24 Days of Baltic Christmas – Yule Feast Edition

I was invited to participate in the 24 Days of Baltic Christmas project this year at http://FemmeauFoyer2011.blogspot.com. The project describes itself as follows: an annual countdown to the holidays showcasing Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian culture, traditions, food, customs, crafts and stories!

Today, on day 11, I appeared in the project with a post looking back at 9 years of Yule dinners. It was a fantastic trip down the memory lane and even though most my feasts were far from traditional Estonian ones xD Still, I am glad I got to join in on this project and share something of my life and culture, no matter how non-traditional it was, with the rest of the world.

If you are interested, you can find my post here: http://femmeaufoyer2011.blogspot.com/2018/12/baltic-christmas-day-11-what-i-ate-yule.html

Thank you again, Liene, for the oportunity!

Dir en grey Tour18 Wearing Human Skin, Helsinki, The Circus

Dir en grey has been my favourite band for the major part of my life. I had only seen them live once before and that was already 13 years ago, so when they announced their new European(ish) tour, I jumped at the opportunity to see them again. Since we had a miscommunication with my husband about buying tickets in the beginning of the year, we ended up accidentally buying 4 tickets instead of 2 xD Thankfully, Josie wanted one and Kadi decided to grab the second extra ticket to join us.

My outfit for the concert.

We got to the concert venue about the time the doors were opened. There was an epic long line of people queueing to get in, but we got in pretty fast as the entrance procedure was efficient enough. I grabbed some merch from their merch table – a t-shirt for myself and a hoodie for hubby – and then waited another bit for the concert to start.

We chose to stand at the back of the venue. I really didn’t feel like struggling around in the crowd for a closer view. I saw plenty on the stage thankfully and got to enjoy the music which was the most important part. Hubby had his arms around me occasionally, so it was extra cosy and nice like that. Good music and my husband’s breath tickling the back of my neck… mmmmmm  blissssssssss!

To my surprise they didn’t only play their newest releases, but also many older songs. I do like their newer music, but I admit that it’s not as familiar to me as some of the older stuff. It was all great to be honest. I also enjoyed that every song had an illustrative visual projected on the wall behind the band. I mean, it’s great to see my favourite band play live, but I always appreciate any artistic touch that adds to the overall experience.

During one of the songs, Kyo turned his back to the crowd and started making faces at a camera near Shinya’s drums. His face was then projected on the wall behind them with some filters xD It was kind of hilarious and especially so when he started shoving fingers in his mouth and dragging lines of spit in front of the camera xD Classic Kyo! xD

Random memories from the show:

  • Toshiya being super into it all. I am used to him just kind of being there, playing his bass, but this time he was jumping and dancing around a lot. He genuinely seemed to enjoy himself.
  • Kyo looked like a tiny angry goblin xD He had contacts that made his eyes look like snake eyes… It was adorable xD And man, has his singing evolved or what? It was brilliant.
  • Die was looking pretty and the fan directed at his face made his hair fly behind him very majestically xD
  • It was kind of a waaaaaaa moment when the entire crowd sang along to “The Final.”
  • Shinya was Shinya and behind the drums, so I didn’t see him much.
  • Kaoru was a bit out from my view as well. He did still look handsome tho.
  • I got several “lolz” moments when the apple computer running the background visuals froze and popped up errors XD

Sadly, the time flew past super fast and then it was over. It felt like they just started and then they were already finishing up. I wish it had been longer xD Oh well.

I loved the concert. I am so glad I got to go.

I will leave you with a few songs  from the band. Enjoy!

This is the song people sang along with. They played a bit updated version of the song during the concert, but the lyrics were still the same. And yes, the video is supposed to be silent in the beginning.

Their latest single. I figured Rannuculus would be some weird mythical demon or something creepy, but apparently it’s a common little flower :p

SPARK AND SPAAAARK

The last song wasn’t played during the concert we attended, but it’s one of my most favorite ones and means a lot to me. A funny fact, this song was playing in the registration hall when I got married to Indrek :p This is how much this song means to me.

– 10. October 2018

Eesti Vabaõhumuuseum

Last Saturday I went to the Estonian Open Air Museum with a few of my friends to very belatedly celebrate my birthday (that was back in April). Since I fell ill almost right after my birthday, I didn’t have the time nor the will to celebrate, so I did some late celebrating now when I am healthy again. We did a lot of walking around enjoying the historical houses and other exhibits and had a plentiful picnic on the seaside with a variety of foods that everyone had brought along.

