The farewell party, of all farewell parties!

by Ant Stone on June 26, 2007

in Pre-Trip Planning

This time next week I’ll be exploring the principal stop along the Trail of Ants, no doubt shaking from a combination of excess alcohol and dearth of nutrition. Moscow, here I come. My backpack will be bulging with useless items that I will of convinced myself I’ll need and I’ll of fallen hopelessly in love with far too many of those women things. So as I’m embarking on the journey next Saturday, it meant the weekend that preceded this post was my fond farewell to England, the country I love and loathe… and what a weekend it was.

This particular weekend had 5 days, 177,500 people, 100’s of bands, 1000 acres of mud, 3 crates of lager, 3 boxes of wine and lashings more statistic-inducing extravagance. If you haven’t guessed, this could only be one place, the world famous Glastonbury Festival in Somerset.

As farewell parties go, having the Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, The Who and Shirley Bassey playing mind-blowing sets was pretty majestic.

We squeezed in over 30 bands’ sets, cheered with The Blues Brothers on the big screen, partied till 5am in the Silent Disco, lost my mind in Lost Vagueness, ate junk till I felt queezy and found mud in places it just shouldn’t appear. All this, in the company of some of the coolest people on the planet today, you know who you are (Jeff, you’re not one!).

The 210 mile return journey took me 11 soul-sapping hours, which is more or less what it will take me to get to Moscow from my front door come Saturday. Yes, Saturday. This Saturday. The day between Friday and Sunday. I. Am. Travelling. The. World! Waking up this morning I was in full on list mode. As I type this my desk is covered in the mother of all lists, detailing just about everything I need to achieve in the next 3.5 days. I’ve filled the evenings with farewells to factions of friends and the days are overflowing with last minute items that adorn that list; cancel gas bill, note down mobile numbers, pack up house, make a list etc.

One of the major things I need to achieve is complete satisfaction with the website and the way it moves and grooves for you readers, there’s little chance I’ll be able to fix things on the road so I’m hoping to tie up any loose ends before Friday. Then there’s the bank to sort out, the phone to transfer, the clothes to donate, phone calls to make… hang on… I’ve got to go, there’s a new list brewing! The final word though, goes to Glasto and the memories I moulded from the mud, it truly was the most awesome time I have ever had in a field and has set me up for the Big Off in the most awesome way imaginable.

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