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51. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Okay, after quite some searching flights and discussing at home I'm going to have to take the unpopular route here and be a party-pooper (again it seems!). First of all the flights for a Friday to Sunday are just really expensive that weekend; no idea why. Secondly the times are really bad for the ones that are affordable (6.30 on a Sunday morning does not sound like a good time to me to be flying out of Amsterdam....). Third, I was just in Holland 3 weeks ago and half planning a trip there in May when I have some family there too. Fitting an extra one in is starting to feel like a bit much (also to Margit who ends up being the one stuck at home with the little rascal ).

The good news is that I try to be in Hilversum (about 20 mins by train from Utrecht) about once every 2 or 3 months, so Nikki, you and I (and perhaps some of these other Dutchies that can't make it ) will definitely be able to meet up at some stage!!

Sorry about that, and for the late notice. I promise to buy many beers as payback next time

52. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

The good news is that I try to be in Hilversum (about 20 mins by train from Utrecht) about once every 2 or 3 months, so Nikki, you and I (and perhaps some of these other Dutchies that can't make it ) will definitely be able to meet up at some stage!!

You really should drop by in Utrecht when you have the time. Just let me know when the next time is

53. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Okay, so we have for attendees:

certain:

  • Rraven
  • Gelli
  • Sander

maybe:

  • Wonkerer (any word yet if that rebooking was doable? I'm fearing no, otherwise we'd have heard by now, but perhaps...?)
  • Herr Bert (has to be in Arnhem on the evening of the 12th, but might make it during the afternoon, or on the 13th?)
  • ReinierNL (?? You didn't say if you were interested in attending, but...?)

Gelli: anything more certain yet for as of when you'd be available? Before you said "afternoon / early evening" on the 12th. If you can 'guarantee' mid-afternoon, that day might still be worthwhile to meet up at, otherwise I'd say let's just stick to the 13th, meeting up late morning-ish, having brunch somewhere with whoever manages to be there (*prods teh Utrecht - you totally can make it over for brunch before going to do that house work!*), and then see whatever we feel like doing? (Nikki: since you know the country the least: any strong preference?)

(Hey Sam: what's flight prices like for Saturday to Monday? Or do you have to be back in Oslo on the Sunday?)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 5, 2008, at 5:19 AM by Sander ]

54. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

Okay, so we have for attendees:

certain:

  • Rraven
  • Gelli
  • Sander

maybe:

  • Wonkerer (any word yet if that rebooking was doable? I'm fearing no, otherwise we'd have heard by now, but perhaps...?)
  • Herr Bert (has to be in Arnhem on the evening of the 12th, but might make it during the afternoon, or on the 13th?)
  • ReinierNL (?? You didn't say if you were interested in attending, but...?)

Gelli: anything more certain yet for as of when you'd be available? Before you said "afternoon / early evening" on the 12th. If you can 'guarantee' mid-afternoon, that day might still be worthwhile to meet up at, otherwise I'd say let's just stick to the 13th, meeting up late morning-ish, having brunch somewhere with whoever manages to be there (*prods teh Utrecht - you totally can make it over for brunch before going to do that house work!*), and then see whatever we feel like doing? (Nikki: since you know the country the least: any strong preference?)

(Hey Sam: what's flight prices like for Saturday to Monday? Or do you have to be back in Oslo on the Sunday?)

If you guys agree to meet up at the Sunday, than I will try to spend the night in Arnhem, and take a train to Utrecht from there. I can stay with friends, that have small kids, who wake up early so I probably look terrible ;) The travelling time from my friends house in Arnhem to Utrecht is something like an hour maximum. So late-morning-ish is fine by me.

Do we meet at the Central Station, are do you have an other place in mind?

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 5, 2008, at 8:14 AM by Herr Bert ]

55. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Gelli: anything more certain yet for as of when you'd be available? Before you said "afternoon / early evening" on the 12th. If you can 'guarantee' mid-afternoon, that day might still be worthwhile to meet up at

I'm mostly flexible. The earliest i can be in Utrecht is about midday Sat (i have a breakfast/morning meeting in Rotterdam, and guessing it will go on 2-3hours).

After that, it depends on the plans. If there is stuff happening that afternoon, I'll come straight over to Utrecht. If there is stuff happening that evening, i'd probably drop by my old host family in Delft in the afternoon and come to Utrecht later. If we're not meeting until Sunday, I would possibly try and catch up with some friends elsewhere on Sat evening and not come to Utrecht until Sun morning.

Basically, if you make a plan and let me know times, i will turn up to fit it (excepting before, say, 1pm on Sat)

56. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

(Hey Sam: what's flight prices like for Saturday to Monday? Or do you have to be back in Oslo on the Sunday?)

I've got a meeting that Monday morning that I can't move or cancel unfortunately :(

57. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

(Nikki: since you know the country the least: any strong preference?)

hiya, I'm very open to idea's, i don't drive though so i'm relying on public transport, i like the idea of the flower fields etc but thats very weather dependent, even looking at today, it started off great and now its terrible..........

58. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

Quoting Sam I Am

The good news is that I try to be in Hilversum (about 20 mins by train from Utrecht) about once every 2 or 3 months, so Nikki, you and I (and perhaps some of these other Dutchies that can't make it ) will definitely be able to meet up at some stage!!

Sorry about that, and for the late notice. I promise to buy many beers as payback next time

that would be cool, just let me know when is a good time

59. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 8y

For some it might be easy to know that this week, retailer Kruidvat sells weekend tickets for 9.95. These are tickets that can be used on trains, and for either a saturday or sunday (valid until the end of june). If we grab some of these tickets this week, we can go anywhere by train for 10 euros.

For me it means a change of plans, I will drive back from Arnhem on the 12th, but will take a train, at a nearby station on the 13th, so late-morningish is still OK.

60. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 8y

Herr Bert - my interest is peaked - please tell me more about these tickets.

If i understand correctly (please tell me if i don't), you can only buy them this week and in Kruidvat. They are valid for one day (which has to be a saturday or a sunday) until the end of June, and can be used on trains anywhere in the Netherlands? Is that right??? Also, are they valid for one return journey, or a day long pass to be used as much as you want that day?

If so, I may wish somebody to get me a few extra...