Leeuwarden, here we come!

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The country I am referring to is called Friesland, in local slang Fryslan. Many visitors to the Netherlands don't come any further then Amsterdam. That's a pitty. There is so much more the Netherlands has to offer. We even have a country in a country. The province of Friesland (Fryslan) is the only province in the Netherlands where the signs that shows you that you enter a town or city are bilangual. The people here are proud of their province and their culture. They keep the tradition of their own language alive.

We where lucky to have a very active TravBuddy member living in the capital of Friesland, Leeuwarden.

A Frysian welcome to the Oranje Eden Hotel? No, it's just Ket farting..
Wendy van der Veer (Matt called her Wendy of the Feather) organised a meetup in Leeuwarden for this weekend and did a more then splendid job. Organising everything from renting a silent boat (praamboot) for Saturday, making reservations for dinner, be sure that everyone booked their hotelaccomadation, and last but not least, renting a huge sailvessel to sail on the IJssellake on Sunday. Next to all that she organised the entire catering on the two boottrips (the Jummies as she called it :)). As a bonus she showed us around in Leeuwarden on Monday and let us enjoy the best icecream of Friesland (or the Netherlands, or the World?), it was delicious anyway! Another thank you goes to our 'fake Frysian' Rowena (she used to live in Amsterdam, and according to her TB profile - Jamarek - that's an important thing for her!).
The hotel carpark and Jos his secret hiding place
Though I didn't participate, she organised the kite-surfing on Saturday. Together with some proffesionals there was the possibility to learn how to kite-surf. According to the others who joined this was an amazing experience and it already got some of them addicted (according to their photo's I can imagine that). I am glad Wendy announced that there will be a 2nd Fryslan meetup in 2009. So I might be able to experience the kite-surfing myself.

The pictures I took don't include the sailing on Sunday, since I left my camera on a safe spot in the ship. (I think I have to lend some pics from others then), the same goes for the kite-surfing.

For all the other pics, if for some reason people don't recognize themselves in the pics I can only say: pics don't lie! :D

 

