First day of the meet-up

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Train station

Today I took the train from Meppel to Leiden almost as soon as my daughters were picked up by my babysitters, my stepmom and her boyfriend. It was an easy and fun journey: there was only one change-over in Schiphol and I met a very nice German girl as soon as I got on the train. We spent the whole trip to Schiphol talking. As she was travelling to Schiphol with a suitcase of course my first question was where she was going! From then on we just spoke about travel and I told her about TravBuddy immediately of course. I told her about the meet-up in Leiden where coincidentally she had studied for two years to get into aviation law.

The first arrivals
(I didn't even know there was a special degree for that....) When we got to Schiphol we said our goodbyes and I got on the train to Leiden which was only about another 15 minutes away...

I got to Leiden with plenty of time to spare so I hung around the train station for a bit where I ran into Kelvin. I recognised him immediately so we ended up talking for a bit while a large group of people was gathering behind us. I suddenly recognised Anouk and from there we all gathered together while more and more (and more) people arrived. What a crowd!

When everyone had gotten there we went to the hotel where many of us where staying to check in. Unfortunately the people at the Tulip Inn were not ready for us yet so after standing around for what seemed like forever we decided to put all the luggage into one of the conference room so we could start the activities which had been planned for the day.

Kelvin
As we got off to a very late start and it was quite hot some people were dying to just go sit somewhere and have a couple of drinks but we did follow Anna around for her tour through the city. She had put so much time and effort into it and Leiden is such a beautiful city we couldn't not do the tour! We saw many famous landmarks including the birthplace of Rembrandt, one of the most well known Dutch painters. Because the group was so large I didn't hear all Anna told us but that was ok. The sights and good company made up for that no problem! Some of us also saw a few things we hadn't really asked to see when we got to "De Burcht".....

After the tour we all ended up at Olo Rosso, the first stop we had for food and drinks. As it was getting close to 5pm and I really wanted to go to the Australian shop "Tuckerbox" to get some vegemite for the girls, I quickly dashed off to do my duty.

People gathering
When I got back I joined Anouk at the end of one table. She was one of my roommates for the night so it was good to have a chat.

We spent more time here than the original plan was I think but finally we headed for Cafe Einstein where we were to have dinner. A room had been reserved especially for our group which was really good as it got louder and louder as the evening wore on and the wine kept flowing... The food was nice, the company was great and we had a ball! I think the only one who spent time with everyone during the night was Ape but his conversations weren't very in depth...

After dinner Steve and I really felt like a coffee but when I asked the waitress for one she said that if I wanted coffee I had to go downstairs and not tell anyone else about it! So Steve and I sneaked off and had our coffee's downstairs.

And more people gathering Carla, Mehmet, Mark and Steve
So when the time came around when the extra money for the extra wine we drank was collected we were not there. So sorry Anna, we still owe you €2,-!

After dinner we went for another walk to the hotel, and we lost Carla along the way as she had to rush to the train station. We said goodbye to a few more people at that stage and then went inside to finally check-in properly and change into different clothes. That's when I realised how sunburt I had gotten! A few people decided to call it a night at that stage and go to bed, but the rest of us went back into town. We tried a few places for drinks and music but some were getting ready for closing time and others didn't seem to want to cater for such a large group. We had a couple of drinks at a bar that seemed to specialise in Belgian beers and from there Anna ended up calling Olo Rosso where the night had started and they were quite happy to have us back! So for another walk we went.

In the hotel lobby, Maike and Wendy
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Back at Olo Rosso we were allowed to take charge of the music computer which was really good. There was one small group and ours, and as the night wore on we ended up dancing together and we had a great time (although looking at one of my pictures of Mehmet you wonder...). The night finally ended at around 5am for most of us back at the hotel...

 

