November in London
Hello everyone and thanks for checking out another edition of our blog.
Here is a quick update on what we've been up to in October & November since our trip back to Canada in September.
Stay tuned for some stories, pics, and videos...
October in the Middle East
Our October included many fun weekends in Saudi and Bahrain...BBQ's, some golf, our first Escape Room (and yes, we did escape...with 7 seconds left!), brunches, an 80's costume party, a kick ass Halloween brunch on the beach, and of course, a few pool cocktails!
We added a couple extra days to our November long weekend and had planned to go to Amsterdam, but KLM suddenly cancelled our flight. They put us on another flight a day later but we didn't want to lose a vacation day so instead booked London for a few days.
The best part about it - we threw out the invite to a few people and Anita decided to fly from Canada to meet us. This is awesome, especially since she is already booked to join us in Austria and Hungary later in November.
We did some touring around London. Mainly pubs. But also saw some of the key touristy places and enjoyed the Christmas vibe that was coming alive throughout the city. Found a very cool old hidden bar in Milroy's Whiskey Bar in Soho (thanks for the recommendation Jason G.!). See the video below. Also, found one of the best Irish bars we've ever been to, Waxy O'Connor's (great recommendation Big H!). In fact, stumbled into it at least 3 times.
Jeff planned a meet up with Ian and Nikki, friends from Portsmouth, UK. We originally met them drinking on a patio in Bangkok a few years ago...great drinkers, funny as fuck, and amazing people. Planned a surprise with them meeting us at an Irish bar. Had many great laughs, especially as we stumbled downstairs for a drag show in a gay bar. Awesome times!
Had some awesome food and drinks at Borough Market and Camden Market.
Day Trip to Richmond - film site of Ted Lasso
As fans of the TV show, Ted Lasso, we decided to take a train to Richmond, on the outskirts of London, to go to the pub where the show does some filming. Very cool. Took the opportunity to visit a few other Richmond pubs, thanks to the recommendations from our friend Hayden, who has been rumoured to frequent a few of these spots.
Come From Away
While in London, we went to see a great Canadian-produced show called Come From Away. It us a great production that tells a cool story of 90+ planes getting stranded in Gander, Newfoundland during 9/11. Strongly recommend it!
Hope you enjoyed some of our October & November experiences...will be back soon to share stories from our Austria and Hungary trip (...or will we!)
Enjoy your December everyone!
It's been a while since we've posted, so it's time for a fairly lengthy update. Here's a look into what we've been up to this fall...
Bahrain Tribfest - October 20
We had a great time at the bi-annual Tribfest event with our friends. The weather was perfect, the beers were cold, and the music was awesome...especially Pink! Here are some pics and videos.
Halloween Party - October 26
We gathered with some friends to dress up and go see a concert at a local compound in Saudi. Had a great time until a random bush came out and attacked Jeff. Long story, short evening, but a fun time!
Ireland - October 30-November 2
We spent 3 days on the Emerald Isle, enjoying the short time we spent there. As you can imagine, we loved the pubs and live music throughout Dublin. And yes... Jeff did pick up a leprechaun hat with full ginger hair and beard attached to ado his crazy hat collection.
- the Temple Bar area was fantastic - really loved the live music and free-flowing Guinness. Our favourite pub was the Oliver St.John Gogarty pub.
- Guinness Factory was an incredible highlight - Lisa enjoyed her first ever pint of Vitamin G. Jeff savoured his favourite beer! Spent a ton at the Guinness Store afterwards!
- Gin Palace - a unique concept - over 200 different types of gin! Sipsmith was a favourite. Enjoyed some with strawberry infusion, as well as a gin with orange and cinnamon. Yum!
- Church - a restored former 18th century church transformed into a pub. Wicked!
- We took a day trip to the west coast of Ireland to see the amazing countryside and the spectacular
Cliffs of Moher. After a nice stop at a pub in Doolin for lunch and a pint, we ventured back to Dublin for our last night!
We highly recommend Ireland - it is everything you have heard...amazing scenery, great pubs, and some tasty food!
London - November 2-8
This was our first time together in London and we had a great time! We stayed in the Soho area, which was walking distance to everything we wanted to see, averaging about 15km per day. Don't worry - we found a way to stay hydrated. In fact, that is one thing that was quite unique - the British pubs quite often had more people standing outside sipping pints than sitting inside. Not sure why, but it was a good way to get some fresh air. We loved sipping some Canadian beer at the Maple Leaf bar!
We met up with a great friend, Jason Gagnon, who we met working with FS back in the old Chilliwack days. An amazing guy and it sure was great to catch up with him as he continues to pile up Oscars for his awesome work!
There were Christmas lights set up everywhere. We don't get that in Saudi and it really makes you miss those small things when you see them. Very impressive, especially along Oxford Street.
We saw a couple shows - The Book of Mormon and Michael Jackson Thriller. Good tunes at Thriller but we highly recommend the Book of Mormon. So funny!
We saw our first "football" game - Chelsea vs Manchester United. Went with our friends Jason & Danielle. Had a great time pre-gaming and enjoying the atmosphere...not so sure we like the game and definitely not the beer rules in the stadium. But it was great to see such an event!
Saw some famous London attractions:
- Hyde Park
- Marble Arch
- Buckingham Palace
- St.James Park - beautiful!
- Big Ben
- Westminster Abbey
- Houses of Parliament
- London Eye - Lisa was freaked out!
- Loved Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Leicester Square, & Piccadilly Circus
- the National History Museum was very cool
- Tower of London
- Tower Bridge
- St.Paul's Cathedral
We were very lucky to have great weather in Dublin and London - only one day with some sprinkles.
We'll be back for sure!
Lisa's 40th in Dubai - November 23-25
Lisa wanted to "party like she was 20 again!" And we did that for sure!
Night 1 was Lisa's birthday. We were going to go see Ed Sheehan - We had paid extra for tickets to have 'The Castle on the Hill', including drinks - a nice way to spend your birthday. One week before the event, the arena owners changed it to a dry event and offered us either a $50 soft drink credit or a refund. We went for the refund and went to the Cavalli Club for the night. A pretty wild club for sure. Great people watching, especially the Russian hookers that were swarming the place! Back to the hotel for 3AM. Ouch!
The next day we went to the Barasti Beach Bar for the afternoon - a great location with drinks at the beach or pool, and some crazy scenery by the water.
At night we went down to JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) and to a killer bar called Lock, Stock, and Barrel. We watched a great cover band called Gorgeous George rock the place until 2AM.
Our last day was spent shopping and sight seeing at the Dubai Mall - quite a spectacle.
2018 Travel Updates
We list these all well in advance because we're looking for friends to join us on any of these adventures. The more the merrier!
T&A 2018 - we're looking forward to our annual T&A trip with great friends to Negril Jamaica. Yes, the home of reggae music, jerk chicken, rum, Red Stripe, cliff jumping, a beautiful 7 mile beach, and now the home of the T&A group from Feb 15-26. Looking forward to seeing everyone, the crazy costumes, wild sunglasses, and showing Jamaica how to party!!
As for the rest of 2018?
Hoping to land on a plan for July soon - possibly in Canada July 9-19.
Also, we're looking for travel friends to join us for Maldives in June, Spain/France/Italy in August, and Thailand in November - would love to see you join us!
We hope everyone is having a great fall season and ready for some Christmas spirit. Have a safe and Merry Christmas season and all the best in 2018!
Love, from Lisa and Jeff
All posts are updated by Jeff & Lisa