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Dave!!!

Day 2, Saturday……

 

On Saturday the crew staying at Pieter’s began stirring around 10:30 or 11:00, and a bit later we were all hustling out the door ready to start a new day, and find some COFFEE! Haha!!! That was Sylvie and me’s first stop…the coffee shop! Then we joined up with the others on the terrace in front of one of the cafes. We also had some new TB arrivals on the scene: Marloes and Bart, J.C., Anna, Joost, and Biedjee. Am I forgetting anybody??? I actually remember well everyone who came for the meet-up…but things become somewhat amiss when I try to recall the chronological order in which they came. So if there are mistakes, please accept my apologies!!!

Throughout the day and early evening, the others who also showed were Ed, Alex (Robbo) ~ not to be confused with Alex-B, Lori, Warren, Louise, Derk, David, and Sophie.

Morning coffee!!!
Is that everyone???

After coffee and brunch, several of us joined Pieter for his personal tour service of Antwerp. Pieter is quite knowledgeable on Antwerp and we couldn’t have paid for better service! Many thanks to kornifilag!!!  After the tour, we joined up with those who stayed behind to feast on Belgium beer at one of the cafes. And of course, some of the girls (including Marloes, of course) had been out doing their shopping! But I didn’t get out of that one entirely. I went with Sylvie and helped her pick out something to wear for the evening….and I never had so much fun shopping! Unfortunately, the top she ended up buying didn’t have a very favorable fate! Hmmm…should I even tell that story, Sylvie???

So, by now it is getting closer to our meet-up.

Alex
Pieter, J.C., and I go back to the castle to change clothes and then we immediately head back to town. Our Meet-up site was the Amadeus Restaurant, specializing in Spare Ribs! When our group of 26 showed up, we were informed our tables were not ready, so we walked around the corner and found a place to sit and ordered drinks. After 45 minutes, we journeyed back to find they were ready for us!

We had several tables lined up to accompany us and…to my delight, several bottles of red wine adorning the tables!!! Hmmm…I knew we were at the right place.  And then came the delicious ribs!!! WOW! All you can eat, too! Well, I had two slabs, but Pieter beat us all…although he didn’t break his own record, which I think was 8!!! Haha I am not sure how long we were there, certainly 2 or 3 hours, but I have nothing but great things to say about this place and, more importantly, about the company! It was like one big happy family!!! What a fantastic bunch of Travbuddies!  And I won’t forget our frequent trips outside for smoke breaks with Alex, Sylvie, Ashish, Kim, and Robbo!

After Amadeus, things begin to get a little fuzzy for me…too much wine! Oh, I take that back…just the right amount of wine!! I do remember we started looking for club to visit and our first stop was at a club where Pieter worked as a bouncer.

Dave and me on the subway.
But for some reason the club was not very busy on this night, and so we moved onto to the club we were at the previous night… “It's called in Dutch: De Vuile Was, translated as The Dirty Laundry. No kidding James, I am sober now while typing this, hahaha”  To quote Alex, again!!

To be continued….

The club was wall to wall with people...and then throw in our mix of 26 people and, well...you can imagine!! We also had tables outside where many of us congregated to cool off from the sauna like temperatures inside. I would not do justice by trying to fill in all the details, just from the mere fact that I had plenty of wine on this night and the details are a jumble, at best.

Jeff
We probably left the club somewhere around 3 in the morning, but not before we had a huge hugging session outside the club for those who would not be seeing one another the next day.

The number of couchsurfers at Pieter's grew larger tonight. Those at Pieter's tonight: Pieter, Alex-b, Alex, Warren, Dave, Ashish, Sylvie, J.C., Jeff, and me. Once agian, the party was not over once we arrived back at the castle. In fact, it didn't conclude until the sun was up and the birds were singing. Jeff had to catch a train to Paris at like 6:30, so I hope he did get some sleep on the train. I would be remiss in failing to mention our phone call back to the states talking with Tiff (Tiffanybear24). Warren called her on his phone (I promised her I would make him call)...it's a wonder she could understand all of us! haha

 

 

