Travbuddy Meetups!!

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Tb Crew 31st Jan

One of the highlights so far as been the famous London Travbuddy meetups! Ive only been in the country 1 month and already I feel like i have a good set of mates and drinking buddies!!

In the second week I met up with Lori and Ruby for the first time for a mini bar crawl in Brick Lane. It was great to finally meet them and it felt as though we'd known each other for ages instead of minutes. The big Travbuddy meetup was highly anticipated - 31st Jan @ Bar55 in Camden!!!

The first meet up went great, Ruby and Lori did such a great job of organizing it. I wish I remembered more but the 2-4-1 cocktails eventually got to me. Think I had 6 in the first 2 hours. Then we bailed over to Waggermammas for a feed.

Lori & I @ TB meetup
Definitely the best Thai/Jap/Asian food ever! I had a dish similar to Pad Thai and was practically all over the waiter (Tommy!) in gratitude. I think I got most of my food on the poors guys sitting next to me though!! Sorry boys! Haha. After eating, Ruby announced her 'surprise' which was a scavenger hunt around London. It was a great idea but I was not allowed to participate. Too drunk and disorderly.. apparently. So Ruby, Lori and I walked to an off licence to buy some prizes - booze - and I had a huge chocolate craving so we got a blocka chockie too! Gotta love Cadbury!!

From this point onwards I dont recall much. I'm an affectionate drunk so was running around huggin everyone and buying more cocktails (shoulda been cut off long ago!!). The next morning I awoke to a few suspect bruises, vague memories, minus a credit card, some funny pics and heard a few hilarious stories as Sarah and Ruby informed me of the last part of my night.

@ Waggermammas!

Due to the absence of some Chezzie boys, another meetup was organised for the 9th of Feb. I had to work and missed the first part of the meetup as it started at 1pm (top effort guys!) and arrived at Rubys flat at about 6! As it was my bday soon and had been Bondys bday a coupla days before, we had a bit of a bday celebration. They'd baked and iced us a chockie cake, which Bondy mostly wore rather than ate.
We were also given a tray of shots, 20 for me as I turned 20, 24 for Bondy for his 24th. Only about 8 of them were spirits. The rest were goon, beer and juice! I knocked them off in true Aussie style while Bondy just looked flabbergasted and meekly made his way though half of them.

From there half of us went onto the London Eye for a night time view of London and her pretty lights and buildings.

Bondy & My cake =D Happy bday to us!
Big Ben I have to say is one damn sexy building. From the eye you looked out on the Thames, the southbank, had a great view of Ben and Westminster and could even see over to St Pauls. From the Eye we went to the near Arcade where we continued to drink more. I tried to introduce everyone to Ted.E.Bare at which point Bondy asked the bar girl for an icepick so he could shove it through his eye. She came back over to him with a cup of ice and we all pissed ourselves laughing, much to her confusion. She avoided serving us from then on. Bondy ridiculed me the ENTIRE night as he thought Ted.E.Bare and Chuck.E.Wood was all in my head. He's since learned better.

We wandered around god knows where for ages looking for a decent bar/pub to drink - everywhere was packed. At some point skinny Wayne thought he'd throw me over his shoulder and continue to stagger down the cobblestone streets.

View of Big Benjamin from the Eye!
Very scary! Mat suggested we go back to his place an drink, which we all thought a great idea. So a few drunked double decker bus rides later (my first ride!!!) we got to Mats. Wayne and I tried to  walk into some other randoms house, drunkenly thinking we wer following our fellow TBs, til Lori shouted 'Where the hell are you guys going?!' Slightly dazed we somehow ended up safely at Mats, havin a few more brews.

After awhile, Lori, Wayne, Joe, Bondy & I caught a cab (my first 'cab') back to Rubys and all piled into the once double bed. So uncomfortable but the wonder of alcohol let us pass out peacefully. That is until Joe scared the living crap outta us by pop a balloon thenext morning and stating in that drawling british accent 'We're leaving now.' Still pissed and a lil delirious this was pretty funny, and we spent the enxt hour imitating him.

TB is the best thing since sliced bread, not quite chocolate though. Love 'em all and looking forward to more meetups!!!

 

travelman727 says:
Hannah, great blog and photos! I agree with you: TravBuddy meetups are "the best thing since sliced bread..." :-D
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
guzman_fernando says:
Wish I could have been there :)
Posted on: Feb 16, 2008
londonstudent says:
Great blog - captures the spirit(s) of the occasion perfectly :D
Posted on: Feb 16, 2008
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Tb Crew 31st Jan
Tb Crew 31st Jan
Lori & I @ TB meetup
Lori & I @ TB meetup
@ Waggermammas!
@ Waggermammas!
Bondy & My cake =D Happy bday to u…
Bondy & My cake =D Happy bday to …
View of Big Benjamin from the Eye!
View of Big Benjamin from the Eye!
Shots @ the arcade bar!
Shots @ the arcade bar!
TB crew on the Eye!
TB crew on the Eye!
Nathan & I, drinkies on my first d…
Nathan & I, drinkies on my first …
Lori, Nathan & I with the Chezzie …
Lori, Nathan & I with the Chezzie…
Hugs for Patrick!
Hugs for Patrick!
Lori Kisses!
Lori Kisses!
Wayne doesnt remember this either.…
Wayne doesnt remember this either…
Lori & Nathan!
Lori & Nathan!
Rubs & Garry
Rubs & Garry
Nathan, Lori, myself and the Chezz…
Nathan, Lori, myself and the Chez…
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