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On Monday I returned from The Gathering slightly tired, and slightly stressed. The day started with me waking up at 11:51 am, with my train departing at 12:08 pm. Luckily, Vikingskipet is very close to the train station, and my friend Chr|s was awake and offered to drive me to the station.

I arrived at the station at 12:02 pm, with six minutes to spare, so I was able to buy myself something to drink and eat. Nothing like a quick newsstand breakfast :P.

The whole event was finished with a nice dinner served in the late hours of Sunday, which really did wonders. After a nice meal, we continued with a few speeches and patted ourselves on the back for the great job we had done during Easter. The party was a success, and the people attending were mostly greatly satisfied.

With the feedback, we got we were really, really pleased. Of course, dinner was not enough so we had to end the whole thing with a great party. I can promise you, there is nothing like a bunch of nerds tossing down alcohol like there is no tomorrow. There are bound to be a few events that make you smile, and this party was no exception. But I just can’t deny that it was a good end to an eventful week. It’s been one of my best parties ever, and the people I worked with were all splendid people.

I spoke today with one of my fellow crew members, and I came to terms with something I’ve known for ages. Coming back from The Gathering and adjusting back to real life is a process, a process that can take days. Both I and her had spent most of our days doing absolutely nothing than sitting in front of our computers, one might even go as far as say we were quite indifferent to our surroundings.

The whole event is quite intense on your senses, and it takes time to get back to the “real world”. I’m starting to come back well, and I think I might be able to get back out into the sun and back into town to meet people again. By all means, being in the crowd that is at the party is not in any way negative, but I got to admit that it’s rather good to just spend time with yourself after a week in the ship.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with my social antennas.

With the success of this year’s event and the people I’ve met, I can’t wait to do it again. A huge thanks go out to my crew, Info:Desk which I was a part of. It was a pleasure and honour working with you all. And a huge hug goes out to my sitting-right-next-to-me-partner, Christine. Her smiles and being lightened up my day.

By Jostein Elvaker Haande

"A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular" - Adlai Stevenson

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