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Sometimes I think it would be nice to do just one without the kids . . . but they'd never forgive me! They love it too much! And luckily I have my lovely mother on hand who also likes to be in bed by 10! Next year we're staying in a tipi whilst mum has sole responsibility for the kids . . . so that'll be nice! x
Always love Womad Yum. Even took my kids a few years back and hopefully they will come again next year, with wee ones in tow. You have lots of years in the future to experience it other ways but only now when they are little.
Good point Retrac. A part of me still hopes they'll want to come when they are grown though . . . although I'm sure they'll be off doing their thing! S.C. has talked before about how nice it is for him and Mrs. S.C. to have their time now. x
Womad is good on your lonesome...no waiting in toilet queues for friends, no endless texts to find out where so-and-so is, no arguing over which acts you want to see next, no obligation to go see acts you don't really want to see....but it is also really good to have pals to meet up with, have a drink with and chew the fat after hours with. I love Womad
Our kids are 19 and 21 now, this was the second year without them at WOMAD, and i don't think they've quite forgiven us yet. Too expensive for our budget as 4 adults....but they both plan to get themselves there next year.....here's hoping, but in the meantime, we're still having a really good time
Yes we've said we'll pay for our kids until they're 18, but I do hope they'll want to bring themselves after that! All they have to do is save £20 a month and they're there!
I imagine Womad is quite good on your own PD . . . more time for reflection! I camp with a big group of people, friends and family, but I don't think any of us ever go and see people we don't want to etc. We just join each other if we happen to want to see the same people! Or a number of our party have NO idea who they want to see and just kinda go with the flow! We don't send endless texts either, maybe the odd one or two but after that if we find each other great and if we don't that's fine to.
PD . . . I'm so glad this year seems to have restored your Womad love!! xxx
This was my first WOMAD and I absolutely loved it. I brought my 14 year old daughter, who dreams of being a photographer/journalist and she expected to approach the festival as an opportunity to take amazing photos. She unexpectedly loved every moment of WOMAD. We traveled all the way from the US, and had a fantastic time. The only bad thing for us, is that now that we know what we're missing, it will be hard to miss WOMAD again in the future. We did a lot, but looking back at the schedule realize that somehow we missed so many workshops or shows that we'd really like to have seen or participated in. We did a few dance workshops, ran back and forth from stage to stage, trying to catch as much as we could. We tried several of the food stalls, and my daughter painted henna up and down both arms, and danced at lots of shows with the "dancing penguin". Total freedom of expression, and such a joyous event. We stayed in Malmesbury with another friend traveling from Canada, and thoroughly enjoyed WOMAD, and the Malmesbury area. I really hope to attend again in the future. All of you that get to attend year after year are surely a lucky group.
Awwwwwwwww . .. how lovely Ela. Yep! You'll never get chance to do it all Im afraid!
Whereabouts did you stay? I would be interested to hear how you found it? We're getting married at Abbey House Gardens next year and I know she has a room there, the wedding party is also staying at the kings arms? But I'd be interested to hear about anywhere else as well as I need to find accomodation for my photographer. xxx
Malmesbury's lovely isn't it? Can't believe I've been going to Womad 4 years and it's the first year I've ventured in!
P.S. Perhaps you'll have to move to the UK Ela?? Lol!! I do think that's proper Womad dedication travelling all the way from the US!!
I didn't have the best WOMAD but that was all down to me. I think the bar was set fairly high after last year and there wasn't a lot there that I fancied this year. However I am off to see Mama Roisin at the end of next month in Manchester and the Ane Brun CD has been a regular in our house since July.
Overall I probably wasn't in the right mood this year and I said it was going to be my last WOMAD for a bit.
However the more I think about it, the more I will miss it - Mollys Bar, Cider Tent, fabulous food, Malmesbury on Saturday aft, discovering new bands, just walking around and taking it all in.
I do think they played safe this year, but I understand they were possibly aiming to get better known bands for the 30th. I'm certain 31 will be better and so will my mood. xxx
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