Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Weekend in Warsaw + Thin Lizzy concert

A quick escape to the Polish metropolis for particular reasons! :)

Ok... I admit! It was for another concert! I know I'm just the craziest heavy metal addicted but I had no choice! Thin Lizzy was going to perform for the first time in Poland!

During the golden ages, in which Phil Lynott still was the front man of the band, Poland was part of the Soviet Union and was totally closed to western culture including Rock. I've just noticed that I'm talking like an old fan of Thin Lizzy, but unfortunately I'm not! When I got to know this great band, their main lead singer had died from overdose since more than a decade before. However, it doesn't change the fact that this band has influenced me a lot and Lynott's charisma will be forever remembered.

The concert was going to happen on monday, 27th of october, so I decided to come for the whole weekend so I could meet some old friends, from my previous exchange.

I was hosted again by my friend Karol Yamazaki, from the old drinking times in Warsaw, in 2007! He's one of the best! We went to the Warsaw's Metro party! After 25 years, the metro of Warsaw (which has only one single line) is finally completed. There was an open party in the end of the line (Młociny), with a free concert of Alice Russel (UK) and Gitara Czerwona (PL).

Some photos:

I joined Przemek for dinner on sunday, I met him also during my previous exchange in Poland. He has been to my home in Salvador in 2007 and he hosted me twice in Warsaw. Always recommends me good restaurants. :) On Sunday evening I joined Anna Sawa for a ice-cream. She's my friend from Lublin. And guess what? She also has been to my home in Salvador, but funny thing is that I wasn't there! xD - Good friends are scattered throughout whole Warsaw! :)

Well, on monday I had the Thin Lizzy concert, led by John Sykes and Scott Gorham. The concert started with the sirens' sound - which precedes the song "Jailbreak". A classic. Well I don't have much to complain about the chosen songs, even though I always miss one or two songs. :P

Best performance for me was "Don't believe a word". This song carries an aggressive guitar solo which really impresses me. This song has also a slow version, rarely performed, but there is. I guess I prefer the fast version anyway. :)

Oh, and of course, they've played their best ballads: "Dancing in the moonlight" and "Still in love with you". Yeah, they still rock!

I got some photos (click to enlarge):

...and a video:

See you, in the next concert!!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Polish Autumn

Time for good photos. As the autumn comes crushing, it's time to catch the color and essence of the moment with my inseparable mobile phone with 3.2-megapixel camera embedded, which is almost unable to receive calls but the camera itself still rocks! Proud to be an amateur!! :)

The word autumn comes from the Old French word autompne (automne in modern French), and was later normalized to the original Latin word "autumnus". There are rare examples of its use as early as the 14th century, but it became common by the 16th century.

Before the 16th century, harvest was the term usually used to refer to the season. However as more people gradually moved from working the land to living in towns (especially those who could read and write, the only people whose use of language we now know), the word harvest lost its reference to the time of year and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping, and fall, as well as autumn, began to replace it as a reference to the season.

Who cares about etymology? In Poland they call the autumn: JESIEŃ! :P

Some photos I took from this latest weekend:

  • Left-most picture shows golden leaves before their fall in the sunny Wrocław. That one was taken very randomly, during my walk back home last sunday 12th.
  • Center picture depicts a rare rose from the Tatra mountains. This sample was found in Slovakia in november of 2007 during one of my trips. :P
  • Right-most picture is 2x worth-seeing as you can see the trees and their reflection. I know the water is a bit dirty but nowadays we can't expect any better. This one was taken in the japanese garden, also in Wrocław.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Weizen Bier with friends

What?? One-liter beer? Promotion? Half-priced? Where? Rynek? With Whom?? Friends?


Disclaimer: The quality of the video is not good because it was taken on Alberto's camera! not mine's! ;)