travel photos: glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury 2011
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The main reason I went overseas in the first place was to attend the Glastonbury Festival. By that, I mean that I purchased my festival ticket first and then thought ‘well, it looks like I’m heading overseas, I guess I better book some flights’. There are really no words to effectively describe this event. It is just massive. For those who have experienced Splendour in the Grass at home, Glastonbury is Splendour on steroids. Lots of steroids. We camped from the Wednesday and had two days to just take in the enormity of the festival, before the music had even started. There is so much to see and do, you could easily spend five days just exploring the grounds and not seeing any music at all. We were still discovering new parts of the festival on the last day!
One of the most eventful things that happened to me was on the first night when I lost my bag – or it got stolen, we still haven’t figured that one out – with my money, camera, and phone in it. It’s possibly the worst thing that could have happened. And we had no idea how it happened either. My bag was definitely in my tent as I went to sleep that night (there were eye witnesses). After turning the tent inside out on Thursday morning, we asked the campsite marshals for assistance and they informed us that there had been a thief in our area that night. The thought that it had been stolen was sickening, especially if the theft occurred while I was sleeping in my own tent. I spent the morning filing police reports (if only for insurance purposes), cancelling my cards, and visiting lost property. And the most amazing thing happened when I visited lost property – I got my bag back. My money wasn’t in there – and I wasn’t expecting it to be – but I was glad to have the rest back at least. As we were leaving, however, the dude at lost property came running after us and said that they did in fact have my money. It had just been removed and stored in a safe. Cue jaws dropping. I had over £100 in there. So it wasn’t technically a theft as nothing was stolen, but somehow my bag had been removed from my tent and ended up on the other side of the festival. And then handed into lost property. A Glastonbury miracle? I think so.
Anyway, now that I have that crazy anecdote out of the way, I’ll get back to the actual festival. Highlights from the festival included Beyonce’s headlining performance, Radiohead and Pulp as surprise guests, finally getting to meet Jaharn in person (blogger meet at Glasto – doing it in style!), and exploring the Green Fields. I’m sure there are plenty more memorable moments but the whole event was one giant blur of good times. And mud. Don’t even get me started on the mud. By the end of the festival I was wrecked, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It’s definitely something that I’m glad to have experienced. These are only a few snapshots from the festival, but you can see more photos on my Flickr page.

22 Comments

  1. November Grey August 8, 2011

    Gorgeous photos. And love the cape shots below. xx

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  2. hollypop August 8, 2011

    wonderful magical times!
    that's aamzing about your possessions! what a strange thing to happen.
    i want to go esp before i am elderly.

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  3. soph (owl vs. dove) August 8, 2011

    @NovemberGrey: thanks

    @hollypop: you can even go when you're elderly! There was a couple there in their 70s and it was their first time at Glasto!

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  4. Leah August 8, 2011

    Sometimes the world just works out like that, doesn't it? So glad you had a good ending to that story!

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  5. liza August 8, 2011

    So good you got your stuff back!

    Looks and sounds simply amazing, I really want to go to Glastonbury, hopefully in the next few years.

    Glad you had fun, so jealous 🙂

    x

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  6. Vicky August 8, 2011

    Jealous doesn't quite describe how I feel. I've always wanted to go to Glasto, but every year I'm like 'I'll try and go next year'. I'm really so happy for you that you managed to get all your stuff back and nothing was taken x

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  7. Elyse (Give Me Bows) August 8, 2011

    What a relief! It does make for a great story though haha. These turned out wonderfully, love the vignetting! x

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  8. anne August 8, 2011

    those pictures are super cool!

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  9. efromwonderland August 8, 2011

    amazing photo's, wish i could have been there!!

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  10. SomeKindOfStyle August 8, 2011

    wow, looks like you girls had a blast! always wish i could attend the festival someday! xoxo

    Check out my current Jewelry Giveaway …

    http://some-kind-of-style.blogspot.com/2011/08/giveaway-of-sheyna-moonstone-earrings.html

    xoxo

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  11. Rachel August 8, 2011

    Looks like you had an amazing time, even if some of your stuff did go awol!

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  12. The Headless Mannequin August 8, 2011

    Lovely photos…they look lovely and retro, like they could have been taken at Woodstock not Glastonbury 🙂 That's great you got all your things back…bet you wish you could be an owl in the trees and see how exactly that little miracle unfolded 🙂

    http://www.theheadlessmannequin.blogspot.com

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  13. Awh big jealous face going on right now. Some truly beaut photos!

    Helen, X

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  14. Sofía Haltrup August 8, 2011

    I like the pictures hahaha

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  15. Aney August 8, 2011

    Hope you had a blast – this looks super fun. You captured it all so well 🙂

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  16. Sick by Trend August 8, 2011

    such a cool pictures 😀

    xx

    http://www.sickbytrend.com

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  17. Casie Jean August 8, 2011

    wow that is quite the strange occurance! Glad you got your stuff back, and the photos look wonderful, it makes me miss Bonnaroo xxx

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  18. LUU H. August 8, 2011

    glasto look so incredible big! can you do a "festival must have along" thing?

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  19. rebecca August 9, 2011

    i WISH i'd been there! oh my, that really is a miracle. and you even got your money back! it would have just ruined my experience, so i'm glad to hear that you had an amazing time regardless (: how did your bag even DO that?? xxx

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  20. Danyell Peterson August 10, 2011

    LOVE your photos from Glastonbury!!

    http://danyellpeterson.blogspot.com

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  21. CaramelLatteKiss August 12, 2011

    Glastonbury is certainly an experience! I had an eventful first day my first time too; my best friend managed to throw away out bus tickets home and our tent flooded the first night.
    It's amazing though.

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  22. Blackswan August 21, 2011

    i read this post as soon as you published it (but had to jet and couldn't leave a comment) i cannot believe all the drama you went through!! I liked the way you regarded this episode as a "Glastonbury miracle" – what a story to bring back with you despite the stress it put you through! Currently reading through all of your posts – a belated "welcome back" too 😉

    x Lauren
    youronlyblackswan.blogspot.com

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