Monday, 28 June 2010

"Wroclawians" support Brazil in the World Cup

In Poland, but always with Brazil! That was how the Brazilians living in Wroclaw supported the Brazil's national team! (Photo on left depicts: five notable Brazilians living in Wroclaw singing the Brazilian hymn)
In the Salty square (Plac Solny) , a fanzone was set up to provide adequate atmosphere to watch the matches, to cheer up and of course, to scream: "GOOOOLLLL, PORRA!, CARALHO!!, TOMA FILA DA PUTA!!!". -- Hehehe, I know, I know... little exaggeration but that's how we do it, wherever we may roam! :)
Some Poles support Brazil and some DON'T. I guess it is motivated by envy. Incredible how I could see one Polish boy carrying a huge Ivory's Coast flag!! Never heard of any strong ties between Poland and Ivory Coast. Nothing can erase that from history: Brazil, five times champion of the World in football and on its march to the sixth! Go Brazil!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Metallica Experience #3

Now I can say that my 'Metallica experience' is fulfilled. I just had my best concert ever. It was the third time I attended a Metallica concert. The setlist couldn't be any better since most of the songs Metallica has performed were from their older albums and among them were my two favourite songs: DISPOSABLE HEROES and FADE TO BLACK! The performance was outstanding and made me forgive them for the poor performance in Chorzów, PL in 2008 whereas Kirk Hammett poorly played the guitar solo of the classic RIDE THE LIGHTNING and that made me feel disappointed (seriously). James Hetfield has used an acoustic guitar to play the intro for FADE TO BLACK, and that was a big present for me, better than any Christmas gift I've ever gotten. Probably the best seven minutes of my life! :)

Was it everything? No! Since I had paid to be in the Golden Circle (the closest sector to the stage), I was less than ten meters far from the artists and I could grab James Hetfield's guitar pick that he threw to the audience while performing the song 'Sad but true'. Now I have my own relic (my precious!) that I will keep carefully, so fifty years from now, people might ask me about the best metal band of all time and I will have a lot to tell. :)

The idea of the festival was to get "The big 4" together for the first time in history! What are the big 4? Simple: Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax : The four biggest 80's thrash metal bands from California, US.

Metallica's setlist was: Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Disposable Heroes, Harvester Of Sorrow, Fade To Black, That Was Just Your Life, Cyanide, Sad But True, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), My Apocalypse, One, Master Of Puppets, Battery, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Helpless(Diamond Head cover), Motorbreath, Seek & Destroy


Monday, 14 June 2010

Discovering Finland

As I'm waiting for my flight right now, I think I can start writing about this beautiful country. Unforgettable two weeks spent here and now it is time to say good bye and go back to Poland (Oooohhhh!). Even though I'm here officially, I had enough time to sight-see Helsinki last weekend accompanied by two friends from the same company as me: Maciej and Ville. Helsinki is a port city which has many cruise lines and ferryboat connections from its harbour to nearly all cities by the Baltic sea. The most beautiful spot in Helsinki is the Suomelinna fortress which is a fortified island used in many battles in the history of Finland and Swedish empire. Was occupied by different armies. Not so long ago it was returned to civil control and has become a tourist spot with its beautiful view to the sea and perfect place for camping or relaxation (check how I was relaxed on this photo beside). To get to this island there are ferryboats coming and going pretty often, specially during summer. If you go there some day, don't miss the "beer of the house" in Suomelinna!
Afterwards, back in the centre, there was a Brazilian-samba parade and lots of Finnish samba dancers dressed-up same way as people do in Rio de Janeiro during carnival. Nice photos were taken! I've done some unforgettable things here, for example: to buy a Mexican "burrito" for 15,30 Euros, yes it's correctly written: fifteen Euros and thirty cents. The most expensive burrito you can find. :) In the evening, time to enjoy night-life in Helsinki even though it took some time until it really looks like 'night', the days are very long in summer; sunsets around 23:00 and sunrise around 3:30. In so short time in Finland I was able to meet really interesting people. I met
Kukka in the club (what was the name?), she was so kind girl and overwhelmed me by being more 'carpe diem' than me (shame on me). She also wanted to take me to the the Linnanmäki amusement park, to ride the one of the biggest 100%-wooden roller-coasters in Europe, but time was short. :( Back in Salo (115 km from Helsinki), I met Janina and Kari, a metal young couple, that were friendly enough to take me to Kari's death-metal band rehearsal! I even got from them a CD. Salo Metal rules! :)
One more thing I also would like to write is about the "Finninglish" spoken here! LOL! It's normal for a non-native English speaker to be confused with the following place prepositions: IN, ON, AT; For example: IN the shopping centre, but AT the Airport. Why not "IN the airport" ? ... Anyway, Finnish people don't have this problem because they use "TO" instead, which is not a place preposition at all! In the beginning I was confused. I called the owner of the flat I was going to live in for these two weeks, expecting to get my keys:

Nano: Hi, I just arrived in Salo. What do I do now?
Flat owner: Nice! I left your keys to the mailbox.
(For a moment I was wondering: I don't plan to get any letter during my stay here, moreover I'm not giving this address to anybody, but... whatever.)
Nano: Where did you leave them?
Flat owner: To the mailbox!!
(... FAIL! ...)

Similar linguistic issue is with the verb TO ASK. We normally say "ask SOMEBODY" or "ask FOR something". The Finnish ask FROM somebody! Nearly every Finnish use this verb like this, making it the most common English-grammar mistake among Finnish people.

Even inside the premises of the biggest Finnish company I read a sign: "If you lost some of your belongings here, ask from the security guard." -- FAIL. ;)

Next time I come, I will for sure visit Turku, the oldest Finnish city and probably the best one to have fun! I'm already looking forward to it!

Ok, most of people will skip my post and will avidly look for a link to the photos anyway, so... here it goes:


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Finland: First impressions

Finland, a First world country with an upper-cased "F"! Like all the Scandinavian countries, Finland is highly developed in all matters, very high human development index (HDI), no poverty in the streets, water from the tap is "very drinkable" as they told me here. It's not just tap water with high concentration of chlorine in order to make it drinkable (People do it in some countries). Finland is also very concerned about the environment; all the plastic bottles and cans are sold with a deposit of twenty Euro cents to force the consumer to return the bottle/can for recycling (ok, I've seen it in Germany as well). And what I liked most is that the whole country is like a forest! plenty of trees and lakes everywhere. I'm considering coming here to live for a longer time some day! Just need to find the right opportunity (could be a job or... a woman)!

My first impressions of Finnish people are also very positive. People have manners in here! Drivers really stop their cars for the pedestrians to cross (ok, in Norway as well but definitely not in Poland, Brazil or in Greece!) and most people everywhere speaks good English even though sometimes they might have an unique Finnish accent which is like honey for my ears when spoken by a female (no no, I'm not sexist). Their favourite sport seems to be hockey because I've seen many of them carrying hockey sticks after work, and best of all is that Finland is THE heavy metal country. Very nice bands like Korpiklaani, come from Finland!

I will make a photo album soon! It's just the beginning of my Finnish adventure. :)