Time for shakin it all night long!

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Pre-dance... Matt, Sylvie, Wendy et moi.
For now just the pics... while I try to recall through the haze of booze and loong nights what happened in the last 3 days :) So here goes... Update:

I am continuing this for 31st Dec ... into 1st Jan because it was really just one looong day and I decided to split it at the important juncture of the start of the party :)
Got to the venue at around 22:30 or so and I checked in with our wonderful host Ana, got my special TB button and signed the souvenir t-shirt. So enter the BOOT, almost everyone I knew from before was already there. So I warmed up with a couple of beers and getting greetings and hugs from all the usual suspects :-) Said my hellos to most of the folks I hadn't met before, more were pouring in ofcourse. So many new faces and names, I think after half hour I had forgotten almost half of the names already.
.. and still going.
*sigh* (booze and loud music doesn't help either). But hey the music was going good already by 11 or so and most everyone was shaking it. James made a couple of announcements and gave away a couple of prize T-shirts during the night, that most of us had signed. Around midnight, there was Champagne (ooh bubbly).. we grabbed a flute each and clambered onto the deck, it was friggin cold and a bit crowded. We could hear the DJ doing the countdown, and there were a few fireworks going off all around. With hugs and cheers all around, in this group of 73 or so travbuddies from all over the planet, ushered in the 2009! This was already the most awesome NYE everrrr! A lot of us stay up for a while (further freezing our asses over) lighting sparklers, Ivo and Mel I think lit a couple of these lanterns with fire that float into the air.
Celebrating in the frigging cold, up on the deck.
. was nice to see it drift across the water and then rise up. A short while after midnight the fireworks also picked up, presumable as people did their greetings and cheers and then came out to fill the sky with vibrant flames.

Soon the deck started to thin out as ass-temperature dropped further :D The music was really thumpin inside and it was time again to "shake it shake it shake it like a polaroid picture"! By this time everyone was "comfortably drunk (numb)" and the energy in the room had really picked up. It was getting a bit crazy already, with weird posing and the papparazzi fervently trying to capture every bit of insanity on tape! Somewhere after 1 am, we were told that we could rock on only till 4am... *only* haha, hey thats enough for most people I think.
Our TB kick-butt-organization crew! Devi, Alex, James, Ana, Wendy :) kudos!
.. although we still complained nominally. We took another break soon afterwards, I dont remember when, to step outside (yet again in the biting cold) to make the group pictures... hurrah for the biggest TB meetup so far!

There were quite a few people still dancing till shortly before 4am, and towards the end there was some rock instead of club kinda music. Nice!! what better way to end a party than with some kinda head banging :) Anyway, most everyone was content to stop at 4am, sapped of energy and running on pure adrenaline by that time. Started to organize things a bit, amidst questions of "hey is there an after-party... and where is it?" :) I think the last group finally emptied out the BOOT at around 4:30 and walked our way variously to the hotel/centraal station.
Matt, Mel, Wendy.. warming up for the night.
It was just the usual light, fun conversation walking back, and I said my goodbyes on the way. Luckily I immediately got the nightbus to Leidseplein.. and hurrah to the city organization, that evening the night buses were gratis! yep thats right :) I probably got into the dorm room at around 6am and crashed... hard!

Only a few hours of sleep and I struggled up at 10 to barely get some breakfast, then cleanup a bit, catch a short powernap and clear out of the hostel at 11am. I wandered around, initially along the canal near Leidseplein, near the museum, then further on to the flower market, up Rokin and Damrak to Centraal station. Some of the other travbuddies were planning to go for a city tour later on, but I was a bit eager then to get to Frank's place in Rotterdam where I could relax a bit. I took some time to figure out the simplest way to get me a ticket and get on the way to Rotterdam. I wanted to take the intercity, but that got changed around a bit and I barely made it into the other intercity going to Rotterdam central.

-- Ashish Bhambhani
babyaly1 says:
Oh this seems like sooooo much fun ! Will there be a meet up New Year's Eve Party this year too ???
Posted on: Jun 19, 2010
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Pre-dance... Matt, Sylvie, Wendy e…
Pre-dance... Matt, Sylvie, Wendy …
.. and still going.
.. and still going.
Celebrating in the frigging cold, …
Celebrating in the frigging cold,…
Our TB kick-butt-organization crew…
Our TB kick-butt-organization cre…
Matt, Mel, Wendy.. warming up for …
Matt, Mel, Wendy.. warming up for…
beerbiker and Sylvie.. also warm…
"beerbiker" and Sylvie.. also war…
Wendy and Mr. Oos-ome!
Wendy and Mr. Oos-ome!
I think there was some laughing ga…
I think there was some laughing g…
Ivo, Mel, SylV et moi (again!)
Ivo, Mel, SylV et moi (again!)
Attitude queens!! hehe take it as …
Attitude queens!! hehe take it as…
View from the deck
View from the deck
Trying to capture some of the fire…
Trying to capture some of the fir…
Theres some fireworks across the …
There's some fireworks across the…
Make a wish any wish...
Make a wish any wish...
The first floating lamp/lantern th…
The first floating lamp/lantern t…
I have fire within and I wanna fll…
I have fire within and I wanna fl…
Celebrations on the deck...
Celebrations on the deck...
..with lots of sparkles. Beautiful!
..with lots of sparkles. Beautiful!
Usher in the new year with bright …
Usher in the new year with bright…
Usher in the new year with bright …
Usher in the new year with bright…
Usher in the new year with bright …
Usher in the new year with bright…
Just missed the moment... attitude…
Just missed the moment... attitud…
Shake it.. or as Mel said back tha…
Shake it.. or as Mel said back th…
More beautiful travbuddies: Wendy,…
More beautiful travbuddies: Wendy…
...all the way from Russia to shak…
...all the way from Russia to sha…
... and pose... and again!
... and pose... and again!
Someones shaking his bootie too..…
Someone's shaking his bootie too.…
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