A Scarily Accurate Clip Art Drawing Resembling MaccaMeri, NSATPM Webmaster(above).
I must have thought the same feeling of disbelief when I crossed Abbey Road in London for the first time, but all I can remember is excitement. Happy anticipation to be crossing the zebra crossing while holding open a Union Jack umbrella. I even think the fact I was standing in London was a dream in itself. Being in a place that felt comfortable and familiar, bla bla bla....never have this feeling again...bla bla bla...(more bragging)...bla bla bla...THIS IS AMAZING! YES, I'M AN AMERICAN!
But, hold on- my first crossing at Abbey Road was about 13 years ago. I think I've been back twice in all that time and the feeling of "WOW, MAN" has been replaced with "TOURISTS-AGAIN!" I can see that my urban experiences with encountering Beatles tourists has become a battle of learning to share. The significance of Abbey Road can not be just about myself being an anglophile as it will always be a busy tourist attraction. But, I forgot I was a tourist during the first visit as it was raining that day, and if any other fans were there, I blocked them out and I had a good time umbrella twirling.
I was also in my late 20s, and since then I have grown to be a blogger with 20 more years experience of collecting and reviewing the music of The Beatles and Paul McCartney. I want to visit Liverpool but I don't know if I can handle it. This trip will either be a turning point or nothing will change. I have no idea how to approach my writing about this topic- Girl dreams of Liverpool for decades and some other tourist ruins trip by saying "Did you know...", "your not really a Beatles fan because you didn't visit...", "I used to sleep with..", "Are you a Paul McCartney Fan...", "EVERYONE SAY BEATLES!!!!!!".
I want to avoid paying money for a shared experience with fans. At Abbey Road, It doesn't cost the amount of money it costs for me to travel to Liverpool. Hotels, Food, Transport, Admission Tickets, Private Tour Guide(yep, that's what I'm paying for-no extra stranger tourists) have to be sorted. I will only be going for a few days but I want to try to do some local things as well as the tourist destinations.
The weirdest thing about this trip is probably that I'm dragging(literally) "The Foot"* around with me the whole time, because we made a "deal"** about him attending this "pilgrimage." Another strange thing is that I have been stressing about luggage and toiletries. New suitcase and travel sized items to go in the unofficial "Paul McCartney Washbag." Yes, I bought a clear plastic washbag and stuck a concert photo picture of Paul inside to remind me that this trip is happening, so I need to get in the spirit of packing for it.
I've neglected to mention I have no transport to Liverpool; have not booked the seats. I guess I'm hitch hiking but that's a terrible image. I have at least taken the days off from work and took an extra day off to prepare to leave for Mecca, the day after. I'm shifting gears and now want to stop thinking about the actual trip. Will it be a lovely experience, a bunch of hype, a writing experience or a tourist nightmare?
I'm hoping for a little of all those things...maybe I'll even hug a tourist. But, let's not forget that I can return another time. The option to even do so, is a dream for me in itself. I hope for the best, for the best place for rock and roll music history can not be a negative experience, can it?
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*significant other who dislikes The Beatles and wants to flambe Paul(probably just my collection).
**do not ruin this trip and I will not ruin another vacation to your chosen destination.
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