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Stefano has arrived (sty79)
March 8

So as it was rush hour it was easy for me to walk off the car and get onto a viaduc to walk in town from the northern ring. I went to the first metro station (of course as usual: Heysel) and also sent an sms to Marianne (HC: marianne888), a canadian girl studying in Brussels for the year and whom I had exchanged mail with.

She answered back when I was at Achim and we agreed to meet later in the evening near Montgomery, in the meantime I prepared myself a fast meal and then walked to the huge Montgomery roundabout (which was quite near finally!).

Then we started a funny call and seek, to know on what side of the giga roundabout we were. After few attempt we did meet up :D

It was great, meeting someone from home. We talked about the life in Belgium and other normal introduction talk.
Stefano Enjoying his Stella
We walked in direction of the VUB, get some beers on the way but also stopped at the Kultur Kafe of the VUB. After this, we simply continued our night walk all the way to Place Jourdan and Parc Leopold, finishing our beers there. It was a clear night, which was getting really chill too brrrrr (full moon).
I invited her shortly at Achim to show the appartment and we discussed some more before she finally left as she was catching a train to Germany in early morning. It was a great encounter, a funny a well headed girl... it was nice too to be speaking more dialectic too!
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March 9

A quiet day before the party, I mainly worked on the computer prior to the people to arrive in town and finalise stuff... I also packed my bag as I would leave to the UK on the week end.
Frank (thorgal67) and Mathilde (mathilded)
My bag was really huge now!

For the rest, I simply went to the bakkery in early morning. That's about it.

Then I worked with the computer really really late as it would be my last time with a broadband Internet so it was now easy to try to repair my computer.

Now at least everything is updated!
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March 10

I'm up early by morning, getting some stuff at the bakkery and work on some final post on HC forum and having a look at my 'to-do' list before going to shave and prepare myself. Then Steven (CS: Stoemp) called that he was arrived in town, so I hurried and went to welcome him at Schuman and we came back to Achim. I introduced them to each other... and went to finish preparing myself fast.

Then we talked a bit and went outside for a walk and finally to join Nei (HC: nbrazilian) and Stefano (HC: sty79) who arrived from London, the group got bigger before we headed back to join Mathilde at the café on Place Jourdan.
Claudia surprised (claudiaab)
I wanted to get things at Colruyt still, but it was too late. So I went to welcome the guests of the meeting who were keeping on arriving.

The meeting was great and success, more than 50 members turned out and some really cool people. A lot of new faces and new members as well. We even had someone of above 60 year old and also a family coming. It was well diversified.

The owner of the café acted like a jerk and made a fool of himself in front of all these customer. Basically by treating us like nothing and being rude... to all this international crowd living in the neighbourhood. At a moment, I had enough and shout at him (gosh it was such a big dumb walloon).

People still enjoyed and we managed to arrange ourselves. The café has respected no deal of what we had asked.
A view of the cafe and the HC member present
They said yes we could go with a group and the back part of the café would be reserved for us. It was not. He complained that we were lousy customer not consuming after that we were there for only 1-2 hours... saying that real customer drinks a lot (would that be actually allowed... to force your customer to drink too much alcohol, I think not). And most of our guests were already at their 3d drink... and the 'normal' customer were simply having one drink with french fries brought at the nearest snacks... sometimes 1 drinks for 2 persons. What a lame guy, his business won't survive long.

Remember to ignore: Café L'Espérance at Place Jourdan in Etterbeek, Brussels!

By midnight, most people either left or went to town to continue to party. Though as usual, the crowd splitted and many got lost.
Another View of our group (we peaked at around 50 ;)
Nadine (HC: laroca) came to the meeting and were suppose to meet again in town, but sadly it failed and everyone ended up in another café. I couldn't either join her. I learned later that she tried to find us... damn!
Other guests also missed us at some place. I managed to still find the people myself at least!

A lot of great guests came (Frank, Claudia, Onur, Achim, Martin, Gregoire... there were people from every continent: Brasilian, Slovenian, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, American, Dutch... it was wonderful!)

After having been in several bars in town, Steven and me walked back to Achim and slept.
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March 11

I woke up really early and had to contact Nei to get a lift back to the UK with him. At first it was quite difficult. Finally we managed to talk to each other (seems the sms weren't working).
View on the long table at the meeting
And he came to pick me up. Then we hurried to be on time to catch the train to cross the tunnel, stopping for a short lunch at a petrol station in West-Vlaanderen. It was a quiet chill ride, after party and with 2 cool guys.
A wonderful hot and sunny day, cruising the flat West Vlaanderen landscape!
Then crossing the immigration in a UK car with a brasilian - canadian and italian is a funny thing as well.
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Stefano has arrived (sty79)
Stefano has arrived (sty79)
Stefano Enjoying his Stella
Stefano Enjoying his Stella
Frank (thorgal67) and Mathilde (ma…
Frank (thorgal67) and Mathilde (m…
Claudia surprised (claudiaab)
Claudia surprised (claudiaab)
A view of the cafe and the HC memb…
A view of the cafe and the HC mem…
Another View of our group (we peak…
Another View of our group (we pea…
View on the long table at the meet…
View on the long table at the mee…
Nadine (laroca)
Nadine (laroca)
Cool Nei.. you made it! (nbrazilia…
Cool Nei.. you made it! (nbrazili…
Steven at his first Brussels Meeti…
Steven at his first Brussels Meet…
Some more guests!
Some more guests!
Mathilde happy of the organisation!
Mathilde happy of the organisation!
Gregoire
Gregoire
Gregoire and some pintjes
Gregoire and some pintjes
Onur enjoying frietjes (chinaski)
Onur enjoying frietjes (chinaski)
Frank and Claudia All Happy :) (th…
Frank and Claudia All Happy :) (t…
Frank being strangled
Frank being strangled
A member from Slovenia
A member from Slovenia
HC members enjoying themselves
HC members enjoying themselves
Mathilde caught in a discussion
Mathilde caught in a discussion
Surprised, I lost my Camera
Surprised, I lost my Camera
Happy Couple
Happy Couple
Stefano had his shirt on too long …
Stefano had his shirt on too long…
Cool Nei!
Cool Nei!
But Nei you are far and alone
But Nei you are far and alone
miekedirks and helmarutten
miekedirks and helmarutten
hat1m and gregoire
hat1m and gregoire
Achim pretty tired (euritmix)
Achim pretty tired (euritmix)
Aurelie enjoying her drinks... or …
Aurelie enjoying her drinks... or…
Mathilde!!
Mathilde!!
Moonparis becoming mad
Moonparis becoming mad
Ruth and some member
Ruth and some member
miekedirks surprised
miekedirks surprised
Stefano gets dance... bet whos in…
Stefano gets dance... bet who's i…
Steven having some talk
Steven having some talk
Up the table
Up the table
Dancing on the table
Dancing on the table
Cool.. Nei and... Belgian beer?
Cool.. Nei and... Belgian beer?
Up the Table
Up the Table
Slappy Nei
Slappy Nei
Gregoire and Aurelie
Gregoire and Aurelie
Hat1m
Hat1m
Moonparis
Moonparis
Run little man
Run little man
Steven (stoemp)
Steven (stoemp)
Stefano with some trophy
Stefano with some trophy
Stefanos dancing with Mathilde
Stefano's dancing with Mathilde
Grr Nei
Grr Nei
Sad Sad me
Sad Sad me
Yep... CK Nei
Yep... CK Nei
Ahhh When is the celebration?
Ahhh When is the celebration?
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