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Editor’s note Start piling on that glitter as festival season is well and truly here and the Carbon team are suitably excited. From Coachella to Common People, we have them all covered and our amazing fashion edits will see you are standing out from that crowd. If festivals aren’t your thing we have plenty more creative content to tantalise and inspire. This is our fourth issue of Carbon and in the last year the team has worked hard to establish the true colours of our brand. For young creatives, by young creatives is our strap line and this issue is positively brimming with hot new talent. We are growing as a team and working internationally to bring you the best content around not just in our print magazine but on our new-look digital site carbonmag.online too and we hope you like what you find. We bring you beach ready styles with our Carnival Chaos editorial while in our festival special pull-out, we prepare you for a party-filled summer with the best music to keep you dancing ‘til dawn, the quirkiest festivals and for those with a bit of wanderlust we check out the best of the international festival scene. On a more serious note we examine what the fashion industry has learned following on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy and ask you ‘Who made your clothes?’ Over the Summer stay in touch with us on instagram and Facebook (@carbononcampus) and share with us your festival frivolities, cool artwork and design inspo. We look forward to hearing from you and may even feature your work in our next issue.
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CARNIVAL CHAOS FASHION NEWS STYLED ON TREND SUBCULTURE ECLIPSE MEN AT WORK FASHION REVOLUTION TRENDING TRANSPARENCY HUMANS vs ALIENS IS FASHION AN ART? EN VOGUE
VIRTUAL INSANITY WORLD NEWS 2SISTERS - AN ARTISTIC JOURNEY DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BRITISH FESTIVAL RHINESTONE RIVAL COACHELLLA STYLED ON TREND EXPLORE FESTIVALS GRAFFITI GLITTER HOME OR AWAY
PARADISE LOST? AMERICAMP ADVENTURES THE KENYAN EXPERIENCE A JOURNEY OF NINE CITIES IN FIVE WEEKS
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EDITOR IN CHIEF - Rachel Lamb EDITOR - Megan Walker PRODUCTION EDITOR - Emily Salmon PRODUCTION EDITOR - Tegan Thompson PICTURE EDITOR - Grace Pooley FASHION EDITOR - Erin Oâ€™ Cain FEATURES EDITOR - Emily Batters TRAVEL EDITORS - Holly Andrew & Emily-Rose Peck SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR - Olivia Tuffrey CREATIVE DIRECTOR - Courtney Bryant Special thanks to:
John Whalvin Bradley Smith Jade Axam Roshan Limbu Harry Odell Alexandra Terris Sofia Ferrara Jaide Chapman Zhane Quoshie Claire House Maddie Thomas Jason Ebeyer Lauren Piper Chloe Leia Courtney Page Nicola De Freitas Olmer Nobel Kelly Gellard Amanda Smith Mitchell Cahoon Natasha Morsman Conal Magee Tobi Adebogun
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Well, we do love to be beside the seaside! As the country basked in the Beast from the East, the Carbon fashion team hit the golden sands of Bournemouth for some vintage summer fun. Our fashion edits bring you the hottest styles this season for maximum style and comfort that wonâ€™t leave you hot under the collar.
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Models: Olivia Truffrey
Photographer: Emily Batters, Erin Oâ€™Cain, Tegan Thompson
Location: Bournemouth, Vintage Fun Fair Ground
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Fashion NEWS ROYAL APPAREL
It may have been ‘the’ event of last month but people are still talking about the Royal Wedding and the old-school glamour of Clare Waight Keller’s beautifully designed wedding dress, and Stella McCartney’s sassy streamlined reception gown. In response to this high street stores are clamouring to stock boat necks and halter necks as the shape of the summer season. Check out Boohoo.com for an almost identical version of the McCartney dress or Reiss for some classic lines.
Forget the real fur debate brands are now turning their attention to feathers with the likes of Topshop, Primark, Warehouse, ASOS, and Boohoo pledging to ban down feathers from their collections following an exposé by animal rights campaigner Peta. The organisation states that down feathers, used to stuff jackets, duvets, pillows and sleeping bags, are being obtained by ripping out struggling geeseʼs feathers by the fistful, leaving open, bloody wounds, leaving the birds in agony. Peta has released a video showing workers in China, which sources 80 percent of the worldsʼ down, pinning geese down and ripping their feathers out, even though these farms have connections to retail suppliers that are certified by the Responsible Down Standard, which prohibits live plucking of geese.
COPYCAT CROCHET An instagram account is calling out big named brands for ‘borrowing’ the designs of smaller boutique brands but not giving them credit. The account claims that big brands such as Pretty Little Thing, Missguided and River Island are adopting handmade designs created by boutique brands, and selling them at a fraction of the price. The instagram account @fashion.fakes says it hopes to expose this trend and protect small businesses. The big brands have yet to respond to the claim.
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Models: Olivia Truffrey, Emily Batters, Erin Oâ€™Cain
Photographer: Emily Batters & Erin Oâ€™Cain
carbononcampus Name: Olivia Tuffrey Age: 20 How would you describe your style? Street Style What do you think is the worst trend? Punk
carbononcampus Name: Erin Oâ€™Cain Age: 20 How would you describe your style? Vintage What do you think is the worst trend? Real Fur
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carbononcampus Name: Emily Batters Age: 19 How would you describe your style? Street Style What do you think is the worst trend? Frilly socks & Skater skirts
Subculture is dead! At least as we know it. As fashion makes another cynical attempt to rehash major cults from past decades the point of clothes as self expression is now coming from what we 'like' online. Where once dress was used to identify us as part of a group or to rebel against a regime now, it would seem, there is less of a need among young people to associate themselves with a certain groups when offline. But has the internet killed culture and subculture making us all separatists and too afraid to go outsde the 'norm'?
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A subculture, by definition, is a social and cultural grouping of individuals that identify together when the opposing majority of larger society fails to represent the needs of this particular group. They tend to find themselves at ideological odds with mainstream society. Subculture is much harder to define in todays society because individuals attach themselves to many different subcultures and don’t religiously commit to one community. Generation Z, are a particular sub group that don’t want to be identified in one specific genre. They have grown up in a globalised world and therefore are far more cultural knowledgable on the goings on around the world. They are global citizens that have access to any information they want. Cultural overload and globalisation (ideas and beliefs crossing over borders) has therefore created the existence of merged fashion. There has been a shift from individuals identifying as a group toidentifying as individuals. The once definitive trends that distinguished subcultures have been diffused and many trends have become amalgamated.
