IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!
Ok let me tell you from the beginning
SUNDAY APRIL 10TH!
I left my house around 11:00 to walk to the train station. The train left on time so around 12:00 I was in Arnhem where I met up with Pam. We travelled together to Amsterdam. I didn't feel well at all and my throat was killing me. Anyways around 13:00 We arrived in Amsterdam. There we couldn't find the right exit but after walking around for like 15 minutes we got out. Fresh air! Lovely! Around 13:30 we met up with Niki. First we decided to go to their hostel and then grab some food.
After going to the tourist information helpdesk, yea we're not well known with Amsterdam you know, we headed of to the city. While walking there we past the sexmuseum where Pam and Niki both agreed to go to and I was like.... oooooooh okay......why not lol. Well we walked to the street where their hostel was but gosh that was a scary neighbourhood. We walked in the wrong direction and came across: sexshops, coffeeshops, 1 cafeteria, gaybars, gaycinema's. Then the police came and we asked if they knew where this hostel was. They said we walked in the wrong direction and sent us back. Then when we came across a coffeeshop there came this black man towards me, sniffing he asked me: ''cocaine? cocaine? xtc? xtc?''And I was like: '' No thank you'' and walked further. We finally found the hostel. My first impression was ''gosh I am glad I don't stay here'' It was scary, people smoked pot at the bar so it was smelly as well and the boys / men were looking at me like I was wearing some cloths of them. Anyways we went up to their room (they allowed me in as well for 10 minutes) and we chilled and talked a bit there. Then we headed to the Mc to grab some food. I only took a McFlurry since my throat was still killing me.
After that we went to the sexmuseum which was quite about.... sex.... yuk! It was disguisting! But it was fun as well. It was a good laugh for only E2.50!
After going to the sexmuseum we went to a cafe a la coyote ugly. Girls with ''sexy-ahum- cloths'' on, dancing on the bar and all these perverted guys who were watching them! We didn't stay in longer then 2 minutes haha. But fun as well! After that we went back to the train station to pick up Liesel.
We were standing there not knowing what she looked like (even though I've seen pictures of her) so I text her what we were wearing. As I send it a girl came up to us and there she was! Our one and only Liesel! Niki and Pam went back to their hostel to get some sleep and Liesel and I went to our hostel. So we took the tram. When we got out at Leidseplein we didn't know where to go. Liesel had the directions from the hostel so we had to cross a bridge and then turn left. So we did. But then walking by an ''office'' I saw it was the ''UITBUREAU'' We had to get membershiptickets for Paradiso so I got us 6. 2 for Liesel and me, 2 for Pam and Niki and 2 for Marty and Ullis. Then we asked where Paradiso was. The girl pointed us in a direction where there was everything but no Paradiso. Anyways we went to our hostel. When we got there, we checked in. We got a key for our room, a key and lock for our locker and a code to get in and out the hostel. Then we put everything away, lay down on bed for like 15 minutes (where my friend Liesje called me and she made me fall out of bed!) and we were out on the street again looking for Paradiso. The guy from the hostel helped us and this time we found it. We decided to get some French fries and then we headed back to our hostel to get some sleep since we planned to sit at Paradiso around 12:00 midnight. Liesel almost inmediatly fell asleep but I couldn't. I was turning around and almost fell out of bed again. I decided to go down, to the bar. I smoked some cigarettes and talked to a girl. Then I ordered a coke for 1 euro. Happy hour! I went upstairs again and Liesel was still asleep. Then my friend Lin called me which was really nice of her because I was getting a little bored. I already put on my make up, changed cloths, did my hair and went downstairs again and got on internet. I could go on msn so I talked with An and Lin and then it was like 11:15PM and I got to wake Liesel. Only when I got upstairs she was already awake and almost ready to go. So at 11:45PM we sat down at the venue and all this people came out of Paradiso. Then they closed to door.
