This weekend I was fortunate enough to have been invited to BeLUG’s 10th Anniversary.
And we were even lucky enough to fit in a trip in Jan’s overbooked calendar as well, so early Saturday morning we took of in the direction of Hamburg Aiport and a couple of hours later we landed in Brussels. Now, I’ve never been given the possibility of enjoying the Belgian highways and trust me, there is not much to enjoy for tourists like me. The poor GPS lady was all over the place giving out directions to go left and right like nothing else!
Apparently the Belgian road designers love junctions, intersections, overlapping, roundabouts and dual lanes turning into 6 lanes going in all directions. Nevertheless we did succeed (thanks to some awesome driving skills from Jan) to arrive at the hotel – check in – back to the car – new 15 kilometer road rage and then finally at the school in Merelbeke where the celebration took place.
They (BeLUG) had a pretty nice setup with several competitions, a Technic Workshop and a “walk down memory lane”-presentation on the last 10 years of BeLUg.
When the workshop, presentation and contest were done, it was time for a wicked Quiz on everything LEGO and BeLUG. It started out slow but in the end the questions were pretty hard – and me not being able to understand the language was not an excuse – plenty of volunteer translators around!
After that we had a nice BBQ with some Belgian beer! Then the Super Tombola Winners were announced by random draw. All participants could buy a raffle ticket at 1 EUR and then have a go at winning everything from a Grand Emporium to polybags. There were plenty of prices and I do believe everyone liked it. A nice gesture from the LUG towards it’s members as the ticket income hardly covered more than 10% of the giveaways!
Then it was time for dessert which was really nice icecream servings with chocolate sauce and plenty of it as well. But not until I had the mic for a couple of minutes where I thanked the BeLUG members for their dedication and hard work in sharing their hobby and passion for the past ten years. We then presented them with a custom red 10th Anniversary trophy that we’ve built back in Billund – though I must admit that I had to glue some of it.
And then as a finale, they threw an auction with some really nice LEGO items and memorabilia.
Thank you BeLUG for inviting us, having us, being kind to us and Tom for buying us French Fries at the local fair!
Will we be back? Definetly, if not sooner then at the next BeLUG anniversary NO DOUBT!
More pictures can be found in my flickr photostream