I PREsent a PREcious PRE-meetup in PREtty Antwerp!

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At Pieter's (Kornifalig's) place.

 

Watching the pictures and reading the blogs about all that travelbuddy meetups that took place made me envy the fun the participants had there. I just hope one day a meetup would appear I would be definitely able to join. I think the first one who told me about the Antwerp meetup planned for May was Lauro. It looked really fine, that was the time when I was supposed to be in Düsseldorf in Germany, Antwerp is not that far away, yeaaah. I found the corresponding blog and put me on as a possible participant.

Cathedral in the center.
Later I suddenly realized one thing, damn, the meetup was exactly the same day as my flight back home from Düsseldorf. Was there no justice in this world? I left a comment on the forum again asking Sylvie (Sylvie1), the organizer, to take me out of the list and explained my reasons. But her response brought me back into the game. Why couldn’t I come at least the day before for a pre-meetup, there would be enough people already, she wrote. Hmmm, why not actually. After Pieter (kornifalig) offered me a free homestay at his place and Wouter (wounternet) gave me the tip how to get there cheaper by bus one thing became clear…this would be my first bigger meetup. OK, a pre-meetup, whatever.

The Eurolines bus Wouter suggested cost only 34 euros to get there and back (a train would have cost around 100 euros!!!!), but it had a disadvantage. There was only one bus daily leaving at 6:30pm arriving in Antwerp at 9:30pm.

Sightseeing in Antwerp.
Taking the one on Friday wouldn’t make much sense as the bus back was leaving in the morning at 7:15am. That’s why I agreed with Pieter and Sylvie to come already Thursday night. Oh, before I forget, the bus had unfortunately another disadvantage I didn’t know about before…it arrived in Düsseldorf with 1 hour delay.

Pieter came to pick me up, the message I received on my cellphone couple of minutes before was: “Oh yeah, I have a sleeveless shirt on and no foot wear”. He wasn’t joking at all. The travelbuddy who picked me up was a huge bear alike guy walking barefoot. Nevertheless he turned quickly to be a very nice and funny guy, step by step we found a way how we could adjust to each other our senses of humour so it would fit perfectly…it didn’t take long at all, haha.

First we went by subway to his place to bring my stuff away and then by his car back to the city center to meet with Sylvie.

Five "heavy" belgian workers.
Few words about his apartment and his car, it would be some sort of sin not giving it an own comment. His place which is by the way situated in front of a police station is just soo cool and Pieter turned it into his own unique place. It’s like a little museum of different alcohol sorts, different glasses, elephants (Pieter collects them), etc, etc. Oh, I should mention as well the sausages hanging from the sealing, hahaha. Pieter’s car is…how to describe it the best…easy to recognize. It’s slightly demolished, taped, etc, and friends of him left written comments on what used to be the white lack.

We met with Sylvie on the square next to the cathedral. I saw her already on several pictures from other meetups, but now she looked much more…shiny…like a weak red neon light…she got sunburn that day, haha. And she was damn tired, I wondered how she would survive the following days. Honestly. We went all together to the favourite pub of Pieter and I tried the beer “de Koninck” he suggested, pretty good I have to confess.

City center.
We didn’t stay for too long, but I noticed that Pieter seemed to have lots of friends around here.

Sylvie stayed with us at Pieter’s place, but we didn’t get that much sleep as she had to wake up in the morning to go to pick up James (pearcetoyou) and an hour later Jeff (jefrois) from the airport. Yes, I meant WE didn’t get much sleep as she is able to sleep so deep that she ignores the alarm clock completely, hahaha.   

After she left I fell asleep again and didn’t really get up until 11am when we suddenly left. I wanted to see something from the city and Pieter turned out to be a very good guide. He could tell me some of the town legends and knew about other things related to Antwerp as well.

Town hall.
I could prove you Pieter that I listened to you and remember what you told me, but it would take too long to write it down.

Our next destination was the Central station where we met (after waiting a bit) suddenly with James and Jeff

 Who were brought there by Sylvie. Little bit later Wendy (Wendyveer) joined us as well, but not for long as she had to go to bring her stuff to the hostel she was staying. We went back to Pieter’s place and had a little rest while Sylvie went to pick up Alex (alex-b). Then it was around 5pm when we moved to the city center again and found a bar to sit down and have some drinks. Step by step more travbuddies were joining us, Wendy reappeared with Devika (Devika1985) and Daniel (DanielOostdijk), got to learn as well Wouter (wouternet) and Bennie (BMatital) who was stucked in a traffic jam, poor guy.

I would like to mention Bennie’s present for James, a white cup with a travbuddy profile picture of Bennie, hahahaha, so cool.

We were moving from the pub to a Spanish restaurant and later on to a Turkish restaurant with the only empty chairs outside, haha. Might have been a bad choice, but we were just too many already to be too exigent the 2 other travbuddies arrived here, Ashish (ashishrb) and Kim (latinlover). After a little refreshment at some Belgian fastfood place (I was so dam hungry already, haha) we moved to a night club…don’t ask me the name, something in Flamish, unpronouncable, haha. But before something strange happed in the fastfood restaurant we’ve been to. When I went to throw my trash away a young blond girl asked me something in Flamish I couldn’t understand. Then she asked me in English if my name is “Ivanka”!? !? !? !? !? !? So strange…later on I remembered that I asked some Dutch girl here on travelbuddy whose name was Ivanka how comes that she has such a Slavic sounding name.

Antwerp architecture.
But, could it be possible? That girl was from Holland, we were in Belgium now.

