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Thursday, June 15th, 2017 11:47 am
Went to a work dinner (EOFY celebration) last night, on a harbour cruise in a glass-sided boat.

The Sydney Vivid festival is on at this time of year every year - light shows and audio-visual displays around the south side of the Sydney Harbour foreshore (around Circular Quay and the Botanical Gardens, mostly).

A couple of pics:

three, to be exact )

Definitely a very enjoyable night!
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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 11:15 am
I caught the train up to the Netherlands on Wednesday 20th and was met by [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer at the station in Den Haag. So great to meet online friends in person!

[livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer had work during the week, but I went into the city with her on Thursday to have a chiro appointment and caught up with another friend from Australia who happened to be in that part of the world! Then we went to see Ghostbusters with her daughter and her daughter's (girl)friend on Thursday night. Spoilers: it was excellent!

navigating public transport in European cities )

Friday I stayed at home, trying to get my Femmeremix and Remix Me fics in. There was a lot of hair-tearing involved and it was a long day trying to get it finished. As it turned out, Alphaflyer had to do a long day at work, too, so it worked out for both of us!

Next is the weekend - Delft and Rotterdam...
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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 09:05 am
Started while sitting in Denver International Airport's lounge with a Beefeater G&T waiting for my flight home to start boarding.

I've been through five countries - seven if you count layovers - in 22 days, a long and busy trip. I've met up with old friends and new friends and people I saw less than a week before I left and people I haven't seen in 12 years.

It's been good.

a few highlights: Brussels )

TL;DR: Brussels, would go back again.

Now it'll probably be another week before I get the Netherlands post up. And still another before I put up the Rocky Mountains National Park pics... There are quite a lot of those.
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Thursday, August 4th, 2016 03:24 pm
Landed Sydney this morning 7am, got home around 9am.

Since then, I've half-unpacked, discovered my phone SIM card has died, gotten a manicure (priorities), and come in to work to change my (expired) password.

I still have to get a new SIM card, and I have a dental appointment this afternoon.

Tomorrow, I have a massage and a chiro visit.

Saturday, I have a birthday party.

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At some point, I will try to write my [community profile] seeingcolorcomm assignment, and my [community profile] rarepairfest. Neither are particularly speaking to me right now, but then nothing really is.

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It's nice to be home, though.
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Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 08:23 am
Apologies for that. There were assignments and then there was travel and more assignments and more assignments and I don't think I actually like the assignments but they're getting done (slowly).

The weekend with [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer was awesome - the Netherlands is a lovely country and very easy to get around by public transport. I did feel like I was missing a lot of history there - it's an old country with a lot of trade history, and one could probably spend decades studying there and never quite hit the bottom of it all.

Anyway, I flew out of (old) Europe and into the (new) USA. I'm presently in Houston, TX with [livejournal.com profile] andveryginger and I'm here until tomorrow when we're flying to meet up with a bunch of very old LJ friends in Denver. The weather since I left the Netherlands has been up and down - it was lovely blue skies so long as I was in Europe, but Houston has been wet heat and thunderstorms.

Tomorrow will be Denver and the Sam-Jack Horsewomen Reunion. It's gonna be busy!
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Sunday, July 17th, 2016 10:46 pm
After three days in Paris with my friends, we split for our various destinations - Jenn and Kris were going back to Cardiff, Kat was going to Scotland to meet her dad.

I caught the Thalys fast train from Paris to Brussels )

The beer and chocolate tour I took today may take a while to get out. Many pictures, quite a bit to tell, not enough time or space or energy...

We'll see how it goes...
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Saturday, July 16th, 2016 10:17 pm
Friday was going to be touring day of Paris for the friends who'd never been to Paris before.

sightseeing touristy things )

All in all, not quite the best day envisioned, but pretty good!
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Friday, July 15th, 2016 08:15 am
So it was an exhausting day yesterday - so much so that I fell asleep around 9pm and woke-slept in cycles until around 4:30am, when I started replying to the friends who were worried by the attack in Nice and our presence in France.

Fine, fine... We're all fine here. How're you? )

And then I came back to the apartment, finished the next chapter of a fic, did some grazing, went for a walk, and then crashed like a great crashing thing. I have a sneaking suspicion my body is frantically trying to catch up on months of sleeplessness all at once on this holiday.
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Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 10:47 pm
So, there was pretty much half a day, if not more, where I was in transit. Admittedly, it was business class transit, so it was kind of sort of perhaps just a little bit amazing...

But before that, there were weird waterfall ceramic animals cafe, and a Hello Kitty shop in Ho Chi Minh city...

last of Vietnam, HOMG BUSINESS CLASS, first of Paris )
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 01:59 pm
One of the problems of Vietnam is that I can't have an external monologue.