DOES THIS MEAN WE ARE EXPERIENCING DEATH OF SUBCULTURE? With the growth of media on all platforms comes the freedom of information and so nothing goes unseen. Subcultures could be linked to environments and location whilst others were more national. Subcultures no longer go unseen. Sometimes formed on a geographical basis and what kept them separate and distinguishable in the past was the inability to pass information on the world wide web as easily. For example in modern day, Primark consumes all the fashion trends and makes imitations that are accessible for the mainstream audience. Magazines such as Dazed and Confused and Vice could be considered to have discovered the social scenes that have evolved around subcultures presenting them to the mass market. So, It
becomes near impossible for a niche subculture to exist exclusively without mainstream society catching onto it and replicating it to sell to everyone. Some individuals will not follow the popular trends of the time and will carry on dressing as they wish against the majority. So what do these people do when their clothing becomes mainstream? Carbon asked people who religiously worship one particular trend. Harriet who associates with the grunge/gothic subculture and from her style has gained 38k followers in the past 2 years, only currently being the age of 19. Instagram @flattyearth. By religiously dressing as a subculture which has become a part of your style and personality, what happened when this goes to high street and is no longer as exclusive to you and your individuality as everyone begins to dress the same? “The only thing that really bothered me is that I’ve been dressing in this style since I was about 13, and before it became popular a lot of people would be very negative about it towards me. At school I used to get a few nasty comments said to me. But a few years later the same people that were negative ended up dressing in the same way, just because this is what became popular at the time which at first was a bit annoying to me.” “My view on it now is that honestly I don’t mind it too much as whats popular is always changing so it is fair enough for people to change their views on style. I like my style and I guess its cool that other people do aswell.” The lines in the fashion market that define different subcultures are blurred as people dip in and out of different subcultures daily. Becoming of a Subcultureless generation. But this idea is impossible to prove. How will we ever find people that have been truly dedicated to a single subculture for their whole life. They do still exist. They just aren’t on social media!
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRADLEY SMITH
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The status of fashion within the sphere of fine art has always been the subject of debate. Many designers really push the boundaries of fashion and so declare themselves artists. But many prominent designers of the present day - including Marc Jacobs - reject this label instead viewing fashion as their own terrain.
From one point of view, the main differences between fashion and art could be found in their service. Fashion is constrained by certain factors, including wearability and the specific contours of the human body, for instance as it has a clear profitable value. Fashion is ever-evolving, frequently changing based on trends. The nonutility of art is a key differentiator from fashion, as is the fact that its value increases over time. However, in the real-world of art—and in the most experimental corners of fashion—these distinctions have never been so clear-cut, and today they’re increasingly blurred. Fashion designers have rebelled against the format of the human body; cutting clothes with unnatural protrusions and other dysmorphic elements that suggest different potentials. Fashion has increasingly dominated fine art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which now has a permanent fashion and costume exhibition. At any given moment there are at least a dozen museums across the world offering major fashion displays — not to mention exhibitions in galleries or even stores. These fashionistas are not just making an exhibition out of themselves, they’re actually making a tie between fashion and art. The Showcase Gallery curator and exhibition organiser Kate Maple says: “Fashion is an expression of creativity and imagination. Fashion can straddle many boundaries that other subjects cannot do - it can
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push boundaries, challenge what people think is possible, unleash new ideas and stimulate debate. They can definitely make political statements – everything that art does,”. But is fashion really so exhibition worthy? And, more importantly, are there standards by which the various fashion-based shows should be judged? The explosion of museum exhibitions is only a mirror image of what has happened to fashion. With the force of technology, instant images and global participation, fashion has developed from being a passion for a few to a fascination — and an entertainment — for everybody. When considering the changing dynamics of the art and fashion worlds— particularly over the past 50 years—the distinctions between fashion and art in the traditional sense become almost non-existent. So… fashion is clearly a form of art, right? Kate Maple agrees and says: “All forms of creative expression are art, in one way or another,”. Fashion and art share a mutual relationship, as two different means of creative self-expression.
There is no doubt that fashion demands a rightful place in the museum and should be valued for its contribution to our visual society. Fashion shows today are so elaborate and conceptual that it’s difficult not to consider them a form of performance art, and I would be struggling to argue with anyone who declared that certain looks from modern designers like Viktor & Rolf and Alexander McQueen are true works of art. Yet, the core difference between fashion and art remains, namely as it relates to service—just as there is a distinction between design, where an object is created to fulfil a functional need, and art, where artworks largely fulfil non-functional (spiritual, for instance) needs. There’s reason fashion designers are called “designers,” after all. Karl Lagerfeld may have put it best: “Art is art. Fashion is fashion. However, Andy Warhol proved that they can exist together.”
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Images: Mitchell Cahoon
JADE AXAM It’s showtime! As universities around the country prepare to showcase a wealth of undergraduate talent fashion students at Solent University are putting the finishing touches to their final collections in readiness for a spectacular runway event. From concept to catwalk these final collections from
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the designers on BA (Hons) Fashion have caught national attention with images from the collection’s photographer, Mitchell Cahoon, being showcased on fashion bible Vogue’s website as well as gaining industry plaudits at Graduate Fashion Week. Here are Carbon’s designers to watch.
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Fashion Revolution RANA PLAZA 5 YEARS On FROM
Images: Fashion Revolution On April 23, 2013 the Rana Plaza building in Savar, close to Dhaka in Bangladesh, collapsed. The building housed five garment factories and the accident took the lives of 1,138 workers; in addition, more than 2,500 were injured. Tragically, most - if not all - of the deaths and injuries could have been avoided had the garment workers been allowed to evacuate the building early like other workers in the building. But has the fashion indsutry learned from this horrific tragedy?
In our media enriched society, secrets can no longer
Due to the attention and now visibility of the situation
be kept by brands to customers. Transparency being
it is predicted that sweatshops will cease to exist in
the main need of customers, they demand to now
the near future as the conditions and process is being
know from their favourite brands, what their clothing
exposed and people are wanting to know from brands
is made off, how it was made, who made it.
#whomademyclothes. This hashtag is being used so that people think about not just the supplier of who
The fashion industry has been under the spotlight for
they got their clothes from but the real life individual
some time but events of 2013 brought the industry
in another country who is sitting making the clothing.
further into focus and now consumers are demanding more from the brands they love and trust.
The collapse of Rana Plaza highlighted that a more expensive top doesnʼt necessarily equate to more
Five years ago the fashion industry was hit with a
pay or better working conditions, as all fashion
wake up call that serious changed needed to be made
brands, from Primark to luxury Bond Street stores,
to the supply chain process. In 2013, the Rana Plaza
use the same factories. The only reason Benetton and
building, which was a five story commercial building,
Primark could be linked to Rana Plaza was because
collapsed in Savar Upazila, Bangladesh on the 24th
their labels were found among the rubble – along
with the bodies of the victims forcing them to publicly address the issue with their customers.
Approximately 2,500 were left injured and 1,134 died during and after the disaster. This event goes
Fashion Revolution now works campaigns to make sure
down in history as one of the deadliest structural and
workers are working in good conditions and getting a
garment factory failures; the building took fewer than
fair wage. They ‘see empowerment not as a celebrity
90 seconds to collapse. Unions have called it “mass
wearing a feminist slogan T-shirt on instagram, but
industrial homicide”. Therefore so much has been
as the workers who made that T-shirt being given a
done following the event in order to raise awareness
voice through the garment worker diaries project.’
for the working conditions in the remaining factories.
