Celebrating New Years in Amsterdam (2008/2009)

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2008/2009 NYE Mega Meet-up, Amsterdam

It was freezing bolzzz outside . . . but the dance floor was warm, the music resounded in celebration and the drinks were flowing, what more could one ask for? This was my first European meet-up but will certainly not be my last. When I first joined TB in October of '07 I did not think to write blogs or plan travels based on information in other peoples blogs. The last thing I was going to do is join in to meet people I have never met in locations as varied as the whole world. As I got bored of all the playfulness and less secure sites like 'My Space' I found interesting reading on Travbuddy. Initially all I did was read through blogs and made no comments of any kind, it felt like taking a walk down memory lane for those countries I had previously visited.

2008/2009 NYE Mega Meet-up, Amsterdam
As  my interest grew so did my intrigue and desire to belong and soon the need to correct certain geographical errors forced me to get active. I did so for a period of two months during which time every one responded with such enthusiastic friendliness and encouragement that I was forced to make my profile more agreeable.

The invitation to join groups and request for friendships got me into the active scene and soon I felt like an addict of sorts (well I was and Roselle invited me to the addicts group, lol). When I logged in each morning I told myself I would check my messages and respond to a few comments then get off: I will be lying if I say I did exactly that. I found myself spending an hour or more each morning and extending my wake up time by an hour to accommodate the time I needed each morning (sound familiar to anyone?) to respond to all the smiles, comments and invitation to meet ups and groups.

2008/2009 NYE Mega Meet-up, Amsterdam
Any how to cut the long story short, I got into the travel forums and soon found a place to chat with absolute strangers. But as the world in cyber space turns so do the people on Travbuddy, mine came in the name of Melanie (www.travbuddy.com/mellemel8)  and the rest is history.

Melanie got me at hello, she was the most enthusiastic online stranger I had ever met and she got me committed to going to my very first meet up in Las Vegas. From there on I have looked at different options to go to meet-ups including a failed attempt at the Freisland meet-up in the Netherlands. But I thought I would make a grand entry into the European scene by being apart of the biggest meet-up: The New Years Eve Mega Meet-up in Amsterdam.

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James our North America point of contact who was one of the very first people I met at a meet-up keep everyone committed and excited with the continued pictorial updates on the forum. Alex never let any confirmed person go without a reminder for almost 4 months straight (Kudos Alex). By the time I left for Amsterdam a confirmed list of at least 60 Travbuddies was with the organizers, but on the actual day a few confirmed members did not show up, there must be a reason. In attendance were Alex, James, Anna, Edwin, Nick, Rob, Bas, Ket, Grace, Manuel, Lynn, Wendy, Thomas, Sylvie, Bill, Eric, Jim, Joy, Agnes, Mark,  Erin, Brett, Dennis, Maggie, Matt, Ryan, Saun, Ashish,  . . .

Africancrab says:
Don't make any changes based on what information I have given. Nothing is in place we are just commenting that he should look into it. I really don't think he will. I think whatever you do it has to work with your time off needs so you enjoy it. Where are you currenltly?
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
homeres says:
Hawaii....hmmm...it would be a big decision as i was planning another eurotrip for next spring with my army battles...if we take leave we have to take a whole 2 weeks, we are not allowed to split it...i will have to think more on this
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
Africancrab says:
Jess trust me as the world turns so do our hopes and dreams shape into what we really want, it will happen. We are trying to talk Rob into doing it in Hawahii
Posted on: Jan 06, 2009
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Dennis, Me, Agnes and (sorry)
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Me & darling Sylvie
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Wendy, Rob, Margie & Me
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going down, yeah!
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Bas the whistle blower
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Edwin, me and Mike
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Agnes and Marina
Jolly Jim
Jolly Jim
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Agnes, Tess, Margie and Marina
Thomas and I
Thomas and I
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Grace, JC, Me, Jim and Oussama
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Ket and Edwin
Ket and Edwin
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The furthest travbuddy T-shirt
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The charming soft spoken Alex and I
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Ket and Edwin
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Me and Biedjee
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Wendy and I
The New Yearn fire works
The New Yearn fire works
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Grace, Wendy, Ket, Eric nad Sylvie
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Biedjee and Me
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What a great smile
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Heheeee! funny
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Agnes & Edwin
Go Eric, go Eric
Go Eric, go Eric
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James, Me and Wendy
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Wendy, James, Agnes and Grace
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Me, Edwin and Agnes
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OMG!
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Margie, Me, Marina, Grace and Edwin
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Sal and I. Manuel in the back and…
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Agnes, Edwin & I
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Me, Marina, Margie, Grace and Edwin
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Me, Alex and Bas
Our own fireworks
Our own fireworks
Below the boat
Below the boat
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Me and Alex
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Me, Alex, Grace, Margie and Agnes
Edwin and Brett
Edwin and Brett
Yeah!
Yeah!
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Wendy
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Edwin & I
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Alex & Anna
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Agnes, Me and Joy
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Me having fun on the dance floor
Me having fun on the dance floor
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