jacksgap and finnharries

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I was waiting for the bus and my sister says “OMG ITS JACK” and then I tell her to stop messing about because I thought she was joking but then she says “no I’m serious look” and I look back and see “jack” so I go up to him and say omg jack? And he says “that’s actually my brother but okay” and I go Finn I’m like your biggest fan can I get a picture please and then I starts shaking because I get too over excited and yea still can’t believe it!!


-Dahiana Zalazar (@dahitus44)

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Yesterday, 07/16/15, my friend Sofía and I got the privilege of meeting Finn Harries. Finn came to Costa Rica 06/30/15 and tweeted that he was staying only 16 days. We were really excited to have him in our country and we wanted to meet him so bad. He went to the some beaches, volcanos and forests. As we lived in the heart of San José we couldn’t drive all the way to were he was with his girlfriend, Emma Bates.

It was a complete odyssey to get to meet him because we only knew that he was staying 16 days and whenever he was leaving the country, he was going to travel to Ibiza. Some other friends, Sofía and I looked for the itinerary of the flights that IBERIA held in that date. The only flight that was held that day was at 4:25 pm. We calculated to go to the International Airport 3 hours before because they had to do the check-in but as the time went by he didn’t appear. We went to ask in the counters to see if he was traveling today but they told us that he wasn’t traveling today neither tomorrow, that he was traveling on Saturday; many left to come back on Saturday. The ones that were left had that little spark of hope that he was traveling and that we could have the opportunity to meet him that same day.

We were already leaving when we saw him running through one of the doors, we followed him to ask him for a photo but he told us that only one because he was running out of time; we all agreed.

It was a failure of picture because he was supposed to be in the front but well, nothing we could do,at least we got the photo done. When they arrived to the counters, they weren’t at the IBERIA’s one, they were at AVIANCA’s. Sofía and I told them “IBERIA’s counters are the last ones, down the hall” and answers us “Thank you, sweeties”. We were nearly dying, it was the best feeling to hear him telling us “sweeties”. 😍😍 As we guided them we tried some “selfies”, everyone tried.

By the time we arrived to the correct counters, there was no one. Emma went to looked for someone to help them because they had 45 minutes before their flight. In that moment Finn told us “Make a line to take the photos” and we were the first ones in the line, it was amazing.

After exchanging some words with him we left to look for Emma. She was amazing, I never thought that I could have the opportunity to meet her or Finn. I have being watching JacksGap’s videos since I found them in YouTube with the video of Telepathy. I just love them.

Before they left, we gave Emma an EOS and to Finn, a flag of Costa Rica signed by the ones who came to say goodbye. In the flag was written “Hope you come back soon” with the name of each one and their twitter accounts. They answer back “Thank you my loves, hope to see you soon”.
We melt there. Everyone were screaming “Have a Safe Flight”, “We love you” and “Please come back soon”.

After we met them we got in our car and we were in shock, we were shaking. We couldn’t believed what just happened. It was an amazing, astonishing experience with a little deception but at the end everything was perfect. Best experience ever. I just hope someday, in the future, have the opportunity to meet Jack. With this, I can proof that nothing is impossible, as Walt Disney once said “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

This was our whole experience.

Thank you so much!

With love,

Michelle Valverde (@michplusam)
Costa Rica

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I was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in the third floor where the minimalists are. Basically i saw him and i thought well he looks like Jack Harries then i remembered Finn Harries lives in NYC now so i just think,“no this cant be him” so i go up to him and say, “you look like my favourite youtuber, Finn Harries” and he goes in his british accent, “thats because i am” and i swear my heart stopped he was so kind and we talked for at least ten minutes and he was actually interested into what i was saying and told me some ‘insider’ tips to starting a youtube channel and it was amazing.

-Mariana Villar (mar.i.v)

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My name is Inés from Barcelona, Spain and I was lucky enough too meet Jack and Finn Harries.

As soon as I finished the last year of school before university, my friends and I left for a week to Ibiza. It was the third day for us there when we decided to go to downtown Ibiza for a walk in the afternoon.

Suddenly, I saw a guy who looked like Louis Cole (another youtuber friend of Jack and Finn). Only one of my friends watches youtube too, so I took her aside and asked if he was Louis or not. We decided to go and ask him. We did so. With his big smile he said, “Yes, yes I am.” We were in shock and took a picture with him and talked for a bit. Suddenly, we turned our head a bit and I saw Finn staring at me, then beside him Jack was eating Pizza.

I screamed.

