So this weekend I went on a super exciting trip and saw my future husband (loooool). I also got to do shit for myself for once so that felt awesome!
So on Friday, my mum drove me to the train station and I'm happy I did tell her an hour earlier because we were really cutting it close. When I got on the train I was delighted to see someone from my high school that I used to talk to a lot on the train too, so we talked for a bit until she had to get off of the train. I was happy I had someone for the first bit though because I was getting super anxious. After that, I always had someone new beside me...at every stop the person beside me would get off and a new person would get on. The only consistent people I had sitting beside me were these two guys that talked to me about Toronto for a bit and about how shitty our University is. It felt super awesome to be social because I would have never spoke to someone just like that.
When I got to the station in Toronto, I was super overwhelmed by the crowd and the size. I had no idea where my friend was telling me she was (she kept saying 'by the clock') and no matter how much I walked I couldn't find her. Eventually the woman who was sitting beside me on the train found me and asked if I needed help. Normally I would have just said no because I've seen too many episodes of Forensic Files and I have been trying to listen to my gut instincts lately, but I was in such a public place that I knew nothing could have happened...so I said yes and she brought me to the clock and I found my friend LOL. If not for her I would have been walking around for an hour longer.
Afterwards my friend and I walked around the city for a bit and she taught me how to use the subway system and bus system for when I went to do my own things, and it's actually ten times easier than my own city's means of transportation. Surprisingly, the subway and buses were never too full (except for my last day on my way to the train station), so I wasn't too overwhelmed. We had a great time just walking around and grocery shopping and stuff. We stayed in one of the college dorms and it wasn't the greatest, but it sufficed.
THEN THE MOST IMPORTANT THING KERUKRWEGUFKEGRUW THE CONCERT!!!! We spent like four hours walking to the venue and it was the hottest day ever. I dressed in such a cute outfit and very much his style and the excitement was unreal. When my other friend met up with us I literally ran into the festival. We all bought VIP tickets, so I was expecting to get the best standing area. It turns out, we didn't. Our standing area was to the side all awkward and only in view of the cords and stuff on stage. I was so discouraged and we decided to just go to the general standing are and push our way up. I navigated a path and eventually, there were only six people between me and the barrier. I couldn't have been more pleased.
When Mac DeMarco and his band came on stage to set up, my heart was literally racing so hard I thought I was going to have a heart attack LOL I was so excited. During his show people in the crowd started fights, which was scary. This one guy hit a girl WAY shorter and smaller than me and took her bag and threw it in the middle of the crowd. Some other guy punched him in the face and the girl was crying. LUCKILY for some odd reason I had a flashlight in my purse and I gave it to her to use to find her bag, and she found it and even returned my flashlight.
The amazing thing about Mac DeMarco is his stage presence and his energy. He's my third favourite artist and something I've noticed is Green Day has it all; special effects and stage energy/presence. Muse just has special effects but at both of their shows I have been to, their energy isn't up to par with their lighting and such. Mac DeMarco doesn't have anything fancy at all, but it is totally made up for with his quirky personality. He's even more beautiful in person and ten times funnier too. I eventually made it to the front of the barrier and I had the absolute time of my life.
At the end of the show something stupid happened and I only told my close group of friends on GDC, but ugh YEH something devastating happened and I'm over it now, but it was horrible at the time.
After that I went back to the dorm with my friend and slept. I woke up and made it to the train station safe and sound. I contacted my parents quite frequently and I hope they see how responsible and safe I can be on my own...I hope this opens doors for me.
EDITL During this trip I was also shocked to find out that it's not just American guys who for whatever reason seem to find me attractive LOL. One day I looked like absolute trash and was told I look 'beautiful' so it was a confidence boost! I was also shocked by the kindness I found in such a busy city. I would never want to live in Toronto, but the people were so nice. Everyone held doors open, said sorry and thank you, smiled on the streets, etc. Even at the concert, these guys were in front of me and I couldn't see because they were so tall, and I got kind of sad, and then one turned around and was like, "Are we too tall for you?" And I was like, "It's okay, I'll just listen." They were all like NOOO it's okay and they ended up pushing me in front of them LOL. They totally didn't even have to do that!
I'm going to close off with this song that Mac plays amazing live. I wish I could see him again and I suggest everyone go do the same. He sounds better in person than on CD. It's not from my show (can't find any footage) but ahhh he's so cute.