The Gathering 2010
Every year, from Wednesday to Sunday in Easter, there's this
computer party, The
Gathering, in Hamar, Norway. The event has been set up every year
1992. That's amazing, considering all the work is done by volunteers.
The association KANDU is the formal organizer.
There's room for 5200 participants in Vikingskipet
Olympic Arena and every ticket gets sold - every year. The Gathering
is the second largest computer party in the world, after Dreamhack in
Sweden. The participators are either more interested in computers than
average or makes stuff them selves or they're simply just gamers. Girls
the majority of the participants. Still, this year it was almost 15 %
girls who attended The Gathering, about 5-600 girls.
Last year (2009) our girls attended TG for the first time.
They didn't doubt, they were going there next year as well. Various
reasons made participation possible only for Midmost. A bunch of
friends from Kolbotn, would make sure she was not to
be lonely. They were about 15-20 youth, who more or less had planned
to join TG together.
Finally arriving at Vikingskipet, all the equipment and
luggage had to be brought in. The picture (no copying allowed) shows
Midmost with half of her stuff.
As usual, Midmost didn't get much sleep the five days TG
lasted. More than 15 hours, she said, twice as much as last year. She
said it was all to much and of course she would not need to
sleep Sunday evening. Arild, who drove the car, said they were almost
outside Hamar (15 minutes drive) when both passengers had felt asleep.
If my Midmost is a bungler? I don't know (haha), but her
keyboard had visits from yogurt and cola, and she forgot one of her
bags and a few more things. But she did get a few addresses...