First London TravBuddy Meetup - Maybe, I'm Amazed

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Cutoff pic of London TravBuddies

 

FIRST LONDON TRAVBUDDY MEETUP

 

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 London, the first TravBuddy sleepover.

John, Hannah, Ben, Sarah, Ruby & Me
.. I even got engaged. This certainly was a TravBuddy Meetup to remember. I look forward to returning to London in September 2010 to attend two more TravBuddy shindigs J

Thanks Ruby and Lori for all of your hard work! 

 

Our 24 London TravBuddy Meetup attendees:

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

 

1. 2win - Rubina (Ruby), London, UK.                        

2, Becky (Bex), Kent UK (Louisa’s friend).                             

3. ben589 - Ben, London, UK (Australia).

Ruby, Bex & Louisa clown for camera

4. Bluejule79 - Amanda, London, UK (Canada).

5. bluewheel - Can, London, UK (Turkey)

6. DazedandConfused78 - Primrose, London, UK.

7. Garrymac - Garry, London, UK

8. globetrottingmike - Mike, Hertfordshire, UK.
9. hannah-lou -
Hannah, Australia.

Noel, Lori & Tet

10. jlbjlb - Noel, Farnborough, UK (Philippines).
11. londonstudent - John,
London, UK
.
12. loulabelle1985 - Louisa,
London, UK
.
13. lovely_lori88 - Lori,
London, UK (Canada).

14. maplefanta - Patrick, Wandsworth, UK (Canada).

15. Mat-uk - Matthew, London, UK.

John & Hannah

16. mattgtfour - Matt, London, UK
.
17. nathan85 - Nathan,
London, UK.

18. otto219 - Warren, London, UK.

19. Paul, London, UK (Garry’s friend).

20. rb9 - Ryan, London, UK (TX, US).
21. sarahelaine - Sarah Elaine,
Swindon, UK (Edinburgh
).
22. sweetet - Tet,
London, UK
.

Amanda, Warren & Tanya unwrap gifts

23. tanyas82 - Tanya, London, UK (Australia).

24. travelman727 - Mark, Wichita, KS, US.

 

The Night’s Events - The Long and Winding Road

 

Ruby wisely selected the 55 Lounge in Camden Town for the first London TravBuddy Meetup. The place featured a friendly staff and 2 for 1 cocktails from 6:00 ��" 8:00 p.m.

 

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 Baker Street. There’s nothing worse than being spotted as a tourist.  J

 

Soon after I arrived, the TravBuddy invasion started.

Team under Matthew's Millenium Dome
The section of the lounge Ruby had reserved was perfect for mingling. Every person was friendly and made a genuine effort to circulate around the room and visit.

 

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 Bunratty, Ireland in September 2007. Amanda and Angela hit it off so well, they recently traveled overseas together. It’s amazing to see the lasting relationships that have started from these TravBuddy Meetups.

 

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 London. You’d have thought it was Christmas morning seeing the joy and wonder on our faces as we eagerly unwrapped our gifts.

 

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 Warren, Tanya and Primrose. We had to come up with a name, so we chose Awesome Foursome. Each team was to roam London, shoot pictures with famous landmarks, earn Scavenger Hunt points and return to 55 Lounge within an hour.

Ruby & Lori rate scavenger teams

 

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), Warren stood proud and posed as Trafalgar Square’s Lord Nelson statue.

 

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…

 

First Place - 2+2.

Amanda, Matt (mattgtfour), Mike and Tet.

 

Second Place - Ruby, Ruby, Ruby

Can, John, Nathan and Sarah.

 

Third Place - The Originals.

Primrose realizes we're engaged

Ben, Matthew (mat-uk), Noel and Patrick.

 

Fourth Place - Awesome Foursome.

Mark, Primrose, Tanya and Warren.

 

As our foursome continued to chat, Primrose and I discovered that Warren (UK) and Tanya (Australia) had corresponded as TravBuddy pals. Warren met Tanya on her arrival in England and the two quickly turned into boyfriend and girlfriend.

 

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 4 January 2010). However, there’s no reason to wait until the nuptials; feel free to send your gifts today! We’ll also gladly accept pounds and dollars.  J

 

After all the team honors were awarded, we noticed it was just before midnight.

1st gift to fiancé-Underground map
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye and make a beeline to the Underground in order to catch the night’s last rides. Ruby gathered her dedicated female friends and took them home for the first TravBuddy slumber party.

 

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.

