A bunch of frozen chickens running around Dusseldorf!

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The TB gang at the train station (minus me since I'm taking the photo! LOL)

OMG..it certainly wasn't any warmer in Germany and we were going to be freezing our tail feathers off all night! LOL.  Sadly, our original reason for meeting up in Dusseldorf was to meet the infamous king of the chickens, Lauro, but due to important personal reasons, he was going to be out of town during this time.  We had made the decision to all come to Dusseldorf anyways and hang out for the afternoon and evening.

While Brett and James were parking - I found part of the gang arriving!  Soon all the TBs were present and accounted for..except for James and Brett who were still parking! LOL.  I was very happy to meet new TB's and to see some very familiar faces, especially my little TB bro, Sebastian, who I had not seen since Los Angeles in June.

The California girls..our first drink together!
  He even brought his TB bear, OC, who I was very happy to be reunited with as well!  A group of us presented Sebastian with Oliver Charles (OC) on our post meet up and signed him so Sebastian could remember his crazy weekend with all of us! 

Soon, James and Brett arrived and we went around and did introductions, and off to do a little sightseeing we went.  Brett was to fill in for tour guide Lauro but failed to remember some of the sculptures and sights they had previously seen so we heard things like "there's a statue of another dead German guy"  Uhhhh, gee thanks! LOL. 

As it was pretty much freezing already - we headed to one of Lauro's hangouts to try the local beer, which apparently has quite a rivalry with the area of Germany where Sebastian lives.

Some of the boys - Ragnar, Thomas, Ket, Ralph, Sal, and Brett and Sven in front
  The local beer is called "Alt" I believe and it's a darker beer, served in smaller glasses.  Apparently James thought it was a shot and well, downed the whole thing!  NICE! 

We hung out there for awhile and then headed on again to see more of the central area of town.  We decided to grab a little nibble at a food stand since Lynn and gang hadn't really eaten after flying overnight and they were starving.  Our dinner reservations weren't until 9:15pm so we thought a little Bratwurst was in order!  My favorite thing (next to beer) when in Germany! After staging a few totally inappropriate photos there - it was off to sightsee a little more and realize we were still too cold to really continue wandering.  We opted to hit a bar nearby which worked out perfect - we hung out in the back area (sorry to all the people who needed to use the bathroom though.

Another shot of my honey and I..I can never have too many! :-)
.especially the guy who came back 4 times and we were only there like 2 hours). 

While hanging out, we decided to take a group photo and include something so Lauro knew we were thinking of him - they opted to spell out Lauro's name on the coasters and hold them in the pic.  It came out awesome and it was our way of at least letting Lauro know he was missed and we really wish him nothing but the best and hope everything is ok. 

Shortly before we were ready to leave, Thy, who lives in Dusseldorf arrived!  Whew, Brett and his tour guide skills were no longer needed!  Thy helped us hail a cab to get over to where dinner was supposed to be since Julie and Lynn were really freezing.

2nd group shot now that Thy's there!
  Thank heaven Brett went with us as the cab driver ended up dropping us off not so close to the restaurant and we ended up wandering all around in the freezing cold trying to get back to the location.  A guy gave us wrong directions, poor Lynn fell down a stair, and we were pretty frostbitten by the time we made it only to find out, they lost our reservation!  WHAT? We waited until 9:15pm to eat and they didn't have our reservation?!?! Nor could they take any more than 6 of us!!!??? 

People started running around to the other restaurants to see if anyone could take a group of 18 and finally, a place a few of them passed called "Tucan's" was able to accomodate us all.  Brett got very excited once he figured out it was a Brazilian BBQ place although we figured it would be much more expensive than the Mongolian BBQ spot.

Sebastian and I with OC before they were leaving
..surprisingly, it was only 2 Euros more!  SWEET!  We were split up at two tables but basically had a whole room to ourselves.  LOVE IT! 

We had a GREAT time at dinner.  Food was excellent and enjoyed everyone's company. James was pretty funny as he'd had quite a bit to drink - thanks for the entertainment James! And not sure what michief was going on at the other table but I heard Sal and Sven laughing quite  a bit and we had a couple interesting moments at the salad bar so I can only imagine! LOL

Hard to believe but it was already past 11pm and we needed to get going since the gang was incredibly jet lagged and it was showing.  Plus, with the trunk monkey, we had to take him back and we wouldn't get home until almost 3am. 

