Back in Amsterdam for the Pre-meetup!

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At Brett's before leaving for AMS. Brett and I made breakfast for the girls!

Since Brett and I had already promised the girls we would make breakfast, we made a quick trip to the supermarket and bought some breakfast supplies. Then we proceeded to impress them with our culinary skills! haha I think they liked the breakfast, or either they were just being nice. But no one was sick afterwards, so it couldn't have been too bad. After breakfast we packed the car and headed out to Amsterdam. And I want to say thanks to Brett for letting us crash at his place for two nights, also!

Our first stop in Amsterdam was the hostel where Julie was staying. Once we deposited her in the hostel, it was to the Movenpick hotel where Lynn and I were staying. Brett and Lynn dropped us off there and they went onto the hotel where they were staying.

Heading out to AMS
The first person I met in the lobby was Bill (the_bill). I was surprised to see him because I didn't realize he was staying there, too. The next person to show up was Sylvie. I told her I would wait in the lobby for her because she was staying in our room. Lynn, Sylvie, and I then checked in after we waited in the bar for the room to be ready. Sal, Eric, JC and Aioh were also staying at the same hotel, as well as Wendy. But Wendy would not be coming until the next day.

I had been planning to call several people we were going to meet, but forgot my address book where I had put down all the numbers. So that plan was out the window. Before we left the hotel later in the day, Alex came to the lobby and met us. And since the details are not very clear right now, let me just say that we ended up going to a pub called the crooked house.

Aioh, Alex, Grace, Marina, Bennie, Melissa, Sylvie, Ivo, Me, and Edwin
The people here were the aforementioned TBs, and also Bennie, Ket, Marina, Edwin, Melissa, Ivo, Julie, Erin, Brett, and Grace. So we had a pretty good group. We spent a couple of hours here before moving onto the Tango restaurant to get something to eat. At the Tango, we also hooked up with Jim, Joy, and Shaun. Things were going really well, all except for the fact that Ket was a sick boy:(

Next it was onto the karaoke bar where many of the others were already present and had started the party. I was anxious to get there because I wanted to finally meet Lili! Some of the others who were also there were Wade, Sal, Eric, Harriet, Rob, Manuel, Jenny, Thomas, Oussama, and Bart. I hope I am not forgetting anyone. The karaoke didn't exactly turn out as planned...Lili, Wade, and Sal were the only TBs who sang, unless I missed someone from earlier in the evening.

Lynn in our room
But, despite that, the pre-meetup was a huge success!

My first order of business was ordering two Bailey's...one for me and one for my Bailey's partner, Lili! It was so great to meet her...and she had no doubt who I was when I handed her the Bailey's! Of course, it was just an awesome experience to meet everyone there that I had not met before, not to mention the TBs I already met at previous meetups. Naturally, as the case is with meetups, there were lots and lots of pictures being taken, lots and lots of drinks and shots being ordered, and lots and lots of good times! My one disappointment tonight was that I had missed seeing RJ who had to leave just prior to our group's arrival.

This was simply a super night, and if it was any indication of how the mega-meetup would turn out, I knew we were in store for ONE HELLUVA NYE!!!!

 

