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Harriet, Eric, Bill & Yadi ready to leave...
Despite we have been partying until late last night, we had to wake up relatively early in order to go sightseeing in KC. Mark had a schedule for the TB’s, so we wouldn’t miss the most important highlights. I opened my eyes really early �" wasn’t my intention, but just turned around and fall asleep again. Around 8:30am I woke up for real. I felt much better, although my throat was killing me. Oh no! The cold was coming back for me. Time to take extra medication, haha. I tried not to be so noisy in order not to wake up Harriet. Shhhh! I took a shower and felt back to live ;) By the time I was ready, Harriet was awake. We were just laughing remembering the crazy night, haha and were almost ready, when someone knocked at the door. It was Eric, hurrying us up! Come on, boy! Please don’t talk so loud, shhhh.
a cool pic? no we were trying to hide the hang over look, hehe
We are just recovering, hehe. I just turned back for a second and next thing I saw was Eric was looking for matching armbands, haha.  

We had to be down by 10 am in order to meet the rest of the gang. The 3 of us left the room and run to the elevators. Harriet noticed her leg was hurting and started limping a bit. I was hoping it wouldn’t get worse, since she was talking about dancing later. All the Westin’s people were at the lobby. We were just waiting for the guys who were staying at other hotel and of course for Mark. In the meanwhile we started to take some pics, hehe. No need to say we looked like a lot of crazy paparazzis, haha. By the way, we were wearing shades, but not just because we wanted to look cool, but also we wanted to disguise the hangover looks, haha.

Harriet, Eric & Yadi saying hi!!!
Mark arrived and we were ready to start moving. Some of us were hungry, since they are breakfast people. Others had already had breakfast. And others �" like me are more lunch people, haha. So we would do the fairest thing: having a brunch, haha.  

The KC tour started. We were driving in 3 cars, which were driven by: Mark, James and Sal. First of all we visited the World War I Memorial. The day was sunny and wonderful, so we had a great view of the city. Ok, 1st issue to solve: finding parking place. But no need to worry about it, Mark had already solved the problem. He gave James and Sal 2 handicaps signs, so we could park at the handicaps’ parking places. I know it’s not a nice thing, but couldn’t help finding it funny.

cute girls: Yadi, Erin, Mel & Harriet
As our host, Mark was explaining us about the city. We were taking pics of the whole place and even asked a family to take a pic of us. They were so friendly and immediately agreed, without knowing it was 1 pic but with over 10 different cameras, OMG!!! After taking pics of the monuments and fountains, we went back to the cars in order to drive to our 2nd stop.

KC is known as “The City of Fountains”. So we went to see some of the famous and beautiful fountains. We parked �" but this time we didn’t use the passes. One time was enough, we are good people ;) We started walked around and taking pics, asking the innocent people for group shots. Ok, the breakfast people were getting really hungry and food became a MUST.

the 3 super friends: Yadi, Eric & Sal
We decided to go to a nice café where we would meet later that day, for having something to eat. I have to say that I was amazed by the architecture of the city. It is so nice and delicate. I can’t describe it, full of fountains and beautiful buildings. In our way, we saw a nice horse and encouraged Shawn to ride it. We had enough time to take some pics. Almost at noon, we arrived to the “Classic Cup Sidewalk Café”. They didn’t have a big table for all of us, so we had to split in 2 tables. I was sit with Bill, Will, Harriet, Sal & Eric. Mmm, what to order? I wasn’t hungry and was thinking about the BBQ coming at 5pm, so Eric and I decided to share a platter of fresh and tasty fruit with delicious cheese. What were all of us drinking? Just juices and sodas, haha. We had to save our liver for later that day, haha. The air condition felt so great there, that it was hard to leave the place, haha.
a happy family, la la la
Anyway, we were ready to keep and were thinking about going back to the hotel and just chill out until it was time to go to the BBQ since we were a bit tired and wanted to relax. But Mark said there was one other place we couldn’t miss and…

He was so right!!! It would have been a shame missing the Nelson Artkins Museum of Arts. We didn’t have enough time to enjoy the inside of the museum, although we went there and were able to see some neat pieces of art. But no regrets, just the surrounding huge park was so amazing, with more than 30 sculptures over there. Of course we couldn’t see all of them, but enjoyed the few we saw. We took really fun shots and had a blast walking around and acting like a happy family �" everyone holding hands, so cute!!! TB family!!! Also we couldn’t stay long there, since the cars weren’t park 100% correctly.

this is a huge ice cream...

