27 December 2009

BSRG and Christmas

After our 27 hour delay from Bergen to Manchester, which was only slightly alleviated by a night in a very nice hotel in Copenhagen, we arrived in Manchester and the UK was white. Katharine was collected by Laura and I was met by my bro. We headed off to Wales, had a spot of lunch in Llandudno and did the last of the Christmas shopping. Les dropped me off in Bangor for this years sedimentological drinking festival that is BSRG. Within 5 minutes of being dropped off I had been called by Aid and we headed for a bar. Two days of drinking, socializing with a bit of geology thrown in. Was great to catch up with all the usual suspects and a good meeting.

Back to Les’ pad for Tuesday evening and Elin’s birthday. Excellent pub meal and a few beers before heading over to Yorkshire for Christmas Mathers style. Mytholme looked amazing in the snow and the whole place had an excellent Christmas feel to it.

A big group of Bergen people, who all have their roots nearby, descended so
we had another party! The evening of Christmas eve was spent in the Malt Shovel, just long enough to top up the blood alcohol level, Christmas was large family affair with 14 people for dinner and more showing up afterwards. Boxing day we headed over to Paul’s and had another party.

Got up this morning at 6 am to head back to Manchester airport and a flight to Canada to try and work off some of that excessive alcohol consumption with some exercise. The last ten days have been
Thursday 17th – 4 hours sleep after clearing out Katharine’s furniture
Friday 18th – Full day at Uni followed by 3 hours sleep after packing up house and then getting up early for flight to Manchester
Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th – 27 hour delay on flight to Manc, left home at 4.30am saturday arrived in Wales at midday Sunday
Sunday 20th – BSRG icebreaker
Monday 21st – BSRG conference meal
Tuesday 22nd – Elin’s birthday
Wednesday 23rd – Party at Mytholme with the Bergen crew
Thursday 24th – Christmas eve in the Malt Shovel
Friday 25th – Large Christmas meal etc
Saturday 26th – Party at Paul’s
Sunday 27th – Up at 6am travel to Manchester, fly to Canada.

I think I am going to need a rest to get over this holiday!

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