In 2016 a new hashtag #imadeyourclothes began trending representing the factory workers and giving
Backlash following the disaster has made retailers
them the credit they deserve.Brands are seeing this
and brands respond and take action. Many well
and wanting to make a difference as well and this
known brands were caught in the crossfire. High
year saw a massive increase in the transparency of
Streets staples such as Primark and Matalan faced
brands and their supply chains.
criticism for having used the Rana Plaza factory in part of their supply chain. Many companies realised
that a change was needed and new campaigns and
companies have since emerged as a response to this
give shoppers full transparency through their
showing a more transparent working practice.
manufacturing process. When you purchase from one
of their brands you get real time updates about the The main response set up was ‘Fashion Revolution’,
product and who’s making it and where its being
established in remembrance of those who died and
made.In the wake of tragedy it seems the industry is
the many other factory collapses around the world. It
slowly starting to change becoming more transparent
is also in aid of the current workers who are in fear
as their customers demand to know everything about
of loosing their lives everyday so that we get to wear
the brands they believe to betrustworthy. Change is
the clothes we buy from our retailers.
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VIRTUAL INSANITY With the virtual and augmented universe gaining traction outside of the gaming sphere, one artist is at the forefront of an intriguing style of 3D design that is starting to filter into the fashion industry. Carbon chats to artist Jason Ebeyer about the surreal boundary pushing art that is pushing fashion boundaries.
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Known for his mesmerizing erotic style Australian
What was more appealing about the digital world over
illustrator Jason Ebeyer’s work is a hot ticket right now.
other art forms?
Featured in some leading fashion magazines and gracing the walls of traditonal art installations is waxy doll-like
“I think subconsciously my mind was drawn to it because
offerings are making cyberspace mainstream.
it reminded me of growing up in the late 90’s/early 2000’s and playing games like The Sims. I was really
Originally studying Graphic Design at university in
inspired by the surreal aspects of the work I was seeing
Melbourne, Australia, Ebeyer is now making a living
and really felt like this was a place and medium in which
creating artworks that are otherworldly through the
I could express my ideas openly.”
mediums of computer programming. He started 3D design three years ago and this hobby has only just turned into
Jason’s style of work is very original and unique to any
a main source of income prior to this he was freelancing
other visuals out there. His work is influenced by many
doing graphic design, retouching and also working part-
aspects such as SciFi, Erotic Art and Technology.
time in a restaurant. “My style developed over a few years”, he said. “I wanted
By the time he had completed university he discovered
to differentiate from the Vapourwave/net art vibe and my
that graphic design, in the traditional sense, was not what
style and aesthetic have grown to what it is today by not
he wanted to do.
replicating what everyone else is making. Not only this, but subculture, fashion and cults have also had massive
“I was getting to the point where I was getting over
influence over his work.
graphic design as it was restrictive creatively.” This was until he stumbled upon 3D artwork on Instagram and
“When I was about 15, I remember seeing my first
started playing around with it in his spare time whilst
Alexander McQueen runway show online - I was so inspired
incorporating 3D software into his briefs in order to get
by the drama and also the way his garments were enticing
as much time working on these programmes as possible.
but also made the women look so powerful.Similar with
Jason is therefore self taught on how to use all the
other designer’s like Mugler. I like to fuse those ideas
software that he uses from reading forums and watching
of feminine strength and beauty with subcultures like
online tutorials. “ Nowadays when I get emails or DM’s
Cyberpunk/SciFi and BDSM.”
asking for advice I always try to reply and give people a nudge in the direction of the materials that I read to
Having this job, we wanted to know what a day in the life
learn because I know how daunting it can be opening the
of Jason Ebeyer was really like. “ Usually I’ll get up and
programs for the first time.”
get ready for the day. I normally watch trashy YouTube on the T V while I’m getting ready. Then I head over to
For Jason, his career began as a hobby to take his mind
my studio and reply to emails and then start working on
off of university work. It soon became his main focus and
whatever it is I have planned. I try to make new work
got to a point where “from the moment I woke up to the
everyday - even if it doesn’t get posted online or anything
moment I went to bed all I would do was read and learn
I just like to keep my ideas flowing and learning new
about 3D software”.
things with the software to keep my work fresh.”
3D design computer programming and animation is very time consuming. Each project will vary in length due to what it is. For larger projects like music videos, Jason likes to allow 4-6 weeks. “Recently completed a massive project which I would have liked to spend that amount of time on but I had to turn it around in less than 14 days. That was an anxious and stressful two weeks”. It is clear that Jason loves what he does as he finds every project that he takes on exciting. “If I’m not 100% into I know I wont do my best work”. He has recently finished doing the lyric video for Troye Sivan’s latest single “Bloom”. “I think my favourite piece I’ve made at the moment is a massive image I made for a show in Melbourne called “Not Safe for Work”. I titled it ‘Soft Blossom’ and it was the largest and most explicit artwork I had created at the time. I have it framed and hanging above the desk in my studio at the moment until I can bring myself to sell it.” His absolute dream client would have to be Lana Del Ray. “Anyone who knows me in real life would know that because I literally mention I want to work with her at least once a week.” As Jason is so involved in the virtual world, we wanted to know what he saw it becoming in the future. “I think the lines between real and virtual will become even more crossed. I think that AR devices become common place and we will see even more of a disconnect from real people in order to be more present online. I find this to be really exciting but also sort of sad in a way”
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WEST END LIVE
Returning to the iconic location of Trafalgar Square for the 14th year, West End live will offer thousands of people the chance to see the best of the London stage over one weekend - for FREE. With last year’s event featuring live performances from musicals such as: The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Wicked and The Lion King, as well as newer shows Bat Out of Hell, Dreamgirls, 42nd Street, Kinky Boots and Motown the Musical. Occupying Trafalgar square for the weekend, the day show provides an exciting look into new productions and classic theater hits. Make sure to be a part of this electric atmosphere on the 16th and 17th June, who doesn’t love a free day out?
National PTSD DAY PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. The trauma and anxiety associated with PTSD is a constant burden, inseparable from the sufferer. On June 27th, the world annually recognise and support those affected. Typically a misconception of the disorder, many associate the term PTSD with veterans of war. Unrealised by most, PTSD can effect anyone of all ages that have experienced violent crime or lived through catastrophic events. The national calender day aims to raise awareness and unite those living with the constant trauma.
