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Omg, did I even tell you that we went to Subkult? Let me fix that!
The Nick Cave show was last wednesday, so we immediately went home after since we were going to drive to Sweden the next morning. I don't think I even slept at all that night, so when Simen woke up, we started driving. We drove across the entire country with rain following us.

This is where we spent the night, a very beautiful place! Luckily the next day it was beautiful weather, and really hot sitting in the car with the skirt I'm wearing in the photo above! From where we stayed to Trollhättan it was a little over 2 hours to drive. We were super excited the entire way! We listened to The Mission and Extize (hilarious) while I texted with those who were already there.





We stayed at this cute little place called Spirans. We got there before check-in time, but they were really nice and let us check in by phone. We got ready, went into the city centre, grabbed some food, and then off to the festival!
When we got in, I saw Qugoria and we gave each other a big hug. We met on Amino (and FIY, I just uninstalled that, so I'm not there anymore), and when she saw that I was going to Subkult, she messaged me, and we've been talking basically every day since. Now we finally got to meet in person! Sadly for her I was wearing super tall shoes, so I was taller than her, hahahah. We also met Robin, who's also short, so we took off our shoes to measure heights, and that's how that photo at the top happened. Oh, and a photographer jumped in too, so he took these:




Photos by Krichan

Photo borrowed from Xilmordas
After that I think we sat down and had a few drinks. We met so many nice people, even some that we had seen before at WGT and even Instagram, who I had no idea were swedish, hahahah. What is really nice is that since we're norwegian, we can communicate with swedes without a problem. Me and Simen do speak regional dialects, that might confuse swedes sometimes, but I can understand most swedes without a problem - even people from Skåne (Scania), who are reputed to have an unintelligible dialect. Robin for example speaks like that. But he agreed with me that Skåne dialect is basically just the swedish version of my own Bergen dialect, haha! They by the way speak like that because Skåne used to be a part of Denmark (you might have heard of the underwater tunnel + Öresund bridge between Copenhagen / København and Malmö). So there, some fun facts for you! And back to the scheduled program!

Freakangel


Coalcandy and Adora having fun!

Hante.


Suicide Commando!



Johnny doing a great fireshow!

Here, have a good photo by Krichan

Noisuf-X!

And with that, the first day of the festival was over. We only bought a daypass for friday, cause we weren't really interested in the bands on the saturday, plus.. money, haha. But it wasn't over yet!

THE GROCERY STORE SOLD FREAKING TAMAGOTCHIS. Me and Malin went a little crazy.
We went to Qugoria's hotel room and picked up her and James, then went to an art exhibit that was happening at the same time as the festival. Malin actually had some art there! There were so many amazing artists featured. Click here to go to the website! After that we grabbed some food - Me and Simen got a little obsessed with Max, a swedish burger chain. While we ordered I got hug-attacked from Adora, who had screamed so much the day before that she had lost her voice! Hilarious.
Then it was off to the victorian picnic!


The sweetest welcome gift.
People also got melon slices later on!

The only selfie I took. So let's borrow other people's photos!


Photos by Darklark
 Cuties Robin, Louise and Qugoria

Hey, I don't look too shabby! By Krichan

The rest of the photos are borrowed from Qugoria!


This is the best photo ever taken.
I don't remember what Robin said!
SO MUCH JUDGING.

Another great photo Qugoria snapped of me.

Love you! <3

Took a little group photo before me and Simen left.
James, Simen, me, Qugoria, Ofelia Nightshade, Malin and Xilmordas

It was so nice meeting everyone! Swedes are the sweetest. Hope I get to see everyone again!
Then me and Simen undressed a little, got in the car, and headed towards the border. But first, shopping! At the shopping centers close to the border TONS of norwegians shop, cause Sweden is often A LOT cheaper than Norway. So we bought some food, drinks and tobacco before we crossed the border. We spent the night at Simen's half sister's, and I fell asleep straight after dinner. And the morning after we drove home again. So sad! But the memories will keep me going.

SUBKULT FESTIVAL 2018 by Coalcandy - YouTube
Check out Simon's video from the festival!
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Hey! Today I have something exciting to share with you! Lillemie.com has been so kind to give me a few products to review, so in this post I'll show you a couple of them! Lillemie is an online shop based here in Norway (but ships worldwide) that sells official Pusheen merchandise, as well as DIY hobby products. There's so much cute stuff! Currently they're having a 20-60% off sale on the entire Pusheen collection PLUS 20% off with the code SUMMERPUSH until july 15th, so it's the perfect time to get yourself some goodies!




