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91. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

I'd vote for whichever place is least loud and has the comfiest seating for just lounging about in and talking the night and/or day away. (In the end, I'm coming for the people, not the nightlife.)

After a quick google for what it is, I'm also crossing fingers for the weather to be good enough for the Giant's causeway. (If we end up being more than ten people, I figure we could always rent a third car for the day.)

Quoting Hien

BTW, how are we going to identify you, Sander? Will you be walking towards us with your back facing us, since this is the only photo of you we've ever seen?

Ah, fair enough - I should probably toss out a second photo of me for you to recognize me by.

  • ponders*

this one should do. :D (Note, I only wear that über-stylish hat when visiting countries close to the hole in the ozone layer, so won't be sporting that this time around.) *g*

92. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

Ah, fair enough - I should probably toss out a second photo of me for you to recognize me by.

  • ponders*

this one should do. :D (Note, I only wear that über-stylish hat when visiting countries close to the hole in the ozone layer, so won't be sporting that this time around.) *g*

Are you sure you're not the book??? Robots can be tricky and disguise their appearance... Keep an eye out for... Damn - need a magnifying glass to read the title of that book. Grrrrr.... Okay - if something with lots of pages walks by you - it's the illusive Sander.

93. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 8y

Quoting Isadora

Keep an eye out for... Damn - need a magnifying glass to read the title of that book. Grrrrr....

Herman Hesse's The Glass Bead Game. And the other one is David Zindell's Neverness (for which he was incidentally inspired by The Glass Bead Game).
The choice of books in these pictures is somewhat deliberate, although it was a lucky coincidence that I found The Glass Bead Game at the Lake Tekapo YHA book exchange. :)

94. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Ooh - I like the Apartment. They make a fabulous chili martini! But I agree with Sander: something cosy and quiet would be nice. I don't have much of a booming voice so I'd need a magephone. ;)

Guess we'll play Giant's Causeway by ear. Maybe we can make a list of potential places to visit so we have a backup plan. Neal suggests a climb up Cave Hill, but I'm thinking that wouldn't be any wiser in the rain...

Can't wait to see you all!!!!

95. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

OR if you want hip young and trendy (where you have to make a bit of an effort and brush your hair at the very least!)

Me, make an effort?!!!! Me thinks that won't happen.

On the people front, I will be +1, though with a vague potential to be +3 (and there are couple of others who will come and meet us in a pub to talk travel-ish, on one day at least). I also have an - admittedly current not very likely - potential surprise guest to show up, but i'm not expecting it. If of interest, my plus one has promised us all a brilliant guided tour of Belfast (and has been studying for it almost 24/7 since i mentioned we were coming). Im not all that sure that it will be all that guided or brilliant, but it will be good to heckle and then sneak off into a pub for a while if nothing else...

I know weather will play a role, but the chances are that even if it isn't the greatest, I can be persuaded to head that way with the hard core of people willing to get very wet and blown around allot. It will have to be REALLY bad for me not to bother, especially if there is some other interest.

Also, for those who will be there, if you fancy choosing a nice quiet central-ish pub for Thurs evening, ideally with parking, that would be a useful starting point, tough guessing it will be about 9pm before we make it that far.

Oh, and sander, great stuff.

96. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

If you let me know where you guys are staying l can suggest a few pubs for Thursday night. Most parking will be road side - and anyway Rich - will you not just be leaving your car at wherever you are staying and hitting the pub?

Auntie Annies (sorry it doesnt have a web page) on Dublin Road - usually can grab a seat in here!
Lavery's mentioned in previous post
BAR BACCA
IRENE & NANS
THE KITCHEN BAR
THE CROWN
FIBBER MAGEES

Ok l cannot be bothered to continue posting pubs!! Most of these are central - some will be more suited to a group meeting up for a yarn and a few pints than others! Im easy lve been in them all before so you guys can choose!!

I took Hien to the Giants Causeway on Saturday - and whilst it was cold it was dry and a decent enough day so fingers crossed it will stay that way - our problem was that it was getting quite dark by 4pm. Again - lve been to the Causeway SO many times lm not bothered either way!! But if Gelli has a friend lined up to do a walking tour of Belfast lm up for that - l hope they are ready for all the awkward questions lm gonna be asking!!

Could l ask everyone what time and day they will be arriving - lve got a few details but l need to confirm - some - so maybe you guys could just PM me?

I havent booked any restaurants or the like - l dont know if thats what you guys would be up for? Its in between Christmas and New Year so be aware of the usual inflated cost of everything!!

97. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

Neal suggests a climb up Cave Hill, but I'm thinking that wouldn't be any wiser in the rain...

Personally - is Neal off his head!! I will drive you all up to Cavehill park then drive home where if l lean out the back bedroom window l can just about see Cavehill and watch you all get soaked and exhausted!! I am not walking Cavehill even if we get freaky sunshiny weather - then again lm a lazy bugger!!

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98. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting tway

Neal suggests a climb up Cave Hill, but I'm thinking that wouldn't be any wiser in the rain...

Personally - is Neal off his head!! I will drive you all up to Cavehill park then drive home where if l lean out the back bedroom window l can just about see Cavehill and watch you all get soaked and exhausted!! I am not walking Cavehill even if we get freaky sunshiny weather - then again lm a lazy bugger!!

Smart thinking, Purdy!! Tina made us walk up Mount Royal in Montreal.

99. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

and anyway Rich - will you not just be leaving your car at wherever you are staying and hitting the pub?

In general, yes, but Thursday night, possibly not. From my understanding, there won't be many people around by Thurs eve (is it just you, possibly Tina/Neal, and my lot?), and I think i'll have been up since about 3am anyway. In addition, i will have to dump assorted people around town wherever they are staying and also have to up early and vaguely sober for a meeting at 8am Fri, so I won't be up for a major session anyway.

So depending on who/what/where (shout if i'm wrong, but i think it's just you, possibly tina/neal, and whoever i haven't kicked out of the car and left to walk from Dundalk on Thursday anyway), it might be easier to head directly to the pub and i could well be persuaded to stay mostly dry and be chauffeur. It might not be, and i may dump the car and get rat-arsed instead, but at this point not drinking Thurs is definitely an option.

But if Gelli has a friend lined up to do a walking tour of Belfast lm up for that - l hope they are ready for all the awkward questions lm gonna be asking!!

So do i

100. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

You know what - it will evolve!!

Now if it was Isa organising it - we would have a vague itinerary - if it was the old Purdy of last year there would be a military style itinerary - now with the new Purdy we will lets see what happens........

Of course if your friend Rich wants to take over and organise tell them to go for it!

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