Friday, May 26, 2006

Michele's side effect


Yes, his blog can affect your mind!! Met my blogfriend rashbre (yes, I did!!) for lunch on wednesday. No, it wasn't a wordless wednesday, we had a lot to talk about! He flew from the UK to Spain on business and had a very busy schedule. Every step towards meeting each other is worth a post. Thought you might like to hear the overall story... I know you do, only it will be plainly told, as my writing skills are very limited. ( Yes, I sometimes wonder what am I doing with a blog...)

First we e-mailed but it looked like there wasn't going to be a chance to meet. Then there were a few schedule changes, a nice short conversation on the phone, place and time were set. Such a different experience! Meeting someone I sort of knew - through Michele's site - but really didn't. He doesn't include a photo in his profile and I don't either, we both don't post our pictures so we really didn't know who to look for at the meeting place. I have to say rashbre spotted Mr Mar and I first, and then everything went easy! We always say it is nice to put a face to a blog so you can imagine or you already have experienced that it is a lot better to actually meet the person behind the url. He is the very first blogger I meet from my blogroll. And I hope he is not the last one, so book Barcelona, quick!

There are no pictures of this lunch because rashbre was here on an official trip wearing his corporate image. Yes, he is a (serious, successfull, all of the above) businessman when he is not blogging (what?? do bloggers actually have jobs??). He is also the nicest person (and I am not writing this because I know he will read this!) and learning a bit about his schedule, I am amazed he still finds some time to blog. We had a nice chat while we enjoyed our lunch, rashbre was willing to try some Catalonian specialties, which he seemed to have enjoyed . We certainly enjoyed sharing a bit of "our" place !
Thanks, rashbre, for re-organizing your busy schedule so that we could have lunch with you! It was such a fun and different experience. And next time you are around, you will be immediately recognized!


Update: don't miss rashbre's (wonderfully written) version!!

43 comments:

  1. Oh how fun. I know that when I have met my internet friends for the first time it is always an exciting, nervous time!! You feel like you know them, yet you have never met them. Sounds like a fun time was had.

    Stopping by via Michele this evening to say Hello!!

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  2. Ahh I never would have guessed who it was you were meeting :)
    Glad you had a good time, and I hope you get to meet many more from your blogroll.

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  3. I also found our experience immensely enjoyable and have posted my equivalent view of our great Catalan lunch across on rashbre central!

    This was one occasion when I could hardly wait to make a post, to tell others what fun I'd had meeting mar and Mr mar in sunny Barcelona! (we'd both agreed to wait until Friday to say anything)

    Super best regards!

    rashbre

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  4. What a wonderful thing Mar...Meeting a fellow blogger and I know rashbre's name but I'm not a regular there...I love that you actually saw the Three Dimensional Rashbre!!!
    I haven't sctually met s fellow blogger in person yet, but I hope to faitly soon! I'm here from Michele tonight, my dear...

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  5. sounds like you all had a blast! it must be quite the experience to meet blog friends. :) will have to go over rashbre central to check his account of the event :)
    un dia we'll be knocking at your door!
    que tengas un lindo dia!

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  6. Popped in from Michele's this morning. Now meeting someone you don't know at all is very brave, it could have been an absolute disaster!

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  7. coffee addict: I hope so!
    dave : your concern is valid. But it turned out to be a very positive experience!

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  8. Excellent! Here's to meeting many more blogger friends in person in the future!

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  9. One of these days, I'll come over to Spain (where specifically in Spain are you?) and we'll have a nice visit. :)

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  10. Oh so fun. I'll have to hop over to spain :) LOL!

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  11. That's great! I love meeting blogging people. I went to a party and people were introduced by their blog names. Glad mine is Dackel Princess!
    Anyway, I'm meeting a blog friend on Sunday for a cookout. Pictures will of course, be provided! ;~)

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  12. I would come see you Mar but Momma don' fly &* she won't let me fly neither! :P

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  13. It's fun meeting a blogfriend, isn't it?
    Barcelona ranks as one of my all-time favourite cities, so you never know! I might just pop by!

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  14. Mar,
    I am so jealous. It makes me want to climb onboard the next jet plane to Spain.

    I read your account and rashbre's account. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and that there were no long pauses in the conversation, as there might be when people don't know each other well.

    On the other hand, when we read each others blogs over a long period of time, we are magically good friends.

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  15. It is quite an endeavor to meet a blogfriend. I have never done it but I have a few folks that I would like to meet if they ever get out here or I ever go into their neck of the woods. Barcelona sounds delightful. Visiting from Michele's today and enjoyed it very much.

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  16. Michele sent me to you today, Mar.

    Like you, I met Rashbre via Michele's site quite a while back. Unlike you, Mar, I've never met anyone that I've blogged with. Maybe someday...

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  17. visiting from Michele's. It is so cool that the two of you got to met each other.

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  18. I love this story! I'll visit him after my breakfast. By the way, I think I know what you look like, Mar. I recall one photo of you...with sunglasses on? Or was that in a dream?

