Ruby, Mark & Me
I didnt get any sleep but I still felt just fine! I took a shower and then I received a message from Ket (Ketmeister aka Ketjuhhh Skatteboutjehhh) that he was already in the city together with Marloes (Marloesetman), Nienke (Naiyaru) and Wendy (Wendyveer). Then I received another message from Ante asking if we wanted to meet up in the lobby and just go for a walk trough the city. Well sure we did so we got ready and then we left for the lobby. As soon as I walked in the lobby I saw a familiair face and it was like : Heeeey Skatjuhhh! I was shocked to see Ket there such a great surprise but then I also spotted Marloes and Nienke. That was really great!! We all greeted each other with a big hug! Then we also saw Wendy who was also there but she was still waiting in line to check in so I just gave her a big kiss and we waited untill things were all arranged for.
Then we went of to our first adventure in the city. We were going to look for the negen straatjes. Wich literally means the 9 streets I have no clue what’s special about that area! It was just a bunch of streets! Hahaha. I couldve done some research but like I mentioned before.. Just lazy! We went to have lunch in this really small lunchroom. We were sitting in 2 groups and Mandy, Ket and Stephan were at my table and Ket ordered something to eat wich turned out to be really disgusting (Ja toch Ket?! VIES!!) So he didnt finish it. I luv Ket! Great person very funny! Mandy, Stephan and I just left the place a little early since I had told everyone I would be at the CS from 14.30. That was such a shame since Jeff was coming over to the lunchroom but we just had to leave already in order to be in time. We arrived exactly in time at the “Trefpunt” wich turned out to be just outside from the CS. We just sat down and waited for TravBuddies to come!
At the table!! Sonja, Anouk, Willem, Paula & Marcel
I wasnt nervous at all at that point
In advance I thought I would be since Im very shy by nature.
Lauro & Me
But at that point I wasnt.Then I saw someone coming up to us and I knew immediatley it was Mark (Travelman272). I felt so happy he was just the best. Great person very friendly, great energy. Made me laugh so hard with his Davy Crocket serenade. Hahahaha. All the people at the central station thought: What the hell is going on overthere? Mark had a sign that said travbuddy’s since he had made one before to pick up Rubina and Wayne from the airport. Wich didnt happen since they totally missed each other at the airport. So we had the sign that was convenient for us. When Mark started yelling that he was looking for travbuddy’s I knew it would be a great day! It was sooooo funny. My fav. part is where he asked a dog that passed by if he was a Travbuddy. I laughed so hard! I couldnt wait to meet everyone! Then one by one more TB’s joined us.
Alex who I recognised immediatley and was very friendly! Haha then some strange stuff happened. I spoke to someone on the phone just chatting was nice but I had no clue to who I was talking wahahaa. Later I realised it had been Zoey (Atiyah) who I had on the phone! She sounded soooo nice I didnt know who that person was but I really wanted to meet her haha. Then something awkward happened. I was on the phone talking to Raphke who was just meters away from us but seperated from us by some construction screen so we couldnt see eacht other. She was asking me where to go. At that same moment this cute guy came up to us and said.. Hi. And I just couldnt think hahahah! I stood there like.. Devi well say something back.. and I was like.. eehh Hi. Very strange situation. I didnt get if he was a TB or not.. Then later he said he was Melle (Melboorn) and I was like.. aaaaaaah! And more and more people joined us all so very nice! When I saw Rubina (2win) I went “ballistic” ;) I really did.
Marloes & Me..
I couldnt believe she was actually there! And she is such a pretty chica! Loved her! Mark brought nametags and that turned out to be great. I didnt bring any since Lauro had told me he’d rather be dead than wear a nametag. Hahahaha. I didnt like the whole nametag thing at first either but its simple for me since Im easy to recognise. But its a good thing we did the nametags. Well not for me really I didnt forgot any names right after we all said Hi they were in my head. After we waited untill half past 3 we went over to the koffiehuis to have drinks. There I met Eef (Eefab) who had seen u at the station, wanted to join us but we were already leaving then and she was like, Heiiii wait for me ppl. When she told me later it was so funny to me. Sorry Eef if we knew we wouldve waited for ya! So glad she joined us. I saw Willem (Travnet) also immediatley when we entered the koffiehuis. His profile pics were kinda vague but I still saw immediatley who he was.
Heey! Its Sylvie!! Hi Sylvie!
Very cute guy who brought me a present even isnt that just the sweetest thing??! So then we all went downstairs into the koffiehuis. We were in a small room reserved just for us, and after adding some chairs and moving some tables around we could all fit in. It was great! I had a chance to talk to the people a little more. Wich I thought was so great about this thing. I wanted to know as much as possible about everyone there and make sure everybody was feeling alright, feeling at home. In some way you kind of feel responsible for that! I dont know who it was but someone told me they hadnt recognised me. Hahaha that was just so funny to me! How could they not I had been spamming them with messages into boredom!!! More and more people who were late came in. Some of them I recognised immediatley like Marcel (Wildstylz) who brought his lovely girlfriend Paula and also Johan. Or people I didnt recognise at all.. like Bennie (Bmatital) and Charlotte (Vosking).