The Estonian Open Air Museum is a fantastic place. It has houses (actual old houses taken to pieces and reassembled in the museum) from different parts of Estonia, showing the living conditions and lifestyles of people across history. One would think that a tiny country like Estonia would have mostly similar architecture and living conditions across, but the fact is that people in different areas had quite different lifestyles and living conditions. It was super interesting to peek through windows and doorways into history.

A kitchen of an old school house.

In a colonial store.

Dried mushrooms.

A friendly neighbourhood goat 😀

A sleepy neighbourhood cat 😀

A spinning wheel at the window.

I would live here.

Here not so much.

Is she asleep or dead?

Wooden toys.

Bliss.

Family photos.

A doll.

Sweets and other goodies.

Country view.

Unwillingly sharing all our food with wasps.

Only the sick and the dead lie down to sleep.

This looks like the scarecrow from “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

A fence.

Windmills.

A bit of colour.

Wedding garb.

Who left the gate open?

The wasps seemed to enjoy the kvass.

Bottoms up!

Who lives there?

An old smithy.

A buckwheat plant! My mind was blown. I had never actually seen buckwheat growing before.

Is this ripe buckwheat or over ripened and useless buckwheat? Hmmmmm…

Anyhow, I had a fantastic day with my friends 😀 Thank you, everyone who spent the day with me and thank you for all the silly jokes!

11.08.2018

Hard Rock Laager 2018

Some of my favorite photos from this years Hard Rock Laager festival.

Day 1

Festival feel

Portread

Husband made  friend


Blinded Memory


Festival style

Zoom

Magical Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil

Day 2


Signs of Execution

Vocalist of Signs of Execution – A beautiful being with a mindblowing voice

Crazy viking dude (Aghor)

Young punks on stage (Intrepid)


Must Hunt


As the shirt says 😀 Really love everything about this shot. (Dying Gorgeous Lies)

If you would like to see more photos from the festival, these can be found on my facebook:
Day 1 
Day 2

29-30. July 2018

Estonian Food Fair… 5. May 2018

 Grilled sandwiches with ham and cheese.

 A couple of these sausages.

 A sandwich with mozzarella and tomato.

 Grilled beef with radish salad. This was yummy.

 Coffee, chocolate kohuke and a hazelnut kohuke. I didn’t like the hazelnut one at all 😦 The chocolate one was delicious.

I was working at the Estonian Food Fair this Saturday, representing our bakery. It was a busy day and sadly I didn’t have any time to go walk around the fair. I was making signs for our booth, cutting numerous loaves of bread into pieces for people to taste, selling things of course and then I was also in charge of making burgers and sandwiches. I was so tired in the evening and my feet hurt quite a bit xD

Making signs.

Cutting bread.

Muhu Pagarid

Uue Maailma Street Festival… 2. September 2017

I went and walked around the Uue Maailma Street Festival with Kerttu. This year the festival was on a considerably bigger area than usual which was kind of nice as it wasn’t as crowded. There were so many awesome artisans and artists taking part of the event and it hurt that I had a limited budget to spend. At some point, I called Indrek to complain about my distress: “Help, I want to buy things!” Some lady almost choked on her cake laughing at my exclamation xD

I didn’t snap many photos this year, as I got some annoying work messages and frankly I was in a bad mood after that, so I put away my camera. This is the crappy part of being constantly online and connected to everything. But whatever, we got a lot of lovely food and it was great none the less.

 Churros!

 Kerttu got me a unicorn shaped macaron. It was cute and delicious 😀

 A little girl was selling these cute chocolate cookie sticks, so I got us two. They were yummy.

 Nettle soup with sour cream. This hit the spot as it was kind of chilly and started to rain.

 A profiterole that was filled with huge amounts of divine pastry cream. It was so lush and tasty that I immediately regretted not buying more of these.

 More churros for dinner and a huge cup of coffee.

When I got home from the festival, I took a long nap and in the evening my mom called and invited us to come and check out the temporary apartment where they live while their house is being renovated.

 Sorrel soup with sour cream that my mom made. My mom’s cooking is still the best.

Some photos from the festival:

 Umbrella-eh-ella-ella-s

 More umbrellas and cute street art

 Churros being made

 These living statues were amazing