APRIL 11TH, 12:00
Not long after that, 3 guys were coming from the side doors of Paradiso and saw us sitting there. They asked if we came for Hanson. I was like YEAH HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT! then a boy said he was working there and we looked like the typical fans that would sit and wait so early. Thanks very much, I had never done that before. Lol, anyways I lay down on the floor and pretend to be sleeping and Liesel was sitting. Then this man came by, stopped and watched if I was alive and asked us what we were doing there. We said that we were waiting for Hanson who would perform tomorrow evening. He was kinda... scary.. but still it was fun. Then Liesel and I both sat down there and waited... and waited... and then Lin called again. That was really cool. So I gave her Liesel too and then when I got my phone back Lin and I chatted for a while and then I was like...Hello...HELLO ARE YOU STILL HERE?? But no Lin. LOL, her card was empty.
Anyways I had to go to the bathroom around 1:30AM and I didn't wanna leave Liesel all alone but I had to go so badly so I said that if there was something she should call me inmediatly so I could return as soon as possible. So I went back to the hostel and around 1:45AM I came back and then Marcella, Pam, Stacey and Chloe arrived too. I was happy about that because I didn't feel very comfertable leaving Liesel all alone there. It is Amsterdam after all :P.
But it was really cool to see the twins, marcella and Chloe again! We chatted a bit and some of them tried to sleep haha. We waited for Eve to come but she didn't come so everyone got a little worried. But around 3:00AM she did arrive. It was pretty cold and everyone was covered in blankets and stuff. We made some promotion for Hanson during the night to some curious persons. Which was quite fun though.
Around 5:00AM I wanted some coffee but you couldn't get any coffee :( The Mc, BK everything was closed. So that was bummer. The night went over pretty fast I have to say.
Around 7:00AM 2 French girls joined us. I still don't know their name but I hope you two had a great time / meet and greet. Chloe must have been very happy since we spoke more Dutch than English and she couldnt understand a lot from it. Also Maartje came around this time. Later Niki and Pam came.
Around 9:00AM we could get some coffee somewhere so we took a dubble and it was niceeeee and warm! From then more and more people came to the venue. The sun started shining and we warmed a bit up. Around 10:00AM there was this tourbus driving by. We didn't know if this WAS the bus since no one was coming out.
I didn't give a care at that point lol. My throat was killing me and my coughing was getting worser. I got myself a sandwich. It was important to walk, stand or do something instead of sitting all the time on that hard ground because you couldn't sit or move if you sat down too long.
When Marty and Ullis showed up I called them so I could give them their membership tickets.
I don't remember a lot from the next hours since I was feeling so sick then. I was dizzy, tired, I just felt horrible. Around 12:30PM I decided to get some sleep since I didn't want to be dead when the concert started. I got at the hostel and fell asleep as soon as my nose hit the pillow. I made a deal with the other girls that they would send me a text message if I slept too long. But I slept only 50 minutes when I woke up. Gosh I felt a lot better but my throat was swollen. I took some water to make the pain go away but I couldn't help it that my voice was almost lost. I walked back to the venue and sat down again. I felt better but still not very awake hehe. I send my dad a text message I didn't feel very well before and he suggested to rest and that I shouldn't make myself very hyper because then the coughing started all over and I already had throw up that morning because of the coughing so..... That was not that nice but yea.. I could go back home for being sick or I could chill, enjoy as much as possible and stay calm. I decided to try the last option since I didn't want to miss Hanson when they were playing in Amsterdam!!!
Anyways I think I did fall asleep on Pam's shoulder again. Someone made a picture (GRR @ Marcella) lol but I havent seen it so phew. The last hours were probably the heaviest for me. I was getting more and more excited but I couldn't get since I didn't want to cough. In the que I met SaarHanson and Katootje. It was nice to meet some people from the boards. I also met Yvonne earlier that morning and pff I guess I did meet so much other people but I don't remember them all. Oh yea this Spanish girl I don't know the name of but I am like 80% sure she was the one in London where we held hands so people from behind didn't go to the front. And later on that day I met Chans, Nathalie and Lilly( who I didn't recognize, so sorry again hehe but don't dye your hair brown then lol ) but then I saw Chans and I recognized her of her glasses hehe :) It was nice to see them and I spoke with them for a some minutes. Then they had to leave with the meet and greeters and Nathalie and I talked a bit and then Lilly came to get her.
