LOVE STORY 3. LOVING LIGHTS
We had had a tough year in London, we missed our friends and home. We had decided to come back to Helsinki via Berlin and the legendary Love Parade.
We bought flights to Berlin and had train tickets from Berlin to Stockholm. It was all planned, booked and in order. Then, it all went pear shaped.
Passport - check? Well no, without our knowledge one of our party could not get a new passport. Flights - check? Erm; BA's cabin crew went on strike two days before our flight. Travel companion - check? A friend from England was going to join us, but was flying on standby - with the strike there would be no standby seats. Cash - check? Nope, we got turned in Kentish Town. We were truly stuck and broke.
Then through pure bloody mindedness and some amazing consular staff, the then Foreign Minister (now our President) was dragged out from a lunch appointment by a concerned civil servant at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sign permission for a special emergency passport: Passport - check! The BA strike did not effect DeutcheBA - flight: Check! Friend on standby managed to get a seat on the plane: Check! Finally, our boss at the legendary club Leasure Lounge decided to help us out Cash: Check!
We flew from a totally desolate Heathrow, and landed at a manically busy Berlin Tegel. One of Berlin's own; DJ Wimpy came and picked us up and took us straight out clubbing. This on Wednesday before the Parade. All weekend we danced: to Sven in the park, Derrick at Tresor, Kiki at some east Berlin tranny club
. You name it, we were there, loving every second of it!
All of this was amazing and then came the day after the Parade:
Sunrise, sunshine and sunset all day outside by the Philharmonic's concert park. The best trance and house DJ's of that time, natural light so perfect that we still want to bring it indoors to every summer party. Light makes you feel alive!
It's impossible to imitate, but worth trying!
The absolute feeling of friendship once we met our dear friends after having been away all year gave the scene an aura of LOVE. Also, we will never forget the tone of blue as the Sun started to set and the sounds of EyeQ classics were played by Sasha. It was pure LOVE.
- Severi "Calvin" Glanville and Tea (Hobbes) Stolt - Loving Lights since 1995