WIMBLEDON’S SECRET CHARITY CHARM Leading up to one of the UK’s biggest sporting event’s, news of Wimbledon’s low key charity work has grabbed our attention. Donating to global charity, Water Aid, Wimbledon supports the cause giving £100,000 anually. The generosity of the collection is shared between recipiants in Malawi, Ethiopia and Nepal. Water Aid is an active global network of advisors, debate shapers, policy makers, engineers, campaigners and fundraisers. Working together with companies and the general public, the charity aim to break free communities from poverty. With supporters such as Wimbledon backing the cause their aim is to ensure everyone has access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene by 2030.
KEEP UP WITH THE 2SISTERS FROM PORTSMOUTH:
Paradise, Pina Coladas and pretty places. Graphic artist Lauren Piper shares with Carbon an insight in to the growing business 2SISTERS, her journey as an artist and how all aspects of her life are driven by those closest to her. On a sunny afternoon in the Piper household, the creative business, 2SISTERS, came to form. With the intention of giving new life to old fence panels, sisters Lauren and Chloe created a range of seaside themed signs inspired by their love for the beach, fit for sale at local summer fairs. Fast forward a few years, the pair now has a collection of hand-painted items and bespoke products. Selling in markets and stores across Hampshire, and making their business unique, 2SISTERS specialise in custom designs and are always keen to work on new and exciting commissions - so get in touch if you’re in need of an extra special gift! Creatives Lauren and Chloe are the backbone of the business, but when it comes to wood work and finding inspiration Lauren exclaimed “my dad is a huge help!”. With the company growing from producing little wooden signs to now giant hand painted murals, logos, websites and more, Piper also expressed her gratitude towards the support from her mum, “she is amazing for letting us cover the garden and kitchen in paint when we have big projects!”.
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When asked “who are your main inspirations in life and art?”, Lauren once again mentioned her Dad and how much he motivates and helps the pair with tricky building parts. She tells Carbon: “He has always been super creative which has been so inspiring”. In addition to her Dad, another inspiring figure to the young artist is her former graphic’s teacher Paul Parsons, of Urban Gallery. Stirring her creativity from her first day at college, Piper gives credit to Parsons for showing her the best ways to sell her work. Acknowledging Johnny Black, Piper has said she owes a lot of thanks to him for offering the duo a shop space which she describes as a ‘brilliant experience’.
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After finishing college, Lauren started an apprenticeship in Graphic Design. On completion of her time there, she realised how her home business 2SISTERS could develop and turn into a full time job. Leaving her job to pursue her own company a few months ago, Piper admits that business is taking off. ‘It’s going really well’, she said. ‘Running 2SISTERS full time is amazing as I can now focus on it entirely, meaning exciting projects no longer have to be turned down’. Described as one of her proudest moments, Lauren and business partner Chloe were commissioned to make murals for the regional event Cheese Fest. Traveling all over the UK, the creative duo were able to visit and see the public interact with their creation in Portsmouth, which Piper recounted as “amazing!”.
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Lauren’s only advice to anyone wanting to start out on their own is to take all and any help offered and discover new and interesting ways to show off your talent. Piper hopes that 2SISTERS will continue working for big companies as regular designers after a number of successful project collaborations. After recently releasing a t-shirt range which has been proven to be loved by many, producing fashion designs ready for the summer is something high on the young and forward thinking creative’s agenda.
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Favourite place in the world: South
Beach, Miami Biggest guilty pleasure: Country Music! Celebrity crush: Liam Hemsworth Get to know featured artist Lauren Piper Canâ€™t leave the house without my: Sunglasses, even when its cloudy they make me feel summery! My go to song to sing in the shower: Anything Taylor Swift My drink of choice: Pina Colada The most played song on my playlist is: Paradise by George Ezra A quote I live by is: I have a mural on my bedroom wall saying 'Make the World a Pretty Place' which I love and it definitely inspires me. 57 carbonmag.online
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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BRITSH FESTIVAL: As you load up your best mates Corsa with your dads old tent, a rucksack bigger than your body and a crate of tinnies, you can almost smell the sweaty dance tents and burger vans. You pull up to the hectic car park and field, full of excited screams and laughs, un-load the car and start one of the longest challenges yet. The queue. The sun is beating down on your face, your back feels as if it’s about to break and the freshness of your morning shower is starting to wear off. Even so, you know that when you’re pitched up, slung back in your camp chair and taking your first sip of that Koppaberg… it will all have been worth it.
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The campsite looks like a village of colour. Brightly coloured tents, teepees, bunting and the snazziest outfits possible fluttering around everywhere you look. Everyone’s speaker is blasting out absolute classics and summer tunes as you set off to the arena and start wading through the field of already tipsy festival goers. As soon as you step into the festivals grounds, music and drums from the arena tents, smells of food and incense, stalls full of retro sunglasses, groovy jewellery, pots of glitter and stripy tents are at every view point possible. A pit stop back at the camp is needed to regain some energy and refill your water bottle full with vodka and lemonade. A glitter topup is also needed, because although it’s still only 11am, it seems to have magically vanished. Oh dear, It is time for a port-a-loo visit?
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They don’t seem too bad right now, but by tomorrow they’ll be hell. It doesn’t matter too much though, we all know you’ll be squatting behind a bush later. It’s getting darker and your favourite act is on in 10. The crowd is packed and spirits are at their highest yet. The music starts and the grooves begin. It’s now 4am and the trek back to the campsite begins. It seems like the impossible but you all waddle back and somehow retreat to your circle of camp chairs and have your final bev before you attempt to sleep. 7am approaches and you’re woken by a bunch of rowdy lads screaming. You clamber out your boiling tent to see your friends looking like zombies with last nights make up half way down their faces. You brush your teeth with Strongbow, grab a make-up wipe and attempt to make yourself look half alive. The next two days zoom by but are some of the best times of your summer, but Monday morning comes and it’s time to pack up. Squeezing your tent back into its bag feels like much more effort than putting it up, and your bag feels much lighter. You all slowly stumble back to the car, passing the littered fields and abandoned tents. The car journey doesn’t seem so fun this time, a chunder might be on its way but you won’t tell the driver. Your mate drops you off and your mum answers the door, you can tell you look like sh*t by her face but you couldn’t care less. You collapse on your bed and have a 12 hour nap and wake up the next day with the biggest festival blues.
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Graduate Nicola De Freitas joined culture enthusiasts travelling to Indio, California for a long weekend of music, art and fashion fun at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. What’s a girl to wear in the desert heat that makes a style statement? Apparently it’s more costume than couture. Coachella, one of the world’s most popular and well-known music festivals set in the heart of the Coachella Valley in Palm Springs CA. Guaranteed to bring you heat, great music, adverse fashion and the ‘Coachella cough’. The great thing about Coachella is that there is something for everyone. Whether it is the range of artists playing, the food they have available (always a plus for those with dietary requirements) or the different areas you can mingle in. There is a vast range of ages and fashion styles at this artistic and colourful festival, so you wouldn’t look out of place if you wanted to bring your uncle Jim and dress up like a fairy – yes there were tutus as well as mermaids, inflatable toothbrushes and shark heads floating around. One of the downsides, which you could also claim to be a plus side is that alcoholic drinks can only be consumed in certain fenced off areas – this is because you need a separate wristband proving that you are over 21 to enter, the colour of which is changed daily. So if you were thinking of buying a drink to take to the front of the crowd to listen to your favourite Eminem song, then think again! Although the drinking areas on either side of the main stage gave a great view of the big screens and you could still catch a glimpse of your favourite artist on stage, so either way you won’t be missing out. Although Coachella seems like an expensive experience, every penny is worth it. Every day was blazing 30-degree sunshine; there were surprise guests scheduled on different stages, as well as the announced artists and any guests they had brought with them to surprise the crowd with.
