(I'm doing a little round-up of this years missed posts - stuff I intended to write about but somehow kept postponing. There will be a few flashbacks in the coming days.)
Have you ever been to a medieval festival of such epic proportions that just being there made your head spin? And have you had that experience in 34°C and blazing sun?
I promise you it will induce a lot of head spinning.
In July I was lucky enough to coincidentally be in the same area as Germany's biggest touring medieval/fantasy festival, Mittelalterlich Phantasie Spectaculum.
(Emphasis on fantasy.)
It was huge.
It all took place in the beautiful castle park of Bückeburg just outside of Hannover, with the renaissance castle forming the backdrop.
I usually stuff my face with all kinds of food and drink mead at these events (it's half the fun!), but I just couldn't bring myself to it. I only bought cold drinks that seemed to vaporize the moment they touched my mouth. I found ONE icecream stand and considered not ever leaving. But it seemed like everybody else had the same thought. I almost completely spaced on taking pictures, but a few seem to have made their way to my camera.
I'm norwegian, I'm not used to that kind of weather, okay? :D
This is my heat-stroke selfie.
We walked around for a few hours on what felt like an anthill the size of a stadium, spraying ourselves with water and hurrying from shade to shade. I was beginning to think we were almost done, when a woman told us that there was an area just as big right on the other side of the trees.
I didn't know wether to cheer or cry. You see, I was there by car, so for once I could actually buy heavy/fragile things on a larger scale. I had so many plans and ideas, but I just couldn't find the stuff I was looking for. So I had to go check out the other part. And there I found my ceramic replica heaven.
I had real trouble thinking clearly at this point, so I could probably have made wiser shopping decisions. That is, more. Shopped more. Because. Gaah. Meltdown.
Being a big fan of medieval rock, I had planned to see a few bands while I was there, but it was just impossible to figure out where the stage was. And when I did find it, it seemed impossible to wait around. I was on the verge of a total sunny breakdown, so I just dropped the idea.
On our way to the exit we discovered a third, enormous area where the jousting took place. I had completely forgotten about the jousting... :-/ Oh well, too late.
However! This festival tours the country half the year, and it's not unthinkable that I'll get to visit again. I sure hope so, because minus the weather it was just...well...spectacular! ;-)