As possibly one of the worst bloggers in Britain, I haven't really been to any events, meetups or made many blogger connections. I definitely wanted to change that when I moved to Newcastle though. There's such a great network of bloggers in the North East and I want to get to meet them all. Also, I wanted to meet a few of the bloggers who I actually HAD made a connection with. Back when I first started my blog I was much better at reading other blogs and generally attempting to get involved in the community, and so I made a few blog friends who I keep in contact with on twitter, and whose blogs you can visit by clicking on their banners in my sidebar.
One of these lovely bloggers is Kirsty @ Indigo Buttons, and at the weekend, after ages trying to get it planned via twitter & text, she finally came to stay with me in Newcastle! I met her at the train station on Friday afternoon and I instantly adored her thanks to her genuinely huge smile and the Scottish way she says 'HALLO'. AMAZING.
On Friday we didn't have anything planned and just ended up drinking (too much) wine in my flat, eating crisps and talking so much we barely paused for breath, (except when we put on a few Buffy dvds and both fell silent at the same time watching Jenny Calendar get murdered RIP).
The next day we were a bit delicate (read MASSIVELY hungover) but headed out into the sunshine and into Newcastle city centre to eat and do a bit of shopping. The continental market was on so it sorted out our need for hangover food. We dandered about in the sunshine & headed down to the quayside (one of my favourite areas of Newcastle) before heading back to get dressed, sort ourselves out (ie take painkillers and rehydrate) and head out for the evening.
I had been wanting to try the new Fat Hippo Underground burger joint in town (there is one slightly outside the city centre that is famous for amazing burgers) so I took her there for food. The inside is super cool- it has an underground (obviously), industrial feel, with these amazing steel pipe lighting fixtures that I totally loved. The food was unreal too and absolutely MASSIVE portions. I had the Fat Hippo burger & Kirsty had the PB&J burger (which I am totally getting next time) we got onion rings too that were the size of my head and it turned out we didn't really need them either, so if you do go I wouldn't recommend getting a side to be honest because there is so much food on your plate already. We went to Pleased To Meet You for cocktails, which I do always like but to be honest it's always too noisy, then to Lady Grey's for some Guinness & rum and finally to Brewdog which is fast becoming one of my favourite places to drink in Newcastle. It's always busy but not rammed and you generally always get a seat too. The service is always second to none as well, and most importantly, you can always hear what the person with you is saying because it's not too noisy (nana alert), which was good because 24 hours and two rubbish hangovers later and we were still not shutting up. I genuinely don't think I have ever talked so much in my life. Kirsty is SO funny and has amazing stories to tell, and when she does everything's always super animated & hilarious <3
If you want to, head on over to Kirsty's blog to check out her post about her Newcastle weekend here!