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There were fresh lemonade and energy drink stands dotted around, as well as water stations, which meant if your bottle was empty you could just top yourself up for free, so you could always ensure that you wouldn’t get dehydrated in the heat. The food was to die for in terms of any UK festival I have ever been to. Options ranging from lobster roll to steak baguette to pad thai to the obligatory burger from Shake Shack, as well as options for anyone looking for the vegan option.
recommendation would be to take a bandana, as this will be your saviour at night when everyone is making a mass exit and the dust starts to rise.
Although the selection of drinks wasn’t so vast, so if you’re not a big fan of energy drinks, fresh lemonade, vodka or beer then you may struggle. Saying that there are secret areas within the festival that unless you come across the right people in the know, then these speak-easy bars may pass you by.
There is the option to buy shuttle passes which are brilliant as you don’t need to worry about getting to and from the festival as they go direct from select hotels and are regular and you never have to wait for long at the end of the night for the bus and if you’re lucky you may get an American school bus as your transport home! There is also the option of camping for those that fancy the old school festival experience.
The festival itself is so diverse in every aspect, the music caters for all ages and musical tastes. There is no set fashion trend that you need to follow to feel like you fit in, as there are people in all different styles. I saw people wearing thongs, tutus, shorts, dresses and some people in next to nothing, so anything you want to wear will go. There was lots of glitter, face jewels, statement make up, so again whether you want to go for the glam or natural look, either fits in. The queues to enter Coachella were so organised and quick that it took longer leaving the event than it did entering and my one
The organisers of Coachella have thought of pretty much every eventuality when planning this festival, there are lockers to store your belongings, which is perfect for those who are prone to the accidental loss of items when having too much fun.
They have an app, which tells you everything you need to know about the festival and is extremely handy when planning who you want to see and where as the distance between stages can be quite far. All in all, my virgin experience at Coachella was incredible and I will definitely be going back and this time will choose the celeb filled weekend, as it meant that Bieber wasn’t graced with our presence and he missed out on some Grade A backing dancers! Oh and you guessed right, I was the one rocking the shark head!
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Hotel Santana, Qawra, Malta
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FESTIVALS Dust off your flower crown and get the glitter and gemstones at the ready. In our final edition of bucket list destinations, Carbon brings you the worldâ€™s top festivals that are guaranteed to provide amazing music, breath-taking locations and memories for life. Whatever your vibe, whether that being mud trodden wellies or the Californian desert we will make sure that you know all the hot destinations to be at this summer.
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Hospitality On the Beach This year, a new addition will make its way onto your festival calendar. 2018 will see the arrival of Drum‘n Bass powerhouse, Hospitality debut their first festival brand overseas. This festival is based on the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Croatia. This Hospitality break will be the perfect start to your summer season. Hospitality on the beach will be a glorious fiveday getaway for lovers of anything drum and base. Relax in the sunshine, dip your toes in the sand and swim in the beautiful clear water whilst listening to the best in bass music all day and night. Go on, book your ticket now! In terms of accommodation, camping will be made available around the location, as well as special on-site apartments. Taking place across the weekend of 12th to 16th July, ‘Hospitality On The Beach’ will form a celebration of drum & bass with a series of different acts, labels, and brands from the genre across a number of multiple stages and boat parties.
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If you haven’t heard of Coachella, we have one question for you… Have you been living under a rock? Coachella is a giant annual music festival held in the Colorado Desert and is possibly the most glamourous, tumblr ready festival out there to date. Whilst Coachella’s roots remain in music, over the years the brand has built up its own identity known for being the ‘birthplace of modern festival style’ and for its expansive list of A- list celebrities who are there to hang. This is a festival that should be on everyone’s bucket list. The 2018 line-up was one to remember with incredible artists turning up left right and centre. To name just a few: Beyoncé, Eminem, The Weekend and Cardi B. The music festival is made up of five main stages, these being the Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theater, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent. We suggest you go and book your flights asap!
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Tomorrow land Last but not least, we bring you the king of all festivals. Please allow us to introduce to you, the most sought after Electronic dance music festival in the world, Tomorrowland. Held in Boom, Belgium, Tomorrowland is known as one of the worldâ€™s largest and most notable music festivals. Tomorrowland is more than just a music festival, itâ€™s something out of a dream, an adult playground with an entire theatrical production! The festival is well known for its incredible line-up, breath taking sets and the incredible firework and laser shows. But what really sets it apart from its competitors, is the intense energy and surreal quality brought by the festival organisers who invest a lot of effort and manpower in decorating the festival site, which greatly enhances the overall experience. When is it, we hear you ask? This festival takes place over two weekends, the first being Friday July 20th 2018 to Sunday July 22nd 2018 and Friday July 27th 2018 to Sunday July 29th 2018.
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Primavera Sound, Spain
Primavera Sound is a music festival that takes place between the end of May (30th) and beginning of June (2nd) in Barcelona, Spain and Oporto, Portugal. Barcelonaâ€™s Primavera Sound is one of the most respected music festivals in Europe. Each year, the festival brings an amazing line-up and provides an extensive program of film screenings, day-time shows and after-hours parties in the midst of the city. This year, you can jump around to so many amazing acts including, BjĂśrk, Arctic Monkeys, A$AP Rocky and many more. The best thing about Primavera? Is that there will be no crawling into a sweaty, instead most usually stay in an Airbnb and if you are feeling really flash, Hotel Zero has a pool and spa in case you are in need of a quick massage.
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HOMEORAWAY FESTIVAL EDITION
Festival Season is upon us. You’ve probably decided what festivals you’re going to already or you’re one of those last minute organisers and haven’t a clue… Now I’m here to help you out. Going abroad or staying in the UK…? It’s a very difficult decision. Do you want guaranteed sun and clean showers? Or that community feel of camping? Or just your classic day festival? I’ve been to many typical British festivals naming a few such as Glastonbury, Bestival and Farr Festival but this year I was lucky enough to travel to Malta for Annie Mac’s festival Lost and Found. There are pros and cons to both British and abroad festivals, don’t get me wrong they are both a lot of fun and you definitely will never have a dull moment wherever you are but different types of festivals can suit different types of people.