 

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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?”

traveldoc1984 says:
This looks so amazing.
Posted on: Nov 13, 2016
andreamylesa says:
I love the idea of a scavenger hunt. Sounds like it was an unforgettable night:)
And the nuptials? What ever became of that tentative date January 4 2010? LOL
Great blog Mark thanks for sharing with me:)
Posted on: Aug 13, 2011
TravellingAuntie says:
I hope Hotlanta is as much fun!!! The pressure is on
Posted on: Mar 28, 2010
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Cutoff pic of London TravBuddies
Cutoff pic of London TravBuddies
John, Hannah, Ben, Sarah, Ruby & Me
John, Hannah, Ben, Sarah, Ruby & Me
Ruby, Bex & Louisa clown for camera
Ruby, Bex & Louisa clown for camera
Noel, Lori & Tet
Noel, Lori & Tet
John & Hannah
John & Hannah
Amanda, Warren & Tanya unwrap gifts
Amanda, Warren & Tanya unwrap gifts
Team under Matthews Millenium Dome
Team under Matthew's Millenium Dome
Ruby & Lori rate scavenger teams
Ruby & Lori rate scavenger teams
Primrose realizes were engaged
Primrose realizes we're engaged
1st gift to fiancé-Underground map
1st gift to fiancé-Underground map
Meet at 55 Lounge in Camden Town
Meet at 55 Lounge in Camden Town
55 walls covered with great posters
55 walls covered with great posters
Hannah & Ben share 2-4-1 cocktails
Hannah & Ben share 2-4-1 cocktails
Ryan (a real Texan) & Tet visit
Ryan (a real Texan) & Tet visit
Me, Louisa & Bex
Me, Louisa & Bex
Ruby, Nathan & Mike
Ruby, Nathan & Mike
Lori & Hannah - look like sisters
Lori & Hannah - look like sisters
Nathan & Sarah
Nathan & Sarah
Amanda & I - Ireland TB Meetup vets
Amanda & I - Ireland TB Meetup vets
Bex & Louisa
Bex & Louisa
Ruby & Sarah
Ruby & Sarah
Lori & Me-can you spot the tourist?
Lori & Me-can you spot the tourist?
Nathan, Hannah & Matthew
Nathan, Hannah & Matthew
Tet & Ben
Tet & Ben
Me, Louisa, Bex & Ruby
Me, Louisa, Bex & Ruby
Ben & Noel
Ben & Noel
Amanda & Lori - 2 Canadians in UK
Amanda & Lori - 2 Canadians in UK
Garry & Hannah
Garry & Hannah
Sarah & Me - time to pucker up
Sarah & Me - time to pucker up
Noel & Tet chat about Travbuddy
Noel & Tet chat about Travbuddy
Nathan, Hannah & Matthew (Mat-uk)
Nathan, Hannah & Matthew (Mat-uk)
Bex (Becky) & Ruby (Rubina)
Bex (Becky) & Ruby (Rubina)
Mike, Tet & Me
Mike, Tet & Me
Hannah & Lori
Hannah & Lori
Ben & Sarah gab and grin
Ben & Sarah gab and grin
Me & Bex
Me & Bex
Hannah & Ruby visit with 55 waiter
Hannah & Ruby visit with 55 waiter
Gang moves to Wagamama for dinner
Gang moves to Wagamama for dinner
Warren & Tanya - met thru TravBuddy
Warren & Tanya - met thru TravBuddy
Me & Primrose - the odd, odd couple
Me & Primrose - the odd, odd couple
Warren, Ruby & Tanya
Warren, Ruby & Tanya
Patrick & Matthew
Patrick & Matthew
Hannah & Ruby with card from gang
Hannah & Ruby with card from gang
Primrose gets ready to open present
Primrose gets ready to open present
Lori gives thumbs up to festivities
Lori gives thumbs up to festivities
Warren, Tanya & Primrose love gifts
Warren, Tanya & Primrose love gifts
Nathan - Aw, I might have one more
Nathan - Aw, I might have one more
Truffles part of Primroses booty
Truffles part of Primrose's booty
Lori & Ruby announce Scavenger Hunt
Lori & Ruby announce Scavenger Hunt
Warren - Trafalgars Nelson statue
Warren - Trafalgar's Nelson statue
Ruby & Lori announce team rankings
Ruby & Lori announce team rankings
Matt & Amanda hear of team victory
Matt & Amanda hear of team victory
Patrick & Hannah - What a night!
Patrick & Hannah - What a night!
Matt & Amanda celebrate teams win
Matt & Amanda celebrate team's win
Tanya - double the pleasure...
Tanya - double the pleasure...
Primrose - double the fun...
Primrose - double the fun...
Patrick-Hannah (arm)-Matt & Amanda
Patrick-Hannah (arm)-Matt & Amanda
Primrose drowns engagement sorrows
Primrose drowns engagement sorrows
Hannah & Matt (mattgtfour)
Hannah & Matt (mattgtfour)
Matthew & Amanda
Matthew & Amanda
Hannah & Ruby hug one more time
Hannah & Ruby hug one more time
Matt & Tanya
Matt & Tanya
Can polishes off nights last drink
Can polishes off night's last drink
Everyone says bye until next time
Everyone says bye until next time
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