It's taken me a week to absorb all the fun, and I still can't decide what to write;) One thing that was very clear, by unanimous decision, I brought the best weather the UK has had in a while, and as soon a I left, it rained...sad panda. Otherwise, I decided to sling from the hip and fire off a dairy style post with some day by day for all of you that are leaning on one elbow today waiting for the weekend to pop off.
Day 1: First encounter, London for a day, and got scooped up by Darren & Richard aka the Headset Heroes. After driving on the wrong side of the road for a bit we met up with James "the Mixmag review guy" Glenton for my first pint and a dive into pub cuisine. Good times indeed.
Moving along, we ventured over to meet simon, the walking breaks historian, for a little Tom Yum soup with prawns thank you. After a disco nap, round three of enter the dragon included a rewind with Simon for a proper pub crawl around kings cross area. At first I was surprised at the 11 pm last call, in hindsight, it's a great idea.
Day 2: I'm pretty sure I got some sleep, but I know for sure I was hungover. Love the hand pumped ales. Way to early, I rumbled down the hall of the Clink 78 hostel for a free breakfast and chats with a some new friends in the travel circuit.
With a few shots of caffeine down the hatch I linked up with my buddy Seyhun, long time vinyl warrior, to hop over to Liverpool by way of a speedy train ride through the countryside. My homie flew in from Italy, which seems like a long way when I'm home in Cali, but ah, yeah finally realized it's like a 2 hour flight.
Ahhhh Liverpool. The first question everyone asks us is why. We went there to meet some creatives and talk a bit of PS4 Racing game biz. Turns out Sony used to have a massive presence in Liverpool, and so a long list of your favorite racing game titles likely rolled or will roll through here at one point. Hmmm, wouldn't it be awesome to bump some Juice while knocking back a couple laps of your new favorite circuit game? That's all for now;)
After a few mandatory tourist stops, including the Cavern, of Beatles fame, our new friend and most hospitable tour guide, Nick, left us to our unwinding.
Day 3: Kicked it off with a little 6 mile run from the Albert Dock. You know I love me some miles, but this was a special earn it and pre burn it circuit to make room for the traditional English breakfast. Wow, that things is a beast. Sausage, eggs, toast, baked beans, and ham. Woahhhh! Fit like hippos, we hopped the next train to our final destination.
Hello Manchester. Another lovely city, and more great weather. Within a few minute walk from the train station we stumble upon Sound Control, the club where Breakspoll went down. Awesome. Why bother going to the hotel when you can have more pints. Several pubs later we check in to the hotel motel holiday inn and bust a disco nap.
Time flies baby, and before both eyes shut it seems we are next door at the Font bar tipping back a few more ales and loading up on tasty bites with some new friends. We link up with Evan Gamble Lewis, Jimmy "Breakspoll" Brayks, and Simon (of London pub crawl fame) for a few laughs, photos and banter about the world of broken beats.
Breakspoll: The party doesn't get much better than hanging out with who know's how many people ready to bounce to some of the planets best breaks DJs, past, present & future. From opening the door, to awards, photos, and closing the night out, I don't really know where it started or ended, but it was awesome and it seems to have gone by so fast, to fast. I'll be back.
Day 4: Really just an extension of Day 3, we crawled out a bit after check out, stumbled through China town and found what seemed to be the best Vietnamese pho restaurant ever.
We hustled our way back to London, had a few more pints and I finally found the most flavorful English stew id been seeking for days.
After a few goodbyes, I hopped the Piccadilly line to Heathrow and slid right into my humble purple cubicle at The Yotel, I mean c'mon, where else would I stay?
Toooooo much fun. Love the travel, and love getting back home to sunny San Diego!