Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Fandom Holiday

Because of this dude, I'm meeting some great people!
I consider myself very lucky to have generally enjoyed being a part of some fandoms. The one I have been affiliated with the longest is Pearl Jam, and the most interesting one has been the Michael Fassbender fanbase. However, in between these two, I spent a few years in the Lord of the Rings fandom. What do all of these fandoms have in common for me? I have friends from all of them, and I'm going to meet some people from each of these fandoms when I go to London & Paris in just 20 days, some for the first time!
Without boring you with too much details regarding my itinerary, here is the gist of what I'll be doing and with whom. The color codes for PJ, MF, LOTR will represent which fandom my friend is from:

30 May, Thursday (early evening) - depart for London
31 May, Friday - meet up with Marjan (aka Hupsakeek)- dinner at 34 restaurant
1 June, Saturday - Simone & Marjan in Hackney allllllllllllllllllllllll day!!!
2 June & 3 June, Sunday/Monday - Lucinda
4 June, Tuesday - head for Paris, meet up with Sorujaa - intro to Paris, garden walk, and dinner
5 June, Wednesday - spend the day doing traditional touristy stuff/Eiffel Tower, etc.
6 June, Thursday - I'll be at the Louvre for most of the day - I'm a museum lover
7 June, Friday - still in Paris, shopping, touring
8 June, Saturday - head back to London, hook up with Dee for dinner and a movie
9 June, Sunday - fly back home

So as you can see, I will be with friends almost on a daily basis, and when I'm not, I'll be perfectly well off on my own exploring. Also, prior to me going on vacation, I will have the pleasure of meeting a local Fassinator, Myriam Cronk. She lives near my old neighborhood in a suburb of Detroit, and we're going to meet up for lunch on Saturday, May 18th. We'll easily spot each other because we're going to be wearing our Keep Calm t-shirts when we meet up. After literally focusing on school since July 2012, I have the spring and summer to breathe and relax before my finale in the Fall, and I'm just so happy that I'm going to be meeting some lovely people for the first time, face to face.

Internet fandoms can be a bit strange at times, but for the most part, the participants are very nice people where in some unique cases, they become interested enough in each other to take the next step and meet offline. I'm really looking forward to hanging out with my new and old friends across the pond.


Martha said...

Have Fun! So jealous of you spending a Whole day at The Louvre. I was only able to be there for like 1 hour the time I went to Paris. I was on one of those tours. I am not brave enough to travel alone. And I wanted to go to Versaille but right before dinner a group of us popped in to see the Mona Lisa. So we were able to see a few things.

Simone said...

Thanks Martha! for as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to see the Mona Lisa and the Louvre. It's recommended that to get the full enjoyment of the Louvre that one should spread it out over two days. I don't have that time, so one full day will surely have to do. I know the queue for viewing the Mona Lisa is huge, so I'll be patient. :-)

Maria Willis said...

Awe, have fun!

You deserve it after all the hard work you've put in, The Louvre, I'm jealous and excited; I'm planning a trip next year to London and Edinburgh, it may sounds slightly morbid, but I plan on enjoying cemeteries--that and museums.

There's so much to see but I'm interested in the architecture and history!

Enjoy yourself :)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to meet you in Paris Simone :D

Vera said...

Have fun Simone and enjoy your trip!!! I went to Paris in 2009 and this was one of the best trips I've ever had. The city is charming. Not to mention that you have a couple of wonderful meetings planned ))))

Dionne said...

You're going to have so much fun, yo deserve a vay-k be safe. :)

Jhessye said...

I am so happy for you cheers!@

Jhessye said...

I am so happy for you happy travels. I am so looking forward to traveling through latin america for several months by bicycle in 6 months. Seeing that you are traveling to meet your friends among your favorite fandoms simone only has me more excited. Have a great time!

Hupsakeek said...

I'm so looking forward to meet you in London!! I'm glad it's May, so the counting down is less than thirty days. I can't express what the feeling is I get if I think of this trip. The last two months were very hectic for me so I see this trip as a reward for all the hard work.

Myriam Cronk said...

5 Wake Up Days Simone!! - as my 4 year old niece, Ariana, would say :) Woo hooooo!!!!! A Brindis or 2 we'll have - a toast! YAY!!!! ♥