Now that I actually have time to post a real entry about SL, here goes.
To begin with, I wasn’t going to go to Southern Lights as I was quite simply too poor to afford a ticket. Thankfully, the gorgeous Safire stepped in and offered me one of hers in exchange for hugs on demand. A fair trade. The festival kicked off on Friday the 11th, but I was booked that day to celebrate a friend finishing exams.Friday evening went swimmingly, with a bunch of people back at hers having an awesome time. We did sort of lose track of time and before I knew it, it was light again and I had to leave to get home, pick up my stuff and run. This I did. Eventually I made it on the train, having run for it with a fairly weighty backpack containing mainly circus toys, paraffin and food.
When I eventually made it to Southern Lights, the party was in full swing and I wearily stumbled up the hillside to a vacant spot on the ground to pitch my tent. No tent-pitching was done for about 20 minutes as I simply collapsed on the grass and lay there, unable to move for exhaustion.Once things were settled, I set about exploring. I bumped into [Skins](http://skinselliott.webs.com) who turned out to be my next-tent neighbour, said hi to Greeny and Oscar who were spinning away and found Thomas who was teaching a workshop on poi. A bunch of people from [Spinning @](http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=40212351707&ref=ts "Spinning @") were around as well, which was good.
The events of the following few days are too numerous to list in prose so I will make it easy
- I had my arms painted in different patterns with SPF 30 theatre paints, meaning I now sport a patterned tan!
- Took some amazing sunset poi photos with the help of Skins’ camera and flash gear
- We had countless workshops taught by Thomas, G, Loooop and entire hours spent experimenting with things and just letting information sink in
- Spent a good chunk of time hanging out on Jan’s porch, exchanging massages with a load of people which was both fun and educational.
- Had a wine & cheese party while the pub quiz was happening with real Brie, Gruyère and all manner of other cheeses that had miraculously not grown legs and escaped in the heat.
- Drew shapes in the dark with some LED finger rings
- Ingested unhealthy amounts of sausage rolls, jaffa cakes and houmous.
- Cleaned up my stalls immensely
- Re-engineered my poi for extra length after playing with Thomas’ set
3 hours later, people were up and between packing, poi-ing and drinking with relish, gratitude and tears of joy in my eyes the steaming hot cocoa that Jan had cooked up, I managed to get everything squared away and was faced with a dilemma: whether to take the minibus to the train station and get the train to London or whether to get a lift to the station from Jan.
In the end, we all decided it would be much more fun for me to lie across her back seat with 3 people supporting me all the way to London.
All in all, an EXCELLENT festival and I am going again next year!