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is everyone present?

Yes, I was definitely excited about the meetup in Dusseldorf that I didn't mind waking up at 4:30 in the morning (I slept at 1:30, what the $&&*$*?!) to catch that 6am train that leaves the nearest train station here, which is located from another town and walking there takes me at least 20 minutes.  I didn't get to buy a ticket for high speed trains in advance and so if I buy it now it will cost me 100euros one way (what the $#%^ again?!). I only bought a weekend journey ticket (only valid for one day!) that costs 35euros and vaild only for regional trains, meaning 9 hours of butt torture to get me to Dusseldorf.

3:00pm finally I was there.

cheers to all!
I met Lauro (of course), Devi, Charlotte, Marloes, Bart, Matt, and Archie at the central station. I somehow told them that I'd rather be called Estephanie (or Stephanie doesn't matter) than Hanie. For what reason did I use Hanie? A very difficult question. One day, 3 yrs ago, I wondered how it is to have a new name so I made a new nickname for me but until now my ears won't recognize  it when somebody calls me Hanie. I do remember a couple of times here that people were shouting out my name and I didn't realize it was me they're calling, so sorry about that. I do appreciate people calling me Estephanie now (and pls use it especially when I'm in grave danger). OK so I have just written a paragraph about my name but I promise this blog will get somewhere.
will and ket and me

The gang from the UK arrived shortly after I got there. They went to their hostel with Lauro. Archie and I walked along Immerman Street, the japan town of the city, and I found the purikura booth that I was looking for but we didn't take a pic since the line was quite long. We went to Burger King and Archie asked me what i wanted to eat but I said "None, really". But then he offered me a treat so I immediately said "OK I want to have that spare ribs!". We went back by 5 at the station to meet the others.  I talked to some people a bit. I didn't recognize Ana there and it was nice to finally meet her! I introduced myself to Dave for the 2nd time, so embarassing (darn short term memory). I talked a bit to Eff, Will, Roby, Lori, Wayne, Johan, and met new people that weren't in the A'dam meetup.

rockstars? gangstas? psychos? what?

We were there waiting and standing in front of the station for some people until 6pm and finally we all made our way for our short city tour. We got on the subway, all of us at the same time, and got off on the other side of the city. Sadly, I talked to Bennie and Wendy for only a short while. We walked through some bridge while it was a bit rainy and windy. I had to use my umbrella which in the end got broke because it was so ridiculously windy. It made Lauro and Archie happy because I almost poked their eyes out a couple of times with it. We stopped by some restaurant along the river first for some drinks. Lauro got a trophy for his job well done. He deserved it. Charlotte got some gifts for her birthday, congrats. Bennie received a new T-back, lucky guy (darn I should go to Brazil!).

master Lauro hahaha
  I was the only one probably who didn't give any tip to the waiter, sorry about that dude.

We walked our way to the restaurant, finally. It was cold and rainy but I had a nice talk with Thy. I wanted to go to Morocco like her this July too but too bad I can't with my schedule (and financial dilemmas).  At the restaurant I met Guido, such a jolly nice man. I sat with Thy and met Melissa, she was nice too. I ordered my self a different meal from the others and was the last one to get it. It was OK. Silly Will, who was sitting from across our table, and I sort of played a game of hide and seek. I was definitely less shy this time than the meetup in Amsterdam. I got to talk more to people but I will admit that I'm  still a bit quiet.

Jeff, Wayne and me
I'd rather keep most of my thoughts to myself to avoid embarassment! I talked to Dave and Warren about the Philippines and they asked me what is there to see in my country.  Well, I said the beaches, natural resources and.. that's about it until I suddenly told them that it is not safe, honestly, because of robberies, thefts, etc. That made them scared. Ugh! I got to talk to Viktoria, her boyfriend Nick, Luciano, and Ashish as well. Took pics with some people who wouldn't listen to Lauro to sit down.

