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Gentse Feesten, or better said: lack thereoff. [Jul. 21st, 2016|08:16 pm]
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Photo of the day: 19.7.2016 (day 201)

Years ago, when I was in my late teens/early twenties, I used to go to the Gentse Feesten every year. I had wanted to go back for years, but it never quite worked out. This year, however, I saw a chance and grabbed it.
The Feesten started right after the attacks in Nice, and Ghent's mayor Termont made a lot of grand proclamations and demands (like: don't bring backpacks) in the media.
I'm just going to say it as it is: the Gentse Feesten are not what they were, and clearly they fell victim to the "war on terror".

Because back in the day, all the stands that came with the event would open up around noon, Bert and I decided to try to beat crowds and heat by leaving here and catching our first train at 8am. We ended up arriving in Ghent around 9.30,

Independence Day 2 advert

I really liked this movie advert outside the station, so I took a photo.

and seeing it's a bit of a walk (we never take the tram unless it pours) it was around 10am 'till Bert and I flopped down in the Veldstraat Panos for a bit and a drink.
So basically we arrived when the shops opened, and first we decided to do some shopping. On the way we noticed that there were far less stands than usual, which did not bode well at all.

We tried to find more organic peanut butter in the Albert Heijn, because Bert loves the one by their house brand. But they didn't carry it.
So we moved along to NYX (after Bert found a caterpillar on the shop stairs and put it somewhere safe in some plants), where I got everything mum and I wanted, bar copper lipstick (so I'll give her my spare one).
The shop girls were super friendly too :)

I quickly popped into Lush to say hello to my friend Margot, whom I hadn't seen in FOREVER. And then we finished our shopping by popping into Primark, where Bert found an Iron Man tee and cheap slippers, because apparently the laws of fashion dictate that we must buy slippers in summer and sandals in summer if we want them cheap) and and Iron Man t-shirt.
We searched for Rammstein vinyl at Mediamarkt and found none, but Bert did buy me the horror classic IT (for € 2,90, what a bargain).

Our last shop stop was ICI PARIS XL where I had to pick up an Urban Decay Vice lipstick for my mum. I swatched some other colours, and I loved their copper shade Brooklyn. But the lipstick wasn't on my hands for 5 minutes and it started BURNING. And of course, ICI PARIS being ICI PARIS, there is no remover you can use (unlike NYX, who have amazing remover in the shop you can use to wipe off swatches).
Long live wet wipes!
Urban Decay and I will never be friends it seems.
Luckily there is still M.A.C, NYX, Sephora and Yves Rocher :)

By that time we were pretty hungry, so we went to Ellis and had cheeseburgers.




When we finished lunch, we noticed that the stands of the Feesten were all opening, so we decided to go explore other parts of Ghent in the hope of finding more things to do.
At first things seemed quite promising because we found this jazz band performing, which was ace!

jazz band

But after that, we ran out of luck, because at the Vlasmarkt everything was still closed (not surprising for the Vlasmarkt at that time of day), and the Vrijdagsmarkt

Ghent, Belgium

Fun sign on the way to Vrijdagsmarkt.

Photo of the day: 19.7.2016 (day 201)

Bunting in a side street from the Vrijdagmarkt.
Photo of the day: 19.7.2016 (day 201)

was full of a fun fair. Rather than just wandering around more in the bleak heat, we went to go have a drink at the same place I ended up at for Lisa's goodbye meet. Where we could sit outside in the shade.


pretty rosebush

pretty rosebush

By the time we had finished our drinks, it was properly BOILING and we decided to go and head home. And yes, we walked all the way back to the train station, in that blistering heat. In hindsight the tram was probably a better option.
But then we couldn't have stopped by World's End to see if Bert's comic had miraculously been taken out of their storage.
At least the shop troll wasn't working, and the guy that was, was super friendly. Turns out that hey, they don't even know where in the storage the comic Bert wants _is_. Which can happen of course, but it does lead me to ask the following question: if they fuck you around with their "we only go to storage once a month", what do they do when someone web orders something that's in storage? Are they really going to make people wait god knows how long for their web order too?
Food for thought!

We also checked EPIC, who sadly didn't have the comic in stock, but it was nice and cool in the store and the shopkeep was, as ever, super friendly! :)

Also, if we had taken the tram, I wouldn't have been able to take a picture of this AMAZING dieselpunk mural!

dieselpunk graffiti

The train back was a special kind of hell.
First of all, the AC was broken, and the windows couldn't be opened.
Around Brussels Midi a bunch of kids and 3 accompanying adults got on. Who had ZERO control over the kids screaming and running amok. I don't think I've ever been happier getting off in Louvain! It's not that I don't like kids, or that I mind them having fun. But I do mind incessant SCREAMING and being pelted by all kinds of crap flying about (they weren't aiming at me, they were just that careless and bothering everyone else in the train car with them) XD

reflection art

I actually just wanted to take a photo of the advert hanging on a Brussels Central platform wall, because it seemed like a cool exhibit. But this lady next to it kept standing in that spot, and I didn't just want to take a photo of a random person without their permission, even though they just happened to be in it by accident. So I sort of sneak snapped this when she wasn't looking just to get the exhibit details. But then I really liked how it came out, with Bert's reflection and all that. So yeah.

But we got into Louvain, and went to Starbucks. We have some coupons from Metro that allow for an extra drink of choice free if you get one, so I got a lemon & lime lemonade and Bert got an ice coffee (which apparently tasted vile, poor Bert).


We took a later train home, so we could have refreshing drinks, but it was so worth it.
And at least the train home had windows that could be opened and lacked screaming spawn, huzzah!

Of course, when we got home, Loa demanded to be let outside.


So whilst he tried to catch grass hoppers, I took pictures of butterflies. You can get really close when they realise you won't cause them any harm :)


common brimstone

Bert and I took a selfie, I think it illustrates the day pretty well, I was going tomato red, and he was completely fed up of the weather.

this is how Bert and I react to the infernal heat

Of course, half an hour later the expressions should be turned around, because I got heat fever, my heat and sun allergy caught up with me and I felt well and truly miserable :(

Basically, Bert and I had fun going to Ghent, but if it hadn't been for the Gentse NON Feesten, we wouldn't have bothered going on a day that hot!

The haul:

Ghent haul

- IT
- NYX color mascara in perfect pear (yellow), forget me not (lilac) and brown.
- NYX brow thingamajig in light brown for my mum
- Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Frenemy for my mum

[User Picture]From: countlibras
2016-07-22 12:33 pm (UTC)
>>apparently the laws of fashion dictate that we must buy slippers in summer

Meanwhile, I purchased wool socks and wool hats a couple of weeks ago. lol!
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2016-07-22 02:26 pm (UTC)
So the law of fashion dictate we must buy slippers, wool socks and wool hats in summer ;)

Oh well, at least we know when to get seasonal essentials cheap :D
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