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
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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:
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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