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Some of our 41+ SF TravBuddy group

 

SAN FRANCISCO

TRAVBUDDY MEETUP –

 

I LEFT MY HEART

IN SAN FRANCISCO!

 

Saturday evening, January 12, was a special night in the Bay area. Over 40 friends left their hearts in San Francisco, but took back warm memories of the largest TravBuddy Meetup so far. 

 

There are now at least a dozen writings and/or photo galleries about the fabulous get-together. Please make sure to also check out ALL of the other wonderful blogs! These include:

 

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

 

leah151: www.

travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23255

 

mzjulz85 (Julz): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23103

 

poohstangg (Erin): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23109

 

portia: www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23060

 

RacquelT127 (Racquel): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23129

 

Tessagirl23 (Theresa): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/21128/The-San-Francisco-Meeting-I-almost-didnt-go-to-San-Francisco-2

 

travelbugg (Lauri): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23265

 

w_clemmons (Will): http://www.

travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/19065/TB-meet-The-Jade-Bar-San-Francisco-7

 

worldcitizen (Ekua): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/22144/travel-blogs-and-reviews-travel-blogs-and-reviews-11

 

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

 

WE BUILT THIS CITY ON TRAVBUDDIES

 

We had 41+ San Francisco TravBuddy Meetup Attendees:

Drop me a note if you know of others, and I will update the list.

 

1. amitenvisioned – Amit, San Francisco, California.
2. Amy792 – Amy,
Castro Valley, California
.
3. AriesTrekker –Tessa,
San Francisco, California
.
4. Bellarena – Rowena,
Newark, California
.

Jade Bar - a great place to mingle

5. brandy – Brandy, Pleasanton, California
.
6. Brian

7. busky – Chris, San Francisco, California.

8. Carlos Valentino

9. catalina – Catalina, Quito, Ecuador.  
10. CherryShari –
Shari, Oakland, California
.
11. chris-in-sf – Chris,
San Francisco, California.

12. C Merriman

13. David – David, San Francisco, California.

14. EdsWife – Susan, Santa Cruz, California.
15. freezabird -  Michelle,
San Mateo, California
.
16. goodfarmerchen – Jane,
Milpitas, California
.

Racquel & David gab about TravBuddy

17. Hummingbird – Judy, Visalia, California
.
18. jayans – Jay,
San Francisco, California
.
19. kvc – Kevin,
Santa Cruz, California.

20. leah151 – Leah, San Francisco, California.
21. lynnc –
Lynn, San Francisco, California.

22. Mondara Hamzari

23. moosecalifornia – Ed, Santa Cruz, California.

24. mzjulz85 – Julz, Santa Clara, California.
25. Nico22 – Nicole,
Livermore, California.

26. nimbalist, San Francisco, California.
27. poohstanggt –
Erin, West Sacramento, California
.

Julz & Will share moment together

28. portia – Portia, Santa Cruz, California
.
29. RacquelT127 – Racquel,
Newark, California.

30. Ryan

31. Scott

32. surfercalavera – Nathan, San Rafael, California.

33. Tessagirl23 – Theresa, Alameda, California.

34. travelbugg – Lauri, San Diego, California.

35. travelman727 – Mark, Wichita, Kansas.
36. trhoades – Thomas (Tom),
San Francisco, California
.
37. w_clemmons – Will,
Las Vegas, Nevada.

38. Will
39. worldcitizen –
Ekua, California
.

Ekua & Chris-2 troopers to the end

40. X_Drive – Roger, Visalia, California.

41. xflyer – Oliver, Santa Rosa, California.

 

JADE BAR

 

Jade Bar was a splendid location for the first Bay Area TravBuddy Meetup. We took over the basement of the three-story establishment. A cascading 20-foot waterfall leading to a tiled koi pond set the tone for this bubbly night of frolicking fun!

 

I arrived a few minutes early to find Ekua (worldcitizen) had already staked out the prime space. Three out-of-town Cali couples soon appeared: Roger (X_Drive) and Judy (Hummingbird) from Visalia; Portia and Kevin (kvc) from Santa Cruz; and Ed (moosecalifornia) and Susan (EdsWife), also from Santa Cruz.

 

I knew that Californians were β€œdifferent”, but I was happily surprised to find out that some celebrate Christmas in January. Roger made special TravBuddy nametags for myself and Ekua and Portia gave Ekua, Roger and I a handy all-in-one power converter plug that works anywhere in the world.

 

Soon, the party kicked into high gear as TravBuddy after TravBuddy started to appear. Most of us were hoping that 30 friends would show. It was amazing to see the final total was over 40.

 

I have listed the forty-one attendees whose names I recorded.

Gang from 12-07 LA TravBuddy Meetup
However, I saw a few others who arrived later that I failed to document.

                                     

Six of us Los Angeles TravBuddy Meetup pals reunited at the party. Roger & Judy, Erin (poohstanggt), Lauri (travelbugg), Will (w_clemmons) and I trekked to the City Built on Rock & Roll.

