TBEX Athens through a 9 year old child’s eyes

TBEX Athens through a 9 year old child’s eyes

A kid at a conference?  You might think ‘how boring’, but not for Explorason at TBEX Athens.

“Hello Explorason – I follow your blog and read all about you travelling the world”.  A stranger comes up to us on our first day in Athens and gives us a hug.  Having never met her this makes Explorason feel a bit like a movie star.  Over the next few days this happens time and time again.

Our first night prior to the conference is a get together, and people are coming to say hello and have a photo taken with us.  It was fun.

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Exploramum and Explorason – meeting fellow bloggers and our blogger fans at TBEX is fun

We have a few parties to attend to, and Explorason goes along to them with his headphones and finds a comfy corner to relax, whilst I stand nearby and network.

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Exploramum and Explorason – watching YouTube Explorason style at a social function one evening

On the days leading up to the TBEX conference we went on several tours.  The Athens Walking Tour was a hit with us – we ate our way around Athens trying all sorts of yummy Greek treats.

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Exploramum and Explorason – pre TBEX tours – this is the Athens Walking Tour

Then there was the Hellenic Motor Museum where Explorason did another tour. He was able to drive an F1 Simulator – sweet!

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Exploramum and Explorason – pre TBEX tours – driving an F1 Simulator at the Hellenic Motor Museum

Another tour we did was to Cape Sounio with Key Tours. It was a great time of world schooling for Explorason.

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Exploramum and Explorason – pre TBEX tours – visit Cape Sounio with Key Tours

Explorason loves, loves, loves YouTube. So he was pretty happy when he was able to make friends with the famed Lukey D.

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Exploramum and Explorason – pre TBEX tours – meeting Lukey D

There was lots of giveaways and a promo bag of goodies we received with our registration.  There was yummy food for lunches too, and there was fun with some of the  staff at the Travel Exhibits, like these boxer gloves we were given from Discover Thailand – Discover Thainess.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Boxing with Discover Thainess

We made loads of new friends, and they all made Explorason and I feel great.

Here are a group who were either all Australian, or who had lived in Australia.  We seemed to connect. I must say I don’t feel my 52 years old at TBEX either – maybe there is a ‘Youth Elixir’ they add to the drinks?

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Exploramum and Explorason – making new friends with other bloggers

Here is Explorason.  One night at a social event, he was found sitting talking to one of the speakers.  He is learning about adding videos to blogs. At nine years old, this too is world education. And it is learning from the masters. I was ff chatting, so it was fun to see the pic flash up on the big screen at the end of TBEX too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Meeting presenters is great for Explorason’s education too

On the last day there was a fantastic presentation on Thailand for one of the next events.  Explorason was able to have a Thai Boxing lesson with these champions.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Explorason has a Thai boxing lesson

TBEX was great. We learnt so much. We went to some great sessions, and there were some fantastic Keynote speakers too.  Jaume Marin from Costa Brava Tourism Board will stand out forever !

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Exploramum and Explorason – motivated by Keynote speakers

“And then on the last night there was a big street party thanks to Pandrossou Street.  We saw a lady hand paint pots, and she gave me a small one as a present.  We ate a load of food, and saw a man making a musical instrument.  It was so busy, but it was like a treasure hunt finding all sorts of nice treats”, says Explorason.

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Exploramum and Explorason – TBEX Farewell Street Party Explorason receives a gift

We walk on with the Farewell Street Party and Explorason was given a turn at rolling out the dough for the pies.  He loved this, and left covered in flour.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Farewell Street Party – Explorason has a pastry lesson

So many people and companies helped make TBEX a great event. Mary Jo from TBEX was great in helping us as “newbies” to sort out all our silly questions. She had the patience of a saint, and it made al the difference to us, so we thank her immensely.

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Exploramum and Explorason – TBEX has amazing Hosts & City Providers
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Exploramum and Explorason – TBEX has amazing Hosts & Sponsors

So as we say good-bye to Athens TBEX, we think we want to do this again. For a nine year old it was like a party that lasted for days. Travelling longterm has its lonely days, but these days certainly we anything but lonely.  They were just amazing.

Thank you TBEX.

 

 

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