Date: 5-7 June 2015

Modes of Travel: British Airways, Heathrow Connect and Various Taxis

Cast of Characters: Dan, Bruce, Kristen and Alyssa

Hotel: Holiday Inn City Centre, Aberdeen

Day 1 –

So we knew we were headed back to the AGM last year after our first one. Once the dates were known we booked it and invited Kristen to join us as well.

The day started at work for all of us at work as we booked the last flight of the night. So after work I made my way to Heathrow via Paddington Station and the Heathrow Connect.  After taking the Heathrow Express previously I expected a similar experience, boy was I wrong, it was hot stuffy and packed. I would have been better off taking the tube, the journey would have been more pleasant on the tube!

Once I arrived, I met Bruce at security and we went through to the lounge. Kristen joined us shortly after and we enjoyed some bubbles to celebrate her Birthday. Alyssa joined us and we settled in until our flight was called which surprise surprise was delayed.

We finally got on-board about 45 minutes late and were on our way to Aberdeen. After an uneventful flight we collected our bag and got in the taxi rank. We arrived to find 25 people in front of us with no taxis, after about 20 min waiting Bruce and Alyssa got impatient and Bruce ordered a taxi using an app and then a second taxi from a different app as there was no confirmation. We continued to wait and about the time the taxi from the first app arrived a taxi at the rank arrived too, so we hopped in the one we had ordered and Bruce cancelled the other one and off we were to the hotel.

After check-in we still wanted a drink so we agreed to meet at the Justice Mill as the end of the street.  Turns out it was a Wetherspoons complete with DJ. It really wasn’t our scene but we decided on one drink and then popped to a kebab shop for a late night snack.

We all went back to our rooms so we could get good nights sleep  (this was a bit difficult as the bed was the size of a postage stamp) as tomorrow was the PUNK AGM!

Day 2 –


We met Alyssa at her hotel around the corner and caught a taxi to the AECC. Even on arrival we knew this was going to be better than last years as there were no queues to get in. Once we were in it was already starting to get busy so we popped to one of the 6 bars and got a beer to start the day. After this we secured a table and settled in for the business talk I visited the merch table for a few necessities and our yearly beer stock up from the online shop. Just before the business talk started, Alyssa’s future Sister and Brother in Law joined us and we all watched the Business talk before heading in the to the Mikkeller tasting we had booked.   We were especially excited about this as we were just at Mikkeller the week before in Copenhagen.

Sadly Mikkeller himself couldn’t make it due to a delayed flight or something so one of the Brewdog and Beavertown brewers led the tasting.  They really could have spent a few minutes before the tasting to read the tasting notes before leading the tasting as quite frankly it sucked. The beer was good however.

We had a few more beers and listened to some of the live bands before headed back into town. Once again, Bruce booked a taxi on the app and we went outside to wait. A taxi pulled up and dropped someone off and Bruce and Alyssa decided we would just take that one as ours was 2 minutes away and we had already been waiting 5 minutes. They both seem to have forgotten we weren’t in London……

We had the driver drop us at the Brewdog in town and we had many more beers and played a game called Linkee.

After Brewdog we decided we should eat and walked towards our hotel. On the way we saw a pub called the Illicit Still, which we did not go in but are defo going to be popping into next year, with a name like that why wouldn’t we. We didn’t stop this time as we knew we needed some food so headed back towards our hotel as right around the corner was a place called Rustico. Rustico was recommended by our friend Jordan who is from Aberdeen. They were quite busy when we walked in, but they were able to seat us very quickly. After a short wait for our order to be taken the service was very quick and the food and wine very enjoyable.

We finished up dinner and I was past the point I should have been out the day of drinking took its toll and Bruce and Kristen felt the same so we parted ways and headed back to the hotel.

Day 3 –

We had a mid day flight so I aimed to get us to the airport for 90 minutes before departure. We met at Alyssa’s hotel for the journey back. I tried two separate taxi companies and was unable to get a taxi on the phone or via the app, but luckily the hotel could get us one and we were on our way.

We made it through check in and security pretty easy. Saying that the Security Staff could be friendlier.

We chilled in the lounge until our flight was called about 30 min before departure. We made our way to the gate and at 20 minutes before departure we were one of the last people on the plane and the doors were closed and we were off 15 minutes early.

It was an uneventful flight and even early they were ready for us and we pulled right up to gate and then sat for 10 minutes. Turns out the gate was broken so we had to walk down some steps over to some stairs and them up to the jetway as normal.

Overall it was a great trip and we are looking forward to the next PUNK AGM next year.

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27 Hours in Copenhagen

Dates: 30 – 31 May 2015

Modes of Travel: British Airways

Cast of Characters: Dan, Bruce, Chris, Jeremy, Lucas, Curtis, Liesbeth, Paul, Bigg Al and Tall Jim

Hotel: Copenhagen Crown

Day 1 –

We booked this trip quite sometime ago when our friends Chris and Jeremy told us they would be finishing their Disney Cruise there. We met them back in 2011 on a Disney Cruise and have kept in touch since then. This has been the first time we could meet up and it was far too long.

