ximeria
17 July 2009 @ 02:54 pm
Airport entry numero dos  
Hello one and all.

I am now in Copenhagen airport and have some time to kill before my train leaves. It took a while for me to get my luggage, but now I'm sitting at a net terminal in 7/11, enjoying a sandwich.

I spent the flight trying to write down what actually HAPPENED during the driving holiday LOL -- then I started having trouble remember when we were WHERE XD

*grins widely*

Nearly home now, so we'll see if I'm still alive enough to come online when I come home. 1st thing to do when I get home, though, will be to do a wee bit of speed shopping. There's nothing but a few cans of cider in the house LOL

Nicci, if you're not completely dead tonight, I'll catch you online.

*hugs*

Thank you for some lovely 3 weeks.
 
 
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ximeria
17 July 2009 @ 10:54 am
Airport Travel log  
'ello everyone.

This is me checked in and waiting to board the plane.

It's been some mad days on the car trip, but it's been FUN. I'm missing the family already but alas, it's homeward and back to work on Monday.

[info]catspaw_sgjd, I'm sorry we couldn't meet up once more before I went back, but maybe I'll drop by Edinburgh in November/December when I come back again. It's going to be madness there as well LOL -- but I take it Nicci will be off for about half the number of days I am, so I'm thinking of scheduling a trip into Edinburgh one of the days before I go home again - although, it's far into the future at the moment XD

I'm going to try to put together a full entry on the way home. Lord knows I've only got broken bits and pieces in the LJ, depending on how worn out I've been on the car trip. Driving wasn't all that bad, really, if you ignore nearly being flattened by a big fuck-off lorry who thought it'd be a good idea to overtake us while we were overtaking another car. *rolls eyes*

But all over, it's been a fantastic vacation. Things I've learned:

* I wanna go back and spend time in Cardiff, because wow, I did NOT get to see enough of that city ^_^ (to any Welsh on my flist - your city rocks! XD

* Roundabouts are ebil

* Even if you're not in Denmark, you still have to watch out for taxis, white vans, lorries and busses. It's not a national thing -- no matter where you go, they tend to drive like shite *grins*

* I have trouble settling back into Danish - I almost didn't answer when a Danish tourist asked me about something in the check-in line at Edinburgh Airport XD - it sounded like gibberish to me.

To all of you who've been following my posts on LJ/Flickr/DW/IJ - thank you to those who've commented and to all of you, I hope I haven't been boring you with too many insane posts full of photos and or TW related stuff XD

*raises dr. pepper*

Cheers peeps, I'll be seeing you on the other side.

Nicci? Thank you for being a love and letting me bribe you with hot chocolate and the parking fee to have you stay with me for a wee while in the check-in area ^_^ -- I'll be 'seeing' you tonight, unless either/both of us crash when we get home XD
Give my love to the family and yes, I'm working on the Merlinfic on the way home *^_^*
 
 
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ximeria
15 July 2009 @ 12:04 am
July 14th - The Border and Melrose Abbey  
On the border
Look! We're nearly home!

Onwards, upwards with a stop in Melrose )
 
 
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ximeria
14 July 2009 @ 11:15 pm
July 13th - Hexham Abbey Church  
We're safely back in Dunfermline and I can get caught up on some of the picture posting.

We booked in late on Sunday night in Gateshead (near Newcastle), and crashed - HARD LOL

The next day we slept in, since we had the room for two nights. Eventually we agreed to go out on a bit of a drive. We drove to Hexham where the photos are from, then to Consett to eat at the Wetherspoon's there. One of the better ones - not the best, but OK.

Hexham Abbey )
 
 
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ximeria
13 July 2009 @ 10:58 pm
Catching up on Sunday the 12th of July - Camelot Theme Park  
We skipped trying to find the theme park on Saturday -- because Leyland wouldn't let us leave XD -- let's just say that in general signs were thin on the ground, and thin in the air.

