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Why so many people in de train :S


Saturday morning,

8am, what a time to be on a train station waiting for.. of course the train. And there where almost 50 people waiting. Strange. I got my train and the next one in Zutphen (didn't see Alex LOL) and arrived on time in Arnhem to meet Gejah and Mandy. I could take the train straight to Leiden, but I wanted to travel with Gejah and Mandy but I did not find them yet. I was at track 7 and later I found out they where there too! So we took the next train to Leiden, but this one was travelling by Amsterdam and Schiphol. Amsterdam was because of the "huishoudbeurs" at the RAI. Aha, that was the reason so many people were waiting.

My charter (in dutch: oorkonde)
The trip was long but we had so much fun on the train, and before we knew we where at Schiphol. We had a serious conversation about a backpack. Ask Mandy and Gejah! Hint: we discovered a way for a backpack to travel on his own

 

We arrived at the station and after saying hello to all the others I dropped my backpack in Anna-Isabel�s car and we all were together again on the bridge to take the famous group picture. We just walked a little bit and did some sightseeing and then we arrived at "het koetshuis" They had prepared a beautiful setting for the high tea. Everybody had a red rose with a travbuddy card. Great job! I got a chair next to Keiko. We still had to talk to each other and now we could and did. On my other side was Carla and we talked also a lot! Suddenly Dennis started a speech and oh oh, it was for me. Because the next day it was my birthday. Then Anna-Isabel gave me a lot presents, all from the TB-group.

The windmill.
The  presents were about India, the Rajasthan area, where we want to go this year. Of course I expected something this day, but thought they would wait till midnight. But they decided to do this when ALL the TBâ��s were still there. Yes, I really really liked it. And they all sang for me J. And they had another surprise. They made a charter (oorkonde) for me. I was the Dutchman who had participated the most meet-ups. Ha ha, could be, this is my 13th and 5 of them where outside the Netherlands.

 

We stayed there much longer that supposed to, but it was so nice talking to everybody that we forgot the time. When we left we had to say goodbye to a lot of TB's and with a smaller group we are headed to the Belgian beer café.

Anouk and Anita.
We did not have that much time there but there was time for 2 rounds of beer (or other drinks) and again there was room to talk to each other. I learned everything about the old Greek languageJ, thanks for the conversations, and you are a great BHV-er.

 

We left there at 6:30 to go to the last pub for this meet-up. I knew this place; it is Olo Roso where we had so much fun last year. They had a small balcony for us reserved. It was so small that we almost sat on each other. But we managed and had to put 1 person on a chair in the middle. I think Bas liked it the most, which means, until he found his place between just girls.

Here we had more fun and the cameras were snapping more and more pictures. Then we started to get hungry, and Annoeska got a napkin and wrote on it "FEED ME" It helped because not much later there came the tapas.

A special award for me
We behave like TB-animals and in no time we were hungry again. But more and more came, and than I had enough. But maybe the reason was the beers.

Because of Valentine's Day they handed all the girls a gift like a little round electronic ball. All the boys got an electronic stick. If you could find your match then just the girl can get a free drink at the bar. We found out that Anita and I were a Valentine's match. Then it was midnight and again they sang Happy Birthday for me. The second time I enjoyed my birthday. Time flies and suddenly we had to leave our balcony to continue at the dance floor. There was a DJ and he played disco music. Oh what did I miss Maike at that time; she was a better DJ last year. We did not stay long and left OloRoso. After saying goodbye to almost everybody, a few of us could stay at hostel Anna.

The next morning I had to get up early, because family and friend are coming to my house to celebrate my birthday.

Looking at there pictures.
So we send Keiko a message that she should bring my gifts to the central station so I could take them home. But no Keiko appearing. My gifts are still in Leiden and I think they take good care of it. In a few weeks I'll pick them up.