We woke up at 4 am so we could get ready and get to the airport for a 7am flight. We got checked in and headed to the lounge and enjoyed our usual BA lounge breakfast and associated Bloody Mary (Bruce) and TGL15 & Ginger Ale (for me as they had no Jameson). Bruce was looking around Facebook and saw our friends Tall Jim and Bigg Al had just checked in at LAX on their way to Copenhagen. So he commented that we were going to be there and we should meet up.

I always choose an exit row for our seats and today was no different, however I was hoping a free middle seat and had no luck in our exit row, but the nice lady in the lounge found us an empty row and we could spread out a little.

After an uneventful flight we arrived in Copenhagen a little early, got our bag and made it on the train to the city.  It was packed and we had to stand for the 20 minute journey. I would like to say it was horrible, but I ride the tube daily.

We walked to the hotel and were able to check in at 10:30 so was a nice bonus. After we checked in we walked over to the hotel Chris and Jeremy were staying in and found them chilling in the lobby with their new cruise friends Curtis and Lucas (they will also be joining us on the Penguin cruise in 2017). We all hung out for a bit waiting for Paul and Liesbeth to join us. We met them on the 2011 Cruise as well.

Once we were all together we headed across the road to Tivoli Gardens.

I went a few years ago and wanted to take Bruce when we were in Copenhagen in September, but it closed for the season he day before we arrived.

We paid our entrance fee and we walked around for a bit. I wanted to try a few rides and everyone was else was game so off we went. First stop “The Roller Coaster” built in 1914 it is one of the oldest running wooden coasters in the world. It is also quite cool as the brakes are operated by a guy who sits/stands in the middle of the train. After this we toured the park more and Lucas took a ride on Aquila, which I am sure I would have died on. It is shaped like a bird and it spins every which way.  The Demon was up next for Chris and Lucas. It’s a big looping coaster and once they got off it was time to say bye to Paul and Liesbeth as they had a flight to catch.

When I was at Tivoli last I went on The Flying Trunk and I thought it was pretty good. It is basically a dark ride through Hans Christian Anderson fairytale scenes. I talked everyone else in to going on it with me and quite frankly it was cool but kinda boring. Bruce told me I talked the ride up too much and hosed everyone. So I then bought 12 tickets and took everyone on The Mine. It’s a water ride meets buzz lightyear.

We all enjoyed ourselves at Tivoli, we popped back to the various hotels and the guys checked in and it was food time so we roamed the streets and ended up at MAD. Bruce had dinner there is September and it was ok, but this time it did not really impress either of us. For those of you that know me, I love onion rings. Real Onion Rings and it really pisses me off when people serve onion rings made with chipped onion instead of real full onion rings. Yes I am picky like that!

After lunch Curtis and Lucas went off to take a nap and get ready for their night. So we took Chris and Jeremy to Mikkeller. I had been a few times and they have some great beers so we spent some time there and enjoyed a few.

It was time to walk around and see what we could see and as luck would have it there is a locals bar just up the street that Bruce and I found last time and thought lets take Chris and Jeremy. So there we were standing in front SPUNK!


We had a beer (outside) as inside it was pretty scary and very very smoky (didn’t know you could still smoke in pubs anywhere in Europe)

Curtis and Lucas joined us and we were off to find a beer.  Mikkeller it was again as Lucas had heard about them, so a few more beers and they parted ways for their dinner plans. We all wanted one more beer before dinner so headed to Vesterbro Brewery across from Tivoli. Bruce and I went in September and it was nice, not so much this time, none of us enjoyed our beers. So once done we packed up and found dinner.

On the way to dinner we got a text from Bigg Al who said they had arrived and wanted to meetup. So we arranged to catch up after dinner.

Dinner we headed to Wagamama, Chris and Jeremy had heard of it but never been and as they say when in Copenhagen you should at least dine there once for authentic Danish Asian cuisine!

We had a nice dinner and walked them back to their hotel with a detour to Dunkin Donuts as I needed something sweet. We said our good byes to Chris and Jeremy as they had an early flight back to the states.

Bigg Al and Tall Jim met us at the hotel and we were off for drinks. I bet you can’t guess where…… Yep Mikkeller again! This time as it was around the corner from our hotel. We said we could meet them for a drink and a few beers and a few hours later (and a phone call to Alex and Cathy back in the states) we were being pushed inside and it was time for us to call it a night.

So we said our goodbyes and we turned in for the night.

Day 2 –

We woke up after a few tries but still managed to make it to Breakfast. It was a decent cold spread. We decided to take a short walk around and then it was time to head back to the airport. We queued to buy our tickets for the train. I thought the machines here sucked but the machines in Denmark are possibly the slowest machines I have ever seen my in life. We finally about 20 min later got the tickets and made it on the train. It ended up being a fast train so 10 minutes later we were at the airport. We made the trek to check in which was quick and easy. We popped up to security and the queue was possibly the longest I have ever seen. Amazingly about 10 min later we were through and just a few min later chilling in the lounge. Just like that our 27 hours in Copenhagen was over.

Next Up the Aberdeen and the Brewdog AGM!