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Flying out to Malta was great, you didn’t have to lug a heavy rucksack around a field to pitch a tent. But flying can be very stressful. For me I love both aspects, flying to a new country always excites me and struggling to pitch a tent is always entertaining. Lost and Found was a very clean and organised festival - this is typically what you would get abroad. No mud, your own hotel room and Sun. I loved showering off all the glitter when I got in from the night and then to get into a freshly made bed was honestly amazing. You’d wake up in the morning fresh, no hangover, no sore back and no walk to the portaloo for your morning business. You could just hop out of bed and walk to the buffet and help yourself to brekkie. When booking the festival I thought it would typically be like a British festival where everything is open all the time the music only stops from
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5am till 11am, but sadly I was wrong. The day time isn’t really like a ‘festival’ more like a Marbella pool party. Girls in full faces of makeup dressed in the most luxurious bikinis. Then the night time you had to catch a shuttle into the stigs of Malta where the arena was built.
Denis Sulta B2B Mall Grab is a duo I’ve wanted to see for a long time, I wasn’t lucky enough to have boat party tickets where the duo were playing but to my surprise they did a spontaneous set alongside Mella Dee one of my favourite DJs - this was amazing 3 of my favourite DJs all in one place.
The decor was honestly incredible, everything was so compact which was great but what I missed the most was the community feel of a British festival. Walking from the campsite to the arena a bit pickled, clutching hold of your drunken friend. Waking up early in a scorching hot tent, stumbling outside bare faced to brush your teeth with a Kopparberg . Then to chat utter nonsense with all your closest pals.
Comparing prices AMP Lost and Found was expensive, but not as expensive as you might think. Tickets for next year have just gone on sale for around £110, comparing to a British festival this is quite cheap, Glastonbury is around £260 but when going abroad you have to add flights and accommodation into the mix and it does all add up. I paid around £150 for flights and then £260 for all inclusive accommodation (baring in mind this was for a week). Yes, it is a bit more expensive than a British Festival but you get a little holiday on the side too, we spent the last 3 days relaxing by the pool to recharge before we flew home.
AMP Lost and Found may not have had the togetherness family feel but they sure did have the atmosphere and the music. The sound systems and stage designs were incredible. Of course the artists were outstanding too, words can not describe how amazing they all were. Some of my favourites included the AMAZING Kölsch, when he dropped his song with London Grammar ‘Hell to the Liars’ I had the chills. Then to finish he dropped an all time favourite of mine Finally by Kings of Tomorrow, I sang my heart out. Truly spectacular.
A festival is a festival; you’re going to have an amazing time wherever you go, it’s about the people you’re with and the music. Great company + Music is an equation for a good time. I personally would go back to AMP Lost and Found but I still love the dirty, grotty, carefree feeling of a British festival and would only go to back if I could still afford to go to a British Festival alongside.
Paradise Lost? Long the backpackers’ South-East Asian favourite and eulogised as paradise in literature and on film, it is easy to see why Thailand’s breath-taking landscapes, vibrant culture and world-famous eclectic nightlife are on the majority of gap- year travellers’ destination list but are there any hidden gems left in the Land of Smiles of has tourism ravaged them all?
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Made famous by the Danny Boyle film starring Leonardo Di Caprio, The Beach, better known to travellers as Maya Bay on the isand of Koh Phi Phi Leh in Thailand, will be formally closed to visitors this summer but backpackers searching for this vision of paradise need not despair as Thailand has much more to offer off the beaten track.
If jungle trekking isn’t your thing then Cheow Lan Lake, created by the Ratchaprapha Dam is the most famous sight of Khao Sok and a must see while you’re there. The dam was created in 1982 to ensure a steady supply of water to the South and as a large mountainous area was flooded, over 100 tiny islands were formed, stunning limestone rocks jutting out of the emerald green water against the blue sky. However, if it is more of party experience you are looking for you could head east to the ‘full moon’ party resort of Koh Lanta, an backpacker’s mecca with cheaper accommodation and part beaches at every turn. A little to the south of Koh Lanta the tiny island of Koh Kraden offers a more unspoilt paradise vista. The island’s 2km beach offers bleached white sands and stunning views across the translucent waters towards several limestone outcrops rising out of the sea like the spine of an ancient dragon.Coral reef Garland immortalised before the tourists descended.
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Koh Phi Phi is actually made up of two separate islands, Phi Phi Leh and Phi Phi Don.Phi Phi Don is the main ‘traveller’ hub packed to the seams with travel agents, overpriced hotels, tacky restaurants and bars. However, on the upside, there are parts of the island that remain unspoilt and you’re just a kayak ride away from a beautiful beach with fewer crowds! But for the paradise written about in Alex Garland’s epic novel that inspired the Di Caprio film head back to the mainland of Krabi by ferry, take a minibus over to Surat Thani and from here journey to Khao Sok for the ultimate backpacker’s paradise.
The Park boasts an amazing array of flora and fauna, including wild beasts such as the Malayan Tapir, the Asian Elephant, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Pig Tailed Macaque, White Handed Gibbon and even bears, leopards and tigers!
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Since the release of the film in 2000 this island, situated in the Andaman Sea, has welcomed over 25 million tourists to its secluded white sands. Once famed for its crystal blue waters, jutting limestone cliffs and exquisite marine life the vista now groans under the burden of the 4,000 daily pleasure seekers and tonnes of plastic pollution leaving Thai environmental authorities little choice but to close the beach from June to September every year to give its delicate coral reefs and marine life a chance to regenerate.
One of the 102 National Parks in Thailand, Khao Sok is home to the oldest evergreen forest in the world, covering an area of 738 sq km. Incredibly, it consists of rainforest which is older and more diverse than the Amazon Rainforest.
