"Igfest is a festival like no other. Where other festivals have mud, crippling ticket prices and questionable hygiene, we have robots, zombies, ninja death cows, sweetshop bank heists, biblical sized water fights and powdered paint. Lots of powdered paint!
We’re back for the fifth time September 5th-8th, bigger, ballsier and more bonkers than ever before. The infamous zombie chase game, 2.8 Hours Later, returns for its last ever showing in Bristol. We’re based in and around The Old City this year, with two new headliners, Cargo Remix and Incitement, making their WORLD DEBUT. Then there’s the igfest fringe to explore, dozens of beautiful games wrapped up in a party in Castle Park, Bristol.”
When my friend Chris invited me to go to Sweden with him for a weekend of board games I asked myself, why not? So I booked the plane and soon found myself walking through the woods of Ryggen, Sweden (about 3 hours northwest of Stockholm) to a beautiful lakeside cabin.
We were lucky enough to come the weekend of the annual crayfish party.
A crayfish party is a traditional summertime eating and drinking celebration in the Nordic countries. The tradition originated in Sweden, where a crayfish party is called a kräftskiva. Customary party accessories are comical paper hats, paper tablecloths, paper lanterns and bibs. A rowdy atmosphere prevails amid noisy eating and traditional drinking songs. The alcohol consumption is often high, especially when compared to the amount of food actually eaten…
So we set out some traps.
And caught ourselves some tasty crayfish!
The water was perfectly chilly for jumping in for a quick swim and then running into the sauna. Oh how I wished I could do that on a daily basis…
Picked some fresh blueberries to make blueberry cobbler.
Loki waiting for the festivities to begin
And so it began… A magnificent evening filled with slurping, singing, drinking and eating.
I think I did pretty well, and the snaps wasn’t as bad as everyone said :D
It was the most wondrous weekend (minus the mosquitoes) and I cannot thank Johan, Ana, Karin, Baltsar, Agnes, Adina and the rest of the family enough for all their hospitality and awesomeness. I hope I can go back soon :)
Every Friday night during July and June, the London Zoo opens its doors for a night of music, talks, drinks and of course animals! The zoo itself was fairly small, but has over 750 different species spread out around Victoria Park. It was a great night out and I didn’t need to shove squirmy kids out of the way to see all the cute animals!
I first heard about Fire Hazard through Londonist when they listed Eggs of the Alien Queen as an event for Easter Weekend. Since then, I’ve met most of my closest friends through Fire Hazard. When the idea of a camp weekend with FH came about during a pub session, I knew I had to be involved and make it happen. We scouted some locations and finally settled on The Willow Tree Centre in Ruislip. It was the perfect package, complete with woods, fire pit, showers, obstacle courses and even camping/cooking equipment.
Such a great weekend filled with running, jumping, sneaking and tons of games. Couldn’t have been any better. I should have taken more pictures, but was too busy running around with a nerf gun :3 The few pictures I have were taken when we weren’t gaming because that was the only time I had my camera in my hands instead of a gun or cards or food/drinks…
My hobo pies turned out a tad burnt :( But the non-charred bits were good……..
What can I say about my first UK festival? It was brilliant! I think Latitude was a perfect choice as it is one of the smaller festivals that has elements of comedy, art, theater, cabaret, poetry, dance and literature on top of a great musical line-up.
"The Sunday roast is a traditional British main meal served on Sundays (usually in the early afternoon for lunch), consisting of roasted meat, roast potato or mashed potato, with accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, vegetables and gravy.
There are (at least) two opinions on the origins of the Sunday Roast. One holds that, during the industrial revolution, Yorkshire families left a cut of meat in the oven before going to church on a Sunday morning, which was then ready to eat by the time they arrived home at lunchtime. The second opinion holds that the Sunday Roast dates back to medieval times, when the village serfs served the squire for six days a week. Then on the Sunday, after the morning church service, serfs would assemble in a field and practice their battle techniques and were rewarded with a feast of oxen roasted on a spit.”
When my friend Gareth heard I had never had a Sunday Roast, he quickly set off to correct this…
I want this kitchen… and garden…
I made some Bakewell cupcakes for dessert :) Almond cupcakes filled with raspberry jam with lemon sugar icing.
Compared to what I’ve seen in London so far, Hamburg had a TON more graffiti throughout the city. Granted, Hamburg doesn’t have the gazillion cameras everywhere. There were also a bunch of lazy tags strewn onto buildings, electrical boxes, and light poles. But definitely some great pieces to be seen.
Had the chance to visit Hamburg, Germany last week for work.
This is the Binnenalster, a big lake in the middle of the city center, surrounded by the Rathouse (Town hall), hotels and shops.
Swans! with the Rathouse in the back
Canals run throughout the city. Hamburg has more bridges inside its city limits than any other city in the world and more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined
The Central station, Hauptbahnhof
Saw one of these guys in Tokyo too :)
Chilehaus is an exceptional example of the 1920s Brick Expressionism style of architecture. It is famed for its top, which is reminiscent of a ship’s prow, and the facades, which meet at a very sharp angle.
The Chilehaus building was designed by the architect Fritz Höger and built between 1922 and 1924. It was commissioned by the shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman, who made his fortune trading saltpeter from Chile, hence the name Chile House.
Rathaus, the Town Hall
At the edge of the Reeperbahn stands Tanzende Türme, or “Dancing Towers.”
Booths preparing for the big Harbor Birthday Celebrations
The Reeperbahn! Europe’s largest red light district and home of strip clubs, brothels, bars and nightclubs
This drizzly Saturday I joined my flatmate and some friends on a 10 mile hike through the countryside. It was overcast the whole day, but the fields were green and the air was crisp. Definitely a nice change of scenery from the busy London streets.
After visiting the Tower of London I walked across Tower Bridge over to Borough Market, one of the larget food markets in London. Unfortunately it was about 10 minutes before closing so I didn’t get to see as much as I’d like. However I was able to snag a delicious lamb sandwich from one of the vendors :)
Been a bit shit about updating. Went to Tower of London and Tower bridge last weekend.
"The castle was used as a prison since at least 1100, although that was not its primary purpose. A grand palace early in its history, it served as a royal residence. The Tower has served variously as an armoury, a treasury, a menagerie, the home of the Royal Mint, a public records office, and the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom."
“Yeomen Warders, commonly known as beefeaters, began guarding the Tower in 1485; today there are 35 Yeomen Warders and one Chief Warder. All warders are retired from the Armed Forces of Commonwealth realms and must be former senior non-commissioned officers with at least 22 years of service.”
Fun fact: The iconic bridge in London is actually the Tower bridge and not the London Bridge
Finally, I get a message from one of the places I viewed and they picked me! Thank baby Jesus! And they were my top choice :3 One other flat wants to know if I’m still interested, but I have to turn them down. Maybe I can make friends with them if they were willing to let me live with them, they must find me likable at least a bit?
I have to celebrate the good news, so off to the Hammersmith Market with Jennifer for lunch. A whole roasted pig on a spit, giant pans of paella and fresh baked goods fill the cold, crisp air. Now I have a place of my own. All is well, except for my immune system… At the end of the long day, Jennifer and I make our way into the city for some delicious Belgium mussels at Belgo, followed by a wonderful personal tour of Covent Garden/Seven Dials, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace. Today was the dog’s bollocks.