Because I lost February to a couple illnesses and a couple visits to the hospital, and then moved house from Ohio to Michigan before the trip, Bri and I did not have a firm itinerary before starting our TAFF trip, aside from three things:
1) we were attending Corflu
2) we were taking the overnight train from London to Edinburgh Wed. night, March 24 (we had reserved a sleeper car)
3) we were attending Eastercon
In truth, by a few days before we left, I had mocked up a rough itinerary, and we've since hammered down the dates; it looks like this:
March 17 Overnight plane to London
March 18 head to Winchester by evening, get dinner with someone interesting (this turned out to be Janet Carrington & Jim Caughran)
March 19 catch the 2:30 walking tour with Tony Keen; Corflu begins
March 20-21 Corflu. I was on the Grumpy Young Women program item at 12:15 on Saturday. The Buffet on Sunday and getting together a photo of the TAFF types before then were our only other official goals, though we also attending programming and each tried to take time in the virtual consuite.
March 21 (evening)-March 23 (mid-day) in Poole visiting my friend Jamie and his partner. Sunday night's conversation with Jamie and Paul was actually the first extensive discussion about science fiction and fantasy books of the trip.
March 23 go to Cambridge. Stay with Bridget Bradshaw and have dinner with some other Cambridge Fen
March 24 tour Cambridge. Return to London for BSFA meeting. Catch 11:50 overnight to Edinburgh
March 25 7 am arrive in Edinburgh. Drop bags at hotel and have breakfast, then tour around. Catch up with Charlie Stross at some point to see recommended sights. That night hit the Dagda pub with Steve Glover and meet more sf types
March 26 generally to ourselves. Weather predicted heavy rain, but we now understand weather predictions here on a coastal island are less dependable than in the Midwest U.S.
March 27 (were going to go to Glascow, decided that's too much) Take afternoon train to Birmingham
March 28-29 Stay with Anne and Stan Nicholls in Birmingham. (Anne and I share our former name, Anne Gay, and have been corresponding for years.)
March 29-April 1 return to London area. See places and fans. Stay with Alison Scott and Steve Cain mostly.
March 30 Walking tour of London used bookstores and comic shops with James Bacon and Chris Garcia.
March 31 Evening gathering at Alison and Steve's
April 1 1st Thursday pub night in London
April 2 - April 5 Eastercon: Odyssey
April 6 head home.
Sorry we haven't posted here much. We've posted a little to our individual flinx
accounts, and I've been tweeting under zer_netmouse
, partly to take advantage of broadcast devices in place that take those tweets to google reader and LJ and facebook.
We're also posting our pictures as we go to photo sets on flickr. Here's Brian's
. There's a delay before posting them since we edit and review them before posting.