onsdag 18. desember 2013

The Wall concert in Dublin

DAY 1:
After our amazing time in London, we woke up early a monday morning, jumped on a train to London, and from there we got on another train that took us to Holyhead. Here we waited for a ferry that would take us to Dublin. They had a screen that said that it was rough sea this day. This did not impress my sister, my father or my boyfriend, who all tend to get seasick.


Very rough sea conditions

I thought the trip with the ferry was great, and had a good time. We bought some dinner when we got onboard, and found ourselves some seats. The sea conditions weren't too bad, and the trip lasted for about 2-3 hours. When we arrived, we went straight on a bus that would take us to city centrum of Dublin. We found our way to the hotel and checked in. Me, Sam & Ace were staying at one hotel, while my parents were staying at another hotel just up the street. My favourite part about the hotel - the bathtub!

Hello bathtub!

Later the day when we arrived, we all gathered at the hotel bar to watch the Liverpool match. I had a dring, but I soon decided that I wanted some me-time with a book in the bathtub. Wow, it was the first time during the trip that I first really relaxed. It's something when you travel with a group of people for over a week, it's important to take some time-out's and be a bit alone. This evening, me, Sam and my parents went out to eat some dinner. It was quite late when we decided we needed some food, so we first tried at TGIF, but they were closed, but we did find a great restaurant with loads of american lay-ots, like harley davidson bikes, american cars etc. And they had great food!

Posing with the statue of  Phillip P. Lynott (Thin Lizzy)

Dad is rocking that guitar

DAY 2:
The next day we walked around to look for smething exiting to buy. The weather was not too good, it was raining and the temperature were quite low, but we had a good time after all. We went to a few music shops and I found myself some new Pink Floyd stuff. It was actually all I was looking for, since my luggage were full, and I could not fit in more clothes, but mabe some cd's, a dvd, a mug and some other stuff.. Logical thinking. We checked out a few shopping mall's and later on we sat down at a bar to get some drinks.

Sightseen stuff

Later that day, we returned to our hotel and changed our clothes, and then me and my parents went to Temple Bar - one of the most famous bar in Dublin. We found a table and sat down. Me and my dad tried two of the over 500 different types of whiskey to start with and my mum had a Guiness. We had such a great time and me and my dad tried 4 different types of whiskey. Sam and Ace arrived a bit later, and we had loads of fun together.

Dad, me and whiskey

Mum, dad & me at Temple bar

Me & Sam

Dad, me, mum & Ace

Some of the 500 types of whiskey 

I felt sceptical about my hair this day - hence all the different hairdos

When we left Temple Bar, we went straight to TGIF to eat. They served great food and great drinks. Such a great family day. We ended the day at this great pub where we sat for a few hours before we had to go to bed. There were after all a show that we were planning to see the next day.


At the pub

The third day in Dublin, we went looking throughout the city. We crossed a river, and we found a massage place. Me and my dad had aching shoulders, so we though massages could help. The women who worked there thought we needed some different treatment than massage, since the aching had been going on for a few days. My dad went in first, and he seemd a bit sore, and I got the same treatment. Got myself some nice bruices! And they did not go away until I got back home to Stavanger, a week later! So I had to wear clothes that covered the bruices, cause it looked like someone had been hitting me. But no, it just takes an asian massage woman.

The result after my 'massage'

After our 'massages' and after brekfast, we went futher down a street just to look into shops and shopping mall's. I found myself a Pink Floyd sweater that I really love, so that made my day perfect. What made it even more perfect, was the thought of the concert that would start in a couple of hours. My mother and sister went into a shopping mall, while me, my dad and Sam went to find a pub. We thought we wolud find one right away, after all - it's Dublin, but most of the pub's were closed, so we had to walk a bit, but we found one at last. We sat here until we were all together again, and so we headed to the hotel to change, and then booked a taxi!

My boyfriends picture. 

Strawberrie daquirie

There were some demonstrations outside our hotel, so there the ride to the band's hotel took us a bit longer time than I'd expect, so when we got there we met the entire band (not Waters) in the hotel lobby. They were checking out, so I met David, Robbie, Marky, Pat and all the lovely guys. I also got to talk to Jon Joice - for the first time. He was such a nice guy, as expected. My parents had bought a Snowy White cd - which they got signed by the man himself.
The feeling of meeting so many important people (for me) and they start to recognise you, is amazing!! When Marky saw me, he jumped over Jon Joice's luggage, just to give me a hug and asked how I was. We wished the guys good luck with the show, and than they got in their cars and drove to the stadium.

Yay me! Unfortunaly, no pictures from the hotel lobby. We were all too buisy talking to all the lovely guys.