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Carbon’s Top 5 unspoilt gems: Koh Phayam - How this island of glittering sand and tropical forest has remained so sleepy for so long is a minor miracle. With a population of roughly 500 and just a smattering of bungalows, Koh Phayam is often likened to the Samui of yesteryear, before the cruise ships came in droves. Word is slowly creeping out, though, and each season sees a few more footprints in the powdery crescent of Buffalo Bay. Get here while the laid-back vibe remains. Koh Kraden - Few places are more paradisical than this island towards the Myanmar border, which is a favoured nesting place of three species of sea turtle, including the world’s largest, the 700kg leatherback. From November to January, these visitors lay their eggs in the protected sands. The few resorts cluster on the west coast, leaving vast swathes of grassland and biodiverse mangroves undisturbed. Listen for the unnervingly humansounding cackle of sapphire-hued oriental hornbills, or the rustle of demur sambar deer. Protected and uninhabited, nearby Koh Ra is a haven for the area’s wildlife. Koh Mak - Barely a blip on anyone’s radar, this speck in the Koh Chang chain, in the eastern Gulf of Thailand, is perfect for doing a whole lot of nothing. Coconut palms number in the thousands and humans in the hundreds. If you’re ambitious there are a few fishing villages to explore, and if motivation strikes, you might splash around in near bath temperature seas. With a good book and hammock, though, you might be tempted not to bother at all. Kolh Kood - Tourism has been rising steeply on this white sand wonder since the addition of a high-speed ferry and a five-star resort, Soneva Kiri, a few years ago. Still, with no public transport and blessedly few bucket bars, its idyllic pockets are many. Ao Klong Chao is the island’s most popular beach, but Ao Phrao in the south is a near-empty strip of equally lovely coast. Divers can head half an hour out to Koh Rang national park, where gin-clear waters and rainbows of coral await. BB Divers (full-day snorkelling with lunch £18, full-day diving with lunch £55)has experienced instructors and guides. Koh Tarutao - Less pleasant aspects of Koh Tarutao’s history have helped deter the kind of mass tourism that has inundated nearby Koh Lipe. Previously a hideout for marauding pirates, a brutal prison for more than 3,000 exiled Thais, and, more recently, home to dim-witted contestants on US reality TV show Survivor: Thailand, this island close to Malaysia’s Langkawi is part of the Tarutao national marine park and as such remains virtually free of commercial development and 70% blanketed in jungle. Its name comes from the Malay word for “primitive” and “mysterious” – and indeed there is a lingering air of enigma on these mostly vacant shores and cave-riddled peaks.
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CARBON’S TRAVEL EDITOR Holly ANDREW SPENT 12 WEEKS working IN THE UNITED STATES as a break away from her fashion studies; Here she recounts everything FROM the LONG DAYS and EARLY MORNINGS TO THE WORST THUNDERSTORMS remembering her Stateside summer which saw her travelling everywhere from Sand diego to Washington Last summer I travelled to Prescott, Arizona for three months. I was working at Camp Maripai as a Canoe instructor. It’s such a crazy thing to think that in January I thought I’d be working in my local pub all Summer, then a couple of months later I’m being told I’m flying to the States! Although it was an amazing experience, it was also the three hardest months of my life to date. The hours were very long, the average day started at around 6:30-7am and ended at around 11pm, if not later. I was at camp for 11 weeks in total. 2 weeks at the beginning was where we learnt all the nitty gritty things about what our job was going to include, and it was a chance to get to know the rest of the staff. Oh, and earn my nickname, which was Pinky. The next 4 weeks were when we had our first few groups of campers. I had three different groups. The first group stayed for three nights, the next stayed for 12 nights and the last stayed for 4 nights (they were meant to stay for 2 more nights but we got evacuated due to a forest fire 5 miles away). Then we had 4th of July, it was such a relief to have been away from camps after what seemed like the longest 6 weeks EVER. Once 4th of July was over, it was back to Camp and back to 4 more weeks of campers. This is where it got harder; the first group I had when I got back was most probably the worst group I’d had. It was a small group with only 10 girls - and what a crazy 4 days we had! It was that crazy I had to move units to one with older girls, otherwise I would packed my gear and left. (no really, my dad was ready to book a flight home any minute). I had the older girls for the rest of the two weeks. They were so much eaiser to work with. Something that made all of this easier was the other staff that I worked with, especially the ‘Spice Girls’. Jenna, Inez, Tilly and Tonisha (or Dotty, Simba, Timtam and Hedgehog) were quite literally my life saviours over the 11 weeks. We were all in the same boat as we were all far away from home and had times when we’d rather be anywhere else but at camp, but they made everything that little bit more bearable.
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Once camp was FINALLY over, it was time for travelling! Up first, we headed to San Diego, with Jenna as our personal tour guide, our journey had only just begun. We stayed at the cutest little hostel, ITH Adventure Hostel. Our first day there included visiting Balboa Park, followed by a trip to the Ho Chi Minh Trail, if you plan to visit, make sure you’re wearing shoes that are easy to climb things in, because trust me, cheap sandals from H&M are not the kind you want to go there in. San Diego has to be the best place we visited, so small and peaceful but I feel like there’s still so much you can see, as long as you’re over 21 as that makes it easier. To end our visit at San Diego, we went to the zoo! After a busy morning of finding out the car battery had died and we had to wait in a car dealership all morning waiting for it to get fixed, then we find out that our Airbnb in L A had cancelled on us due to family problems, so we had to find a new one! Luckily, we got the most amazing Airbnb, it was a lost in downtown
L A with a great host called Cindy, she gave us all the ins and outs of the area, the safest places to be and some tips on how to get around. The first day there, we rented bikes and rode from Santa Monica Pier to Venice beach, it was amazing. We also all added a piercing, or two to our collection, which also meant we couldn’t afford to actually go on any of the rides on the pier. Lastly, NEW YORK! A year on and I still can’t believe that I went there. For part of my birthday, I got a sort of gift card that allows me to go to most of the main attractions around NYC, including Top of the rock, The Empire State Building, into the met museum and to the Statue of Liberty. We also toook a day trip to Washington DC, when going there from NYC, you need to be ready for the 5 hour bus journey there. We woke up at 5am to make sure we had enough time there, turns out the bus was an hour late and we were basically done with our day 4 hours in to our visit. Our bus home was at 10pm, annoying. It was absolutely amazing there, however, when you have very little money and not of legal drinking age out there, your days can get quite boring once you’ve done everything on your agenda.
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the kenyan experience push aside beach holidays and posh city breaks. if you want
the experience of a life time, pack your bags and go out of your comfort zone... Olivia Tuffrey steps out of England and ventures away on her volunteering mission to help NASIO children in
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Kenya . Here is a first hand account of the trip that changed her life.
On the 19th January 2017, I packed my suitcase and began one of the most life changing, incredible experiences of my life. After a long, tiresome 8 hour flight from London I arrived in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Getting off the plane to an overwhelming yet gorgeous gust of hot air was magical. For someone who has only been abroad in Europe 3 times, being in Africa was thrilling. We hobbled our sleepy yet excited bodies into a rickety 4 by 4 truck, chucked our suitcases in the boot and began the journey to Musanda where we were staying. The roads were orange sand like a desert and were unbelievably bumpy. We drove past stalls of food, schools, mud huts, children and workers on bikes all surrounded by the most breath-taking scenery. It really felt like a dream. I went with the charity ‘The Nasio Trust’ who help to provide children with education, food and healthcare and in Kenya. It is a registered charity based in the UK and Kenya that ‘derives its inspiration and values from the Christian faith working and supporting individuals regardless of their beliefs or background.’
