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Enjoying the food at Verlaine

Ok so after having such a great time in Amsterdam, meeting so many amazing friends in January, I decided "wouldn't it be cool to do the same in New York!"  I posted the idea on the forums and right away the response was very positive.  Remembering what Devi went through when planning the Amsterdam meetup, i knew that I wouldn't be able to this alone.  Luckily I found a few locals, Tasha and Deb, that were just as interested about putting on a great meetup as I was.  We decided to meet up to discuss what we had in mind for the meetup, but we ended up having so much fun hanging out, eating and laughing that we barely even mentioned the meetup.  All of us ended up connecting in a special way, becoming very close, all because of Travbuddy.

Kind of a group photo on Friday Night at Village Underground

With Tasha putting on her "ms. planner" hat on, her and Deb helped me in every step of the event, so a huge thanks goes out to these awesome women!!!  Without you this weekend wouldn't be possible :)

Ok Ok so moving... Now unlike other meetups, there was a lot less communication between those that would be attending the Meetup on Saturday, so Tasha planned a little pre-meetup dinner at one of our favorite spots, Verlaine, so we can break the ice a bit, get to know everyone a little, over some tapas.  Now normally meeting 7 strangers for dinner would be a bit frightening and there sure to be some tension and uneasiness, but not on Travbuddy.  There were people from different backgrounds, from 5 different continents, but everyone had a great time getting to know eachother.

 

Tasha put together a pre-meetup night out at Village Underground, one of her favorite spots, and after we finished our dinner, me and my new friends(Craig,Josh,Jamie,Gloria) and Matt headed over there to meet everyone else.  We really didn't know how many TB's were going to show up since Tasha put this night together pretty late, and we didn't have an official list going like we didn't for the official meetup.  But as soon as the clock struck 10pm, the TB's start rolling in! First, Mario showed up all the way from Montreal, he brought his girlfriend Val, Nancy, and Etienne with them... now where Mario goes, the party follows so we knew that this night was going to be BIG!  We all went downstairs and planted ourselves on the couches by the bar, the live band was rocking, the drinks started flowing and other TB's kept pouring in :)))

Before I knew it, there were over 20 Travbuddies and friends who came out and I knew this was going to be one hell of a party!  There were those that I have talked to before that I have wanted to meet like Joy, Jillian, Mario, and James, but there were also many others who I ended meeting for the first time.

Mario getting down!
.. and everyone that I have met that night was awesome, brought something different to the party, every single person was having a great time, no matter where they were from!

After countless photos being taken, endless amounts of alcohol consumed, and dancing our asses on the dance floor the pre-meetup party was a great success, and everyone knew that it was only the beginning, because we were going to do it bigger and better tomorrow!!!      

viciousv04 says:
I want to be at the next NY meet! :)
Posted on: Jul 23, 2008
danny291 says:
sounds so it was so much fun :)
Posted on: May 05, 2008
travnet says:
Seems like a great meetup Jeff! Awesome.
Nice pics!
Posted on: May 02, 2008
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Enjoying the food at Verlaine
Enjoying the food at Verlaine
Kind of a group photo on Friday Ni…
Kind of a group photo on Friday N…
Mario getting down!
Mario getting down!
Val, Mario and I
Val, Mario and I
Many Many Shots were consumed this…
Many Many Shots were consumed thi…
Me and Matt
Me and Matt
Nancy, Me and Jamie
Nancy, Me and Jamie
Nancy,Gloria,Josh,Matt and I
Nancy,Gloria,Josh,Matt and I
Deb is giving me a massage? I was …
Deb is giving me a massage? I was…
Me and James
Me and James
Nico, Glori, and Me
Nico, Glori, and Me
Friday Night was a blast!
Friday Night was a blast!
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