marloesetman says:
He ik heb je blog over Leeuwarden niet helemaal gelezen zie ik nu...daar gaat'ie dan!
Posted on: Sep 01, 2008
Wendyveer says:
oooooooeeeei Alex.... Pas op jij hahaha!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008
jessica0606 says:
nice pics Alex!
Posted on: Aug 12, 2008
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bilangual namesigns
bilangual namesigns
A Frysian welcome to the Oranje Ed…
A Frysian welcome to the Oranje E…
The hotel carpark and Jos his secr…
The hotel carpark and Jos his sec…
Towards the hotel (dont park your…
Towards the hotel (don't park you…
Meeting the other tBs at Oranje E…
Meeting the other tB's at Oranje …
Jessica
Jessica
Jos, my roommate for this weekend …
Jos, my roommate for this weekend…
Brett, American but listed under N…
Brett, American but listed under …
Devika and Ket. The caption to des…
Devika and Ket. The caption to de…
Kets new hairdo! He himself likes…
Ket's new hairdo! He himself like…
Having lunch while the others are …
Having lunch while the others are…
Brett in action (part I)
Brett in action (part I)
Brett in action (part II)
Brett in action (part II)
Paying, allways a fuss with the Du…
Paying, allways a fuss with the D…
Bart still doesnt agree, Marloes …
Bart still doesn't agree, Marloes…
New job opportunity for me!
New job opportunity for me!
What about it? Bar for sale!
What about it? Bar for sale!
The famous Boomsma
The famous Boomsma
Thats him
That's him
And he has a permit (vergunning)
And he has a permit (vergunning)
Je maintendrai
Je maintendrai
Find the ten differences
Find the ten differences
Our organiser/touroperator/caterer…
Our organiser/touroperator/catere…
No pics!
No pics!
you see Barts face? He hates driv…
you see Bart's face? He hates dri…
Matt and Wendy
Matt and Wendy
For those who wants to know what t…
For those who wants to know what …
Sanne and Femke
Sanne and Femke
Boattour
Boattour
Yokim all the way from Spain
Yokim all the way from Spain
Devika, a.k.a. Zwevika, Chaotika, …
Devika, a.k.a. Zwevika, Chaotika,…
or two!
or two!
Bart and Marloes
Bart and Marloes
Relaxing
Relaxing
Brett all dressed up as a Sailorman
Brett all dressed up as a Sailorman
Narrie (from Oz) and Wilco (from N…
Narrie (from Oz) and Wilco (from …
Popeye
Popeye
I am not sure Ket about this haird…
I am not sure Ket about this hair…
Michael
Michael
Onur (Suats friend)
Onur (Suat's friend)
We are still waiting for your TB m…
We are still waiting for your TB …
Suat, long time no see! But felt l…
Suat, long time no see! But felt …
Shoefettish Marloes showing one of…
Shoefettish Marloes showing one o…
Ket agrees with that, and cannot l…
Ket agrees with that, and cannot …
Almost there...
Almost there...
Whats so funny about it Ket?
What's so funny about it Ket?
Devi and some lousy photographer
Devi and some lousy photographer
Brett and Matt talking serious bus…
Brett and Matt talking serious bu…
Ket lost his instruction-manual si…
Ket lost his instruction-manual s…
Matt never heard of any instructio…
Matt never heard of any instructi…
It seems that every Frysian has hi…
It seems that every Frysian has h…
Scouting boats for the NYE party i…
Scouting boats for the NYE party …
Not this one ofcourse
Not this one ofcourse
Frysian language, translated: Thou…
Frysian language, translated: Tho…
Hungry kite-surf proffesional
Hungry kite-surf proffesional
The 2nd table
The 2nd table
John, Femke, Brett, Yokim and Edwin
John, Femke, Brett, Yokim and Edwin
Devi and Mloes
Devi and Mloes
Sanne and Devi
Sanne and Devi
well, what can I say! :D
well, what can I say! :D
Stijn, a.k.a. Stijntje, a.k.a. Sti…
Stijn, a.k.a. Stijntje, a.k.a. St…
Onur and Bart (remember, Bart is d…
Onur and Bart (remember, Bart is …
John a.k.a. Londonstudent (still d…
John a.k.a. Londonstudent (still …
Joost and Jessica and some idiot i…
Joost and Jessica and some idiot …
Michael and Wilco (from NL)
Michael and Wilco (from NL)
Jessica
Jessica
Rowena saying: not again Ket!
Rowena saying: not again Ket!
This look must scare Ket away
This look must scare Ket away
Thumbs up for Wendy!
Thumbs up for Wendy!
Wilco, Narrie and part of Guido
Wilco, Narrie and part of Guido
Allways thought that Guido was a w…
Allways thought that Guido was a …
Matt will show you how to do this!
Matt will show you how to do this!
Even Jos knows!
Even Jos knows!
The kite-surfing boys
The kite-surfing boys
Joost and his ghost
Joost and his ghost
seems Devi likes Marloes food more!
seems Devi likes Marloes food more!
Suat having a fight with his food
Suat having a fight with his food
Cheers! Thanks for changing your s…
Cheers! Thanks for changing your …
Femke. Though a Frysian name shes…
Femke. Though a Frysian name she'…
Femke and Joost
Femke and Joost
Ket and Femke
Ket and Femke
John studying his food. That expla…
John studying his food. That expl…
Yes! Attack!
Yes! Attack!
desert
desert
variation on a theme
variation on a theme
another one
another one
Now its not so tasty anymore...
Now it's not so tasty anymore...
Onurs way of enjoying desert
Onur's way of enjoying desert
Sweet!
Sweet!
Long time no see
Long time no see
No Narrie, thats mine!
No Narrie, that's mine!
To late!
To late!
Yes, better save your beer now, Wi…
Yes, better save your beer now, W…
Cheers!
Cheers!
fake Frysian Rowena becomes a pr…
'fake Frysian' Rowena becomes a p…
Rowena! Lesson one in photography,…
Rowena! Lesson one in photography…
Jos, the winner of the Kite-surfin…
Jos, the winner of the Kite-surfi…
Your kidding me! No Jos, your just…
Your kidding me! No Jos, your jus…
Though Rowena gives the impression…
Though Rowena gives the impressio…
The bill!
The bill!
Paying the bill
Paying the bill
Who did not pay?
Who did not pay?
Accountant Wendy calculating
Accountant Wendy calculating
The change-tric, whos hands are t…
The change-tric, who's hands are …
Its 31,50 each!!
It's 31,50 each!!
Sunday-evening gang
Sunday-evening gang
Jummies
Jummies
Rowena, Guido and Bargra
Rowena, Guido and Bargra
How to eat this...
How to eat this...
Jos will show you!
Jos will show you!
Brett and Rowena (camera with cap …
Brett and Rowena (camera with cap…
Multicolor
Multicolor
Bretts new job, Schiphol Taxi-dri…
Brett's new job, Schiphol Taxi-dr…
Wendy and Rowena, thanks for a mar…
Wendy and Rowena, thanks for a ma…
Devika says thank you Daniel for a…
Devika says thank you Daniel for …
former TravBuddys that have been …
former TravBuddy's that have been…
Yes indeed, even Mark the Travelma…
Yes indeed, even Mark the Travelm…
Even Maria showed up (not a TB-mem…
Even Maria showed up (not a TB-me…
paying the bill
paying the bill
allways in good hands with Brett
allways in good hands with Brett
Although... count again Brett!
Although... count again Brett!
Stadscafe, they found THE solution…
Stadscafe, they found THE solutio…
Mondaymorning, stroll through the …
Mondaymorning, stroll through the…
Devika and Stijn
Devika and Stijn
Place where we went the night befo…
Place where we went the night bef…
Mr. Vondeling
Mr. Vondeling
How to translate that?
How to translate that?
Leeuwarden, the Pisa of the north!
Leeuwarden, the Pisa of the north!
Best office (kantoor) there is!
Best office (kantoor) there is!
No dogs allowed on this wall
No dogs allowed on this wall
bookstore in Fryslan called Afuk (…
bookstore in Fryslan called Afuk …
Kets mondaymorning expression :o
Ket's mondaymorning expression :o
Devika and camera
Devika and camera
Devi and Ket
Devi and Ket
Mr. Londonstudent a.k.a. John (or …
Mr. Londonstudent a.k.a. John (or…
007
007
Stijn
Stijn
Jos, the King of the Kite-surfing
Jos, the King of the Kite-surfing
Devika having a fight with the cam…
Devika having a fight with the ca…
wich inspires everyone...
wich inspires everyone...
Entrance at the famous minus 12 Ic…
Entrance at the famous minus 12 I…
Welcome at -12 Icecream
Welcome at -12 Icecream
-12
-12
+20
+20
Some people got allergic reactions…
Some people got allergic reaction…
Oranje Eden Hotel, Leeuwarden
Oranje Eden Hotel, Leeuwarden
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