Looking for tickets or info for the Get Happy Tour 2018 featuring Bowling for Soup, Army of Freshmen and The Aquabats?

This domain name was used for the Get Happy Tour back in its original run around 10 years ago, when I used to do work for BFS and AOF. However, for the past 5 years it has been used for my travel blog as I never thought we would have another Get Happy Tour and I didn't want it to go to waste.

But as a favour to two bands who have done a lot for me over the years, and so you don't miss out, ticket info is:
O2 Presale: 10am on 25 September
General Onsale: 10am on 27 September.

Tickets available from ticketmaster.co.uk and bowlingforsoup.com
 


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Back in the UK

August 24th, 2002 No comments

We’re back in the UK!

After our night of eating Pizza on the 22nd we had an early night before getting up early to head to Windhoek Airport for our connecting flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. The airport is fairly small but clean and modern. There wasn’t too much to do there after more than an hour though so luckily we didn’t have to stay very long. It was emotional saying goodbye to Rod at the airport. He’s been a great guy over the last few weeks, helped us through a lot and made our team more efficient. I’ll miss him.

Windhoek Airport

Windhoek Airport

After a short flight from Windhoek to Johannesburg we had another 10 hour or so layover before our flight to London. We discovered the restaurant upstairs in the departure lounge too – Steak, Chips and Peas meal with a drink for less than the price of a coffee in Starbucks in most western countries. I love Africa! We did some last minute shopping, made final phone calls home and then boarded the flight to London. I swapped seats on the way back to be able to sit next to some of the group that I have made friends with during the trip, and avoid having to sit next to some people I didn’t want to sit next to from the group, which made the long flight a lot more survivable.

Arriving back in the UK was part sadness part relief. It has been a long month and we’re glad to be back but we’ll miss the place. I know I certainly will. It was also emotional for a few people – I saw one or two tears show on people after clearing customs and seeing friends and family. I guess I never really understood emotion at an airport until today as I’ve never been away for this long. I wasn’t one of the people that cried but it was nice to see people again.

Our leaders back at Heathrow

Our leaders back at Heathrow

I can’t believe how great the last month has been. We’ve seen some amazing places, met some amazing people and done things that I will remember for the rest of my life. Sure it’s been tiring and there’s been one or two events (and a person) that I would rather forget but this has probably been the best month of my life. So many great memories! I hope to be able to return to Namibia again soon!

Namibian Flag

Namibian Flag

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We made it to Namibia!

July 27th, 2002 No comments

Welcome to Africa…. we made it to Namibia!

We’re currently in the Chameleon Hostel which is a fairly nice place to stay in the capital, Windhoek, which has a very friendly resident Meerkat. It keeps looking at us strangely but seems used to tourists. Our room has this weird mural/tapestry thing that looks like a cross between a tribal leader and the Pringles man. Me and Dan B have named it Gertrude and now we can’t stop laughing!

The Meerkat

The Meerkat

On Wednesday after arriving at the school we all had either Fish and Chips or KFC for lunch before sorting through our bags and completing last minute paperwork. I did add something to my bag though – not something I forgot but we were told that the locals in Namibia would be really interested in our lives and where we come from so I took loads of photos but thought it would be a good idea to take a school prospectus too. We will be seeing their school I think they will enjoy seeing ours. The rest of the day we mainly played games (football, basketball etc) and chatted to each other before sleeping on the very hard floor of the school gym!

In the school gym

In the school gym

Thursday morning we spent checking the World Challenge equipment such as tents and checked that everything else was there before heading up in convoy in two school minibuses (one for us, one for the equipment) to Heathrow Airport. As the person that did the majority of work organising this trip I was nominated as the team leader until we get to Johannesburg and managed to get everybody through Heathrow fairly quickly. South African Airways did a good job of checking us in and we were soon in the departure lounge waiting for our flight. We’ll have a different leader every day I but we’re there a month so I’ll be the leader again at some point.

After a 10 hour flight we arrived in Johannesburg airport and I managed to lose something – my bum-bag containing all of my money, passport etc. Luckily I remembered seeing it at the baggage scanner in the transit area so I went back there to collect it and after filling out a form and bribing the customs official with 20 rand I got it back. I then went back up and met the others before realising something else was missing – my top. I didn’t remember using it on the plane so must have left it at Heathrow when the rather large security man decided I needed searching and I had to put everything down. Luckily there was a good outdoors store in Johannesburg airport so I bought a new fleece. We had a long wait ahead of us so found various ways to amuse ourselves. Dan B decided on this….

Dan and the hats

Dan and the hats

After a 10 hour layover we boarded another plane for a short flight to Namibia. When we arrived I had to help the group through immigration – our accommodation for that night had been arranged by our driver so we didn’t know where our first nights accommodation would be for the incoming passenger card. Most of us put the address of the school we’ll be staying for the next 2 weeks, but a few people didn’t put anything and got queried by the woman on immigration. Luckily this matter didn’t involve bribery! We spent most of the rest of the day drinking and playing pool in the hostel before having an early night.

In the hostel

In the hostel

GERTRUDE!

GERTRUDE!

I had my first African shower last night – it was outside in the courtyard and very cold which came as a bit of a shock. We have just had eggs and toast for breakfast (a few people decided on eggy bread instead) and should be leaving the hostel soon. We’ll be stopping off in the city to exchange money, buying anything we need and then heading off to the town of Gibeon. We’ll finally be able to see the real Africa – we had to stay in Johannesburg airport and arrived after sunset yesterday so haven’t seen any of the continent yet!

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