That conversation I have where I ask about something? The instant I make an enquiry, the assumption is that I WANT IT NOW GIVE IT TO HER QUICKSMART.

To which my inevitable response is "No, I don't want it. No. NO. DO NOT WANT!" Followed by a muttered "I just wanted to know about it, not to be given it."

This is particularly a problem with my stepmum who is lovely, but clueless. And also somewhat interpretative; when I say "I would like to look at A," she interprets it as "I would like to look at A, B, C, D, and all the things down to Y, oh, and there's also Z, and AA and..."

Also, people following you around stores trying to be helpful. Sorry, my dears, I don't find it helpful, I find it slightly stalkerish and creepy. This shop assistant followed me around the Hello Kitty store, never more than one foot behind me... It felt a little like I was being evaluated for shoplifting possibilities, even though this is Vietnam and not, say, the USA.

Even my father is guilty of handwaving the details. When I mention that it would be nice to have lunch, he promptly jumps to "You're hungry? You must be starving! WE MUST DO LUNCH IMMEDIATELY BEFORE SHE FAINTS OF HUNGER."

Also: he wants me to eat Australian beef in Vietnam. Because apparently they export the good stuff? Whatever. I think I'll eat Australian beef in Australia where I can ask for it to be cooked in ways that don't involve it drowning in some kind of peppery sauce after it's been fried on a hotplate.

Dad is not good at listening. This has been a problem all the way back to my childhood. He means well, but he's not quite convinced that I'm grown enough to make a judgement call. Doubtless my inability to get around Vietnam without his or my stepmum's assistance does not help this impression.

And this is why I don't stay with my dad and stepmum longer than a couple of days at a time. I love them, but frankly, their way of doing things kind of drives me batty...
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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 06:53 am
Quiet day. After all the walking around on Sunday (and probably the food) my foot has felt swollen and achey, so I stayed off it.

Just three photos today! Lunch, me and my stepmum at dinner, and an interesting coffee place name!

quiet day )

Today I'd like to:
1. see a Chinese masseur and get some bones cracked
2. get a Hello Kitty souvenir for the daughter of a friend in Sydney (I'll get her son something, too - he's always borrowing his sister's pretty glittery things so it's probably best that he gets his own.)

I fly out of Ho Chi Minh City tonight, headed for Paris by way of Singapore. Then it's Bastille Day with my writer girls from Sydney, and then up to see [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer by way of Brussels...

Wheee!
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Sunday, July 10th, 2016 10:25 pm
So, the food monitoring has kind of gone out the window. My stepmother is terribly eager to feed me, and while I can say no, there's a point after which it's basically kicking the dog.

So. Bún mắm for breakfast. A kind of dirty rice/yum cha mix for lunch, and 'congee' for dinner. Not in the Chinese style that I'm accustomed to, though. That's okay - it was interesting.

Also here: THE BEST MOCHI I HAVE EVER EATEN, HANDS DOWN.

If I can go back at some point, I am going to get a box of these, freeze them, and take them to Paris. They are that amazing...

a different way of doing things? )

And now it is most definitely time to sleep!
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Sunday, July 10th, 2016 10:11 am
I love my dad and my stepmum, but damn they're helpful.

Also: I have discovered that I come by my show geekiness honestly. My father is watching Supergirl and is really into it! Has no problem a) keeping track of who is who, b) explaining to his daughter what is going on, c) accepting that his daughter knows as much about the general DC universe, if not more, d) getting really involved in the show, to the point of putting off going out to dinner.

He was watching episode...1.08? Or thereabouts? It looked a bit fluffy, but kind of fun.

Still pretty tired, and thinking I might get a wash and go to bed and skip the travelogue until tomorrow...
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Saturday, July 9th, 2016 10:04 pm
Made it to Vietnam.

it's a madhouse at sydney on a saturday )

And now that the room is floating, it may be time to go to bed.

I never manage to do the travelogue after the trip, so this is my attempt to stay on top of things. It'll be abridged, but hey, better than not at all. :)
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Friday, May 13th, 2016 05:50 pm
So from the 14th July to the 25th July I'm in Europe.

At the start, I'm in Paris. At the end, I'm in Amsterdam/Rotterdam (my stepbrother/sis-in-law moved there a couple of months ago and I hope to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] alphaflyer).

I'm trying to work out what to do in-between.

The easiest thing would either be to stay in Paris, or to go to London. It requires little effort, I'm familiar with the area, and it's not going to be too costly. (I think.) Cost has become an issue in the last week. Oy.

The alternative is to make a slow way from Paris up north by bus or train. (I don't think I'm up to driving in Europe.)

