Ok, finally the Meet Up was here. I was so excited about the whole experience. Most of the TBâs coming from different parts of the country were arriving during the day. James was in charge of picking them up from the airport and I agreed to be his copilot ;) In our way to the airport, we were supposed to buy something for a further ceremony, but we forgot about it. So we went straight to the airport. Will was arriving around 8:30am. I saw some people going in front of me, but since I didnât know Will I couldnât recognize him. James arrived and I let him know I saw a group of people coming. He approached to the people and came back with Will :) Yeah! He was the first one I met that day. Bill was in his way to a longer trip, so he had a big backpack. As soon as I saw the big guy -" I looked so tiny next to him - I realized that there was a fun guy behind that quiet appearance.
welcoming Will... our first pic at the airport
After the welcoming hug, we drove to the hotel in order to check in and leave our bags. It was still early to check in, but we could leave our stuff in the storage room.
Will after shopping, mission accomplished ;)
James had to go back to the airport and pick up some of the members of the LV Gang. I was supposed to drive with him, but he was picking up 3 people with 3 bags + Will was already there and I didnâtâ want to leave him alone, besides the fact we were still missing doing some shopping; anyway at the end I stayed with Will at the hotel. Ok, I let you know what we had to buy: a tiara for the queen!!! Will really needed me by his side for this mission. Otherwise it should have seen too rare. Can you imagine a big and strong man looking for a tiara in a kidâs store, haha. We were lucky that there was a mall next to the hotel.
We started with our duty and not even 15min later, we were ready. Great job! Mission 1: done!
While I was doing some shopping with Will, I got a phone call from Eric! He was coming closer to the hotel and we agreed to meet at the lobby.
Will and I went to the lobby and took a sit. We were just chatting when I saw a guy approaching to us. He looks familiar to meâŚ Was he??? Yes, he was Eric!!! After looking to each other we hugged as if we were friends from a long time ago. Eric and I had been in touch since some time ago, so I felt him as an old friend and had to bring him something from Peru.
What did I give him? A Peruvian sock for his cell phone, haha. Now, we both had matching phones, haha. The 3 of us were chilling out until noon and asked if there was a room available. Since Will was the only one, who had a room for himself. He checked in and we joined him to the 12th floor, where his room was. We left Will and went down to the lobby, just on time to meet the LV Gang - well most of it. There were: Erin, RJ & Mellanie, besides our host James. I couldnât believe Mel was just in front of me. I left all my stuff with Eric, just to run to her and gave her a huge hug. Yes, hugging time was just getting started. We were talking about meeting last couple of weeks, that is was perfect meeting her. James wanted me to hurry up with the check in stuff, but I was so busy and excited meeting the people. He was patient and waited for me. I was the next to check in, but I have a roommate who hasnât already arrived, mmm.
cells with their matching Peruvian socks: Mine & Eric's
Well, I just did the check in and let the people in the front desk know, that a girl will be coming looking for me, hehe. I was forgetting to mention, another TB was there. Tim was also there, but he left because he was staying at another hotel.
Mel & Yadi
Everyone was staying at the 8th floor. James with Eric, Erin with Mell, Harriet with me & RJ. We went upstairs to refresh ourselves and get ready for the Pre Meet Up. Well, before leaving I left some stuff in the room, so my roommy could see I have been there, hehe. We met downstairs and picture time started. There were 7 happy TBâs: James, Eric, Erin, Mel, RJ, Will and me. Then Sal joined us. Heâs also part of the LV Gang and was also driving.
So there were 2 cars for 8 people, cool!!! Sal drove with part of the LV Gang and James drove Mel, Eric and I. When we were almost leaving the garage, James started to say: No way! No way! And moved his head as if he wanted to crash the steer wheal. He was looking desperate. I asked him what was going on, since I was getting worried. I was afraid he wasnât feeling good. He just told me he forgot the bag with the tiara in a plastic bag at the lobby. We couldnât talk loud about it, because Mel was there and it was a surprise for her. Mmm, Eric knew already everything and he just jumped off of the car and said us he would take care of this and would meet us at the entrance. He run and in less than 3 min he was back with the bag! Yeah! You saved the day, Eric!
The gang was getting ready to leave: James, Eric, Will, R.J., Mel, Yadi & Erin
Everything was solved and we drove to the âRanglan Road Irish Pubâ, where we would meet the rest of the TBâs.
