Wow, I'm actually posting again! I really don't have an excuse, other than laziness, but this news was too exciting not to share...
I'm leaving today for London for a day or so, then off to Cardiff, Wales for 3 days, then back to London for another day! My awesome friend sirenprincess has already been in London since Sunday, with her husband. My 7-on, 7-off work schedule is allowing me to meet up with them and I only had to trade one day off with a coworker to make this trip possible, and I didn't have to take any vacation time at all. I love my schedule, so very very much!
Incidentally, there happens to be not one, but two decent sized Torchwood meetups going on in Cardiff this same weekend. I'm not a part of either of those, we just went with the week sirenprincess had requested vacation for at the beginning of the year. It's likely we'll run into some of them at one point or another, but I do hope things won't be too crowded for certain events (namely Friday night's).
Knowing me, it's unlikely I'll end up posting a lot, so I'm gonna give just a brief rundown of what we have planned. If I expound upon it later, good deal...if not, I'll at least have some record of what the itinerary was:
Tuesday: Fly from Indianapolis to Chicago O'hare, then Chicago to London Heathrow (overnight trip, landing around 11am Wed. morning, London time.
Wednesday: Relax from jet lag, then dinner at one of Gordon Ramsey's fancy restaurants. I've been to London once before and done the London Eye, the Tower of London, the British Museum, etc, so I'm glad I don't have a huge checklist of things I feel need to see right away, especially since I definitely plan on going back again in the future. So this day will just be soaking in the general London atmosphere (and geeking out a bit, since I wasn't into Doctor Who at all when I was here in July 2007. I got into DW and TW in early 2008, for reference.) I will be attempting to NOT think about certain things that happened in certain London buildings on TW: Children of Earth -Day Four. However, Canary Wharf is fair game for the imagination. *G*
Thursday: Buckingham Palace tour in the AM, then sirenprincess's husband is renting a car and we're driving over to Cardiff, Wales. We talked about taking the train, but we honestly have too much luggage to want to mess with that, and besides, we'll probably need the car on Friday for what we have planned. Not sure what time we get to Cardiff, but we'll be staying at St. David's Hotel, right on Cardiff Bay. (For TW geeks, a room in this hotel was Owen's flat in series one. The hotel is very distinctive looking and you can easily spot it in the background when Abaddon is heading over to suck the life out of Jack in 'End of Days'.) I'm so psyched to be staying where I can walk past the Plass whenever I feel like it!
Friday: Bowling at Hollywood Bowl in the Red Dragon Centre (where Gwen and Rhys bowled in 'Day One'). Lunch at a Turkish place called Bosphorus (where Jack, Rose, Mickey, and the 9th Doctor ate in 'Boom Town'). View the DW exhibition in the Red Dragon Centre. Then in the evening take a short drive over to Gareth David-Lloyd's hometown of Newport to see his band Blue Gillespie do a gig. It's not my usual style of music, but I've heard tracks before and I'm prepared. Plenty of Welsh beer and the chance to see GDL in the flesh again, in his native environment, as it were, should make it a blast nevertheless.
Saturday: Lots and lots of exploring Cardiff. And I do mean lots. I've spent hours typing and researching and I've got a 7 page list of streets and filming locations, plus sirenprincess has a friend who has kindly offered to play local guide for us. Lunch at Tiger Tiger, where they filmed the Jack/John bar fight in 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang'. Then we're seeing 'The Sound of Music' at the Millennium Centre, starring Connie, the gal that won 'How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?'. so there's yet another John Barrowman connection there. After the show, dinner at 'Pearl of the Orient', where Owen and Diane ate in 'Out of Time'. *phew* Busy day!
Sunday: Cardiff Castle, special medieval fest weekend or something like that. Maybe I'll actually get to use a bow and shoot some arrows. *G* Lunch, not sure where but no doubt will be from my TW/DW filming list again. Then some Cardiff shopping, before driving back to London in the evening.
Monday: Have a few hours in London to kill in the AM, then catching our flight back to Indy. Sad to leave, but hopefully with awesome memories.
Ok, off to nap for a few hours, before we get this party started and I head to the airport! Later, all...