The traditional Swatch The Club Xmas
Event 2016 took place in early December 2016. About 110 club
members from all around the world (including the last survivor of the
!) participated at the event. The event itself
started on Friday afternoon but quite a few event participants met
already on thursday evening for a dinner in the city of
Rotterdam. After a visit to Squiggly in the afternoon, I walked
from the nhow Rotterdam
**** event hotel to the restaurant.
cruise ship in front of the nhow
(designed by renowned architect Rem
xmas time also in the local public garden
Ellen and Hetto had chosen a very
nice restaurant for the evening dinner: Mangiare
(great Italian food). Thanks a lot for the perfect and
smooth organization. Lots of happy faces (about 35) on a loooong
on the right: Jeroen, the (in)famous Dr. Swatch
On Friday morning, it was time for
more pre-event activities. But first, it was time to enjoy
the breathtaking view from the hotel room on the 14th floor....
It was a cold but sunny December day,
so I took the opportunity for a short walk into the nearby
city. The Erasmus
directly near the hotel opened the southernmost
span of the bridge directly in front of me. This bascule
bridge is the largest and heaviest in Western Europe and has the
largest panel of its type in the world. Very interesting and
a rare sight!
A ship crane passing by
Swatch ads everywhere!
A very quiet Swatch store in the
center of the city (ok, it was still early in the morning).
It would be totally different two days later....
Some nice street art on the way back
to the hotel.
hotel has become a landmark of the town of
Back at the hotel at around
noon. The hotel had now been decorated in true Xmas Event
Hans (thank you!) had organized a
lunch at a very nice restaurant (Café
) next to the hotel. More club members
from all around the world had arrived in the meantime (about 50)
so it already felt like the start of the event....
to read part 2 ("Welcome
Desk and a visit to Kunsthal Rotterdam") of my Rotterdam Xmas event