Amsterdam NYE Mega Meet-up

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just to prove it was friggin' cold

I joined Travbuddy in July 2007. At first the sole purpose of creating a Travbuddy account was to be able to have such a cool countries visited map. I had been a member of some other travel sites (World66, Tripadvisor) but the interactive travel map of Travbuddy was by far the best looking I'd seen so far.
But it wasn't after I found the feature to draw a travel itinerary on your maps in the blogs, months later, that I really started getting addicted to this site. And soon after came my first meet-up in Antwerp where I met some of these fine people for the first time. And then came another one... and another one... and another... etc...

And so we come to this mega mega meet-up. My seventh this year. How could I possibly NOT go to the biggest party of the year?
I'd invited my long-time friend Arnaud over. When I spoke to him about a month ago he didn't have any plans for New Year's yet and as the boat was docked at the end of the very street he lives in, the choice was as obvious as eggs is eggs!

After a quick, but tasty dinner in a restaurant near the boat (surprisingly one of the very few that was open) we arrived bang on time at the party boat, aptly named 'BOOT'.

Arnaud and me
(for the linguistically challenged: that's 'boat' in Dutch).
It was great seeing many familiar faces again and meeting new, and not before long the party was in full swing.

Somewhere after 11 chief organiser James (pearcetoyou) grabbed the microphone to welcome everybody and officially start the TB party. There were over 70 people from 18 different countries, making it officially the largest TB meet-up ever!
There was a really cool prize for the person who had travelled the farthest distance to be at the party tonight, a T-shirt signed by everybody present, which went to Mike who had come all the way from Singapore just for this meet-up. Dedication or lunacy, you tell me, but definitely worth a prize!

James went on to thank everybody who had helped organising the event or recruited people for the meet-up and called everyone forward one by one. Somehow he felt it necessary to call me as well, because I had offered my paypal account to receive international payments. And as I hadn't run off with the money he felt I had to be in the organisation group photo as well. The only thing is, ignorant as I am, I was all the way at the back of the boat, not paying attention and completely oblivious of all the people calling me - *ouch* embarrassing :(

Anyway, the party then kicked off, culminating an hour later with a very quick countdown and a huge Happy New Year cheer.

The NYE Meet-up organisation
Everybody went to the (outside) upper deck to watch the fireworks and toast champagne on the New Year. There were sparkles for everyone and it must have been a great sight seeing a boat full of people, all waving sparkles and singing and cheering.
The only thing was that it was soooo friggin' cold. The first night of the year was immediately the coldest we'd had all 2008!

Back inside it was nice and warm, no, steaming hot though, as the party continued. From this point onwards I must admit memory is a bit hazy. The next morning I realised I couldn't remember what kind of music the DJ had been playing, for example. The whole evening just went by in a daze. Just dancing, laughing, cheering, taking photos and moving on. A night full of very brief conversations and many, many, many hugs (somehow these meet-ups always end up in one big hug fest, and this was no exception)

Apparently throughout the night we'd had some great visits. The police stopped by and stayed to talk to the boat staff a very very long time. We thought they were being invited to the party as well, but eventually they left. Then a TV crew arrived and it turned out they were there to do a feature on the party which was supposed to take place at the other 'BOOT', which had been cancelled at very late notice.

Singing Auld Lang Syne in 17 different languages

A meet-up of 70 people from all over the world, most of whom didn't know each other, was not deemed newsworthy though, so they left again.

If I have one gripe about the night it is that it went by way too quickly. Before I knew it the DJ played 'thank you for the music' and we had to leave. The actual leaving took the best part of an hour though so it was nearly 6 o'clock by the time we'd arrived at Arnaud's place for one last sip of whisky and a well-deserved night's sleep.

I just want to say a big thank you to James, Anna and Alex for the impeccable organisation of this event. It was a blast. All I can say is "can we do it again next year? - pleassssse?

 

 

Some links to other blogs:

Africancrab
Ape
Ashishrb
bargra
Bas2107
belgian_tom
BlueMoonAdventure
dolfijn
Fozzy99
Globevoyager
Jenzar
Liekevo
Ketmeister
manuel_s
margie_adventure
Marinushka
Marty2081
mc142
pale beetle
pearcetoyou
Pearl510
poohstanggt
ratu
rvegas
Surfemme
Sushidog
the_bill
Travelbuddys
vanhalme
Wendyveer

(I will keep updating this list as more blogs appear.

