Chris and I spent much of April and early May back in Europe visiting friends and family. I headed off to Germany for the most part (more on that next week) where eventually, after two weeks gallivanting around the UK and France, Chris finally caught up with me in order to celebrate his birthday, German-style. Which meant rather than a meager one day celebration, he ended up celebrating the whole week, notching up a liver crushing 6 nights out from a possible 7 (really, at his age).
So on his behalf a brief message of thanks to all of his German drinking buddies for:
the single malt whiskey, the Kaffee und Kuchen, the chance to play Scalextrics and feel young again (even though Leo ‘Schumacher’ Schultz, aged 3 and a bit, beat him so resoundingly), too little Kaesespaetzle, too much Grappa, just the right amount of Wahrsteiner beer and oompah music, failing to get a word in edgeways sat between Moni and Katja, Cologne’s special beer, a strange looking schnapps as April turned into May, a romantic cruise down the Rhine, reminding him that German technology is vastly superior to the UK’s, a sip of something very strawberry-ry, the look on Frank’s face as Real Madrid scored their second goal, numerous shots of Hunt-Master (aka Jaegermeister), not losing his head on a bus tour of Duesseldorf, the most delicious pizza he has tasted so far in 2013, and the best birthday breakfast he has had, ever.
So in summary, “danke, und bis naechste Mai” (he says mispronouncing most words, but sounding slightly like he has developed a soft-spot for Germany). Now I just need to convince him to support Germany at football. 🙂
Safety instructions German-style – stand up on this open-top-bus and a bridge will cut your head off. You have been warned.
Cruising on The Rhine. It wasn’t that sunny, but we may have had a few drinks the night before
An Italian-looking-German cooking a homemade pizza for a slightly-Italian-Englishman. Confusing, but delicious!
Koelsch beer, cheese, and Pizza – it doesn’t get much better than that!
Birthday Breakfast, the morning-after the night-before: coffee, juices, an assortment of teas, proper (ie. German) bread and rolls, cheeses from around the world, various meats for Chris to lust after, jams, eggs, and a number of other things all washed down by one of Oli’s life-extending spinach-based smoothies – which are surprisingly tasty once you’d blended in apples, pineapple, bananas, and avocados. Who needs one of those horrible English fry-ups when a German breakfast is clearly so much better!