I was just an hour at home and my family came. Again celebrating my birthday. It was a Sunday so luckily the last people left at 23:30 or so. Maybe they have seen that I need some sleep.

On Monday I was at work, and even there they had decorated my desk to celebrate my birthday AGAIN.

 

Just a few things more:

I loved the whole day in Leiden, thanks to Keiko, Anna-Isabel and Dennis. GREAT surprises.

I love it that TB-virgins really have enjoyed there first meet-up. We ARE a big family.

 

I hope to see you all soon.

 

This was a weekend I will NEVER forget.

trippin_jen says:
Wow! What a great meetup/celebration! :)
Posted on: Oct 17, 2012
Petra2111 says:
Hi Jos, toffe foto's heb je van de valentijn meetup, en veel ook! Jammer dat ik er niet bij kon zijn, maar zo beleef ik het ook een beetje mee. Thanks for sharing!!
Posted on: Mar 03, 2009
irish_dancer says:
het was een leuke dag! En was vereerd dat jij mn Valentijn was!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009
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Why so many people in de train :S
Why so many people in de train :S
My charter (in dutch: oorkonde)
My charter (in dutch: oorkonde)
The windmill.
The windmill.
Anouk and Anita.
Anouk and Anita.
A special award for me
A special award for me
Looking at there pictures.
Looking at there pictures.
Arena, you know: AJAX
Arena, you know: AJAX
Waaw... an empty train, only Mandy…
Waaw... an empty train, only Mand…
Special for the girls we had a sto…
Special for the girls we had a st…
They like travelling, this was my …
They like travelling, this was my…
next track
next track
From hoofddorp to Leiden
From hoofddorp to Leiden
LEIDEN finally. Look at the time. …
LEIDEN finally. Look at the time.…
Yes... we are there, but to late.
Yes... we are there, but to late.
I arrived. Ooh, also mandy and Gej…
I arrived. Ooh, also mandy and Ge…
Anita (irish_dancer) and Gejah
Anita (irish_dancer) and Gejah
Gejah and Manuel.
Gejah and Manuel.
Where to go?
Where to go?
A few are: Anna-Isabel, matthieu, …
A few are: Anna-Isabel, matthieu,…
I saw this before :)
I saw this before :)
Morspoort
Morspoort
Travbuddys
Travbuddys
More friends
More friends
The morspoort.
The morspoort.
Windmill
Windmill
Lieke !
Lieke !
Manuel, Thomas, Anouk, Anita, Mari…
Manuel, Thomas, Anouk, Anita, Mar…
Coincidence? This boat on valentin…
Coincidence? This boat on valenti…
Over the bridge
Over the bridge
Rembrand
Rembrand
Rembrand
Rembrand
Gejah... shall I ?
Gejah... shall I ?
Ill take a picture very close :)
I'll take a picture very close :)
Rembrand
Rembrand
They named the place after him.
They named the place after him.
Mandy with Rembrand
Mandy with Rembrand
I see djenie and Sonja.
I see djenie and Sonja.
The TB group
The TB group
last year we were having breakfast…
last year we were having breakfas…
Nice canal
Nice canal
Another canal
Another canal
Keiko
Keiko
Travbuddys
Travbuddys
Marianne, Sonja, Anouk, Mathieu, A…
Marianne, Sonja, Anouk, Mathieu, …
Canal
Canal
Delicious
Delicious
All taking place at the High tea.
All taking place at the High tea.
Everybody got a rose :)
Everybody got a rose :)
And a TravBuddy card.
And a TravBuddy card.
Jessica, Lieke and Matt.
Jessica, Lieke and Matt.
Annoeska arrived. In the back.
Annoeska arrived. In the back.
Thomas and Jessica
Thomas and Jessica
Lieke and Matt
