Oh, and before I get on with the summary I can mention already now that if it's not mentioned under a photo who took it it's taken with my camera by either me, Jäätynyt Enkeli or Ri-kun. In other cases the photographer is mentioned.
|Närcon logo (it changed colors!)|
So well, me and my twin Jäätynyt Enkeli's journey to Närcon Vinter started on Thursday 21st February 13:45 Swedish time. We woke up and prepared to leave. Most of the stuff we had packed already earlier so on the packing front it was chill.. but we left for the bus station pretty late so we were in a hurry at the end anyway. xD The bus would take us from Haparanda to Luleå and the trip took a few hours. It was pretty slow but I had prepared my PSP and Nintendo DS in case of boredom.
When we got to Luleå we dragged our stuff to the train station and boarded the train that would take us to Stockholm. I tried to look for congoers in the train but I couldn't see or hear any. I knew some of the Skecon people would be on the same train but I figured they would board the train a bit later than us. So me and Jäätynyt Enkeli just talked and played some games and shit.. until hours later when new people had boarded the same car we sat in and I heard a group of people talking rather loud non-stop about.. well, nerdier things. When I heard someone say something about Skecon my mind went "OHMAIGERD CONGOERS" and I just had to get off my shy ass and go up to them. Turned out indeed the Skecon folks had arrived!
|Awesome con train company!|
The train arrived early on the morning to Stockholm's central station where we all hung together waiting for the train to Linköping. We had some time to spare so we took a table and either ate some of the food we had taken with us from home or bought something to eat. I'm cheap so I ate sandwiches I had taken with me from home. xD
|Two members of our "con gang" eating breakfast at Stockholm central station|
At the apartment we opened our suitcases, crammed our Friday cosplay stuff into some bags and headed straight for the con.. after some speed breakfast of course. Närcon Vinter would start 13:37 so we had some time to spare but we had to leave the apartment because big sister had to go to work. Before leaving we figured that we could either take the buses or walk to the con, which was a bit farther away from the Linköping resecentrum (aka train/bus station) and over the bridge. We decided to walk. After some walking and asking random passers-by about the direction we managed to reach Anders Ljungstedts Gymnasium, the local where Närcon Vinter was held. We soon noticed there was hardly anyone outside.. okay, it was early and all but still no queue seemed a bit odd. We went to check if the doors were open and low and behold - they were! There were mostly people there who seemed to be con staff and pingus (con volunteers) but some congoers seemed to hang out closest to the entrance. Oh well, I thought maybe there would be no outside queueing so I figured it wouldn't hurt to go change into my Kenshin cosplay already now because it would take some time. Wroooooooooooong. It took maybe an hour or less before my twin banged on the door like "GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE WE NEED TO GO OUTSIDE. NOW." and I was all confused. Turned out Närcon wanted all non-workers to go outside queueing in below 0 weather. Stressed out I half-assed my make-up and some other smaller details of the cosplay, took my stuff and went outside. Outside there was now a queue forming and more people than earlier.
|Dovahkiin and Trollface in the queue|
Oh well, I saw that some buses arrive and went "OHMYGOD. A WILD RI-KUN HAS APPEARED!!", said to my company to hold my place when I go meet them up. We exchanged hugs and went back to queue.
|Ri-kun (left) and Jäätynyt Enkeli (right) queueing|
After walking around for a while me and Ri-kun went to Sakura Garden to have a drink. I just wanted an ordinary coke while Ri-kun bought some fancy green matcha latte thingy. xD
|The green drink|
|Battousai needs a coke ~|
Also in Sakura Garden there were these super cute big llama/alpaca plushie thingys!
