Nov 13, 2006
May 13, 2007
! So we supped on guinness and bulmers cider and ate bacon and sausage sandwiches while the rest of the bar fumed at us and asked us to switch off the "rugby" but we would not budge, so maybe we got our just deserts when Westmeath lost the football !! After the game we went back to the Irish Rover and found it open and met the owner......... an irish guy named Aidan and were informed of the session - an Irish music session that would be taking place from "10 till late" !! So already being well on the road to drunkeness we decided to grab a shower and come back out again and rode very wobbly back to the hostel where we met our roomies .......... 2 sleeping Swiss girls who we rudely disturbed and gamely attempted to talk them or should I say "slur" them into joining us in the bar !!! After promising to follow us there ( we now know it was a cunning ploy to get rid of us) we made our way back and had a great laugh drinking beer and "Kilbeggan whiskey" until 3am until we couldnt drink anymore ............ but we were celebrating being exactly 6 months on the road !!
Next morning we were a little embarrased talking to the girls and made a quick getaway to see the many great sights of Hamburg, and had an early night and didnt do anything to worsen the image we had given of Irish lads to the lovely people of Switzerland !!!
After all of our troubles so far we made hamburg finally on Sunday afternoon at 1pm and immediately sought out an Irish bar we had found online called "The Irish Rover" because it advertised live coverage of the Irish gaelic football championship and our team were playing at 3pm !! After 30 minutes riding around one of the cleanest and most scenic cities that I have ever seen in Europe we found our bar but unfortunately it was not even open !! We composed ourselves and phoned a hostel, then after securing a room we dropped off our bags and hoped the bar would open before we got back. Arriving back at 2:45pm to our horror it was still shut , so it was off again until we found "Finnegans Irish bar" ........... yeah I know theres always an Irish bar somewhere when you need one !! The girl behind the bar told us gaelic games take precedent here and so we got to watch our game to the disgust of about 40 german and english Man Utd and West Ham supporters who wanted to watch the climax to the premiership at the same time !