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WANDERLUST; Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary & Performing Arts (I)

Posted in england, europe, festival, music, travel with tags , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Chloe Partikas

Jacqui and I purchased our tickets during a highly competitive and stressful 2 hours in October last year. Luck was on our side. According to the Guardian, the 137,500 tickets sold out in 4 hours. From memory, after the 3rd hour twitter was abuzz with talk that all the tickets had already gone.

Glastonbury is not for the faint hearted. Even getting to the festival was hard work!

On Wednesday June 22, 2011 we put on our wristbands and caught the train from London to Castle Cary, waited in line at Castle Cary for about 1.5 hours, got the bus to the festival, then waited in line for another 2 hours, then it took us an hour to walk from the entrance to the other side of the festival where our campsite was.

The moment I met the Glastonbury mud. It really is a hybrid breed of super mud.

We undertook this journey whilst attempting to not put our many bags in the mud, needless to say – after about half an hour in the line waiting to get into the festival site we gave in and just sat on our bags in the mud.

Upon arriving at our camp site – Tangarine Fields – we decided to have a nap. 14 hours later we woke and it was Thursday morning.

The camp site was outside the actually festival site, but only a short walk away.

The positives of camping in the Tangarine Fields area were that our tent was already set up when we got there, the camp site was very clean and orderly, we had nice toilets, a cafe and hot showers. There also wasn’t such a high risk that valuables would be stolen from our tent whilst we were out adventuring for the day.

The only negatives were that we missed out on some of the festival atmosphere and couldn’t bring friends that we made back to our camp site.

On Thursday we explored the whole Glastonbury site. As you can see, it is quite large. We camped just outside gate B, in the north east.

I’ll tell you about the different areas in the next post.


WANDERLUST; Sunday in London including the markets.

Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , , on January 2, 2012 by Chloe Partikas

Sunday is London is best spent started off with a delicious breakfast, followed by exploring the markets in East London and concluded with cider.

I really, really, really love the four The Breakfast Club cafes in London.

Part of the lighting display at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields.

During my 10 days back in London at the end of my trip I visited all four; in Soho, Hoxton, Angel and Spitalfields.

Polaroid wall at The Breakfast Club in Soho.

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WANDERLUST; Manchester.

Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , on April 1, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

My fascination with Manchester began at 17 when a friend showed me the film 24 Hour Party People. It’s about the Manchester music scene (AKA ‘Madchester’) in the 80’s and early 90’s, and what went wrong with the Hacienda night club.

Last Friday I went on a Manchester Music walking tour, led by drummer of the Inspiral Carpets; Craig Gill. Inspiral Carpets were around at the same time as The Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher from Oasis was their roadie!

Standing on the site where the Hacienda nightclub used to be, and thinking all the amazing nights experienced there, sent shivers up and down my spine.

My favourite DJ – Laurent Garnier – was part of the Madchester scene and is included on the timeline on the back of the building, which charts the growth through to the collapse of the Hacienda.

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WANDERLUST; Serendipity and Travel Bloggers Unite ’11

Posted in england, europe, PR, travel with tags , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

On Thursday evening I was about to get into my bed at my hostel, and an Australian came into my dorm room. In true Australian backpacking style, we got chatting about why we were in Manchester.

Chris (aka The Aussie Nomad) explained he was in Manchester for a travel blogging meet up over the weekend. As a fellow blogger, avid social media lover and PR student my eyes lit up.

Next thing I knew I was at drinks at Walrus nearby in the Northern Quarter, with travel bloggers from all over the world who were in Manchester for the first Travel Bloggers Unite conference. Oliver, the organiser of the conference, and I made a deal – if I helped him out I could attend the conference.

9:30am Friday and I was knocking on Oliver’s apartment door, lacking sleep and with a killer hangover yet still somehow excited about unexpectedly being a part of #TBU11.

Friday night we had the launch of the conference at the People’s History Museum. Whilst getting ready I met Canadian @KellyDunning and we clicked instantly.

My favourite session on Saturday was about wordpress and led UK WordPress team member @johnonolan . I am now going to upgrade to a domain account, so I can further customise my blog by using plug-ins and changing the permalink settings etc.

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WANDERLUST; Liverpool.

Posted in england, europe, travel with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Liverpool is a small city, where life revolves around the university and The Beatles tourism industry.

Albert Dock;

I only spent two days there, which was definitely enough. The city lacks atmosphere and feels somewhat empty, although having just spent a week immersed in the enormity of London, perhaps I was the one feeling empty after leaving the city I have fallen so madly in love with. I do love big cities.

I went to Liverpool to do the dorky Beatles sightseeing. The Magical Mystery tour is the only bus tour that visits all of the important Beatles places, such as Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. It is not well publicised that during the off season they only run one Magical Mystery tour per day. When I arrived in Liverpool they were already sold out.

As much as I was suffering from missing-London-syndrome, I did enjoy exploring Liverpool.

I made friends with two girls from New York. We went on a bar crawl which included a visit to the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played a few hundred gigs.

A quite talented middle age man was playing songs on his guitar and taking requests, so we all sung along to The Beatles and The Smiths whilst having a dance.

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Posted in europe, travel with tags , , , , on March 20, 2011 by Chloe Partikas

Wow, a week in London has gone so fast but I’ve had so many adventures already that it also feels like I have been away for a few weeks.

I expected all Londoners to be rude. Okay, yes they aren’t friendly (everyone I have spoken to about it blames London itself for this) yet they are very polite. My suitcase is quite large (I never would have got along well with a backpack, I like my case to be orderly) and must have looked somewhat ridiculous as a Londoner came to the rescue on each set of steps I travelled on with my luggage. I was pleasantly surprised at these acts of kindness from strangers.

I spent the first three nights staying in the YHA Central London, which is only a five-minute walk to Oxford Circus; where many of the major fashion retailers – including Topshop and Zara – have their flagship stores. Continue reading