lind for dinner, then back to Hotel Baron for a well deserved rest!
today was a very long, fun day :) the best part of it, was that we got to sleep in until 9am. At first we had a concert in the Hallgrimskirkja church, and we had a very large audience. after that we went to have lunch at Hotel Lind, and after that we went to a waterpark, and it was really fun there as well.
Today, we finally got the chance to sleep in, and it felt great. Our day started off with a short concert at Hallgrimkirkja with our largest audience yet. Following lunch at Hotel Lind, we had a joint rehearsal with the Islandic Suzuki group and a joint concert at the family zoo. After the joint concert, we had the option of going swimming or attending Elaine's masterclass. I choose to attend the masterclass and heard works by Haydn, Bruch and Viotti. Overall it was a great day!
Today was a full day. It started early this morning with a tour of a Viking garden in Borgarnes, followed by a quick trip to the largest hot springs in Europe and finally ending with a spectacular waterfall. It was chilly but sunny and our day ended with a concert after dinner which was much enjoyed by all who attended. I even saw one of the music students that we played with us on Friday in the audience. Our day was full of fun with good friends. This trip has been great and is only going to get better!!!
Today we went to the largest hot spring in Europe, a waterfall, and to a very beautiful garden. The steam that came out of the hot spring smelt horrible, but it felt refreshing! The lunch after that was scrumptious, and hilarious. Evan had gotten coffee instead of hot chocolate, and Sara had added way too much milk in that! Ethan also had coffee, but on purpose. They were both hyper after all that caffeine! After the concert, most of us were hungry, so we ate pizza around 12am and that tasted good!
On the 2nd of July we got on the bus right after breakfast to go on the Golden Circle Tour. First of all, we stopped at the waterfall "Gullfoss" where we also had lunch. Then we went to the hotspring "Geysir" and "Litil Geysir". It was a very fun day!
Today we went on the Golden Circle Tour, but our guide said that it was more like a triangle because there were three places that were the most visited and their locations formed a triangle. First, we went on a walk in the mountains and we got a great view of Iceland. I got to take lots of pictures. We went to see a waterfall second. It was amazing watching the waterfall when I was standing right above it! Last, we went to see the geysers. We got to see one erupt three times in a row! It was a lot of fun watching the gyser erupting; the guide told us that it was really rare for one to erupt three times in a row. I had a fantastic day today and I hope I can have a chance to come back again!
The jet lag we are all feeling is slowly wearing off. Thank goodness! This morning we went to walk around the neighbourhood sights, which consisted of a lot of walking in circles plus a really cool church. Lunch was delicious (PASTA!) and then we went off to play with an Icelandic chamber group. That was pretty awesome, considering they spoke limited English and we spoke no Icelandic. Now, after supper, it's bedtime. Just another busy day in Iceland!
Today, on Canada Day, we woke up to see the picturesque and breathtaking mountains of Iceland on the horizon. We shuttled downstairs for a scrumptious breakfast, and then proceeded to walk over to a gargantuan Lutheran Church situated in the heart of Reykjavik. The architectury was masterful and intricate, and we were able to see and hear an immense, but stately organ.
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit and thought it really exemplified the presence of culture and refinement in Iceland! Afterward, we sauntered down to Iceland's boutiques and browsed the unique selection. We were scrutinizing some truly spectacular shoes, in varying colours and designs, but unfortunately the prices were far from affordable. Finally, we were bused to the Nordic house, where we participated in a joint concert with an Icelandic chamber orchestra. Their music was exotic, feisty, and expertly executed. We were able to play a mixed performance of the Bach Double, which unified us in the ubiquitous language of music. We socialized with members of the Icelandic ensemble. It was a monumental day in the scheme of our tour.
Today (the 1st of July), we had breakfast in the morning and headed to a church called "Hallgrimskirkja", which is the tallest church in Iceland. It was really, really tall and we took the elevator to the top. After lunch,we also met with the Suzuki chamber orchestra of Iceland. It was a fun day!
Today, we landed in Keflavik at about 6:50am at the airport lan. We picked up our luggage and took a bus to Reykjavik. The bus took us to our Hotel where some of us got our rooms. We had breakfast, it hit the spot. Evan says, "Cheerios are great, but Cheerios and fish are even better." And then we took a bus tour around Reykjavik. When we got back from the tour we had a nap which we all needed. At about 4:30pm a bus picked us up and took us to city hall where we had a concert for the Canadian ambassador. It was really fun. The bus took us back to our hotel where we changed and walked to Hotel Lind where we had lasagna and garlic bread. Yum! We returned to our hotel where we got a good night's sleep.
The sun never actually set while we were on the plane. Maybe that’s why we’re all so tired. Actually, I slept for an extra hour on the bus, and completely missed a tourist attraction, which is all right because I needed some sleep to fill in for the 0 hours of sleep I got during the “night” on the plane. On the plane, we actually got to see part of Greenland. It was illuminated by the sun, which I was not used to because the time was 2:30 AM. My0 AM. My first site of Iceland was of a volcanic glacier, and it actually looks like this all around Iceland.
It was an early morning for many when we all gathered at the Tichbourne's house, preparing for our 7 hour bus ride. People once believed a sore throat could be cured by hanging a potato around your neck, was a quote on a NYF box from one of the stops on our way to Toronto. Everyone was getting tired of travelling when finally we got onto our airplane for a sleepless night.
The long trip to Iceland was possibly the most tiring thing I have done; people sleeping and yawning every way you look. The worst part is that I haven't slept more than 5 minutes since 7:00 a.m. on the day of our departure. When we arrived, we went on a tour to the capital city, Reykjavik, which pointed out the many interesting features of Iceland. On the tour bus, many people were trying to catch up on some sleep. After our tour, we went to hotel and had much-needed break. Following, we performed in our first concert, which took place in the Embassy of Canada for Canada Day. The food that we were served was amazing, I must admit. To our surprise, the former president of Iceland attended. Overall, I believe that we had a fantastic start to our trip, enough though I am DEAD tired right now. Looking forward to tomorrow!