Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Sonic and Europe: Mission Complete!!

So it looks like I made it back in one piece. I have actually been back for a while now but it has taken me a little while to get back into the swing of things. So that's why I haven't updated this blog or DeviantART or anything like that since I have got back.

"How was your trip?" "Did you meet that Sonic guy?" This is basically how all my conversations since I have been back has started. So I thought I would answer those questions here.

In one word the trip as a whole was "Awesome!" I enjoyed every second of it and I am so glad that my best mate Dave was the guy that I did it with. Dave is definitely a trooper putting up with my snoring (which I never knew I did). In one month we did a lot of travelling. We went to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Milan, Zurich, Berlin and Frankfurt. And during all that travelling we had so much Pizza.

Greatest day of my life!

Obviously a highlight of my trip and probably my entire life was the Summer of Sonic convention in London. 2011 just so happens to be the Blue Blurs 20th Anniversary and Summer of Sonic 2011 was basically the biggest birthday party I have ever been to. Being a massive Sonic the Hedgehog it was so awesome being surrounded by 2000+ people who are just like myself and wanted to show how much they loved this particular video game character.

That's a lot of Sonic fans.

One of the best things about the day was is that I finally go to meet many of the guys that I work with on Sonic the Comic: Online! face to face. It was so awesome to finally put a face to the name of the people that I have worked with over the last few years. These guys collectively put together the best online comic there is, so if you haven't already go check it out! www.stconline.co.uk I'm not just saying that cuz I work on it either, the people behind this comic are amazing.

Takashi Iizuka and Yuji Naka.

At Summer of Sonic I rocked out as Julien K took the stage! I giggled like a school girl when I realised that I just Streetpass Yuji Naka on my 3DS! I was in awe of Tracy Yardley!'s raw drawing talent! I had an awesome coversation with Ian Flynn! I freaked out when Jun Senoue from Crush 40 took a photo with me! I then rocked out again when he took the stage and performed Live and Learn! and I was absolutely speechless when Takashi Iizuka and Yuji Naka signed my merchandise right in front of me!

Yes I had a good time.

Myself and Crush 40 member Jun Senoue.

And the hilarious thing is. This was only the 2nd day of my trip. The rest of it was just as memorable. So since I have taken up so much of your time I'll get through the rest of the month quickly. One of my major highlights was the food. European food is sooo good. Whether it's baguettes from Paris, pizza or pasta from anywhere in Italy or paella from Barcelona. It was all so rich with flavour. Until I went to Italy I never knew how good mozzarella actually is. This trip has ruined restaurant food for me back home.

Another highlight of my trip was just the scenery. Europe is beautiful. And the crazy thing is that all the countries are so close to each other but they all have there own uniqueness to them, that you can clearly tell that you are in a certain country. Rome was amazing as the country just seemed to build around their heritage. You would walk around the city casually and then realise that you are at the Vatican or the Collesuem. Barcelona is probably one of the most laid back cities. Everyone just chills. Venice oozes romance. Every second being there made me wish I had brought my girlfriend along. And the scenery when travelling through Switzerland is just absolutely breathtaking.

This ain't right.

I could actually go on forever about my trip. But I guess the main point I want to get across is that it was Awesome! If you have never been before, go. You will have the best time. Eat the food, hang out with the people and go party.

See you on the flip side!