Saturday, November 26, 2011

"Ladies Nite" in Cologne.....part 2 /3

Meeting the ladies


I am sure some of you have had a situation where you meet someone virtually in some social network, hit it off, you find their jokes funny, and they yours, then after a few months you brave it to a meeting and BAM! ...... they are not at all like their posts !! Has this stopped you all from meeting people at all or making friends online?? NO... Then others set out to meet their Cyber friends and every thing turns out perfect! Well ours was a meeting made with all things sweet & positive and full of energy !! 

The thrill of meeting new people and going new places is something i have never been able to resist..I therefore went with an open mind as i set off to meet my new Cyber friends in Cologne!! The  night hadn’t been short enough for my liking, all the while i was thinking when is it day time, i can’t wait to meet all these ladies in the same situation as myself. They’ve been so near me all this time but also so far.... i hadn’t met them in all the years i have lived here !!!!

So we’re back at the hotel getting ready when a few calls  from some of the ladies started coming in.“We’re on our way!” , “We’ll be there in 10 mins..” etc etc.....:-)
At this point Donna & I are like ... yey .... they’re actually coming !!!!!

Lucy & Donna so excited finally meeting the ladies...

As some of the ladies arrived a little earlier, Donna went down to the lobby to greet them as we wait for the others, while i did my final touches and headed down as well. Before we got to the lobby one could already hear a number of excited voices in the lobby . This was definitely our day as M&H  ladies and boy was it a meetup !! 
I have to say I was NOT disappointed at all ! All the ladies were smartly dressed and armed with positive energy. You could actually feel it in the air ! The two ladies behind the reception desk actually found themselves smiling just looking at us all excited and talking at the same time.....

“oh.... is that you??”,  “nice to meet you!”, “my name is ....”  “ i know who you are!”
“Oh my God we’re all looking fab !!!!!” .  “So how many Lucys, Jackies & Solanges  do we have here?”, “Where is the restaurant ?”.... were some of the questions floating around in the first 15 mins ......
I actually had someone tell me i look shorter in my photos than i am in person .... sooo true ...  Sweetheart what do you expect ? I am always standing next to an even taller Donna :-)
This is definitely a group of ladies i would love to meet again .... every one of them!!

first arrival at hotel lobby......our beautiful & adorable sister duo(Solange F & Yvonne H) from the Netherlands


After the hugging and hellos and getting to finally meet each other, it was time for dinner. We all took a walked together to the restaurant which is about 5 minutes away from the hotel. We had dinner at the “Hof 18”, a restaurant with outstanding cross-cultural cuisine with a strong German accent in a very modern and stylish atmosphere with a view of the “Kölner Dom”(Cathedral).

ladies at hotel lobby all ready to go for dinner.....(Leah W, Jackie E, Sylvia K & Penninah K)

It was cold and a little windy outside but we hardly payed attention to the weather. The warmth and energy of these ladies could warm up even the coldest night :-) We talked and laughed all the way to the restaurant. Finally in the restaurant we got our table reserved for 15 in a corner room which turned out to be a great idea because we needed our own space where we could talk and laugh without being a nuisance to the other restaurant guests.  At this point of the night, the ladies had each warmed up to each other and the atmosphere was at its best. I had not expected anything less when 15 temperamental african ladies come together :-). We had ladies representing west and east africa (Kenya, Cameroon and Uganda ). 

Afro beauties in da house :-)

beautiful & charming afronistas

beautiful & very warm-hearted sisters

the energy & warmth of africa in da house :-)

the room was bursting with all these charming personalities
as bright, colourful and vibrant like a rainbow

with "the initiator" my beautiful & adorable Camer sister (Yvonne H)

Lucy with the charming Jacky K......Jacky is like a ray of sunshine , she brightened up the nite with her warm & bubbling personality

the meal was excellent

the variety was great

wonderful ladies....

yep, it was a great 1st meeting......
leaving the restaurant and off to after-dinner cocktails

It was a great mixture having all these different personalities who are united through a similar lifestyle (mixed relationships/marriages/families) come together. It was a very long and equally interesting dinner with delicious meals to choose from and  an excellent  service personnel. Thank you “Hof 18” for a great dinner. Somewhere around 22:30 pm we left the restaurant, heading off to after dinner cocktails but before we got there, we made a quick stop because it was time to make a toast to our first meeting with these fabulous ladies of the M&H house. Then it was off to the famous Harry`s New York Cocktail Lounge/Bar where we danced the nite away...............(coming up next in part 3. Watch out!!!)

time for a toast to a great 1st meeting

Prost!!! (cheers!!!) to future meetings

At this point I want to shout out a big thank you to the ladies. Thank you Yvonne H for initiating this meeting, thank you Solange F, Solange K, Lucy D, Eunice Z, Jacky K, Jackie E, Penninah K, Btrin A, Leah W, Sylvia K, Maria O, Kimm K. You ladies were wonderful and so warmhearted. Thanks for your active support in making this nite a nite to remember.........I can proudly say we have taken that giant step towards our dream of the “Big Convention”.

cheers to you ladies for a great nite & hope to see u all again . Muah!!!!!!

Watch out for part 3/3......dancing the nite away at Harry´s Cocktail Lounge. Until then, stay cool.

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from "Deutschland" with luv,

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