Post-YALC thoughts and tips!

So, this year I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Young Adult Literature Convention, part of London Film & Comic Con. I was really really nervous and excited as I had never attended a convention before, but I was really looking forward to seeing some of my favorite authors!

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I knew that there were going to be a few exhibitors that I was really looking forward to, and LFCC published a schedule of talks, workshops, activities, and booksignings about two weeks before the events. This made it very easy to plan my day, however, I had a few hiccups (which I will explain later).

First off, I thought the venue was excellent. YALC had its own devoted entrance and floor with stairs and lifts taking you straight to the floor. It was spacious and roomy, and even had a small reading area and cafe! There was also plenty of open floor space, which lots of people took advantage of to sit and eat their packed lunches. The floor had its own toilets as well, though I understand that some people had some trouble accessing the disabled toilets, which were sectioned off as part of a VIP area =( Continue reading

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum – London, UK

Very often, my husband and I find ourselves wondering what to do with our time off. Too much time stuck in the house is profitable for neither of us – I get grumpy and he gets antsy. Most of the time we debate the pros and cons of various destinations for about two hours before finally giving up for the day and deciding to marathon Bob’s Burgers, or we just end up doing the same old things – going to one of the various town centers around us and looking in the same shops and getting a coffee. While this isn’t bad, it gets boring after a while. We leave near one of the world’s leading destinations – it should be more exciting!

Our savior? Southwest Trains has had a promotion on for the past year – 2 for 1 entry on attractions if you travel by rail, which we do. This has been amazing – especially as both of us are penny pinchers. We’ve been able to visit Kew Gardens, the London Zoo, and the London Dungeons, all for the price of one entry. Other places one can visit are some of the royal palaces (Kensington, the Tower of London, and Hampton Court Palace), Madame Tussauds, Westminster Abbey, Thorpe Park, various walks and tours, and there are even some 2 for 1 restaurant offers!

Today we cracked open their promotional pamphlet and my eye was immediately drawn to Ripley’s. I loved the Ripley’s comics growing up – the Sunday comics were one of the highlights of my week, and Ripley’s was one I always had to read. My husband was receptive and we were off! Straight to Waterloo and then the 139 bus to Piccadilly Circus, and it’s right next to all of the large screens. Continue reading