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Join me at TBEXThis year I’ll attend my first TBEXcon, that’s abbreviated mumbo-jumbo for Travel Blogger Exchange Conference and I’d be big-time fibbing if I said I wasn’t nervous. At such a massive gathering (per TBEX publicity, “the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers  and new media content creators”) meeting fellow writers goes from fun to fear in the sixty seconds it takes my eyes to count the crowd uncountable or decide that I’m inappropriately dressed.

Since I’m not staying in Girona (it’s only an hour away from Barcelona, where I live) I won’t have the option of rushing back to the hotel to change, or grab the cash I left on the bathroom counter, which is unfortunate, but what I’m most upset about as a Barcelonan not staying in Girona is that I won’t be able to attend the amazing evening events because train service doesn’t run past 9:30pm.TBEX has invited participants to Sant Gregori Castle, where the celebrated Cellar de Can Roca will be in charge of the catering. An evening of wine, beer, and luscious food at a castle, and I’m going to miss it, because I thought, hey, I’ve been to Girona, it’s only an hour away, I can go back and forth, and sleep in my own bed every night.

Of course, it’s an hour away on the fast train. On a slower train, the time spent in transport creeps up, and that’s without adding in time for the delays that are par for the course with RENFE train service from Barcelona to anywhere. Which means I’m going to be up before the completely unacceptable hour of 6am tomorrow to make it in time to register and attend the opening which means I won’t even have time for coffee before I leave.

I’m so smart. And by I’m so smart,  I really mean, I guess I didn’t think this through so well. But hey, I can buy a cup of terrible coffee to get me by on the train, so all is not lost.

And since I did in fact sign up for this conference to learn new things and connect with new people, I will do my best to do so. Even if it means catching trains before sunrise and doesn’t involve  free drinks and eats (in a castle).

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