Sylvie & Me.. I also stole this pic haha I dont know who took it but thanks!!
It was just great! Everybody sat down had a drink and talked to each other. Sonja (Sonja227) thanks for the great conversation we had! Will have many more of those with u I hope! Was very nice to hear about ur travelstories! I looked around the room and saw how everybody was just getting along so well, talking to each other, laughing, having fun, singing even in some cases (right Mark ;) ) I felt great! Then I was talking so Sonja some more and suddenly I thought.. Puta Mierda! What time is it? I had totally forgotten about the time and I had told the koffiehuis to be out of there by 5.. Whoops it was already after 5 at that point! Sorry! So we went to get the check and everybody chipped in it was arranged for pretty fast. Thanks my sweet sweet sweet Zoey for counting the money and stuff!! Then we all took pictures together from the whole group.
Aaaw!! Mark the kissing bandit and his victim Sylvie!
Thanks to the ppl from the koffiehuis for being so patient with us crazy TB’s. Really friendly people overthere. I sent them an email on Monday to thank them for everything.
After our photoshoot we went over to Humprey’s to have dinner.
Everything was very well arranged thanks a bunch Wendy!! U did such a great job u make me proud missy! Everybody was just chatting and having a good time. Our orders were taken and then we all sat down and had drinks, took pics and chatted to each other.
I couldnt believe how well this meetup was turning out. Everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. I was waving to Marloes (Marloesetman) who was at the other end of the other table to check if she was doing okay and everything was just fine :). Then the food came and I dont remember who it was but someone told me to not start eating yet because a speech would be held. I was like.. ehm.. okay? Fine by me as long as they dont expect me to say anything Im cool with it! Then I was so surprised Charlotte stood there in the middle of the group and said some words to everyone. I thought: U go girl! And then she asked Wendy and me so stand up and come forward. AAH MERDE. So sweet what she did but so not Devi hahaha I felt so shy!! Its a good thing u cant tell when I turn red! Wahahaha. Charlotte had arranged for 2 awards. One for me and one for Wendy.
Kettebeest & Me
It was soooooo sweet. It has a special place now Charlotte! Thanks so much for that it was so nice of u. Cant believe u guys managed to keep that from me wahaahaha again Im so proud!! After the whole “award ceremony” and the flashing of a million cameras (Merde I felt like standing behind Wendy and hide) I sat back down being happy to have such a great friend as Charlotte and also happy that I didnt had to say anything to the crowd hahaha. It says so from my schooltests! Im a worker not a leader! I lack vision wahahah!
Zoey & Bennie.. I stole this pic I just like it so much!
We enjoyed our starter after that.
Well not me since I just wasnt that hungry.
Rubina enjoyed the nuts and other stuff on top of the Carpaccio while Wayne (Wayneollerenshaw) was scraping all of that off and only eating the Carpaccio. Such a funny duo wahhahaa. Loved it! Also love Wayne’s accent but had to pay really close attention to get any of it wahahah! Seriously!
After the starter I told Bennie to come sit with me wich led to having my maincourse while sharing 1 chair with Bennie. Wahahahha.
That was just great thanks for that Bennie that was fun! The food was great! After that we had dessert and that was also good. I had a discussion with Wayne Rubz and Paula about the flavour of an icecream and Rub and me said it was Mango but Paula and Wayne said it was Apricott. Obviously it was Mango but the final answer came from a waitress who told us. Yaay Rubz&Devi!
Anouk!! Such a sweet pic!
I couldnt eat anymore so left my dessert to Willem who was actually eating like a maniac! After dinner we all talked to each other some more and then we left to find a good bar. It actually took some time to find a good place first of all with enough space.. second of all a place that would have us.. I mean we were a big group! So finally we found something but we were kinda split up in there I guess.
It was great to talk to everyone there. I finally talked to Jeff and Lauro some more. Also to Melle! I had no clue about who that guy was seriously! But I really dig that guy!!! Love his sense of humor. Def. similair to mine! I also had the best talk ever with Marloes. I am so lucky to have met Marloes. I think in her I found a friend I will be seeing more of in the future! She is so much on the same level with me. It felt so natural to talk to her like she had been my friend for ages! Thanks Marloes ;). But really I think I will be seeing everyone there more in the future. After being at this bar we kinda split up into diff. groups. After I had fight with Mandy caused by alchohol and bad comminication my group went back to the hostel to pick her up. After that they rest of them went back to find a bar and I stayed behind with Wendy to go to her room first put away some stuff and we would go to see the rest later.
I had some time to talk to Wendy then wich was also great. We get along so wel. I couldve never thought in advance I would love everyone so much as I did! This thing was amazing. Everyone on TB shoul’ve been a part of this because trust me you wouldve all loved it! After some dancing and more drinking untill 5 we went back to the hostel. I sat down with the guys to wait for the first trains to come so they could go home. They hadnt booked a room or something so had to stay up. Ket, Melle, Willem and Bennie left after talking and having fun some more and then I also went to my room to pack up my stuff. Didnt have any voice left anymore at that point wahaha. It was morning here by the way so I will continue in the next entry of Sunday :) hahahaha.
Hey Raph what ya doin'?