Friday, 18 May 2007

Cologne-Hamburg

I’ve just arrived in Copenhagen, I’m at a café on the harbor with my laptop. It’s a bit cold to be sitting on the harbor for this long, but it seems like something one should do when traveling across Europe in the 21st century. The train ride here from Hamburg was really cool. Long, but cool. The train actually goes right onto a ferry and then the ferry crosses over to Denmark, then continues making its way on to Copenhagen. You can get out of the train and walk around too, it’s nice. Here’s a photo of the ferry.

Cologne did not dissapoint in its debauchery. Me and Hale went to this huge party at a club under the bridge that leads to the zoo. It was quite far but apparently there was this gay bus full of the gays picking people up and bringing them there. I thought the bus was just about the funniest thing I had seen in my life. Of course by that point we had finished off a whole bottle of rum so I was pretty amused by just about anything. The club was pretty crazy, here’s a picture of that too (love that cameraphone). Thursday was a holiday in Germany, the day of the ascension, so noone had work the next day. After that club we went to another club somewhere (who knows) and ended up staying there till 7:30 in the morning, at which point I realized my plan to catch a 9:10 train to Hamburg didn’t make a whoile lot of sense, so I decided to just head right to the train station and get the next train to Hburg.

It seemed like a good plan when I first got on the train, it was 8 in the morning so the train was deserted, and I curled up and went to sleep. But I was awoken about 30 minutes later to find this group of about drunken 20 middle-aged men had gathered around me, setting down a huge keg and a boombox on the table I was at. So much for sleeping. You see Thursday was also “fathers day” in Germany, which isn’t like our fathers day, apparently men and their sons go out into the woods and get drunk. I just had to laugh at how much my plan to sleep on the train was not going to work. I also had to laugh because what they were blasting from the boombox was the most bubblegum pop you’ve ever heard. Like, Brittney Spears! So weird…

So I talked with them about Father's Day for awhile and what they were going to do. They were all pretty old though, it didn’t seem like any of them were sons of anyone else.

Hamburg was pretty cool, although my first day there was shot because I had to sleep once I got to the hotel. I went out for drinks with one of Hale's friends and we met some nice Germans and talked about EU stuff, they were interesting guys. Hamburg is the largest port in Europe, so earlier today I walked around the docks and the canals. Here's a picture. It looks a little like Amsterdam I guess, although I'd just have to guess as I've never been there.

Anyway I’m gonna go take a shower and head out, not sure where I’m going tonight but a friend of my friend lives here so I may go out with him.

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