Mark was waiting for us there. Also Tim was there. His hotel was just walking distance from the Power & Light District. Our group was getting bigger, hehe. It was so easy to notice we werenât a regular group, since our table was full of cameras, haha. Some of us were hungry, for example Will and R.J. haha. Eric & I werenât so hungry, so we just shared a dish. Well, not all were hungry, but definitely everyone was ready to start toasting, haha. I didnât know what to order and ended having a Martini like Eric. James really needed a drink, so 1st thing to order was a GG with cranberry. I didnât need to say it didnât last for long haha. The waiter came with the food and offered to give us some advises about where to go and what to do, plus he decided to be the photographer of the group. How nice!!!! During the lunch we were talking about our former funny experiences.
I was the only one who didnât tell mine. I owe that and will do it in Lima, I promise it!!!! Oh! I almost forgot to say, two of us started taking some GG shots. OMG! And one hasnât eaten anything in the whole dayâŚ I was expecting some consequences laterâŚ
in our way to the Basketball Exp.
When our hunger and thirst were gone, we left the Irish Pub and decided to walk around until it was time to go to the club. We went to the âSprint Center College Basketball Experienceâ. At the beginning I wasnât sure about going inside, but finally we all agreed to do it and it was worth. We had a great time and lots of fun there. Eric, James, Mel, Sal and R.J. were playing basketball. They were jumping all around, haha.
Mel got hit, but fortunately it wasnât bad. We took some pics as basketball players and even compared our feet with the ones of the players. Mine was so smallâŚ
the dynamic duo! Shawn & Yadi
A couple of hours later, we were ready to move, but it was still early for the club. So we ended going back to the Irish Pub, but not inside. We just stayed outside chilling out and having some beer. Shawn was there and he joined the group. It was so great meeting him after some months. When he was in Lima we had a fun time and I couldnât wait to see him again. The dynamic duo was reunited - cool!!! The Peruvian girl couldnât stop hugging him. Sorry, ShawnâŚ
Ok, now it was time to go to the âHowl of the Moonâ.
We were looking for some dancing, haha. Another TB just showed: Bill!!! He made it!!! I was so glad when I saw him, that I couldnât stop giving him a big hug :) While we were there, Harriet arrived and joined the group. My roomy was there, yeah!!! The party started. There were some flash incidents you can read in other blogs and some dancing at the stage. We all started dancing, even Shawn who told me he wouldnât do it. Latin Power! Haha. FYI: James and Mel kept on with the shots. You are strong, guys! I didnât remember how, but I ended flying and in the middle of a sandwich haha. We were having so much fun, singing and taking so many pics. Mmm, the place was great, but Eric and I decided to get our stamps and investigate the other places nearby.
Mel sandwich: Harriet, Mel & Yadi
There was a band playing outside, we even got pins and there were other clubs, but they were packed. We got back to the âHowl of the moonâ and people were getting ready to move to another place.
Mel, what were you saying that he was smiling...
Before going to other club, it was time for dinner. We went to âVinino Bistroâ a nice Italian place. We got something to eat in order to get energies for keeping party. Unfortunately 2 of us needed to go back and take a nap. Will didnât drink any alcoholic beverage during the day, so he became the driver. Thanks, Will!!!! After the dinner and having some water, we were ready to go. Mmm, we reminded the waiter recommended us to go back to the Irish Pub later that night, âcause there would be some fun music, and dance. We ended at the same table we were before, haha.
The place was packed and loud. We enjoyed a dance show, R.J. was one of the performers, haha. Kept on drinking and having fun. Mmm, which would be the next stop? Eric reminded he had some drinks at the trunk of his jeep and we were invited to an after party at the hotel, cool!!
RJ, Yadi, Tim, Bill & Eric, a pyramid
Eric and I ended walking to the hotel. It wasnât so far, but walking wearing sandals with high heels made it longer. Finally we arrived to the hotel. Harriet and I went to our room and got changed. We decided to wear our PJâs. By the time we went to Ericâs room, people were starting the party. Erin, Harriet, Sal, Bill, Tim, R.J., Eric, Shawn and I ended having some fun there. It was crazy and fun. We were laughing, chatting, toasting and even jumping, haha.
What about James, he was comfy sleeping next door, shhhh. Next day I heard our neighbors in the floor complained about how loud we were and moved to other room, oooops! TBâs were out of control! It was a long day and we were getting tired, specially thinking we had to wake up early the next day for the sightseeing Mark planned for us. We were supposed to leave at 10 am. I was hoping we could make it on time. Yeah! Definitely it was a great start for the Meet Up!!
Party girls: Erin, Yadi & Harriet