Monday, 3 November 2014

My First Clubbing Experience || Cardiff




On the 24th of October I headed down to Cardiff on the train to stay with my best friend in university to celebrate my birthday with her after a horrendous birthday at home on the 23rd which you can read about here.

So here's why I don't like the 'University, Clubbing Experience'

Pre drinking takes three hours
I was ready by 9:30 and we headed down to the apartment of a girl who I didn't know but it was her birthday and as my friends flat mates were going we tagged along. The first hour was ok, I met some really nice people, chatted, had a couple of drinks, the second hour I almost fell asleep, the third hour I wanted to go to bed. It got to 12ish and people had finally started making a move...

You have to try and shift everyone out to the taxis at once 
Once people had decided to leave, everyone at once decided they wanted to go to the bathroom which took at least another 40 minutes. At this time most people were blotto after pre drinking and struggled to get to the taxi's.

When you get there at like 1am you have to queue in the cold
I'm lucky, I didn't have to experience this because one of the guys had got us queue jump, so once we got out of the cab it was a case of finding the club and showing our wrist bands.

So you get in and then you try and stay with your group but everyone spreads out
Everyone's so drunk they just spread like butter, so you're no longer a group, there may be one or two of you together but you won't see the others for a while.

Sweat and tears
You head to the dance floor for a dance but your met with a huge crowd squeezing into this tiny circle of barriers, arms flying everywhere a wave of BO and some girl knocking you over while she grinds upon some random guy. I literally couldn't believe the lack of self respect and the lack of clothing on some girls, I felt uncomfortable just looking at them. It was like being in a strip club.

So you're really hating the experience and then you give up and go home or like me, your friend looses her flat key and is so upset she demands you take her home (yay!) where you then have to ring emergency security and ask them to come let you in. After all this rubbish it's almost 3am and you order a Dominos pizza on the feeds four deal and watch 21 Jump Street before spooning and falling to sleep.....

Only to be awoken at 5:30 by everyone else drunkenly spilling into the halls, knocking on the door, screaming, running up and down....and then you go back to sleep and leave as early as possible the next morning to spend Saturday night in bed, blogging with the cat. Like it should be.

I went down to Cardiff 19 years old but I came back 50 years old. I don't think I'll be going clubbing in a hurry.

23 comments:

  1. I don't think you should feel like you're an old, boring woman just because you didn't like clubbing. I know that's not strictly what you meant to convey, but there is so much more to life than getting drunk, rubbing up against some dude and then probably sleeping with him for no reason other than "it's sex". I agree with you completely on everything you've said: I hate clubbing too. I hate girls who wear too little because they think it's sexy. I dislike the youth culture. I'm embarrassed by them, and saddened that I am an outcast because I don't dress like a stripper and kiss every man I meet. It's very difficult to realise that you're different and don't like what everybody else does, but I think it's an extremely important step to talk and I am very glad you took it, but also glad you hated it. I bet a lot of other people there that night didn't exactly love it, either, or were far too drunk to notice.

    I also read your "bad birthday" post and I agree with you. After you turn 18, nobody really cares about you that much. Of course, deep down, they do. They don't want you to get hurt and they want you to succeed in life, but apart from that? Birthdays and Christmas mean nothing. They're for children. Apparently, as soon as we hit adulthood, all of our imagination and joy goes out the window. Apparently we want nothing but peace and quiet. Apparently we might as well be 50.

    Don't feel bad that you're not like everyone else. Embrace it, my girl <3

    Sterling, XLeptodactylous

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    1. Thanks Saoirse! I don't feel bad that I'm not like everyone else, I'm not gonna be that girl throwing up in a gutter!

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  2. Sounds like you had an interesting night haha. I don't blame you for not enjoying it. I didn't go out much at uni but when I did I made sure that I was always with someone that I knew wouldn't abandon me and that I trusted to stick with me.

    The pre-drinking always really bored me too. We sort of got round that by getting ready whilst pre drinking and listening to music which made it go quicker!

