Before we went to Bestival in September last year, Elsa and I got the incredible chance to explore Western-super-Mare and Bristol because Carly lives in Somerset. I have never seen anything like the beach at Western-super-Mare. The sand has the consistency of mud and the tide stretches a very long way back, which caused the tiny pools of water to reflect the clear blue sky. These mudflats are actually quite dangerous to walk in, it was very tricky to get unstuck from the mud, so we walked in the drier bits. Next time, I would definitely take a run in such a beautiful setting. Carly’s parents were extremely generous to grab us tickets to Banksy’s Dismaland. It certainly wasn’t as depressing as I expected it to be! The staff were very miserable and kept scaring everyone though.Everywhere you looked there was art that conveyed pretty powerful messages. There was a gallery that had artworks from amazing international artists and from home. A few of Damien Hurt’s pieces were there, but I am still quite unsure how I feel about those…This was the most intricate model village I have ever seen. It is titled “Aftermath Dislocation” and was made by artist Jimmy Cauty and his team. It portrays a “new Bedford” where the police have taken over and all the buildings are run down, quite an eery atmosphere now that I remember it.This was another piece that captured my eye. I think the artist here tried to show how little fresh vegetables there are in ready made meals, or maybe it was a cool way to make plant pots. Whatever the concept behind the art was, it was effective.Whilst taking a needed break, we watched a few unique short films. All of them interesting and quite disturbing in their own way.We walked into a tent that contained posters and banners used in past protests. The whole night was a great adventure and made me aware of some issues I wasn’t familiar with before.The following day, we went to Bristol to do pre-festival shopping and this is where I took the cutest pic of the girls ever. I bought the most amazing shorts in American Apparel as they fit so well and didn’t make me look like I was about to burst in them! We also grabbed a few bits of essential camping gear at Sports Direct.Elsa has a friend who is studying in Bristol, so she met up with her for lunch and left Carly and I to do our own thing for a couple of hours. We had some incredible food at Fuego. The Nachos came topped with some guac, lettuce, salsa, jalapeños, refried beans and cheese. So filling and delicious.I wasn’t feeling too hungry, so for a main I got a small portion of chicken quesadillas. Again, this dish packed a lot of flavour.
After lunch, we took a stroll around the docks of Bristol. It was a warm and sunny day and I was left with a pleasant impression of the city. The people here were friendly, there were a lot of interesting places to explore and I certainly would love to come here again.