17.09.2012 - 17.09.2012
We have arrived! We are at our final campsite of the tour in Elsloo, Southern Holland. It's beautiful! Less of a campsite, more of a sizeable back garden equip with some swings, a sea saw and a concrete tunnel. I dare say there will be some quality time spent there! Everyone loves acting like a child. After the truck stop we drove straight to Arjan's, a friend of the bands. He's been in charge of sorting out the radio shows that the band will be featuring on in the next few days. That's going to be great! And I'm going to be singing on some of the tracks. Excellent stuff! His mum had prepared us a meal of chicken soup and sandwiches. It was so good! And very much needed! It's amazing what you take for granted when you're camping round Europe; home cooked meals, warm showers, money. None of these things have been things which we have possessed recently. It's nice to come in to contact with them again. Leo and Harrison are staying at Arjan's for the last part of the tour while Alex, Emily, Tom, Callum and myself stay at the campsite. It splits the group up a bit but it's nice not to have so much intensity.
After setting up our tents and getting settled, we ventured down the country lane outside the campsite gate, so that the band could have an unplugged practice before the radio show. It was sweet! I've never heard an acoustic twist on Gruz music before. It really works. The two songs they are going to perform for the radio show are Don't Speak Out Loud and Memories. It was definitely a highlight of the tour; standing in the dusk down a country lane in the Netherlands, looking out on to the crimson skyline, having a stripped down acoustic jam. It was pretty epic. It sounded really good too. I think this radio show is going to be fun!