First off are these adorable fridge magnets. It's a pack of 8, each featuring Pusheen enjoying different foods - adorable! They're very thick, so very sturdy and good quality - and stick on well.
Before this we didn't have any fridge magnets, so now we can stick lots of different things to the fridge! Simen loves them, he thinks it looks good and ''home-y''. We're very satisfied!





Then we have these cute snack boxes! Each features Pusheen with a different emotion - and why she's feeling that way (hint; they're all food related). Hilarious and cute! They're made of plastic, and are pretty decent quality. I think they are good for storing smaller amounts of snacks and candy, but I can't say if they will be able to keep them fresh for a long time - cause I eat it all before it gets a chance to get bad! I filled them with candy that we bought during our Sweden trip this weekend. I think these are really great to bring along with you anywhere! Roadtrips, picnics, to the cinema, for work, or anytime you're out and about. They also fit inside of each other, so they don't take up much space when they're not in use. Keep in mind that these are not dishwasher or microwave safe.

Dimensions:
  • 1 - 12 x 12 x 5.5 cm (4.72'' x 4.72'' x 2.16'')
  • 2 - 10.5 x 10.5 x 5 cm (4.13'' x 4.13'' x 1.96'')
  • 3 - 9 x 9 x 4.5 cm (3.54'' x 3.54'' x 1.77'')
  • 4 -  6.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 cm (2.5'' x 2.5'' x 1.37'')

Click here to get your own!
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Hey! Today I wanna share with you the Nick Cave show we went to last week! He played at Bergenfest, a local festival I've never been to. We got tickets immediately, even though the day pass was pretty pricey. Nick Cave had played in Oslo in october, and we missed that, so it would be stupid to not go to this. Wednesday was finally the day! Time has gone by so fast lately.

Pretty simple outfit

Same with make-up and hair

We prepartied at Isak's place since he lives nearby the venue. We ended up sitting there for a good while! When we got to the venue we saw a little bit of a band I forgot the name of. Then we had to go try to get a good spot for the big show! Which is hard for me, I'm 5 foot WITH the boots.

Omg, there he is!



Ahhh, can't believe it!

Handy screen





He stagedived and somehow ended up way over there


He brought up so many people on stage!



What a wonderful man.





Man, that was a great show. I ACTUALLY DIDN'T CRY. I was pretty close a couple of times, but I held it in. I managed to get to the second row after a while, by the way! I could almost touch him when he walked across the thin catwalk in front of me. But my god, that man can still put on a show! He's 60, but still jumps, rolls around, leans into the audience and even stagedives. It was amazing. I definitely want to see him again if I have the chance! And best part; He played my favorite song! Which is Weeping Song - and he dragged it out for quite a bit too.
I think Nick Cave was one of the more popular bands at this festival, but I was surprised he played on a wednesday - I guess he's touring a lot nowadays. The crowd was a good mix of all ages, but I can't say there were many alternative people, haha. It fascinates me to see how popular he is in the mainstream. He does have nice ballads, but I feel a lot of his stuff would be ''too rough'' for most people, hahah. But overall I think he has something for everyone! I don't even know what genres could apply to him. If you haven't checked out his music yet, YOU NEED TO!
Have you seen Nick Cave live before? How was it?
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I read an advance reader copy of the norwegian version. I thought this brick would be really hard to get through, but I did it in less than a week. It was surprisingly easy to read - I don't know if this applies to the english version? If someone has read it in english, please let me know.

At the end of Bloody Mary's reign we meet Ned Willard, a young man coming home to Kingsbridge for christmas, and excited to see the girl he's in love with; Margery Fitzgerald. But sadly she is forced to marry Bart, viscount of Shiring. After a feud between the protestant and catholic families, Ned sets off to work for the upcoming queen Elizabeth, and becomes very successful and a prized asset to her when Europe turns against her.

In Paris, Mary queen of Scots marries Francis II. There we meet the spy Pierre Aumande, protestant Sylvie Palot and the Guise family. We are also taken to Spain and the Netherlands through Ned's brother Barney, a sailor. Follett is great at intertwining the lives of the many different characters, so it wasn't very confusing (plus there is a handy list of who's who in the book). Together with the characters we witness the St. Bartholomew's massacre, the execution of Mary queen of Scots, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the capture of Guy Fawkes and other dramatic happenings in the 60 years this book spans. It's quite the amazing read, even though we all know what happened.

Follett's attention to details is remarkable, and you can really tell that he has done a lot of research. He apparently used 228 books for that purpose! You can also see him visit the locations here:
On the Trail of History - A Column of Fire - YouTube
I personally really hate when things are historically inaccturate, so I love him for making sure that everything is correct. So if you're as fascinated about the history of monarchy as I am, you should definitely read this book! And I will definitely check out his other books, particularly the first two in this series.