So, Sunday we went out to the theme park when they opened - Becca and I ran around like a couple of 5 year olds high on sugar XD

Right, on with photos. Because there was a joust and ahem. *drools*

Warning: There's a lot of pictures under the cut.

photos from Camelot )
 
 
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ximeria
08 July 2009 @ 11:26 pm
Cardiff to Glastonbury -- via the Doctor Who Exhibition XD  
So, we got up this morning, packed the car and Nicci and I went off to the exhibit. After that, we ate lunch at an oriental buffet in the Red Dragon Centre. Full of good stuff, we headed off towards Glastonbury -- wanting to check the Tor before we went to our Travelodge -- let's put it this way - after going up and down a few wrong streets, we ended up just going to the Travelodge - After a quick shopping trip to Morrison's, Nicci and I went off to drive as close to the Tor as we could -- I got a couple of photos, but that's it. I have to admit after the morning in Cardiff, I was knackered XD


Ianto Jones
spoils of war from the shop at the exhibit in Cardiff - a limited (111 of 1000) of Ianto Jones -- and to think I ordered the normal one online in February...

Crazy morning in Cardiff )
 
 
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ximeria
07 July 2009 @ 11:07 am
Good morning, campers!  
It's an overcast Tuesday morning and we're heading from Chester down to Cardiff -- through the Brecon Beacons -- and yes, we won't stop for anyone - they could be cannibals!

Right -- sorry, bad injoke XD

Lot's of driving -- roughly 4-5 hours and then there's all the stopping we'll be doing to actually take pictures XD
 
 
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ximeria
07 July 2009 @ 01:14 am
July 6th - Chester  
Chester? Stinks when it comes to finding a place to eat at a decent price after 7PM

Seriously, I miss Odense -- there I KNOW several places where I could've gotte food until at least 9PM.

Bloody English!

*coughs*

Apart from that? All's good, the weather was great for the Animal Park up in Barrow -- I got burned, Nicci's hubby got burned as did Nicci. Bex... no. She was wearing a hoodie while the rest of us were slowly roasted by the sun.

So, onwards to the pictures of the animals!

(let's not mention we watched Torchwood tonight and that I love Ianto -- the needy bastard. (not that I don't understand him, I do)

piccies! )
 
 
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ximeria
05 July 2009 @ 06:51 pm
July 5th - Lake District  
I did scary road driving today, down through the Lake District (including Ulswater Lake Side Road)

For proof, see the finger sized dents on the side of the door of the passenger door (Nicci's fingerprints)

a few photos )
 
 
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ximeria
04 July 2009 @ 11:39 pm
Two day update - 3rd and 4th of July  
Friday 3rd

Friday was a loooong day. We went through Alnwick for the castle (and it was raining *sighs*)

Then we met up with Terry in Newcastle, had something to eat and checked into the worst Travelodge I've ever been in. Loud and stinky.

so, on to the photos!

Alnwick Castle and Vindolanda )
 
 
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ximeria
03 July 2009 @ 01:06 am
And nearly off we go  
'ello everyone.

This will be today's last post -- and possibly tomorrow's as well, it will depend on a few things, including the wifi at the travelodge in Newcastle.

As it is, we leave the house around 9ish tomorrow morning, so I for one am heading off to bed.

Night everyone, see you 'on the other side'.
 
 
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ximeria
02 July 2009 @ 09:39 am
July 1st  
So, today was split into two parts - the first half of it, from noon till 4 - I went up into town with Nicci's husband to have a pint. I didn't take all that many pictures as I've a tone of them already from previous trips. but as always, the Abbey ruin and the Abbey church are quite photogenic.

After dinner, Nicci, the youngest daughter and I went on a little drive -- to get me used to driving here and to go to Dysart beach and harbour.

pictures )
 
 
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ximeria
30 June 2009 @ 08:36 pm
Butterfly Farm - Edinburgh  
After doing the BBQ last night, we needed a late morning, which we got -- before heading out the [info]catspaw_sgjd's house. We had a cup of her good coffee and then headed out to the butterfly farm.

After a detour or two *grins* we made it -- and damn, I keep forgetting how hot the housing is for the butterflies.

flutterbys )
 
 
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ximeria
28 June 2009 @ 11:15 am
OMG  
It lives!!!!

[info]nicci_mac is actually up and walking XD

A stomach bug is never fun, but she seems absolutely capable of going out today ^_^
 
 
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ximeria
27 June 2009 @ 04:34 pm
Day 1 - July 26th, 2009  
Day 1 recap with illustrations *g*

June 26th, 2009 )
 
 
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ximeria
26 June 2009 @ 06:42 am
Airport coffee  
So, Thursday's dental appointment was, as expected, painful, not just on my visa card, but also on my effin tooth. And yes, it's still sore.

