Hanover 1

Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, June 9, 2006

Fri 9 June
Harry picked me up from the station and we went straight home to meet the family, Christa and Alexa. Then straight to the beer garden (BG) to watch the game. Welcome to Germany. BG had shit coverage with half the picture missing and it was so packed we went back to Harrys. Good atmosphere with lots of flags about and sounding of car horns. After Germanys victory we went back to the BG to meet colleagues of Harrys and watch the Poland Equador game. Met American\Japanese\German who was very talkative and got very drunk, apparently from the Pils. Bad medication? Also a Irish bloke who had ridden 2 gold cup winners as a stable lad.
Sat 10 June
Saturday of the England game woke up at 8, had some breky, went for a run then cycled to the University BG with Harry, Christa and Alexa. Not showing the game so went to plan B BG, which showed the game but the sun hid the screen. Plan C had a similar problem, but fortunately the small screen inside was OK. Food and beer was fantastic unlike the game. After game went back to plan B BG, Alexa knocked over a drink then Christa knocked over a drink. Alexa was really sweet to other drinkers, handing out pebbles, but then she started misbehaving so Christa took her home. Volka then joined us and at this stage I was feeling slightly sloshed. We cycled to another BG but due to alcohol I was singing\shouting Eng-ger-land as we cycled. Then onto a pub where we picked up this other cyclist (a gardener at herronhouser) who liked my singing as he had been to Brighton. Make of that what you will. Harry asked if he wanted to join us for a drink, which he did, but did a runner before we paid. Big laughs with barmaid so very drunk now and this showed itself when we tried to cycle home. Volker fell off his bike almost immediately and if it wasn't for Harry saving me, I would have walked in front of a car moving at speed, while looking the wrong way. Volker fell off his bike 2 more times and even had a high speed crash with another cyclist, who wasn't very happy to say the least. Harry had to take Volker home and put his bike away for him. After this I decided to stay for the whole tournament.
Sun 11 June
Spent the next day recovering until I went cycling with Harry, Christa and Alexa to another BG next to the Nazi lake for beer and bratwurst. Then another BG where Alexa was entertaining the crowds. Harry had to go to a business meal that evening so Volka and Heiko were enlisted to entertain me. Walked round to Volkas, had a beer then onto another BG to watch Iran Mexico. Lots of beer, food and singing then back to Volkas for more beer. Harry arrived with his mother who had been babysitting, so had a nice funny chat with her, before she got taken home by Heiko and I got taken home by Harry.
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