Friday, 28 March 2008

Birthday celebrations in the Polish style


It's so hard to get old without a cause but Nano now is 25 (or 1/4 of a century, 1/40 of a millenium...) :P
This weekend (28th-30th of March) was full of parties and fun.
I've been to a party inside of a tram, in club, a lot of people from abroad (from Erasmus program and AIESEC) joined the "Wrocław Reception Weekend". An event organized by AIESEC in Wrocław, to entertain trainees, show the surroundings and a bit of the history of this amazing city.

The party in the tram is very interesting, specially when everybody wants to go to the restroom and there's no such thing on board. :P
There was also a visit to the Japanese garden in Wrocław, really nice place to take photos.


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Paintball

Even the Russian girls couldn't escape from the blitzkrieg!
The alliance set among Portugueses, Spanishes and Brazilians (Latin alliance) was invincible against the slavonic alliance (Ukrainians, Russians, Poles). I didn't even get shot in any of the four rounds we disputed. Besides, I'm quite experienced! Almost a decade of Duke Nukem, Doom, Quake... I knew that would be useful one day in my non-virtual life!
The guns were pretty much calibrated, so I could aim and headshot'em for a total massacre!! My best shot hit someone else's mask in the visor! better than a headshot is an eye-shot!! ;P

I want more!!! My blood thirst is not gone yet! :P


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Sunday, 23 March 2008

Slovak times (Banská Bystrica, Trstená and Námestovo)


This was my third trip to Slovakia! Let's make a quick flashback: my first trip was to Żilina and Tatrańska Strba, the second was to Bratislava and Nitra, now it's to Trstená, Námestovo and Banská Bystrica!

Cities going smaller for me! As I was born in the third most populated city in Brazil, whenever I get to so called "cities" with less than 100.000 people, sounds at least funny to me.

I went to Trstená (Aprox. 8.000 inhabitants) and I was convinced that it is a 'town', not a village. Even though it was difficult to convince me! :P
Anyway... small towns are becoming my passion. Some time ago I used to think that such small cities could be so boring to a certain point that I could go depressive. Little by little I'm starting to break this barrier and enjoying small beautiful towns in Poland and Slovakia.

Unfortunately I didn't take any photos in Banská Bystrica, because I had only one night there and, besides, BB is not so small city and therefore is out of the scope of this post! :)

People in such small towns tend to be more receptive and warm, and in fact they are! I have to say that I feel very grateful for my hosts in Trstená, for all the care I had during my stay, and of course for greatest easter candies and sweeties. (Barbora rocks!) :)

Sometimes it seems so bucolic that I feel like a time traveller, back to 19th century:


Trstená, as seen from the top of the hill.

This last photo was taken the day before the snow flurries come. On the day after, there was 5 to 10 cm of snow layer. Because of that, I had the opportunity to try some "butt-skiing" :P

For sure my easter weekend was amazing and unforgettable.




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More Slovak chapters are yet to come! C-ya ;)

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Opera Wrocławska


From heavy metal to opera! That makes me: "Nano, the multi-cultural boy"! :P

Two first-row tickets (for me and my babe) to:

Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione
by Gioachino Rossini

This is the original name in italian, but the language is irrelevant. For the first time I watched an opera performed half in italian (Figarooo, Figarooo...) and half in polish. The parts in italian had subtitles (that's true! a small electronic banner on the top of the stage displays subtitles in polish) - Most of the dialogues were in polish and the rest (specially the fast parts) were in italian. Really multi-cultural moment for me.

One important lesson! even though the "first row" has more prestige and is more expensive, the balcony on the 2nd (or on the 3rd floor) are the best choices! From the ground floor is impossible to see the orchestra! We could see only the bald spot on maestro's head. Normally people don't really care about musicians, but for me (also musician) it's really cool to see the orchestra! :P

The opera house in Wrocław is really gorgeous!

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Sunday, 9 March 2008

Megadeth


Finally the day came! Megadeth performed in Katowice(Southern Poland), along side Satyricon, Marduk, Overkill and other bands! It was the Metalmania Festival, the biggest metal festival in the central europe. The venue was the "Spodek", which is a stadium in the shape of an UFO; Really cool place. By the way, it's the same place where the Brazilian national team has won the international volleyball league last year (for the 7th time) by defeating the Russians in the final match. ;P

I had to ride three hours by train, then see all the bands perform, forget about the last train back to my city and wait four hours in the train station for the next one! :P - I had no choice! Megadeth was the last band to perform and I knew they were going to play "Holy Wars" at the end, so I would never leave the concert before then.

Setlist:

I don't remember all the songs they played and I'm not sure about the exact order. Megadeth started with the song "Sleepwalker" (the heaviest song from their new album "United Abominations"). People freaked out!

Some good songs I would like see they performing unfortunately weren't in the setlist: "99 ways to die", "No more Mr. nice guy" and "She wolf".

The setlist as I remember now was:

Sleepwalker
Wake Up Dead
Kick the chair
Washington Is Next
In My Darkest hour
A Tout Le Monde*
Gears of war
Tornado of souls
Hangar 18
Ashes in your mouth
Symphony Of Destruction
Trust*
Peace Sells*
Holy Wars

* See video below

I will updated this part as soon as I have the full setlist.


On this photo below you can see how close I was from the stage. There was only this polish security guy between me and the band. Five meters far I would say. :P



















As I was so close to the stage, I was smashed and I couldn't move my ass at all. I felt like a tuna! :P At least I made some good photos and videos!! :)


"Tout le monde"


"Trust"


"Peace sells"


For the full photo album, click here.