I have tried to find pictures but none capture what I want to express. While it is a pain to pack and set up and taer down for Pennsic, being there is so special to me I would do almost anything to keep going! It is the exact opposite of my life in mundania/"the real world". Living in a small city of 10 to 12 thousand people, all with similar interests, is so different than living in a small modern town with almost no contact with the people around you.
At Pennsic, I wake up and have people to interact with immediately, either my Household (in camp) or just those other citizens of Pennsic who I see and talk to. In mundane life, I get up and see no one. My husband is already off to work and I spend all day alone with only the cats for company. I rarely see another human in real life and never talk to anyone unless it is on the computer or phone.
While at war, 90% of my time is spent interacting with others, I see hundreds of people each day and talk to dozens! It is so opposite and different it is hard to fathom just how NOT alike the two lives are! I hate modern clothing and even when in grubby, simple stuff, I prefer medieval clothes!
I eat less, get more exercise, walk more, breath cleaner air and am overall more healthy. I sleep better (even with drumming and partiers making all kinds of noise). It is a healthier lifestyle and reminds me a bit of when I lived on a farm as a child.
Don hates Pennsic because of all the work and headaches of packing and setting up, but I would not have him if I had not gone to Pennsic and I would not know how great community and friendship can be, if I did not go to war every year. This was my 26th Pennsic in a row and while there are always problems and issue, I hope I get to go to 26 more!