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Monday, October 28, 2013

An end of October update! - Blog post by Miss Natasha Enquist

Today marks my 1-year and 4 months anniversary in Europe. I celebrated by eating schnitzel with two very handsome men. I basically celebrate anything with schnitzel, and handsome men, as one should.

Photo by http://frodo47.com
Frodo 47 is an amazingly talented photographer who I hunted down and said "I have to do a shoot with you! Surrender your services to meeee!". Please go worship him here: http://frodo47.com

I performed at a 1920's themed birthday party the other night. Everyone looked amazing, and it was a very fun crowd to play for. This party was complete with freshly shucked oysters and champagne - birthday parties are done right in Berlin!

On my trip to the party, I saw a group of people dressed up in a 1920's fashion in the U-Bahn. I wondered if we would all be headed to the same party. Then I noticed a woman dressed up like a witch. Ohhhh right... Hallowe'en is near, and there are probably Hallowe'en parties happening. Light bulb is now ON.

Every day is a dress-up-Hallowe'en party for a performer.


Whenever I do a gig, my Dad will say in his email "Put a fresh battery in your accordion!", since that's how it's pick-up is powered, and I'm like "Ya ya, I know...".

So, what do I do? I go to do a music festival in Cagliari, wonder why my accordion is playing through the system during the sound check, and then realize it probably could use a change of battery.

I knelt on the floor of the venue, unscrewing and opening up the guts of my accordion, with three Italian guys watching in fascination at the operation I was performing.

The battery usually lasts several months, or I'll just remove it until I'm needing my pick-up to work. I just thought I'd share that piece of information.


Two of my closest friends are not on Facebook. Gillian and Victor. I love that, and them.

Gillian will be visiting me for a full 24 hours, and then returns to North America as I leave at the same time to visit Italy again for the Lucca Comic & Games.

Victor is couch-surfing back in Canada, as he is awaiting his departure date to go travel around Southeast Asia for a few months. I find all of our travel plans interesting. Coming, going, here, there, back and forth, in and out?

I'll be performing at the Lucca Comic & Games on Friday, November 1st, and then in Torre del Greco (Naples) on Sunday, November 3rd. My demo CD will be available to purchase, and of course my saucy little buttons.





Gig details:


Event:
Lucca Comics and Games 2013

When:
Friday, November 1st, 2013 @ 22:00

Where:
Zero Bar
Lucca, Italy

For more info:
http://www.luccacomicsandgames.com

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Event:
Kingston Disco Bar

When:
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 @ 22:00

Where:
Kingston Disco Bar
Via Purgatorio, 72 - Torre del Greco, Naples, Italy



 xo MNE




Thursday, October 24, 2013

Autumn Leaves... drift by reality - Blog post by Miss Natasha Enquist



The autumn leaves, fall by the window, of my reality... which is everything happening at once AS USUAL!




Where to begin... Well, I celebrated the Canadian Thanksgiving with schnitzel! That's always a nice alternative to turkey!


I officially love beer, I should also mention. It took me over a year and 4 months to realize this, but since moving to Germany, I am really enjoying beer. Probably because it's so damn good here. Czech beer is amazing too. If you want to drink beer that tastes like water, go to Italy. Oooooh!!! Snap! ;-)

The Festival of Lights happened again, an annual event here in Berlin, Germany. Lovely!



These mannequins are having marital problems, I hope they can work it out.


After my weekend performing in Cagliari, Italy, time has just flown by - but that is something Berlin does well. It loses your time. Time well spent of course. Visiting with friends, getting 'things' and 'stuff' done, yes.

I just finished up a few nice photo shoots with some very talented photographers. I'll post the results when the time is right.

I'll be in Italy again next week. I'm going to be performing at the Lucca Comic & Games Festival, on November 1st, and somewhere in Naples - date and location is still being determined. Go to my EVENTS page for more information!


I am now the proud owner of a Facebook Fan Page, instead of just a profile, which I had friends hounding me about for ages "Make a Fan Page! Your life will be easier!". Well, I just find that I'm already on Facebook enough, so I was being stubborn about it. Feel free to "Like" my page and keep up to date with my performance dates!


Looking for a fabulous eye-full? I thought so! Enjoy this promotional video of the First Annual Berlin Burlesque Festival, featuring "The Odd Night" performances:


And when you're finished with that video, and have caught your breath, enjoy this video of myself and my drummer, Maurizio Vitale, performing at Chantal's House of Shame just a few weeks back, on September 26th, 2013:


I'm leaving this blog entry with some HEAVY news... It's been ongoing for over a month now, since being diagnosed and sorting out the paperwork - I have to have surgery on my left ovary. I'm having a tumor removed, and hopefully none of my super human powers will be removed with it. I'm saving the world here... with the accordion, remember?

Feel free to send me good healing vibes, love and happy energy my way :)

I should have minimal scarring, but my Dad suggested I get a cute accordion tattoo to cover up the scars. Funny one, Dad!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Horse meat and flying with an accordion. What!? A blog entry. - Blog post by Miss Natasha Enquist

I need to keep a list of things, the things that I know would surprise the kids back in Canada about Europe.

What is life like in Europe? Never boring, that's for sure, and that was a big reason for me to move here.

Aside from taking two 9-year olds to see "Monsters University" in 3D, I haven't gone to a movie in Berlin. I did see a Spanish movie in Prague, with English subtitles, what? Yup. Other than that, I haven't really gone to the movies. I hear from people about this bizarre concept of American blockbuster movies all being dubbed into German, or whichever language of whichever country you're in. These are considered "voice actors" and all have fan followings.

"Oh, so-and-so did the voice for Bruce Willis. It will be great, he's better at the voice than Bruce Willis." What!? An actors craft has a lot to do with their voice, so to have someone else be your voice in another language is so crazy to me. But, Europeans don't want subtitles, they want voices.

