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Photos from the Final Fantasy XIV: Fan Festival in Paris 2019

Back in February 2019, I attended the Final Fantasy XIV: Fan Festival 2019 in Paris, France.

Here are some photos that I took from the couple of days that I attended the FFXIV event.

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Voyager à Paris pour la Final Fantasy XIV: Fan Festival 2019!

(Translation: Travelling to Paris for the Final Fantasy XIV: Fan Festival 2019!)

Quick note that I will be heading to Paris, France for the Final Fantasy XIV: Fan Festival 2019 on the 2nd and 3rd February.

The event is being held at the: “La Grande halle de La Villette

I will also be travelling around Paris for a couple of days around the event for sightseeing, so expect some photos on here in February.


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New York City – Day 1 – “A Day of Flying”

Saturday morning we (Myself and my friend (who does not wish to be named)) arrived at Dublin Airport to fly to Steward International Airport (SWF) in the outskirts of the city!

As a person who has never travelled this long before, I didn’t know what was in store for me, but after doing a bit of prepping and planning, I was able to get through security, get through Pre-clearance and then get on board our Norwegian Airways Boeing 737-MAX 8 for SWF.

The original schedule said that the flight would take about 8 hours, but we were informed that due to there being no headwind, we would arrive about an hour and 5 mins early. All happy days!

On board, the seats were nice, but not exceptional (Think Ryanair seats but comfier) and there was a decent amount of legroom, obviously more would have been better, but this was nice all the same. The food on board was few and far in-between. From sandwiches to a ‘salad’ to a ‘fruit’ salad, there was nothing that could been bought that would have filled you for the flight.

There was a hot meal provided for everyone and of course for people that had special dietary requirements. My friend cannot eat gluten, so she had a special chicken dinner which brocolli and a bit of salad. Friend didn’t like the food as it felt a bit ‘off’. I on the other hand had a ‘beef dinner; which comprised of 2 small slices of roast beef, carrots, broccoli and some form of ‘mash’. A small pesto pasta salad and 2 small “Lily O’Briens” chocolates. I gave the “Salted caramel” on to Friend and she thought it was very nice. I had the “keylime pie” sweet and it brought me wayyy back to my childhood by reminding me of a “Loop the Loop” ice-cream!

Anyway, we were treated a complimentary glass of wine and then followed up by a complimentary cup of coffee. After the meal (Which was approx half way through the flight), we ordered more wine and by the time we got off the plane….we were a bit tipsy lol!

We landed into (what seemed to be) the smallest airport. No thrills, no frills. No customs check (As that was done at Dublin Airport) and as soon as we collected our bags, we left to get a bus journey from SWF to Times Square (41st street & 8th avenue).  We left SWF at approx 5:30pm to arrive in Times Square by about 7:30~~ ish.

When we arrived, both of us were absolutely tired and we just wanted to get to our AirBnB. So I requested an Uber. This was all ok until the driver asked us to meet us up the road. My iPhone’s GPS was freaking me out by putting me on all 4 sides of the street and I couldn’t make out what was going on. This was not planned and failed miserably. Cancelled the Uber. Oh well! We were passing the grand terminal  and we kept getting asked if we needed taxi’s and eventually we settled to get a taxi by a Indian man. We decided to get a taxi to our AirBnB. Trip took about 25 mins or so.

We arrived in our very beautiful AirBnB in New Jersey. We were tired but we were hungry, so we decided to head to the nearby Burger King. I got a small chicken sandwich and a small chip and Friend decided to get chicken nuggets and chips. We couldn’t finish it….we were full (Was this Weightwatchers telling us no?? 😛 ) At about half 8, we decided to return to our AirBnB to crash for the night!

Overall, today was good. The planning for the taxi to our AirBnB could have been planned better but since we are both new to NYC, we are bound to make mistakes on this trip.

Today, Sunday, we are planning to go to the MetLife stadium and watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New York Jets in a NFL Football match!


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August 2016 Holiday – Day 1 – Gate 212!

(There is a TL;DR if you want to skip to it)

Holidays! Aren’t they just the best time of year. You can get away, put your hair down and put up your feet.

A time to relax and unwind…except when you sleep in 2 hours before the flight right?

Well, let me take you back to last night (Sunday) and I was ready to get on the 6:25am plane from Dublin to Birmingham! I said "I’ll got for a 1 hr to 90min nap". So I se the phone for midnight and I would get ready to go for the bus leaving Carlow at 2:35am!

This did not happen!

What happened was, I woke up just before 4:30am. Note: The bus that I was planning to get on at 2:30am was already at the airport at 4am, so I was super late.
I tried to get in touch with Ryanair to see if there was anything I could have done. Nothing. No lines open until 6am which was not good for me as the flight was 25 mins after that.

So I done the next best thing. I rang a taxi (Carlow Cabs to be specific) at 4:55am and say "I need to get to the Airport as fast as possible" The lovely women on the other end of the line was super nice and stated that she wouldn’t allow her drivers to speed, which was completely fine!

As I live a couple of doors down from Carlow Cabs, there was 1 guy who can go fast but not absolutely go mental. I apologise in advance for not knowing his name.

So, into the taxi just on the edge of 5am! He put the foot down! We could have been faster but there was rain in the hours before and thus made the road a bit slippy!

Belted down the road. Most of them were empty. "We will make it" said the driver as I was crossing my fingers…As we approached Dublin, it was starting to get worse and worse.

The driver got me to the departure door just before 5:50am (Note, the Gate was closing at 5:55am…so time was at the essence!)

Made my way to security…everything was moving fast, but not fast enough. The screen above was saying that the average wait time to get through was 17 mins. I nearly bricked one out in the middle of the queue. Panicking was already in full swing.

Found a opening…2 people in a queue…bolted to it. Took out my laptop and threw it into a box, bag and everything else into another one…Step through BEEP – AAAAGGGGHHHH. Bleeped by the scanner. Could it already be over? No. 1 minute later..good to go!

Checked the nearest departure board to see which gate the flight was…212! Holy Crap…
Gate 212 - Final Call

I ran. At one point, I wish I was an Olympic runner. Gate 212 was the key location! Stumbled across another departure board Gate 416 - Boarding. WHAT?! 416.
I actually shouted 416 and I think 2 officials noticed me…Quickly noticed it was a Aer Lingus flight and not Ryan…Looked above, Gate 212 - Final Call – My heart attack was calming down at this stage and I was rushing.

Got to Gate 212 and there was a BUNCH of people.
The signs…They lied to me. No one was board…Hell, the gate wasn’t even opened there.
I looked at my watch, 05:58 – It was supposed to be closed at 05:55! Oh Ryanair.

I got to the gate, got to the seat and I breathed a big sigh of relief not before a breakout in sweat from running and worrying.

Took after after 06:30 and arrived in Birmingham at 07:10.
Travelled to Tamworth where I am going to be staying for the next few days!

What an episode!

TL;DR – Fell asleep, woke up 2 hours late..Made the gate with -1 minute on the clock. Still made it.