Valentine meet up

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pre meet up olivier

A few weeks a go keiko had an idea, she wanted to organise a small meet up. Anna and i where helping her organise it and after a bit of discussing whitch date and what we would do, we came up with the idea to do something with valentine's day. We chose the high tea because it would give people a chance to talk to each other,  meet new TB'ers and maybey to get to know some TB friends a bit better.  We could not pas up the opportunety to do some thing with the valentine theme, so we would give each attendent a rose and a card with a quote that was appropriate for the occasion.

There was another event taking place that day (well actually it was the next day) it was jos his birthday. After some thought we desided to give jos the hounor of "Most attended meet-up's by a Dutchman" the valentine meet up was his 13th meet up.

So we made a nice certificate to make it "official".

On the eve prior to the meet up we would have a pre meet up because matt was flying in from england, thomas was in from belgium and lieke was already also in the area. It was a great evening, had some fun drinking a few palm beers with mark, chatting with lieke, thomas and anna. Matt was not there because of a little plane crash on london city airport.

The morning of the meet-up i collected the roses from the flower shop they allready put the cards on the roses :-) that saved me a ton of work. Then i met keiko in leiden where we went to the koetshuis where we had the high tea where we decoraded the table with the roses and some candy hart sweets. We had a great table in the upper floor of the koetshuis where we had the whole room for ourselfs so we could talk, mingle and to get to know some new people.

high tea location
Because in my case there where a lot of people that i havent met before.

After the decoration keiko and i went to the train station where anna already was, to meet all the TB's that where ariving there. After everybody was accounted for we left for a little walk trough the city of leiden. And arrived arround 1 o'clock at the koetshuis where the staff already put up the high tea, absolutly a fantastic sight. the whole table was full with sweets, bread, bob bon's and all kinds of tea (duh). We had a great time eating, drinking and talking there were so many people that i have talked to online but never face to face, that the time flew bye. We sang happy birthday for jos and gave him his presents and the certificate. And before we had noticed it it was already 4.

30 we were there already 3 and a half hours!!!  Some of the TB'ers went home and the rest went on to the next place. I walked some of the people to the train station and the i drove matt to his hotel it was a bit could and matt wanted to get some warmer clothes (i had should ask first where it was because matt did'nt know and i did'nt know either) so we saw a nice bit of leiden before we found his hotel :-). and then we went back to the groop.

We waited for then in olo rosso, the tapas bar where we were placed in a nice but somewhat small balkony. That came apperent when the rest came and there were 15 of us is a place approx 30 square feet nice and cosy. We spend the rest of the night there with some drinks and tapa's. It was a great day, it was great organizing this meet up with anna and keiko thanks for that.

Hope te see you all on one of the another meet up's 

Petra2111 says:
I heard it was a great meetup!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009
gejah says:
thank you for the good organisation!! And the beautiful rose from Haarlem!
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009
dolfijn says:
Dennis thanxs for co-organizing this meet up with me and Keiko! It was a great; good high tea, nice weather, good atmosphere and happy tbers, nice tapas etc.
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009
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pre meet up olivier
pre meet up olivier
high tea location
high tea location
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statue of little rembrand
our small but cosy balcony
our small but cosy balcony
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annouska trying to take an picture
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bas having some chips because the…
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thomas showing some pics from home
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djenie and i
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almost sleeping gannes
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