Ok, time to go back to the hotel. The group had to split again. Tim and Eric went to pick up the bikes for the brave guys who would take a bike tour next morning �" I have to see it, hehe. Will, R.J, Harriet, Shawn, Bill and I bought some soft drinks and chilled out for a while. Then Shawn and Bill went to their hotel. By that time Eric was back and Tim was already at his hotel. Erin & Mel were already upstairs getting ready for the rest of the day. The rest of us also went upstairs in order to relax and get ready to leave later. Harriet and I were just relaxing and deciding what outfit to wear that day later, when we got a call from Eric who was saying we have lo leave asap! We didn’t know about it, but Mark had a big surprise for the TB’s and it was already starting.

one kiss, after another: Mel, Erin & Yadi
OMG!!! I wish we would have known about that earlier! I called Will and let him know there was a change of plans and we needed to leave earlier. Everyone was downstairs, excepting James, Mel and Erin, who were already at the Café with Mark. The first group of us (Harriet, Shawn, Eric, Bill and I) was ready to leave. We took a cup and drove as fast as possible to the place. The big surprise was: Mark and his friend Mark were together playing for us!!! That was awesome!!!! In the café we met also Natalia, who I met during the welcoming dinner �" besides James, Mark, Mel & Erin. The rest of the gang arrived some minutes later. Also new TB’s joined us: Sari and Jen!!! Both are sweet girls and Sari has been in Lima some years ago. Cool!!! After enjoying some great music and taking a lot of pics �" what a surprise! The tradition of the lap picture got started and while I was getting my lap picture with Tim… Anyway, it was time to go to the official dinner.
the coolest group shot!!!
 

We went to Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue to taste a real KC BBQ! Yummy, in our way to the restaurant we saw probably the most photographed fountain of KC, a little man peeing. Eric is a crazy guy and couldn’t help getting an interesting pic with the boy. There were 2 women watching that from inside a restaurant. They seemed to be scared! We arrived to the restaurant and while we were waiting for the rest of the group Shawn decided to ride the bull in the entrance. It looked cool and easy and I wanted to do the same, but nobody told me it was freaking hot!!! I almost burned my hands, but got it! Mark wasn’t kidding when he told us we were going to the best BBQ Place.

Sal had me in his arms...
It looked so good and you could smell the tasty food. Everybody was happy about the idea of having a delicious meat and I was a bit afraid since I’m not a big meat lover, mmm. But no problems, Natalia is a vegetarian and Natalia is not a BBQ lover, cool! You can find every kind of people at TB! All of us, meat lovers, vegetarians, 50% vegetarians enjoyed a delicious meal! No need to say we didn’t have just what we ordered. We tasted from everyone’s dish, so we ended tasting almost everything on the huge menu, hehe. In our way out, Sal asked me if we could get a pic. Of course! Next thing I remember, he was carrying me and Will was taking my sandals away, so much fun!!! It’s good to be the tiniest ;)

Ok, now was party time, yeah!!! In our way we stopped at a nice fountain and got an incredible group shot.

with my cute pink shirt, signed by everyone :)
There were so many flashes, I almost felt famous, hehe. Before going to party we stopped in a cool bar. Hey! There was a table just for TB. How cool!!! Andy, another TB, was already there waiting for us. YAY!!! We were hanging out when James announced a ceremony was coming. I imagine, the crowning and knighting ceremony is coming. I was expecting to see Mel’s surprised face, when he called me. What? I was getting a cute pink shirt signed by all the TB’s who attended to the Meet Up. Why? Because I was the one who came from furthest away! Thank you!!!! Then the awaited ceremony started. First of all, Mel was crowned as the Queen �" with the tiara Will and I got the day before and then she knighted: Sir James, Sir Sal, Sir Will and Sir R.J. Cool! I brought with me another cell’s sock for my room mate �" cool! Now there were 3 matching cells ;) And also there were some small presents from Peru to the girls.
my favorite sandwich: the friendship sandwich!!!
Yes, girls’ power! We were hanging out there and making fun when we decided it was time to go to dance. Everyone started to leave in groups and when I was crossing the door I met Kirk. He was just arriving with a friend and would stay there for a while, after that he would join us wherever we decided to go. Nice!!! 

