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Flick and swish! [Jul. 2nd, 2016|06:50 pm]
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Photo of the day: 29.6.2016 (day 181)

Last Wednesday, the 29th, Gaëtane and I went to Brussels Expo for the Harry Potter: the Exhibition press event. Basically, when it was announced that the Exibition would come to Brussels Expo, I had mailed their Flemish press representative, who was very kind and awesome and happy to add us to the invite list for that day (much obliged!) for BCM and The Gatehouse.
My review on The Gatehouse is already online, and Gaëtane (impatient as always :P) already blogged about it too. The pages in BCM will have to wait a little longer, because next issue won't be released 'till later.

Of course, the post on The Gatehouse is a proper review, so if you're just interested in that, click the link above :)


I got up together with Bert at 5.30 to get ready, because he was dropping me off at the train station on his way to work. From there on I took two trains to Ghent St-Pieters (which were all on time, such a surprise) and waited a little over an hour for Gaëtane to be done with her work day and get there. It wasn't too bad, because Sam (from my steampunk crew Artifakt) was also in the station and came over to say hello, and there's free wifi so I watched YouTube videos :)
I was hella tired though, because I had also managed to get a mild case of food poisening the day before so I hadn't slept much.
Anyway, Gaëtane arrived, I got in the car with her (going this way was the best way to ensure we both got there, and on time) and unexpectedly, we encountered no traffic jams at all. So we got there way too soon. We had to take photos first thing of course.

Gaëtane's wand selfies in progress (1) (2).

Gaëtane taking selfies

Gaëtane taking selfies

And as we couldn't check in yet, we decided to go hang out around the Atomium instead.

Atomium

Gaëtane

We were happily, like many others, snapping photos and then this happened... not cool.

And then this happened...

When the bus finally moved we took tons of pictures (pictures of me by Gaëtane, obviously).

Gaëtane

Gaëtane

Gaëtane

It's high time I get a new black skirt. I wanted to wear my giant black coat, but it didn't match the skirt and urgh. I'm hoping to get a discount coupon for my birthday from Top Vintage so I can get this skirt :D

Outfit: 29.6.2016

The entire area of Laeken where the Expo and the Atomium are is also home to Kinepolis cinema, Océade aqua park, Heizel sports stadium and Mini Europe. So you would think there'd be somewhere to EAT nearby right? You know, a sandwich bar (Panos everywhere, but not when you want one). Think again! There was one small ticket thing with a terras out side that sold some croissants and crisps/chips and some drinks. And then outside there were 3 food trucks: one with burgers, a chip shop and a waffle stand. So we ended up getting a waffle. Seriously...
There is a restaurant inside the Atomium but you have to pay to visit the damn thing, so you have to pay to be able to go and eat there. So much fail!

Gaëtane's sneakers are awesome, no arguement there. She spent a good while trying to take shoe selfies with the atomomium in the background. I tried to help but accidently nearly tipped her over twice, oops!

Gaëtane's awesome sneakers

Gaëtane

Gaëtane taking a shoe-selfie with the Atomium

The ground where we were sitting on was actually pleasantly warm, so we hung out there for ages. I was actualy lying down on it, using my backpack as a pillow. I shouldn't have though, because I woke up the next day with a sunburnt nose XD Thanks to my after sun, I didn't have to spend more than one day looking like Rudolph, phew!



About half an hour before the start of the press event, we went back, and hung out some more on the higher up sides marking the grass, where we could sit. There were a lot of fans already gathering for the red carpet later, also. It was quite cool to see so many different nationalities already there. It's obvious that Harry Potter fandom is a big international community that a lot of people really enjoy.
The closer to 1.30 it got, the more bloggers and press arrived, and when we got in (we were in the group with the fan zines and sites) we still had to wait a little in the corridor. Which was totally fine, because they had big signs you could pose in front :)

Gaëtane

outfit: 29.6.2016

The Exhibition was pretty cool. I really loved seeing all the props and costumes from the movies. Especially the costumes! I loved how you had so much room to move around, and that they had interactive bits and pieces (I kinda really want to play Muggle Quidditch now). The staff was SUPER friendly and helpful, which was also amazing. They had tons of neat details like the screens playing scenes of the movies in the background and such. I really enjoyed seeing everything :) I think everyone that loves Harry Potter will love this too.
But again, if you want to read more about the Exhibition itself, read my review on The Gatehouse :)

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

There's also a mandrake video here.

