The Winds of Dragonstone

Pippin, Merry and I spent the last two weeks travelling together. We went to Bordeaux, Bilbao, Gaztelugatxe, Carcassonne and Lyon – Bordeaux, Bilbao, Carcasonne and Lyon will get their own post soon, because this one is going to focus on Gaztelugatxe. If the title hasn’t given it away, here’s why: because it was partially used for the filming of the scenes in Dragonstone on Game of Thrones, most notably the stairs, and because we’re nerds, that’s the only reason we drove that far in the first place. No regrets. It was beautiful.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a monastery in Basque Country in Spain, not so far from Bilbao, which is why we stayed in Bilbao and drove up from there. The castle isn’t real, of course, which is a bummer – why are the castles never real? And there were no dragons, which is also a bummer. They would have been super useful and could have helped avoid all those damn stairs… oh, well. Good thing we have functioning legs.

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The Forbidden Sanatorium – Introducing Merry

The Beelitz Heilstätten (Beelitz Sanatorium, hence the title of this post) are about an hour drive away from Berlin, so Pippin, our friend Merry and I thought it would be a great idea to go visit them in February. It’s not technically a Lost Place per se, because parts of it are owned by different people, and can be visited without breaking any laws. Since we didn’t feel like breaking any of those, we thought we’d take one of the very legal tours through the surgical wing of the Sanatorium. Nature has been claiming this place back for decades, and because it wasn’t guarded or anything for a few years, it’s been ransacked by a lot of people, giving it a very specific, very broken aesthetic – it’s beautiful in the way that only broken things can be.

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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi Review

Now that I’ve seen this movie an entire 3 times and thought about it and discussed it with many people, I finally feel ready to form an opinion and write it down. So here we are!

Since it’s been a few weeks since Star Wars: The Last Jedi came out, I’m not going to avoid spoilers. So, if you haven’t seen it and have successfully avoided spoilers as of yet (what rock have you been living under?), you might not want to read this review, because spoiler alert!

Another warning: I have a lot of feelings about this movie, so I’m going to use a lot of words to describe them… which is my weird way of saying: sorry for the long post.

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