Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)!

Me and some other money nerds have been very busy lately. Here is an overview of the upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! Get your agenda’s ready!

Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)!

Ok, here we go! Get ready and come play with FIRE πŸ™‚

Meetup Nr 1:Β  Leiden, December 2018

I will be sitting at Annies in Leiden on Sunday december 2, 2018 at 13:00. If you want to join for cup of coffee/beer/glas of wine, please be my guest!

Reservations & fees: None

Presentations: None

Time: 13:00 – 17:00 (perhaps longer….)

Drinks & food: go to the bar and get some yourself!

Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)!
Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! – Leiden

Meetup Nr 2: Haarlem, January 2019

This will be the full blown BENL FIRE meetup to kick off 2019 with a bang. We will meet on Saturday January 26, 2019 starting at 09:00 in Haarlem.

Reservations & fees:Β https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-benl-fire-meetup-haarlem-51065915528

Presentations: To be confirmed, but will be in DUTCH! Looking for presentors and topics! Please feel free to add comments.

Time: 09:00 – 16:00 (perhaps followed by dinner/beer in Haarlem city centre, Jopenkerk?!)

Drinks & food: fully catered, including a sandwich lunch.

Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! - Haarlem
Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! – Haarlem

Meetup Nr 3: Utrecht, March 2019

This is a BENL FIRE meetup purely dedicated to real estate investing. We will meet on Saturday March 9, 2019 at 12:00 for an afternoon and evening of fun talking real estate.

Reservations & fees:Β https://www.eventbrite.com/e/real-estate-conference-utrecht-2019-tickets-50906419471

Presentations: see link to reservations and fees.

Time: 12:00 – 21:00

Drinks & food: fully catered, including a pizza dinner & beer (no lunch!).

Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! - Real Estate in Utrecht
Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! – Real Estate in Utrecht

Meetup Nr 4: Limburg, March 2019

This is our first BENL FIRE CAMP! Plan is to rent a large accommodation for a long weekend (Friday afternoon – Monday morning). We have found a really nice space for a maximum of 28 people in 2, 3 and 4 person rooms. The idea is to just have fun, go outside and enjoy the area. Cook, eat, talk, drink & relax. Perhaps some educational elements too!

Dates: Friday March 29 – Monday April 1, 2019

Reservations & fees: email me at info@cheesyfinance.nl! Fees are expected to range between €150-175 per person for the long weekend. All inclusive! Subject to final cost of venue and catering.

Presentations: to be confirmed

Time: Friday March 29 at 17:00 – Monday April 1 at 10:00

Drinks & food: fully catered, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning

Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! - Limburg
Upcoming BENL FIRE Meetups (& More)! – Limburg


Hope to see you all soon!


  1. Wow, I never would have guessed that this was a thing.
    I just recently became more active with FIRE after starting my own blog and I’m still trying to figure out how to go about all of this. I only recently discovered there are quite a few more FIRE enthusiasts than I thought, especially after discovering FIREhub.eu.
    I’m thinking of joining you for a coffee (though in my case it’d be a soft drink, not a fan of coffee) at Leiden and also get a ticket for the Haarlem meetup, but those distances, oomph (living near Brussels).

    Anyhow, glad I discovered your blog and these events. I’m almost certain I’ll join the Haarlem meet-up, but first I need to do some planning.

    1. Cool, hope to see you in Haarlem. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending the December meetup this time (but several others will!), some family events came along that I need to go to. For Haarlem you might want to consider staying the night in a (cheap?) Airbnb!

      1. I was actually considering staying at an Airbnb for Haarlem. At least that way I can actually see a bit of the City and take my time chatting πŸ™‚
        Will take a good look at the Airbnb offers.

  2. Hi Team CF, such a great initiative organising these meet ups. Would love to join the Haarlem meet up, however, first I would like to get an idea how big the event will be, that is how many people you are expecting. Haha, am no fan of huge conventions. The Leiden meet up would have been great for me to β€˜start’ within the Dutch FIRE community, but indeed the old long bearded guy informed me he will be at my house that specific Sunday. Anyways, hope to see one or both of you at one meet up or the other.

    1. Turns out that I personally cannot make it on the 2nd. But I have asked a local FIRE enthusiast to take my place. So the meetup is still on! Don’t expect it to be too busy, perhaps up to 20 of so. The bearded old guy will make sure this one is quitter indeed!
      Haarlem has the space for up to 100 people, but we are aiming for around 50-60 or so. That is still a good crowd and you would have the opportunity to chat to as many or as little people as you want. I would not focus on the amount of people, to be honest, the atmosphere is much more important. And the ability to freely speak about money subjects without being judged. And that is always the case, irrespective of the amount of people that show up!
      Hope to see you in Haarlem πŸ™‚

      1. Cool! Will sign up right away and look forward to meeting many enthusiastic people from the community.

  3. It’s so neat to see how quickly the European financial network is growing. I’m from the US and love financial blogs, and now live in the Netherlands. I’m not sure if I’ll make it to one of these events, but I’d like to join in the future! I just (finally) started my blog, but I’ve been following your site since 2016. Keep up the good work!

  4. These are some great options to meet other people from the FI(RE) movement! Good work there Cheesy. I will be at least showing up on one of the events, see what fit’s best timewise. Looking forward. See you there!

  5. Hi. I would like to shake your hand ( and buy you some beers) at Annies. Don’t you think it will be too crowded if everyone shows up? Or have you made arrangements with the cafe? And will you be wearing a dollarbill in the buttonhole of your coat? Or how do we meet?

    1. Hi Anna, would love t shake you hand too!
      No, didn’t make any arrangements at Annies. Don’t expect it to be too busy (last weekend before Sinterklaas and on a Sunday), and if I’m wrong, Annies will have a good Sunday πŸ˜‰

      How I can be recognized? Not sure yet (will do another reminder post with more details, but I like the dollar/Euro bill idea), but watch out for a white male tech engineer looking personen πŸ˜‰

  6. Ooohhh, Haarlem, I lived there and I love it. It’s a shame it will be in dutch, my dutch is not that good yet πŸ™‚
    And Jopenkerk, one of my favourite places in town.

    1. You can still join, it’s just the 1-2 presentations that are in Dutch, expect many foreigners to join. Chatting is no problemen in English!

      1. You convinced me! It will be a good excuse to attend to my first meet up and go back one more time to my lovely Haarlem.

    1. If you want to actually join (don’t mind if you pop in for a couple of hours), we do need to know before the end of the month. Just to be able to make reservations and make the 50% down payment.

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