Some of you might know about *Anathiell
's Final Fantasy XIII project in Ireland.
I came back from on Sunday and if there's one thing I can say: IT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!
So many things went wrong, but also so so many things went perfectly right!
Just a slight warning if anyone actually bothers to read this - this is going to be my longest journal entry EVER. And it's going to be MASSIVE.
So if anyone actually manages to read all of this - you're great. xD (or maybe just bored?)
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The days before I left
I was so exciteeeeeeeeed XD
So before I went to Ireland, I had been at ~Kukkusche
's place for a few day, which of course was incredibly awesome
From there I went to :nightmareluffy:'s place on thursday, cause he lives closer to the airport than me or Kukku do.
I had also not seen him for some time, so I kind used this chance to visit him. We had a nice short evening, even though poor Luffy had to work until 2 in th morning.
So Friday was the day I was leaving for Ireland and of course - I overslept XD
Just like me to oversleep, when it's important to wake up on time. xD
Anyway, I managed to catch my train after all, even though Düsseldorf airport is confusing as hell XD
Landing in Dublin, I was overwhelmed by being in my favourite country again and was glad that I got picked up by Peter, Serah and Fang <3
I was really afraid, that I had to look for those guys everwhere, but Serah recognized me instantly, so YAY!
To be honest, when I was on the plane, I was scared of many things like "What if they don't like me?" or "What if I'm not enough as Vanille after all?" and so on...
But in the end, everyone was great and accepted me the way I am. It couldn't have been any better.
I'm still glad I new Snow from before, because it actually helped me to decide to participate in the first place. And I probably would've hated myself if I didn't!
So after getting picked up our small group went for a walk in phoenix park and then to a shopping centre, so Peter had time to collect Ana from work and pick up Snow and Hope from the airport later on.
So we stormed all of the games shops there XD and then I bought a Slinky dog and a Buzz Lightyear DVD XDDDDD (yes I love Toy Story)
Then I was finally able to meet up with my beloved friend Kate, who I haven't seen for two years.
We only met for less than an hour, but it was totally worth it and I was incredibly happy to see her again <3
We then finally went to Ana's place, where I got to meet the rest of our group, which was great <3 I already felt like home, when Ana hugged me to greet me <33333
So we had a nice bbq and got to know each other better. We also met our great photographer Martin, a truly brilliant person.
We then practiced our skit for a bit and went to bed to get some sleep, cause we had to get up early the next morning.
Saturday - the day of chaos, the day of cold wind, the day of awesomness, the day of everything and nothing XD
The day started with about everything going wrong. Some time of the day I thought, that someone just wanted to make us face difficulties like the characters in the game. After all - an adventure without difficulties wouldn't be an adventure, would it?
We got up at 5.30 so we'd be able to leave at 7. My back piece came off the moment I put on the top and I had to fix it. So Fang and I barely managed to be ready on time...
When we left the house a bit late, we somehow managed to get lost. We drove around for a while to find our way back to the actual route and then Fang got sick. Me and Serah didn't feel that good either, so we had to take a little break. When we moved again, I actually forgot my neclaced ON THE ROOF OF THE CAR! OMG!
Luckily, one of the nice guys with us noticed, PHEW!
Somewhere along the trip, we bumped into that huge stone and damaged two wheels of our car. So we had to change one of them.
It's kind of like bad things just kept happening XD" It was like Murphy's law became true XD Everthing than can go wrong, will go wrong XD
So anyway, after a while we arrived at our first destination, which was on top of a mountain and... it was beautiful... it was GRAND PULSE!
But the problem was - IT WAS FREEZING! I haven't been that cold in a long time!
It wouldn't have been so bad, if there hadn't been that freakingly strong wind. So we all got out, wrapped in Jackets and Blankets and all cuddled together.
We got brave enough to take a few pictures, but went back under blankets after only a short time.
I only managed to take about three pictures or so, cause I just couldn't stay in the cold much longer.
I felt bad about complaining the whole time, but honestly - even though everyone was cold, I think I was off the worst, cause Vanille just wears the fewest clothes of everyone. It wasn't much better for Fang either I guess. Pulse guys should really buy more clothes! XD
Anyway we didn't stay there that long, cause we got chased away by some guy, as that place turned out to be private property...
We drove to another great place, but I didn't even get out of the car there. I was just too cold xD"
And poor Fang was busy fixing her neclace and speer anyway, so I wouldn't have gotten to take pictures with her anyway >w<
So we then found a forest - where it wasn't as cold - so YAY <3 We finally were able to take a few more pictures <33333333
So after a short break we tried to find a lake to take pictures at... which turned put to be more difficult than expected, since everything in Ireland seems to be private property xD
But after a while we found a public lake, took some picture on a bridge and at that lake.
The only problem - THE WIND WAS BACK, oh nooooooes~~~
It was cold once again and my stupid back piece kept slapping me in the face XD
Anyways - we then went back home to have something to eat and get ready for NomCon, where we arrived around half past 5.
It was great that they let us in for free. It was a bit sad that we didn't get to do our skit after all, especially after all the work Fang put into it, but the stage was just to small.