    Emma | frillsanddoodads.com

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    1. I wish I'd cut out the pre drinking!

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  3. Birthdays are birthdays, Christmas is a bigger thing in my household. But birthdays when you have a job and it's a weekday birthday is just a little rubbish. My last 2 birthdays I have opted to just spend time with my other half. Much better- last year we went away for the weekend and this year we went to an all day BBQ festival! Make plans with special people, appreciate the small moments and don't expect too much!
    Clubbing doesn't have to be like the above. It sounds like the people you went with weren't the best to go out with. I much prefer going out with a couple of girlfriends, much easier to get ready and get out :) Hopefully your next experience will be better!
    Although I have to admit most of the time I do prefer a night in the pub chatting :)

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    1. I'm going to organise my own celebrations next year and I'm gonna make this Christmas the best by making sure it's celebrated with all my family!

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  4. Haha sounds like a typical night out in Swansea xD although, I actually don't mind a good night out. I am not a party party person, but sometimes its nice to go a bit mad hehe. It's not for everyone though x
    allthesesecretsaresold.wordpress.com

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    1. I don't think it's for me Charlotte!

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  5. OH a flashback to my younger days! I'm in Canada, but I found a great indie club in Brighton on my last trip to England it was awesome!

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    1. I've never been to Brighton or an Indie club, are they any different to 'normal' clubs?

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  6. Awww Ffion I'm sorry your clubbing experience was so dire. I normally have to be in the right mood to go out clubbing. Give me a bottle of wine and movie night in with the girls over clubbing any day!
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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    1. I thought I'd like it because I like a dance but I didn't. Maybe it's because the clubs were bigger than my small one at home.

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  7. I absolutely hate clubbing, you need a serious beer coat to get out anywhere in Liverpool and so by the time you get to a club you're normally vomming or getting hit on by men that seem like Steven Gerrard look a likes at the time but are basically any 30-40 year old men in the vicinity.

    In Liverpool we have a club called the Kray and it's like a weird place with different levels for different type of music and it is like an actual sauna of sweat. People voluntarily choose to do this to themselves, and that is something I may never, never understand.

    Sammy (a clearly cynical 20 year old) xo.

    littlefickleblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha I'm not the only cynic when it comes to clubbing then!

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  8. Hahahhaha classic night out in Cardiff, which club did you go to?
    Loves! Kirstie @ Kimamely Beauty (kimamely.blogspot.co.uk)

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    1. We went to Pryzm, staff were so rude especially to my friend who lost her keys.

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  9. Great post! I am also from South Wales but have never been out in Cardiff! I have heard horror stories with the clubs being far away from each other.. Hence why I stick to clubbing in Swansea!

    hannahnotes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I haven't tried Swansea! I may give it a go!

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  10. Oh dear, shame you didn't really enjoy! I remember my first time clubbing. I didn't know it was law to wear heels. I went in ballerinas (I'm quite tall plus I can't really walk in heels) and literally every minute a girl stabbed me with her heels. I had a bruised ankle the next day and limped home :/ #fail

    People are generally selfish on the dance floor. Some just take all the space and don't care if their exessive dancing annoys others. Survival of the fittest! Anyway, not all places are like this and I hope your next time will be better xxxx

    Caz | Lunch Break Adventures

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    1. Oh God! You could have broke your foot! Me too!

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  11. I think the pressure to like clubbing is so high in student/teenage culture which is so sad. It is definitely not something that I enjoy that much, but sometimes make myself go every once in a while. Occasionally you get some really good nights, but it's not all the time.
    Abbie xxx
    Another Student Blog

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    1. I don't mind a night down the con club or a meet up in a pub but in big cities I don't think clubbings for me!

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  12. I can't stand clubbing these days. Don't get me wrong I went clubbing yrs a go but it's turned so nasty and degrading in my eyes now . It's just not nice seeing girls and guys making such idiots of them selves. People have no self respect anymore! 😊 💕 the fact u can see that makes u a better person x

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