All Pride, All the Time

Trip Start Jul 09, 2008
Trip End Aug 22, 2008

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

After all the lead-up, the 4-hour workshop I'd been planning to attend was cancelled. Silly people. In the end, I killed some time then checked out a session with QBoy where he showed a documentary he made with Channel 4 about teenagers coming out. It was a really great documentary and I'm glad to hear they've continued to show it in repeats in the UK.

So, wandering through the streets of Stockholm I stumbled upon the Dans Museet. It's a museum dedicated to the performing arts! And it was free! Yay! After the QBoy session, I scrambled on over and checked out the exhibits. Most of it was portraits and costumes of famous dancers and ballets. Admittedly, the only time other performing arts came into play was with other cultures (e.g. Japanese, Indian) and the theatrical elements in their national dances. In that end it was a bit of a let down, but otherwise it was awesome to see a museum dedicated to the performing arts. Yay! I even watched a documentary on this famous Swedish choreographer who did the choreography for My Fair Lady and Camelot. (Amanda, I totally thought of you while watching the My Fair Lady rehearsals!) Can't get better than that for free.

I spent from 16.00 to about 21.00 in Pride Park. Basically it's this big park with tents and a couple stages. There were events at the tents going on and performers all night on the stages. Mainly it was singers, but there was an awesome female duo of trapeze artists. I caught a few pics of them and the crowd and such. Again, once I get access to a computer that will let me, I'll be uploading the pics. (Apparently there's a gay internet café in Amsterdam. Who knew?) One awesome thing was that Nikki French performed 3 songs. For those who aren't familiar with the name, she sang "Total Eclipse of the Heart." (Again, I totally thought of you, Amanda, and how we tend to randomly break out into the song. I even recorded a little bit of it!)

Really, it sounds like a boring entry, but I had a fantastic time. There's just such a great energy at Pride. I may even cave and buy this super-gay double CD they're selling of 'Pride Classics.' We'll see.

I've noticed an odd thing about the Swedes. While they're a very liberated country, they really are reserved about showing affection in public. I saw loads of couple, young and old, and only very rarely were they holding hands or even (gasp!) kissing. It was the same with straight couples here, too. Definitely the opposite of what I saw in Paris. Even flirting with the guys here, you always have to make the first move and they're very shy at first. I was thinking for a while maybe I just wasn't hot enough for this crazy nation of über-attractive people. Though, there was one boy (one boy out of the whole time) who flirted back. I smiled, he smiled and did a double eyebrow raise, then he disappeared in the crowd and I couldn't find him again. Alas!

Ugh. So, there's totally this dirty old man in my dorm. He's always kind of watching me. He's sitting next to me right now.  Ew. I thought I was safe outside the bars. Definitely not fun when you come back from a shower, but dude knows better than to try anything more than looking. He'll get his ass handed to him. My glares have made that perfectly clear.

Anyway, I've been online for quite some time and should let someone else on. Also, Happy Birthday, Shasta!!

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miskertiff on

Once upon a time Schmee was falling in love
Awww...yay to random singing and My Fair Lady!!! I miss you hot Justen!!!!!!

justen on

Re: Once upon a time Schmee was falling in love
Now Schmee's only falling apart
Nothing Schmee can do
A total eclipse of the heart

I miss you too!

And seeing Schmee made me laugh. Yay laughing!! :D

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