When was the last time you did something for the first time? I always, always ask myself that question. Life is too short not to try things so when I got invited to guest DJ at an event, I said yes.
I DJed for the first time last night at Bar Begemot. It's funny because I only organized my tracks like an hour before my set in my hotel room. I'm so glad people danced… and some even came up to me after my set.I really had fun. I swear I'm gonna practice more and who knows, maybe I'll DJ at a club haha lol!!
The most important thing I learned: you need 24 tracks per hour of play. Oh and Traktor is my new best friend. Ditto with Dasha who REALLY helped me out. :-)
After almost two days of traveling, I’m back in my adopted motherland, Russia.
To those of you who are new to my site, I started my blog in 2004 because I went to Russia for a vacation.
I know I went to Moscow November last year for the Cycles and Seasons event but this time, I’m in beautiful St. Petersburg for Aurora Fashion Week. It’s my second time herein SPB… can you believe it’s been what, six years since I last went here?
I’m sure you’ve heard the news on how Moscow’s first ever gay pride got trashed by a ton of nationalists, skinheads, religious fanatics and such. Thanks to Moscow’s homophobic mayor Yuri Luzhkov (who put a ban on the event), Russian fags and queers were deprived of such celebration… and some of them even got beaten up.
Thanks to my friend Sasha (an English Teacher at a Naval Institute), I met like 7 Navy Cadets from Lenkom Naval Institute. We hired a big black Mercedes van and we went to Pushkin Palace in St. Petersburg to see the Amber room etc.
It was crazy. Me in my little camouflage outfit and them in their little black clothes, pointed-toe shoes and pants… they look like Russian gangsters. I swear to god everyone in Russia wears black. Boys, girls, men, women, everyone.
All the Navy Cadets were suprisingly friendly… at first glance they look very butch, very scary and very gangster-like. I probably have never been surrounded by that much testosterone in my entire life.
When we arrived in Pushkin, we went to a cafe first to have some drinks… then we walked to Pushkin Palace… everyone warmed up to me etc.
I’m actually supposed to fly back to Moscow today but I decided to extend my stay for 1 more night in St. Petersburg. I should’ve extended my stay longer. This is why I hate travelling… I always seem to meet the best people towards the last day or two of my visit. *sigh* Definitely next year I’ll visit St. Petersburg again…
Outside Pushkin Palace
Inside Pushkin Palace with my Navy Cadet Friends – Pic was blurry because Sasha’s hands were shaking… probably ;)