Then we moved into the hotel bar and bought something to drink. In the bar we met Ole, who I met for the first time in Oslo before the show, and a few other guys. We were talking and drinking until Duncan - Rogers bodyguard - came in and told us that Roger was getting ready to leave the hotel. So we lined up outside the hotel enterence and we waited.

My family waiting. So exited!

I can't really explain the feeling when you know that you're all time hero will walk out and start signing. You don't know exactly when he'll be out, but if you have to wait for an hour, you wait for an hour.
Duncan came back out to us and told us to stand up in a line. He also use to go through some basic rules, but he saw familliar faces, so he didn't bother. This was the first time my parents and sister met Roger, but Duncen probably knew that I'd already filled them in about the rules (only one thing signed, no guitars, no hugs or touching etc).

Roger & Sam

Roger & Ace

Roger & dad

Roger & mum

Roger & ME!!!

He is looking at me!!!

When Roger Waters came out, I went in to my 'perfect buble' - as I tend to do while meeting heros of mine. When I was up, I took out my Pro's and cons of hitch hiking cd (Roger's solo album), and got him to signe the cd. He looked at me and smiled after signing. I'm not sure if I did say anything to him. Can't remember. But I have photos, so that's oughta be good enough.
We all got our stuff signed, and when Roger left, we went down to a bar with the guys we'd met at Roger's hotel.

Happy gang after the signing

We came down to the bar, and we found a table outside, bought some drinks and we were all talking about the great moment we'd just experienced! I'm de only one of us 5 who's got something signed before, so I wanted to talk about what they felt and if it was as amazing as they'd thought. After a while, me Sam and Ace went to buy some chiken wings and fries, which we brought back to the pub. Wow, it tasted so good! The chiken tasted so delicious! Whilst sitting at the pub, Simon came out to say hello. We had all met him a few times before, so it was really nice chatting with him for a while. I'm so glad I'd finally met some real Pink Floyd fans, with the same passion as me and know the feeling that you want to go everywhere to see Roger Waters. Too bad I met them so late in the tour.

The stadium

We had a few glasses of wine and beer before we started walking towards the arena. We had to go somewhere else first to pick up the tickets and then we went down to the stadium. We had great seats and we were really exited about the show! As I wrote the last time - the sound in Wembley, London, were to low, so I was a bit nervous that the sound would be as low today. But no! The sound was load and clear. For me it was perfect! It was so loud that I could sing and scream with barely no people noticing. Absolutely fantastic.

From our seats

I think everything about the show were perfect this night! The plane came in a bit late, but not too noticable. Other then that the guys seemd like they had great fun on stage, and they made a perfect moment for me and my family. There was only one negative thing this evening. It was bloody freezing! I've never been cold at a Roger Waters concert, so this was a first. Don't know how I could even recognice the cold, since I never noticed it before - even though the ones I traveld with has been telling me that they have been cold. Well, it was a windy day, and the temperature were quite low. And even though I knew before that I'd be cold this evening, I still would have worn something that shows my tattoos!

No fucking way

G.E. Smith

Trying to capture the screaming face

Me & Ace in the break

Comfortably numb

After the show, my parents and sister went back to the hotel, whilst me and Sam went back to the bub we started the evening with. Here we met up with Simon, Ole, Blunose Matt etc. I had such a great time, and I felt that I could have been talking to these guys for hours. They were all so very nice and we had shared interests, so for me - this was the perfect day. If this would have been the very last show of this tour, it would have been perfect - not that Paris was bad, I loved Paris. But that story have to wait until my next blog.

Me and Ole - Norwegians ftw

After a while, we went back to the hotel with two of the guys from the pub, we sat outside our hotel for a while, before me and Sam went inside to go to bed. It had been a long day with loads of emotions, so I was stating to feel pretty ready for bed.
The next day we jumped in a taxi and we started heading to the airport! At the airport we met Simon and some of the guys from the day before. We had a little chat and then we just waited for the time to go by and we all started to get exited about France!

Me, Sam & Ace at the airport

lørdag 26. oktober 2013

The Wall concert in London

I had quite a ruff day this friday before I came to the airport. All the people I was travelling with had been waiting there for me for quite a while, but when I got there, had something to eat and got to start relax, the day just went better and better. I was travelling from Sola airposrt (Stavanger) with my boyfriend Sam, his little brother Nikolai, my good good friend Linn & her boyfriend Somkhid. A great collection of awesome people!
We arrived at Heathrow in London after an hour and a half long flight. We picked up our luggage, and then we found a place to wait for my sister Adelheid, my mum Heidi & my dad Øystein. They showed up about half an hour after us.

