Like the volcanic eruption that formed these unique rock columns, Metallica came out on an explosive show!
Metallica passed through the hometown of the Beatles and paid tribute to the legendary foursome by playing a pair of shows. The first was on the infamous Penny Lane--of course, made famous by the classic song of the same name. The other was in the infamous Cavern Club, where it all started.
Jason was our host in Kerry for two nights. His is an inspiring story of perseverance. Jason is the product of loving parents who instilled love and wisdom on their children from a young age. After losing his father when Jason was only 10, his mother went on to raise him and his sisters on her own, teaching them firsthand the value of a strong work ethic. I'm sure his father would be proud of the man Jason went on to become.
A video documenting the first chapter of our adventure. We spent ten days in Italy exploring Pescara, Florence, Verona, and Venice. Many of the highlights weren't captured on video, so we've created a list of ten of our favourite moments, in no particular order. What you'll see in the video is a celebration of art, architecture, and history; but what captured our hearts in Italy--as is evident by our list--was the generosity and the hearts of the people we came across.
The guys played their last two shows in Ireland. Tomorrow they're off to Belfast in Northern Ireland. It's been grand, Ireland!
Enrico Ganzerla (aka Ganz), vocalist and lead guitarist for the punk rock group On My Arms, was kind enough to meet up with me in his beloved Venice. On My Arms is a four-piece pop punk band. The group is six years old. Aside from Ganz, there's also Ale on guitar, Remo on bass, and Marco on drums. The guys have all been friends since forever, though. They're a tightly-knit punk-loving family inspired and influenced by the likes of the Ramones. They write fun-loving pop punk songs that are young at heart. I was initially supposed to interview the whole gang, but life intervened, and only Ganz was able to make it. C'est la vie. Ganz was a true ambassador for his city, taking me on a bit of a walking and tasting tour of Venice. Plus, he was a genuine, hilarious, and friendly guy. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him. It felt like I was talking with an old friend. We discussed his city, his band, and his love of music. This will be a common theme in these interviews.
New Drinks, new board games, and new friends! We played an African game called Awele with our new friends, Iva and Fatima.
Uri and I explored Venice for two days. The second day featured a visit to the colourful island of Burano.
Yesterday, the Bobbblehead tour took us to the Aran Islands near Galway, where we played the 2, 500 year old Dun Aonghasa cliff.
A day full of art and familiar faces made this day a treat before a certain famous musician turned everything upside down.
Trevor and I arrived in Florence with nowhere to sleep for the night, but we made the most of it by enjoying the two things Italy has in abundance: pizza and churches.
For those who don't know, Pescara is a lovely little beach town a two hour drive east from Rome. Just as Trevor and I were about to set foot on the warm sand, this Nigerian dude emerged out of nowhere, seemingly popping out from behind a lamp post. He held long colourful threads of yarn... Continue Reading →
My first taste of pizza did not disappoint. Michela's mom made a feast of pizza and showed Uri how to make some of his own.
The beautiful thing about sleeping in hostels is you never know who you're going to meet. I met Michela at a hostel in Koh Lipe beach in Thailand last summer. I came back to the room after a day of snorkelling, and there she was--my new roommate. The conversation quickly extended beyond the basic "Where... Continue Reading →