Well, hey. Welcome back.
|With Moszna Castle at my back, on two occasions, I simply walked until I found paths winding through a park and wooded area. It truly was a peaceful, tranquil place.|
|These types of apparatuses were literally off the beaten path and were all rusty and weirded me the eff out.|
|Ah... A castle at sunset is definitely magnificently elegant and less creepy than a castle at twilight.|
That was one of the first things I learnt about Dane: he listened to baseball on AM radio—“like an old man,” I thought at the time. But over the years (we’ve been together since 2013), after learning from Dane about baseball and coming to understand the abstract plays described over the airwaves, I, too, have grown fond of baseball on the radio—and in person! In addition to Dane’s wish to emulate his broadcasting heroes, Dane also has a natural talent for public speaking, excelling as an orator throughout his college years and earning continual praise in his previous career in advertising for his enthusiastic, clear, and professional presentation skills.
|Dane on Day 2 of the Gwent “Challenger”|
|Dane with his co-caster, Miguel|
|Lookin’ super slick for the camera on Day 1|
As I type this blog in our room in Moszna Castle in Poland, with the second “Challenger” wrapping up and tensions high ($35 000 USD is on the line for the two players facing off in the finals, with a $100 000 USD prize pool for all eight participants), I, too, am a beneficiary of this generosity. With Dane as one of the four commentators/(shout)casters of this event, and with my teaching schedule having opened up on December 7, it was the first time and the perfect time for me to pack my bags and head across the ocean to witness Dane in his element. I didn’t know what to expect, in this land that is still foreign to me, and my expectations have been far surpassed.
P.S. Here are a few specifically Gwenty/Witcher-y photos, though I will share some more in an upcoming post.
|As they were getting the competitors’ area set up|
|Nilfgaardian knights, as seen on screen (but they were actually just around the corner from the viewing room at the tournament)|
|This is displayed in the castle. “Witcher School” is held twice a year, I believe, at Moszna Castle. Cool, eh?|
|Some of us in the viewing room during the event|
|Dane before getting all snazzied-up for the camera|
|Some mysterious potions and elixirs...|