Around the Globe pt.2

Here is a selection of news from all around the world. The purpose of our news is to inspire, entertain or simply to offer a piece of knowledge. This article showcases news from South America and Europe. 

Greetings from South America

Colombia

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, the number of people travelling by bikes has increased immensely. Cities like Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima and Santiago have expanded their bike lanes to keep the number of people using public transport down. This is not only important when trying to decrease the COVID-19 spread, but the exercise will help improve the public health.

Chile

A man in Santiago, calling himself the "Solidarity Batman," has been handing out food to the homeless wearing a Batman costume. He is doing this to help people who have been affected by the global pandemic. With hot food and kind words, he is feeding the hearts of the people as well as their stomachs. Of course, wearing two masks; one with Batman's iconic ears and another one for protection against COVID-19. "Look around you, see if you can dedicate a little time, a little food, a little shelter, a word sometimes of encouragement to those who need it."

Argentina

The longest lightning ever recorded has been measured using new satellite imagery technology. Stretching more than 700 kilometres across Argentina and Brazil, it holds the world record. The lightning struck/occurred during a storm on October 31, 2018, and until now, there have not been any tools for measuring it accurately.

Greetings from Europe

Finland

A 400-year old wooden shipwreck was, by accident, discovered by divers in the Baltic Sea. The divers were searching for wrecks from the second world war when they stumbled upon the ship. Found 85 metres below the surface, the ship remained in good condition as the brackish water is ideal for preservation. It is believed to be a 17th-century 'Fluit' ship originating from the Netherlands.

Hungary

An orchestra in Hungary holds concerts for hearing-impaired people, allowing them to feel the vibrations of the music through touch. Some are allowed to touch the instruments to feel the music, and others hold balloons that convey the vibrations of the sound. The aim is to bring music to the people who have had no chances to enjoy it before and to shine a light on hearing difficulties.

Russia

A Russian artist and welder named Aleksandra Ivleva have created a stainless steel sculpture that reaches three meters high and weighs about 300 kilos. The artwork was inspired by her mother and took a year to make. Her work has already attracted international interest, allowing her to showcase her work at the 2019 Burning Man festival in the American Nevada desert.

Spain

A man named Adrià Ballester has set up a few chairs and a sign that reads "Free conversations" in the middle of Barcelona. The idea is to allow anyone to sit down and talk freely with a stranger about whatever they'd like, "We live in a world where it's often easier to send a message to someone from another country than to say good morning to our neighbours."