Around 7:20 they finally opened the doors. I walked / ran inside and got front row on Tays side. A meet and greeter was really nice and gave me her spot because she wanted to go to the back. Nice from her, nicer for me ;). Thanks again.
Right before the show started (they started with a delay because of some technical issues)I started hyperventilating. Gosh to those who never been through that... IT SUX! It feels like you don't get enough air and I had to yawn to get some extra air in my lungs. I did manage to breathe as normal as possible and I enjoyed the show.
I didn't sing along, scream along, jumped along, danced along. I only clapped and enjoyed the show in a different way.
They started with ''Optimistic.'' A song I didn't know but I do know I am loving it. The drums on that song are amazing! I loved it. Everyone was so enthousiastic. Both Hanson and the audience.
''Dancing in the wind'' is a lovely song. I first heard it at the London gig I think but its amazing.
I always dreamed of hearing ''a minute without you'' live. I was silently singing along from the inside! It's an amazing song!
''Where’s The Love'' was next on the list. Also a great song to listen to. I noticed some girls on the balcony made a dance at the chorus which I loved! Way to go girls!
Get Up & Go: 1 word, FANTASTIC!
Look At You: I never thought I would like this song. When I heard it on MON I thought it was okay but nothing more. But live there is so much energy at this song it makes me so enthousiastic!
Zac solo – Broken Angel: He sang so soft that he could get almost everyone quiet. Yikes.. goosebumps :) Lovely song, lovely performace, perfect. - sigh-
Ike solo – More Than Anything: Who would thought we would hear that song. Isaac at the piano is a 100% match! He's good! Woah
Ain’t No Sunshine (ITZ only): Also a nice song. I still don't know the lyrics but it's ok. Isaac has such an amazing voice :)
Underneath: I have to say, this ain't my favorite song but everytime I hear it live its amazing.
Believe: The song that made me cry! Yeah really, I am not lying. I was sniffing and I got teary eyes. Gosh I love that song! It was fantastic! It was really amazing! That song impressed me!
Hand In Hand: Was okay. I don't really get the song but it's ok to listen to.
Penny & Me: This was one of the favorite songs of the evening. People were sooo freaking out on this song! Really nice!
Hey: This was my favorite song live at the London gig. Because of the interaction they had with each other on stage and with us, the audience. Unfortunatly they didn't do the interaction with the audience this time but they HEY part sounded fantastic. Everyone shouted HEY and it kinda sounded hilarious.
Mmmbop: I don't have to say anything. All time favorite I think. Amazing song, the enthousiasm, the crowd was going crazy!!!
You Never Know: Good song. Not my favorite though but it sounded okay to me :)
Speechless: WOAAAAAAAAAAAH! GOOD ONE! I liked it. Kinda same story as look at you but amazing live!
If Only: We had to show how high we could jump. I didn't jump but everyone around me did. It was scary though haha I thought we would crack trough the floor. But we didn't! I was bouncing up and down though. It looked amazing when you started looking around you! Everyone had so much energy! Including Hanson on stage. They rocked! Nice song!
Lost Without Each Other: Another favorite. The ''Are you listening part'' is always the funniest part. Everybody is screaming that sentence from the bottom of their lungs. An amazing, energetic song! I LOVE IT!
Encore - Long Way To The Top: That was a good one. It sounded fantastic although I didn't know it. Again Zac on those drums = WOAH! The enthousiasm Hanson had (yea I keep repeating myself I am aware of that) that was so amazing.
