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Europe 2013: 1 - Malaga, a set on Flickr.
So here's the first batch of photos from our trip to Europe: Our day or so in Malaga, where we arrived and spent a night prior to our cruise departure. Malaga dates back over 3,000 years, and we saw Roman ruins, Moorish castles and gardens, and a cool park and marina front.
Cabrillo Festival 2013, a set on Flickr.
On Sunday, I attended the 2013 Cabrillo Festival, which celebrates the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese mariner sailing for Spain, in San Diego Bay. This year marked the fiftieth annual Cabrillo Festival, and it was held at Ballast Point, at Naval Base Point Loma. This is one of the few times the public is allowed on the Navy's base, where the submarine fleet is harbored.
Totally forgot to post this last friday...
Here's a link to the photos from my trip to Germany, focusing on the non-Star Wars Celebration Europe parts of the trip. There's some shots of traveling via train to Saarlouis (and getting off at the wrong station, Luisenthal), hanging out with Monica and Patrick and the kids in Saarlouis, taking the train up north through Trier and Koblenz to Essen, and a nice dawn walk in the Grugapark in Essen, next to the convention center.
Journey to Germany
Not sure why Flickr is having issues with posting directly to LJ.
let's see if i correctly identify everything in the box.
After the no-sleep that was comic-con, it was off to Germany for Celebration Europe. Met up with German comics publishers at LAX, on their way home from Comic-Con and also going to CE. Then the flight got delayed and we sat in LAX aboard the plane for two hours before taking off. While i had planned to sleep on the transatlantic flight to Frankfurt, i ended up finishing 1632, then watching 3 movies. with the flight coming in late, my tightly-arranged connecting flight and all my train travel were now borked, and i had to shell out 50 Euros to upgrade my train ticket to allow me to get on later trains to get me to Monica & Patrick's town. arrived at midnight - and promptly got off at the wrong station in a sketchy part of Saarbrucken, but luckily Patrick was able to reach me and take me home. (though i did get invited to an iftar on the next day by some locals who were just finishing up with the evening's iftar)
Got nine hours of sleep, and then played with the kids around Saarlouis - they were both excited to go to the Star Wars convention, and we hiked at the nearby lake, had lightsaber duels in the yard, got ice cream and walked around the town's historica fortifications, and had dinner al fresco. then early the next morning, i hopped on a train to Essen... passing through river towns and vineyards on steep slopes with an occasional castle ruin at the top of a local peak.
fine video. Meeting up with Trina and Nadine, we found some doner kebab, and sat on a street corner for dinner. then we crashed the 501st's meet and greet. Thursday photos.
Didn't wake up at five, but still got up early, had a leisurely breakfast, and scammed the wifi in the show office. then got ready for the morning's panels and giving Anthony Daniels a lift back to the autograph hall after an interview for a russian news crew - first up was Kathleen Kennedy, the new CEO of Lucasfilm, then the Star Wars Rebels panel with Dave Filoni. while i got to live-tweet the kennedy panel, i had a bunch of work to do during the rebels panel and missed most of it. but i did get to see Monica and Patrick and the kids one more time. then the costume contest, which involved a lot of prep work to re-set the stage, and a lot of work to corral the contestants and then during the show, i was the runner carrying the votes from the judges to the tally station. then the Carrie Fisher show. i don't know if i got lunch that day. started zoning out during the Fisher panel after feeling exhausted. had to wait several hours at Eigelstein before they would start serving food again (they were slammed), but eventually we ate. after some beer. finally got back to the hotel and the wifi was too slow for photo uploads. couldn't sleep because it was so hot and my options were to either roast, or keep the windows open and allow the sounds of the loud drunks on the street keep me awake. decided that baking to death was not a good option. didn't sleep much. Saturday photos.
Got to the convention center early again, and decided to walk the con floor while it was empty: (got some videos of the different dioramas and some other stuff here: http://clubjade.net/?p=52607), and also got to actually play the Bounty Hunt, then go into the show office for the wifi and friends. we had a tough schedule on sunday - a big panel of the Fett-tastic four (four actors who had played Boba Fett), followed up by a big panel of Jabba's Palace reunion, with only a half hour in between the two to reset the stage and get the talent to where they needed to be. Then next up was Mark Hamill, and the line for that was out all the way into the Grugapark. And finally the Closing Ceremonies, which announced that the next Celebration would be in Anaheim in 2015. and then the crew did some photos and got well deserved congratulations for making the stage a success.... and then we packed up quick, and lugged all our gear out, stopping by through the con floor to say goodbye to other friends and contacts. then an attempt to find food. some of the restaurants and bars that had been on saturday's cantina crawl were still lacking most foodstuffs, so it took us a while to wander (running into lots of people we knew) and eventually we got a nice meal at a Turkish restaurant. then back to Eigelstein for more beer. then closing out Fritzpatrick's with some karaoke, and saying goodbye to Sam and Nadine and Mary and Mike and Keith and the Reed staff. we had become the people that kept me up on saturday night. Sunday photos.
And a quick recap of some of my favorite moments from Celebration.
Monday, Trina and I packed up all our stuff (really trying to figure out how to pack all the loot in our bags), and caught a cab to Dusseldorf. managed to sleep on and off on the plane ride to O'Hare. said goodbye to Trina, and got onto my flight to LA, which was late in departing. oh, United. had to race to my connection in LAX to get to san diego, but my luggage didn't make it. it came on tuesday.
my mammoth dose of Star Wars and other fun that was July has wrapped up, and somehow I survived with very little sleep.
5K photos - general festival photos with bike/pet parade, water balloon toss, pancake breakfast, stage performers, booths, etc.)
Course of the Force this year.
Photos: Oceanside Conival, day of my segment to run (Oceanside to Carlsbad with other members of Team Hondo), and the last day (Pacific Beach to downtown San Diego and post-relay party).
Dark Horse Star Wars comics panel and the Star Wars books panel, sometimes to typo-hilarity. I caught up with J. W. Rinzler, John Jackson Miller, Legacy creative team Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman and the folks at Becker & Mayer and with Dark Times creative team Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (not posted yet). I also got to go to the press room for two cool things - the first was meeting and chatting with Television composers, including Kevin Kiner of The Clone Wars, and the second was the big press Q&A for Marvel movies: both the Captain America: The Winter Soldier cast, and the Guardians of the Galaxy cast. wow.
My photos from the con: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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I probably hadn't run this much in quite some time - our finish time was 1:13, with the adjusted time of 1:08. I figure we ran maybe 80% or more of the distance, covering over 4 miles, including doing three dares, taking photos and such. One of the first teams we saw as we approached the Midway museum ended up being the 3rd place team (earning the 5 minute bonus to beat out the team that crossed the finish line in third place) Yay for second place for Team Jedi!
i visited Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery last month, and did a write-up on this California Historical Landmark for my blog:
P1180318 a tombstone of a veteran of the Spanish American War, a photo by jawajames on Flickr.
and my photos can be found on flickr.