You might have noticed I like to go to the UK to see bands. It’s pretty much the only thing that will make me travel.
Not that I’d go to see any old band, it has to be worthwhile.
Deaf Havana, in case you didn’t know, so worth it.
When Deaf Havana plays Concorde 2 in Brighton, you pack your bags and you go; doesn’t matter that you live nowhere near Brighton or even the UK. You make sure to get your ass there.
So Thursday morning I woke up in at the YHA in Brighton.
Let’s talk about YHA for a minute. According to TripAdvisor, this isn’t a bad place to stay. I would say, the only reason to stay at the YHA is if you’re on a budget/don’t really care where you stay long as it’s central, or want an easy walking distance to Concorde 2. It’s not terrible, but I’d hesitate to book it again.
They serve breakfast at the YHA, but I opted for a three minute walk to the Breakfast Club, where I had rye toast with avocado and cannellini beans and a cup of Earl Grey.
I really liked this breakfast:
- They’d seasoned it with just the right amount of garlic, it was delish!
- They really didn’t skimp on the rye, nor the avocado, or the beans.
- Kept me full way past lunch time, which was super convenient.
Next up: shopping. I have literally no sense; I love shopping at typical UK chain stores. Superdrug. Boots. New Look. North Laines? Pah! Mebbe tomorrow, if I feel up to it.
Actually, first stop was Deichmann, found myself some cheapass slippers, super pleased!
Next stop, Marks & Spencer. I’d noted that Pixi is about £ 10 cheaper in the UK than in Sweden. That has to count as a bargain?? Got myself these two that I’ve been lusting for:
Superdrug was sort of a let down. They didn’t have even half the stuff I was planning on getting, but hey, good for my finances, so I’m not complaining!
At Boots, I found a bunch of stuff. Including more mask tools; another brush and some sponges? Don’t mind if I do!
I’d actually gotten a few bits the day before too, including this amazing primer which I was trying out, may well be a new favorite (which is probably not good at all because I think Soap & Glory is no longer cruelty free?):
Oh yes, girl from the Benefit counter asked if she could draw some eyebrows on me. I surprised myself buy saying OK, but can we just agree that the current brow trend it just doesn’t work on me. I mean look:
There is not a product on this earth that will make my brows look anything but patchy. There just isn’t. And I’m not into that look.
My eyeshadow tho (well, it’s blush, but you know what I mean), was apparently not bad at all. I got compliments on it. From strangers. Although I so wonder if they really weren’t thinking that just looks mad. Not that it matters. I like it, and I’ve bought more.
I also love going to Holland & Barrett to get lots and lots of raw bars. Also found the Vego bar which was exactly as amazing as people say:
Had a late lunch at Wai Kika Moo Kau; not bad at all, would go back. Even if the conversation with the waitress was quite confusing. I asked for a burger with no bun (as stated on the goddamn menu) and she responded with a confused “No bun? You mean bread?” (English was not her native tongue either, but you’d think maybe she knew what the meny said..?) Yes well, the sweet potato + bean burger was very much approved.
Since I still had time to spend before the gig, I went down to the beach and walked and walked.
Picked up an excellent dinner consisting of a fruit cup and a bottle of fabulous orange/peach water (whyyy don’t we have still flavored water in Sweden?) on my way back to the hotel:
Which meant I still had enough time to slap on a wee mask before getting ready:
Despite its price, not crap, not at all.
More pricey, and unfortunately also not crap, the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. So far, it seems to be as good as people say. Dammit! If only all expensive things were crap in nice wrapping. That’d make life slightly easier.
Slapped on makeup in my usual fashion, purple shadow this time, put on a flannel shirt and looked pretty much the way I always do:
Excellent choice of attire on my part; flannel shirt and shorts is exactly what you want at a sold out Concorde 2 in November. Just saying. Important to be comfortable when you’re going to be standing in a crowd for a few hours. As that in itself is trying enough.
Although lord know why I bothered with makeup. Putting on makeup to stand around in a dark room with a bunch of strangers? Yes. Makes perfect sense. (???)
Absolutely loved the show. It does not seem unreasonable at all to go from Sweden to the UK to see Deaf Havana, zero percent.
Let’s take a moment to admire the singer’s lovely new haircut:
Apparently, being blond is a struggle. He told us all about it during the gig. Not sure at all what the context was. But ehm. If he’s not concerned with context, I guess that’s fine?
Other things I wonder: if you are trying to be less conspicuous, should you be wearing a yellow hoodie? Like the singer in that band starting with an A that I like did. At said gig. Or did he think it was cold and that was why he wore the hoodie up?
On Friday I used my phone to navigate me to the Green Kitchen where I had pancakes and the best cup of Earl Grey Cream I have had in my life. Do I regret not going back to Bluebird Tea to get a package? So much. Praying Kahl’s version of it is as good. Not that I need more tea, but still.
On my way to the North Laines, I stepped into another Superdrug, and ended up getting this lovely Makeup Revolution palette (because clearly I need more pink shades):
As for North Laines…it just stresses me out. I ended up going back to the beach; I’ve a zillion pictures of the ocean. As if. I’ve never seen a large body of water before.
Also, found my new favorite plant:
No idea what this is, but there was lots of it, and it’s creepy looking and I love it.
Another late lunch, no veggies but a large glass of rosé at Food for Friends:
Actually. I don’t understand why this pasta dish does not come with KALE. Yes. Two days is all it takes for me to start missing plates piled high with veggies.
On the topic of food, I also want to mention Purezza. I got to Brighton on Wednesday and headed directly to Purezza for one of their vegan pizzas.
I don’t generally eat pizzas. It’s not a vegan thing, they just didn’t appeal to me much beyond the age of about 15. But this, if this was a standard pizza, I’d be converted instantly:
Beets. Rocket. There was some vegan cheese there too (some is key here), it was absolutely lovely. I need to go back and try their desserts.
I was back in Sweden by Saturday evening. While I was quite happy to be back home, have I already tried to talk sis into booking another trip to the UK in 2018? Yes I have. Not that Brighton isn’t great, but I do want to go back to Glasgow next time. Provided someone worthwhile is playing. It’s not looking good.