The Revival in Rotterdam

Emily and I decided to go to Rotterdam for the weekend to check out the Revival premiere. Well actually, I’d already seen the film three times but thought it would be fun to hang out the the Vancouver crew, Laura and the Dutchies for the weekend.

Emily and I took the coach all the way there and back as flights and the train were looking really expensive as we were booking last minute. The coach was only £4o return but that meant we had to endure 12 hours each way.  It started off pretty badly when we had to give the drivers a twenty quid backhander EACH just so they would let us take our bikes with us. It was that or go straight back home (or leave our bikes in the middle of Victoria coach station, which was not an option). The coach was not fun at all – no light in the toilet meant that there was piss everywhere and we didn’t stop once so had to starve for 12 hours. Also, I’m sorry if your Mum, Dad or friend is a coach driver but I have to say that I have never met a meaner or stupider bunch.The shit these guys was coming out with was absolutely unreal. I think they must literally have been retarded.

When we arrived in Rotterdam Saskia was there to meet us with a couple of beers which was ace. Saskia  was an awesome tour guide the whole weekend plus her and John were kind enough to put Emily and I up. Thanks guys!

Friday morning, Emily and I went for a ride and checked out a couple of sites including this lovely gnome holding…. erm…….?

Rotterdam is really cycle friendly with cycle lanes everywhere plus amazingly, the drivers let you go first rather than turning into you like they do in England. It’s so mellow that it gets a bit boring at times!

We got some breakfast at 101 Pancakes. Loving that chandelier!

Later Wayne, Korey, Kati and Laura turned up. Tyler stayed in Paris and I heard he was having a great time riding with Rodolpe. The film went down really well and the evening was predictable messy. Emily and I missed the tricks comp as we went to get burgers.

Here is the calm before the storm –  Kati, Laura, Emily and me:

Things got good and rowdy later. Laura was in top form! We got told off for drinking on the streets which is illegal in Holland. The police were very polite about it though.

Unfortunately we were treated to torrential rain and freezing temperatures for most of the trip which meant that not a lot of riding went down but we had a great time! Met a lot of nice people and hung out with the guys from Rotterdam Fixed. We even went back to the pancake house where we witnessed a wierd Dutch tradition. At the beginning of December in Holland, Santa comes with his black helpers to give out gifts. So every year, people get blacked up and dressed up! I think some people try and claim that the helpers are black because they just came down the chimney but considering the Dutch’s colonial history I suspect that may not be the true reason…

Me and Em confused:

Santa liked Laura:

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