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Meeting Chynna

If you’d like to read a cooler, funner, more amazing post that includes the best video ever, then you should definitely head over to Chynna’s blog! Trust me, it’s worth it!

Chynna and me in St Pancras Station

The past week has been a complete blur. A completely incredible, amazingly fun, but ridiculously tiring blur. I got to London on Sunday, walked over 40 miles, visited ALL THE THINGS and spent more money than I thought possible in a week (is it payday yet?) Because I squeezed so much into just five days, there’s going to be a number of London-based posts coming in the next week or so. Be prepared for lots of photos (I took over 1400 WTAF), lots of excitement, and lots of food-based fails.

As you’ve probably guessed from the title, the first of these posts is about meeting Chynna! If you don’t already know, Chynna lives in London, so we knew we had to meet up while I was down there. I took Andy along with me to the meet-up as I thought it’d be a bit rude of me to leave him in the hotel for the evening. Plus, we needed someone to take the photos!

Luckily, this time I had Pauline’s word that Chynna was real, so I didn’t have to worry about a creepy 40-year-old bloke meeting me at Carluccio’s. Although my weird way of eating olives would probably have been enough to scare anyone away. More on that later…

For some reason, I was incredibly shaky on the way there, which may have been down to nerves, tiredness, or three days of being completely overwhelmed by London. Andy actually had to calm me down near King’s Cross because I was just so panicky! Luckily, when we arrived at Carluccio’s I was much calmer and so excited to see Chynna standing by this statue…

A statue of a kissing couple in St Pancras Station

I said this about meeting Holly and Pauline too, but it was so strange seeing Chynna in real life. I had the “OMG YOU’RE REALLY HERE” moment again and couldn’t believe she was real. It’s so weird meeting someone in real life after years of following them online, but so cool!

But guys, Chynna is amazing. She’s so lovely to chat to and incredibly hilarious. I spent most of the night laughing! We talked about everything, from food to relationships and it was just so lovely. Just don’t tell her you like burnt steak or she’ll give you the lecture every true foodie knows off by heart. I’m sorry, Chynna, I just like dry steak. Don’t hate me, please?

Seriously though, she’s awesome!

I ordered olives to start, while Chynna and Andy had cheesy garlic bread. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise my olives weren’t pitted, which resulted in me almost breaking my teeth. Olives are not an attractive food to eat guys. Always order the garlic bread.

An appetising bowl of mixed olives
The most demonic starter I’ve ever ordered

Because I didn’t fancy pulling stones out of my mouth every two minutes, I gave up eating olives like a regular human being and began holding them as though they were mini corn on the cobs and nibbling round. Yes, I’m an idiot. Yes, I’m rubbish at eating things. Yes, I understand if no one wants to invite me to a blogger meet-up ever again.

Even the waitress was offended by my bowl of oddly half-eaten olives, judging by the fact she didn’t take them away when our mains arrived. You know you’ve failed at eating when the waitress won’t even look at your food…

Thankfully, the main course was an absolutely amazing penne with courgettes, cheese and spinach balls. Look at how fabulous it is…

Some beautiful pasta

For dessert I ordered a biscuit selection, which is probably the most boring dessert I’ve ever ordered. It was just biscuits on a plate, guys. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn’t four lonely looking biscuits on a napkin.

A plate of biscuits
Look at how miserable they are.

After we’d had some food and had a chat about our lives, comic con and how terribly boring Leeds is, we forced Andy to do a totally professional photoshoot of us in front of the kissing statue. Just look how professional we are…

Chynna and me doing weird poses

Chynna and me

Chynna and me
Juggling some imaginary balls…

Chynna and me

Chynna and me
What is my mouth even doing?

Sorry if the photos aren’t the greatest quality. The upstairs bit of St Pancras is pretty dark and I don’t have the best camera on my phone. Plus, we kept moving and messing about, so Andy had a hard time catching up with us!

After we’d posed, danced and acted like idiots, we went downstairs to explore St Pancras. It’s such a beautiful station – definitely the prettiest out of all the ones I’ve been to. We had a look round the mini Hamley’s, which was full of amazing masks and super hero things. Here’s Chynna doing her sassiest Power Rangers pose.

Chynna, wearing a Power Rangers mask

Because I’m a pro at photoshoot locations, I suggested getting a few snaps in front of a closed Pret A Manger. Because nothing says classy like closed shutters…

Chynna and me, dancing outside Pret A Manger

Chynna and me, dancing outside Pret A Manger

Did you know that this Pret A Manger is quite possibly the worst smelling place in London? After taking a couple of photos we had to move, because it was just so horrible. This is probs why bloggers usually pick beautiful, scenic locations for photoshoots…

We spent the rest of the evening chatting outside of King’s Cross, which was lovely. I had such a brilliant time and came away feeling really positive about our little blogging community. Chynna is amazing and it was so great to get the chance to meet her in real life. Thank you for such a fantastic evening. Hopefully there’ll be more meet-ups soon!

17 thoughts on “Meeting Chynna

  1. It’s so cool that you got to meet Chynna in person! She’s such a sweetheart. It’s great that you took some time to spend time with her when you visited London. You should never worry about Chynna – she’s as real as she gets! Well, you already know that by now XD.

