Amsterdam TravBuddy Meetup - Let the Good Times Roll

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Group photo inside Smits Koffiehuis

 

FIRST AMSTERDAM TRAVBUDDY MEETUP

 

Saturday, January 26, 2008, was one of the most dynamic and diverse days in my life.

 

Early that morning, I conducted a graveside funeral service just outside of Amsterdam for one of my friends from England who lived his final five years in the Netherlands. At the end of the ceremony, I had the honor of praying with five individuals who made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.

 

From there, I caught a train to the Amsterdam Central station. I took a canalbus ride through Amsterdam and played tourist before heading back to the station for the first Amsterdam TravBuddy Meetup. Little did I know the amazing adventures that lay ahead that day. 

 

HOLLAND HOOPLA

 

We had 32+ Amsterdam TravBuddy Meetup attendees:

If you know of others, send me a note and I'll update the list.

Group outside Smits Koffiehuis

 

1. 2win - Rubina (Ruby), London, UK.
2. alex-b - Alex,
Zutphen, Netherlands.

3. Anouksreizen - Anouk, Oisterwijk, Netherlands.
4. Antalescu - Ante,
Zagreb, Croatia.
5. atiyah - Zoey,
Groningen, Netherlands.

6. BMatital - Bennie, Heerlen, Netherlands.
7. darlingwish -
Hanie, Germany (Philippines).

8. Devika1985 - Devi, Uden, Netherlands.
9. eefab - Eef,
Utrecht, Netherlands.
10. jefrois - Jeff,
New York, NY, US (Ukraine).

How lucky can I be? Ruby, me & Devi

11. johan0604 - Johan,
Amsterdam, Netherlands.
12. Ketmeister -
Ket, Netherlands.
13. latinlover - Kim,
Geel, Belgium.
14. lauro - Lauro,
Dusseldorf, Germany (Philippines).
15. marloesetman - Marloes,
Dordrecht, Netherlands.
16. Melboorn - Melle,
Rotterdam, Netherlands.

17. Naiyaru - Nienke, Houten, Netherlands.
18. perfectii0n - Mandy,
Rheden, Netherlands.
19. Raphje - Raphke,
Maastricht, Netherlands.
20. sannekoek - Sanne,
Maastricht, Netherlands.

21. sonja227 - Sonja, Wormerveer, Netherlands.

Marloes & Mandy (the M&M gals)

22. stephanoss - Stephan, Oss, Netherlands.
23. suat - Suat,
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

24. Sylvie1 - Sylvie, Antwerp, Belgium.
25. travelman727 - Mark,
Wichita, KS, US.

26. travnet - Willem, Rotterdam, Netherlands.   
27. Tviet - Tavita,
Veldhoven, Netherlands
.
28. vosking -
Charlotte, Netherlands
.
29. wayneollerenshaw -
Wayne, Chesterfield, UK
.
30. Wendyveer - Wendy,
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
.
31. wildstylz - Marcel,
Amsterdam, Netherlands.

32.

Wendy & Devi get Charlotte's awards
Paula, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Marcel’s girlfriend).  

 

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

 

We gathered at Amsterdam Central's southwest meeting point. Devi took the initiative and organized this three-part TravBuddy shindig. It was so much fun to see TravBuddy after TravBuddy approach us. We had a blast trying to guess what the TB screen name was for each new friend. 

 

First, after everyone arrived, we walked a couple of blocks to Smits Koffiehuis. Alex did a fabulous job of finding and reserving a back room for us that was superb for mingling. It was tremendous to see a group of strangers quickly become pals. Before leaving, we took group photos, both inside and outside.

Nex, from Smits, we strolled a few blocks to Humphrey's. Wendy arranged for us to have a delicious three-course meal in a special section of the restaurant. Later, Charlotte, on her own initiative and kindness, presented both Devi and Wendy with awards for hosting such a marvelous TravBuddy meetup. During dinner, I found two Dutch gals,  Sanne and Raphke, willing to show this crazy American around their hometown of Maastricht the next afternoon. 

 

Finally, after supper, the entire gang traipsed around Amsterdam looking for a bar or club that could accomodate our large group. Fortunately, Alex found a friendly place in the Nieuwmarkt area that fit the bill. The good times rolled until well after midnight when Alex, Eef and I said our goodbyes and wandered back to the Amterdam Central Station just in time to catch the final trains to our separate destinations. 

 

Special kudos go to Devi, Wendy and Alex for organizing and executing a tremendous TravBuddy Meetup!  

 

This is a writing gang! There are now almost 20 journals and/or photo galleries about this wonderful evening.

