Alkmaar, here I come again :)

It’s no secret I visit Chantie and Alkmaar often. So far this year, I’ve seen her twice! I wish it was more. Chantie is a great friend and I would’ve loved to have her in a ‘come-over-for-dinner-tonight-distance’.  Sadly we live over 950 km apart (straight line distance). That means we have to travel a lot to see each other. Well, I don’t mind travelling, so that’s ok.

We’ve been talking / draming about seeing each other soon again.  For a long time it was only talk. Chantie wasn’t even sure she would afford having me over. Chantie naturally spend more money than she normally would when I’m there. We go out eating, we shop, we go to Amsterdam etc etc.

At one point she told me we might just stop dreaming about a near visit. I refused that and told her I didn’t need to spend money to have fun with her. So I came up with some ideas of what we could do without spending money.  Like:

  • stay inside and watch Oprah on DVD all day while eating candy.
  • Play lots of Rummy. Oh how we love that game!
  • Buy alcohol, drink at home and then go out dancing.
  • Watch movies on DVD.
  • visit a museum.
  • go around town photographing buildings, bikes, boats and other different things.
  • have photosessions with my camera (taking pics of each other and both together)
  • help Chantie with her e-baying

Things doesn’t have to cost much in order to have fun. Fun is what we create.

Not many days later, I get an e-mail from KLM saying they’re having a 5 days sale with low prices to some destinations in Europe. Amsterdam was one of them! How convenient!

After some talking, we decided that I couldn’t let this sale go by wihtout me buying a ticket. After talking to one of the leaders at my office (my boss was away that day) to get a day off, I ordered tickets for next Easter! I’ll be going the 31st of March and go home on the 6th of April. Almost a week! And I only paid 1032 NOK for the ticket. Sweet!

Good lord, I can’t wait to see her again! 112 days left!

We have also been talking about PinkPop (the festival south in Holland), but that is faaaar from a reality. We know Pink, Rammstein and John Mayer is coming. We both would love to see Pink. And Chantie wants to see Rammstein and I want to see John Mayer.

If we go, it depends on a lot of things. Do we have money? Is there enough interesting artists coming? Do we get the days off?

We have lots of time to decide if we’re gonna go or not. I’m not putting all my money on it – that we are going. If it happens, it will be fun. But if it doesn’t happen, I’ll live.

I got to see my baby at least once anyway :)

Pinkpop: the music

I’m now back from the Netherlands and I survived the Pinkpop festival. It was awesome and I wanna write about it. I have lots to write about and quite some pictures to share. I wanna go to bed quite early tonight so I won’t be able to write about all the stuff now. So I’m dividing it up in two posts. The festival in general and the music. Here is what me and Chantie saw and pictures of the artists.

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Bruce and the band was great as usual. He has a way with interacting with the audience which I love! The setlist was not top notch, but good. There was a few songs he could’ve skipped (Trapped, Land of Hopes and Dreams, Lonesome Day), not because they’re no good, but a bit boring at a concert. But on the other hand, he played Raise Your Hand and I’m On Fire!!! Great songs which I don’t think I’ve heard live before. We were in the pit and had good spots! Thanks Chantie!!

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Maria Mena: Super, super show! She is so sweet and cool and what not. Her show was at the 3FM stage (second largest stage) and had a great performans.

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The Killers: They were just as great as expected. Too bad we were so far away from the stage. They sang lots of great songs like Human, Read my Mind, I Got Soul, but I’m Not A Solidar among others. The singer Brandon Flower, he actually entered the stage later too – to sing a song with Bruce. They sang Thunder Road together. Brandon was so starstruck and his eye twinkled. So fun!

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Amy Macdonald: She had died her hair (blond) and it was much shorter, so I hardly recognized her. She delivered and gave us many of the great songs she’s written in her bedroom five years ago! I think her performance would’ve been better if she had been in the tent or 3FM stage instead of the main stage.

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Keane: Good concert with lots of their hits. Always nice to see them live.  Tom Chaplin was in color for a change. He always wear dark colors, as Chantie pointed to me.

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The All American Rejects: The biggest surprise of the festival. I had only heard one song by them (once) so I didn’t know what to expect. neither did Chantie.  When we saw them come up on stage we were a bit unsure of how it would be. The guitarplayer had some funny shorts on and long hair and beard. I know you can’t jugde the music by how they look, but it can give you hints at least.  TAAR rocked the tent! Awesome show! I really loved their performance!

Milow: Dutch guy. Nice music and fun to watch. He would also have benefitted by performing on a smaller stage I think.

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Katy Perry: She’s a crazy girl with a fun stage containing blown up cats and strawberries among other things. She was performing in the tent. We heard most of her songs, including Hot ‘n Cold, which I happen to think is as cool song. It was so hot inside the tent that we decided to leave before the show was over and we missed her mega-hit I Kissed A Girl, which was fine by me, because I’m so FED UP with that song. Ugh, I don’t like it.

Krezip: Dutch band who had their last concert ever. They’re splitting up after being a band for almost ten years. They got discovered at Pinkpop. What I saw was ok. Nothing I went completely crazy over, but they weren’t bad.

White  Lies: we tried to get into the tent to see White Lies, but we were too late. It was already full when we arrived. So we stood outside the tent, listening and not seeing anything. I think their debut album is good and got to hear two of their best songs. Too bad I couldn’t see them. I think they should’ve been at the 3FM stage. I guess the ones who decided where the bands should play, thought they would have that big audience.