Eric and I realized all the cars were full or have already left, so we should take a cab. Ok, not a big deal. In the car, I started looking for my eyes drops in my purse and I couldn’t find them. So, when we were driving near the hotel, I asked if we could stop there, so I could get my drops. My eyes were so dry… As soon as we arrived to the hotel I went upstairs and got the miracle drops.

the only pic I got from the waterfall inside the hotel. It's a cute shot!
Ok, ready to go. Before leaving the hotel we thought it might be a good idea giving Shawn a call and ask him how everything was going. We knew they were going to the same pub. He told us they were still doing a long line. Ok, we hung up, turned back and saw an empty bar just waiting for us, haha. Ok, just have 1 drink and meet the rest of the gang. And as we say in Peru: “there is no 1st one without a 2nd one” haha. We were informed the pub was packed and we just let them know we were in a nice place, close to home, drinking, chilling out and most important without long lines, haha. There were a wedding and a couple of conventions in the hotel. People thought we were part of a convention, since they noticed we were wearing tags with our names, haha.
shhh, don't tell anyone where I'm going, shhh
Well, sort of, and Eric introduced me as the Peruvian one, haha. One of the guys has been in Peru with his wife one year ago, so we started talking about Peru. It was so fun. Suddenly, he called his son and introduced me to him. Ok, ok… Eric, help me!!! Another guy came to the bar, he just told us he just crashed to a wedding upstairs. Mmm. Eric and I looked to each other and immediately knew what to do, haha. How could we refuse free drinking and partying?

