Saturday, November 1, 2008

Utrecht Monthly Halloween meeting! aka "You meet a personal friend of Ryan North's, is this awesome? Y/N"

The meeting yesterday in Utrecht was quite awesome for a few reasons. The Halloween theme was one of the big ones. Unfortunately I didn't have time to don a proper costume as I had training for my new job until 9 30, so I made things as quick as possible. I took the hood of the hoodie, made a bored face, and went as a mallrat.

Another reason this meeting was awesome was that I met a personal friend of Ryan North, author of the awesome Dinosaur Comics! And I just had loads of fun overall, and this time I took some pictures!

Left to right: Rebecca, Me, Francine

Friday, October 31, 2008

Paris movies uploaded!

So I got the movies from Paris uploaded. Here's one of them. For more, start here.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Out of Sight, not out of mind. (UPDATED!)

So you guys haven't heard from me in a while, which is mostly because I've been kinda busy. I've also been to some meetings, but because most of the time I didn't bring my camera, I didn't bother writing any posts. The main thing that happened is that our weekly meetings have started to get smaller. Because of this I'm considering changing the format of the meetings. The times, location, day of the week, or even frequency of the meetings may change to promote attendance. Also I promise a picture of one of the few times I brought a camera, which was when I went with some other people to help out Sanne by being her guinea pig in her Master research.

Oh, also my Couch is on a break until I have my "P".


Jonas and Sanne:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Back from Paris!

So last post I was leaving for Paris with my surfers, and now I'm back and I've had an AMAAAAAAAAZING time! First my surfers dropped me up right outside my host (after a really long drive with stops in Rotterdam and Brussels) , Antoine, and I had a very touching goodbye with them. (aaaaaawwww) but I really hope opportunity will strike to meet them again. Next I had a great evening with my host, aswell as my fellow Surfer Stephanie, playing pool against Antoines friend Remi, and his surfer Matt.

Antoine's kicking ass and taking names.

The next day Stephanie was a great help navigating the labyrinth that is the public transportation of Ile-de-France, and was a great travelmate, seeing Versailles together was great fun.

Me groping a statue at Versailles

Then on Friday evening I met up with Jordan who is still missed greatly in the Leiden community and met my host Jerome, whom Jordan recommended, because he was situated in actual Paris, instead of one of the suburbs. Then a few hours a later a bunch of us went out and I got to meet Antoine and Stephanie again, aswell!

Left to right: Jerome, Vincent, Jordan
What followed were a few days of sightseeing and great fun with Jordan and the gang, before very coincidentally Xavier was in Paris to fix up his car, so I could get a ride back to Leiden with him.

For more pictures see this PicasaWeb Album.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

New Surfers, also LEAVING FOR PARIS!

On Monday my surfers Nora and her two daughters, Susan and Jennifer, arrived into my humble abode and I've been having so much fun with them ever since they got here, they cooked me some great food, and we went to Scheveningen. And now tomorrow morning (Thursday) I'm driving with them to Paris for a really big adventure!

(This is in my housemates room where we all ate together)
Left to right: Jennifer, Susan, Nora, Marcella(back) Floris

for more pictures of my surfers, click here.

Leiden Weekly meeting, Dancing on the tables!

So a Leiden weekly meeting that started very slow turned very awesome! People started dancing on the table and loads of surfers followed! I was afraid I would not be able to fill Jordan's shoes as an organizer (and really I'll never be as good at it as him) but I think we did quite alright this week!

Left to Right: Me (Tommy), Pamela, Livia, Agnes

For more pictures of this event, click here.

Amsterdam Weekly meeting

So the Amsterdam meeting had it's first time in their new location "Batavia" in the street just left when you exit the trainstation there, where they have their own room and a 10% discount on beers, all of which is really awesome! Some of my favorite people were there! Rose, Liza, Jasper, Aldo, Paul, and many others! Here's a great pic of Jasper and Liza

For more pics of this event , click here.

Amersfoort Meeting!

On Friday I went to the first ever Monthly Amersfoort meeting, but only for a little over an hour, because I also wanted to see the new location for Amsterdam's weekly meetings, I saw about 10 people, whom all seemed friendly, but Laura told me in the end as many as 20 showed up, which isn't bad.

Leiden ontzet: Hutspot meeting

Last Thursday we had the Leiden Hutspot meeting where everyone had a good amount of Hutspot, and some alcohol, and then roamed the streets of Leiden. I left relatively early because I was tired and I'm more of an inside-party-man, but it was good seeing all these couchsurfers that I didn't know yet, and a few that I did!

For more pictures of this go here.


So I bought a new bike last week, and then this weekend it got stolen... but before that I had at least some nice travels with it, of which my last stop was in "Boskoop" where I took this picture...
It was pretty sweet.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rotterdam Weekly Meeting

Just like this week's Leiden weekly meeting the Rotterdam meeting was a bit smaller in volume. Personally, I blame the weather which has been crap these days. Also my camera was out of batteries after only one (flashless, blurry) photo, so you'll have to make do with that.

Emilia, in Simon's awesome hat.

Leiden Weekly meeting

And Monday it was time for another Leiden Weekly meeting. We were a small group this time. I saw Cuca, Rafael (or is that Raphael) Lorraine and Thomas, Brendan and Carolyn, Jonas, and some new faces. A bunch of us went down to "De Bonte Koe" after happy hour, where it was a bit more calm.

