On The King’s Road

Family vacation time!

From July 31st to August 14th, my family (minus my brother, the traitor) and I went to Ireland, doing the first family road trip we’ve ever done (seriously, you missed something, brother).

In case you haven’t caught up on it yet, Frodo’s and my vacations are – although always fun! – not the kind of story to share around the campfire for the insanely fun times…

… I like organizing way to much for that.

Plus, it was a family trip, so even if I was the typ to get drunk and do spontaneous crazy fun things (this is not meant in a judgemental way in the least, I have a lot of respect for people who enjoy their life this spontaneously and get let go of control every once in a while. I envy that), this would not have been the place or time to do that.

Anyway…

…my family and I had lots and lots of fun, and I even snuck in a few “nerdy” things to see, because I’m sneaky like that. And that’s the price you pay for letting me organize the entire trip 😉


Disclaimer: I’m trying out this new feature wordpress offers, so I’m sorry for the weird formats and stuff, I’m still trying to figure all of it out. Please be patient with me. (And yes, I did write this post before this one, which is why it’s a bit weirder…)

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Weekend in Hogwarts

Ravenclaw vs. Hufflepuff

On the weekend of September 15th, we – which in this case means Pippin, Merry and I – organized the best (non-convention) weekend possible! Sorry, every other cool weekend, you can go home, we win.

Why, you ask? Because we went to Hogwarts!

Here, let me show you:

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The Winds of Dragonstone

Pippin, Merry and I spent the last two weeks travelling together. We went to Bordeaux, Bilbao, Gaztelugatxe, Carcassonne and Lyon – Bordeaux, Bilbao, Carcasonne and Lyon will get their own post soon, because this one is going to focus on Gaztelugatxe. If the title hasn’t given it away, here’s why: because it was partially used for the filming of the scenes in Dragonstone on Game of Thrones, most notably the stairs, and because we’re nerds, that’s the only reason we drove that far in the first place. No regrets. It was beautiful.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a monastery in Basque Country in Spain, not so far from Bilbao, which is why we stayed in Bilbao and drove up from there. The castle isn’t real, of course, which is a bummer – why are the castles never real? And there were no dragons, which is also a bummer. They would have been super useful and could have helped avoid all those damn stairs… oh, well. Good thing we have functioning legs.

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