We attended the first night of the Birgitta Festival. 39 Euros each to see the most wonderful performance of Carl Orff’s Triumph of Aphrodite and Carmina Burana. To give you an idea of how fabulous the production was, it was held in the medieval Pirita convent in Tallinn where the inside had been refitted with a temporary roof and seating. The performance was complimented by a wonderfully-choreographed State Opera and Ballet Theatre, chamber choir, opera choir and Boy’s Choir of Estonian National Opera, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. The only problem was that the large windows were left uncovered (difficult, really, as they’re so big) and freezing cold air came through them and I froze. Absolutely iced. There was no one sitting on my left and, after interval, I persuaded a woman to sit next to me. She looked cuddly and I thought I could cuddle up to her for some warmth, but she was coughing and sneezing and I spent the whole of Carmina Burana with my nose and mouth dipped into the collar of my zip-up jacket, trying to get away from her. Fortunately, I didn’t catch whatever she had. Anyway, it was worth the cold, because it was the best performance I’d seen since I first saw it in Chile in the 1970s. If you’re thinking of attending a performance here, for goodness sake take Antarctica gear – the locals knew to do it!