First London TravBuddy Meetup - Maybe, I'm Amazed
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There have been numerous London TravBuddy meetups, but this was the first THANKS TO RUBY (2win)! There are other writings and/or photo galleries about this wonderful evening. Please make sure to check out the other fantastic blogs, including:
2win (Rubina): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24061
hannah-lou (Hannah): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23807
londonstudent (John): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24396
lovely_lori88 (Lori): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24550
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here Come the TravBuddies
What a wild and wonderful winter night! Over the evening, we had 24 fabulous folks join in a mythical maze of merriment: 2 for 1 cocktails, superb Japanese food, presents for every attendee, a wonderful scavenger contest that had some of us wandering happily all over
Thanks Ruby and Lori for all of your hard work!
Drop me a note if you know of others, and I will update the list.
1. 2win - Rubina (Ruby),
2, Becky (Bex), Kent UK (Louisa’s friend).
3. ben589 - Ben,
4. Bluejule79 - Amanda,
5. bluewheel - Can,
6. DazedandConfused78 - Primrose,
7. Garrymac - Garry,
8. globetrottingmike - Mike,
9. hannah-lou -
10. jlbjlb - Noel,
11. londonstudent - John,
12. loulabelle1985 - Louisa,
13. lovely_lori88 - Lori,
14. maplefanta - Patrick,
15. Mat-uk - Matthew,
16. mattgtfour - Matt,
17. nathan85 - Nathan,
18. otto219 -
20. rb9 - Ryan,
21. sarahelaine - Sarah Elaine,
22. sweetet - Tet,
23. tanyas82 - Tanya,
24. travelman727 - Mark,
The Night’s Events - The Long and Winding Road
Ruby wisely selected the 55 Lounge in
I wanted to make sure I blended in with all the Brits, so I was careful to wear a Sherlock Holmes houndstooth deerstalker hat and a Beatles T-Shirt I had purchased earlier that day on
Soon after I arrived, the TravBuddy invasion started.
It was especially thrilling for me to see Amanda (Bluejule79) again. She and Angela (angelalovestotravel) were the only two women at our very first TravBuddy Get-Together in
After Happy Hour ended and all of us were properly lubricated, Ruby led us across the street to Wagamama. The restaurant serves a variety of Japanese noodle and fusion dishes. I happily ordered chicken katsu curry; it was delicious.
As we were finishing dinner, Ruby and Lori got up and spoke. Lori gave Ruby a card of appreciation from all of us for her outstanding efforts to organize the evening. Then the gals outdid themselves; Ruby and Lori passed out presents for each of us. All of the one-of-a-kind favors depicted an aspect of lovely
The gals then had us break into small groups. A few folks had to leave; however, most of us stayed around for the fun. I teamed up with
While the other teams spread out over the city, our foursome decided to not be so awesome. We skipped the first three steps and plunked ourselves back across the street in 55 Lounge.
Later, we tried to earn some creative points. When “The Originals” team arrived, we had our photo taken under the bar’s “Millennial dome”, Matthew’s bald head. In another flash of brilliance (I think the alcohol was kicking in),
When everyone had returned to the Lounge, Ruby and Lori huddled together, examined each team’s pics and assigned points. UNBELIEVABLY, we failed to win…
Amanda, Matt (mattgtfour), Mike and Tet.
Can, John, Nathan and Sarah.
Ben, Matthew (mat-uk), Noel and Patrick.
Mark, Primrose, Tanya and
As our foursome continued to chat, Primrose and I discovered that Warren (UK) and Tanya (
Primrose and I looked around the Lounge and noticed many couples were beginning to pair off. Wanting to join in the TravBuddy Meetup spirit, I proposed to Primrose and she accepted. However, our plans for a quick marriage were thwarted when we realized it would probably be a good idea for her divorce to be finalized first. We’ll be sure to invite all one million+ TravBuddies when we set the official date (tentatively
After all the team honors were awarded, we noticed it was just before .
Just before departing from my future bride, I gave Primrose a cherished token of my undying affection, an Underground map.
Much more could be said about the evening’s events, but gentlemen don’t kiss and tell… they shoot pictures instead.
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, “Why didn’t I go to the TravBuddy shindig?”