It’s quite overwhelming how life can change its path, laughing at our written plans to somehow control it. While planning on moving to London this summer, I instead ended up helping my mom move to the UK and driving her all the way up north to Liverpool. Not a bad plan B if you ask me. It was a chance to drive awkwardly and spend a day -or even less- with the four of Liverpool - The Beatles. Having loved the Beatles since I remember listening to music, planning a trip to Liverpool only revived childhood musical memories. Shamefully, I hardly know more about this Northern city besides football, the harbour and some war stories - and so is the knowledge of most of the tourists I saw there. Still, I was spending less than 24 hours in Liverpool and not caring much about football, the thing to do was to go to Penny Lane and experience the birthplace of British rock 'n’ roll.
Of course, the Beatles experience is what you want, yet what we ended up having was a kitsch museum offering a 'once-in-a-lifetime' screening of the history of the Beatles. - mind me! The film is in 3-D and apparently worthy of thirteen pounds! -Ugh- Tourist extortion anyone?
Considering my knowledge of the band and the gorgeous late august weather, there was absolutely no way those 13quid were going to that museum. I instead opted for the live experience. I was going to spend a day with the Beatles, not them personally, but with the other fans that like me, wondered abouts the city imagining what it was like to be there in the 70s.
And so I got myself a pretty photo with a canvas and took off. The point was to talk to people a bit and get them to pose for me with the Beatles. That way, I was experiencing the city, the band and its visitors. This is what I came up with after a lovely less than 24hours with the Beatles and the city that saw them become who they are today.
Disclaimer: We never made it to Penny Lane, this is the Beatles' story museum in the centre. I will surely go back and pay a proper visit to this magic city soon, promise - 'Above us only sky'