I was so overwhelmed to win a ticket to Plannercon Europe from the lovely people over at UKPA planning group on Facebook and I still haven't got over the fact that I have been. What an amazing experience and opportunity. I am so very grateful.
Documenting the week at Plannercon Europe:
I headed down to Brussels on the Wednesday morning, the event wasn't until Saturday and Sunday, but I wanted time to explore Belgium and if I was going anyway I wanted to make the most of it. Fortunately it was half term week at work, so I had plenty of time.
WEDNESDAY 25th OCTOBER:
I got up at 2.30am - yep! (I had only just gone to sleep!) and set off for the drive to the airport some 25 miles away at 4am. I hate driving and was so scared on the way...I have only driven on the motorway once and that was a warm up for this. All was fine and I got the airport in plenty of time for my 7.30am flight. The plane was so teeny tiny. I was sat in a seat on a single isle, I have seen bigger buses. I arrived in Brussels at around 10.30am after checkout, baggage claim and getting the train. I left my luggage in a locker at the train station and headed straight in to town. I say straight in to town, I got lost so many times that that alone took 2 hours. I did see some lovely sights along the way though.
I finally found Grand Place Square and wow! what an amazing place. It was so beautiful and such a sunny day, so I sat outside in a cafe and took in the sights. I negotiated my way through the pretty side streets and found Rue des Bouchers and eventually found The Delirium bar and the Jennaken Pis statue before heading back to the locker and on to Motel One for a nap and a few beers.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY:
On Thursday I spent the day in Bruges, what a stunning place, such pretty streets and another beautiful square/market. Unfortunately it rained most of the day, so I never got to go on a boat trip, but I did visit lots of places that I had planned to. I must have walked 10 miles easily. I managed to find (eventually), The Old Hot Chocolate House and OMG I am so glad that I did. A cup of hot chocolate that you pour a whole chocolate cup of buttons in to and yes the pouring cup is chocolate too, topped off with the most amazing Belgian waffle... heaven.
Friday the plan was to go the Atomium, however on arising I realised that I could not walk...ouch the pain. So instead I mooched around the hotel, did some planning in the bar and headed over to Paul's bakery across the road for lunch. In the evening my planner friends arrived - yay and it was back the bakery, then time for the 'mini meet' with some of the attendees. So many people turned up (I had organised it thinking there would be around 10 of us). It was lovely to chat to so many like minded people and talk all things planners, it was also lovely to finally meet some of my lovely blog readers and online planner friends.
Saturday and Sunday: Plannercon Europe Event:
Wow, what an event, the organisers were amazing and really did pull out all of the stops, it was a bit of a whirlwind I must admit, so many people I met, workshops undertaken, goodie bag claimed, swap table rummaged through, stalls perused, purchases ringed in, raffle tickets given and a teeny tiny bit of planner time. I met Erin Condren and got her to sign my planner, got a personalised Leuchturm Monthly planner and had so much fun. Katie Teage's planner song to an Ed Sheeran song was a particular highlight. I won't waffle on (get it?) too much as I have documented the event and goodies in my two videos below. I just want to thank everyone for making it possible, I will never, ever forget it.
I did miss a few goodies out of the haul video by mistake so they are featured in the image above. Enjoy watching my two videos below, the first of the trip and event itself and the second of the huge haul from the goodie bag, purchases, gifts and swap table. If you are viewing from email or to get directly to You Tube click here - Kerrymay._.Makes You Tube Channel