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My TB-Cherry-Popping Dusseldorf Meet: First and Finest!
I tried very hard not to have many expectations when it came to Germany. This is a nation that I have learnt about in school, most of it negative, and that I had never visited before. Add to that a bunch of strangers that I met on the internet and I was feeling equal amounts of trepidation and excitement. Needless to say, the Dusseldorf Meet was a complete success! Many thanks have to be given, to Lauro 'Our Leader' and to all the TBs that came and made it a really awesome night. I think (hope) I met some real friends!
My journey began in Metz, on Sat the 19th I boarded my 8am train to Luxembourg! I like Luxembourg, not just becuase they have cheap booze, it has a really multi-national feel becuase that country is just SO tiny! I managed to get myself on the right train for my Germany leg (phew!).
Unscathed, I arrived in Dusseldorf HBF at around 2pm so I had time to find the Tourism Office, that was filled with very helpful ladies who gave me the exact directions to my hostel (thank God) and of course I had to stop by the Internet Cafe (to check TB maybe?)! Happily, I found my hostel, checked in, became a member of the German Youth Hostel Society thing, and found my room.
By this time I am guessing that I should change and head on back to the Station to begin my Meet Up adventure, so I had to (grudgingly) leave the hostel and basically go back the way I came, though I did make sure to ask some friendly locals that I was indeed on the right train, hey better safe than sorry! So I got to the HBF at around 3:45pm and then I have the dilema that the station is packed and I have never actually met any of these people and I just couldn't bring myself to go up and start asking random passersby if they TravelBuddies.
We started with a Metro ride, which we completely packed out, much to the dismay of anyone else on the train, I'm sure! We disembarked and walked across the Rhine on one of the huge suspension bridges, which was slightly on the freezing side but interesting all the same.
Then it was a stroll along the river front, this proved too hard for some of us and we got separated and then tagged on to various tour groups. (Who kindly shared their umbrellas with a wandering Alex; while Bondy, Wayne and I got some free info on the 'shiney silver building', pity it was in German..) Luckily we all managed to make it to the Restaurant. I am very glad of this because the food was absolutely amazing, and the waiters were infinitley patient towards the many confused diners... I'm pretty sure I had Menu 1, or was it 2? Which one was the Steak? Haha!
Dinner was noisy and delicious and social, as all good dinners are, including copious amounts of booze.
After some deliberation, some walking, some more deliberation and a healthy amount of standing around; we decided that the club with the 5mile line was a bit too hard and caught taxis to the Aldstadt 'Old Town'. This was the central nightlife zone and after the failed attempt at entering the Sheesha Bar '...they don't serve beer, bail bail bail!!' we swarmed into the White Bear.
The last men and women stranding, consisted of the people I consider 'the Troopers' from Room 14 at the Jugendherberger Hostel and the Brits and some random non-TB tag alongs (Lori's 'hot' old guy)!! And many more revellers, who were all finally kicked out at around 5.
The end of a wonderful night but NOT the end of my TB experiences! Thanks All!