Thy had to leave early for work, it was really nice to meet her. Only talked for 30 seconds with Devi and it was all about Dumbledore being gay. Really, Devi, I think we should leave the guy alone. It was nice to see you again by the way! I tried my luck for the toilet but like Thy I also didn't get to go in.

i love how i always capture something funny (and humiliating too i bet) with my camera
Rubyyyyyyyy, I'm sad this happened again. I hope you're OK now. Lauro was really really stressed during dinner. Hopefully the restaurant is happy with our tip. I talked to Wayne before we left the restaurant and also on our way to the bar. He's such a nice man, I can't wait for our trip in Eastern Europe. I only had 3 hours left before I could catch my train back home and I was anxious about how much I will enjoy the rest of the night.

We had a great time at the bar. Everyone dancing around and me taking pictures of people who were lucky enough to be around me. Wayne gave me the idea of annoying Bondy with my camera. I think he hates me now. I'm sorry about that!! I had some drinks, 3 glasses of vodka lemonade, 1 I suspect is vodka as well and 1 other that I'm not sure if it's vodka too.

so someone was going to punch Will behind his back and Will knows it, i suppose, since he's got that look on his face, and Wayne is really seeing things up on the ceiling
  I am not much of a drinker but it has always been a lifetime curiosity for me on how it is to be drunk. I had fun with the picture taking as always. I tried to sing along but unfortunately I always end up making up my own lyrics. Archie and Lauro tried to make me confess on who my crush is here on travbuddy thinking the alcohol would help them but my lips are sealed!! Natasha and Jeff are so cute together I must say. Will was great on the dancefloor. Ket was the party maniac of the night! Everyone's wonderful, I tried my best to take pictures with everyone but I think I didn't get to.

I decided not to catch my train anymore at 3am since I was having so much fun. 39euros wasted but 3hrs of fun memories gained! We partied until 5:30am, Johan was worried about me going home but I told him that Wayne and Bondy will drop me off at the train station.

im surprised i allowed myself to post this, i look like a goldfish-meets-mandy moore (haha dream on hanie!)
I bought another weekend journey ticket and checked the schedule for the next train for me. 7hrs and 5 trains, better than the day before. I still had to wait an hour there in the station and I was really bored. I called Lauro and asked of anyone's number because I really wanted some company. He adviced me to take some coffee and water when I told him I wasn't feeling good. I should've tried my best not to hold on to anything as I walked but I just couldn't walk straight, I knew I was going to smash my face on the floor anytime soon. And some guys of course sensed my issues. A guy talked to me and offered me 20 euros for I don't know what reason. Another one offered me breakfast too. But I shoved them off and tried to walk straight. Didn't get any sleep on the trains at all.
Matthew's in love!
Was so glad when I arrived home, and it was nice as I walked under the warm sun. But still didn't feel any better and was a bit tipsy until i got to sleep at night.

For my last words, I want to thank Lauro of course for the wonderful event. We owe all these to you, THANK YOUUUUU! And for everyone, what a great time we had! I'm sorry I didn't mention everyone of you but you were definitely a part of this amazing night! I hope to see you again one day though I am afraid I won't be in the next meetup here in Europe until next year. But I always change my plans.  And the TB Meetups are worth the reason for changing them.

 

Nice meeting you all!

