We arranged to meet in Marylebone at 10h30 Saturday morning. I set off early from my home in south east London, caught the tube, fought my way through the thronging mass of tourists outside Madame Tussauds and walked down a quiet side street to our deli meeting place. The moment we met, we were instantly friends. Lovely to meet you, Renee from Life in the Boomerlane!
Renee had flown in from DC to spend a week in London with her daughter. She said her daughter found it weird that two blogging buddies from opposite sides of the world were going to meet up for breakfast. I guess, if you put it like that, it was kind of weird. But, despite the fact that we had the novelty of communicating verbally – no laptops to hide behind – we talked like old friends. Nearly three hours went by at lightning speed.
We started off talking about writing and blogging and things we knew we had in common. It wasn’t long before we were talking about everything else and laughing and joking and pointing out interesting people in the deli! I guess that’s what we have in common. We love life, we love people, we love noticing things about others, and we love telling stories.
What a wonderful morning it was, what a lovely person you are, and such fun it was to meet you, Renee. See you next time you fly over this way and until then we’ll continue to chat in the cyber world. LOL.
Sunshine signing off for today!
50 thoughts on “Like Old Friends”
Wonderful! I’m so excited you two got to meet in person. When I read that Renee was headed to London, I secretly hoped you two had plans to get together. So glad to know two of my personal favorites got along so famously! Congrats on taking the very brave step of taking a friendship offline. Kudos to both of you!!!
It was really fun to meet up – I kind of knew we’d get on well and it was just lovely!
Thanks, Maura – when are you coming over this way? 🙂
The cyber world has it’s advantages for sure. xx
No-one knows that better than you do, hey? How special xx
Love the photo…I wish I could have been there with you guys!
That would have been lovely, Wendy! We really had a special morning together. When will you be visiting London? hmmm?
How wonderful that you could get together! I envy you both – London is my favorite city in the whole wide world!
It was fun, and London is certainly an amazing city, Margie. I just love it.
Hi there Sunshine,
I have had the pleasure of meeting up with “cyberfriends” in person and it is great. I have met people online over 12 years ago (now that makes me so old!) and we are still friends – we have met in London, in Brazil, in NYC. It is one of the wonders of a globalized world I suppose.
Cheers from Brazil,
You’re right, Patricia. I guess the cyberworld is now just another place where we make friends, isn’t it? How lovely that you’ve met up with your cyberfriends all over the world.
Cheers to you too there in Brazil!
How wonderful that the two of you had an opportunity to meet. Love the photo of you two.
Wasn’t it a special opportunity, Diane? Thanks – we accosted an innocent fellow customer at the deli to take the photo!
How WONDERFUL the two of you could ACTUALLY MEET!
thanks for sharing a snippet of your day…
you two are just beautiful.
What a lovely thing to say, jane – thank you so much! It was a very special day. Really.
I’ve yet to meet any of my blogging buddies, but I hope to do so one day. Good for you for taking the opportunity to do so, and for finding out you had so much more in common than you first thought! 😀
It was really lovely, 2blu. I guess it’s like meeting a pen friend …
It is a lovely photo. How exciting to get to meet in person!
Thanks, Darlene – it was exciting!
How exciting Sunshine! I was checking airfares once again…dreaming at this point in time but when it becomes a reality I’ll let you know. Jeanne
Keep checking airfares, Jeanne, and then one of these days you can make your booking! Yay 🙂
Sunshine, you and Renee are two of my favorite blogging buddies, and I’m pea-green I couldn’t have met both of you in person, too! What a neat opportunity, and I’m thrilled y’all made it happen. Lovely photo — how kind of that stranger to capture your special memory!
Thanks, Debbie – what a lovely thing to say. It was a truly neat opportunity.
What a great experience! I can’t wait for it to happen to me. Don’t forget your promise 🙂
I haven’t and I won’t, promise! It was really fun.
I’ve been telling EVERYONE about this! And, of course, my daughter thinks it’s really cool now that she knows you’re not an ax murderer. I had such a great time. And yes, the hours flew by. xxoo
Hahaha, me too, Renee … I’ve been telling everyone too! I’m so glad your daughter’s changed her mind. That’s too funny for words xx
Fantastic 🙂 It shows the friendships we forge online can make it into the real world…thanks, Sunshine.
Isn’t that so special, Kate?
There are so many delightful people I have met since my blog started 7/31/10 and with whom I have shared things. I wish we all could take a retreat together someday. They are all people I would care very much to remain a part of my world. You two look great !
Thank you, Carl. It’s an amazing community, this blogging world, isn’t it?
Ah, wish I could have been there! What fun you must have had! And the photo is great. You are both darling!
Thank you, Kathy – we did have fun and lots of laughs!
Really fun – thanks for sharing the time with the rest of us!
You’re welcome, Patti – it was a lovely morning.
I like to think of blogging like the Jane Austen version of pen pals. You’re both two lovely pen pals who got to continue their “dialogue” in person.
I agree with you, jacquelin. We’re all pen pals in this cyberworld, aren’t we?
We were discussing this exact topic on Saturday night, it truly is wonderful when blog friendships translate into our ‘real’ world. Happy for you both. xxx
Thanks, Cindy. It adds a new dimension to the way we make friends, I guess.
Awwww…jealous. That’s awesome! Who will be next?
Ooh, I don’t know, bokkie! Don’t know who or where!
I wish I could have joined you two. What a great way to meet friends.
That would have been fun, eli!
What a good experience! Always nice to see the net deliver in positive ways.
True, toemailer. And thanks for stopping by.
Thanks for the shout out, 2blu!
I love meeting bloggy buddies – remember several of my own meet-ups and they always are as if you’ve known each other forever. I long to visit London again some day – you never know…but for now Ohio keeps me and blogging eludes me. Someday…always someday… Cheers!
It was just that way, crone! Glad you could relate. Give me a shout if you ever come over this side of the pond.
Good to hear from you again! Thanks for the visit.
I wonder how you can be absolutely certain someone is not an axe murderer in only three hours. If I were, I wouldn’t bring it up until the wee hours. In other news, that looks like a neighborhood I lived in in 1972. South Kensington?
Good point, murr. We met in Marylebone.