pearcetoyou says:
No, don't be sorry, Sylvie! I always get more pictures when you're around!!! ;)
Posted on: Jan 09, 2009
Sylvie1 says:
I'm so sorry, James. I did take a lot of you while talkng, haha.
Posted on: Jan 09, 2009
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At Brett's before leaving for AMS…
Heading out to AMS
Heading out to AMS
Aioh, Alex, Grace, Marina, Bennie,…
Aioh, Alex, Grace, Marina, Bennie…
Lynn in our room
Lynn in our room
Our room at the Movenpick
Our room at the Movenpick
View from the room
View from the room
Our first stop of the night...at t…
Our first stop of the night...at …
Me, Melissa, and Bennie
Me, Melissa, and Bennie
Me, Mellisa, and Bennie again
Me, Mellisa, and Bennie again
Alex, Melissa, and Ivo
Alex, Melissa, and Ivo
Ivo, Bennie, JC, Julie, Bill
Ivo, Bennie, JC, Julie, Bill
Julie, Jc, and Erin
Julie, Jc, and Erin
Alex, Bennie, and Edwin
Alex, Bennie, and Edwin
Sylvie, Ket, and Aioh
Sylvie, Ket, and Aioh
Aioh, you little Devil!
Aioh, you little Devil!
Julie and Bill
Julie and Bill
Ivo
Ivo
Grace, Marina, and Edwin
Grace, Marina, and Edwin
Melissa!!!
Melissa!!!
Sylvie, Me, Mel, and Bennie
Sylvie, Me, Mel, and Bennie
Hi!
Hi!
Edwin and Sylvie
Edwin and Sylvie
Sylvie and me
Sylvie and me
Aioh, Bennie, and me.
Bennie wear…
Aioh, Bennie, and me. Bennie wea…
On our way to eat, in front of the…
On our way to eat, in front of th…
The crooked house
The crooked house
Sylvie and JC
Sylvie and JC
Erin, Brett, and me having a Tango
Erin, Brett, and me having a Tango
Marina, Lynn, and Julie
Marina, Lynn, and Julie
JC secretly posing for a photo
JC secretly posing for a photo
Grace, Alex, and Ket. Ket was not …
Grace, Alex, and Ket. Ket was not…
Suan, Joy, and Jim
Suan, Joy, and Jim
THe Tango...where we ate tonight.
THe Tango...where we ate tonight.
JC, Lili, and me
JC, Lili, and me
Lili and me
Lili and me
Wade (wigged out) and Sal doing so…
Wade (wigged out) and Sal doing s…
Hmmmm....
Hmmmm....
Sweet Lili
Sweet Lili
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Brett, you're steaming up the gla…
Ket and his panties
Ket and his panties
Sylvie and Edwin
Sylvie and Edwin
Lynn and me
Lynn and me
Me, Lynn, and Lili
Me, Lynn, and Lili
Lili
Lili
Sylvie and JC and red panties
Sylvie and JC and red panties
Rob (sushidog)
Rob (sushidog)
Ket and Alex
Ket and Alex
This is how Lili looks when someon…
This is how Lili looks when someo…
Smoke break!!!
Smoke break!!!
Harriet, Alex, and Ket
Harriet, Alex, and Ket
Hey Sal!
Hey Sal!
Our hotel in AMS
Our hotel in AMS
Me, Sylvie and Alex
Me, Sylvie and Alex
Sylvie and me
Sylvie and me
Me, Alex, and Erin
Me, Alex, and Erin
Sylvie and Grace
Sylvie and Grace
Sylvie and Bill
Sylvie and Bill
Sylvie and Bill
Sylvie and Bill
Sylvie, Bill, and Marina
Sylvie, Bill, and Marina
Sylvie and Manuel
Sylvie and Manuel
Sylvie and Thomas
Sylvie and Thomas
Sylvie, Jenn, and Manuel
Sylvie, Jenn, and Manuel
The treet in front of our hotel
The treet in front of our hotel
The Movenpick
The Movenpick
From our hotel
From our hotel
Another view of the Javakade
Another view of the Javakade
Sylvie, Ket, and Lili
Sylvie, Ket, and Lili
Sylvie and Sal
Sylvie and Sal
Aioh and Sylvie
Aioh and Sylvie
Oussama and Harriet
Oussama and Harriet
Erin, Sylvie, Oussama, and Harriet
Erin, Sylvie, Oussama, and Harriet
Edwin
Edwin
Sylvie and Lynnie
Sylvie and Lynnie
Eric and me
Eric and me
Sylvie and JC
Sylvie and JC
Lili and me
Lili and me
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Aioh, JC, Sylvie, Lili, Alex, and…
Same people and Sal
Same people and Sal
Ket, Aioh, me, and Rob
Ket, Aioh, me, and Rob
Sylvie and Eric
Sylvie and Eric
Sylvie and Brett
Sylvie and Brett
Sylvie and Rob
Sylvie and Rob
Sylvie and Oussama
Sylvie and Oussama
Sylvie, Harriet, and Bart
Sylvie, Harriet, and Bart
Sal
Sal
Aioh and Sylvie
Aioh and Sylvie
Ket
Ket
The great thinker!
The great thinker!
Hmmmm...whats the Swahili word fo…
Hmmmm...what's the Swahili word f…
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