Rafael, Joanna, and... a difficult name.

Casino Roleplaying night

Last Saturday I went to what I think may be the funnest CouchSurfing meeting I've been to since the Midsummernight meeting. It was a huge roleplaying game set in a casino, and everyone dressed the part! I was "Lord James T. Burke, international playboy" and no-one knew that I was secretly out of money. That was nothing compared to all the thieves, spies and secret agents everyone else turned out to be, though.

For more images of this event check out Tim's flickr slideshow of it.

Utrecht Monthly Meeting

The Utrecht Monthly meeting last Friday was another great meeting. Had some good talks, and made some friends, and tried to arrange some more people for the Casino Roleplying night. Afterwards I CouchSurfed at Analouise's who apparently is quite the musician! I didn't get to hear her play any music, but I did see a really awesome picture of her and her sax!

Richard is so photogenic. (To the left Eveline)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Three new CouchSurfing Wall Items.

As Amit and Lio (Israel) and Gael (Canada) left today, I pinned up their additions for the CouchSurfing wall. Gael wrote me a poem in French, Lio and Amit both managed to get rid of their trash on me (one man's trash is another man's treasure I think they say) with a wrapper of a bar of soap and a candy bar.

Rotterdam Tuesday meeting

The Rotterdam meeting was another blast this week. Lots of people I knew, that were great to see again, and a few new faces. Also a few I hadn't seen in a long time. I had a few really great conversations ( and some more really weird ones ) and ended u being the last one to leave. We had to wait for the accursed night train for 50 minutes, so me and Jonas were quite tired when we got back. And then I still had to move stuff around to fit in the matress because there were three couchsurfers already sleeping.
Left to Right: Ursel, Jonas, Judith
For more pictures of this event click here.

Leiden Monday meeting. Goodbye Jordan!

On Monday we had another great Leiden weekly meeting in Odessa. It was Jordan's last meeting here in Leiden so naturally it was a bit sad, but we didn't let it ruin the mood. At 21 25 I had the staff pause the music and gave them a CD with part of the French national anthem on, which of course Jordan couldn't sing along to at all, because let's face it, who actually knows their national anthem?

Carolyn and Brendan:
For more pictures of this event click here.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Friday Amsterdam Meetup/Monty Python meetup/New surfers

Wow, so much has happened these past few days, I haven't really had time to write any blog posts, so I'll have to write kind of a 4-in-1 blog here. I'll go in reverse chronological order, since that would coincide with the way posts show up right now.

New CouchSurfing Wall item

I just added a new item to the CouchSurfing wall. These are two eyes that were ripped somewhere off posters at a festival, and they look really awesome, give a very bizarre touch to the wall. I've also added a picture that I forgot before of the first style one dollar bill that graces my wall.

New CouchSurfers and cooking

Two days ago four CouchSurfers from all around arrived: Lio and Amit from Israel, Jonas from Germany, and Gael from Canada. All good folk, since I left them alone in my room for a night while I was in Utrecht sleeping over after the Monty Python meeting (more about that below).

We cooked a good meal together and I didn't even have to do the dishes!
left to right: Me, Jonas, Gael, Amit, Lio
For more pictures of this click here and just move forward through the album.

Monty Python Meeting

On Saturday I was at the Monty Python meeting, which was loads of fun. We had all made sure to note our favorite sketch out of Monty Python's flying Circus, and we went by all the favorites. We ended up voting afterwards. I think in the end "The argument clinic won most votes, but I don't really remember. The re-enactments were really fun to do, and watch.

At the end we also watched The Holy Grail, and I stayed over at Jasper and Liza's where the meeting was held.

Here Floris decided to dress as the idiot in rural society.
To see more pictures of this event start here.

Amsterdam Weekly Meetup

For only the second time in the history of CouchSurfing, did I decide to attend the Amsterdam Weekly meeting. The meeting was heald in a small pub called "d'Oude herberg" and there was a really great atmosphere. It's actually a temporary meeting place, because they're moving to the new meeting location on October 3rd, so I'll definitely have to be there for that.

I met some cool Swedish guys, some more Frenchies, and some Polish girls, and of course our very own Amsterdam situated country ambassador, Rose, was there, which is where I decided t o surf for the night. I got a really comfortable two person couchbed, too.

The Swedish guys... the one on the right is nicknamed "Walle" and I forgot what the dude on th e left is called.
To see more of this meeting start here.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

CouchSurfing Wall - New addition! Intercultural Teahouse Bandana

A new addition to the CS wall I've had for a few days but only hung up today. This is a bandana advertising the intercultural teahouse where my surfer Laura from Amersfoort works at an internship. It looks great!

Sinterklaas meeting help team

So I joined the Sinterklaas meeting help troup team today as I hope to help out in making it an awesome meeting this year. I wasn't there last year because I wasn't really an active CouchSurfer yet, but it seems really awesome, and of course it's one of the biggest meetings in the Netherlands.

If you don't know about it yet, check out info on the Sinterklaas meeting.
If you want to help out as well, check out the help troups.

First post - CouchSurfing Wall

First post here will be to announce that my new CouchSurfing wall is finally photographed and up on the intarwebs. I'll post the picture of the latest addition here, and you can click the link for the rest of them.

It's a "go pass", it's a special belgian train tickets that people under 26 can buy which allows one to travel by train ten times from any one location in Belgium
Donated by: Julien Dider