No, there was no rest. The New Year’s event of AEGEE-Lei­den was pure adren­a­line. From 28th of Decem­ber 2017 to 3rd of Jan­u­ary 2018 the 22 par­tic­i­pants explored four cities, did lots of crazy games, took a swim in the freez­ing sea, got lost, were found – in short: they grabbed the life by the balls. No won­der that the Dutch-Eng­lish title of the event was: “Grab Life by the Uiers!” Jeroen Willem­sen, part of the organ­is­ing team, Sec­re­tary & Inter­nal Affairs Offi­cer of AEGEE-Lei­den, revealed the details.

City tour in Den Haag
City tour in Den Haag

Gold­en Times: How many par­tic­i­pants did you have?
Jeroen Willem­sen: We had 22 amaz­ing par­tic­i­pants.

GT: Did your New Year’s event have a theme?
Jeroen: The theme was “grab life by the uiers”. This prob­a­bly does not make sense with­out an expla­na­tion. It is about Dutch cul­ture and adven­ture com­bined. Dur­ing the event we showed the group what Dutch cul­ture is about, while at the same time enjoy­ing all the crazy stuff there is to do in Lei­den, Rot­ter­dam, The Hague and Ams­ter­dam.

Par­ty time!

GT: How was your new year’s par­ty?
Jeroen: It was the best! We cel­e­brat­ed New Year’s eve in Ams­ter­dam at an indus­tri­al club with its own beach next to the riv­er. So we had an amaz­ing view of the fire­works above Ams­ter­dam while there was live music play­ing. The night end­ed with a mix of kiss­ing peo­ple, lost peo­ple — some end­ed up in the wrong city — and drunk peo­ple. But all good mem­o­ries!

Explor­ing Dutch wind­mills

GT: What were the oth­er pro­gramme high­lights?
Jeroen: Every­body liked some­thing dif­fer­ent the most, but I think the top three would be: par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Dutch style Can­tus, doing the new year’s dive at the beach of The Hague, and of course all the city tours in four dif­fer­ent cities.

GT: What were the fun­ni­est or most excit­ing moments?
Jeroen: The fun­ni­est moments might have been dur­ing the city game in Rot­ter­dam. The par­tic­i­pants did all kind of crazy stuff dur­ing a crazy 88. It was real­ly fun­ny to be asked to mar­ry some­one. The most excit­ing moment was def­i­nite­ly the count­ing from 10 till 0 at new year’s eve! That is a moment I thinks no one will for­get.

Where are the people?
Where are the peo­ple?

GT: How was the group of par­tic­i­pants?
Jeroen: Absolute­ly mad­ly crazy! We had a group of par­tic­i­pants from all over Europe, which not only meant a real­ly diverse Euro­pean Night, but also the fun of all dif­fer­ent kind of cul­tures. The Ital­ians just took over the kitchen when we said we were going to cook Pas­ta for every­one, The Span­ish peo­ple talked about all good sto­ries until every­one was deaf, the East­ern Euro­peans cured stom­ach pain with vod­ka, and every­one was so nice!  Even though we woke them up real­ly ear­ly some­times, they gave us all the ener­gy they had. That is why the good­bye was one of the hard­est ever. I real­ly hope to see every­one again soon!