|ROAD TO: Stonehenge|

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Huewinn & The ‘Henge

I’ve recently read an article on planned alterations made to the A303/M3 route due to the excessive build up of traffic from the English heritage site: The Stonehenge.
(Article can be read here)

Coincidentally enough, I’d only just returned from my trip through the same road! Despite my enthusiasm, I don’t consider the Stonehenge itself to be anything of amazing value. However, the commute from Westbury to London via the A303/M3 route past the pile of glorified rocks is beautiful in its own way.

I have in fact been close up and personal with the stones twice in my lifetime (so far) – once as a child, and the second as an ‘adult’. I have segments of memories from my first visit to the Stonehenge as an 8-year old child. In my mind, my family day trip seemed to drag on for hours! I was a small girl with an audio headset and stunted legs trotting around the site impatiently waiting for my father to take the family home already! All in all, it didn’t leave much of an impression and the audiotape failed to grasp the attention of an 8-year old child.

This year, I’d returned to the Stonehenge to see if my opinion of the site had changed. It did, but for the worse. Man, I was disappointed! While I understand that your perspective as a child and as an adult are going to be different, I didn’t expect it to be so drastic! I was wholly underwhelmed by the meager size of it all, and what was estimated to have been a 2-hour trip around the site, turned into a stretched-out 30 minute circle around it. Once again, there wasn’t much of an impression left on me – and for the price that you’re paying?! C’mon!

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Pencil study

Although I found Stonehenge to be anything but spectacular close up, it truly is a completely different sight when viewed from a 7mp/h speed on the carriageway. The sun hits the stones and it glistens like shards of crystals placed on a pedestal in an empty field. Despite the build up of traffic, it is definitely not something you’d like to miss. Albeit… spectacular! 

So the next time you, or anyone you know drives past the A303 transport build up, dedicate the next few minutes towards the beauty of the site from afar. Although you’ll be caught up in the tortoise-paced traffic, the free showing of the English heritage site is not something to be missed. Think about it, before you know it, you’ll be zooming off at 50+mp/h to get back on track to the destination you’re supposed to be going to!

(Plus, you may not get a chance to in the future if the planned works go ahead!)

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So buckle up, and enjoy the experience while you can.

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|ROAD TO: TOMORROWLAND 2017 – The Aftermovie|

Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever

This year, I was lucky enough to be part of Tomorrowland 2017.

The Official Aftermovie (below) has recently been released, and I am currently flooded with nostalgia.

As explained in my previous post, I wasn’t initially interested in Tomorrowland. Yes, the idea of going to an EDM festival abroad for a few days was exciting, but if I were to have invested in any festival, I would have chosen to attend either Coachella or Burning Man in America (both of which are still on my bucket list!)

Boy was I wrong.
Tomorrowland 2017 was absolutely amazing.
To sum it up, it’s like Disneyland for adults: Alice in Wonderland meets EDM.

While words cannot describe just how magical it is when you surround yourself in the world of Tomorrow, the Aftermovie does give a glimpse of what you’d expect both at the festival and within the Dreamville campsite. In lieu of the amazing lineup and acts, what I want to talk about in this post today is my experience with behind the spectacle:

The theme
The attention to detail is absolutely impeccable. In the recent years, Tomorrowland has introduced a different theme that has been implemented throughout the course of the weekend. This year, they had focused on the theme Amicorum Spectaculum, in layman’s term: a circus theme. While the sets included glimpses of circus acts throughout the mainstage to add a touch of Amicorum Spectaculum, what had enticed my attention was the not-specific-to-EDM circus acts that had been spread across the map of the campsite. Instead, it was ‘hush-hush’ acts that had stitched the theme in place to create a spectacular experience.

