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Vappu

2. Mai 2016

Somewhere from the swedish Valborg and the German Walburgis, the Finnish have created their own form of carneval: Vappu. Like the German it has to do a lot with celebrating and drinking. My first Vappu expierience was in Helsinki on the 30th when I had just arrived by plane form Germany and then took the train to Turku but in betweent I had some 3 hours and decided to visit a friend.

Well said friend recieved me on the stairs of Helsinki cathedral where he and the other students from his student organization waited and drank and celebrated. Apparently he had at one point worn his student overall to the carneval in Cologne and fit in really well.

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But its not only for students, in Helsinki I saw plenty of old people wearing student hats and celebrating. And as we all know, celebrating in Finnland means also drinking a lot. Besides that the celebrations are really peacefull. We had good luck and sunny warm weather (warm in Finnland means around 15°C)

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But in Turku the other part of the 1st of May tradition is a live as well. There were events from the Left Party and from the Greens. Maybe even from the SDP, but I didn’t see them.

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15. Januar 2015

Violence and War

For my studies I had to do a research about people running amok. One of the most ununsal amok runs I heard about is the one commited by an american soldier in Afghanistan.

„Afghanistan: A Gathering Menace – Traveling with U.S. troops gives insights into the recent massacre“ by Neil Shea in the American Scolar.

Ukraine

About TV in Russia and how the Propaganda works. From Politico.

Kolonialismus und Orientalismus im Kommentaren über die Ukraine, passt gut zum Orientalismus unten. Von Euromaidanpress.

Culture

Something more fun. The Art of google books: The adversaria of Google Books: captured mark of the hand and digitization as rephotography. By Krissy Wilson.

An interview about the concept of Orientalism with Edward Said: