Three days of beautiful light installations around the city.
My housemates and I had seen the installations on both Thursday and Friday and come Saturday me and A were sitting together seeking an adventure...
"We're never spontaneous" she said. "let's do something spontaneous tonight".
In typical "us' fashion, we started planning. (Not spontaneous I know, but we tried!)
That evening we grabbed two rucksacks and whilst she filled a flask with hot chocolate I packed the hot water bottles and a big blanket.
Our bags packed we headed into the cold Durham evening, our plan to go sit on the wall by the cathedral and watch the projections lit up on the cathedral walls whilst snuggled under a blanket drinking hot chocolate.
Idyllic? We thought so.
So together we set out into the night.
We weren't counting on the queues.
It was Saturday night and this was a bi-annual festival so it should have been expected.
As Students we tried to find all our short cuts to get into the city but to no avail.
We ended up waiting in line. For 20 mins, then half an hour, to an hour.
We found the whole thing funny, the amusement of having an adventure and simply standing 100 yards from our house in a queue. We had hot chocolate to drink to pass the time and in a stroke of brilliance A. pulled from her bag a packet of marshmallows to dunk in our warm drinks.
Time passed and we chatted.
We shared laughter and deep thoughts and future plans. There in the queue we so enjoyed each others company.
We eventually reached the front of the queue and there was a man. Standing on a box, with a megaphone. He told us that the queues were too long to get up to the cathedral.
Our glorious cosy plan wasn't going to happen.
A and I looked at each other and then around at the street.
A lovely little cafe she had never been to was next to us.
One look was all it took.
Ten minutes later we where in the warm, giggling over a cup of tea and piece of cake, at eleven at night.
Spontaneity happened right there. When we least expected it.