Novastar: A dutch guy playing the piano. We saw parts of his show while we were waiting inside the pit for Amy Macdonald. I don’t remember much of him, but he wasn’t bad.

A big letdown was that Depeche Mode had to cancel. They were supposed to be the headliners on the sunday. But the lead singer, Dave Gahan, had just removed a tumor (somewhere in his belly or lower down I think) so he had to rest. I understand that. But I would have loved to see them again. They are great!

We also saw some of Franz  Ferdinand (while walking around eating I think), Anouk, Rowwen Hèze (puke! we only got a climps of them because we were heading for the shoarma)  and Madness. I didn’t know who Madness was, but I recognized two songs while we were standing and chatting with one of Chanties colleagues, Misha. And I remember I thought to myself that I had to check out that band, because they sounded very funky and cool!

Ahem… should I mention the music that was somwhere on or around Camping C where we stayed? It was so loud that it felt like it came from right outside the tent. It was some DJ’s who played until 3 o’clock in the morning. I think it was DJ Nothing But Funk the last day. It was a bit annoying I must say. But it wasn’t as annoying as the campers next to us who kept Chantie awake all sunday night. I’ll tell more about that next time!

Pinkpop, pinkpop yeah yeah yeah!

It looks like Pinkpop will happen after all. Things turned 360 degrees and now we’re back in the game!

The boxing glows are on! Uhm… more like the dancing shoes, actually!

Chantie and I, we’ve been planing Pinkpop this evening over msn. When you got a long-distance friendship, msn is everything. There is nothing that can’t be decided over msn. We also had our webcameras on for a short while. Funny how she first just had sound and no picture. Then she did some adjustments and then she had picture but no sound. haha. Well, it’s better with picture than sound.  

So far we’ve figured out when I’m coming, how go get there, where to sleep, how to get home and when I’m leaving. I’ll come on the 28th of May. It’s cheaper to fly on thursday, than friday. We’ll take an early bus the 30th which will arrive around 11.00. The same bus will take us back to Alkmaar 00.15 on monday, technically tuesday 2nd of June actually. About an hour after the last concert.

We’ll be staying at the camp in a tent which is not bought yet. What kind of tent this is gonna be I have no clue of. Chantie is in charge there. All I know is that it’s gonna be small and cheap. As long as we both fit in there, I’m fine!

So far, I’ve calculated to spend around 5000 NOK on this trip. Most costs are fixed, but some is hard to calculate. Food and drinks are one of them. I’m sure the food inside the festival area will be expensive. And outside the festival area… I’m not sure there are anything to eat there. Landgraaf is in the middle of nowhere and just a big field to arrange festivals according to Chantie. hihi. A Godsforsaken place, I assume.

I checked to see what artists they’ve booked so far. Oh dear! They’ve got some great artists coming:

  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Depeche Mode
  • the Killers
  • Keane
  • Anouk
  • Amy MacDonald
  • Maria Mena
  • White Lies

I’ll get a great-live-music overload those days. heh! It will be crazy and not like anything I’ve experienced before. Never been to a sleep-over festival before. Only the one-day festivals.

The fact that  I’m gonna see Bruce again this year, is beyond my wildest dream. The other artists are just a bonus.

The only downside of it all, is that I can’t bring my camera. It’s too risky. I won’t have my camera stolen or getting lost somehow. And I bet I can’t bring it inside either. So we have to use the old camera, that I gave to Chantie for for home-made pizza and a bottle of wine. Taking pictures with the tiny Canon Ixus 500 will be interesting! Well, the Ixus can film. My DSLR can’t that. So props to the Ixus ;)

Collisions and changes

Some times things don’t turn out the way you want.

A few weeks ago Linda asked me, and a bunch of other girls, I we wanted to go see a show and have dinner before or after. It’s a show by Christine Koth, who is superfunny. I immediately thought ‘yes, I wanna go’ and was quite happy. Then checked the date. It collided with the September When concert. So then I had to turn that offer down. Sigh.

Last week I got an invitation to a birthday party the 14th. My friend Lisbeth and two others (Kim and Bård) are having a joint birhtday party and I was invited. I checked my calendar and found out I could go. So when Lisbeth mailed me on friday asking if I was going or not, I said I would come :) On saturday I find out that I can’t go after all. I’ve already bought tickets to see the first football match this year. The opening of the season. My team, LSK is playing against Stabæk at Stabæk’s new arena, Telenor Arena. I hadn’t forgot I was going, but I thought it was on sunday… doh! So I had to sms her and tell her I couldn’t come. Sigh, again.

I hate it when fun things collide like that!

And today, I found out I won’t be trying to get tickets to Pinkpop. Chantie sms’ed me and said she couldn’t afford it. A fair thing and I’m not upset at her or anything. I’m just a bit disappointed. Even though there were guaranties that we would get any tickets, I had build up some expectations.

What really hit me, is that now I know for sure that I won’t be able to see Bruce this summer :(  Not only that. I won’t be able to see Depeche  Mode or the Killers either. Oh well, I will survive!

On the bright side, I have some money I can spend. I have to think of new ways to spend my vacation money! It doesn’t look like I’m going on any other vacation than the Alkmaar-trip in April. I’m already seeing lots of posibillities for where to spend those money! And to put them on my savings account is not on the top list! In no particular order, we have:

  • new macro lense
  • sowing machine
  • clothes / shoes
  •  tiles on my balcony
  • more light in my kitchen
  • remote controll to my camera

I’m too tired to think of anything else…

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