Thanks again for everyone who showed up - great to see everyone I already knew and meet a few new people - AWESOME TBs!!!  

dolfijn says:
lovely written!
Posted on: Jan 11, 2009
Quest says:
you're only missing one person here... LOL
Posted on: Jan 08, 2009
alicegourmet says:
I'm so envy you! Glad that you guys had another blast! :)
Posted on: Jan 07, 2009
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The TB gang at the train station (…
The TB gang at the train station …
The California girls..our first dr…
The California girls..our first d…
Some of the boys - Ragnar, Thomas,…
Some of the boys - Ragnar, Thomas…
Another shot of my honey and I..I …
Another shot of my honey and I..I…
2nd group shot now that Thys ther…
2nd group shot now that Thy's the…
Sebastian and I with OC before the…
Sebastian and I with OC before th…
OMG Jos! I got a photo of Brett lo…
OMG Jos! I got a photo of Brett l…
Brett using poor OC! LOL
Brett using poor OC! LOL
Sebastian and Oliver Charles (OC)
Sebastian and Oliver Charles (OC)
Is this a TB dedicated statue? :D
Is this a TB dedicated statue? :D
Interesting sculpture
Interesting sculpture
Happy James!
Happy James!
Ket, get your hands of Lynn! LOL
Ket, get your hands of Lynn! LOL
Bank building in Dusseldorf
Bank building in Dusseldorf
Pretty Dusseldorf scenery
Pretty Dusseldorf scenery
Fountains
Fountains
Look at all the TBs and their cam…
Look at all the TB's and their ca…
Sebastian and I!
Sebastian and I!
OMG Ket! LOL
OMG Ket! LOL
Some of the Vegas meet up gang tog…
Some of the Vegas meet up gang to…
Lynn posing
Lynn posing
Tiny Thomas! LOL
Tiny Thomas! LOL
Beer time!
Beer time!
The twins...Sven and Sal
The twins...Sven and Sal
Trying to get a candid shot..Jos c…
Trying to get a candid shot..Jos …
A Lauro inspired photo!
A Lauro inspired photo!
Ket wishing he was that big! LOL
Ket wishing he was that big! LOL
Awww.....me and my honey! :-)
Awww.....me and my honey! :-)
Nice face Sebastian! LOL
Nice face Sebastian! LOL
Lynn, Julie, and Ragnar..what are …
Lynn, Julie, and Ragnar..what are…
Ok, much better! :-)
Ok, much better! :-)
Tom, Lieke, Anna, and Jos..apparen…
Tom, Lieke, Anna, and Jos..appare…
Mmmm...beer! No Tom, not all for y…
Mmmm...beer! No Tom, not all for …
The small glasses are the local be…
The small glasses are the local b…
Sal
Sal
Alt beer!
Alt beer!
Trying to do a self shot of Sal an…
Trying to do a self shot of Sal a…
2nd attempt at a self shot..much b…
2nd attempt at a self shot..much …
Sal and his beer
Sal and his beer
Sal and Sebastian...geez - catch u…
Sal and Sebastian...geez - catch …
Cuties! Thomas, Sal, and Wade
Cuties! Thomas, Sal, and Wade
Another shot of Thomas, Sal, and W…
Another shot of Thomas, Sal, and …
Nice one of Ket and Sal!
Nice one of Ket and Sal!
Brett and Wade having a moment! LOL
Brett and Wade having a moment! LOL
Jos and Sal
Jos and Sal
Kitty Ket and James
Kitty Ket and James
Tom, Lieke, Anna, and Ragnar
Tom, Lieke, Anna, and Ragnar
Ragnar and I before he had to leave
Ragnar and I before he had to leave
James and I
James and I
A little Ket in the pic! LOL
A little Ket in the pic! LOL
Kitty Ket and I
Kitty Ket and I
More Ket and I
More Ket and I
Hot Dusseldorf Nights!  Watch out …
Hot Dusseldorf Nights! Watch out…
I look so short next to Thomas! LOL
I look so short next to Thomas! LOL
Another pic of my honey and I..and…
Another pic of my honey and I..an…
Ralph and Wade
Ralph and Wade
LOL!
LOL!
Lynn, Brett, Thomas, and Julie
Lynn, Brett, Thomas, and Julie
Building in the square
Building in the square
The statue of the dead guy on the …
The statue of the dead guy on the…
The square
The square
Christmas tree in the square
Christmas tree in the square
Group shot with our Lauro coasters!
Group shot with our Lauro coasters!
Lynn and James in front of the sta…
Lynn and James in front of the st…
I believe thats a Ket in the dark…
I believe that's a Ket in the dar…
LOL at Ket
LOL at Ket
Yeah, my small bratwurst! LOL
Yeah, my small bratwurst! LOL
LMAO
LMAO
That is just soooo wrong!
That is just soooo wrong!
Ket with a mouthful of sausage! LOL
Ket with a mouthful of sausage! LOL
Ket and Thomas chowing down
Ket and Thomas chowing down
Ket and I with our sausages
Ket and I with our sausages
Awwww....we are so cute but frozen!
Awwww....we are so cute but frozen!
Enjoying our Brats!
Enjoying our Brats!
Another building in the square
Another building in the square
Looking across the river
Looking across the river
James taking a photo LOL