Upside to all? I'm currently sitting at the airport in Copenhagen, waiting for my flight at 9am -- yeah, I'm a bit early, but I didn't know how long it'd take to check in -- sometimes it goes fast, sometime's less so. -- Doesn't help that it's holiday time for a lot of people, so there's a lot of activity here at the moment.

I'm checked in, baggage dropped off and I'm currently at the same 7/11 as last time I went -- cheap internet and okay coffee -- hey, it's caffeine, of which I haven't had any today XD

Well, cheap compared to once I get through security -- on the other side of that? 3X if not more, the price of here.

I've plenty of time -- once my time here online runs out, I still have 1h30mins to get through.

Yes, I believe in the fact that it's better to be at the airport an hour too early than 5 mins too late XD

So, everyone. Should everything go according to plan, which of course it will, I should be meeting up with Cats around 10 - 10.30 UK time

Nicci, Cats, I'll be seeing you on the other side *g*
 
 
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ximeria
24 June 2009 @ 11:04 pm
cross your fingers...  
...boys and girls

I have the last dental treatment tomorrow at 10.30

If I'm lucky, I won't look like the elephant man when I head off on Friday morning @ 3.47 with the train

That said, my luck is a fickle creature *smirks*

I'm still sore from Monday's treatment -- I have a bruise that's nicely baby blue on the left side of my chin (partways up the cheek) but the pain's okay -- as long as I don't try to open my mouth too wide or smile too widely -- first one's only a problem when I eat (and if I had plans of giving anyone a bj -- which I don't XD)

So the filling of the root canal treatment is tomorrow -- that done -- I need to get the last few things done at work which means a whole hell of stress -- tho once I'm out from work tomorrow? I'm bloody well off for 3 weeks!

According to plan, I'm meeting up with [info]catspaw_sgjd at the airport -- and it seems, she has made plans *grins* -- I am SO looking forward to that. I even bought her a little gift that I hope she'll like ^_^

I am now going back to cleaning the kitchen, emptying the fridge and packing my bags XD


Oh, here's some gratuitous gun porn (I'm still bugged that they axed the show *pouts*)
 
 
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ximeria
26 May 2009 @ 09:00 pm
*bounces*  

 
 
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ximeria
15 February 2009 @ 04:32 pm
Planning out the route  
although not in detail as I don't have all the addresses of the travelodges, but it allows me a general overview. That's going to be a hell of a lot of driving XD

map )
 
 
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Current Music: FOB
 
 
ximeria
31 December 2008 @ 12:43 am
Aaaand it's a go  
Nicci's lovely hubby has finished booking Travelodges for the Summer trip and here's the plan -- we're leaving Dunfermline on the 3rd of July.
If anyone's anywhere near these places -- i.e. Cardiff, wanna have a cup of coffee somewhere?


  • Friday - travel down to Alnwick and visit the castle and gardens ect then continue down to Newcastle. (stay in Newcastle)

  • Saturday - drive along Hadrians Wall stopping at Vindolana to Carlisle (stay in Carlisle)

  • Sunday drive down through the Lake District maybe go out on Lake Wyndymere and continue down to Barrow In Furnis (stay night there)

  • Monday - drive to Chester sightseeing as we go (stay in Chester)

  • Tuesday - drive down through Wales sightseeing (the Beacons!) as we go to Cardiff (stay in Cardiff)

  • Wednesday - Fan girl the Plaz then drive to Glastonbry to see the tor (stay in Glastonbuy)

  • Thursday - Drive up to Warrwick doing the sight seeing bit on route (stay in Warrwick)

  • Friday - Warrwick castle then up to Manchester (stay in manchester)

  • Saturday - Camelot theme park then drive to Lancaster (staying in Lancaster) (guys in chainmail with swords!!)

  • Sunday - drive back towards Barrow to go to the Wildlife park then drive to Newcastle (stay in Newcastle)

  • Monday - Beamish then (stay in Newcastle again)

  • Tuesday - Home via Melrose Abbey

 
 
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