Chokk says:
Great blog and it must have been great fun - too bad I had a great time in Rome and couldnt join all of you.
Posted on: May 17, 2008
Africancrab says:
another great journal, next time I will do the graveyard drink and dance - especially in Europe, lol!
Posted on: May 16, 2008
alicegourmet says:
Oh yea...It sounds like a wonderful day hanging out with a bunch of fun TBers and I bet Pieter is great tour guide!
:)
Posted on: May 16, 2008
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Dave!!!
Dave!!!
Morning coffee!!!
Morning coffee!!!
Alex
Alex
Dave and me on the subway.
Dave and me on the subway.
Jeff
Jeff
Alex
Alex
Dave
Dave
Jeff and Daniel
Jeff and Daniel
A slice of Marloes, Anna, Devi, an…
A slice of Marloes, Anna, Devi, a…
Marloes, Anna, Wendy, Joost, and S…
Marloes, Anna, Wendy, Joost, and …
Sylvie tanning with a menu!
Sylvie tanning with a menu!
The cafe.
The cafe.
Me and Pieter
Me and Pieter
J.C., my great Spaniard friend!!!
J.C., my great Spaniard friend!!!
Pieter
Pieter
Me.
Me.
Kim
Kim
Jeff
Jeff
Joost, Ed, and Biedjee
Joost, Ed, and Biedjee
Kim and Sylvie
Kim and Sylvie
Joost and Ed
Joost and Ed
Wouter
Wouter
Ashish
Ashish
Wouter having breakfast
Wouter having breakfast
Daniel
Daniel
Daniel having beer breakfast
Daniel having beer breakfast
Pieter
Pieter
Me and Pieter
Me and Pieter
Me and Pieter and a spoon
Me and Pieter and a spoon
Our staple diet!
Our staple diet!
J.C.
J.C.
Kim
Kim
Pieter, the tour guide.
Pieter, the tour guide.
The cathedral.
The cathedral.
The flag of every country is on th…
The flag of every country is on t…
Part of the tour group.
Part of the tour group.
The castle.
The castle.
J.C. and me in front of a Castle.
J.C. and me in front of a Castle.
This street runs along the river.
This street runs along the river.
Statue in front of the castle.
Statue in front of the castle.
Heres the river that runs up to E…
Here's the river that runs up to …
Antwerps narrowest street.
Antwerp's narrowest street.
A street in Antwerp.
A street in Antwerp.
The red door is where the Executio…
The red door is where the Executi…
Ice cream.
Ice cream.
And more ice cream!
And more ice cream!
Is that delicious, or what, Sylvie?
Is that delicious, or what, Sylvie?
Hey!!! McDonalds!!!
Hey!!! McDonald's!!!
J.C.
J.C.
Sylvie and J.C.
Sylvie and J.C.
Dave
Dave
Kim
Kim
Sylvie and Ed
Sylvie and Ed
Jeff
Jeff
Biedjee and Joost
Biedjee and Joost
Biedjee
Biedjee
David
David
Derk
Derk
Me
Me
Sylvie and me
Sylvie and me
Breakfast!
Breakfast!
Daniel
Daniel
Cathedral, again.
Cathedral, again.
And again.
And again.
Dave
Dave
Sylvie and Dave
Sylvie and Dave
Sylvie and Dave
Sylvie and Dave
Shopping with Sylvie!
Shopping with Sylvie!
How does this one look?
How does this one look?
What about this one?
What about this one?
And this one? Do you like?
And this one? Do you like?
haha...waiting at the train statio…
haha...waiting at the train stati…
Waiting for the train
Waiting for the train
Still waiting...
Still waiting...
On the train.
On the train.
View from the terrace where we wer…
View from the terrace where we we…
Sylvie and me.
Sylvie and me.
Yes, lauro...I just might use this…
Yes, lauro...I just might use thi…
David and Dave
David and Dave
The main event begins at Amadeus!!!
The main event begins at Amadeus!!!
Here you go, J3!!! I think weve s…
Here you go, J3!!! I think we've …
The bill...every one paid 22euro e…
The bill...every one paid 22euro …
Sylvie counting the money.
Sylvie counting the money.
A drink for Tiffany from Warren an…
A drink for Tiffany from Warren a…
This is for you Litta S
This is for you Litta "S"
A drink for Marie! (Sarj)
A drink for Marie! (Sarj)
A drink for Hanie! I didnt forget…
A drink for Hanie! I didn't forge…
Melanie...Queen CW, this was for y…
Melanie...Queen CW, this was for …
And one for Tracy!
And one for Tracy!
And one for J1, my little pea!
And one for J1, my little "pea"!
And one for Angel, of course!
And one for Angel, of course!
Erin, we didnt forget you!
Erin, we didn't forget you!
Neither did we forget Sybil!
Neither did we forget Sybil!
A drink for Michelle.
A drink for Michelle.
Michelle, it was so good we had to…
Michelle, it was so good we had t…
And one for Julz!
And one for Julz!
A Dominos Pizza in Antwerp!
A Dominos Pizza in Antwerp!
Alexs mini-ashtray.
Alex's mini-ashtray.
Alex trying something on!
Alex trying something on!
Hmmm...Its Sylvies sleep mask!
Hmmm...It's Sylvie's sleep mask!
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