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Friends Fest – Hanging out at Monica’s Apartment

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Opening Credits

Most of us laugh before the jokes when watching Friends these days, right? I’ve seen it so many times I can recite full scenes, haha! Friends has always been my comfort blanket – when I was younger and woke up in the night scared of the dark I would put Friends on to ease me back to sleep – when I was growing up and life seemed tough I would put Friends on to escape the world for a little while. When my mum started seeing a new boyfriend we used Friends as a way of bonding. It’s more than just a TV show.

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Monica's Apartment

Last year Stu and I bought tickets to go to Friends Fest in Leeds – Comedy Central were recreating the sets at Harewood House for a day of hanging out at Central Perk, eating at the Moondance Diner and having a cocktail at the Chick & Duck bar themed around Chandler and Joey’s apartment.

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Monica's Apartment

The whole day was pure, novelty fun! We were allocated a time slot to explore Monica’s apartment which Friends Fest had built down to a tee and we had fun recreating our favourite scenes (Say goodbye to sore muscles! Goodbye muscles!!) from the series with staff on hand to take as many photos as we wanted – my favourite being Chandler and Joey in the canoe when that guy steals everything they own! The guys taking that picture wondered what we were doing at first and thought we weren’t ready for the photo, but congratulated us on a great idea when they realised, haha.

It was so heart-warming to spend the day with complete strangers that also felt that same sense of love towards the show.

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Chandler & Joey's Apartment

We had dinner at the Moondance Diner, complete with YMCA style dancing and costumes. Unfortunately that’s the only area where the whole thing fell down. The food was dry and overpriced, which is to be expected at these sort of events, but the staff running the diner had got the whole thing completely wrong; The actors were being purposefully rude in an ‘American diner style’ (which confused the hell out of me because I’ve been to American several times and their service is second to none!). However I appreciate a bit of fun so when the waiter was being rude to me as we sat down, I laughed politely.

We really took offence, though, when the waitress literally threw Stu out of his seat while he was eating. I don’t care what skit you’re playing, you don’t ruin someone’s already expensive and poor quality meal. I complained to the staff and we moved seats, only to have them follow us still in character telling us British people are too polite. I was flabberghasted. We tried really, really hard not to let it ruin the day though as the rest of the staff were so fun and helpful.

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Central Perk

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Central Perk

The Central Park set was really cool with a stage where you could get up and sing Smelly Cat and a section behind the bar for a photo opportunity. Of course they had the classic sofa, too!! You weren’t allowed to take drinks inside, but as soon as we said the coffee cup was empty (What’s in the cup, Ross!?) and was just a prop for our photo the guy was totally cool with it! I love that.

We bought a couple of posters from the shop including the one that hangs above the TV in Monica’s apartment, which I thought was a nice touch, but they’re still in the wrapper tucked away with our unpacked boxes. One day our house will be cool!

Friends Fest Comedy Central - Central Perk

Comedy Central have just released details of another run of dates for Friends Fest this year and I highly recommend you go if you love the show. Just maybe don’t eat your food in the diner, eh? Haha!

Loves x xx

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Seven Awesome Things About Your Long Distance Bestie

Seven Awesome Things About Your Long Distance Bestie

Whether you made friends at uni or met online, your favourite folks may live on the other side of the country or the world but no distance could ever come between you. Sure it’s hard sometimes, but who wouldn’t want a best friend like yours? Here’s seven awesome things about your long distance bestie… add your own in the comments!!

// When you see each other, it’s like you were never apart. There’s never a lull in conversation and you don’t need to spend time catching up on each other’s lives because you constantly stalk each other on social media.

// Random one line texts and Facebook messages reminding you of a private joke make your whole freaking day. Messages make you burst out laughing at work, but no one could ever explain why they’re so funny outside of the group. Inevitably your colleagues think you’re a massive weirdo.

// You can have the best time chatting online without even leaving the sofa or getting dressed. Your Facebook messages are full of sticker wars and thank God for Skype calls. Ain’t technology grand!?

// Every time you see your long distance bestie you get presents!! Meeting up is always for someone’s birthday or you’re catching up from Christmas. Your friendship just becomes opening presents and eating cake!

// When you do see each other you make so much more of an effort to do something fun. There’s always a new bar or super tasty restaurant to take them to when they visit and you just have to stay up late chatting to make the most of your time together.

// When you hang out, you practically live with each other. You really appreciate the simple things because they are so rare, like watching TV in your jammies together. They also make the best nap partners.

// There are so many more excuses for holidays! Forget the diet, you’re on holiday. Sure you can go on that shopping spree, you’re on holiday. Let’s order another bottle of wine, we’re on holiday!

Got a long distance bestie you don’t see very often? Send them a link to this post and make their day! Loves x xx

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