Sunday, 17 April 2011

So long and thanks for all this!

...and then they were gone.

It has been a most excellent week of Vandercon-related happenings. A week of traveling and new cities almost every single day. Meetings and workshops and panels and presentations and whatnot.

First we were graciously hosted by the lovely people of Rosebud Books on Saturday. On Sunday, Vandercon moved to Turku, via Raasepori. The Village! In Turku: Aboa Vetus and Ars Nova. And Logomo, not to mention International Institute of Popular Culture, Cosmic Comic Cafe and Harald!

Tuesday meant the long trek to Jyväskylä, where more people than able chairs were available wanted to participate the movable feast. Next day and Moominvalley! And more people.

Thursday the shebang came back to Helsinki, visiting University and local sf-meeting at St Urho's Pub. Followed by an interesting day-long workshop at WeeGee with Escon.

Saturday had the honour of serving the main course: Tähtivaeltaja Day, with 12 hours of continuous programming of entertainment, both thought-provoking and occasionally somewhat less. Great fun!

And now it is Sunday and the Great VanderMeers have left these shores. Goodbye, it was really a lot of fun while it lasted.

Thank you, Ann & Jeff. Thank you also to FILI, HSFS, GooGooMuck, ESC, Finncon, STk, 42, Turku and Tampere! As well as every single welcoming host, minder, driver, cupbearer and caretaker, THANK YOU. This would not have happened without some serious amount of gratuitous work for free.

Could this happen again? Should it?

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