Anyway, in the club we ordered some drinks and had just fun. That was the time when the last travelbuddy that night arrived, Dave (wanderinwurzel). We danced, chatted, fooled around and took pictures, all of this can be described with one single word…FUN. What a great night. It was after 2 o’clock when the last of us took a taxi together and got back to Pieter’s place. Of course even the people who got back before us weren’t sleeping. We continued chatting and joking around until 4am suddenly we went to sleep…8 people in Pieter’s living room, haahaha. Pieter himself slept in his bedroom. Well, I didn’t get much sleep as I had to wake up around 6am to catch my bus back to Düsseldorf. Oh and guess what. It had a delay of one hour again.

Townhall.

Thanks to everynbody for a great pre-meetup and especially a huge THANK YOU to Sylvie and Pieter. Will never forget the time I spent with you all guys. Hope to meet you again somewhere in the world. Martin (skydiver), over and out.

    

     

treadie53 says:
Sounds like great fun!
Posted on: May 26, 2008
skydiver says:
Thanks. :-)
Posted on: May 21, 2008
dolfijn says:
great blog! Martin
Posted on: May 20, 2008
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At Pieters (Kornifaligs) place.
At Pieter's (Kornifalig's) place.
Cathedral in the center.
Cathedral in the center.
Sightseeing in Antwerp.
Sightseeing in Antwerp.
Five heavy belgian workers.
Five "heavy" belgian workers.
City center.
City center.
Town hall.
Town hall.
Antwerp architecture.
Antwerp architecture.
Townhall.
Townhall.
Fortress.
Fortress.
A legend of a giant who scared dru…
A legend of a giant who scared dr…
Typical Antwerp architecture.
Typical Antwerp architecture.
Heading to the Central Station.
Heading to the Central Station.
Inside of the Central Station.
Inside of the Central Station.
Pieter (Kornifalig) smashing a ham…
Pieter (Kornifalig) smashing a ha…
Waiting for the other travbuddies,…
Waiting for the other travbuddies…
Was like a vacuum cleaner for bric…
Was like a vacuum cleaner for bri…
Jeff said that the name on the whi…
Jeff said that the name on the wh…
Pieters unique car. Its running,…
Pieter's unique car. It's running…
Going to Pieters apartement where…
Going to Pieter's apartement wher…
James and Bennie.
James and Bennie.
Having good time.
Having good time.
Me and Jeff.
Me and Jeff.
Pieter showing Bennie whos the bo…
Pieter showing Bennie who's the b…
The Dutch people.
The Dutch people.
The Belgian people.
The Belgian people.
Our main accounter Pieter.
Our main accounter Pieter.
Pieter and Wendy.
Pieter and Wendy.
Wendy under support of Jeff thinki…
Wendy under support of Jeff think…
Ashish, Wouter and me.
Ashish, Wouter and me.
Jeff-lag, hahaha.
Jeff-lag, hahaha.
Ashish, Wouter and me again.
Ashish, Wouter and me again.
Drinking beer outside of a Turkish…
Drinking beer outside of a Turkis…
Pieter and his adoptive child Je…
Pieter and his "adoptive child" J…
Me and Devika.
Me and Devika.
Devika dancing with Jeff who overp…
Devika dancing with Jeff who over…
Pieter dancing with Sylvie.
Pieter dancing with Sylvie.
Kim, Wendy and Pieter with the cra…
Kim, Wendy and Pieter with the cr…
An attempt of a group picture.
An attempt of a group picture.
Me and new travelbuddy member Dani…
Me and new travelbuddy member Dan…
James and me...oh, and half of Jef…
James and me...oh, and half of Je…
Kissing Sylvie.
Kissing Sylvie.
Me and Ashish.
Me and Ashish.
Sylvie with Jeff.
Sylvie with Jeff.
Dancing...
Dancing...
Sylvie dancing with Ashish.
Sylvie dancing with Ashish.
Bennie and me.
Bennie and me.
Pieter and Sylvie.
Pieter and Sylvie.
Dirty dancing of Sylvie and Jame…
"Dirty dancing" of Sylvie and Jam…
Aeeeh..psycho dancing of Pieter …
Aeeeh.."psycho" dancing of Pieter…
Wendy and Devika.
Wendy and Devika.
The beauty and the beast.
The beauty and the beast.
Yeah, Pieter is a biiiig guy.
Yeah, Pieter is a biiiig guy.
Kim, Dave and Pieter.
Kim, Dave and Pieter.
It just looks like Dave wants to p…
It just looks like Dave wants to …
Alex with Jeff.
Alex with Jeff.
Sylvie with Alexs camera.
Sylvie with Alex's camera.
Wendy with Pieter...and somebodys…
Wendy with Pieter...and somebody'…
Devika with Ashish.
Devika with Ashish.
Making lots of pictures.
Making lots of pictures.
Behind Sylvie is Kim...sorry Kim.
Behind Sylvie is Kim...sorry Kim.
Kim...that was you, admit it, here…
Kim...that was you, admit it, her…
Ashish dancing the robot dance.
Ashish dancing the robot dance.
Alex, the paparazzi.
Alex, the paparazzi.
Alex always with a camera in hsi h…
Alex always with a camera in hsi …
Jeff with Devika.
Jeff with Devika.
Sylvie.
Sylvie.
The gang that was supposed to slee…
The gang that was supposed to sle…
Pieter trying to shave Ashish.
Pieter trying to shave Ashish.
Me realizing I would get only 2 ho…
Me realizing I would get only 2 h…
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