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Plans for Borefts 2013

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Theydon_Bois
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beers 12864 º places 853 º 02:57 Thu 6/13/2013

Anyone started to make plans for Borefts this year ?
Iím dealing myself in for the first time.
Going to do a half day in the office on Thursday 26th Sep and jump on the 1258 Eurostar to Brussels.
Will then probably do beers in Brussles for a few hours then move up to Antwerp for the night - not been driking there since way back in í06.
Anyone got anything similar lined up for the Thursday, fancy joining in, meeting up?

 
cgarvieuk
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beers 17632 º places 211 º 03:07 Thu 6/13/2013

Im arriving Fri morn and out Sunday.



Im on my Own, so looking to share with someone Fri/Sat night.

 
madmitch76
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beers 18660 º places 155 º 03:10 Thu 6/13/2013

Will hit Amsterdam on Thursday evening, buy too many bottles at Bier Koning and then fail to get to bed at reasonable time for a prompt start at Borefts the next day.

 
cgarvieuk
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beers 17632 º places 211 º 03:13 Thu 6/13/2013

Originally posted by madmitch76
Will hit Amsterdam on Thursday evening, buy FAR too many bottles at Bier Koning and then fail to get to bed at reasonable time for a prompt start at Borefts the next day.

yup i think that sounds about right

but ive made one small change

 
Leighton
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beers 14326 º places 726 º 03:14 Thu 6/13/2013

There is only the very slightest of chances that I will be able to make it this year. Iíll keep you all posted, but donít get your hopes up.

 
chriso
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beers 7497 º places 458 º 03:45 Thu 6/13/2013

Weíre planning on staying in Utrecht as usual but not sure of our travel plans yet. The "any Dutch station" train ticket has sadly been discontinued which complicates things. That allowed us to spend an overnight in Brussels (or anywhere else) on the way as it gave you 24 hours to complete the journey. It seems that Belgium > Netherlands trains are a bit messed up the moment (if you want to avoid the expensive Thalys). The normal "international" trains were supposed to be replaced with a new Fyra service but everythingís got fucked up.

 
Theydon_Bois
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beers 12864 º places 853 º 03:56 Thu 6/13/2013

Originally posted by chriso
Weíre planning on staying in Utrecht as usual but not sure of our travel plans yet. The "any Dutch station" train ticket has sadly been discontinued which complicates things. That allowed us to spend an overnight in Brussels (or anywhere else) on the way as it gave you 24 hours to complete the journey. It seems that Belgium > Netherlands trains are a bit messed up the moment (if you want to avoid the expensive Thalys). The normal "international" trains were supposed to be replaced with a new Fyra service but everythingís got fucked up.


Yes - was discussing the discontinuation of the íany NL stationí ticket with a work colleague yesterday.

Thatís why Iím going to head to Antwerp.

£80 (£70 for me and anyone who cares to book with me - one of the few perks of my job!) for a return from St Pancras, can take a break in Brussels both ways, then only E13.90 each way from Antwerp to Bodegraven (avoiding the Thalys) 2hrs 15 minute journey which only adds 30 minutes onto the fastest possible journey.

 
Beersiveknown
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beers 4009 º places 123 º 03:59 Thu 6/13/2013

Originally posted by cgarvieuk
Im arriving Fri morn and out Sunday.



Im on my Own, so looking to share with someone Fri/Sat night.


might be up for that, need to check dates...how do you travel there...flight?

 
Theydon_Bois
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beers 12864 º places 853 º 04:00 Thu 6/13/2013

Originally posted by Beersiveknown
Originally posted by cgarvieuk
Im arriving Fri morn and out Sunday.



Im on my Own, so looking to share with someone Fri/Sat night.


might be up for that, need to check dates...how do you travel there...flight?


Nah - Craig tucks his beard in and swims the North sea

 
chriso
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beers 7497 º places 458 º 04:09 Thu 6/13/2013

Originally posted by Theydon_Bois
Yes - was discussing the discontinuation of the íany NL stationí ticket with a work colleague yesterday.

Thatís why Iím going to head to Antwerp.

£80 (£70 for me and anyone who cares to book with me - one of the few perks of my job!) for a return from St Pancras, can take a break in Brussels both ways, then only E13.90 each way from Antwerp to Bodegraven (avoiding the Thalys) 2hrs 15 minute journey which only adds 30 minutes onto the fastest possible journey.

Which train is it across the border from/to Antwerp? At the moment the only cross-border service from Brussels/Antwerp to Rotterdam/Amsterdam is the Thalys. There is an Intercity from Den Haag to Antwerp & Brussels (and vice versa) but it only runs between Den Haag & Antwerp at weekends. Iím not sure what the other stopping points on that route are but, even if that is an option, you have another change at Antwerp if travelling back on Sunday. The only other option is the chugger from Antwerp to Roosendaal (and thatís really slow) and pick up a Dutch train there.

At least that thatís the way I understand it. Was looking into this for travelling to RBESG and, as a result of all this weíve decided to go to RBESG in the car. Of course, I imagine the arrangements will have changed by September.

So, might well take you upon your offer / join you but need to firm up dates first. Ruth is only back from a rather longer rail trip - the Trans Siberian - a couple of days before.

 
Theydon_Bois
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beers 12864 º places 853 º 04:25 Thu 6/13/2013

Chris - yes on the Sunday you need to make an extra change heading back to Antwerp changing at Roosendaal as you say for the chugger. This still only adds on 10 more minutes to make 2 hours 25 Bodegraven to Antwerp.





Iím looking to book up my Eurostar in the next few days so Iíll mail you my trains should you wish to join me.