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Planning my escape

Thinking about what to do with the holiday I’ve impulsively taken up next week, for the sole purpose of getting out from under another mandatory team meeting after work, I’ve hit upon a brilliant idea: why don’t I go shopping in Antwerp? I haven’t been there in donkeys years. It was quite a popular destination to get away to when I was in my final years at school, when a whole gang of us used to descend on the place for the weekend and dance and drink the night away, but all good things come to an end: the trendy discotheques closed down, the gang fell apart, and I’ve only been there sporadically since. But now that the January sales are on, it seems like the perfect opportunity to check out their shoe shops and chocolatéries…After all, it’s only a 3-hour train ride away...

I should also use the time to finalise my plans for March/April, when I’ll be getting to know the West Midlands a bit better in freakspawn’s company; so far, we’ve decided on

• visiting Warwick Castle
• taking a tour of Coventry
• going to see Depeche Mode in concert at the NEC, Birmingham
• taking a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, with anonypooh

and then just before I go home, I want to see Christopher Eccleston in The School of Night with bogwitch and anonypooh and anyone else who fancies coming along. I have a feeling this year is going to be jam-packed with fun things like that, and I'm looking forward to them all very much.

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anonypooh
Jan. 6th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
definitely sounds like a grand idea to me :D

so was there any chance of stretching your week early enough to catch the Griffin House (as support) show in Coventry on the 25th too .. like making that Day1 mayhaps?
gamiila
Jan. 6th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I could work it in...I could impose myself on my Birmingham friend for a couple of days...
anonypooh
Jan. 7th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
yay!!

alternatively impose yourself on Lorna for a week :D! hehee
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
Am already doing that the week after, but I don't think the week prior will work for her. There was a reason we planned all these activities in the first week of April, IIRC.
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
only that I don't have any holiday left for this year, and the new year starts 1st April! Oh and payday is last day of the month, which always helps;)
enigmaticblues
Jan. 6th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun!
gamiila
Jan. 6th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, it will be!
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
OMG! See my latest entry for the freakiness that is my head atm :D

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
It's THIS YEAR!
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC)
It's even better than that: it's this quarter!
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
I KNOW! It's too damn exciting!
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna see about booking my flight this week. The one airline that flies directly from A'dam to Coventry didn't have a flight schedule up for late March when I last checked for it some weeks ago -- I'm hoping they have now. If not, I'll probably fall back on Birmingham.
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Have you decided which dates you are gonna come over for :D
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Erm...no...not quite. I thought we'd agreed on the first week of April with the last one or two days of March attached? Only now I'm thinking of adding another couple of days so as I can accompany you to Griffin House on the 25th...
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
first week of April is best for me! But you shouldn't work around me too much.

Yeah I am sure that's what we had discussed, it just all depends on how much holiday you have :D
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Ach, don't worry about it! I've got holidays coming out of my ears...about 13 weeks of it, actually.
freakspawn
Jan. 7th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
ah well in that case you are MORE than welcome to camp out here the week prior to DM as long as you know I will only have the evenings free!

But I do believe Jules has said she can take some time off that week:D
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Fantastic!

Think I'm going to have to re-think part of my plans, though: there's a rumour going round the boards saying The School of Night's been cancelled.
anonypooh
Jan. 7th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm just replying so i get a long skiiiiiiiny one. boo to the ugly rumour come truth. If you are still wanting to come down south at any point there's always my cupboard free for sleeping in as before ;) too.
gamiila
Jan. 7th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll keep it in mind!
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