We drove up a side lane to a big blue gate in the truck and were welcomed by a little man in a hat saluting us (he proceeded to do that every single time you needed to get in and out!). We all settled in, unpacked and met the staff we were living with. Almost immediately, it felt like home. You don’t know what to expect when you do something like this. You see charity work on the TV, you read about it, you see people you know going on trips but the experience and amazement of it all really is indescribable. I feel lost for words nearly every time I talk about it, because there just isn’t anything to compare it to. You really won’t know what it’s like until you do it. The week was jam packed with things we were going to do. We visited the Nasio Children’s Centre and other various schools where we taught classes, played around and just had fun with the children, we visited St Marys Maternity Unit where we took milk, bread and tiny jumpers and hats knitted by someone from home, we did a home visit to ‘Mama Ester’, a woman who can’t quite remember her age but she thinks she’s somewhere around 80 years old. Ester had a disease called ‘Jiggers’, this is what happens to a lot of Kenyans as a majority of them walk bare foot so insects nest inside your feet and cause infection, her feet looked so sore. I washed all her clothes and her mosquito net. Her clothes were filthy, it was so sad but by the time we were done with them they looked brand new. We did another home visit where we met a little girl who lived and looked after her blind Grandmother. We tided their mud hut, swept the ground outside, helped sort out her rice for dinner and collected water for them both. We came baring gifts, and gave Lucy a jewellery making set which, as you can tell by the look on her face she loved.
One of the most harrowing home visits was when we visited the shanty town area. A member of staff took me and 3 others to visit a woman who potentially had Aids, but was too embarrassed to seek any help. Her daughter was asleep on a pile of clothes in the tiniest mud hut but she forced herself up and shook every one of our hands to be polite. I told her she didn’t need to do that and said she must lie back down as it was mentioned she may have malaria. The staff member who took us on this visit, seemed to be somewhat oblivious to how ill this young girl was, or maybe she was just used to seeing people look this ill as it isn’t a rare occurance. I felt so uncomfortable, intrusive and hopeless sitting in her home whilst she was so sick, so I spoke up and said she must go to the hospital or be prescribed medication. We found out a few days later they had given her medication and she was doing much better and I felt as though I could relax again. We spent the next few days building a new mud hut for a family. We started by clearing the ground and digging post holes. We then began to build the walls, where we collected water until we had two big barrels full. We tipped it over the ground and trampled in the red Kenyan mud until it was all mixed together. This acted as cement, where we pushed it in between woven sticks. The next day we had to stomp on the ground to make it flat, as this would be their flooring. The workmen did the windows and door, and added the finishing touches before we had to bless the house. This is where we all sang and danced inside it, and came up with the name ‘Hope House’.
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It was so rewarding seeing a family so excited about their new home. To them it was like a palace. The next day, it was one of our volunteer members birthday. A local band came to perform and were amazing. We all danced, drank Tuskers (a Kenyan beer that you can get in Tesco, and I highly recommend trying!), ate samosas and it was one of the best days ever. The atmosphere of two completely different cultures holding hands, dancing and laughing all day was somewhat beautiful. I met a boy called Caleb Akoro who was one of the first NASIO children. He came on all the trips we took around Musanda, and helped build the house too. Every night I’d help him do the washing and drying up after dinner, and we’d chat and dance around the kitchen to his favourite music, Reggae! It was one of my favourite parts of the day. He is the most humble, polite young man I think I have ever met, he is so wise with so much ambition. He played on my phone with awe, taking pictures and flicking though my camera roll of my family and friends. All his friends had Facebook and some sort of Wifi source, but he didn’t. The next day we went to a phone shop in the markets and I got him a smart phone so he could use Facebook and call his brothers, sister and mother as they lived in the next town. He was going to University the same time as me too, so this really was something he needed, and we still talk now!
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When my friends and I booked a week away in Spain, with cocktails, sun loungers and palm trees I was ecstatic, but you will never come home from a trip feeling as humble, content and strong as I did when going somewhere like Kenya. It opened my eyes so much. The general, small annoyances that life brings you like running out of your favourite cereal, or finding a as many things that I thought were the end of the world. As clichĂŠ as it sounds, it really did make me realise just how lucky I am. I could honestly write about this trip until my fingers bled, but these were some of my highlights. If ever you are contemplating doing something like this, my advice would be to go for it. Fundraising is so easy if you really put your time and mind to it. You meet the most amazing people and learn so many new strengths within you. It is a rewarding and incredible experience to see that youâ€™ve made a difference.
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A journey of nine cities in five weeks. Carbon takes you on a tour of how to see europeâ€™s most talked about cities for an affordable price in under six weeks
Interrailing is the perfect way to visit some of Europe’s beautiful hidden treasures at an affordable price. I paid £200 for a month-long ticket with 10 available travelling days. I planned my route beforehand and decided to go to 9 cities that all offered something different, Amsterdam, Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Budapest, Ljubljana, Munich, Milan and Barcelona. Each city stood out uniquely and I enjoyed them all for different reasons. Amsterdam was a firm favourite, it felt like I was in a different dimension with the smell of marijuana wafting through the air and naked girls dancing in the window, it didn’t seem like reality. By day, Berlin has some of history’s most treasured tourist spots, by night, Berlin turns into the partying capital of Europe with a huge underground music scene. Krakow was somewhere we stopped off so that we could visit the haunting Auschwitz, but we were pleasantly surprised by the time we spent in the petite magical city. Walking around Prague was like walking round a scene in a fairy-tale book, the buildings were perfectly sculpted and stood out in colours of pink and blue whilst horse and carts trot past. Thermal baths and quirky cocktail bars, Budapest had a variety of districts that offered things from culture to partying. Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, was definitely a hidden treasure of Europe. I hadn’t heard about it before and although small it was very beautiful. From Ljubljana we visited a glistening turquoise lake in the town of Bled where we cooled down from the hot sun in the water. Munich is home to the Englischer Garten where you can find many beer gardens and open spaces to chill, we cycled around the whole park and enjoyed the sunshine. The Duomo di Milano was the most spectacular landmark that I saw, coming up the stairs from the underground and seeing it in front of me was breath-taking and something I would like everyone to experience in their lifetime. Our last stop was Barcelona, what is not to love, you have the culture and fun of the city and the beach to relax on whenever you please, perfect. I went with £2000 spending money and managed to return with £800 to spare. God knows how when we were eating like kings and... drinking like kings. We booked most of our accommodation with air bnb which turned out to be the nicest way to do it whilst still getting some cheap deals.
108 carbon | travel
The main thing was that we did not have to share a room with 6 smelly boys in a rundown hostel. When we went to every new city we had a list of all the glorious things we wanted to see and do, most of which did not require you to pay any money, unless it was a must-do. When we had our own apartments with a fridge, we would travel to our local Lidl or supermarket and buy some cereal for breakfast to save money and that would last us the whole time in one city. At lunch times, we usually just grabbed a sandwich or roll from somewhere. In the evenings, we ate out every night and just opted for the cheaper options. Travelling Europe was one of the best decisions I ever made because I got to see so many places I might not choose to go to on a holiday and I got to experience different cultures and compare them to each other. One thing I wish I did differently would be choosing some more beach locations to visit along the way.
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