To sum it up: I had a blast!
It did start out a bit dodgy on Friday morning. All trains coming up from London were delayed. By 45 minutes. Fine. Whatever.
Then the train was completely overcrowded, which does not make sense, since we were told that it is impossible to purchase a ticket for this train without a place reservation. Right.
The people on Tani's and my seat moved willingly enough. The guy sitting on lordofclunn's seat did not. My husband very politely explained the situation and that he wanted to sit near his family, to which the seat-occupier essentially said 'Fuck off'.Lovely little incident that nearly ended in a physical fight.
Later on, the person, who had reserved the seat next to my husband's, had that guy and his friend moved in no time and without any argument. Another of a long string of "White skin doesn't have to queue" (or honour seat reservations) events that keep happening to us. I think my husband is counting the days until 11th August.
But I digress.
We fell in love with Scotland in general and Edinburgh in particular. Stunning. Beautiful. Not-small-town. We felt very much at home and Edinburgh has moved up to the top of the list of possible places to live, should we ever return to the UK.
As our train arrived with four hours delay after the police had to rescue a suicidal person from in front of it, we basically lost Friday, although we did manage to see a bit of the town.
On Saturday we went to the pre-meetup picnic, which lordofclunn braved with only minor blunders ("Are you a Muggle?" - He was slightly confused about Hogwarts houses there...)
It was lovely to see some of the people from last year, I finally got to see the fabulous scarletladyy
and we even had some sunshine!
Tania was getting bored and I needed to spend some time with her, so lordofclunn went in search of a pub with a big screen and some German fans and I took Tani to the Royal Mile. Lovely. Am I overusing the word? Lovely!!
She had tea and I was writing postcards - you might or might not receive one, I don't seem to have luck with my postcards to the US - when I heard VERY loud cheering. I thought Argentina must have scored, but Tani (sporting German fan make up) grilled a guy from the pub next door and reported Germany Argentina two-nil ("Mum, what is a nil?")
A little later there was more cheering and then loads of people spilled out of another pub, singing Olé-olé-olé-olé. I had found the German community of Edinburgh :) 4-0 *fights off heart attack*
I was sorted into Gryffindor! However did that happen??
We clearly did not lead academically - Gryffindors, remember, we are allowed! - but we won
House Feud against Slytherin!!
I got the bestest Lucius art, which I will show in my picspam post tomorrow!
All in all I just could not stop smiling it was all so wonderful and the hours until Midnight just flew by.
I absolutely have to tell you people about DiaCon Alley next year and show you pictures of Edinburgh and give you more detail but I feel like I am dead on my feet and can't manage links and picture uploading and other fancy stuff that requires me to be awake.Oh yes, I kind of went into a post-meetup friending frenzy, facilitated by the name badges we were all wearing. I managed to friend people but then found myself unable to explain myself in a personal message AND type this post.So if I just friended you and you made it all the way through this post and you are thinking "Who the hell are you??" - we probably met yesterday and talked a bit and I thought you were a nice person.
I really need to sleep now. Good thing I took Monday off. My review inbox is spilling over. I'll do all that tomorrow. Promise.