Links to buy: Hardback Paperback
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So in the middle of the night I found out about this movie, and found it on youtube, so I decided to watch it. I love Ministry, even their first album, and I'm so fascinated about how much Al Jourgensen changed from the 80's and upto now. He used to be so handsome! And now he's just.. old uncle Al.

The documentary is mainly about Al Jourgensen, and consists of a lot of backstage footage from one of their tours in the 90s, as well as interviews with ex band members, Lemmy, Trent Reznor, Nivek Ogre, and other musicians and people in the industry. I think it was really interesting to see - I had no idea this kind of footage existed. I guess it's probably because Al is ashamed of the long period of his life he was a drug addict. By the way, if you are sensitive to that kind of stuff, you shouldn't watch this. There is obviously a lot of drug use shown in this film. There's also even a clip of Al sticking his penis into a roast chicken! So definitely one of those crazy ''sex, drugs and rock n roll'' things. But if you're interested in seeing that, I recommend it! I love hearing stories like that. I need to read Al's autobiography, I'm sure there's a lot of good insights there.


If you want to see the movie:
 
Fix The Ministry Movie - YouTube
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I read an advance reader copy in norwegian. I was a little confused, since this seems to be published as both ''The Strawberry Girl'' (UK?) and ''The Girl Between'' (US?). But it all seems to be the same book.

I was definitely interested in reading this, since it's set in Åsgårdstrand, Norway (my last name is Åsgård, and I've been there a couple of times) and Edvard Munch is in it. I'm a sucker for the victorian age, so I was definitely in!

The main character is Johanne Lien, a teenage girl who gets her freedom ripped from her - She has to work for the summer, as a maid for the Ihlen family. She quickly befriends the youngest daughter of the family, Tullik. She drags her away from her duties and out to adventures, often to Edvard Munch's garden. Tullik develops a relationship with the painter, and Johanne constantly has to make up lies to cover for her. Munch already has a bad reputation, and Tullik actually isn't the first Ihlen daughter to have a fling with him...

Amidst all of the drama, this is also a coming-of-age story. Johanne was painted by Hans Heyerdahl as ''the strawberry girl'', and has been associated with that for a long time. She knows she's quickly becoming a woman, but at the same time she loves to be free, to pick strawberries, paint and spend time with her boyfriend Thomas.

After all the drama, I think the characters end up okay. The epilogue takes place in 1947.

Overall, I think it's a good book, especially for being Lisa Strømme's first book. It's not perfect, nor had I expected it to be. It's romantic and lovely, but also very dramatic and random. But I do think she has mixed facts with fiction very well. I would recommend this for teens as well as adults.


Click to buy: Hardback Paperback Audiobook
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Wave Gotik Treffen 2018 is over, nooo! But we stayed in Leipzig for a couple more days, so there was still stuff to be done! When we woke up the day after WGT was over, we got messages about a garden party happening, so we packed our stuff in record time and moved everything over to Inez again, and together we managed to find the garden the party was in. It was just a casual barbecue, everyone was of course super tired, but it was really nice and cozy.


Cutest cup ever

The next day me and Simen walked around the city centre doing some last minute shopping, mainly picking up small things for Daniel AKA The Count - I wanted to send give him a little WGT feeling since he couldn't be there. Then I sent it off from there to save on shipping costs.

Speaking of gifts, Inez gave me this weird but funny gift!
They're just my size, hahahah.

Then we decided to look at a beautiful church closeby - I had visited it before a few years back, when I was drunk and wandering around alone in the wee morning hours. LOOK AT IT, WOW.







Messages in a bottle!







Somehow Simen also got a blister in the same spot.
MATCHING COUPLE BLISTERS <3

Look what our landlord left us! How sweet.

Laundry time!

Going through all the fucking photos.
It went from over 400 to 200!
Don't remember if I mentioned that already.

I'll end this with Benedikt's wonderful cybergoth edit of me.

So that was it! Our WGT adventure for this year is over. Took me a few days to not feel undead anymore, and get back into normal life. Now we just wait for next year! We plan to do more festivals this summer though; Bergenfest (Nick Cave!), Subkult and maybe Prague Gothic Treffen.

Hope you've enjoyed reading about our WGT 2018 experience! Have you ever been, how did you like it? If not, are you planning to? If so, check out my Ultimate WGT Guide!

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Okay, here we go, the last day of WGT! I'm not ready... Time just flies by, only your feet know that it's been days of walking, standing and dancing - with little rest! But your heart and mind want to go on! Ok let's just bite the bullet and get into it. There's still another post for tomorrow!

What I called my ''catastrophe ballet'' outfit.
I have never worn this dress before!
Think I stole it from my sister years ago.


Seelennacht


Okay, but not something I'd see live again.

