15 June 2012

The adventure of Love Letter Convention, Berlin 2012: Day One

The first part; The beginning, the stress, the fun, the journey and Friday night dinner.

I quickly heard about the RT Convention when I started reading in the English language and ever since it was my dream to attend it. What I was wishing for even more was a book convention in Europe. How I’ve talked options with friends how to get that happening!! But that prayer got answered by the Love Letter magazine and the sponsors of the Love Letter Convention. The minute I heard Nalini Singh was going to attend it wasn’t a question, it was a given I would go. It wasn’t long after that when various other favorite authors of mine joined Nalini Singh and I got on reader’s cloud nine. I, and various friends, bought the tickets the moment they were available and started planning the trip. This was at the end of last year.

Finally it was the end of May and time to get ready for the LLC. After a week of fun and foreplay it was time for me to pack my bags and get my house in order for the doggie sitters, aka my brother and his significant other. When I stood in front of my closet it didn’t matter that is was like 15 C outside. I bought a dress especially for the LLC and I was going to wear it. I had high heeled sandals and I was going to wear them too. They forecasted cold, rain and wind, but I wanted to look good *damnit*. So summer dress got packed, my colorful shirts and capri pants as well. Since it was a German convention all books there were in German. So I had to pack my own books too. Can I say that my bookbag was HEAVY!! When I looked at all my bags I knew it was going to be hellish to drag it along each transfer of trains. Not to mention me walking to the bus station.


But 31st of May finally arrived. I was going to my sis for some pre-fun and the journey was quite uneventful. We had an awesome dinner, talked a mile-a-minute and of course we were so hyper I barely caught any sleep that night.

June 1st. The LLC adventure was ready to begin at the ungodly hour of 6.15 AM. I only had a few hours of sleep and the face staring me back in the mirror was not awake! Natascha and I got ready, I freaked out cause I had no hair product to stylize my curls. I always forget something during trips, it isn’t something that’s not replaceable but you try to get hair product at 6.15 AM! Natascha had to endure my grumpy mood for like five minutes….okay!!! Half an hour. Okay…I couldn’t let it go that I was so stupid to forget to pack my own hair products *sigh* But we got ready for the first train, it drizzled a bit but Natascha and I were good and eager to get to Berlin. Of course when a train stopped on our platform *I* thought it was the same train we had to go on only half an hour early. So we hopped on and I completely lost my cool when a different station turned out to be its final destination. And no, I did not have a premonition/dream ;) We got out in the middle of nowhere and had to wait another half an hour.


Apparently one train per hour went to the station of Leer, where we had to transfer to an ICE train from Germany *sigh*But all was “zen” again when we got into the right train. Every transfer moment was freaking me out. I didn’t want to get burned by missing a train. Natascha had to endure it but she, at one point, called me back and asked me to take a deep breath of air and just RELAX!!! LOL She's my sis, she can yell at me. Five and a half hours in the train sounds good but is also very tiring. We arrived at the predicted time of 13.58 PM. Natascha and Leontine were ready to wreak havoc in Berlin *YAY*

Now we found our way to Ibis Spandau and noticed a Starbucks, KFC and McDonalds right next to it, along with a huge mall *win*. While our tired feet dragged us into the Ibis hotel we waited an annoying ten minutes at the counter to check in and then it was off to our room. We put our bags away and the first thing I wanted to do was get me some hair product. You really thought I was going to let go of it?! Oh no, I needs me curls to be tamed ;)




















So I dragged Natas (Satan reversed, just so you know ;) to the mall and walked into it to find a store for some gel. And then I heard angels sing; a shoe sale was going on and I found the best shoe pr0n evah!!



I was so happy I had a grin from ear to ear. Then we also found some molding clay for my hair and I was in heaven. My sister saw my mood change from cranky tired to orgasmic happy in two minutes. Of course we had to give Starbucks the appropriate love. My sis and I got some coffee in our blood and this had to be accompanied by delicious carrot cake. Sugar rush anyone? LOL


Then we met up with Pearl, Lucy, Aurian and Freya in the lobby. I got to meet Susi Sunshine and Pattipoilue too, of course I had to take a picture of Pattepoilue with her sex-on-the-beach cocktail. She’s so my kind of naughty woman!


After we all sat down we quickly got to meet Lara Adrian and Mr. Adrian, two people who’ve made an indelible impression on me! They are fantastic people to talk to and my heart was beating an exciting rhythm. Then I had my fan gurl moment of the first order. Nalini Singh walked in. I think I squeaked and practically stampede off to her and wrap her up in this big bear hug. I was all like; OMG, Nalini, you’re here!!! *YAY*. Such finesse – way to go, Leontine *ends self-sarcasm* ;) Maya Banks and her assistant also joint in and our group was ready to go. One of the persons whom also joined our Friday night dinner and who has become such a wonderful chica to talk to is Meike Myhr. While I didn’t know her she did know Lara Adrian and she tagged along. I’m glad she did because she was fun-fun-fun all the way!!

