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22.2.2014: Artifakt steampunk meet in Antwerp, Belgium [Feb. 24th, 2014|12:26 pm]
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group shot :)

The original plan was to meet up in Central station at 1.15 and go to Museum Plantin-Moretus from there on.
But Marijke and Babs, who both wanted to go, couldn't make it.
And then Sammy and Dorian were strapped for cash.
And Maarten and Xanthy hadn't arrived yet and wouldn't 'till 2pish in the end.
And Laurens had to go some place at 4.
So we went to Panos for lunch, waited for the others to arrive and decide to go get bubble tea and go thrifting instead.

Dorian meets a crocodile

On the way to 8tea5 (the bubble tea bar) we noticed the Crocs mascotte out. And seeing our illustrious leader Dorian is up for just about anything of the non dubious variety, I took his photo with it.

Why is the Disney Store gone?! :'(

Laurens still has a sad that the Disney Store is closed.

We spend some time browsing the things at the first Think Twice vintage/thrift store, but other than Lora who bought a belt, we didn't do any shopping.

Coconut milk tea :)

8tea5 was SO crowded, omg. I keep on saying they should just move into the old Disney Store building and have a bigger café place there!

Ideaslab used to be just outside of 8tea5, but it's closed now. I don't really know what it used to be to be honest, but it's mural and random chain in the floor are still there. The text reads "stop talking start building" and is topped by a lightbulb, a cog and a rocket. So the background seemed rather apt to have our outfit shots taken at. After all, the second someone else moves into the building (maybe 8tea5 can move there haha) it'll likely all disappear.

Raven and Dorian

Raven and Dorian.


This is also my photo of that day :) (day 53)

The Doctor, erm Maarten, is trapped!Whaaaaaaaaa...Almost... there...

Maarten was dressed as the 11th Doctor for some weird reason.
I'm starting to think he takes a dresscode (even a non existing one because with Artifakt people that are into steampunk for other aspects than fashion are more than welcome to show up in regular clothes) and then purposely wears something else.
I wonder what he'll do next time haha :)
Anyway, his little photo sequence was pretty funny :)







Xanthy was so kind to take my outfit shot ^^

outfit: 22.2.2014

Hairband: Veritas
Shawl: my own design, made it myself
Tailcoat: my own design, made it myself
Cardigan: Primark
Mittens: LUNA SEA band merch
Belt bag: Zara Girls
Bag: Zatchels
Keychain bag: Disney
Skirt: made it myself
Petticoat: Dear Celine
Leggings: made them myself
Socks: via Sock Dreams
Boots: Sacha

Dorian approves of the JetFish sticker

Dorian approves of the JetFish.

And this is what you call "tie fighters"

A new definition of tie-fighters.
The fight was entirely staged for photographic purposes of course.

Laurens is getting hugged

At the KBC tower we said goodbye to Laurens who had to go to an event at FNAC at 4, he was group hugged by as many people as possible without clogging up the sidewalk (we are considerate to others really!).

At the next thrift shop we found nothing so we went to the last one for the day: the other Think Twice :)

Xanthy found bling

Union Jack bling was not bought.

Dorian loves the pretty door

Maarten went to get some Antwerpse Handjes, and Xanthy went to find Laurens, who rang and wanted to know where we were so he could join us again. So we waited for everyone to arrive back and I took some photos of Dorian loving this pretty cool looking random door.

*hugs* all around

More hugging happened when Maarten and Laurens were both there again.

In the end we did a couple of more stops, hung out on benches on the Meir, and thoroughly lamented the fact that the beautiful café on the 1st floor of Central Station is now closed!
It may not sound like a big deal to people so allow me to explain.
Central Station is an amalgam of Modernism, Art Nouveau and well, modern architecture. It's literred with a supermarket, 3 Panos shops (I know right X_x), a noodles place, a french fries place (and by place I mean booth in the wall with a couple of tables and chairs outside on the walkway), a newspaper stand, a Starbucks, you get my point.
That café was literally the only place (with exeption of filthy McDonalds and assorted burger chains) where you could get a drink at a decent price (excluding the Spar supermarket). AND it was a gorgeous old style café too!
But no, now they want people to spend an arm and a leg in one of the other "modern" places. And of course the nearby cafés are all horribly overpriced, leaving literally: McDonalds as nearest affordable place for a drink.
I mean, come-on.
(I shan't go into a rant of McMonsanto this time, but suffice to say that I do NOT approve).
If this is the price for progress, then Antwerp can stuff progress where the sun don't shine.

Anyhow, we're going to do another attempt at Plantin-Moretus next month :)
All the other photos of this meet are here.

[User Picture]From: arukochan
2014-02-25 03:29 pm (UTC)
Ik had er geen idee van dat dat café in het station weg is! Zo jammer, want het was daar echt perfect om met een groep iets te gaan drinken en heel mooi. Voor de rest zijn er niet echt veel andere opties in de buurt (zeker niet als je iets deftig wilt drinken én wilt kunnen zitten), dus ik hoop dat er een ander café in de ruimte komt.
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2014-02-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
Of dat ze gewoon aan het renoveren zijn of zo want anders is het inderdaad debiel. Dan is het dichtsbijzijnde betaalbare café pas De Muze of de Désirée de Lille of zo O_o
Als ze er nog zo'n "modern fast food/drink to go" ding van maken daar in het station dan ga ik toch wel HEEL vies gezind zijn. Heel de oorspronkelijke stationscultuur is dan echt compleet kapot :(
Horta draait zich om in z'n graf!
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[User Picture]From: arukochan
2014-02-25 05:18 pm (UTC)
Ja, weer zo een fast food/drink ding hebben we daar niet meer nodig, want daar zijn er al genoeg van. En dan krijg je waarschijnlijk zoiets als de Starbucks; lange rijen en nergens zitplaats (een van de redenen waarom ik niet naar Starbucks ga). Dus hopelijk renovatie!
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2014-02-25 06:26 pm (UTC)
Dat is bij mij half van de reden dat ik niet naar Starbucks ga. De andere helft is dat het duuuuuuuur is voor alles behalve thee en koffie. Ik drink geen koffie en ik ben al niet zot van warme dranken X_x
Dat en ze serveren hun warme dranken niet warm maar schroeiend heet, dus dan moet ik eerst lijk een half uur wachten eer het überhaupt nog maar drinkbaar is.
Of om het te hebben zoals ik het graag heb: een uur.
Dan hoeft het voor mij toch echt niet meer.
Stel je voor dat ze er NOG een Panos zouden insteken, dan is het al helemaal te debiel voor woorden.
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[User Picture]From: arukochan
2014-02-25 06:28 pm (UTC)
Ja, de prijzen en het gebrek aan zitplaats zijn voor mij al reden genoeg om niet naar Starbucks te gaan. Om dan maar niets te zeggen over de onbestaande gezelligheid...
Nog een Panos zou wel een beetje overkill worden. Of eender wat in dezelfde lijn als Panos eigenlijk. Gewoon terug een deftig en betaalbaar café zou het beste zijn.
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[User Picture]From: kittensandsteam
2014-02-25 06:42 pm (UTC)
Het is nu al Panos overkill tot en met. Er zijn er al 3 X_x
Ik hoop ook wel dat als er toch weer een café komt het geen Keizerlei prijzen gaan zijn, want dan hoeft het voor mij ook niet. Dan haal ik nog liever iets uit bij de Spar om op een bankje aan het Kievit stuk of op de grote trap te gaan zitten :)
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[User Picture]From: arukochan
2014-02-25 06:46 pm (UTC)
Inderdaad, laten we hopen op het beste! :)
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