SF Travbuddy Meetup at Jade Bar

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SF Travbuddy Meetup at Jade Bar

The day of our meetup had arrived.  We all had been talking about the excitement and not sure what to expect since this was our first meetup ever.  After that night I know it won't be my last.  I can't wait for the next one.

Sister and I had been running late all day.  Along with our brother we had a late lunch with the parents in Union City because they would be going to Las Vegas on Sunday and we wanted to bid them good-bye before their little trip.  By the time we finished, it was getting very close for us to start getting ready to meet everyone at the Jade Bar.  We were coming from across the bridge so there was no way of knowing exactly how the flow of traffic would be.

  Unless we would start to listen to traffic on the radio..  Nah,  I don't think so, BORING. 

Traffic was of course terrible, for no apparent reason.  Just because I guess.  We finally made it to San Francisco.  We picked up Tessa and dialed in the Jade Bar address into our GPS.  We re-calculated a few times because we didn't notice we had passed a turn or two that we were supposed to take.  Geez, making us even more late.  We finally found Gough street yay.. and we found parking just around the corner.

We walked to Jade bar and took a picture of the Jade Bar sign of course.  And we made our way downstairs.

Me and David - Thanks David for telling me about Travbuddy.. down to the where the idea first originated.. You're so cool
  Oh my goodness there were soooooo many people.  I couldn't believe how many travbuddies were present.  I saw some familiar faces already so I figured both groups, left and right, were travbuddies.  We were happily greeted by the group.  Ekua and Mark and others came right away to shake our hands and thank us for coming.  Mark asked us our names, and then what was our Travbuddy name =).. RacquelT127.  And I heard a few.. "Oh you're RacquelT127.. I've seen you around TB"  oh that was so nice to hear that people saw me around the site.  Friends of Friends and Friends of more friends.  We're all connected by Travbuddy which is totally great.  Which prompts me to want to start thanking the makers of the site Eric and David.  And I sure did because David (Co-founder) walked down the Jade Bar steps a few minutes after we had arrived.  You could only imagine the excitement and gleam in everyone's eyes to see him.  David and Eric are two travbuddies that all travbuddies want to meet sooner or later so that they can thank them repeatedly for coming up with the idea and setting it up for us all.

So this is when the meetup begins for me.

Me, David and Michelle hanging out by the Bar
  There were so many people present I felt the room getting smaller and hotter.  But we just seem to be occupying the entire lower level, and with that in mind.. Hot meant good to me because there were so many people here I get talk to.  I set my jacket down and then Tessa and I hit the bar.  Just one drink for me, since I would have to leave the meetup early to attend a friend's b-day dinner.  yeah I know, I show up semi-late and then I have to leave early.  Believe me I was so sad to leave, and all we could talk about at the dinner was travbuddy =).

I was able to speak with the incredible travbuddies about their past trips, future planned trips, and discuss places they would like to go soon but not sure when they would schedule it in.  I'm glad I was also able to talk about where I would be travelling to in the near future and have others be excited for me too.  Nice feeling.. with me being already super excited, it was nice that others were excited for me too.  I got to speak with David, I just had to get the inside scoop on Travbuddy, and he told me about the history, and where the Travbuddy idea came from.

Mark and his famous kisses =)
  Which I won't get into now because I know some already know the story, and those who don't know yet that you would love to talk to either David or Eric and hear for yourself.  Pretty great of them to start Travbuddy and have everyone connected throughout the world with one fantastic common interest.. TRAVELLING.  Thanks David for chatting with me about that.

It was so fun to talk to people I had already been smiling and commenting to.  For the various pictures, blogs and reviews they've published.  Pretty cool to match faces with the words, and talents for photography.  It was also equally wonderful to meet and chat with others who I hadn't come across meeting through Travbuddy yet, but I am very glad I got to meet them. 

Special thank you goes out to Ekua for setting up this very successful meetup in San Francisco, hoping for more to come.  Maybe we'll have an East Bay meetup soon, since there were a few Travbuddies coming from across the bridge, next time we'll get to save them toll or BART fare.

lots of travel talk happening

So happy to have met you all, and I'll talk to you soon.  Take care Travbuddies =)

Check out other SF TravBuddy Meetup Blogs:

Ariestrekker ((Tessa)) : www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23191

Leah151 ((Leah)) : http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23255/A-night-of-revelry-and-new-friends-San-Francisco-1

MzJulz85 ((Julz)): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23103

Poohstanggt ((Erin)): http://www.

travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23109

Portia: http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23060

Travelman727 ((Mark)): http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23132/San-Francisco-TravBuddy-Meetup-San-Francisco-2

X_drive ((Roger)): http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23165/San-Francisco-Meetup-San-Francisco-2

Be prepared to read great blogs and see pictures full of smiles, laughter, and fun =)

travelman727 says:
Racquel, congrats on being featured! With Roger's blog on the home page today, we've got a string of three working :-D
Posted on: Jan 17, 2008
rayramon says:
very cool.
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
jenn79 says:
Yay!! Sounds like so much fun!! =)
Posted on: Jan 16, 2008
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SF Travbuddy Meetup at Jade Bar
SF Travbuddy Meetup at Jade Bar
Me and David - Thanks David for te…
Me and David - Thanks David for t…
Me, David and Michelle hanging out…
Me, David and Michelle hanging ou…
Mark and his famous kisses =)
Mark and his famous kisses =)
lots of travel talk happening
lots of travel talk happening
the bar, and nice bartender that t…
the bar, and nice bartender that …
chatting Travbuddies
chatting Travbuddies
what was left of my drink
what was left of my drink
look at all those all the beautifu…
look at all those all the beautif…
Group pic (taken by Tessas camera…
Group pic (taken by Tessa's camer…
Ekua and I -- Thank you Ekua for o…
Ekua and I -- Thank you Ekua for …
Tessa, Ekua, and I
Tessa, Ekua, and I
Nicole holding up the lovely Travb…
Nicole holding up the lovely Trav…
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Michelle, Amit and Nicole - Pictu…
travel gals
travel gals
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Amit and I, hehe I thought this w…
Rowena (my sister) and Ekua
Rowena (my sister) and Ekua
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Julz, Will and I
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the little water pool that had a …
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stairway down to see the travbudd…
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Will, Erin, Scott and I
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