A Travellerspoint blog

September 2014


The festival of all festivals...

I have been going to V Fest for the past few years and my friends and I finally decided it was time to make the leap and go; it was time for Glastonbury. Having tried and failed the year before I was so surprised this year that not only did I get a ticket but all of my friends did - not one person was left out! This made it all the more exciting....

Due to the festival falling on one of my friend's 30th birthday's she wanted to camp in Tangerine Fields. This is a campsite in which you pay extra (between £100 - £150 depending on how many and what tent) and what this includes is a short walk from the car park to campsite, own showers and toilets, own bar, a hairdressing tent and the best part of all...the tents are already pitched up! From going to V for years I know the worst part was the walk and then after that fighting for a good spot and the hassle of not only putting the tent up, but then also taking it down at the end when you are tired and want to get home, so this was a huge plus for me. I did have my reservations about going in this campsite as I thought we would loose the feel for Glastonbury and would not be getting the "full experience" but I can honestly say after staying there it was such a good decision and I could not see myself wanting to do it any other way. The luxury of having a shower half way through the week was brilliant and the walk was literally five minutes from the car. To get to the actual festival main areas in took about twenty minutes, which was fine as on the way there it is all down hill so an easy walk and goes quick and on the way back despite there being a hill we usually had enough alcohol or excitement to make it seem like nothing. It is definitely something that I would recommend.

One thing that completely threw me about Glastonbury is the overall size of the place. We got given a map and when I first opened it out I was in complete and utter shock...it is HUGE!! It was both a blessing and a curse as it was amazing that there was so much to see yet no way we were going to be able to do all of that in the time that we were there. I would take a guess that we managed to complete around 40/50% of it at most and that felt like we had seen and done a lot. The Park had to be my favourite place as it was just so cool and funky and, of course, the famous Glastonbury sign is there! (Do not do what I did and decide that you do not need to get a photo with it the first time you see it because you will be coming back as I said that and we never ended up going back and was devastated I did not get that shot!)

Another cool place was The Stone Circle. This is a place where you tend to go after dark and everyone makes fires and sings and just has fun in what is basically a big field. The atmosphere there is awesome - it really is the sort of hippy vibe where everyone loves each other! My friend turned thirty whilst we were in there and we started singing and before long hundreds of people had joined in - what a way to welcome your birthday in!

The fact that there are clubs in a festival says a lot for the size of it. We walked through The Dance Village one night and there was so much going on you just did not know which direction to look in. It was so much fun and it was enough just to see it, never mind get involved in it also! The best club for me had to be Arcadia. A huge robotic spider with dancers hanging off of it and fire blazing...it really is nothing you have ever seen before.

Generally, the atmosphere of Glastonbury is one that cannot be faulted. As I mentioned I have been to V several times and also Leeds Fest, but nothing matches this. In V you get groups of rowdy lads who love creating mosh pits and throwing their piss around and fighting all over the place, but you got none of it here. There was just the general feeling that everyone wanted to have fun and just got on with it.

The mud. Ohhh that mud. It really is as bad as they make it out to be. Once it has rained there is NO escaping it and I spent most of the time between stages and acts concentrating very hard on not falling over (which thankfully I didn't). There was some very bad weather on the Friday (the first day that the acts come on) and at one point when I was watching Rudimental the lightening was so bad it hit a stage and everything went onto lock down. I was standing in the rain drenched through and cold with nowhere to go for shelter trying to stay upright - I truly felt miserable at that point! But you just have to get over it and make the most of it. Some acts did get cut short because of the storm which was a shame but I eventually dried out and my beloved Paolo made it on and it was a great night (we made it to the front for Paolo Nutini and it was unreal!!!).

The toilets are not as bad as you think they are going to be. Do not get me wrong they are vile and not nice but you always hear such horror stories about them and I can confirm it is a lot of exaggerating. What do you expect at a festival? My tip - do not look down. My second tip - if you drop anything, tough. It is gone (you do not want to be known like that poor soul who got dubbed "poo girl" after falling down one of the long drops trying to retrieve her camera).