For instance, I’d ventured into a hidden-away grove featuring actors posing in theatrical stances reminiscent to circus acts in the 19th century (think American Horror Story: Freak Show). Everywhere I’d turned I would catch something that would have been considered out of this world in the early 19th century: the strong man, the bearded lady, the tattooed creature! Almost every act you could think of! The guest appearances were spectacular to say the least, and the depth they place into creating such an amazing performance was glorious to the eye. 10/10. Full points! circus act

The cleanliness
Oh man, the cleanliness of the facilities is something to brag about! Unlike the scene of British festivals such as Reading, Glastonbury and Creamfields, the grass fields in the camping section were decked with wooden floorboards to form a neater, cleaner and safer experience. Not to mention the porta-loos! Many-a-time, I had received Snapchat replies from friends asking why I was messaging them while in the cubicle… in all honesty, the cleanliness of the toilet transported you into the safest and freshest cubicle one would dream of from a camping festival.

In addition,  there were specific bins in recycling points at every corner (both within the campsite and the festival itself), and recycling kits handed over to you everywhere you turned! To further prevent unnecessary littering, there were an enormous amount of cleaners floating around the site picking up every speck of litter. Superb attentiveness towards the environment. 10/10!

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Photo credit: Tomorrowland

The food stalls
Prior to going to Tomorrowland, I’d joked with my friend that the main reason that I was going was for the food. In other words, I’d already had in mind that it was going to experience a 4 day food festival. Despite (half) joking about this, the food venue did not disappoint. From your standard beef burger to the finest hipster-acai bowl – you name it, they had the taste of the world at Tomorrowland!

The only downfall was that the smoothie stall was never open in the evening after a tiring day of raving. Every night, the stroll back from the festival grounds to the camp site had me craving for a delicious and refreshing (albeit, overpriced) smoothie or sorbet to quench my thirst. Unfortunately, while the hotdog stands, kebab stores, and pizza queues remained opened for the boozed-junkies, the juice refreshments were nowhere to be seen. However, that’s a personal opinion and preference.

On a further note,  the currency exchange rate of €1 = 0.65Pearls becomes a blur in the midst of the cashless service festival. I quite often forgot that a 7 Pearl smoothie amounted to €4.55… Nonetheless, I would commit to paying for the overpriced smoothie any day. Believe me, it was most possibly The freshest squeezed mango, orange and banana juice smoothie of my life. 10/10 recommendation.

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Photo credit (top): Tomorrowland Aftermovie

The three main aspects that I have touched on today only give a glimpse of how spectacular the show was. If anyone is interested in knowing more about my experience, let me know in the comment section below! Alternatively,  you can contact me privately here.

I definitely intend on revisiting Tomorrowland within the next few years. Until then:
Live Today, Love Tomorrow, Unite Forever

 

|ROAD TO: TOMORROWLAND|


braceletWe are the children of a miracle!

A few months ago, I had reluctantly signed up for  Tomorrowland 2017 tickets to help someone out. I’m not the biggest EDM fan despite the fact that 90% of the music on my tiny 8GB iPod are either electronic of house music. However, I have explained many-a-time that listening to sweetheart soft music or alternative rock doesn’t exactly pump me up during my gym workouts.

I mean, many people enjoy the idea of going to festivals, but I’ve always been reluctant because of the extortionate price for a ticket… and let’s not get started about the cost of travel to get there, the obligatory consumption of overpriced alcohol, and the tiring excursion from campsite to festival stage. It’s too much! Too much!

In spite of it all, I AM INCREDIBLY EXCITED!

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When I’d received the ‘ticket’, I was instantly enthralled by the intricate design of the box. The interactive piece opens out like the wardrobe from C.S Lewis’s Narnia, and the circus act begins once the door is opened!

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Tomorrowland is a cashless festival, and the only means of transaction is through the wristband! In other words: lose your wristband, and you’ll have no means of entering the festival and you’ll starve to death out there… this doesn’t work out too well for me since I seem to misplace majority of my belongings!

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I’m looking forward to see what Tomorrowland has in store for me! If there’s anyone who is going to Tomorrowland (weekend 2), give me a shout! I’d love to meet up!

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Till then, rave hard and stay young!