I'm slowly going through ideas for what I'd like to see and where I'd like to go. Does anyone on my f-list have places they'd recommend?
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 09:35 am
In spite of the health issues, I'm going to go ahead and start planning this. Apparently travel in July is already pretty pricey and I haven't booked anything yet.

Plan (with approximate dates) is:
Sydney -> Vietnam (9th July)
Vietnam -> Paris (14th July)
Paris -> ???(17th July)
??? -> Rotterdam (20th July)
Amsterdam -> Houston (25th July)
Houston -> Denver (28th July)
Denver -> San Francisco (2nd August)
San Francisco -> Sydney
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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 09:49 am
[personal profile] jenab: If you had unlimited funds where would you travel in the world? What have been some of the most memorable places you have visited?

I would take one of those 'three months on a cruise ship traveling around the world', and I would hire a cabin or a suite, and then pay for people to come travelling with me for various legs of the trip, because travelling is always more fun when you have other people to share it with.

Or I would do a road trip across the US - again, doing 'legs' of the journey with various people as their time and budget allowed.

Or I would travel across Europe-Asia - from the UK all the way over to Russia, and then down through Asia and back home.

Africa. I want to see Africa, but it feels like something you should do with people, not just by yourself.

Basically, my big issue in travelling is that 75% of the time I have nobody to travel with, so if I had unlimited funds, I'd pay for other people to come travelling with me (they put in, say, $1000, and I'd pay the rest). And I'd go everywhere, man!

memorable places from my travelogue )

Sorry for taking a break from this. One of the questions required graphics and I never remember until I'm in no position to actually create graphics for it.

I'll be back in, posting again every couple of days. I promise...
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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 01:24 pm
Leave has been approved for mid 2016. I had to buy some leave, but that's okay. I'm reasonably sure I'll manage.

This means Paris, France from the 14th-18th July, then Estes Park, CO from the 29th July-1st August.

I have leave from the 9th July through to the 7th August, but I plan to be home by the 4th, to give me a few days to rest, recharge, and celebrate my 40th Birthday.

...huh. My 40th Birthday falls on a Saturday. How fortunate! :D
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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 09:43 am
So, this is going to be the biggest, craziest post ever.

Because: cosplay.

We'll start with my roomies, [livejournal.com profile] andveryginger and her DH, as the Black Widow and Hawkeye:

Atlanta dragoncon


Pretty awesome, eh? [livejournal.com profile] andveryginger made both costumes herself - including the 'light up' piping on the Widow costume. They got the quiver specially made (and that sucker was heavy.

Of course, I didn't get photos of everything - that's just not possible. Plus, on Thursday and Friday I was in the writing course, Saturday was half taken up by the parade, and Sunday was meeting with [livejournal.com profile] cailetr who I've known longer than I've been on LJ!

Yeesh, has it been that long?

Anyway, let the cosplay photos begin!

various cosplays - mostly MCU )

I didn't get to the parade last time, so going this time was rather enjoyable. Although very warm and rather crowded. And we ended up having to walk through a rather questionable part of town to reach the point in the parade where we were going to watch from.

when the parade passes by )

It has to be said that the city of Atlanta was viciously unprepared for DragonCon. And that the DragonCon organisers were not really that well-organised.

The lobby of the Mariott was almost always a crush. There were people in line everywhere, many of them sitting down and blocking access ways for other people. And the place would be in trouble if there was a bomb scare: evacuation would not be possible.

There are ways to manage this. Yes, there are. Ticket dispensers for halls and talks - particularly the more popular ones outside the ballrooms that have lines several hundred people long. One ticket for four people's entry. You get your ticket, go away, and turn up to take your place. Lose your ticket? Too bad, go back and get another one.

Or limit the number of people who can attend the convention.

70,000 people were there - apparently six years ago, when I last attended, it was half that. It's crazy. And dangerous.

Anyway, enough about that. More photos:

these ones are mostly group shots in the Hilton foyer )

So: DragonCon. It's basically Geek Mardi Gras.

It's pretty much Geek Mardi Gras. #dragoncon2015 #roundtheworldwithsel


There'll be one more post about Atlanta: little bit and pieces and people.

And then I'll post about California (here we come).
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Monday, September 21st, 2015 01:12 pm
The problem with reporting on Dragon*Con is that there's just so much to cover.

Do I talk about the two-day Writing Critique Workshop I did? Do I talk about the cosplaying? Do I talk about the people I met and caught up with and had fun with over the course of the week?

Do I talk about all of it?

I guess all of it is probably the best option. There's a lot to unpack at any rate.

We'll start with the Writing Critique Workshop, which was run by Jody Lynn Nye and was very valuable for me in terms of realising just how far along my writing is and how I can improve it.

I can write. This shouldn't be a revelation, but it kind of is. )