It’s always been part of our long-term travel blogging plan to host meet ups with our community of readers. But, we were just letting it sit there on the list of things we’ll do in the future.
You know that list right? It never gets done.
We finally decided to just do it, despite being nervous that no one would show up! We had a positive response when we announced our first one in Sydney, with people asking for meet ups in other cities as well. Cool.
Our first meet up was held at the Royal Exhibition Hotel in Sydney on Saturday night. And guess what?
People showed up!
Yay. I think we had about 10 people turn up throughout the evening and we all had a lot of fun. Good conversation, lots of laughter and way too much alcohol.
The Royal Exhibition Hotel is in Surry Hills across the road from Central Train Station, making it centrally located. They have a great beer garden upstairs and their food is pretty good too. I’d recommend the haloumi salad, just not if you are sharing it with Scott Ryan from Hostel Zoo as he will steal all the haloumi, well almost all of it. I did manage to pinch a few too!
From there we walked to the Porterhouse Irish Pub on Riley St, as Craig and Pat were dying to knock back some Kilkenny pints. We pit stopped at another pub along the way.
We were so pleased with how it went (not with the hangover the next day) that we’ve decided to make it a regular thing and will be incorporating it into our great Australian road trip.
As they say, from little things big things grow.
So we are aiming to be in Melbourne in October and will hold our first one outside of Sydney there. More details to come.
For now, here’s a short video of the shenanigans. And yes we’d had a few!
Many thanks to our friends for joining us:
- Brooke and Pat: Brooke Vs the World and Her Packing List
- Scott Ryan: Hostel Zoo
- Hannah DeMilta
- Samantha Johnson from Vegibond
- Bethany from Flashpacker Family
- Jacob and Kalli Hiller and baby Ryder from Portable Professionals and The Jump Manual
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