Ever heard of the term ‘Bonfire Night’…well I’m sure you have. But ever heard of it in context with Guy Fawkes.? Well not everyone because before moving to England, I also didn’t know who or what that was.
So let me educate you a little, Guy Fawkes was basically a dumbass who formed part of a team who TRIED to blow up the House of Parliament back in the 1600s using explosives; therefore Guy Fawkes Night is simply a commemoration of that night; but with fireworks.
Its a night celebrated all over England and its something I wanted to be part of. So what did I do? Well a couple of my friends and I traveled from Bournemouth (where I live) to Poole to watch the fireworks celebration happening at the Quay. It was only like a 30 mins trip by bus (not to far away) but it was such a pretty sight because we literally got front row view of the beautiful fireworks show from the quayside.
How cool are these shaped fireworks below #creativity
For all full video showing the fireworks beauty, here you go. This was basically the culmination and the finale of the bonfire night 🙂
So my halloween, and by halloween, I mean the actual day of halloween, 31st of October; was an experience and a half.
I don’t think, infact I have never actually done anything big on the actual halloween day in my life. Come to think of it, the most I’ve ever done for Halloween back in Kenya was try dress up for the occasion. e.g. in 2015, i was a sexy devil for my office halloween party and a naughty school girl with my best friend for a halloween event at Vineyard. I guess this was because, halloween isn’t taken too seriously in African states.
Well, seeing that I’m now in the U.K., I’m sure you know how western countries consider Halloween important so people hella dress up, go all out with make up and attend any halloween events. And thats exactly what I did.
Read about my long but crazy and hella fun Halloween night highlighting the two events (yes two) I attended in the SAME venue at the O2 Academy.
Just bit of background information..02 Academy is the biggest music and live performance venues in Bournemouth. Not only that but there are O2 Academy’s all over the U.K (all relatively huge) and most popular venue for music gigs.
Clean Bandit Live Concert
Starting of the night, I attended a Clean Bandit concert from 7pm. For those still wondering who Clean Bandit are, well thats a slight shame (haha) but anyway they are a three-‘man’ group who are well known for their biggest hits “Rather Be” and “Symphony” (hope it rings a bell now).
I actually enjoy a lot of their music so I definitely knew this was a concert I would need to attend. Additionally, also because I knew seeing them perform again in Bournemouth would take a while and the fact that i knew them coming to Kenya is like a once in a million chance (haha), I really had to take the opportunity; and of course also considering the ticket was (infact all tickets were) only 25 pounds. Thats hella cheap for a concert.
If i could describe the concert in about one sentence, id say; that was a legit performance. There may have not been any dance moves, or extraordinary acts in the performance, but the voices (the two girls who sang all Clean Bandits songs considering the artists they have collaborated with couldn’t perform with them of course) to the use of electronic music (what Clean Bandit is known for) to the showcase of violin instrumentals, that was surely very different concert to what I’m used to going for. 🙂
I think the only thing i didn’t like about the concert was the fact that i wasn’t allowed to go in with my camera (which i found rather odd) hence the use of some pictures from the concert from one of the official event photographers.
So funny thing, I actually almost went in my halloween outfit for the concert but Thank God i didn’t coz I would have been the only one. Who wants to be the odd one out? So instead I decided to just do bit of my halloween make up but go with a normal outfit.
So my initial idea was to get an outfit that matches my hair considering i have pink braids (well ombre but pink is the main color); however i ended up with a cute witch outfit; which by the end of the night I realized i looked more like pocahontas with pink hair than a cute pink witch. But who cares? Hehe.
Below are some of the looks my friends and ‘flatmates’ pulled off. 🙂
Talk about being packed, the O2 Academy was full of people. Im sure you can already guess how lit it was even without me saying it.
The halloween party at the O2 Academy was one of the fittest halloween parties I’ve ever been too. From the music to the venue to the outfits that people wore, it was definately worth staying out for.
I must say i was exhausted by the end of the night and mind you, i had to wake up in the morning to take a bus to Southampton (another city) for work; so you can imahgine how fatigued and lazy i was (having slept three hours). So when I say it was worth all that, it surely was.
For more of my crazy adventures, stay tuned to my blog. 🙂
So most of y’all, if not everyone knows I’m from Kenya and thats where I live….
…..well not any more. I have currently moved to the United Kingdom. Bournemouth to be exact, from September 19th 2017.
Bournemouth is certainly not what I expected. It is hella beautiful town located near the ocean and we (yes we, I’m now a local hahaha) have an actual sandy beach – something thats rare to find in town/cities here. Its a relatively big town in the region Dorset; basically South West of England. The people are lovely and theres a lot to do from concerts, to festivals to parades every so often.
Its funny how in Kenya, seeing the ocean was only when we would take holidays to the coast but now I LIVE near the ocean. Literally 5mins away. WOW. Amazing right? These are things you don’t take for granted. 🙂 🙂
Did I also mention that I not only live at the front row of accommodation next to the ocean but I have a beautiful view of the ocean every morning from my room. Dope or what??
Basically, I wake to the sunrise and view the sunset hours before going to bed just from my room. Pretty dope ey?? Gods beauty is amazing. 🙂
Im really happy to have chosen such a pretty town to live in. This I would say, is one the best decisions i have made in my life. Hahaha.
Bournemouth is a very popular town; in fact i had never heard of it before coming here and many people don’t seem to know the place (apart from maybe because of the AFC Bournemouth team- yes they have a team). So basically my coming here is like the best opportunity to reveal England’s beautiful ‘hidden’ treasures.
Therefore, this section of my blog dubbed College Tourist is basically where I am going to document all my U.K. experiences with regard to travel, events, food, and anything else I find fit for the period of time that I will be here. 🙂 🙂
I hope you enjoy my new adventures in a country. I really can’t wait to show y’all what i get up to. 🙂
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