    I almost met Paul from "Writing from the Hip" in a similar way. Joe and I were driving through Kansas and emailed him. We were all game, but in the end the city exit and lack of a meeting place was too imposing.

    I almost went to Woodstock too.

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  19. Now that sounds like so much fun Mar! I have to say that while I was visiting Switzerland last summer again, I got to visit a fellow blogger and it was just so much fun, especially meeting the person behind the blog. I'll be sure to check out his blog too! Lovely...

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  20. I enjoy meeting blogging friends. Sounds as though you had a wonderful experience. Terrific!

    Michele sent me.

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  21. Don't you just love the internet? What a small world we live in!
    I've had the good fortune of meeting blog friends too. I have found more friends with interests similar to mine this way than any other way.

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  22. Hi, new reader here from expat traveler's blog. Glad to hear that your first experience meeting a blogger went well. I've met many and have become 'real life' friends with them.

    J
    Germany Doesn't Suck

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  23. I think it's so awesome that you guys got together for lunch. I think it would be wonderful to meet a fellow blogger...I already know one of them on my blogroll, she's sort of family, but I'd love to meet bloggers from different parts of the world. Blogging is such a nice way to get to "know" people, but meeting them in person has got to be wild!

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  24. What fun! Way back when (last winter) I met Fizzy from the nuthouse for a great evening of hot chocolate and chat at Doncaster Station .... it was like meeting an old friend! Glad you enjoyed!

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  25. I'm glad you all had a nice time. Blogging is a great way to get to know people.

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  26. What great fun!! Sounds like you had a nice visit!

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  27. Here from Michele.
    I've met one of my blogger friends but feel as if I've met many more. Someday. Someday.

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  28. Back again from michele.
    I really do have to go get cleaned up. Yesterday and today I have hand washed, hand waxed and buffed my daughter's car, had the oil changed, state inspection and replaced the battery that was about to give up the ghost. I power blasted her car mats and removed all trash. I also cleaned her little dorm frig and planted white pan squash, cucumbers, watermelon and sunflowers. It is now too hot to work outside, there is a thunderstorm watch and I am melted to nothing like the wicked witch of the north or is it south, east, west... I just never remember that.
    I hope your sis didn't get sick at one of the Mexican food restaurants there on the San Antonio RiverWalk (or as I like to refer to it the "sewer walk".

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  29. Hi, here by way of Rashbre, where I went to visit by of way of Michele.
    My my how we get around the world & not even leave our own little space. Sounds like yall had a nice lunch. Happy weekend.

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  30. I would love to meet my friends on my blogroll, but with my life at this present time, it's impossible. NIce to hear that you was able to, Mar!

    Nice to meet you!

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  31. How wonderful!! It is so neat to meet a blog friend after talking to them so much on the internet! I have had the fortuante experience as you know, to meet THREE blog buddies....it's wonderful to meet them and find that they are as great in person as they are on their blog. Thanks for sharing your experience with us and dropping by and telling me about it! With as busy as this weekend is I'm popping in and out! ;)

    Have a great weekend!!

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  32. That is very nice. More and more people bloggers seem to be connecting. That's great.

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  33. I really like your story! It's always interesting to meet someone that you already "know" :)
    have a good weekend!

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  34. This just sounds so fun. I'm so jealous that you got to meet one of your blogging friends. I'm glad it worked out for you.

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  35. That's great! It's always exciting to meet new people and especially if you've been talking to them for long without seeing.

    You know, one of my niece's is going to Barcelona in July together with other girlfriends. They're going to study there for a couple of months. I bet they're going to have FUN!

    They did the same last year too, but then in Alicante and I somehow have got the thought that Barcelona is more fun...

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  36. Oh - this is so awesome. I just read rashbre's account of the 'meet'. Too cool.
    Yeah - if I had the money and the time I would book a flight to Barcelona and have a great lunch with you. Maybe one day this will happen :). Thank you for sharing your meeting with the public.

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  37. Yeah, I'm so glad it went off without a hitch. Did Mr. Mar like him too? Hmmm....it always sounds like so much fun. Just might have to book my ticket to visit you!

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  38. That must have been fun. I am still hoping to meet some of the people I read everyday.

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  39. Hey mar (and Mr mar!),
    Not only did Wednesday go well, but I think we all had a bit of fun with the bloggers' feedback over the last day! Wishing you the best as I head off to Scotland now for a few quiet days!

    rashbre

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  40. Two of my favourite blogbuddies meeting in a distant city...

    [big smile]

    sounds like you had an excellent visit!

    And I was scratching my brain trying to think who it could be!

    cq

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  41. You're right I did enjoy reading this! It's so much fun when you get to meet a blogging friend. It was this time last year I met one of my blogging friends for the first time we're now really close 'real' friends despite the fact she lives in the States and I'm in England. We've both visited each other's homes and will again!

    I'm so excited you got to meet one of your blogging friends and that it went so well! :D

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  42. Great site loved it alot, will come back and visit again.
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  43. now I will need to say: "Rashbre sent me".

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