On Thursday we walked to the cafe down the road via the lovely park and sat outside in the sun having dinner, which we completed with an ENORMOUS piece of cheesecake!
In the evening we went to the second semifinal which I personally think was a harder choice to pick the best 10 songs as there were so many good songs amongst them. Some good songs had to be got rid of whereas a few weaker songs had got through on Tuesday as there wasn't really 10 strong songs in the bunch of 25! There was lots of party atmosphere and people being really friendly and sociable.
On Friday we finally made it to the EuroCafe in the centre. We saw little and big Adam across the cafe and joined them (we bumped into them every day at some point in Dusseldorf!) A local man on his lunch break from work went to a local flag shop and bought me and aimingtobefit a UK flag each which was very nice of him! We saw Paradise Oskar from Finland in the Cafe signing autographs. (Close up he looked a lot like Prince Harry!)
In the evening we went to the Dress rehearsal for the final. The atmosphere was so different from the semifinals! It was full of reserved, suited and well dressed local families, that politely clapped at the end of each song and really didn't want to talk to us!
On Saturday evening we set of really early to go to the final we got there for the gates opening at 5.30pm - and it was still busy with people at that time. Who should we bump into as we were waiting to go through security but the two Adams!
It was a good job we went early as aimingtobefit found out how high up her seat was and couldn't get up there! So we spent all of the time before the concert trying to find a way to get her a lower seat ticket. Finally as every one was going to there seats one of the staff had a personal friend who kindly swapped her ticket with my cousin.
All my seats from the Fan Club were excellent! On Tuesday I was 7 rows from the front, on Thursday I was 10 rows and on Saturday I was 14!
On Sunday we caught the train from Dusseldorf to Cologne where I met, and had a coffee with my Tribe friend Petra, who I have been writing to on Facebook for a few years but we have never met before. She was really nice and very easy to get on with. I tried to convince her to get a LJ account! LOL! We had time for a quick look around Cologne Cathedral before we caught the train back to Brussels.
Debbie wanted to find 'the weeing boy' statue but we didn't manage to find it - we did find a statue that we named 'The Queen of Belgium plays hoopla!' though!
We caught the train home on Monday and arrived back home at about 2pm.