A few weeks ago I was talking with Gejah about not having a meet-up in May. She said then, why not having a meet-up in Brussel with a few TB's on may 9th? Because then is Mandy coming back from New Zealand and it will be her 20th birthday. But it must absolute be a secret for Mandy. So not creating a meet-up link on TB, not talking about it on TB, not talking on MSN with her, not talking at all! A meet-up and only the 5 of us knew. On the 9th I left my house at to drive to Nijmegen for picking up Devika.
We then drove to ‘s Hertogenbosch because that was the place we should meet Mandy’s parents and Keiko and Walter who are coming by train. The others were there before and Devika and I were just in time there, after a little bit sightseeing. After saying hello to each other I followed Hans’s car to Brussel. We programmed the centre of Brussel to park in a garage. The ride was good. I had company of Keiko and Devika, so enough to talk. Haha. I t took us just 1,5 hour and we arrived in Brussel. A little traffic jam in the centre but that was all. In the garage we prepared the balloons, the hats and the whistles to surprise Mandy. It was only a 10 minute walk to the centre and there we found Mandy sitting on the sidewalk waiting for her parents. What a surprise it was when there were 4 people more for her birthday. I think she really liked it. I got rid of the balloons by giving them to a few children who really liked them. There was free terrace outside a bar, so we found a place somewhere inside. Then out guide Chris arrived also. Now we were complete. We started our tour through the city centre with Chris in front.
Mandy and Devika
First stop was of course Manneke Pis. We just walked around for a hour or so and found a terrace where we had a drink and a talk about Mandy’s vacation, but also her parents vacation to the USA. After Walter broke a glass and got applauded for it, we continued our tour. We found a few chocolate stores for the girls. That’s a thing the girls have to do if you are in Belgium. After seeing Jeanneke Pis, Chris brought us to a nice restaurant and he had to say goodbye to us. After getting rid of Mandy for a few minutes to discuss a special celebration, we started to eat and the food was great. The surprise for Mandy was a desert with icecream and fireworks, music playing happy birthday and a neon lightshow saying also happy birthday we had to say goodbye to brussel. We headed for Mandy’s hotel picking up her luggage and we found our cars back in the garage. We decided to drive all together back to ‘s Hertogenbosch and say goodbye over there. This was very short because it was a little crowded there. I brought Devika home and drove back to my home. At I was back, after a great day in Brussel and again a successful “secret’ meet-up!