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This tower is visible from almost all angles in Delft

Keiko, one of TB's most active buddies, organised a mini meet-up for fellow TB-ers on Sunday 27 September in Delft. I was invited through a personal message, which I only got to see late Saturday night. Not by Keiko’s fault, mind you, I just hadn’t been on TB for a few days. In her message she said (and I quote) “u can bring your wife along”. Although it was pretty last minute, both my wife and I felt like going. However, Keiko didn't give me an itinerary nor the meeting place or time.

So, Sunday morning I sent a message back asking for more info. It all was very last minute but the info came through and Jacomien and I both still felt like going. The meet-up started at noon and would last until midnight. We couldn't be there the whole day, but the few hours spent with other TB-ers were undoubtedly going to be fun. After Keiko and I exchanged cell phone numbers, off we went.

Hello fellow TB-ers :D
First by tram to the train station in Den Haag and then the train to Delft. The journey took about an hour and we arrived fashionably late at 01:00 in the afternoon.

 

I had arranged to meet Keiko and the others at a café and upon our arrival I would call Keiko to hear which café it would be. I rang her and as soon as she answered, she greeted me extensively and told me to meet them at the Grand café. Immediately I spotted a problem. In The Netherlands “Grand café” is a term used to depict a style or certain type of café. It says something about the deco, the menu and their modus operandi. However, never is Grand café  the name of the place. It’s like the French ‘Bistro’. Bistro is the type of place (informal, easy going, simple classics on the menu) followed by the name of the place. I.e. Bistro La Mer. The same goes for Grand cafes in The Netherlands. My wife and I passed by a few Grand cafes without spotting the TB crew.

A valuable lesson learned by Keiko: lots of cafes are named 'Grand'
While we sorted out this Babylonian confusion, suddenly I spotted Keiko who was still on the phone with me. :) It turned out they were sitting at Grand café Willem van Oranje, named after the founding father of the Dutch Royal Kingdom.

 

We went over to the café, introduced ourselves to those present and ordered coffee (for me) and tea (for my wife obviously). It was nice to see my TB-friends in person, real life and off-line :) Sure it is nice to exchange greetings and smiles and even personal messages through TravBuddy, but in my opinion it can never replace a vis-à-vis, an up close and personal :D

 

After coffee, we all went to the canal where the round trip boats are, and booked us all for the next trip at 14:00. The trip was great; I learned many new things about Delft. One of those things is that Delft was almost completely destroyed by a big fire in 1563.

After the boat trip it was time for coffee, tea and some sweet delights :)
Only a few brick houses remained standing and even those had to be rebuilt. Sven, our young captain, steered us skilfully through the narrow canals and under the lowest of bridges. Although the boat showed signs of earlier damage, not once did we have a collision with the canal walls. It came toe curling close on a few occasions though :)

 

After our round trip, we headed back to the main square for afternoon tea and sweets at Bagels&Beans, a coffee chain. We chatted some more and decided on what to do next. Half the group concluded it would be a museum. Keiko especially wanted to go to the Army Museum after reading my review. Being a ‘Friend of the Museum’ I could try and get us a discount :). I guided the museum group swiftly through the narrow alleyways of Delft, while the other half of the group remained at the terrace enjoying their drinks.

 

The cashier at the museum was kind enough to offer us a deal; five for the price of three. However, since we only had half an hour left before the museum would close its doors, we opted not to visit the museum. Oh well, next time perhaps :) Jacomien and I said our goodbyes to the group and went on to the station. The rest of the group rejoined the others at the terrace of Bagels&Beans. They all had dinner together, but to read all about that, you’ll have to go to their blogs :)

Sweetski says:
You can always organize one yourself :)
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010
mslellen says:
I so wish there is a TB meet up while we are in the Netherlands!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010
sylviandavid says:
Great blog of a fun time... We have only been to one official travbuddy meet.... In San Francisco.... I loved seeing people I write to... you are right ... it is fun to meet face to face... We need to come meet you and Jacomien.... we are trying to arrange a trip to meet Elke and Deats & Julia in 2010.... Who knows where else we'll go ... :) sylvia
Posted on: Oct 04, 2009
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