darlingwish says:
it was loads of fun! but i dont think we'll think ourselves as randoms anymore, weve met before in amsterdam meetup. ^^
Posted on: May 11, 2008
darlingwish says:
thanks!
Posted on: May 06, 2008
pearcetoyou says:
Well done on the blog, Hanie!!!
Posted on: May 06, 2008
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is everyone present?
is everyone present?
cheers to all!
cheers to all!
will and ket and me
will and ket and me
rockstars? gangstas? psychos?   wh…
rockstars? gangstas? psychos? w…
master Lauro hahaha
master Lauro hahaha
Jeff, Wayne and me
Jeff, Wayne and me
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i love how i always capture somet…
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so someone was going to punch Wil…
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im surprised i allowed myself to …
Matthews in love!
Matthew's in love!
need to say something archie?
need to say something archie?
lead the way Lauro and pls everyon…
lead the way Lauro and pls everyo…
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ah jeff! we're gonna have a great…
sweet Ana and me!
sweet Ana and me!
i missed Jeff so much, nice to see…
i missed Jeff so much, nice to se…
drinks anyone!
drinks anyone!
trying to be silly Archie?
trying to be silly Archie?
beautiful Charlotte
beautiful Charlotte
congratulations!
congratulations!
nice one Bennie!
nice one Bennie!
you dont have to try it on here, r…
you dont have to try it on here, …
i got nothing to do with it
i got nothing to do with it
can we all fit in the subway?
can we all fit in the subway?
were almost there
we're almost there
awwwww Lauro, are you stressed?
awwwww Lauro, are you stressed?
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we weren't blessed with a nice we…
crossing that enormous bridge
crossing that enormous bridge
lauro lauro lauro
lauro lauro lauro
cloudy day in ddorf
cloudy day in ddorf
got a problem already?
got a problem already?
me and Bennie!
me and Bennie!
hey you two!
hey you two!
unless you find me an uber embaras…
unless you find me an uber embara…
jolly men
jolly men
me
me
Warren and me!
Warren and me!
Matthew and me!
Matthew and me!
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we got some issues here i can fee…
what u gonna shoot me?
what u gonna shoot me?
what is L for anyway?
what is 'L' for anyway?
my favorite drink in the world and…
my favorite drink in the world an…
nice to meet you Guido!
nice to meet you Guido!
Archie from Denmark (and Phils).
Archie from Denmark (and Phils).
why so formal guys?
why so formal guys?
they dont look like theyre talkin…
they don't look like theyre talki…
pretty Thy and me!
pretty Thy and me!
Mr. Jefffieeee.
Mr. Jefffieeee.
ket and me!
ket and me!
guido sneaking behind me and wayne
guido sneaking behind me and wayne
relax Lau, relax
relax Lau, relax
oh no, hes having a meltdown that…
oh no, he's having a meltdown tha…
jeff, lauro and archie looking fun…
jeff, lauro and archie looking fu…
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our faces were squeezed into only…
good times!
good times!
my lovely hand
my lovely hand
annoyed now huh? hahaha
annoyed now huh? hahaha
and why are you doing that?
and why are you doing that?
me and Wayne-O!
me and Wayne-O!
Jeff!!
Jeff!!
sweeeet huh!
sweeeet huh!
what a great job you did Lauro, we…
what a great job you did Lauro, w…
lovely Lori and me!
lovely Lori and me!
trying to be silly now are we, Way…
trying to be silly now are we, Wa…
hes turning japanese now!
he's turning japanese now!
you loooove the cam huh Jeff!
you loooove the cam huh Jeff!
Wouter and me!
Wouter and me!
what now?!
what now?!
our bill!
our bill!
sticking the tongue out, now thats…
sticking the tongue out, now that…
gang from London
gang from London
gang from new york
gang from new york