Lieke and Matt
The presents for my upcoming birth…
The presents for my upcoming birt…
The presents for my upcoming birth…
The presents for my upcoming birt…
I like it :)
I like it :)
All my presents. THANK YOU ALL!
All my presents. THANK YOU ALL!
My award.
My award.
Jessica, Anna-Isabel, Lieke, sleep…
Jessica, Anna-Isabel, Lieke, slee…
After the High tea.
After the High tea.
Matt
Matt
Bas
Bas
Mandy
Mandy
Hooglandse kerk.
Hooglandse kerk.
View over the city.
View over the city.
Mandy taking a picture.
Mandy taking a picture.
Nice mirrorview
Nice mirrorview
In the Belgian beer cafe
In the Belgian beer cafe
Just after sunset
Just after sunset
Just after sunset
Just after sunset
Bas on a bike
Bas on a bike
Going to Olo Roso
Going to Olo Roso
Marthijn thinking, and Thomas and …
Marthijn thinking, and Thomas and…
Dennis, Manuel and Lieke
Dennis, Manuel and Lieke
2 newbies: Anita and Annoeska.
2 newbies: Anita and Annoeska.
Ganes and Anouk
Ganes and Anouk
I and Djenie
I and Djenie
Lieke and Matt
Lieke and Matt
Bas close :)
Bas close :)
Overview Olo roso
Overview Olo roso
Me and Bas having Tapas.
Me and Bas having Tapas.
Anita and Annoeska.
Anita and Annoeska.
Matt doing tricks.
Matt doing tricks.
Ganes can do that too.
Ganes can do that too.
Hey, are you both sitting in a rol…
Hey, are you both sitting in a ro…
Getting tired already.
Getting tired already.
Matt is short of hands, with the 3…
Matt is short of hands, with the …
Feet
Feet
More feet
More feet
Funny Bas
Funny Bas
Thomas and Djenie
Thomas and Djenie
Nice watch Annoeska!
Nice watch Annoeska!
No comment
No comment
More wine in the corner.
More wine in the corner.
Cheers
Cheers
Matt doesnt leave the girls.
Matt doesn't leave the girls.
Bas again.
Bas again.
Anouk, who is calling :) Dennis an…
Anouk, who is calling :) Dennis a…
Handy time.
Handy time.
Bull
Bull
Whats that?
Whats that?
Lieke, Ganes, Manuel and Anna-Isab…
Lieke, Ganes, Manuel and Anna-Isa…
Thomas showing a lot of pictures
Thomas showing a lot of pictures
Bas and Djenie
Bas and Djenie
Our lifesaver!
Our lifesaver!
More fun with: Manuel, Anita, Bas …
More fun with: Manuel, Anita, Bas…
Annoeska: not again Bas :)
Annoeska: not again Bas :)
Anita and Bas
Anita and Bas
Much more fun :) and alcohol.
Much more fun :) and alcohol.
Annoeska looking at magic???
Annoeska looking at magic???
Thomas and Anita.
Thomas and Anita.
Thomas and Anita.
Thomas and Anita.
Anita and Bas
Anita and Bas
Djenie and Anna-Isabel
Djenie and Anna-Isabel
Anita :)
Anita :)
Annoeska :)
Annoeska :)
Anita and Anna-Isabel looking at t…
Anita and Anna-Isabel looking at …
Bas and Annoeska.
Bas and Annoeska.
Too late for Matt.
Too late for Matt.
Bas between 2 girls again.
Bas between 2 girls again.
5??
5??
Anita and Ganes
Anita and Ganes
Look at these pictures!
Look at these pictures!
and more..
and more..
The bar crew
The bar crew
2 lovely girls :)
2 lovely girls :)
He is counting sheep.
He is counting sheep.
Still having fun
Still having fun
Go you... and you got me :)
Go you... and you got me :)
YES, Anita and I are a valentine m…
YES, Anita and I are a valentine …
down in the bar again.
down in the bar again.
My desk at work
My desk at work
My desk at work
My desk at work
My desk at work.
My desk at work.
Another present from my friends.
Another present from my friends.
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