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Student Life: Impersonating James Bond in Düsseldorf

by Andra Geurtz in Columns & Opinions , 28 maart 2018

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A.S.V.Gay’s first trip of the year! Last January, we went to Düsseldorf for a weekend with a group of about forty-five people. As this trip was in the form of a car rally, our destination was not known in advance. We only knew that the weekend’s theme would be “James Bond,” so naturally, most teams wore matching outfit.

We had to report at the starting point somewhere in Amsterdam in groups of five people. We were given some envelopes and a list of special assignments we had to carry out on our trip.

First, we went to Naarden, one of the best-preserved fortresses in Europe and especially famous for its special star-shape. We had to do a few seemingly simple assignments. It was just that when you encountered another group, you had to take pictures of each other, which would then lead to a deduction of points. Afterwards, we were sent to the Pyramid of Austerlitz; a pyramid built in 1804 to counteract the boredom of Napoleon’s soldiers stationed in the Netherlands.

Here we were instructed to shoot our own Bond movie. Competitive as we all are at A.S.V.Gay, we took this very seriously. A number of films were even edited in detail, including the intro and the end credits, while the journey to our unknown destination continued along a number of sights and attractions. Once across the border it became clear that we would go to Düsseldorf.

On arrival we were received by the travel committee and a few trays of pints of German beer. What more do you want? After some R&R and a pizza, we decided to paint the town red. In the first bar, we were soon joined by another group of Dutch people, so the owner had the great idea to play “smartlappen,” Dutch sing-along folk songs.

A smart move for the bar’s revenue, as everyone spontaneously ordered more beer, but not the best choice for the atmosphere. That’s why we continued our bar crawl and went to a gay bar. The music was nice, the beer tasted great, and the atmosphere was also terrific; a wonderful way to end our first evening!

The next day, the travel committee had a nice game ready for us, and after dinner a pub crawl. It won’t come as a surprise that, when we went home the next day, we were feeling rough, but with the feeling we got to know Düsseldorf a lot better in those two days. The car rally has always been a legendary thing among the members of A.S.V.Gay, but after this wonderful trip, we can’t wait for the next!

 Curious about our car rallies and other trips, or curious about other fun A.S.V.Gay activities? Check www.asvgay.nl.
 



 







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