Glastonbury was everything I expected and so much more. Something I feel anyone who likes music needs to go to at least once in their life (and who doesn't like music, right?) Put it on your bucket list now!

Posted by LaurenF3 08:45 Archived in England Tagged music glastonbury Comments (0)


Riviera Maya

Finally!! I have finally been able to get away on a holiday. It feels like it has been such a long time since I last went anywhere. It took us some time for us to decide on somewhere we both wanted to go (I fancied Sri Lanka and he wanted USA...), but Mexico it was. We booked it at the beginning of the year so waiting for this holiday to come around has felt like a life time!

We went all out on this holiday and ended up doing a 5* all inclusive hotel, called the Grand Bahia Principe. It was so big, huge! It was basically three hotels rolled into one. We got access to golf buggies that would take us around to different parts because it was so big you couldn't always walk it. We also had an extra added upgrade to our stay which was called The Hacienda. With this we got access to an exclusive breakfast and lunch restaurant, exclusive swimming pool and part of the beach. We got our mini-bar topped up daily and a private reception. On top of all that, we also got a robe and slippers (which we used a lot more than you would expect in that heat!)

With going in September we thought the weather would be ideal - our rep at Thomas Cook who booked it for us did not make us aware that this was prime storm/hurricane weather. In the days leading up to the holiday the weather was reported as rain all day every day. It was quite depressing! I was contemplating changing the clothes I had packed to suit the bad weather! The day we arrived, although it was warm, it was overcast and miserable, which later resulted in rain and thunder. This lasted until the next evening and then luckily after that the sun made an appearance! We were pretty lucky with the weather after that, only had a couple of miserable days until the last one which was stormy, but by this point I was glad of a change in temperature. The weather was very hot!

The bad thing about this weather is that it brought out all of the mosquitoes. I am not one to get bitten and Adam says he is not normally either. I got a couple of bites nothing bad but more than normal. Adam on the other hand got eaten alive! No amount of repellent could keep those bad boys away, so get the strongest one possible if you are going!

How could one go all the way to Mexico and not visit Chichen Itza - one of the seven wonders of the New World right on the doorstep. We took an organised trip as it is around two hours away and cannot be done in a costly fashion if you were to try and do it yourself. With the trip lunch was included and we also got to go through more rural, real Mexico (rather than the built up tourist areas we had seen so far). We went to a Mayan village. Through going here you could see how little the Mayan's really have. They lived in huts with no windows and very basic amenities. Occasionally you did see a satellite disc on a roof top so they do have some access to television and electricity, but from what I learnt a lot of the villages choose not to have any and live by natural means. What is truly applaudable is the fact that, despite having so little, everyone truly was happy and friendly and nice. Could not do enough for you type of attitude. I guess it is true when they say less is more!

Chichen Itza itself was amazing. There was over 450 ruins in the area and we got to see a fair few. Some are as they were found whereas some have been restored back to the original. Obviously, the main most famous pyramid has been restored and looks brilliant. We tried the whole clapping thing and it was so cool! (Look it up on YouTube if you do not know what I am referring to!) Our guide taught us a lot and definitely wanted us to believe that the Mayans were aliens. Very interesting stuff. The only problem with it was that it was a sun trap, there was nowhere to hide!

On our tour we got taken to a shop to buy things that were "authentic" and "real" - basically they were costly. We were advised it was much better to get your souvenirs there than at the place itself, which I did, but regretted. They choice there was so much better and a lot cheaper. The guide had told us all of there stuff was imported from China, but you could watch the people on the side carving and painting, making everything themselves, as you walked past so I felt bad that I had given in earlier. Definitely wait and get your stuff there if you were to go!

The other thing we did was to go swimming in a cenote. A cenote is a big sink hole (it goes down over 150feet!) It is fresh water that has a lot of fish swimming around in it. We went in and it was amazing. So refreshing! You could jump as well a bit higher up, which I eventually did! It was really one of the best things that we did.

I would definitely recommend Mexico as a place to go - just try and get out more. I admit I was a little lazy and just spent a lot of time relaxing, but there is so much more to see and do so get out there!

Posted by LaurenF3 04:30 Archived in Mexico Comments (0)

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