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