15.10.2007 -17 °C
It's been a crazy couple of months with not much time spent in the same postcode. The backpack and Lisa's suitcase (silly girl), has been dragged around Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff, Southern Spain, Portugal, Munich and the canals of Oxford.
First stop, the Edinburgh festival with our good mate Kezza who came to visit from Oz
A feast of comedy, music, theatre, culture and lots and lots of untalented weirdos. This guy was balancing on the ends of at least 50 old toothbrushes and popping balloons with a stockmans whip - yep you guessed it, a very untalented aussie trying to make it big on the world stage.
Another one of my favourite street acts was these guys that looked like they had come straight from a cave in the highlands of Scotland. Check that beard!
You probably don't want to hear about the shows we walked out of, so here's a couple of our highlights.
Firstly for you arty folk, here's a little peak at a crazy Spanish crew we saw that combined moving installations, dance, music and art. Look closely to see the two ladies flipping and running across the luminescent wall.
The Silent Disco was our highlight of the festival and not just for the free sunglasses. Take note of the industrial sized headsets.
As you enter the venue you are given headsets with two channel selections tuned into two DJ's live on stage. Chose the green channel and you get some pretty hard dance music, the red channel something a little groovier. Take your headset off and it's complete silence apart from a few whoop whoops from the crowd and the tapping of feet on the floorboards - throw ten vodka cranberrys into the mix and well.... A strange concept to imagine but it was great fun. For those of you with Ipods imagine going into a bar wearing your ipod and everyone listening to the same dance music.
Nice moves guys...
After dropping Lisa back in London the next stop was a boys trip to Dublin.
Most of our time was spent in Temple Bar, a street of wall to wall clubs and pubs.
There's probably only so many photos in nightclubs like this that you can stand (sorry about the blonde Lisa - it was a boys trip)...
...though we did soak up a bit of culture at the old jail and a tour of the whiskey factory
Photos on my camera seemed to end at around 3am on the Sunday morning except for a couple of a kebab shop so that was Dublin folks.
These next couple of snaps came after our Spain and Portugal trip though thought i'd better sneak them in while it's still relevant. No prizes for guessing where we were.
The amazing Cardiff Millennium Stadium in Wales. Australia vs Wales.
Nothing like being in the green and gold when the home side are belting out their national anthem.
This is my London flatmate Hannah who we had quite a few beers with after the game. Her Mum is Welsh so that was good enough for me to say she was from Wales and make her lick my Australian flag. Sorry Han!!
Some long winter nights ahead of us in London - very jealous of those back in Oz that are probably dusting off the thongs and getting the boardies ready for a big summer!!
What's happening in your neck of the woods??