Then Hanson said goodbye. Everyone was screaming for more. But the crew already came on stage and started cleaning the stage and breaking things off. Most people went away but some stayed. I was looking for someone I knew but I didn't see them. I was standing behind a group of people and a man was handing over some water bottles. I stood behind all those people but that man saw me and threw me Zac's bottle. Nice :) Now I've got a bottle from Isaac and Zac. Lol. What am I gonna do with it. Put it in a museum hehe.. :P No I think I throw them away. I don't even know where I left Isaacs bottle haha. But still I find it funny to have them. Now it seems like I'm this freaky fan. But don't worry. I am absolutely not a freaky fan :P
AFTER THE SHOW!
Anyways I walked outside and then I noticed again I couldn't breathe. (now the concert was over I was back in reality) and I didn't know what to do so I walked across the street, sat down and called my dad. He had to help me cuzz I totally paniced now. My dad called me back since I didn't had so much money and he tried to calm me down but I started crying and the pain wouldn't go away and I think there was this piece of disappointment that I couldn't / didn't sing along. But anyways. Dad told me to get something for my throat, suggested I bought an extra bottle of water and then went to bed.
Then Liesel came over and asked how I was doing. I was a little bit calmed down so I sat I didn't feel that well but I was doing fine. So we both walked to the tourbus and waited for Hanson to come out. I have to say some people just can't have respect for Hanson. They were banging on the bus, knowing on the windows, asking the busdriver?? something. No I don't like that. 1 girl stood on a pole and looked into their bus. Thats so rude. It's like climbing in a tree and look at someone in there bedroom. Yuk. That was not nice of that girl. Well my opinion. I just stood there. Isaac rushed into the bus and I said (as a joke) woah who the hell whas that? And this man said. Well we have Isaac and we have another look a like Isaac. (or something like that) and I was like... sure whatever.....
After waiting for a while we (Chans, Lilly, Nathalie, Liesel and me) went to the McDonalds because they were hungry and I wanted a McFlurry. It was nice to meet Chans, Lilly and Nathalie and I thought it was fun hanging out for like 15 minutes hehe. Then we walked back and Liesel and I went back to the hostel where I fell asleep as soon as my nose hit the pillow ( again )
I bet they = Hanson didn't think they would have so much Hansonfans in Holland. Ofcourse they're foreign people. But still the majority was Dutch. Even I was kinda suprised that there were SO MANY fans! I have to say I was impressed by the fans that were at Paradiso. I didn't get pushed at all!!!!!! (thank god cuzz I would have fainted then hehe), They were so enthousiastic! People got a long mostly.... (some of them should get kicked in the ass though) but the majority was cool!
I want to say thank you to Liesel (Liesje on the forums) for hanging out with me for 3 days. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for looking after me a bit.
I also want to say thank you to: Marcella, Stacey, Pam, Chloe and Eve for making the night who would last very long without there humor :) Thanks for all you're caring and help while I wasn't feeling very well!
Thanks to Pam and Niki for having a great time with you guys spending the first day in Amsterdam! You guys are crazy and I love to hang out with you next time! Thanks Pam for borrowing your shoulder ;)
Thanks to the 2 french girls I hope you had a great time here in Holland and I hope to see you again. Thanks to Yvon(ne) and her friend for their caring. I hope you had a great time in Holland as well!
SaarHanson! I hope you loved the show as much as I did. But seeing you being so enthousiastic I don't hesistate to believe you had an amazing time! Katootje, I was so happy you saw me and came up to me! Nice chatting with you! Hope you loved the show!
Chans, Lilly and Nathalie, it was great to meet you guys finally! I hope you enjoyed the meet and greet and the show! And it was nice that we could hang out for a little while after the show! Hope to see you around soon!
I also want to say thanks to Liesje (Liezie on the boards) and Lin for calling every now and then :) I appreciate it and I missed you guys but we could have contact at least... well not the entire day cuzz the batteries were empty :(
Then MANY Thanks to Hanson for a wonderfull evening which I loved and I hope they can come back to Holland again and do such a wonderfull show here again.
I hope I didn't forget any... If so.. thank you thank you thank you! I loved the show, the waiting was all worth it and I hope to see (most of) the people I met in A'dam again!