Posing with two of my best TB mates: Devi and Ape
Let me know if I missed one and I'll add it)

 

 

 

Travelbuddys says:
Margie_adventure has also her blog up!!

http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/47617
Posted on: Jan 31, 2009
Lord_Mike says:
Enjoyed your blog, still feeling the pangs of not having made it
Posted on: Jan 17, 2009
Marinushka says:
Great writing! It was a great night indeed
Posted on: Jan 07, 2009
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just to prove it was friggin cold
just to prove it was friggin' cold
Arnaud and me
Arnaud and me
The NYE Meet-up organisation
The NYE Meet-up organisation
Singing Auld Lang Syne in 17 diffe…
Singing Auld Lang Syne in 17 diff…
Posing with two of my best TB mate…
Posing with two of my best TB mat…
start of the party when everything…
start of the party when everythin…
A rare sight: Alex with no camera
A rare sight: Alex with no camera
party!
party!
spinning makes me dizzy
spinning makes me dizzy
Lieke & Biedjee
Lieke & Biedjee
Anna, Lieke and Biedjee
Anna, Lieke and Biedjee
the downstairs cuddle lounge
the downstairs cuddle lounge
Biedjee meets Hanneke
Biedjee meets Hanneke
more random people
more random people
Mike winning his T-shirt for farth…
Mike winning his T-shirt for fart…
Mike sandwiched by Harriet & friend
Mike sandwiched by Harriet & friend
more organisation crew (I think th…
more organisation crew (I think t…
Devi and me
Devi and me
Ket & Femke
Ket & Femke
Ket and Femke balancing some head …
Ket and Femke balancing some head…
Nic starting a camera war
Nic starting a camera war
Two beauties
Two beauties
Another two beauties
Another two beauties
Ket and JC having one of their dir…
Ket and JC having one of their di…
Oussama and Ket doing one of the c…
Oussama and Ket doing one of the …
Santa Tom
Santa Tom
Fireworks over Amsterdam
Fireworks over Amsterdam
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!
Sparkle sparkle little star
Sparkle sparkle little star
I know its out of focus, but I ju…
I know it's out of focus, but I j…
more sparkly people
more sparkly people
Jim & Joy & Me
Jim & Joy & Me
random pile of people
random pile of people
Harriet and me
Harriet and me
Maike and Ape
Maike and Ape
Bas, Maike & BJ
Bas, Maike & BJ
Nic & Maike
Nic & Maike
Bas, JC, Sal and their harem
Bas, JC, Sal and their harem
Arnaud and Bas
Arnaud and Bas
Wots that smell?
Wot's that smell?
Lieke and Devi
Lieke and Devi
Mike, Devi, BJ, Nic, Lieke and a s…
Mike, Devi, BJ, Nic, Lieke and a …
Erin giving a tour of JCs body. (T…
Erin giving a tour of JCs body. (…
Arnaud and Wendy
Arnaud and Wendy
Arnaud, Wendy, James and Biedjee
Arnaud, Wendy, James and Biedjee
Rudy & Arnaud
Rudy & Arnaud
Ket, Jenny and me
Ket, Jenny and me
Jenny & Me
Jenny & Me
...there was a third person in thi…
...there was a third person in th…
Maike and me
Maike and me
Maikes friend an me (bugger, I fo…
Maike's friend an me (bugger, I f…
Wade
Wade
two biiig guys
two biiig guys
Jenny & Manuel
Jenny & Manuel
Queen Eric
Queen Eric
JC and his girls
JC and his girls
Elton and me
Elton and me
Rob, Mark, Femke & Kathy
Rob, Mark, Femke & Kathy
Femke!
Femke!
Mark and Me
Mark and Me
Maike hijacking Matts camera
Maike hijacking Matt's camera
Bart&Bart
Bart&Bart
Maike, Lieke and me
Maike, Lieke and me
Matt looking awfully lost without …
Matt looking awfully lost without…
Anna and me
Anna and me
Ashish showing some moves
Ashish showing some moves
Tom and Biedjee
Tom and Biedjee
believe it or not, this was the ba…
believe it or not, this was the b…
Bas!
Bas!
JC!
JC!
Martijn, Manuel and me
Martijn, Manuel and me
feel the love :-)
feel the love :-)
Bas, really concentrated
Bas, really concentrated
Alex showing some moves
Alex showing some moves
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and more
Mike & Me
Mike & Me
a really sweet moment, Brett bring…
a really sweet moment, Brett brin…
a private dance show downstairs
a private dance show downstairs
a private dance show downstairs
a private dance show downstairs
...the grateful audience
...the grateful audience
Ket being Ket
Ket being Ket
Ket n Kathy :)
Ket 'n Kathy :)
Ket and Femke (not Femkes friend)
Ket and Femke (not Femke's friend)
Eric being Eric
Eric being Eric
Devi dressed in black, in the dark
Devi dressed in black, in the dark
careful with my camera!
"careful with my camera!"
Queen Sylvie I
Queen Sylvie I
James & Me
James & Me
Rudy sneaking some pictures
Rudy sneaking some pictures
Devibeauty
Devibeauty
Ket & Wendy
Ket & Wendy
Wendy
Wendy
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