This blog isn’t overly personal, so I’m going to share a bit of my life with you today! I’m going to be telling the stories of some of my best memories. These times are what I look back on when I’m feeling down or having a bad day. I encourage you guys to write posts on your best memories as well. It makes you realize how lucky you are to have what you have!
#1 The X-Fest 2016
I got the chance to go to one day of the X-Fest in Calgary this year. twenty one pilots has been my favourite band for a while now, and I was heartbroken when I found ou that they would be coming to my province and I couldn’t go. I live on a farm, and this festival was during harvest. Calgary is pretty far away from us, so we would have to stay the weekend, and during harvest that isn’t an option. We got a lot of rain a few days before the festival, and it didn’t show any sign of stopping. I brought up the festival to my mom again, after she said no a few months ago, and she said that we could probably do it. So, like three days before the festival we got tickets and a hotel room, and I got my friend on board with it. My dad’s best friend was getting married in Calgary on the same day, and that’s really the only reason I got to go.
The day before the festival we drove for like eight hours to get to Calgary, and I got to see some family that I don’t usually get to see, which was great. My friend got to meet them as well, which was a bit tricky for her, but my overly talkative cousins helped! We spent some time in a mall shopping together and had supper with the family. After that, we went to the hotel and got everything ready for the next day. I forgot the tickets at home, but we were able to reprint them.
We got in line about an hour before the festival started the next day. We would have been there earlier, but we wasted about an hour driving around to get a bunch of stuff we didn’t need. My mom dropped me and my friend off and told us that my two sisters and auntie would be there for the last two performances of the night. We waited around until it was time to go, and we got a pretty good spot in the crowd.
The first performance was a band called The Royal Foundry. They put on a really good show, and I was a big fan of their music. The next was Darcys. I really enjoyed the plants in their piano, but their music wasn’t my favourite. They weren’t the worst of the performances, but they weren’t the best. Then came Wildlife. They weren’t very memorable, but their lead singer seemed like a really nice guy. At the beginning of the set he said that he was happy that he was stopped in traffic because of the pride parade, and that instantly made me like him. Hannah Georgas performed next, but I wasn’t a fan. The performance wasn’t very memorable, and neither was her music.
Atlas Genius was one of my favourites of the day. Their music was really good, and they were all good performers. I would see them again. After them was The Naked and Famous. I think I would have really enjoyed them, but the bass was WAY too loud, and it actually gave me a headache. July Talk was after them, and I had high hopes for this one. Their merch was gorgeous, and one of the announcers said he was really looking forward to them. They sucked. I really try to be nice when I talk about others, but I really didn’t like them.
Halsey was the first performer that I was really looking forward to, even though she wasn’t the reason I came. She was SPECTACULAR! I was half-expecting her to be an artist that uses auto-tune, but she was amazing live. I didn’t love love her music before I saw her live, but the next time she’s in Canada I’m definitely getting tickets.
Now the real reason I was here – twenty one pilots. I fully expected this to be an amazing performance, and it was. Most of the crowd was here for them, and it made singing along much more fun. During Ride, when Josh Dun plays the drums on the crowd, I was touching the platform. I was literally three feet away from my favourite drummer. It was amazing. During Guns for Hands, the lead singer Tyler Joseph runs over the crowd in a hamster ball, and he ran over me twice. And during Trees, when both of them play the drums on the crowd, I was maybe ten feet away from Tyler. It was an amazing experience for my first time seeing them live.
#2 Encounters With Canada
In Canada, there’s a program called Encounters With Canada where you can go to Ottawa for a week and tour the city. I went to a Science and Technology themed week, and it was amazing. It’s nice to have a bit of independence, especially at a young age. At 14 a plane ride by yourself is enough for independence I think! I met a lot of amazing people, although I haven’t really kept in contact with anyone.
I got to do some amazing things, like tour the Nature Museum, explore Byward Market, and go bowling in Montreal. It was such a positivity filled place; everyone was absolutely amazing! I remember getting ready fro the last day dance in the dorm, and having girls I hadn’t yet talked to stopping to compliment me, and a girl I had only talked to once did my hair for me. It honestly boosted my self-confidence by like 500%. It was really nice to be surrounded by a bunch of people who were a lot like me for a change. I go to a small country school, so everyone is really into the outdoors, and dirtbikes, and country music. I’m a lot less outdoorsy, and more academic than most of them. I also have a good taste in music. It was nice getting to know people who had similar interests to me.
At the time this is published I’ll probably be at Encounters again. (I’m marathon writing posts and scheduling them for the duration of my trip.) People aren’t usually allowed to go to Encounters twice, but my teacher arranged it with the Encounters people for me. I’m going with two different friends for Arts and Culture this time, and I’m super excited! I’ll write a post about it when I get back.
#3 – Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
My family has been in the habit of going to Orlando every two years for a while, and this year it lined up with the Celebration of Harry Potter! My family let me go one of the days, even though I’m really the only Harry Potter fan. It was amazing! I got to see a panel with Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Evannah Lynch, and Katie Leung! I didn’t get to meet any of them or ask a question, but being so close to some of my childhood idols was pretty spectacular. I’m still pretty sad that I missed Harry Potter: The Exhibition, but you can’t do it all.
The day before that we went to Universal as well, but it was a slightly drizzly day, so it was almost empty. There wasn’t a lineup for anything at all, so we got to do a lot of things! My geeky little heart nearly exploded when I got to see Diagon Alley for the first time and it was almost empty!
That was a humongous post, and I still have more to say! (Part 2 to this post, maybe? If you want me to continue this, please tell me!) I think you can tell that the X-Fest was a huge deal to me, sine I wrote so, so much about it. Tell me the story of one of your favourite memories in the comments! Don’t be afraid to make it super long and detailed – I love hearing about what makes people happy! So load me up with your happiness, pretty please!