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  Nano 2012 is Over

I finished with a whopping 26,507 words which is a bit more than a half-Nano, and I admit I'm proud I got so much. I thank everyone for their comments and encouragement during November.

Now I can only hope that the impetus will carry on beyond November and I'll get back into a habit of writing regularly again, albeit not fully that many words.

Here's one last fun post before I get back to more serious stuff, brought to you by the Tourist Management St.Petersburg. *grin*

Kiosks with kitsch

At every important stop of the tour busses, every place listed in the guide books, the Russians have managed to squeeze in a row or two of vendor booths selling all sorts of pseudo-folkloristic Russian kitsch. You don't even need rubel, they accept euros and dollars as well.

Musical boxes with little cathedrals and matrioshka dolls with Michael Jackson

That stuff is low quality, too, often plastic and with lots of fake gold colour. There were fake fur caps, too. If you want the real thing, you better find a genuine store. The whole display was so horribly kitsch-y it was fun, so I snapped a few shots.

Christmas decoration

Fitting the time, here are some really overdecorated Christmas trees. *grin* You can buy them year round in St.Petersburg.

I put out some of my Advent / Christmas decorations today, but those are the nice, handcrafted items from the Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) and Sweden I've blogged about a few times.
Congrats on NaNo! That's a good word count. Now just keep it up. :)

I put a wreath on the front door. That's my contribution to Christmas considering the neighbors have enough lights for the entire block.
Congrats on the writing! I love all that kitsch. :)
Gebreille, congratulations on your NaNo outcome! And thank you for paying a visit to our Lesser Land:-)
Via your latest blog I could admire your Christmas decorations :-) Very nice! I can feel the Christmas mood already in the air:-)

The tourist kitsch stalls are rather fun, for sufficient values of fun :-) I wonder if medieval pilgrim hot-spots looked a bit like that?
Thanks Constances and congrats on your poetry, too. Yeah, we got some light happy people here as well but by far not as badly as in the US.

Thanks Kathryn. The kitsch would go well with those pink palaces you collect. :-)

Thank you, Kasia. And your country isn't 'lesser' than Germany or the UK, or is that some Polish saying?

Carla, thank you. And yes, I suspect pilgrim hot spots weren't that different. I bet you could get sausages with a questionable filling there, too.
Oh, indeed, I am sure Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler and his ilk have been around for a very long time :-)
What a happy happenstance to discover your blog. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will happily return. Are you a fan of the Kristen Lavrensdattar trilogy? Read it 58 years ago as a young man and it opened up a vision of the medieval Scandinavia I never knew existed. Good luck with your historical novels. I would like to read one. Do you have in print? Best Wishes. Don O'Brien.
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places (like Flanders and the Baltic States), with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)