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London & London Book Fair – I’m Back!

So, after a few very tiring days at the London Book Fair I’m back! I’m not awake enough to make a full post on the seminars yet – it will happen, but only when I’ve had more sleep. Here are my experiences in pictures.

First up; Eurostar & Thalys! Went to London by train from Aachen. All went well

Next meeting with Vicky & going to the hotel. After settling down we went to Waterstones to meet with Faye & Ellie

Even though we barely had any time, I still bought new books. After that we went to dinner and ate pizza. When Vicky kept looking at me while eating (I’m really bad at eating – food goes everywhere but in my mouth) I turned slightly violent

After dinner we met up with Katie and had a cup of coffee at Costa’s. It was lovely chatting, but I was so tired of travelling that I was glad to go back to the hotel and go to sleep. Sadly, I felt more like this

So not much sleep for me. The days after that we did the London Book Fair, which is a lot of this

And some more of this

Vicky and I also went shopping at Oxford street. Hello more books! And I also bought a dress. Here we are in the subway

The third day Vicky went home in the middle of the night and I got up early to go see an agent who hopefully wouldn’t shoot me down. She was absolutely lovely though, and after the five minute talk I had with her I feel so motivated to continue writing.

After that terrifying experience all that was left for me was to take the Eurostar back to Brussels, and the Thalys to Aachen.

Instead of taking the Thalys to Aachen though, I ended up in…

Paris. That’s right. Instead of going to Germany, I ended up in friggin’ Paris.

After a few of the most nerve-wrecking moments in my life (how could I get home? it was already late, people offered to me to stay at their place in Paris, my mom was on the train station in Aachen..)Β the Thalys people let me ride back to Brussels. Right back where I had started.

There was no more train to Aachen though, so super-mom came to the rescue and picked me up in Brussels. I finally arrived home at 1:30 at night, after having travelled for almost ten hours (while it should have taken me half that time).

Then I had to get up this morning to tutor one of my students and go to school.

And now, I feel like this, only less cute.

Hope you guys had a great few days. I’ll be more coherent and eloquent when I’ve had some solid sleeping time.

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  • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads

    Sounds like it was a fun trip! Besides the ending. I would be terrified if I ended up in the wrong place!!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I’ve never taken the wrong train in my life, and the one time I do I get transported to the wrong country. Just my luck. It was fun, but after all of that I’m glad to be back home (: Thanks for leaving a comment Jenn!

  • http://booksbiscuitsandtea.co.uk/ Vicky @ Books, Biscuits & Tea

    I agree with Jenn! But so glad they let you AT LEAST get back to Brussels. πŸ™‚ It was great to meet you (and the bread) and to chat for a bit!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Me too. We were really scared I’d have to pay for a new ticket – which is SO expensive last-minute. Hey, I finished all of the bread by the end of the trip! It was great to meet you too though πŸ˜€

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    AWESOME!!!!! What an amazing event, I would LOVE to attend this! Books + London = WIN. And you got to go to Paris, lucky you! Hope you get some rest, and thanks so much for sharing the highlights of your trip!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      It’s wonderful, but so intimidating at first! There are tons of industry professionals and it’s very easy to talk to them (if you have the guts to actually walk up to them – which I usually don’t LOL). Ha, I’ve never been so unhappy about being in Paris! Thanks a lot for stopping by (:

  • http://twitter.com/shilohova Petra Pavlikova

    Oh, Waterstones Piccadilly, my favourite building in London. Though it is quite ugly, but what’s inside is what really matters! πŸ™‚

    The meeting with an agent sounds exciting and scary at the same time! What are you writing about?

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      It’s amazing! It looks very dull from the outside, but inside it’s heaven. Have you been in their cafe on the top floor? It has a wonderful view over London.

      It totally was, hehe. Thankfully she was super nice. I’m writing a fantasy middle-grade book about a girl that’s going to fight a dragon (:

      • http://twitter.com/shilohova Petra Pavlikova

        Yes, I have been there, it’s lovely. πŸ™‚

        That sounds amazing! I love fantasy middle-grade books. πŸ™‚ Good luck!
        How did you find the agent?

        • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

          Thanks! It was a seminar at the London Book Fair. If you got there on time, you’d get a ticket and you had to wait there until your turn, and you got a 5 minute talk with an agent. I took my synopsis and first three pages of my manuscript with me, so I didn’t have to really pitch my story (:

          • http://twitter.com/shilohova Petra Pavlikova

            That’s cool! πŸ™‚

  • Pragya

    LOL. Loved the post. Hilarious! I hope you had some good time between all the confusions. Why did you arrive in Paris instead? Weird! I think your luggage bag was crying with the heavy weight of books. πŸ˜‰ You write, wow! I mean to, too, some day. *sigh*

    Look forward to hearing about the seminars.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      Apparently the train switched tracks but they didn’t change the track number on the signs, which is where I looked. Oh, my luggage bag was fine, it was my poor arms that had to pull the bag around that were crying! Aw, when you have an idea just start writing a little bit, and the rest will come in its own (:

  • http://unconventionalbookviews.com/ Lexxie

    So you did a ‘Just One Day’ by mistake? Was there a Willem on the Eurostar with you to Paris? (sorry, I just couldn’t not tease a little…)

    I’m glad you had a good time at the book fair, got to meet some other bloggers and even an agent πŸ™‚ And apart from the mishap of trains on your way home, it seems like you had a lot of fun. Thank goodness for moms, though, right?

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      If he was there, I’m afraid I missed him ):

      Ha, yeah, except from the slightly stressful ending I had a great time. My mom is awesome for driving up to Brussels in the middle of the night to pick me up, I don’t know what I’d have done otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/DBetweenpages Daisy

    The London Book Fair sounds amazing and yay for meeting other bloggers! I would have gotten SO stressed as well if I’d ended up in Paris, I mean seriously, that is so scary! I’m glad you made it home ok in the end and your mom is awesome for coming to pick you up!

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      It actually was the first time I met fellow bloggers so I was a bit nervous, but they were all super nice ^^ Yes, I was so freaked out! I’m so glad she picked me up, I REALLY wanted to be home at that moment

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  • http://twitter.com/patchworkbunny Ellie Warren

    Oh no, I cn’t believe you ended up in Paris! I think I would have cried. Glad you got back safely in the end and was lovely to meet you.

    • http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/ Celine

      I did cry, which was probably why they let me ride back without a ticket, they all took pity on me. I’ve never been that have to be back home.

      It was lovely to meet you too (:

  • http://yasminselenabutt.wordpress.com/ Yasmin Selena Butt

    Celine, it’s been really hectic with wrapping up Gunshot Glitter for its print launch but it was great to meet you at the LBF. I blogged about it too. Crazy that you ended up in Paris on the way home though! x