Also known as „that one roadtrip to France that was planned since 2014“ because I think the first talk of us all going to LDoll together emerged after Ldoll 2014 which was way too much fun and needed to be repeated. As LDoll skipped 2015 we all focused on this year. A big THANK YOU needs to go out to Santana/Sharkyra and Mimi for organizing this, especially the transportation! A+, would ride the bus from hell again with you!
To make it nicer, this entry will first showcase the pictures (which are not the full con! I am missing proper pics of the last four rows as by then we had to rush back to relieve poor Choco from booth watching duty… that and I am a shit phtographer when it comes to documenting, sorry) and then include my babbling.
My booth. First time doing it so excuse the less than professional McGyver thing I did.
Proper #loot post of #ldoll! . @youpladolls dark tan Zopa @nezumitoo dhoti @sharkyra7 hat @civilized.evil top @xaya_pooh news boy hat Ornyris leather shield Random 6mm eyes Equally random table @chocodecadence bag of mini sweets Fuerto Fentura Kodama for @zirkussoldat . Thank you soooooo much everyone for saying hi to me and chatting with me. IT WAS SO NICE MEETING YOU ALL! . Special shout outs to @lee_gloo for waiting/stalking Youpla early on Saturday to get our dolls @hasel_anne for best random first meeting place (toilet) Ana from @minidesign_ayuana for cutest hug attack
I very nearly showed up there without stock as customs decided to hold up that one goddamn important package but alas, I took that trip to customs (first time since being in that hobby actually, I usually let the post handle it but that takes like at least a week extra and I absolutely got no time) and got it so woho!
The trip from Frankfurt to France took a good ten hours and ah, I was dreading driving home already when we weren’t even in Lyon yet (hilariously the drive back was more ‚relaxed’b as we knew what to expect probably).
But setting up the stand was interesting esp. since 80cm wide sound so much more thsn they actually are! But as usual, you manage. Though waking up super early again on Saturday was cruel, I was kinda dead af with a side dish of kill me, it is too early. But it was an experience to be there and watch the stands being built up and filled up with all the goodies (still crying over Lisa Toms‘ and Otherside’s booth and my lack of money making beforehand lol).
IT WAS SO NICE MEETING YOU ALL AND I AM SO SORRY I DIDN’T MANAGE TO TALK TO SOME PEOPLE MUCH OR MISSED OTHERS COMPLETELY!
This is now the point to stop reading if you were here for the dolls and happy happy things.
- The constant presence of armed military caused a very weird mix of reactions in me. Partially you had the feeling of „okay, I feel safe-ish with their presence“ and on the other it was „holy shit, now I am more scared than ever???“. Weir. Especially since it wasn’t like this in 2014.
- We had two very ‚memorable‘ (haha) enncounters. On Saturday when we left the mall, we saw two guys fighting each other on the tram platform and I was curiously keeping an eye on it when Choco suddenly started to rush Ara and me towards the central station and the only thing I heard/saw after that was a woman screaming a high pitched ‚NO!‘ and people rushing towards the scene. What apparently happened was that the two guys were fighting. One of them stood up to flee when another guy ran up and the two threw the other guy right between the tram and the curb and started stomping on the dude in a way that left little hopes to his survival. I have never been gladder to be blind as a mole cause jesus fucking christ.
- The other was when Ara and I came back on Sunday where we had failed to meet up with Hasel and Snow (STILL SO SORRY ABOUT THAT). We were again at the mall to fetch dinner and when we were going to the exit, another brawl broke up in front of us. The security dudes came to break them up and then they started to attack the security who chased them out and outside it went into another brawl… I think cause Ara kinda dragged me out of a side door to avoid the commotion.
- Subsequently we kinda did not see any of the older parts of town cause it had left a weird feeling.