The Main Event

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*Gulp*

Jos, Ouss and I went direct to the Hbf to meet the others, arriving at 4:45, just in time (or so we thought).  We waited for a while and had a chance to meet the other travbuddies as they gradually wandered in, with roll call coming around 45 minutes later.  Joining us here were kat_mac27, Bondy2007, wanderinwurzel, lovely_lori88, marloesetman, devika1985, Robbo_88, Jefrois, 2win, Otto219, mat-uk, ben589, anamorenoramos, eefab, wayneollerenshaw, ashishrb, nycgirl76, archie1978, mypictures4u, and darlingwish.

Following roll-call (not in alphabetical order) we ventured onto the U-bahn where we terrified a train car full of locals with 44 foreigners crowding into a single car at once.  We managed to make the journey over the river and all got off the train at the right station for the walk back across the bridge, along the promenade and back to the place where some of us had stopped for lunch earlier (Cafe Weisse Flotte, if my backwards picture reading is correct).

Max, Ket, Wendy, Rowena, Oussama, Jos from accross the lake.
  Here a round was had, and the meet-up dedicated to those who could not be there that day.  Gifts were presented to Lauro for the incredible job he did arranging everything as well as to Charlotte for her birthday and Benny for his upcoming trip to Brazil.  Also for Jeff and Natasha for coming in from the States for just the day, flying back on Sunday.  I thought I had some crazy travels before, but this takes the cake.  

From there it was on to Dinner.  We managed to slog through the rain along the promenade, past the Rheinturm and Gehry-designed Zollhof building to the location of the official dinner, also called Zollhof as it is across the street from the building.  There we were joined by Gclaessen, koala, luci26, viciousv04 and Nick (as well as some others from Friday who missed the walk over).

Bueller? Bueller?

The food was excellent, and I have to give credit to the waitress who never seemed to lose her patience with us and the constant stream of drink orders.  Considering the size of the group, things went mostly smoothly, some mix-ups with who ordered what, but overall nothing drastic.  Not many places could have handled a group this size.

The group started to break up a little after dinner with the first couple people heading home or back to the hotels, with the rest finding their way eventually to the Altstadt where we managed to find a great pub that had awesome music and great beer.  We managed to outlast the initial packed house and by the end of the evening, we had the mid-front bar area almost entirely to ourselves.  Some interesting moments and a little paranoia attack based on a vibe from some of the local clientelle, but all's well that end's well.

Shiny, and Tasty!
  Well into the morning at that, as we closed the place down at 5AM and I finally managed to hit my pillow around 6.

Thank you Lauro for organizing such a great event.  I don't know how you did it, I would have gone crazy trying to put this together.  I had a wonderful time, and based on what I've seen from the others, the feeling seems to be shared by all.  You outdid youself.  I think we need a new award on the site for meet-up organizers and you should by default be the first recipient.

Thanks also to everyone who showed up and helped make this event such a success.  I truly enjoyed meeting you all, and look forward to seeing you all again at future events.

alex-b says:
Wel Written Brett!
Posted on: Apr 23, 2008
ms_travelr says:
Looks like you guys (and gals) had a great time !
Posted on: Apr 23, 2008
koala says:
Yes, I agree! Lauro did a great job! He should get the " Best Meetup Organizer Award" ;-)
Posted on: Apr 22, 2008
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Charlotte with Charlotte Sauce

Saturday morning, after a short nap (six hours or so) and a quick breakfast, I met Jos in front of my hotel and we went for a stroll through the city before daring to call the others to see what they were up to.  First stop was by my carpark to see if I had my phone charger there in case it was still needed (I had it, but didn't need it) from which it was only another hundred meters or so to Koningsallee.  Not being shoppers, we continued to wander through the area and then over to the Rheinturm.  We expected the day to be miserable weather, but we were lucky to have a nice morning, and weren't sure exactly what was planned for the afternoon, so we hopped up to the top of the tower for some experimental photography and great views.

After the tower, we walked up past the Pfarrkirche St.

Lauro Rules!
Peter towards the hostel where most of the others were staying, arriving just as the groups were preparing to head out for their walks.  Group #1 was planning to start with sightseeing while Group #2 was leaning towards food first, so we joined up with Group #1 for the early afternoon tour.