None of this big group of people has ever been to London before, so we had some problems finding out where to go, how to travel and how far we were supposed to travel. But we figured it out! On our way to London city, we passed Earls Court!!!! I was amazed, and the only thing I could think about was "Is there anybody in there" live cd from Earls court.
"Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Earls court".


We found our stop, and got off the train. Linn & Somkhid were staying at another hotel, so they were to  go off at another station. We got ourselves up from the underground tracks, and stared straight at the theatre we were going to see a Queen show in the evening. Then Sam and dad found a map to see if they could find our hotel. I looked around and asked for the name of the hotel. When they answered me, I was looking straight at it, so we strated walking towards it. The check in went smoothly and we went to find our rooms. They were a bit small and the light was bad. Glad we're just sleeping at the hotel and not going to stay there all day.

Freddy in gold

We went out for something to drink and when Linn & Somkhid came a bit later, we all went out to eat before the "We Will Rock You" show. I'm not gonna write too much about the Queen show, but I have to say that it was aazing! The people on stage were so good at dancing, singing and acting. It was nothing like I had expected. It was better!
After the show Linn & Somkhid went back to the hotel. So did mum, dad, Adelheid & Nikolai as well. But I and Sam went straight to the casino at the hotel! We tried a new game and after we played the roulett. It was a great night with good drinks, fun games and we got to talk to some new people there as well. We didn't go to bed until late, but we had a blast.

Sam, me & Adelheid at the Queen show

We woke up just a few minutes before the check out, packed our luggage and went downstairs to check out. We did wait for the rest of the family, but they were a bit late, so we checked out from our rooms and then asked them to put our luggage at the hotel. Then we went sraigh to get something to eat. Mum, dad and Adelheid came a while after. After we'd eaten, mum and dad went one way and me, Sam, Adelheid & Nikolai went another way. We were going to Oxford street to see if we found some cool stuff. All we found was some new Pink Floyd stuff for me, mostly t-shirts. We decided to go back to the hotel and on the way we found this place who was selling banana latte! Adelheid said that it sounded good, se me and the boys dragged her in so she could try. It was a great cafè break, but people were staring at us all the time. We were laughing all the way, and had such a good time!

Me laughing hysterically!

Adelheid laughed so she got the straw in her face. You can see a little redness over her eyebrow!

Laughed so hard I started to tear up! Behind us - a Prat a Manger store. You are supposed to say that in french. I thought it was english.. Sounded funny!

Later that day we met up with my parents and got in a taxi who would take us to the next hotel in Wembley. We arrived at this cozy hotel looking thing and they told us that there were some problems with the booking. So we had to wait for a while, and then the problem was solved, so we put our stuff in the room, changed to the concert outfit and went out to get something to wat and drink.
A few hours before the show, we meet up with Linn & Somkhid and we went together over to Wembley stadium. We fund the tickets we had booked and not long after, we went inside and found our seats, which was great!

Me & Linn at Wembley stadium

The show started with a bang! I don't know if I was more exited about the show coming up, or that I was waiting for the show coming up - at Wembley! I've seen quite a few live dvd's from different bands, performing at Wembley stadium, and it looks amazing!
The sad thing about Wembley stadium is that they can't have the music too loud. And that was very noticeable. You tried to sing along, and you soon felt that the only thing people could hear, was your voice. Ok, it was not that bad, but I really wish that they could turn up the volume, just a bit.
But other than that, it was great! And this was Linn's very first The Wall concert! I felt honoured to sit with her, and we had so much fun. After all our girl-nights with PF, Beatles and The Boss, we were both ready to experience this show together.

Amazing stadium

One thing I love about going to Roger Waters concerts, is that I get to show of my amazing tattoos! Love it when people as if they can take a closer look or take photos of them. And I also like to show myself as the Pink Floyd crazy girl I am.
After the show we started talking to a group of guys (because of my tattoos) and it always feels amazing talking to people that share the same interest as you. We went back to the hotel, and there we met a group of people outside. All of them saw the show, so we sat outside talking with them, for hours, about the show and other experiences.

Love it!

The day after the show, we went to London city to see some of the famous buildings, so we found a hop on - hop off bus. We wanted to sit upstairs in the bus, so we got the best view. Only one small propblem. It was raining and it got really cold after a while. But we got to see Big Ben, The Eye, Hyde Park, Westminster Abby etc, so we had a great time, but I have to go back one day and do it all over without the rain. Then it might be possible to get off the bus and really see some of the buildings and places close up.
All in all we had a fun day of sightseen, and we were all starting to look forward to go to Dublin the next day!

The Eye

Big Ben

Fun ride