James taking a photo LOL
Sal looks like hes up to somethin…
Sal looks like he's up to somethi…
Part of Lieke, Ket, Jos, Sebastian…
Part of Lieke, Ket, Jos, Sebastia…
Ok, James is cut off this time! LOL
Ok, James is cut off this time! LOL
somebody got Brett laughing good!
somebody got Brett laughing good!
Uh oh..or is he crying! LOL
Uh oh..or is he crying! LOL
Happy Sal..mas cerveza!
Happy Sal..mas cerveza!
Lieke and Ket
Lieke and Ket
Sven showing Lynn something
Sven showing Lynn something
Jos and Sebastian
Jos and Sebastian
Sal, Ralph, and Sven
Sal, Ralph, and Sven
Open your eyes Ralph!
Open your eyes Ralph!
Take 3!
Take 3!
Close up of Sal and Ralph! :D
Close up of Sal and Ralph! :D
Wade drinking
Wade drinking
and drinking again
and drinking again
Wade trying to fight the jet lag!
Wade trying to fight the jet lag!
Thys arrival
Thy's arrival
Kets pleasure at Thys arrival!
Ket's pleasure at Thy's arrival!
Looks like trouble brewing in the …
Looks like trouble brewing in the…
Drink up Ket!
Drink up Ket!
Awww cute photo!
Awww cute photo!
LOL...NICE!
LOL...NICE!
Dont scold her Ket! HAHA
Don't scold her Ket! HAHA
What is going on here?!?!
What is going on here?!?!
James still standing
James still standing
Lynn throwing coasters! LOL
Lynn throwing coasters! LOL
James looks like hes giving a spe…
James looks like he's giving a sp…
Studly Sal
Studly Sal
Lynn and Belgian Tom
Lynn and Belgian Tom
Whoa..close up of Svens armpit! H…
Whoa..close up of Sven's armpit! …
Thomas chillin out
Thomas chillin out
Jet lag getting the best of poor J…
Jet lag getting the best of poor …
Anna and I
Anna and I
Lynn, me, and Anna
Lynn, me, and Anna
The bar we stopped at
The bar we stopped at
Thomas elated at our dinner choic…
Thomas' elated at our dinner choi…
Catching James taking more photos!
Catching James taking more photos!
Jos and Ket
Jos and Ket
Our table
Our table
James looking very intent
James looking very intent
The caiphrina
The caiphrina
my initial salad plate..had to sav…
my initial salad plate..had to sa…
Julies salad plate
Julie's salad plate
Bretts salad plate
Brett's salad plate
The sausages
The sausages
Ket looks excited by the sausages!…
Ket looks excited by the sausages…
chicken wings and sausages
chicken wings and sausages
close ups
close ups
More meat!
More meat!
Ket digging in!
Ket digging in!
Eat up Kitty Ket!
Eat up Kitty Ket!
OMG..momre meat!
OMG..momre meat!
Ket, are you smoking back there?!?!
Ket, are you smoking back there?!?!
More meat on the skewers
More meat on the skewers
Chicken?
Chicken?
Ket playing with his food
Ket playing with his food
Julie and her Maike tribute party …
Julie and her Maike tribute party…
The trouble table..Sals at it! LOL
The trouble table..Sal's at it! LOL
Thy at dinner
Thy at dinner
Catching James int he act...of thr…
Catching James int he act...of th…
Oooooooohhh..busted James!
Oooooooohhh..busted James!
Ket starting to tire
Ket starting to tire
Now Ket playing with his food and …
Now Ket playing with his food and…
Smokers corner
Smokers corner
Me and Oliver Charles
Me and Oliver Charles
OC is too young to drink! LOL
OC is too young to drink! LOL
Step away from the drink OC!
Step away from the drink OC!
Bye OC!
Bye OC!
Cute photof Sven
Cute photof Sven
OMG! More meat!
OMG! More meat!
A full view to the other table
A full view to the other table
Ket ready to go
Ket ready to go
Sal and Sven..double trouble for s…
Sal and Sven..double trouble for …
Hre they come!
Hre they come!
Smoking again!?!? LOL
Smoking again!?!? LOL
Lieke!
Lieke!
Thy
Thy
James and Jos
James and Jos
Thomas
Thomas
Wade
Wade
Tom
Tom
Ralph
Ralph
Sven
Sven
Sal profile
Sal profile
OMG..not sure I want to know..I di…
OMG..not sure I want to know..I d…
Anna
Anna
Lynn still wide awake
Lynn still wide awake
Julie looks good
Julie looks good
Ok, Lynn is done! LOL
Ok, Lynn is done! LOL
Ket ready to go
Ket ready to go
Not sure who took this photo
Not sure who took this photo
Hey James..the convention is over!…
Hey James..the convention is over…
Jos and I saying goodbye!
Jos and I saying goodbye!
Ket, me, and Belgian Tom
Ket, me, and Belgian Tom
Tom and I
Tom and I
Jos and Ket
Jos and Ket
Ket and Thy...hee hee
Ket and Thy...hee hee
Cute photo
Cute photo
Another cute photo
Another cute photo
The seatbelt drama! LOL
The seatbelt drama! LOL
James and I cant find the hole
James and "I can't find the hole"
You just know the 5th grade humor …
You just know the 5th grade humor…
Cool statue shadow
Cool statue shadow
Dusseldorf
photo by: Chokk