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Photo of the day: 29.6.2016 (day 181)

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

I kinda really want a Beaubaton's hat after having seen it in person. But in brown mind. Chocolate brown :D

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Picture taken for Lora :)

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

I thought the Dutch and French signs were pretty confusing. I read all the books in English, and saw the movies without subtitles, so I am utterly unfamiliar with the Dutch and French terminology. I know a couple of course, but most were all "what's this again? Oh yeah, right".

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

After having seen the Exhibition and visiting the gift shop, it was time for the Q&A with special guests. Not just the two main guys behind the Exhibition together with Peter of the PR firm, but also Oliver and James Phelps, who played the Weasley twins Fred and George in the movies. I do have a transcript of that, but I'm keeping it for BCM. Gaëtane and I got to ask the twins a question each, that was cool :) I had hoped to get one in with the creators (which one is your own personal favourite piece?) but sadly missed out. Oh well, can't have it all. And I feel like I had more than plenty enough with a day this awesome!

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

All my other photos are here.

To make sure we beat traffic, we left right after the Q&A, and were given the Exhibition guide at the exit. That was so nice of the organisers, thank you so much! Mine is in Flemish, and it's amazing how nice it is :)

Harry Potter: the Exhibition

We did manage to beat traffic, stopped by MediaMarkt on the way so Gaëtane could pick up some DVDs, and she kindly dropped me off at Ghent St-Pieter's station again where I still got on the train to Louvain. Sadly the NMBS was back up to it's old tricks, and the train stood in the station doing fuck all for 10 whole minutes. Which meant I missed my connection. Which I wouldn't have missed if the conductor had reopened the doors (I wasn't the only one sprinting to get it), he could have let us on and still would have left on time. But no, that would have been customer service. Luckily, these days there are two trains an hour to my home station instead of one, so I still managed to get a train without having to wait an hour. And I had enough time (just) to get a limon and lime juice at Starbucks. Which I got out of sheer misery, I'm sure everyone knows how it is.



And utterly unrelated, because I don't want to make a separate post: today's photos!

Caturday!

Caturday: 2.7.2016

Photo of the day: 2.7.2016 (day 184)

Photo of the day: 2.7.2016 (day 184)
Shinto climbed onto the back of my desk chair for hugs :)
She's so sweet :)
Camera: Polaroid SNAP
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[User Picture]From: livingshinigami
2016-07-03 06:04 pm (UTC)
There should be plenty of places to eat at The Village in Bruparck (around Océade and Mini Europa), although I'm not sure what kind of stuff they serve there. Mainly fast food I guess, and I imagine it to be overpriced. But there is food. :P

Also, conductors generally can't reopen the doors once they've all been closed ~ it's not meant as assholery, but it's a safety thing.

The exhibition looks super cool though :O and the pictures as well. Great that you got to go see it.
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-07-05 04:23 pm (UTC)
Typical, all the food in the one corner we didn't look. At least the waffle was tasty.

I've known conductors to reopen the doors before, quite recently too. So maybe it depends on the model of the train. This was one I've seen them reopen though, so yeah.
I suppose that the newer type of train, the more impossible it is to reopen the doors?
My line is full of old trains though. Not proper ancient ones like on some of the Brussels - Antwerp lines, but it's not much better a lot of the time.

It is pretty nice if you're a big Harry Potter fan :)
Are you going to go see it?
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[User Picture]From: livingshinigami
2016-07-05 04:40 pm (UTC)
From what I know, it has to do with the conductor giving a signal to the 'seinhuis' to indicate that the train is ready to depart. The seinhuis then has to give clearance to the machinist, but the conductor has no idea how long it will take for clearance to be given ~ could be 30 secs, could be another 2 minutes. That's why they don't accept passengers boarding the train anymore. So I guess it might be more related to the specific train station and the processes the conductor has to follow there?

Anyhow, I have no plans of seeing the exhibition. I kinda didn't pay attention to it and haven't got tickets, but I saw the Studio Tours in London and I don't know if this is much different?
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-07-05 04:57 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be able to compare, I've never seen the London one. So I honestly couldn't say.
I'm pretty sure this one is tiny in comparison though, from what I've heard about the London one at least.

The NMBS is just flaky, let's just stick to that :)
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