    Chynna got all the jokes and I love how she’s down for a lot of cool things! Your meal looks delish! You can never go wrong with penne ;). The pictures of you two are great! Glad to hear that you enjoyed meeting up with her~

  2. hahah I love all your photos together! ALSO that kissing statue is sooo huge! I wasn’t expecting it to be that large. I LOLed at your olive story. I had no idea that olives even had to be pitted?! Are they like eating grapes with seeds? I hope that wasn’t a dumb question…

    Chynna sounds so cool and you sound so cool so I’m so jealous that you were able to visit each other. Thanks for sharing your adventure! I like reading about all the blogger meet ups!

  3. It seems like you had a blast! It’s great that you got to meet up with a fellow blogger! I’ve never done a meetup, but that’s because I live, like, across the pond from most of you guys, lol.

    Your photos are great! Chynna sounds pretty awesome actually, so it’s cool that you guys got to have some fun and take a relaxing break from life for a few. I’ve posted on her blog, and we’ve exchanged comments a few times and she seems like a total sweetheart!

    Oh! I finally got my domain, but lost all my pages, so please excuse the mess on my blog right now if ya visit. Hopefully I’ll have it cleaned up and fixed within the next few days hahaha.

  4. It’s so awesome you keep getting to meet bloggers. I do not know of any bloggers that live close to me. πŸ™

    Pitted olives should come with a warning! haha I still remember the first time I ordered a greek salad at one of my favorite local restaurants. I didn’t realize that the pits weren’t removed and I bit down on one and almost broke my tooth as well. I guess it’s probably cheaper for restaurants to purchase olives that haven’t had the pits removed, but they should really come with a warning.

  5. Aww this is awesome! I enjoyed looking at your pictures together and looks like you had a great time with Chynna <3

    OMG I have no idea about eating olives at all so that story was so funny to me – but I can imagine how painful it must have been too! Hahaha!

  6. Yay, I love that you and Chynna met up! I’m so glad you guys had a fun time together, and this was a fun entry to read too. I really like the way you write about your experiences! It puts a smile on my face! I thought the thing with the olives was funny, haha.

    I also love the photos you guys took together!

  7. Meeting online friends is the best! It’s such a strange and surreal experience (especially if that person isn’t the type to have a lot of photos up). Sometimes, I don’t even know the race of the person I’m meeting up with! Lol. I’ve met up with people in Japan, Germany, Texas, California, Georgia… Just all over the place and it’s great. πŸ™‚ Seems like it was a great evening, too. Poor Andy, being dragged around in the high strung energy of a couple of excited bloggers. XD
    And omg the food looks amazinggggg. :V

  8. I’m glad you had a great time with Chynna, and that she wasn’t a 40-year-old man. Oddly enough, in 9 years, I will be a 40-year-old man. At least I’m not pretending to be a 20-year-old girl. :p

    The food looks delicious, except for the biscuits, of course. But, hey, “Four Lonely Biscuits” would be a lovely title for your future memoir.

    Those status pictures are hilarious.

  9. I am grinning throughout this post, omg. I’m so glad that you had a blast with Chynna. I can’t forget meeting her for the first time and how much we clicked. I can’t stop seeing her nowadays haha! I have met up with her three times this year already I think. πŸ˜†

    On my first time meeting Chynna, we ate at the same Italian restaurant and it actually is such quality pasta. THEIR LEMON RISSOTO IS THE SHIT. πŸ‘πŸΌ Hahahahaa, literally laughing so hard at the olives part. πŸ˜† Oh Amy.

    Love your photos, I freaked out omg! xD

  10. Looks like you guys had an amazing time together, I laughed a lot about the olives part! Oh dear! The pasta looks delicious.

    I like the silly photos you both took together. I’ve met a couple of online friends and some are best friends I have now.

  11. It looks like you both had such a great time. I enjoyed both of your posts. I’ve met some of my best friends through blogging and the interwebz. There’s truly no wrong way to meet people. <3

  12. I’ve read this post a couple of times already but I’ve only gotten around to reading it now! I am so glad you came down to London, Amy, and it was so amazing to finally meet you! You definitely need to come back and we should have a UK bloggers meetup πŸ˜€

    PS. I’m still cracking up because the waitress just wouldn’t taken your half eaten olives πŸ˜‚

  13. Ahahha the famous statue!! Such a good spot to meet though β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜„ I think it’s a good idea to meet outside an iconic monument. It saves any awkwardness of anyone trying to find the other party in an unfamiliar place. Of course, I read Chynna’s post as well, so I’m glad to know that neither of you are creepy 40-year-olds πŸ˜‚

    I definitely prefer most of my foods with the pits removed… I occasionally eat prunes and when they have the pits in them I am bitterly disappointed. I don’t think I have come across many olives with the pits removed though. I feel like they should be removed in the case of a restaurant. I personally put the whole thing in my mouth and make weird mouth movements to eat around the pit and then spit it out… but that’s kinda gross, effectively. 🀨 But yeah, point being, they should serve the ones without pits. Yo.

    I think the penne looks really delicious! I like the spinach balls, such a nice touch. πŸ™‚ It looks super tasty. I’m also disappointed by the biscuits on a plate though. That is a really boring dessert indeed.

    So glad you two got to meet and had a good time! πŸ™Œ

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