This is the best pic I could find. (They're wet because it had just rained.) It was taken immediately after the project was finished. My soil is clay, there was already a drain in the area, so one didn't have to be installed. I really like the pavers and plan to have more installed along another edge of the patio at a later date. I like the look of the solid pavement surrounded by the pavers. I haven't had any trouble with the pavers, but if your ground freezes deeply in the winter, there might be special steps you have to take to prevent the pavers from heaving.
The guys I had do the work were just a couple of friends of mine. One of them was an older guy, who had never done anything like laying pavers before. The other was a young guy who had done it in his own yard, so kind of knew the process. It's pretty heavy work, and my older friend didn't think his back could handle it, unless he had a helper.