There’s one thing IJ is looking forward to more than anything else with the start of school approaching: telling her friends she spent a night on a yacht. Although, it has to be said, I’m not sure they will actually believe her.
The setting was St Katharine’s Dock where HomeAwayUK had invited us to the Mad Blog Awards party for the finalists in their travel blogger category. Receiving an invite was one of the perks of being involved with the awards and we both loved being tourists in London for the day post-Olympics.
As for the event, it was a fabulous evening of socialising and champagne. And confirmation, if it were needed, that bloggers love nothing more than getting together. Of course the setting helped, as it was pretty awesome.
For IJ, the evening was a real highlight of her summer holiday. As a child who at times can be quite shy and a little reserved, I was thrilled when she hooked up with Jen Howze‘s daughter for the night. They put on a dance show for us all and even organised a raffle with beer, wine and stolen bathroom toiletries as prizes. How impressive is that? I somehow managed to receive an orange as a prize but I’ll let that go.
The pair of them were still running round the yacht in their pyjamas at half past ten in the evening when the adults had to intervene and call it a night. It’s the stuff childhood memories are made from, and it will stay with me for a long time too. There’s nothing better than seeing your child happy and excited and loving every minute of their great yacht adventure.
Spending the night on the yacht was a real highlight for IJ and once of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences you never forget. She’ll be talking about this for years, I’m certain of it.
It was the sort of event that reminds you just how great blogging is. You never quite know where it will take you and who you will meet, and it always leaves you with the most incredible memories of time well spent.
Thanks to Anca and Sarah and the HomeAwayUK team for inviting us and for their wonderful hospitality, and to all the bloggers who attended and made it such a wonderful evening. And thanks to the Mad Blog Awards who will feel left out if they are not given a second mention.