|My expression is like -> "Bitches ain't gonna have my candy" |
No but really I was just eating my leftover travel candies. XD (and yes, I shared them with friends)
|Our dinner... MMMMMMMMMMMMegacheap. *cough25SEKcough*|
|Cool bue tile thingy that was suprisingly comfortable to sit on...|
|Me as Battousai. (Psycho Cat as photographer)|
"Oh gawd do I have to wake up, I'm so tired..." was probably the first thing I thought when the alarm went on in the morning. But then I thought that today was the Hakuouki cosplay group day so I had no choice but to drag my lazy ass out of the oh-so-comfortable-bed. Sleeping in a real bed is heaven after a night trying to sleep at the train's sitting places... I prepared all the stuff I needed for my Hijikata cosplay and started to dress myself. We had decided that today we would put on our cosplays before going to the con so we would have less stuff to drag around during the con day.. and besides the thought about dressing up in authentic (silk) kimonos in potentially dirty con bathrooms doesn't quite go well with me.
Okay, so I was tired as fuck and me and Jäätynyt Enkeli both went to the kitchen to dress to make sure we wouldn't wake our sister up. While I dressed myself I told Jäätynyt Enkeli to try tie his kaku obi by himself.. and I had fun laughing at his failed musubi/knot tries. XD I helped him after I had dressed myself though.
|Dressing in the kitchen.. and yes, my face looked pretty much like that. xD|
When we were getting ready to leave big sister woke up and when she saw us standing next to the door she asked if we're really going to go out like that.. well, in the sense she thought we were dressed too lightly for the weather and not really because we were dressed like samurai. xD We went out anyway, it wasn't horribly cold, maybe -6 °C and at least while walking the cold didn't feel so bad.. except that my twin's arms got red. lololo
At the con I saw Ri-kun (cosplaying Hajime Saitou) and Psycho Cat (cosplaying rasetsu!Sannan) sitting pretty close to the entrance. I explained quickly I had to go do the make-up and put on the rest of the cosplay. Jäätynyt Enkeli went with me and we occupied the biggest bathroom. I must say I kept on screwing up the make-up and it didn't help that all the paper towels were gone (as well as Plan B - toilet paper) so I had nothing to wipe my face with... until I figured I could use the hand blow-dryer thingy. Oh god that looked ridiculous. xD Well well, Jäätynyt Enkeli got done with his Keisuke Sannan make-up before me (I had to help him..) so he went out to wait with Ri-kun and Psycho Cat while I continued to get ready. At some point I decided to redo parts of my make-up because it just didn't turn out like I wanted and so in the middle of that frustrating mess suddenly there's someone banging on the door... it was Jäätynyt Enkeli who had realized he had forgotten his Sannan cosplay glasses on top of the hand blow-dryer in the bathroom. I kept saying "wait, I can't open now!" because there was no chance I could open the door.. and he kept on asking for the glasses. I couldn't open my eyes because I had contacts on and make-up and water mixed all over the place and just ahgjrwhjfds. Not to mention one of my contacts had for some unknown reason folded itself in half on my eye and that stressed me up even more because it felt so weird. I kept hearing "open the door and give me the glasses!" but all my mind could think was "FUCK YOUR GODDAMN WHORE GLASSES I CAN'T OPEN MY EYES RIGHT NOW." At some point he figured to be patient so I could fix the mess. I was annoyed at this point and it didn't help that my ponytail clip's teeth had tangled itself into the wig net and agfhsghjfd. I wanted to punch something. Oh well, I got everything to be sort of okay after some time and left the bathroom. We then walked around the con trying to gather up all Hakuouki group members for the Espresso House
|Saitou and Hijikata taking it chill.. (Psycho Cat as photographer)|
|The start of the |
|(Psycho Cat as photographer)|
|Ri-kun (left) and me in Espresso House|
|Fifty-fifty concentration and derp. xD And I'm writing crappy poems... </3|
|The opposite side!|
From left to right: Kazama, Chizuru, Sannan and western!Saitou
After the Espresso House
|Ready to invade Hemköp! 8D (Psycho Cat as photographer)|
|In le food store|
|Sannan-san's feet hurt so much so he took off the zori and put them in a shopping cart. SWAG. XD|
|Adorable Saitou-san in front of all the fruits <3|
|Not your usual sight at Linköping.. xD (Psycho Cat as photographer)|
|I saw this sign and had to take a photo because it made me laugh!|
|.. and also this!|
|Our fabulous Hakuouki cosplay group! |
(photographer Filippo Malvisi)
|OMFG DSHGJDSAGJH I THINK I DIED *tableflip* <3 <3 <3 ;A;|
(photographer Filippo Malvisi)
|Because I always want a duo photo with Ri-kun <3|
(photographer Filippo Malvisi)
|(photographer Filippo Malvisi)|
|Thyme as Sister Finland from SatW|
|A beautiful alternative mermaid... xD|
|Ri-kun and Thyme chilling!|
|Me finger combing the wig...|
|Everyone softing ~|
Thyme ate some other sort of noodles and Jäätynyt Enkeli didn't want noodles so he left us in hopes of eating with his other friends or something. I would have wanted some "real food" but I didn't feel like walking out in the cold so cup noodles would have to do. Here, have some Hijikata feat. cup noodles photos. And yeah, I tied my sleeves so they wouldn't be in the way.
