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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; 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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WANDERLUST; London (I)

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

Motivation.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2008 by Chloe Partikas

Here’s the photo which is on the wall next to my bed, serving mainly as exercise motivation.
Liv Tyler from the October 2008 UK Harper’s Bazaar; the "Black Issue."

The photo fell into my favourites for two reasons;
1. The lace bodysuit, and
2. Her realistically beautiful womanly body.