Leiden : My first EVER TravBuddy Meetup!

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The TB crew!

Well, you’re probably exhausted from the last two entries if you’re eyeballs and will to live made it to the end of the text so I’ll keep this one brief and leave the words and many, many images to the more capable hands of the wonderful TravBuddy crew that I had the good fortune to hook up with in Leiden, my FIRST EVER TB MEETUP!

 

As I roll into Leiden on the train I am lucky to have my good TB pal Patricia (pms70) primed and ready to spot the “red haired little guy with the butterfly t-shirt on” and thankfully she’s on the platform ready to great me and take me under her wing.

 

Anna (Dolfijn) the host had done a fantastic job on this event not only in the sheer organisational nightmare that she overcame to make things run as smooth as could have been hoped for, but also in the venues and events that she had all ready to go for us to help the good times roll.

Devika, some weirdo & Patricia! :D (there was a reason for the thumb-thing but I forget what?!)
  Food, drink and a beautiful, insightful walk around the historical city and a lovely meal at Einstein’s to cap it all off.  Yes, there was partying hard late into the night (and the following morning) but 5 days of solid travelling and cultural overload were already beginning to take their toll on this old wanderer so I called it a day before the mayhem ensued :)

 

I loved meeting everbody… ALL 45 ODD OR SO!!! Quite an overwhelming number for little ol’ me.  Everyone seemed so nice and friendly and all that gooey stuff.  I was chuffed to bits to meet some of my slightly longer term TB pal contacts (Patricia and Keiko) and thrilled to meet so many great new personalties in my own understated way (Anna, Eric, Wendy, Mehmet, Jo, Louise, John, Alex, Bas, Joost, Devika to name but a T INY portion!).

 

They all will likely have written in far greater depth and eloquence than I on the subject so I suggest for much hilarity and more photos you check their blogs too :  pms70; KeikoCreative ; stelarmod ; dolfijn ; wendyveer ; bas2107 ; Belgium_tom ; jos-nijenhuis ; biedjee ; alex-b ; kelvincheah523 ; bluesilver84 ; devika1985 ; cvanzoen ; markbeg ; ketmeister ; ape ; joost1976 ; gclaessen ; London student ; 1morespicy; mypictures4u  and many, many others…

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The TB crew!
The TB crew!
Devika, some weirdo & Patricia! :D…
Devika, some weirdo & Patricia! :…
Antwerp train station.
Antwerp train station.
Anna and Jenny.
Anna and Jenny.
The poor lad who was coerced into …
The poor lad who was coerced into…
There are lots of these in the Net…
There are lots of these in the Ne…
Some of the gang at the umm? castl…
Some of the gang at the umm? cast…
Eric and Jenny... Ah, bless em
Eric and Jenny... "Ah, bless 'em"
A snapshot from the 2008 Camera-Fe…
A snapshot from the 2008 Camera-F…
Mark, one of our companions at din…
Mark, one of our companions at di…
Devika and the Ape.
Devika and the Ape.
Bart goes for glory looking up 15 …
Bart goes for glory looking up 15…
All heads together for comedy TB p…
All heads together for comedy TB …
The gals.
The gals.
The guys.
The guys.
All pooped at the mid-way point of…
All pooped at the mid-way point o…
Ginger Power!  [photo from the cam…
Ginger Power! [photo from the ca…
Ahhh! Grins all around :)  [ photo…
Ahhh! Grins all around :) [ phot…
Stevie & Wendy en route in Meppel …
Stevie & Wendy en route in Meppel…
Leiden
photo by: dieforu