Sunday. The last and shortest con day. The con would end 12:00 and me and my twin woke up 08:00 if I'm not mistaken. While in bed I did think about just skipping this day but then I thought I would also pass by my last chance to see Ri-kun until probably the summer so I just couldn't. I also had to deliver Psycho Cat's art commission to her.. and I had kinda promised myself I wanted to wear 3 cosplays to Närcon Vinter and get some photos of my Espeon gijinka. Okay, enough reasons to get up so I did. This time we packed our costumes with us and I ate a banana and then we went to the Abisko bus stop. I wanted to take the bus today because my foot was still hurting. We got to the con with no bus payment derps this time and changed into cosplays and then we found Ri-kun and Psycho Cat. I asked Psycho Cat for an Espeon photoshoot.
Cosplayer: Valkoinen Samurai
Photographer: Psycho Cat
I chilled with Ri-kun and maybe one hour before closing time we went to the Hotto Dorinku bar because I wanted to have at least one drink from it because the summer Närcon's counterpart, Josbaren, is so awesome so I wanted to see if Hotto Dorinku was awesome too. There was a queue to the drink bar and it wouldn't get shorter if we waited so we went to stand in line. Psycho Cat joined us. When we finally got to order I noticed most of the flavors were sold out. I bought some foam milk thingy with vanilla flavor and marshmallows. It was quite yummy.
|Ri-kun bought some fabulous blue cotton candy instead xD|
All in all Närcon Vinter was a good experience, it doesn't reach to the same epic caliber as the summer counterpart but it was by no means a bad con either. My only two major complaints are mainly the queueing in the cold.. that was a good way to torture a thousand congoers. Makes me wonder why Sweden doesn't go after Finland's con ticket system.. at the very least for winter conventions. Finnish cons send their tickets home and you put them on before entering the con and just walk in and someone checks everyone's convention bands at the entrance = no horrid slow queues. Sure I don't really mind queueing for summer cons, it can be seen as part of the con experience itself but for winter cons... just, no. Oh, and speaking of checking convention bands.. I noticed after the con that not even once was there any staff who checked my convention band. I walked in and out of the con freely.. I found that weird because at every other con I've been to there's always been someone who would check that you have paid to get in...
I won't talk so much about the journey back home because I mostly just slept through it. Although at Linköping train station this sight made me rage:
|Stairs + heavy-ish suitcase + a foot that I can barely walk with + half-shit lungs = ALL MY RAGE|
What was less awesome was that my Loka soda water bottle exploded when I opened it.. and Jäätynyt Enkeli's did too a few minutes earlier. troll!Loka. xD
|After the eruption..|
That's it. Finally. Now to continue working on cosplays while I await the next con.. whatever con it will be. :'D I don't know yet!
Oh, also now when I'm home I think I got sick and my foot still hurts like hell but..