The first leg brought us back past the Kirche to the Art Museum for some fun in the playground, an amazing piece of scrap-metal art (um, ok) and a nice reflected view of the Rheinturm.  From here it was back to Koningsallee for some window shopping, people watching, and coffee.  After a brief shopping break, we walked through the Hofgarten, were amazed by some squirrels, climbed a few trees, and marvelled at the giant bottle opener...or person drinking a missing bottle of wine...or screaming...or whatever.  We passed by a few museums, molested and imitated some statues, found the tourist ATM (the one with the big line) before stopping for lunch on the promenade (where we coincidentally wound up for drinks later) and then heading up to join the group for the official meet-up.

 

metsbwd says:
The pics will go up tomorrow...need sleep tonight...
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
lauro says:
molested the statues?!!! whattafuck! hahahahahahahahah :D
Posted on: Apr 21, 2008
*Gulp*
*Gulp*
Max, Ket, Wendy, Rowena, Oussama, …
Max, Ket, Wendy, Rowena, Oussama,…
Bueller?  Bueller?
Bueller? Bueller?
Shiny, and Tasty!
Shiny, and Tasty!
Charlotte with Charlotte Sauce
Charlotte with Charlotte Sauce
Lauro Rules!
Lauro Rules!
Koningsallee
Koningsallee
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What exactly are the Rheinturm an…
View from the Rheinturm
View from the Rheinturm
Zollhof (building and restaurant) …
Zollhof (building and restaurant)…
Dusseldorfs bridges over the Rhein
Dusseldorf's bridges over the Rhein
Across the river
Across the river
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I need to Google this...
Promenade and Altstadt
Promenade and Altstadt
Towards the Hbf and my hotel
Towards the Hbf and my hotel
Shiny buildings!
Shiny buildings!
Long way up...
Long way up...
I think this is deliberate...not g…
I think this is deliberate...not …
Pfarrkirche St. Peter
Pfarrkirche St. Peter
Art Museum
Art Museum
At first I thought I was still dru…
At first I thought I was still dr…
In honor of the Dusseldorf / Colog…
In honor of the Dusseldorf / Colo…
Start of Koningsallee
Start of Koningsallee
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Political season, here comes an a…
Ouss, Me, Jos, Max, Ket, Wendy and…
Ouss, Me, Jos, Max, Ket, Wendy an…
Fountain at the end of Koningsallee
Fountain at the end of Koningsallee
Free Tibet!
Free Tibet!
Be ye kind!  Reminds me of an old …
Be ye kind! Reminds me of an old…
Dont feed the ducks!!!
Don't feed the ducks!!!
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Just Chillin
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Max has a new girlfriend...
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Monkey see, monkey do...
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Wayne, Jeremy, Archie, Lori, Hani…
Would you buy booze from this man?
Would you buy booze from this man?
On the move
On the move
Look both ways!
Look both ways!
The destination in sight...
The destination in sight...
Ana and Devika lingering behind.
Ana and Devika lingering behind.
Our fearless leader, still hard at…
Our fearless leader, still hard a…
Wine and Beer, Never Fear!
Wine and Beer, Never Fear!
Mmmm, Beer...
Mmmm, Beer...
Thanks for everything...
Thanks for everything...
Thank you all!
"Thank you all!"
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Charlotte, Alex, Liverpool, Dave,…
Daniel and Devika
Daniel and Devika
Señor Warren
Señor Warren
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Sonja and Louise
Jos and Matt
Jos and Matt
Rowena and Oussama
Rowena and Oussama
No, really, you flew in this morn…
"No, really, you flew in this mor…
This was an accidental photo, but …
This was an accidental photo, but…
Eef and me...taken by none other t…
Eef and me...taken by none other …
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Warning...all bar photos from her…
Alex, still in the mix...
Alex, still in the mix...
Roman...Welcome to TravBuddy!
Roman...Welcome to TravBuddy!
Roman and Warren
Roman and Warren
Louise and Lori
Louise and Lori
Willem, still getting down!
Willem, still getting down!
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Ben and Louise
Ben and Louise
Me and Matt
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Closing time!
Closing time!
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