Natasha and me (and yeah, Archie a…
Natasha and me (and yeah, Archie …
Bondy, nice to meet you!
Bondy, nice to meet you!
Bondy, Wayne, me
Bondy, Wayne, me
us again
us again
jolly Guido and me!
jolly Guido and me!
whats the crack on ur head?
what's the crack on ur head?
keira knightley would kill for tho…
keira knightley would kill for th…
didnt see Jeff coming!
didn't see Jeff coming!
with gorgeous Silvie
with gorgeous Silvie
Koosje and me!
Koosje and me!
Jeremy, Koosje and me
Jeremy, Koosje and me
ugh what?!
ugh what?!
ugh pls, Archie that look wont do…
ugh pls, Archie that look won't d…
Wendyyyyy
Wendyyyyy
Will and Sylvie
Will and Sylvie
work it, Will!
work it, Will!
love is in the air
love is in the air
Melissa having fun huh
Melissa having fun huh
you saw something scary or?
you saw something scary or?
awwwww love
awwwww love
yeahhhhhh fun!
yeahhhhhh fun!
innocent pose, is that what youre…
innocent pose, is that what you'r…
you will make a great emo poser, l…
you will make a great emo poser, …
blair witch project the british ed…
blair witch project the british e…
look at the camera wayne!
look at the camera wayne!
smoking kills lauro! just a remind…
smoking kills lauro! just a remin…
no jeff sneaking behind us this ti…
no jeff sneaking behind us this t…
Bondy! dont drink too much, will y…
Bondy! dont drink too much, will …
surrounded by guys are we Louise?
surrounded by guys are we Louise?
Mike and me!
Mike and me!
will and me!
will and me!
something funny up on the ceiling?
something funny up on the ceiling?
you go girl!
you go girl!
hahaha and what is that look on yo…
hahaha and what is that look on y…
oh the eyes, dazzling haha
oh the eyes, dazzling haha
i think i saw that dazzling eye po…
i think i saw that dazzling eye p…
yeah girl, rock on!
yeah girl, rock on!
dancing queen Sylvie
dancing queen Sylvie
oh for goodness sake put that shi…
oh for goodness' sake put that sh…
he looks tired
he looks tired
me and Lauro
me and Lauro
Koosje!
Koosje!
what are you so excited about?! ha…
what are you so excited about?! h…
part-ay!!
part-ay!!
yeah lets get loud!
yeah lets get loud!
partyyyyyy
partyyyyyy
Wayne and Warren!
Wayne and Warren!
WW!
WW!
me holding on to waynes beer (pro…
me holding on to wayne's beer (pr…
Sylvie!
Sylvie!
fun night dancing
fun night dancing
Guido and Koosje
Guido and Koosje
can anybody help me comment on thi…
can anybody help me comment on th…
lori and jeff
lori and jeff
Wayne-O!
Wayne-O!
what are you mad at me now?! haha
what are you mad at me now?! haha
sorry Jeff, but im not up for any …
sorry Jeff, but im not up for any…
Alex!
Alex!
ooohhh sexy eyes
ooohhh sexy eyes
somehow Jeff remind me of someone …
somehow Jeff remind me of someone…
Wayne Ollerenshaw
Wayne Ollerenshaw
Archies future mugshot
Archie's future mugshot
being shy?? oh dont be! hahaha
being shy?? oh dont be! hahaha
nice one Wayne
nice one Wayne
yeah, there you go, a perfect japa…
yeah, there you go, a perfect jap…
seduction failed.
seduction failed.
Mike and Jeff!
Mike and Jeff!
are you okay?
are you okay?
party boy, Ket!
party boy, Ket!
cheers Alex!
cheers Alex!
too much drink i suppose
too much drink i suppose
a nice pic of Wayne, his secret ad…
a nice pic of Wayne, his secret a…
why? someone annoyed you? let me k…
why? someone annoyed you? let me …
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i wonder why you can't look at my…
partyyyyyyyy
partyyyyyyyy
yeah it was quite akward
yeah it was quite akward
rock on Jeff!
rock on Jeff!
awww whats wrong Lau? tired? exha…
awww what's wrong Lau? tired? exh…
irresistable? hehehe
irresistable? hehehe
yeah Guido, work it!
yeah Guido, work it!
separated by birth. or adoption.
separated by birth. or adoption.
just like an angel
just like an angel
Bondy, do you hate me? hahaha
Bondy, do you hate me? hahaha
a bit crowded isnt it!
a bit crowded isn't it!