 

Catalina, by far, traveled the farthest distance! She lives in Quito, Ecuador.  J 

 

Of course, the person everyone wanted to meet and visit with was David. He and his brother, Eric, are co-founders of this site that has grown in just over two years to about 1.3 million members.

 

Jade Bar’s lively atmosphere and layout of low cushioned stools and couches with space to move about made it conducive to mingling. The photos. captions and writings from the variety of several blogs describing the evening tell the story; it was heartwarming to see everyone laughing and sharing smiles.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, I want to encourage fellow TravBuddies to attend one of the many Meetups that are springing up all over the world! It’s wonderful to experience the moments that create lasting memories and to see the friendships that are forged from these get-togethers. Chat with ANYONE who has attended a TravBuddy party. Don’t be one of the folks that see the myriad of pictures and crazy comments describing these events and say, β€œWhy didn’t I go to the TravBuddy shindig?”

BMatital says:
Nice meeting :D
Posted on: Feb 09, 2008
mellemel8 says:
woo hoo yeah for TB meet ups :)
Posted on: Feb 05, 2008
mszoey says:
darn, sounded fun, I can't believe i missed this....I just was not watching the date...now i am bummed.
Posted on: Jan 19, 2008
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Some of our 41+ SF TravBuddy group
Some of our 41+ SF TravBuddy group
Portia mugs for pic while I mug her
Portia mugs for pic while I mug her
Nicole & Amy help get party started
Nicole & Amy help get party started
Jade Bar - a great place to mingle
Jade Bar - a great place to mingle
Racquel & David gab about TravBuddy
Racquel & David gab about TravBuddy
Julz & Will share moment together
Julz & Will share moment together
Ekua & Chris-2 troopers to the end
Ekua & Chris-2 troopers to the end
Gang from 12-07 LA TravBuddy Meetup
Gang from 12-07 LA TravBuddy Meetup
Jade Bar hosts SF TravBuddy Meetup
Jade Bar hosts SF TravBuddy Meetup
Christmas, thanks to Roger & Portia
Christmas, thanks to Roger & Portia
Michelle & Nicole having a blast
Michelle & Nicole having a blast
Kevin swaps tales with Ed & Judy
Kevin swaps tales with Ed & Judy
Lauri & Jay solve worlds problems
Lauri & Jay solve world's problems
David (TB co-founder) & mom, Portia
David (TB co-founder) & mom, Portia
Erin, Julz & I blab about life
Erin, Julz & I blab about life
Amit tells Ekua a funny joke
Amit tells Ekua a funny joke
Michelle & Theresa visit together
Michelle & Theresa visit together
Rowena smiles at TB shenanigans
Rowena smiles at TB shenanigans
Lauri, me & Amy grin for camera
Lauri, me & Amy grin for camera
Leah-me-Erin-Roger ready to rumble
Leah-me-Erin-Roger ready to rumble
TravBuddies become fast friends
TravBuddies become fast friends
Tessa & Racquel-TB Meetups are fun!
Tessa & Racquel-TB Meetups are fun!
Julz & Erin - TB double-trouble
Julz & Erin - TB "double-trouble"
SF locals Ekua & Chris (busky) chat
SF locals Ekua & Chris (busky) chat
Lauris hands ready for festivities
Lauri's hands ready for festivities
Roger, Will, Portia & Lynn relax
Roger, Will, Portia & Lynn relax
Nathan & Nicole say letter N rules!
Nathan & Nicole say letter N rules!
Julz & Leah-TBs & real-life cousins
Julz & Leah-TBs & real-life cousins
Erin, Scott, Lauri & Nicole howl
Erin, Scott, Lauri & Nicole howl
Will & Michelle make the rounds
Will & Michelle make the rounds
Brian, Brandy & David share a laugh
Brian, Brandy & David share a laugh
Judy - a rose between two thorns
Judy - a rose between two thorns
Julz-Ekua-me-Erin & Scott kick back
Julz-Ekua-me-Erin & Scott kick back
Leah pretends Im Santa Claus
Leah pretends I'm Santa Claus
David & Will, two optimistic guys
David & Will, two optimistic guys
Lauri, me, Erin & Scott - cheese
Lauri, me, Erin & Scott - "cheese"
Oliver & Catalina leave heart in SF
Oliver & Catalina leave heart in SF
Me, Rowena, Jay & Tessa enjoy bash
Me, Rowena, Jay & Tessa enjoy bash
Julz-Will-Leah-me-Judy-Erin & Lauri
Julz-Will-Leah-me-Judy-Erin & Lauri
Michelles as free as a bird...
Michelle's as free as a bird...
...and this bird you cannot tame
...and this bird you cannot tame
Erin endures another attack from me
Erin endures another attack from me
Nifty night to meet & greet Julz
Nifty night to meet & greet Julz
Ekua, THANKS for all your hard work
Ekua, THANKS for all your hard work
Brian & Nicole enjoy SF Meetup
Brian & Nicole enjoy SF Meetup
Ekua, Lauri & Chris going strong
Ekua, Lauri & Chris going strong
Roger & Erin say bye til next time
Roger & Erin say bye 'til next time
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