Pearl got a rec from the hotel personal to go to an Italian restaurant. Of course I had to go in my summer dress and new shoe pr0n but my ankles did not entirely appreciate that *palmface* If it weren’t for Natas, Lucy and Pearl I would’ve kissed the ground a few times. Anyhoo, after carefully walking the 12 cm heels we got to this fantastic atmospheric restaurant where we got a waiter sent to us from the gods. Italian, tanned, a bit of scruff and a physique … *bow-chicka-wow-wow* Every time he came to our table all I could sing was “All the single ladies” *grin* We laughed our booties off during dinner. I had pasta and a sinfully good tiramisu, it was an Italian restaurant after all. But one or two took the crème brûlée. When our hunk of a waiter flamed the crème brûlée everybody had to take a picture.


But the most hilarious moment was when Mr. Adrian wanted a group picture. That’s when another waiter strutted his stuff and tried to woo us. While Lucy got picked as the gurl who would pay the bill and sat on said waiters lap it was our very own hunky *bow-chicka-wow-wow* waiter who she had to hand it over to. I don’t think I’ve laughed as hard as I did then.


Friday dinner was one helluva way to start our LLC adventure!! When we got back we hovered for an hour or so in the lobby, talked some more, had a cocktail and then hauled our tired booties to bed.


The LLC officially had yet to start but my weekend already couldn’t go wrong anymore. I showered, went to bed and immediately fell to sleep with a smile on my face.

Tomorrow I have a blogpost about day two...

The ladies on twitter:
Natascha | Pearl | Lucy | Susi Sunshine | Pattepoilue| Aurian | Freya | Meike

19 comments:

  1. It was great. Love the recap, brings back (good) memories.

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    1. Every time I see the pics or edit one of my blogposts i get all happy-happy again. I can't wait to do this in 2013 again!!

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    1. That it was, Mandi!! And it was just day one. I got more blogposts coming in the next few days. So much more happened...all good of course!

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  3. Hey, all! Love the recap and the behind the scenes commentary on your adventures in Berlin. Leontine, those pretty summer platforms were worth all the pain! Also, I'm very glad to know that I'm not the only one who panics at the thought of train transfer moments (which are essentially transfers to be executed in mere *seconds*) on the German ICE! =:-O Anyway, so lovely to see you all! Thanks and big hugs from me and "The Mister"!

    ~Lara <3 <3

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    1. Glad you're enjoying the recap, Lara!! I had to leave the platform shoes at my sister but she's coming tonight so I can have my pretties back :)) As for train transfers - since i don't have a drivers license i go by train anywhere and everywhere but I know the kind of mishaps can occur, or trains not coming in on time in which you miss your connecting train *sigh* I love going by train but preferably a direct ride.

      I'm so glad you came to LLC, too. It was one of the incentives to start reading your series. I was suffering from vamp fatigue until I read your series. Not in the mood for new vampire series and there the Midnight Breeds were ;)

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  4. OMG - Love Letter had a convention?! How did I not know this? Moot point since there's no way I could have gotten my butt to Germany - but jealous! And I see the back of Pearl's head in one of those pictures :)

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    1. And there Pearl thought no one would really recognize here *grin* There are strong indications that there will be one held next year. The LLC definitely fulfilled a need with us romance/book lovers for a European convention!!

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  5. Love the recap and sounds like such a great time!

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    1. Hey hon, how have you been!!! Hope all is good *smooch* We did have a great time but then you know how it can get with a couple of crazy chicks ;)

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  6. All the memories came back at once, hahahaha! Me sitting on the waiter's lap! The poor man, hahaha!

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    1. I think the waiter has a very happy grin plastered on his face!! Yesterday Natas and I looked at horrible pics taken from me and Natas' comments made me LOL...now I think there a little less horrible ;) Me, eating food and pics = nightmare-ish pics 0.o

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  7. Awesome recap Leontine, I love it! And I am smiling a mile wide at all the memories again. Time to finish my own post! And here is hoping for another even bigger even next year!

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    1. I love reading everyone's recap, Aurian. So hope your's is soon up as well! I really hope we can spread the word so enthusiasm rises even more and perhaps a dozen or so more authors will attend.

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  8. Busted! I've been busted with my Sex-on-the-beach! LOL It was my first btw *g* Yes I was a Sex-on-the-beach virgin!! Deliiiiiicious!

    Loved the recap! I'll be waiting for the next posts *g*

    I understand completely the connection worry. I was SO scared of changing plane in Germany. So scared I'd get lost =P

    It was seriously awesome to meet everyone on Friday night. I've never laughed so much in a restaurant *g* *g*

    "Natas (Satan reversed, just so you know"
    Bwahahahaha I never thought about that! LOL

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    1. Next time i have to try a sex-on-the-beach as well...I had a different one on saturday! And Zomg, a transfer of planes! I had that as well last year when I went to NOLA but I had Janna there with me. So glad she was or else i would've been lost. I hope you can come next year too...we haven't talked as much as I wanted, time flew by!

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    2. Oh yes I hope so too!! I'll do everything I can to be there next year *g*

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  9. I am Uber jealous :D I so wanted to go there! And you guys had s much fun :D

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    1. We did have tons of fun and I hope...I really *hope* you get to make it some day (if it becomes an annual event for the Love Letter mag)

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