Went off to Berlin to see FC St Pauli play Union Berlin. Made it a long weekend so we could see a bit of Berlin. Sadly that meant a really early start and so we landed in Berlin on the Friday at 10:00am. Check in at hotel where rooms were ready and then off to sight-see. Checkpoint Charlie was just up the road as was the Memorial to the Murdered Jews and the Brandenburg Gate. Finished off the day with the Olympic Stadium and a meal and beers.
Next morning it was off to Stadion An Der Alten Försterei to find the Fanladen rep and pick up tickets. That done, into the ground for a couple of beers. The match was gripping and sadly Union Berlin got the equaliser with the last kick of the match to make the score 3-3. Time to head back into town and find beers and watch Wales get kicked out of the Rugby World Cup by South Africa. Close enough 23-19 score line but chances gone. I’ll be honest, after a few beers there and then catching back up with sister-in-law and husband I kind of lost track of the day. Beer will do that to you.
Final full day was off to Schloss Charlottenburg for a good old look round. We were there long enough for my feet to be killing me so that was enough I think. Mexican meal and early to bed for a 6am wake up. All told, a blinding weekend and bro-in-law keen to head off to Hamburg to do it again.
What trip to see FC St Pauli doesn’t start off with a trip to the Jolly Roger?
The match was great. Stylish choreo to start and a 90′ score to gives the win. Back to the Jolly Roger and drinking until the early hours.
Actually covered Minatur Wunderland this time. An indoor, incredibly detailed model. Bargain to €13!
Time to head to the Hamburger DOM for this trips slightly different German food. This time it was potato fritters with apple sauce….. Time for a quick walk round the Alster lakes and a walk through St Pauli to do some graffiti spotting. Then home. A real weekend as always.
Wins – Wales rugby, Bromsgrove Sporting and Worcester Ladies rugby.
Losses – FC St Pauli, Saracens rugby and Newport Gwent Dragons rugby.
Wins – A good Welsh performance against a (probably) understrength Springboks side. I don’t care. I’ll take the win. First time since 1999 so it adds a little bit of polish to the Autumn Internationals. Bromsgrove Sporting beat Racing Club Warwick 8-0. A good match and I took the missus along and she had a good time. Must have been a crowd of 180-200…… Worcester Ladies rugby won against Aylesford 48-12. Nice win but to be expected really. Having said that we were a few more regular 1s players missing so shows some strength in depth.
Losses – Oh dear. Saracens went away to Exeter Chiefs which is never an easy journey. Their fans were a bit full of it mind. The Dragons lost but I’m not so surprised Glasgow are becoming a bit of a force up at their place so a 19-15 loss I can live with. FC St Pauli, well that’s another story. Beaten 1-3 at home against Kaiserslautern we are firmly at the bottom of the table. Relegation is starting to look like a probability right now…..