Cardiff Meetup : 17-20th August
Some of the meet attendees:
First Row: viola_jen(Jen), atraphoenix(Emma), joulez217(Julie) takadainmate(Caroline) hazzardgal(Rebecca), the_silver_sun(Imogen) | Second Row: tiggerbrasilf(Tessa), sasha_lilyrat(Kate), skitty_kat(Kat), conjunkie(Denise), st_lemur(Edmund) | Third Row: indiefairy(George)
Friday 17th August:
I was supposed to have arrived at the meet for around 6pm, but due to some almighty cock-ups with National Express, I ended up stranded in their Birmingham depot for around 5hrs before they finally managed to find a bus to go to Cardiff. I'll save my ranting, mostly since many of you have already heard it (lmao) but also because whilst stranded I met this really cute guy named Chris travelling the same way. We got chatting, hit things off and ended up exchanging numbers. Go me! XD
Finally arrived in Cardiff around 11pm. Chris was kind enough to walk me round to the train station where we were confonted by a scary looking bunch of people sitting on a bench. They didn't appear to be so much as twitching and I don't mind admitting I was beggining to feel just a wee bitty apprehensive! Thankfully, as I approached closer, smiles broke out and I realised that 'yes, these are the fangirls I'm looking for!' heh.
Introductions were made and then we all began the trek towards our hostel Nomad, which- excitingly- is located in Splott! There was much "Ianto pronounciation" of the name going on when we realised this, which was
Saturday 18th August:
After meeting up with everyone we were supposed to, we headed for the Bay! Much excitement and squeeage occured as we raced about the Water Tower and its invisible step.
Originally though, the Water Tower hadn't been turned on. We were actually all congregating in the Millennium Center, checking out all the random art, when we spotted from one of the upper windows that it was suddenly on. I've never seen so many fangirls run. I am proud to say I was one of the fangirls taking the lead on this particular occassion XD
You can just make out: Georgie, Me, Julie and Denise in this picture :D
Here's Georgie and me standing on one of the steps before the Water Tower. I'd like to say this was *the* step, but since you can clearly see our converse pwning going on, you can tell it's not. We'd have been invisible otherwise, and what kind of photograph would that have made!?
More Converse!Pwn from us:
And a random Converse!Pwn!Star moment from me XD :
You know, when I think about it- the episode Random Shoes, would have been so much better if it had been about Ianto's Converse Fetish <3 and not, you know something on
Anywho! Moving on. We made it down to the actual Bay and the Tourist Information Centre.
We did try desperately to call upon Ianto to let us in, but the Welshboy was having none of it (alas!) and so we congregated for a while, debating the merits of buying some take-away pizza on the off-chance it would get us in, haha.
L-R: conjunkie, hazzardgal, sasha_lilyrat, atraphoenix, the_silver_sun, and takadainmate.
L-R: half of takadainmate, st_lemur, indiefairy, tiggerbrasilf, half of joulez217.
The Doctor Who Exhibition was next on our list of things to do:
I spent much of it stroking Nine's leather jacket and perving over Ten's Converse with Georgie XD Much lol-ing ensured.
Many of us got ridiculously emotional over the Doomsday clip that had playing where Rose and the Doctor get separated for good, but were soon cheered up by the love of the remote-controlled Daleks. \m/ well, then and the sonic screwdrivers Georgie and me bought! Muha! We spent much of the rest of the day (and the day after, and the morning after that) having random sonic screwdriver fights and blinding each other with them. It was much fun!
There was loads of other random squee moments that day before we all headed back to Nomad. Everyone ended up congregating in our room and between the load of us we expressed much Jack/Ianto loving, much Tosh loving, much rare pair loving, much Gwen hating and even found the time to come up with the [ AU and Crossover List of Doom ] ;D Please, if you feel even remotely inclined to write anything off the list, we'd be
Sunday 19th August:
No rain! Whoot. dancy_dreamer(Shaz) joined us and we took the Ianto Bears ( ianto_bears) out for the day. After visiting the farmers market (mmm cake for breakfast!) we then headed for (Bute?) Park where we proceeded to have a bit of a picnic and a game of frisbee. It was discovered fairly early on that I throw like a girl. I am a girl, but this is besides the point.
We did some sightseeing, some shopping (I got my Ianto bear all patriotic like with his little Welsh flag and dragon whom he's named 'Myfanwy'.) I did run out of battery for my camera so there aren't any more pictures from me, but I've nabbed this one from dancy_dreamer's post, just to show you what Ianto Bear looked like:
Later on that afternoon, after seeing Emma, Kate and Imogen away :(( we headed down to the bay once more- this time with the bears and proceeded to take many amusing pictures of them by the Water Tower, on the Invisible Step and many porny pictures of Ianto Bear and Jack Bear doing the dirrty XD Ah, good times!
Monday 20th August:
Time to leave :(( Denise, Georgie, Julie and myself sat in Starbucks for around and hour before leaving to catch our various buses/trains home. It was a very sobering morning and not much squee to be had. None of us wanted to leave at all! But I had a blast of a time and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. I've met and become friends with a bunch of really funky people and I can't thank all you guys for making this such a fantastic weekend! :D
MWAH!! to you all.
There is probably a shitload more I want to say here but I cannot for the life of me remember what! So if anyone wants to refresh my memory, I'll probably start a bullet pointed list with all the random love XD
But for now, here's some random Ianto Bear loving:
L-R: Kat with Ianto Bear (and a bit of Shaz in the background!)| Georgie with Ianto Bear | Kate with Ianto and Jack Bear.
And for my own reference:
(I'll add everyone as soon as I locate all the posts! lol)
dancy_dreamer: The Bear Adventures
indiefairy: Cardiff TW Meet-Up
skitty_kat: TW Meetup Bear Porn!!
joulez217: Jack/Ianto Teddy Pictures and Jack/Ianto Bear Video (NC-17 ;D)
Man. Can't believe it's all over though :((