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fiwen1010 wrote in tw_tourists
I just checked the poll results (thank you so much to everyone who's filled it in. You're all awesome) and it looks like about half of the peoplke who've responded have visited Cardiff for Torchwood.

I'm wondering, then, if people would be prepared to share memories of their trips. Even if I was there with you, I still want to know what it was like. There's some stuff come up in the recs post that I've never even heard of (and if you didn't go and recommend things to do, you definitely should). What was awesome, and what was rubbish? And what was the best thing ever?


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Late to the party:

Been... er... I've lost count how many times now, actually.

Barrowman in panto in 2006, and did Doctor Who Experience and various other geeky stuff including discovering a Doctor Who relics/merchandise/autographed/rarities stall in an antiques centre. And Forbidden Planet. And got the unofficial Doctor Who/Torchwood guided tour from Mike Collins, who's one of the graphic novel artists for Doctor Who and shadowbyrd's cousin, so we stayed at his and he showed us his first draft drawings for stuff with Ten and Martha.

Barrowman in panto again... early 2010. January 2nd, failed to actually manage to see him that trip because all the trains locked up and shadowbyrd didn't arrive in time, but I managed to switch the tickets to two weeks later so we went back. Think we stayed with her cousins again that time, and he showed us his drawings for Matt Smith, and we all geeked out about Neil Gaiman being announced as one of the writers. And we did Doctor Who Experience again to see what had changed.

I've been a couple of times independently of that, to visit other people down there and just to go for events or things. Been to the shrine a few times, left a note once explaining simply why it's important to me. Done history!geek things like the castle and promptly gone, "Oh, the tunnels down here are familiar. They were in *this* episode...", done gay!things like accidentally stumbling into a gay bar (I can find them anywhere. It's a handy skill), done fic research things like timing journeys between places and finding sneaky little places here there and everywhere.

So yeah. Wandered, done cool/geeky/expensive things, come back with far more than I went down with every time.

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