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Fete De L’Escalade is a festival in Geneva commemorating an attack on the city in 1600. A French militia in Saint Julien marched on Geneva in the middle of the night on the 11th of December. The townsfolk rang alarms and fought off the invaders, 2 people were killed by a woman who dropped a cauldron of boiling hot soup from the top of the bastion wall, burns killing one and the cauldron to the head killing the other. The invaders, cold and tired, after 2 hours went home and the city rejoiced. The festival commemorates this with a weekend long celebration. Friday and Saturday are events for the kids where they dress up and do a sort of trick or treating, going door to door singing songs and you give them spare change instead of candy. They also play games like egg fighting.

On Sunday, people dress up in their 1600s garb and walk through the streets re-enacting scenes from the battle and using ancient weaponry. They also hand out hot wine, vegetable soup, and giant cauldrons made of chocolate to celebrate the woman who killed 2 invaders. It was really cool. History looks back on this event as pivotal for the Reformation’s success in Europe. Geneva, home of John Calvin, was a stronghold for protestants. If they would have fallen, the entire face of Europe could have been changed with Catholicism reclaiming Protestant lands, which could have gone on to effect the freedom of religion in the New World. Really interesting stuff!

Videos from last weekend at the festival in Geneva.

http://youtu.be/ZAAM_z3L5HE – Marching Drummers

http://youtu.be/CrDgfObPkLM – Flute Players

– Horn players in the cathedral

http://youtu.be/XNdWIZPZbq0 – Muskets Firing

And pictures:



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1. Last night I went to the extended edition of Two Towers dressed as Merry. It was pretty fabulous for putting the costume together from other pieces I had laying around in about an hour. LOTR was pretty amazing, too.

2. I am trying to go through our crap, cook all of our food, and keep some semblance of sanity. Mostly I end up exercising and writing/reading after I work for a couple of hours then lose track of time and feel like I’ve gotten nothing accomplished. I need to sleep and write less I think.

3. Did I tell you guys that I got squicked out for the VERY FIRST TIME EVER?! Dudes! I have a minor in human sexuality, write erotica, and have been VERY involved in fandom. I read, write, edit, etc. And nothing really surprises me. I even used to play a game with a couple of bros where they tried to make me uncomfortable and always OBLITERATED the line and sent them away screaming and covering their ears. So, yeah, CRAZY!

4. Between writing a lot, reading a lot, I’ve also actually played some video games! This is more than a little impressive to me, but also makes me feel guilty for blowing more time. Why isn’t there more time in the day? GRR!

5. The rabbit has decided she likes to jump on the coffee table, pull out a kleenex from the box, then run off and chew it. Weirdo!

6. We went to a medieval faire on Saturday and it was freaking amazing! The best one I’ve ever been to! They actually had themed sets and the shows were pretty hilarious. I was disappointed with the vendors though because their prices have gone up considerably since Scarborough last year. I was also impressed that almost all of the vendors and shows were at Scarborough, so faire folk are like con folk that go from place to place sporting their goods and shows. DUDE I WANT TO BE A CRAZY LUSTY BUSTY WENCH! Dear Medieval Faire people, I could make insinuations about codpieces while having my boobs pushed out to next week. PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

Too bad I’m moving to Switzerland. Oh well, their SCA focuses on old west stuff so I’m sure as an okie I can find a job over there doing something similar LOL. Be like a saloon girl or something.

Well, it’s time for me to go accomplish something now. BAI!

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