wheres that smoke coming from? *p…
where's that smoke coming from? *…
no comment.
no comment.
no comment again.
no comment again.
no comment but i really do like my…
no comment but i really do like m…
Bondy dondy
Bondy dondy
fabulous shot
fabulous shot
Alex and me!
Alex and me!
Wayne wayne wayne doing good on th…
Wayne wayne wayne doing good on t…
shot by Bondy i think
shot by Bondy i think
Bondy feeling the moment
Bondy feeling the moment
Bondy and Sylie
Bondy and Sylie
shot by Bondy
shot by Bondy
having fun!
having fun!
Dave!
Dave!
drunk now?
drunk now?
me
me
kat and me
kat and me
Alex and me
Alex and me
now what?!
now what?!
not yet done partying?
not yet done partying?
hahahah ket is such a party maniac
hahahah ket is such a party maniac
sweet
sweet
sorr Bondy, im really sorry hahaha
sorr Bondy, i'm really sorry hahaha
are you trying to pay back Bondy?
are you trying to pay back Bondy?
what will people think!
what will people think!
best picture of you Wayne, I must …
best picture of you Wayne, I must…
kat and me!
kat and me!
Alex!
Alex!
wayne saw wayne in the mirror and …
wayne saw wayne in the mirror and…
Johan and me
Johan and me
me and Loiuse
me and Loiuse
i know, shes gorgeous isnt she!
i know, she's gorgeous isn't she!
Auntie, is that you?!
Auntie, is that you?!
some girl and Louise hahaha
some girl and Louise hahaha
ahhh this night is definitely graet
ahhh this night is definitely graet
dont you dare give me that look W…
don't you dare give me that look …
whose hand was it?
whose hand was it?
crying will and clueless johan
crying will and clueless johan
crying will and happy johan
crying will and happy johan
i LOVE this pic! it looks as if Wa…
i LOVE this pic! it looks as if W…
really Wayne, whats the crack wit…
really Wayne, what's the crack wi…
shhhhhhh.
shhhhhhh.
i told them to say 'tae' (sh*t in…
lauro gets a trophy for his job w…
what a great night! another video…
did i just sing 'stop raining men…
still us at the bar
dancing with the song 'sweet home…
dance dance
i know gives u a headache huh?
i know gives u a headache huh?
lauro: pls vote for me
lauro: pls vote for me
will vote for lauro
will vote for lauro
lauro gets a trophy
lauro gets a trophy
playing shy
playing shy
problematic?
problematic?
dinner time
dinner time
my feminine side
my feminine side
me and thy
me and thy
my food
my food
dessert w/c i didnt pay for (SHHH!…
dessert w/c i didnt pay for (SHHH…
ket
ket
getting off the subway
getting off the subway
hangsama
hangsama
lauro thinking
lauro thinking
lauro: darn it listen to meh!
lauro: darn it listen to meh!
what!
what!
paparazzi shot
paparazzi shot
he thinks hes cute
he thinks he's cute
dinner time
dinner time
dave dave dave
dave dave dave
ohhh smoking makes me feel good...…
ohhh smoking makes me feel good..…
stunned bondy and kat
stunned bondy and kat
over fatigue
over fatigue
geez, its hot in here, my gosh
geez, its hot in here, my gosh
lets dance bond!
let's dance bond!
yeah, like archie said, its so hot…
yeah, like archie said, its so ho…
yeah dancing king ket
yeah dancing king ket
archie?
archie?
fun night, eh jeff?
fun night, eh jeff?
whatever
whatever
dinner
dinner
woaaaahhhh
woaaaahhhh
lauro
lauro
to drink or not to drink
to drink or not to drink
LAURO?!
LAURO?!
oh geez, im so drunk..
oh geez, im so drunk..
people
people
punch?
punch?
at the bar
at the bar
preciouuuus
preciouuuus
bondy
bondy
sylvie (shot by bondy)
sylvie (shot by bondy)
bondy and sylvie
bondy and sylvie
sweet
sweet
??
??
will?
will?
lauro
lauro
love
love
nice hair
nice hair
jeff
jeff
bondy
bondy
kiss??? mwah
kiss??? mwah
bwahahahahaha
bwahahahahaha
drugged by archie
drugged by archie
ket
ket
wouter looking serious
wouter looking serious
dance dance
dance dance
didnt see alex behind me
didnt see alex behind me
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