As Scott has alluded to previously, it should be no surprise at this point that I am going with a tour group. Boo! Hiss! I know. I posted previously a negative review about romance tours, but if you look closely I specified that I was reviewing the “stereotypical” romance tour. I feel (usually a bad way to start a sentence) that the tour I am signed up for will be different. I’ll document many more reasons I feel this way later, because the first one I want to hit on is the sense of community.
Outside of the random bloggers documenting their experience (guilty) and the forum Russian Women Discussion (worth a view) there is a distinct lack of fellowship to be found when pursuing an international relationship. I am told that it goes so far as many tour companies being resistant to give references and discouraging interaction between clients outside of the trip. The group I am going with, in the opposite mood, has hosted (for the second year, very young company) a reunion. This event is (was?) for those who have found their overseas partner, those seeking one, and those currently in pursuit.
When I arrived at LAX, the first thing that hit me was the smell. I’m no stranger to a metropolis, but I can’t get over the smell of large cities. I’d rather smell peat and manure than smog any day. The temperature was a balmy 72 degrees F, definitely different from the sub-freezing I left a few hours ago. Picked up the car, drove to the hotel and settled in to a Pixar movie. Probably better mention I brought my brother. He’s very much not into women…at all (passive/unintentional MGTOW), but I offered to pay for the trip and it turned out to be super handy when we discovered this thing called the “carpool lane”.
Anyways, after we got done with Monster’s Inc., I went down to the lobby/bar to see if anyone else had arrived early. A lot of Asians going in and out, but one casually dressed guy at a bar table killing time caught my eye, and we seemed to notice each other. After it’s obvious we’re having a standoff, I walk up and ask “Privyet?” After that the standoff vanished and we talked like friends about American women, why we are here, what led us here, etc. Eventually a few other guys showed up, then a married couple. It was really nice to talk connect with people on the same journey.
Eventually, the Founder and Wife showed up. I had to sit and stare at him for some time. He was about 5 feet away from me sitting in the plush chair with his legs crossed, but it was so shocking that I was sitting next to the guy I had spent almost a year watching give weekly presentations. He noticed I was being quiet and asked if I was all right; I replied that I was getting used to seeing him in 3D. It was very true.
Wife (who is very much as in charge as Founder) had already gone around and given everyone a hug was over answering questions for some of the rookies (an affectionate term of mine for guys super excited and just realized that Western women suck, Eastern women rock, etc) and otherwise just letting them do some much needed releasing of their enthusiasm. Founder is reconnecting with some of the oldtimers, including the couple. I sit back, soak up the energy and take notes for names, relationships and the group dynamics. A very friendly and, dare I say it, comfortable bunch despite the age range being +30 years. Everyone had a polite, hmmm, cultured attitude. After some time we head over to our first group event: Medieval Times.
The show is worth seeing if you haven’t before, but it is a show/dinner theater and was somewhat predictable. I don’t want that to diminish the talent and skill of the performance, however, but I do recommend putting a couple extra paper towels from the restroom in your pocket before the dining starts, because you don’t get any silverware. I got to have a great conversation with the guys on either side during the show and really enjoyed myself. Afterwards the ladies wanted to pose with the knights, and later the group went back to the hotel and talked until midnight or so. My brother and I decided not to do any of that; we had been up since 3 A.M. local time to catch the plane. We went to bed.
It was a great day for introductions, but the I feel like the real fellowship and interactions happened later, and I’ll write about it soon. Any questions so far?
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