We got a call, the guys were at the Irish Pub, but were getting ready to leave. So we invited them to join us at the bar of the hotel, haha.
good bye Will!!!!
They arrived and saw 2 crazy people wearing PJ’s while everyone else was dressed up, ooops! The bar would close soon, so we ordered our drinks in plastic cups, so we could take them to the lobby. The ones who were at the lobby were: Eric, Sal, R.J., James, Erin, Will, Mark, Yadi and Marcus �" a guy we met at the bar, haha. We were just chatting and remembering all the fun we had the past days. Time to give my host Mark the last hug from this time. And suddenly and unexpectedly … an incident… I think somebody took a pic, OMG!!! Ok, the sad part of the story was coming closer. It was time to start saying good bye, since almost everybody was leaving the next day early. Just Sal, Eric and I would stay longer, but this is another story…
Koralifix says:
What an entertaining story & so many super pics!
Posted on: Nov 26, 2009
yadilitta says:
You are right, Nelly. I had a wonderful time and got good ideas hehe.
Posted on: Jul 04, 2008
nellysweet says:
Yadi
All the pics are awesome, all looks so happy and fun :)
You have a lot ideas for the Meet up in Lima :)
Posted on: Jul 04, 2008
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Harriet, Eric, Bill & Yadi ready t…
Harriet, Eric, Bill & Yadi ready …
a cool pic? no we were trying to h…
a cool pic? no we were trying to …
Harriet, Eric & Yadi saying hi!!!
Harriet, Eric & Yadi saying hi!!!
cute girls: Yadi, Erin, Mel & Harr…
cute girls: Yadi, Erin, Mel & Har…
the 3 super friends: Yadi, Eric & …
the 3 super friends: Yadi, Eric &…
a happy family, la la la
a happy family, la la la
this is a huge ice cream...
this is a huge ice cream...
one kiss, after another: Mel, Erin…
one kiss, after another: Mel, Eri…
the coolest group shot!!!
the coolest group shot!!!
Sal had me in his arms...
Sal had me in his arms...
with my cute pink shirt, signed by…
with my cute pink shirt, signed b…
my favorite sandwich: the friendsh…
my favorite sandwich: the friends…
the only pic I got from the waterf…
the only pic I got from the water…
shhh, dont tell anyone where Im …
shhh, don't tell anyone where I'm…
good bye Will!!!!
good bye Will!!!!
group shot: RJ, Harriet, Eric & Sh…
group shot: RJ, Harriet, Eric & S…
I was taking a group pic and didn…
I was taking a group pic and didn…
Serious, no! tired... haha
Serious, no! tired... haha
RJ, Harriet & Bill
RJ, Harriet & Bill
RJ & Harriet planning what to do l…
RJ & Harriet planning what to do …
dont give me that look...
don't give me that look...
with Eric
with Eric
What are you doing??? thats why y…
What are you doing??? that's why …
Yadi, Sal & Harriet
Yadi, Sal & Harriet
Sal just arrived
Sal just arrived
Train Station
Train Station
our secret passport, haha
our secret passport, haha
at the fountain...
at the fountain...
the group shot at the World War I …
the group shot at the World War I…
they were the photographers
they were the photographers
With Shawn... more hugs...
With Shawn... more hugs...
enjoying the city
enjoying the city
Bill admiring the beautiful city
Bill admiring the beautiful city
at World War I Memorial
at World War I Memorial
at the World War I Memorial
at the World War I Memorial
great shot! RJ, Harriet & me
great shot! RJ, Harriet & me
Harriet and the faceless sphinx
Harriet and the faceless sphinx
KC, nice view
KC, nice view
the train station
the train station
Mark was explaining us about KC.
Mark was explaining us about KC.
our hotel
our hotel
Nichols memorial fountain
Nichol's memorial fountain
with Mel - cute!!!
with Mel - cute!!!
cute girls: Yadi, Erin, Mel & Harr…
cute girls: Yadi, Erin, Mel & Har…
the cowboy from Nebraska!!1
the cowboy from Nebraska!!1
lovely building
lovely building
quiet streets
quiet streets
nice streets
nice streets
nice architecture
nice architecture
beautiful campanile
beautiful campanile
nice clock!
nice clock!
nice buildings
nice buildings
Bill, Will & Harriet at the table
Bill, Will & Harriet at the table
Will was checking his pics
Will was checking his pics
what did you photograph???
what did you photograph???
we were hungry...
we were hungry...
Wills quesadillas
Will's quesadillas
our fruit and cheese
our fruit and cheese
Yadi & Harriet - new friends!!!
Yadi & Harriet - new friends!!!
Eric & Harriet - really happy peop…
Eric & Harriet - really happy peo…
I didnt know I left my car here...
I didn't know I left my car here...
nice avenues
nice avenues
what a view!!!
what a view!!!
just me, I didnt know Will was ta…
just me, I didn't know Will was t…
nice sculptures, I feel even small…
nice sculptures, I feel even smal…
modern sculptures
modern sculptures
