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…..
Another weekend, another visit to Hamburg for the football. First up, need to visit the Hamburger Dom for sausage and beer. Quick look at the ground just to get a feel for tomorrow.
We had a look around Hamburg and then got ready for the FC St Pauli vs Heidenheim match on the Saturday afternoon.
Sadly we lost. 0-3. And we were rubbish. Puts us down second from bottom in Bundesliga 2. Oh, well, never mind. Time for more beer. Went into the Jolly Roger for a beer or two.
Next day we just did a bit of sightseeing around Hamburg. The river and roundabouts. Had a good weekend with me mate. Next time round, we’ll take the partners along. My missus can do football so we’ll take them to the match.