I didn’t know why but I screamed. I had been watching their videos for 3 years and they were in front of me. I almost fell because I was shaking; after I told them my name, Jack said, “Come on Inés, stop shaking haha.” Finn then hugged me. I wanted to ask them so many things but I couldn’t even talk. We took a picture and they asked what we were doing in ibiza. So, we explained. Then we obviously said sorry for interrupting their meal and left.

And because I couldn’t tell them at that moment, I wanted to say something now:

They inspire me day by day; the way they do things; the way they love life and others; the way they work and the way they inspire. I just hope that everyone have the chance that I got ‘cause meeting them was, one day, just a dream and the next one an amazing reality.


-Ines Corbella (@inescorbella)

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I bumped into Jack & Finn at the airport in New Orleans on Monday after my dad recognized them. They were ordering food in front of my gate and I nervously went up to them and asked if I could take a selfie with them. That’s literally all I said because I was so nervous.

I wasn’t sure if Jack recognized me, because I met him on the streets of New Orleans literally 4 days prior! They were super sweet and unfortunately I didn’t get to tell them what a huge inspiration they are to me because I didn’t want to bother them aha, oh well. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

- Samantha from Canada

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The summer of 2013 I, Sara heard about a event happening in my city of Toronto called Buffer festival. I was surprised when I heard about the rumours of Jack and Finn being there. I checked out the website of Buffer festival and saw the rumours were indeed false but that Jacksgap was going to attend next year. So I was a little bummed as I had to wait a whole year to meet the lovely inspiring twins! But finally in July of 2014 I pre-ordered the tickets and got 3rd row! I again waited till October and I hadn’t realized what I was actually doing until a few internet friends I met up with and me were outside of Will and the twins conference room. 

We had to line up for the Jacksgap “show” or whatever and my knees got weak. When I saw how close I sat and saw the two cheeky twins walk in and take a seat on stage my stomach got filled with butterflies. I was so happy and excited to see some new content they hadn’t uploaded and the show was awesome. We got to ask question to them and when they answered my question my voice was so shaky. I asked “How are you enjoying buffer and do you plan on coming back?”

After the whole screening we had to go the meet up and sit in a huge auditorium to take a picture. 

Meanwhile I waited Ben brown popped up, I got to meet him and he was so sweet and tall!! 

But finally after a long and overwhelming day it was my turn. My turn to meet my inspirations, my turn to meet the cheeky twins who I’ve been watching for 3 years! It was my turn. I walked nervously to them but then when I was hugging them and finally talked to them all the nervousness and stress went away. I experienced something I had never experienced before. They were so nice and so thankful FOR ME BEING THERE! I was surprised they were thanking me! I should be thanking them.

Watching Jack and Finn made a difference in my life. But meeting them was something more.

- Sara Cortez (@

jacksgapsara

)

THOUGHTS ON: "The Collaboration Project" by theyoutubewriter

What do you love? What do you fear? In June 2014, these are the questions Jack Harries raised to us in an enthusiastic vlog while sat in a hostel in Nairobi, Kenya. He opened up a door to a conversational collaborative with his audience with the help of Skype’s video messaging feature and thousands of us, his viewers, responded with open hearts and minds.

Over time the JacksGap team pieced and patched these video messages together and thus have brought us: The Collaboration Project. This project..this idea was something brand new to the channel but nevertheless happily welcomed.

The topics of the short series are things that everyone should reflect on from time to time. It’s good to take a little self-inventory. To recognize things that bring you joy and to be grateful for them and also to look at those things you’re afraid of and reassure yourself that it’s okay to feel that way and remember you’re not the only one who feels the way you do.

What I loved most about this series is that it manifested to us how we all share many common loves and fears. Watching these videos you can feel an immense sense of unity. Because whether your greatest fear is of spiders or something more complex like loneliness or depression …or whether your love is of everyday life’s simplicity or the thrills of adventure… there was something said that every one of us can identify with. There’s a little piece of all of us hidden in there somewhere.

The questions stripped everything down to the bare bones and made us all think about the things that truly matter. They made us look at the cards we’ve been holding close to our chests and experience the emotions of realizing what we’ve been holding. Having those realizations on your own is one thing but being able to have them together on a grander scale is really something special and I’m incredibly glad we were all able to, in some way, feel apart.

So, I guess this brings us back around to the initial questions:

What do you love? What do you fear?

I really encourage you to take time out of your day/night/whatever it is where you are… to reflect on them. Take time to be thankful for that thing/person you love most. Take time to remember you’re not the only one who feels the fear that you do…that you’re not alone. Just take time for those simple realizations.

We’d love to know how this series has affected you and what your thoughts are so if you like you can send us feedback through our askbox or submission. And if you’d like to see the video series I’ve been talking about you can check it out right here.

Thanks so much for reading!

Kelsey
Admin/Writer for JacksGapSite

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