Mel and I holding it tight haha
Mel and I holding it tight haha
ouch!
ouch!
you can do it, Eric!!!
you can do it, Eric!!!
Nelson Atkins Museum
Nelson Atkins Museum
the entrance of the museum
the entrance of the museum
wasnt it hot?!?!
wasn't it hot?!?!
Shawn was admiring the wonderful v…
Shawn was admiring the wonderful …
The original thinker
The original thinker
the TB thinkers...
the TB thinkers...
mmm when is the next Meet Up...
mmm when is the next Meet Up...
big Will & tiny Yadi
big Will & tiny Yadi
in the cab with Harriet
in the cab with Harriet
The Marks in action
The Mark's in action
Mark the singer
Mark the singer
look here!!!
look here!!!
lap pic! RJ & Yadi
lap pic! RJ & Yadi
lap pic! Tim & Yadi
lap pic! Tim & Yadi
kiss, Tim & Yadi
kiss, Tim & Yadi
lap pic! Shawn & Yadi
lap pic! Shawn & Yadi
ok, he also wanted a lap pic, haha
ok, he also wanted a lap pic, haha
Mel, lucky Eric, Sari, Yadi & Nata…
Mel, lucky Eric, Sari, Yadi & Nat…
smiling Sal!
smiling Sal!
with Harriet!!!
with Harriet!!!
Hugging Mel!!!
Hugging Mel!!!
Shawn wanted some massages...
Shawn wanted some massages...
nice armbands... look familiar...
nice armbands... look familiar...
The girls: Sari, Mel, Natalia, Eri…
The girls: Sari, Mel, Natalia, Er…
Will & Erin
Will & Erin
going to have fun...
going to have fun...
lovely table: Sari, Yadi, Eric, Sh…
lovely table: Sari, Yadi, Eric, S…
cheers!!! starting the party time
cheers!!! starting the party time
having a beer with Shawn ;)
having a beer with Shawn ;)
happy Harriet!!!
happy Harriet!!!
cute girls: Mel, Yadi & Natalia
cute girls: Mel, Yadi & Natalia
the innocent hug: RJ & Yadi
the innocent hug: RJ & Yadi
the not so innocent hug - I didnt…
the not so innocent hug - I didn'…
with Sal!!!!
with Sal!!!!
with Shawn
with Shawn
with Eric
with Eric
yummy ribs...
yummy ribs...
Erics dish - sorry dont remember…
Eric's dish - sorry don't remembe…
hehe, the crazy one ordered salad..
hehe, the crazy one ordered salad..
Shawns BBQ
Shawn's BBQ
following our leader...
following our leader...
the infamous fountain hehe
the infamous fountain hehe
without words...
without words...
asking for a wish... can I come ba…
asking for a wish... can I come b…
kitty, kitty
kitty, kitty
nice fountain
nice fountain
we have our own spot waiting for u…
we have our own spot waiting for …
with Andy
with Andy
The new TB table: standing: Bill &…
The new TB table: standing: Bill …
and now all mixed...
and now all mixed...
Andy and Tim
Andy and Tim
with Bill
with Bill
another lap pic: Eric & Andy
another lap pic: Eric & Andy
... whats this...
... what's this...
Dont need to comment hehe
Don't need to comment hehe
what did you say??? haha
what did you say??? haha
getting my award!!!
getting my award!!!
thanks for my shirt, Mark!!!
thanks for my shirt, Mark!!!
with my pink shirt ;)
with my pink shirt ;)
with all the signatures...
with all the signatures...
showing my award...
showing my award...
pointing his autograph
pointing his autograph
before crowning Queen Mel
before crowning Queen Mel
Knight James was surprising the Qu…
Knight James was surprising the Q…
officially shes the Queen
officially she's the Queen
a royal pic: princess & queen
a royal pic: princess & queen
Queen Mel trying to find words to …
Queen Mel trying to find words to…
she had a laser sword, lol
she had a laser sword, lol
3 of the knights: James, Sal & Will
3 of the knights: James, Sal & Will
a toast for Sir Bennie!!!
a toast for Sir Bennie!!!
Bennie, you were present too!!!
Bennie, you were present too!!!
Will was having a drink!! I couldn…
Will was having a drink!! I could…
the 3 friends: Eric, Yadi & Sal
the 3 friends: Eric, Yadi & Sal
2 paparazzis in action
2 paparazzis in action
other matching cells - yeah!
other matching cells - yeah!
showing our matching cells.
showing our matching cells.
The New TB Girls (Jen, Yadi, Natal…
The New TB Girls (Jen, Yadi, Nata…
with Kirk!!!
with Kirk!!!
with the one who was in Peru, hehe
with the one who was in Peru, hehe
hed like to become one of us, mmm
he'd like to become one of us, mmm
ok, we got it you want to go to Pe…
ok, we got it you want to go to P…
go, Eric, go, help me!!!
go, Eric, go, help me!!!
getting ready to crash in to a wed…
getting ready to crash in to a we…
everyone wanted to be in the pic w…
everyone wanted to be in the pic …
what did he do? Hes a good boy!
what did he do? He's a good boy!
the survivors: Eric, RJ, Will and …
the survivors: Eric, RJ, Will and…
having fun during our last hours t…
having fun during our last hours …
with the new friend: Marcus
with the new friend: Marcus
with Will
with Will
with Mark: the last hug
with Mark: the last hug
OMG!!!
OMG!!!
good bye RJ!!!
good bye RJ!!!
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