I get it. Meanwhile, back in Canada, I remember going to the "Foreign films" section, and renting something that did well at the Cannes Film Festival, and struggled through subtitles, and felt so dignified with my "foreign film", while drinking wine. Oooh.

Other things that I find funny and bizarre is how often I'm asked if Canadian's lock their doors. What!? Yes. Thanks to Michael Moore, we're now assumed to not lock our doors.

I confuse most about Canada. No, I don't speak French, well maybe a little bit since I had no problems when I traveled to Paris for a week. I'm not used to very cold winters since I'm from an island on the Pacific, and we get 2 weeks of snow before it melts away for good, and gets to about -5'C. I don't like to camp, and I don't really know how to ice skate.

The Chicago Bulls have a fan base here. I don't remember that team being any good, except for the period in which Michael Jordan played for them. I see more Chicago Bulls ball caps here on dudes, than any other sports team. Why!?

When I inform Europeans that Canada is the 2nd largest land mass, they're shocked. A quick flight home doesn't exist, (it's 16 hours from here), and that the island I'm from is the size of Belgium. Kinda.

I don't know what this blog is about. People tell me they like my writing. I feel more and more inhibited about what I write. I fear I'll be unprofessional, or I'll hurt people's feelings. A lot of crazy things happen to me here, but I don't tell you anything anymore.

I went and performed at the KME Music Festival in Cagliari, which is located in Sardegna. 



Photo by Gianfilippo Masserano



After my performance, I went and did what I always do, schmooze. I then realized my performance outfit was creating a stir, but I would normally just feel comfortable in it and just hang out in it. Instead, I felt very naked, and no one could really talk to me, but certainly look. I realized, "Ohhhhh.... right, this isn't Berlin".

Berlin is this fabulously jaded place, where no one really notices how crazy you are. Or at least they don't react much to the fact that you are.

I then went to go put pants on, and then thought "No way, I'm going to be myself, and I love what I'm wearing so I'm not changing for anyone!" but then I knew that I'd probably not feel comfortable at all for the rest of the night, and so I put some goddamn pants on. By pants, I mean tights, leggings, a second skin basically, because I don't like pants. I just can't wear real pants. Kein hosen :)

Something bit me, I don't know when exactly, but what wasn't there on Friday, was then there on Saturday morning when I looked at the back of my leg. Ew and owww. I ignored it and then I couldn't anymore because it throbbed and was oozing. Nice blog update I know. Pretty. Hey, at least I'm not posting photos of it.

So today I went had a female German doctor torture me, for the better, with cleaning this infection out, and now I'm relieved. Good story, and totally true.

I loved Cagliari. It was summer there. 28'C and sunny. I went to the beach, went in the Mediterranean Sea. I'm collecting oceans, seas. I grew up with the Pacific Ocean, swam in the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and now the Mediterranean Sea. Lovely.








I made many new friends in Cagliari, and I also ate horse meat. I put horse meat and new friends in the same sentence. I still feel some level of guilt about eating Mr. Ed and liking it, A LOT. Oh but what ever. Let's explore the world, eat the food of the culture you're in, meet the people, party with them, otherwise you might as well stay home and watch "Breaking Bad". I haven't ever seen this show which I learned through Facebook has now ended. I'm watching this new TV series, it's called HAVING A LIFE. I love it, it's on every day.


Something I like about German doctors is how thorough they are, and with a very funny sense of humor.

As I lay on my bauch, the doctor told me to look forward and "Enjoy!" laughing as she said so.

I also experienced the gynocologist, and you can see an ultrasound of your uterus here as a part of the examination. I had mine inform me my bladder was very full, and I of course was well of aware of this fact, since I had been waiting for 30 minutes or so for her, not wanting to miss my name from being called, and didn't make use of the WC.

There's no paper gown, or paper blanket thing, it's just 'take off your pants here please'. Too much information. Do you want an update, or not? In Florida there was a TV in the patient rooms, with some movie playing with Jennifer Lopez, and a doctor telling me to return soon so we could discuss pre-natal care. What!?

My good friend Gillian visited me, well she conveniently was touring through with a band actually. This is why I love living in a metropolitan city. People keep passing through, and sometimes they're your favourite people in the world.





Seeing Gillian made my heart feel better, not realizing it wasn't feeling 100%. We hadn't seen each other in 2 years! What!?

Cagliari was such a blast and incredibly beautiful. I am still unable to properly pronounce "Cagliari", but I will say it sounds a lot like if you were saying "Calgary" (city in Alberta, Canada) while laying down with water in your mouth.

Italians are pretty awesome people in general, from my personal experience of knowing so many. While working at Walt Disney World, in the Italy Pavilion I made friends with several Italian college students that were working in the pavilion, as well as the restaurant owners. I now know more here in Berlin, and since being in Europe in general. They're very easy to beat at drinking games. I'm used to the massive steins of beer in Germany, but Italy along with Spain, serve their beer in teeny tiny glasses.



















I had the pleasure of meeting many great musicians, and the highlight was seeing Karl Bartos perform. A member of Kraftwerk, this techno god performed many of my favourite Kraftwerk songs which I danced very hard to.


My accordion finally visited her homeland as well! My Guerrini "Camillo" did it, she got her own seat on RyanAir and flew to Italy next to me. The bitch took the window seat, but it's cool since it was her first time going back to Italy. Sometimes you have to make these sacrifices so that your accordion is happy.


On our return flight, she happily slept in the overhead compartment on my EasyJet flight. A life of traveling with an accordion is beginning to look much easier for me. This is good news since I will be flying to Italy again at the end of this month!

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