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1st-Aug-2007 01:56 am
Cornwall 3
This was my very first time going to Anthrofest and despite all the problems with the hotel, more on that later, I had a good time. Not only did I enjoy the con but also enjoyed taking some time to walk around downtown Montreal.

I'm more used to the big cons like Anthrocon and Further Confusion so Anthrofest had a very different feel to it. It's as if it's geared towards one group but scheduled so that everyone can attend the events without missing anything. I know there were a few things that I missed but I still had a great time anyways. Fursuiters made up for about 12% of the con which wasn't too bad for a small con of this size.

The hotel was having problems with the air conditioning and the elevators. We were sweltering in our room once we checked in but each day seemed to be a little cooler than the next. Fortunately you can open the windows which was nice to allow the breeze into our room. The elevators were something else. First off they were too small, only a capacity of 8, secondly they would get stuck or one of the elevators would start to go down as the doors were closing and finally it got hot in the elevators too. The con staff wasn't very happy with the hotel and are seeking a hotel to host the con.

On the day after the con Stryker, D'Otter, Dan Skunk and myself decided to venture out and see some of the sights. First we headed over to Olympic Park, Stryker was already in suit and we took pictures of the Olympic Stadium and other buildings in the area. Our second stop was the Notre Dame Basilica. It was tough to find but we managed to find it. Truly a very beautiful church and there's free guided tours once you pay your $4 to get in. The basilica also houses the Sacred Heart Chapel which is also just as beautiful. Our last stop was near the BioSphere. We didn't go through it, just suited around outside it. Overall we had a great time.

Our trip home was later than I anticipated. I got lost trying to find the main highway out but managed to find it. One thing that I had to remember was to take a quick stop in Cornwall to suit up and pose in front of one of the signs. Eventually we made it there. Since we were short on time I had to suit up and get the pictures done quickly. Stryker managed to take four good pictures which was good enough and continued to make our way home again.

I do hope to go to Anthrofest next year since I really like walking around Montreal despite the language barrier there. There's lots of stuff so I think it'll be worth it to do it again.
1st-Aug-2007 07:11 am (UTC)
ya the hotel was crap, last year the hotel was great. my guess and a few others is they got new owners and the new owners didn't give a f*ck about stuff. Cnipur is not going back to that hotel next year and we are getting a new location. probably the one he was talking about that was 10 minutes away from that one, but nothing is in cement yet.

I know wildwolf, some others and my self got stuck in the elevators, along with the room disaster, the hotel booked us for the wrong room EG they gave us a room with one bed instead of 2 which we asked for. then they moved us to a room with half the shit ripped out of the walls, and the 3rd room we got was reasonable, but cniper's room was horrible and he got moved to another room and it was even worse. And from what i understand from everyone else they had similar experiences and disputes, along with no AC, and a few other things, so ya the con is getting moved, cause that hotel was total BS, a 3 year old could have ran it better.

sorry i didn't get much of a chance to say hi or talk, i was really busy through out the con or i was dazed out from being tired. I am glade ya had a good time though.
Anthrofest tried to give people breaks around food times and tried to address numberous different fun events with out time conflict, to insure people could have a good time. Which i thought went really well over all for scheduling.

I hope ya can make it next year though and we can see ya at the fursuit games :)
1st-Aug-2007 08:28 am (UTC)
Would have liked to have joined you but unfortunatly i only had enough for one con, and had to choose between AnthroCon and AnthroFest....
1st-Aug-2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
So my big blue sexy dragon had fun then?
2nd-Aug-2007 01:24 am (UTC)
I hope you had a good time though, dwaggie :)
5th-Aug-2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
I think you made the best use of both the con and the location!

That Cornwall sign photo would make a great LJ icon!
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