The strong Dutch contingent staying at the Palace brought a unique energy to the backpacker group.
And in June 2000 they found a common bond through the love of their national football team.
But the fire would tear the group apart and change young lives forever.
Episode 12 of CHILDERS – The Podcast chats to Dutch survivors Rob Jansen and Jochy Visser.
It delves into their friendship with countryman Sebastien Westerveld and his travel buddy British teenager Adam Rowland, who both lost their lives in the fire.
We find out a little more about Adam through his best mate from school Gary Hide and a supposed connection with the spirits above.
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