We were allowed to particpate in the hero walk on, which was really cool <33333
Anyway NomCon was great, but small - so were actually getting stared at all the time
Which was cool, but something new for me as well XD"
At this point, let me say thank you to !CelestialSpear
,who really did all the she could do for us! You are great and I loved meeting you, thanks for everything!
So after NomCom we walked around to take some more pictures and then went back home, as we all were really tired.
We then took a first look at the amazing pictures of the day, which was breath-taking.
And as we were all exhausted, we went to bed early.
So on Sunday we were planning to leave at 9 o'clock, but when the alarm clocks went off around 7.30... no one bothered to get up XD
And when it was 8, everyone was still in bed. XD
Around that time, Ana showed up and told we were not going anywhere, so we were all VERY HAPPY about that xD
So after having a nice long breakfast and recovering a little, (We were all kind of sick from the last day) we decided to set up a small studio at home
This way we were finally able to look at the screenshots that were sent it and try photos according to them.
At this point I was really grateful, that everyone was so considerate... cause they let me go first. I was the only one who already left on Sunday (T_T) and so we decided to take all the pictures Vanille was in first.
Thank you guys!
It was hard for me to get the right expression first... And I thought that I would look totally fail next to all those great people, cause they did so well with expressions and poses and so on >w<
But I think, I kind of got the hang of it and it turned out okay :3
It was fun trying to immitate some scenes <3 it was an entirely new experience for me!
So Sunday went by TOO quickly!
I finished my pictures, watched the others take some more, got changed, packed my stuff, looked at some of the photos again and then it was already time for me to leave ;_______;
For a moment there I was DESPERATE. I didn't want to go. I didn't want the weekend to end just yet, I didn't want to leave Ireland AGAIN and most of all, I didn't want to leave our group. A small group of people, that I got to like so so much in only a short time. It was a bit like leaving my family behind or something.
So when I had to go, I actually couldn't keep myself from crying. I normally hate to cry in front of people. It's something I normally just don't do. But I couldn't help it...
Everyone hugged me and sayed very kind words to me, which was very very touching. There was so much I wanted to say to them and thank them for, especially Ana. But in the end I couldn't really say that much. But I think the know anyway.
So Peter and Fang drove me back to the airport, which was really nice! It was just so right to have Fang with me, haha XD
When we got to the airport, I was actually planning how to get Fang on the plane with me to bringe her home with me XD
Anyway, I said goodbye to my last two new friends and got lost on the airport, even though Peter had told me where to go before XD
I'm just hopeless I guess... (OH THE IRONY XD)
The flight back to Germany was pretty horrible, since I got terribly sick on the plane.
It might've been the excitement, the sadness, the general hate towards planes, the exhaustion or the fact that I ate too much Tuna pizza XD
I dunno what it was, but I got sick... like really... 8D
Anyways, I went back to Luffy's place, which was nice again <3
Thanks a lot for letting me stay over :3333
I overslept again on Monday and then went back home to sleep the whole damn day XD
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> AND NOW?
So... what I can say about all this? It was one of the best weekends of my life!
It was an adventure! It made me love FFXIII even more! It was like real visit too Grand Pulse and made me feel more like Vanille than ever.
Oh yeah and of course it got me a new favourit word: "VANILLISH" ! Best word ever XD
But most important of all - I got to meet new people, new friends:
)- Who's not only an amazing cosplayer, but a great person as well. You really were like Fang to me... as in a bit like Fang's towards Vanille. We had a lot of fun and I'll be forever grateful to have met you.
Snow (Ascott) - whom I've known for almost 2 years before this project, but never as good as I know him now... we were friends before, but we're even closer friends now. And I don't even have to say anything about being the perfect Snow.
) - who is the perfect Serah, the perfect sister for Ana... you're the cutest and nicest person and I got to like you a lot in only a short time. Being with you made me happy
Hope (relentlessKey) - who was just like Hope - being a bit shy at the beginning, but talking more and more towards the end XD I really loved listening to all those stories you told us and you mad the impossible possible - you mad me like Hope XD
Peter - you were THE GUY! yes THE guy XD You managed a lot of things so well and tried to help in every way possible <3 you were always there to make a bad joke (and I love bad jokes XD) and you tried to keep a cool head all the time. Thanks so much for everything you did :3
Lukazs and all the other guys that drove around with us - Thanks for helping us, thanks for being there, thanks for just about everything! I didn't get to know all of you that well but I'm grateful for your help!
- I only saw you a very very short time but took a liking to you instantly! Thanks thanks thanks for helping us at NomCon! You were amazing!
) - an amazing photographer and a great person. He was really up for this adventure, so full of energy and ideas! He helped us with posing, expressions and you were a lot of fun to be with. There couldn't have been a better person to come along with us!
And last but not least:
) - words cannot express how grateful I am to you. You were amazing as Lightning, you were amazing as person. You organized all of this and made your dream come true. I couldn't be more happy to have been part of this. Thanks so much for bringing this project to live and managing all this so well and most of all thanks for letting me be part of this. You're simply great. Thank you.
I will truly miss all you very very much. This weekend is something I'll forever remember.
I really hope we will all meet again.
Thanks for making this weekend as great as it was. And sorry for sounding all emotional and so on, but this is how I truly feel now.
Thank you guys!
"Vanillish" greetings from Germany!! XD