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.
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.