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In back of the South Bank Centre

OK, I will write a proper entry for this.  But in the meantime, here are some photos from our fantastic meet up.  It was brilliant, and I had a great time.  ANd fitted in two museums whilst I was at it.  SUCH a geek!

The week before the meet up, I had had one of my busy weeks at work, culminating in a trip to Reading to learn about... well, boring things that only I could get overexcited about.  It was good though - props to the Holiday Inn for the food.  So I was totally shattered by Thursday and made the bus by the skin of my teeth-except that then it was late. Despite the fact that traffic happens at predictable intervals in the UK, it always takes Thamesdown Buses by surprise. That was an 8.20 bus.

Everyone
  The first lovely person of the day prize goes to lovely Bus Stop Chatty Lady, for brightening up the ten minute wait for the bus.    So it was nice to have someone to chat to, and it's rare in the South.  I got to the station in plenty of time to have a pastry and a coffee and get on the train.  Which stopped in West Drayton for an hour, so it's just as well I'd said to Ruby I'd meet her after work. 

I got to Paddington, 55 minutes late.  That's five minutes not late enough to claim compensation, folks.  Gotta love First Great Western.  And I sort of felt like I was on holiday, so I went to Yo Sushi to drink unbelievable amounts of Miso soup and eat some fish.  Then I wandered to the South Bank.

Hannah, Ruby, and my scary disembodied head!
  The South Bank is one of my favourite bits of London, because there's always something random there.  Today, it was a couple of skips full of neon lights.  Apparently, it has something to do with exploring the interplay between the mundane reality of a refurbishment programme and the hopes for a new... It was some neon in a skip.  Nuff said.  I don't think you have to understand this stuff to like it.  Then I went to Tate Modern to look at Shibboleth, which is a large crack in the floor of the gallery, exploring post colonialism.... big crack.  Like I said.  I don't have to get it!

Then I went to Mile End to meet Ruby, who coped with the fact I'd had five coffees admirably. 

Hannah came round, and the three of us got changed, chatting happily about, oh, jewelry choices and whether anyone had any hair slides I could borrow.

Hannah and Lori
  Like I said, we hit it off immediately!  Then we got back on the tube to go to Camden.  Bar Fifty Five awaited. 

Two for One cocktails.  Possibly the worst idea in the world, for the sake of my poor battered liver, but an amazing idea for making friends.  The World's Flirtiest Barman (damn, I did know his name.  Joe?  No, Joe was his mate.  Ben?  Nah, Ben was the blonder one.  Damnit!) fixed Hannah and I some passionfruit thingies and some something with Kiwi and Strawberries, and we set about making friends with Travbuddies.  It was amazing.  We had a great time chatting away, and it was great to really meet some people.  Then we went next door to Wagamamas.

Wagamamas is a chain of Japanese restaurants - not sushi, but noodles and stuff.  They're consistently good and I've never had a bad meal in one.

Ruby
  And this one was right next to fifty fives.  I had a beer, and then decided that that was enough alcohol.  Unfortunately, there comes a point when you keep getting drunker even though you stopped drinking.  But that point came later, after the lucky bag of presents (I got a pop up map and some mints.  Ace!).  Ruby and Lori had planned a sort of scavenger hunt, and I teamed up with Londonstudent, Nathan, and another guy to wander off.  I was so enthusiastically trying to explain my job on the train I got a row off some strangers, but I get quite defensive about it because the Daily Mail hates us.  And it's a very hard job to explain.  And I was too tipsy to remember these things are easier if you split up so we were seriously late back to Bar 55.  We came second in the end, which wasn't bad.
South Bank Centre
  It was a good game.  A veil had maybe better be drawn over the next bit- mentioning no names! - but I got my second tube row of the day for hugging people good bye as we pulled into our stop.

Hannah, Ruby and I went back to Mile End.  Hannah went to sleep, and Ruby and I gossiped for a while, and I got the inside gossip about Amsterdam, which sounds like several adventures.  It was a great night out, and I can't wait for the next one!

If you're interested, the other blogs telling this story are at:

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24061/London-London-3

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24550/London-Meet-up-London-1

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24396

[reviews for 55/wagamama/yo sushi/samurai/british museum]

princeza_9 says:
Sounds like you had fun! I'm just waiting for the Meet-up in Beijing! :D
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
londonstudent says:
Hey, I never realised that we were allowed to split up! No wonder we didn't have enough time ...
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
sarahelaine says:
Oh, of course. But I just realised I have no food in the house and have to go out!
Posted on: Feb 03, 2008
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In back of the South Bank Centre
In back of the South Bank Centre
Everyone
Everyone
Hannah, Ruby, and my scary disembo…
Hannah, Ruby, and my scary disemb…
Hannah and Lori
Hannah and Lori
Ruby
Ruby
South Bank Centre
South Bank Centre
Thames Skyline
Thames Skyline
Oxo tower
Oxo tower
Shibboleth
Shibboleth
St Pauls and the Millenium Bridge
St Pauls and the Millenium Bridge
St Pauls
St Pauls
The bar at 55 - and a blurred pic …
The bar at 55 - and a blurred pic…
spirits
spirits
View from the cool yellow bridge g…
View from the cool yellow bridge …
View from Rubys house
View from Ruby's house
Ben and I
Ben and I
Ruby and I
Ruby and I
Mark
Mark
Ruby, Nathan, Lori, Hannah, and a …
Ruby, Nathan, Lori, Hannah, and a…
Mark and Hannah
Mark and Hannah
Ruby, Hannah and Mark
Ruby, Hannah and Mark
The winnings
The winnings
Hannah
Hannah
Tonight, Bruce, you could win this…
Tonight, Bruce, you could win thi…
picking prizes
picking prizes
Hannah
Hannah
Ruby, Hannah and I
Ruby, Hannah and I
Ruby and Hannah
Ruby and Hannah
Nathan and Ruby
Nathan and Ruby
Nathan and Ben
Nathan and Ben
Not cheating
Not cheating
John, not cheating
John, not cheating
Nathan, John, and the lovely bloke…
Nathan, John, and the lovely blok…
Green Bridge in Mile End...
Green Bridge in Mile End...
Slightly better view of the view
Slightly better view of the view
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