Charlotte, Bennie & Suat go nuts!
Please make sure to check out ALL of the other fantastic blogs, including:

 

2win (Rubina): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24061

 

Anouksreizen (Anouk): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24023

 

Antalescu (Ante): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24564

 

atiyah (Zoey): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24953

 

BMatital (Bennie): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24592

 

darlingwish (Hanie): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24037

 

Devika1985 (Devi): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24069

 

jefrois (Jeff): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24151

 

johan0604 (Johan): www.

travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24111

 

Ketmeister (Ket): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24128

 

latinlover (Kim): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24126

 

lauro (Lauro): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23943

 

marloesetman (Marloes): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24019

 

Melboorn (Melle): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24516

 

Naiyaru (Nienke): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24183

           

vosking (Charlotte): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24125

 

wayneollerenshaw (Wayne): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24242

 

Wendyveer (Wendy): www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/24236

marloesetman says:
I love this blog! :DDD
Posted on: Feb 21, 2008
travnet says:
Cool blog!
Posted on: Feb 21, 2008
alex-b says:
This must be featured nr. 10 about the Amsterdam meet-up, stopped counting, but I guess it's nr. 10 !
Congrats, Mark !
Posted on: Feb 20, 2008
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Group photo inside Smits Koffiehuis
Group photo inside Smits Koffiehuis
Group outside Smits Koffiehuis
Group outside Smits Koffiehuis
How lucky can I be? Ruby, me & Devi
How lucky can I be? Ruby, me & Devi
Marloes & Mandy (the M&M gals)
Marloes & Mandy (the M&M gals)
Wendy & Devi get Charlottes awards
Wendy & Devi get Charlotte's awards
Charlotte, Bennie & Suat go nuts!
Charlotte, Bennie & Suat go nuts!
Wayne, Eef, Wendy, Marcel & Lauro
Wayne, Eef, Wendy, Marcel & Lauro
Suat & Anouk at Smits Koffiehuis
Suat & Anouk at Smits Koffiehuis
Sylvie & Kim share a few laughs
Sylvie & Kim share a few laughs
Jeff, Alex & Melle enjoy afternoon
Jeff, Alex & Melle enjoy afternoon
Eef-Sanja-Devi-Wayne chew the fat
Eef-Sanja-Devi-Wayne chew the fat
Devi, Wendy & Charlotte plan night
Devi, Wendy & Charlotte plan night
Raphke, Marloes, Stephan & Mandy
Raphke, Marloes, Stephan & Mandy
Eef, Paula, Marcel, Charlotte & Dev
Eef, Paula, Marcel, Charlotte & Dev
Sanja-Dev-Wayne-Willem-Suat-Anouk
Sanja-Dev-Wayne-Willem-Suat-Anouk
Hanie & Kim chat about TravBuddy
Hanie & Kim chat about TravBuddy
Wendy & Lauro
Wendy & Lauro
Suat, Anouk, Marloes & Mandy
Suat, Anouk, Marloes & Mandy
Good to the last lick-on to dinner
Good to the last lick-on to dinner
Johan & Sanne at Humphreys
Johan & Sanne at Humphrey's
Ben-Suat-Johan-Sanne-Charlotte-Raph
Ben-Suat-Johan-Sanne-Charlotte-Raph
The infamous smokers table
The infamous "smoker's table"
Wendy & Alex bookend smokers table
Wendy & Alex bookend smoker's table
Willem & Stephan bookend this table
Willem & Stephan bookend this table
Marloes & Alex examine dinner menu
Marloes & Alex examine dinner menu
Marcel & Ante decide what to order
Marcel & Ante decide what to order
Humphreys food tempting and tasty
Humphrey's food tempting and tasty
Divine desserts served after meals
Divine desserts served after meals
Sylvie humors an old man
Sylvie humors an old man
Paula & Marcel make cute couple
Paula & Marcel make cute couple
Willem & Ket ham it up :-D
Willem & Ket ham it up :-D
Stephan & Mandy have a confab
Stephan & Mandy have a confab
Sylvie & Lauro mug for the camera
Sylvie & Lauro mug for the camera
Melle & Hanie
Melle & Hanie
Ruby, Jeff & Wayne - 3 Musketeers
Ruby, Jeff & Wayne - 3 Musketeers
Eef & Marloes - two pretty petals
Eef & Marloes - two pretty petals
Ket & Devi
Ket & Devi
Wendy & Ruby pose for paparazzi
Wendy & Ruby pose for "paparazzi"
Paula & Zoey
Paula & Zoey
Hanie caught by the kissing bandit
Hanie caught by the kissing bandit
Willem, Wendy & Jeff
Willem, Wendy & Jeff
Sylvie & Bennie
Sylvie & Bennie
Jeff & Devi enjoy TravBuddy Meetup
Jeff & Devi enjoy TravBuddy Meetup
Devi becomes another kissing bandit
Devi becomes another kissing bandit
Bennie & Willem give nite thumbs up
Bennie & Willem give nite thumbs up
Jeff-Devi-Melle-Charlotte get down
Jeff-Devi-Melle-Charlotte get down
Willem & Charlotte say cheese
Willem & Charlotte say "cheese"
Willem & Charlotte - one more pic
Willem & Charlotte - one more pic
Sylvie delivers a smack to Bennie
Sylvie delivers a smack to Bennie
Eef becomes another victim of mine
Eef becomes another victim of mine
Paula, Suat & Zoey - fast friends
Paula, Suat & Zoey - fast friends
Kim, Sylvie & Ante-no photos please
Kim, Sylvie & Ante-no photos please
Charlotte & Jeff (Europe meets US)
Charlotte & Jeff (Europe meets US)
Johan & Hanie toast end of evening
Johan & Hanie toast end of evening
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