tsvivian says:
Wa~~ Hope I could be one of the meet up activity one day!! So nice!
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
Sunflower300 says:
It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I wish I could have been there to meet you all.
I'll just have to wait until next year. :)
Posted on: Sep 02, 2008
pms70 says:
It wasn't me, it wasn't me!
Posted on: Sep 01, 2008
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Train station
Train station
The first arrivals
The first arrivals
Kelvin
Kelvin
People gathering
People gathering
And more people gathering
Carla, …
And more people gathering Carla,…
In the hotel lobby, Maike and Wendy
In the hotel lobby, Maike and Wendy
Still waiting for the rooms
Still waiting for the rooms
Alex and John
Alex and John
Hotel entrance
Hotel entrance
Hotel logo
Hotel logo
More people waiting in the lobby
More people waiting in the lobby
Tired of waiting
Tired of waiting
Me waiting (thanks Maarten!)
Me waiting (thanks Maarten!)
Bicycle storage demonstration guy
Bicycle storage demonstration guy
Rembrandt sign (with Alex)
Rembrandt sign (with Alex)
Brown bean
"Brown bean"
Nice building
Nice building
Water and windmill
Water and windmill
Drawbridge
Drawbridge
Archway
Archway
Cafe near the archway
Cafe near the archway
Drawbridge and archway
Drawbridge and archway
Windmill
Windmill
Waterway in city centre
Waterway in city centre
Nice building
Nice building
Why is there Frisian on a wall in …
Why is there Frisian on a wall in…
The old seafarers school
The old seafarer's school
Zeppelin
Zeppelin
Nice lightpole
Nice lightpole
Another drawbridge (watch out for …
Another drawbridge (watch out for…
Rembrandt plaque
Rembrandt plaque
Rembrandt picture
Rembrandt picture
Another windmill
Another windmill
Birthplace of Rembrandt
Birthplace of Rembrandt
Spider
Spider
Nice place to lie down
Nice place to lie down
Group during the tour
Group during the tour
The old newspaper building
The old newspaper building
Nice window
Nice window
More water
More water
Pretty bridge
Pretty bridge
Beautifully decorated doorways
Beautifully decorated doorways
And other building fronts
And other building fronts
Another nice window
Another nice window
Church
Church
Pretty building
Pretty building
Nice wall
Nice wall
Listening intently
Listening intently
John, Mark and Kelvin
John, Mark and Kelvin
Narrow alley
Narrow alley
Hofje
Hofje
These people were wondering if any…
These people were wondering if an…
Guido and Jenneth
Guido and Jenneth
Kelvin inside Olo Rosso
Kelvin inside Olo Rosso
Pre-dinner drinks and tapas
Pre-dinner drinks and tapas
Part of the group
Part of the group
Anna, Mehmet, Jenneth, Wendy, Eric…
Anna, Mehmet, Jenneth, Wendy, Eri…
Taken from De Burcht
Taken from "De Burcht"
Close-up
Close-up
Through the entry doors
Through the entry doors
Towers and churches all around
Towers and churches all around
Towers and churches all around
Towers and churches all around
Towers and churches all around
Towers and churches all around
Part of the group
Part of the group
Inside De Burcht
Inside De Burcht
Carla and Devi
Carla and Devi
Rudolph
Rudolph
Setting for dinner
Setting for dinner
Mark and Carla
Mark and Carla
John
John
Mark
Mark
Steve, Devi and Ape
Steve, Devi and Ape
Steve and Eric
Steve and Eric
Dinner
Dinner
My table
My table
Steve and I
Steve and I
Joost and I
Joost and I
Mark and Devi
Mark and Devi
Mark and Devi Take 2
Mark and Devi Take 2
Mark, Devi and Carla
Mark, Devi and Carla
Marcel and Jenneth
Marcel and Jenneth
Anthony
Anthony
Devi and Guido
Devi and Guido
Steve, Kelvin, Patricia and Joost
Steve, Kelvin, Patricia and Joost
The Girls Take 1
The Girls Take 1
The girls take 2
The girls take 2
The girls take 3
The girls take 3
Carla
Carla
Marloes, Devi and Ape
Marloes, Devi and Ape
Dessert
Dessert
Windmill at night
Windmill at night
Anna and Rudolph
Anna and Rudolph
Waterway at night
Waterway at night
Alex
Alex
Devi and I
Devi and I
Sonja
Sonja
Guido and I
Guido and I
Anna and Lieke
Anna and Lieke
Dennis
Dennis
Tom, Mark and Joost
Tom, Mark and Joost
Tom
Tom
Mark
Mark
Joost
Joost
Dancing
Dancing
Not dancing
Not dancing
Mehmet and Louise
Mehmet and Louise
More dancing
More dancing
Alex
Alex
Finally dancing too!
Finally dancing too!
Olo Rosso
Olo Rosso
Leiden Hotels & Accommodations review
Well located hotel with disappointing service
During the TB meet-up in Leiden a large group stayed at this hotel. It is well located, close to the train station and the city, and it has a luggage … read entire review
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