Wherever you are in the world, free Skype video calls and cheap international calls can help you to stay connected. But what would you see if you video called the world this March? Read on to find out …
• Video call Mongolia… for the Lake Khovsgol Ice Festival
The annual Lake Khovsgol (or Lake Hovsgul) Ice Festival is a real draw for tourists exploring Mongolia – so if you’re lucky enough to know someone going there, make sure you arrange a video call with them so you can share the experience.
The 2012 Ice Festival took place on March 2nd and 3rd and if you had visited, you would have seen beautiful ice sculptures, horse-drawn sled racing, arm wrestling competitions with competitors elbows’ resting on blocks of ice, and even sumo-style wrestling on the frozen lake.
• Video call Ireland … for Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival
There’s no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in Dublin – and if you’ve got friends or family in the Irish capital, make sure they video call so you can join in the party.
Dublin’s 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Festival takes place on March 16th 19th, and the centerpiece of the event, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival Parade, kicks off in the city center at noon on March 17th. This year’s parade has a science theme – so it’s the perfect place to demonstrate the wonders of modern technology with video calling.
Dublin will also be ‘Greening the City’ by illuminating many of its most famous landmarks in green light. Have your friends snap some photos and send them to you using Skype’s file transfer feature.
• Video call New Zealand … for the Wellington Dragon Boat Festival
Heading to New Zealand’s capital this month? Don’t miss the 2012 Wellington Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place on Wellington Harbour March 17th and 18th. You can relax in Frank Kitts Park and take a stroll down the promenade to see the 20-man crews paddle the boats accompanied by beats from their on-board drums.
• Video call Italy … for the Carnival of Viareggio
Catch the final colorful parade of the Carnival of Viareggio and talk to your friends in Tuscany at the same time. The seaside Italian resort of Viareggio comes alive during its annual carnival, and its masked parades are must-see events for anyone staying in the area.
With huge mechanically operated carnival floats, marching bands, dancers and ‘mascherate’ (people wearing papier-mâché masks), the festival is so amazing you’ve got to see the paradeto believe it. Don’t worry if you spot some crazy clowns wearing checkered overalls, a white pon-pon, a white gorget, a red headband and a black mantle – it’s just the official Viareggio Carnival mask, the “burlamacco.”
If you know someone who went, have them share their favorite videos with you via a Qik video message.
• Video call England … for the World Pooh Sticks Championships
Last year, more than 500 competitors from around the world headed to Day’s Lock, near the tiny village of Little Wittenham, in the Oxfordshire countryside, to take part in the World Pooh Sticks Challenge – and this year’s event promises to be just as popular.
Never heard of Pooh Sticks? Well, it was created by author A.A. Milne in his children’s classic ‘The House at Pooh Corner’, which featured the much-loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. Competitors stand on a bridge, drop a stick into the water on the up-stream side and the one that appears on the other side of the bridge first is the winner.
Where will you video call from this March? Where would you like to video call to see an event this month? Please leave us a comment, and let us know …