Humphrey's on Fire in the Stad

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Hey Wendy! We're coming, we're coming!

Leaving the praamsailing, I was driving Micky and Matt back to the Eden Oranje.  Of course, as was the case on the way from the car to the praamsailing location, we had the drawbridge up and had a five minute delay before we got to the car.  In his best "Three billy-goat's gruff" troll-under-the-bridge impression, the drawbridge operator came out of his booth and almost gave Matt the heave-ho when he strayed a little too close to the bridge in his enthusiasm to cross.

Following our return to Leeuwarden from the Praamsailing, we decided to freshen up a little before heading up to Waag to meet up with everyone before dinner at Humphrey's.  We technically had 15 minutes...um.

Matt has made his choice for dinner...
..well...I guess perhaps we should have realized 15 minutes wasn't quite enough time.

When we got back to the hotel, we saw Bart and Marloes in the lobby still, so we knew we wouldn't be the last ones to arrive at Humphreys...so we told them we'd be right down.  So rush we did, quick change and back to the lobby.  It was meet-up time...we were all due at the Waag...and every TB staying at the Oranje was in the lobby!  What are we waiting for?  Rowena is still up using someone's shower.  Time for some foot tapping...and a few phone calls from Wendy asking where we all are! See her blog on dinner for her feelings on our tardiness here :-)

Finally we are all present and accounted for, so we head up past our favorite breakfast square (why couldn't they add some bacon and toast as well?) and a quick stop by the Waag to see if anyone was still waiting there.

The kiddie table...
..well...no one was waiting at the Waag...turns out the entire Campianelle gang was also late and they were just walking up the street towards the Waag!  Poor Wendy, she must have been sitting alone at Humphrey's the entire time (turns out Joost was there as well at least).

We start to trickle into Humphreys and ask for our table.  I'm glad I had comfortable shoes on, because the trek to the table was longer than the hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon!  For a restaurant with 3 meters of frontage, it must have taken another 20 minutes of climbing down into cellars, through mazes and secret corridors and up into dusty attics before we were finally shown our table.  Turns out we had requested the "Finnish Sauna" room located in the rear of the restaurant, upstairs from the kitchen, with no ventilation!  Does that put a damper a TB Meetup?  NO WAY!  Our shirts may have been a little damper, but not our spirits!

Dinner was great!  Bread, starter (Gazpacho for me.

You did such a great job Wendy...here, have my camera!
..needed something cold), main course (Kogelbiefstuk met witlof in a red onion sauce...yum!), and dessert (Tiramisu)/coffee.  Oh yeah, and unlimited beer until dessert was served!  Unfortunately, only the basic pils, no Hertog Jan Wizener allowed...but it was still cold and good!  Throughout the meal some people switched between the tables to ensure they could talk to others...I decided to stay put...if everyone moved, then everyone would stay with the same people!

In true TB style, the most exciting and stressful part of the evening came just after dessert...time to pay the bill!  Despite her best efforts to have people pay in advance, there was still a big old pile of cash sitting on the table being counted.  It seemed to take quite a while to sort out.

Monopoly anyone?
  Due to the heat in the sauna, some of us hired a Sherpa to lead us back outside where we found it quite rainy, so Guido and I headed over early to the StadsCafe a few doors down where the post-dinner drink was arranged.  It was almost 20 minutes before the rest started to trickle in!

We only stayed at the StadsCafe for a short time, enough to see that it was someone's birthday, but dancing was needed and Wendy brought us over to the Cat House(?!?) / Fire Cafe where we all had to fork over 5-euros for a drink coin and full body massage by the bouncer at the door before we could get into the club.

The club itself was quite large and labyrinthine with at least three main club areas (trance and 70's & 80's in the basement, hip-hop on the second floor) with a chill-out lounge on the first floor, smokers' lounge and two bars on the ground floor and another bar linked in on the basement.

The gang in the Stadscafe
  Not my kind of music for the most part.  It was rather quiet when we arrived, and after almost losing Alex's (and my) camera, a few of us decided to call it a night a little after one so we could be in decent shape for the boat on Sunday.  I had to drive in the morning and didn't want to have TB-Blood on my hands...

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Hey Wendy!  Were coming, were co…
Hey Wendy! We're coming, we're c…
Matt has made his choice for dinne…
Matt has made his choice for dinn…
The kiddie table...
The kiddie table...
You did such a great job Wendy...h…
You did such a great job Wendy...…
Monopoly anyone?
Monopoly anyone?
The gang in the Stadscafe
The gang in the Stadscafe
Marloes, Devika, Ket, Jessica, Ale…
Marloes, Devika, Ket, Jessica, Al…
The cool table!
The cool table!
Robo-Joost
Robo-Joost
Is that art?
Is that art?
Devika!
Devika!
Quim and Edwin
Quim and Edwin
Wendy, Joost and Jessica
Wendy, Joost and Jessica
Micky, Wilco, Narrie, Guido
Micky, Wilco, Narrie, Guido
Double-J - Joost and Jessica
Double-J - Joost and Jessica
Wendy and Sanne
Wendy and Sanne
Matt and Jos
Matt and Jos
Narrie, Devika and Guido
Narrie, Devika and Guido
Ta-dah!
Ta-dah!
Ket!
Ket!
Appetizer...Gazpacho!!!
Appetizer...Gazpacho!!!
Londondaisy
Londondaisy
Sanne, Wendy, Guido and Devika
Sanne, Wendy, Guido and Devika
Kogelbiefstuk met witlof.  Beef...…
Kogelbiefstuk met witlof. Beef..…
London Calling!
London Calling!
In true TB Meet-up style...photo c…
In true TB Meet-up style...photo …
Edwin...what are you showing her?!…
Edwin...what are you showing her?…
Micky, Joost, Wilco and Narrie
Micky, Joost, Wilco and Narrie
Pardon me, might I have another?
Pardon me, might I have another?
I swear, I almost messed my pants…
"I swear, I almost messed my pant…
Onur and Bart
Onur and Bart
Marloes and Suat
Marloes and Suat
Tough Wendy
Tough Wendy
Home Alone 4 - Lost in Leeuwarden
Home Alone 4 - Lost in Leeuwarden
Heyyyyyyyyy
Heyyyyyyyyy
Wilco...what are you doing???
Wilco...what are you doing???
Alex!  Look out behind you!!!
Alex! Look out behind you!!!
Something was funny...
Something was funny...
I won!  I won!  I would like to t…
"I won! I won! I would like to …
...my teachers
...my teachers"
Accountant Wendy, practicing for N…
Accountant Wendy, practicing for …
The Rekenning!
The Rekenning!
Chillin in the Stadscafe
Chillin' in the Stadscafe
Where?
Where?
I think the toilet is that way...
I think the toilet is that way...
Cheers!
Cheers!
Smokers lounge
Smokers' lounge
Wake up!!!
Wake up!!!
Friesland
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