Thursday, 14 August 2008

Scottish Highlands!

Awesome Scottish vacations! Nine breath-taking days in Highlands plus Edinburgh during Fringe festival!

I was hosted by my girlfriend and her niece, the adorable Barbora, gifted with the art of making candies. :)

Visiting Scotland I had the opportunity to practice my Polish as 2% of Edinburgh's population are Polish. When I was in one of the restaurants "SubWay", the Polish guy that was making my sandwich started to talk to some Polish customers in their language but using lots of 'kurwa' and 'pierdole' words... I just made a comment by saying "Uważaj jak się wyrażasz, człowieku!" (Watch your mouth, man!) and we both started laughing and at last he made a comment about my Sepultura t-shirt: "Twoja koszułka jest nice" (Your t-shirt is nice) - Polinglish language? :)

Our route engulfed main spots in Scotland. Starting from Edinburgh, we took a bus to Inverness and then we slept in some village near the famous Loch Ness and the legend of the monster! Uhh! And then, to Dornie to visit the Eilean Donan castle (medieval) and going on to the cozy village of Kyleakin by the seashore, for relaxing. Fort William was the next step. Rather than Polish we've found Slovaks! I was wearing my t-shirt with the Slovak flag enclosed and few times Slovak people rushed into me talking in Slovak. Didn't know that even with my "latino appearance" people would think I'm Slovak because of my beautiful t-shirt. :P

The rain bothered a bit in Glasgow during the journey back to Edinburgh. But fortunately, I can say that we've seized mostly a "sunny Scotland".

For the following photos you can click on it to enlarge:

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle - Drumnadrochit village

My remarks: The monster never shows up! Frustrating! But the view of the Urquhart Castle is amazing, specially when there is a doubled rainbow in the sky. Worth seeing. :)

Eilean Donan Castle - Dornie village

We were adviced before, by some Americans, that Eilean Donan was a lame castle. Well, even though it is very well redone, does not mean it is lame.

Castle ruins - Kyleakin village

After becoming a true "Highlander" I got back to Edinburgh to enjoy the festival and night life.

Among Edinburgh's attractions there is the Chinese circus. Which is a different kind of amusement, not only based on wild animals, but on humans' performances. The positive aspect on this is that attendees won't smell like elephant shit after the spectacle. :)

Oh, Edinburgh Zoo, which I can evaluate as 3/5. The zoo is located on a slope, so all the time I was going uphill. There are no giraffes, no elephants, no reptiles (only 2 snakes), the most impressive beast was the black panther from the Amazon and the Polar bear. Also lots of penguins. Wroclaw's Zoo in Poland is much better. Enough said. :P

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008

Edinburgh is 100% culture! Musicians and arts performers spread everywhere. People distributing flyers and folders for music/theatre spectacles. Some of them for free. Lots of young people and great atmosphere. I have to admit that Edinburgh surpassed my previous favourite European city (Oslo) and became the top of my rank. I strongly recommend.

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Friday, 8 August 2008

Iron Maiden - Somewhere Back In Time - World Tour 2008.

Iron Maiden performed in Warsaw tonight, I just came back from the stadium and I'm publishing the first photos.

I was very motivated for this concert because this world tour is special. They want to perform songs only from albums released in the 80's. Setlist was perfect... well... almost! I missed only one song: "Flight of Icarus" - No luck this time!

This day (7/Aug/2008) is a very special day for Bruce Dickinson, the vocalist. It's his 50th birthday and ofcourse was celebrated in the Polish way. I don't know why, but Polish people think the British understand Polish, they've sung the Polish birthday song(sto lat, sto lat) to Bruce. Well, the intention matters the most. :)

I was alone in this concert, that's why there are no photos of me. Sometimes I try to find somebody to go with me to such concerts but it's really hard. My mission here is to make Poland a heavier country, oh yeah!

The best performances, in my opinion were:
  • Rime of ancient mariner
  • Powerslave
  • Hallowed be thy name
  • Revelations

"...cuz at 5 o'clock, they take me to the gallows pole. (Yeaahh) The sands of time, for me, are running loooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!" (from the song: Hallowed be thy name)

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Wednesday, 6 August 2008

College mates in Wrocław, the meeting place!!

These crazy dudes on this photo with me were my college mates in UFBA (Universidade Federal da Bahia)!

From left to right: Beto, Almeidaum, Lage, Nano

Now, they are students in France and they've bought a motorhome to travel around Europe. Great idea! I was suppose to join them for this adventure but I had no free days anymore. :(

Due to their visit, a record has be broken. Now the biggest Brazilian meeting in Wrocław had eight people! Two more than the previous record! The other four were: Paulo, Alberto, Tito and Donza.

Thanks for the visit, my friends. Looking forward to see you all in Rennes. :)