Connichi is a bit hard to write about, because really, it happened in the middle of something much larger. I think the most challenging bit is going to be neatly slicing it out of the middle of the pie, because I don’t think you all want to hear about my long (although incredible) journey to Germany. Even so, before I can talk about Connichi, I need to give you a little back-story. Going to another country for a convention was something I had never dreamed I would EVER do. I thought that going to Japan for for the World Cosplay Summit in 2010 was a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-relived experience. Then, one day, sometime around June of 2011, I was talking to some of my international friends, doing something on Facebook, I don’t remember exactly, but I got a bug in my ear — I realized that I knew enough people in Germany (and not just one or two) and enough people from surrounding countries who had been to Germany BEFORE — to completely justify going to a convention there. That’s what started it. I knew it was something I wanted to do, something I HAD to do. The idea of getting to see some of my friends again, and meet some of them for the first time, was just so exciting, I couldn’t ignore it. And without my friends, their aid, their generosity, their hospitality, there’s no way I could have managed it, or afforded it.
But now I’m getting ahead of myself. So maybe I should just tell you how things went down. My apologies ahead of time — this is probably going to get a bit long!