Had one of those black ice creams.
Not much of a fan.

..I guess I don't have to write who this is, LOL.






Their show was really great! It was Simen's favorite concert. They were so fun and sweet, and energetic in their performance. They had never played a goth festival before, so they said that's why they were all wearing white, haha! I unintentionally matched them, heheh.



Taking a break between shows.

Eeeeee Chameleons Vox!







Yup, that was definitely amazing. My favorite show for sure! Simen said it showed on me too, hahah. When we walked back towards the apartment Simen said ''Don't fall'', and I bursted out: THEY DIDN'T PLAY THAT. It's probably my favorite song of theirs. But I still loved it!

Goth snus that Sara brought me!

It was already over before 7 AM, we couldn't believe it. There was a super slow dancefloor, we left that for the electronic one, which was also closed, but we managed to dance to the last song of the third dancefloor, which perfectly was ''GruftiBahn 11''. We heard that the slow dancefloor was still going on, so we went back there, but it was still slow. Me and Simen decided to give it one song, but then the music ended there too. SUCH DISAPPOINT. Oh, and me and Simon (CoalCandy) called it even that night. BUT I WON THE OTHER NIGHTS. Sorry, a little neighborly rivalry.
So that was it! We grumpily marched to bed, even though we wanted to party until noon.

27. Wave Gotik Treffen - WGT 2018 by Coalcandy | NEVER SURRENDER - YouTube
If you want to see more from WGT, check out Simon's video! I show up at the end LOL

 Come back tomorrow for a post about our last days in Leipzig and coming home!
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Okay, let's pick up where we left off yesterday! We were in the cemetery, and when we got out, we stumbled into a beer festival, haha! Then it was off to Stadtbad for the first concert of the day.



Stadtbad venue

Akalotz





Quick pitstop before going out again

Heidnisches Dorf - The Pagan Village





You could get your photo taken for 20€!

Agra!

Solitary Experiments

Or as I call them; ''Discount VNV Nation''

Which isn't a bad thing, by the way.

Oh my god, Fledermausbrille saved my life! My contacts were getting dry, so I wanted to put on my glasses for The Jesus And Mary Chain, but my glasses had literally fallen apart! One of the screws fell completely out. But I was a genius and remembered that Fledermausbrille had a stand in the black market, and the market was open until midnight. So I ran over and begged them for help. And they fixed them for me! I was so worried, since we were seeing one more show and probably gonna party all night - plus it's a holiday, so things probably weren't open the next day. I was saved!
One day I will get myself some glasses (or sunglasses) from them. Their designs are adorable and funny, but it's not something I would wear for everyday. But they cost the same as regular glasses, probably since they're pretty good quality. So one day when I have the money to spare!

The Jesus And Mary Chain





They were the first band announced, already right before yule. So I had been excited for 5 months! And they definitely delivered. There were a couple of hiccups, Jim wasn't very happy about it, but despite of that, it was a great show. They played a pretty well-rounded setlist of songs from their entire discography. I never thought I would get the chance to see them live, so it was wonderful!
For me this was my second favorite show - For Simen it was his third favorite.

After the show we went to Moritzbastei, met some friends, and we even met a bunch of scandinavians! That was really cool. A short while before the last dancefloor closed we went to Sixtina to finally get ourselves the gothicsinth, which is 89.9% and black. I THINK that's the one we got, the bartender's didn't really seem very awake, which is understandable, it was 7:30 in the morning. It looked more like a cola color than black, and it louched to kind of a chocolate milk color. Still tasted pretty much like absinthe usually does. But BOY, it was strong! Me and Simen shared 2cl, and we could still definitely feel it. Some of the people we met at Moritzbastei came over, so we stayed a little with them (and got them to order the same) before we went home.

Prost!

Come back tomorrow to see what we did the last day of WGT!
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I realized that I had to split this day into two parts, cause there were so many pictures. So in this part you will see our outfits, and us touristing at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal and Südfriedhof!

A victorian doll.
My har is so perfect here!

Simen also being slightly victorian.

Welcome to the Völkerschlachtdenkmal!


That thing is huge.

THAT huge.

Right next to the monument (they also have concerts in it during WGT, btw) is the huge south cemetery, so of course we went exploring. That day the mourning halls and the crematorium were open to the public, so we had a quick peek. Also, there was a beautiful photography exhibit by Nelly Obholz displayed in the church. The rest of this post will be photos from Südfriedhof!

A lot of the statues were missing their heads.


The bats have left the belltower..






Seriously, that thing is so huge.

Isn't this amazing?!





So young..




This was heartbreaking to walk past

Wow.


Amazing!



I'm going to end it there. Check back tomorrow, and you'll see what happened the rest of the day!
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