Published: May 31st 2011May 31st 2011
Toby, Tim, and I with the Nube Tube
The first night, we dove into German culture head first. Tim and I got picked up by his cousin Valerie and husband Toby who live about 10 minutes away from our hotel in Lorrach. They took us to their favorite spot to get dinner, and have a few drinks. A few turned into a few to many. Toby went into the bar as we sat down outside on the patio. He came back out with a smile on his face, so I knew something bad was about to walk through that door. Several minutes later, the bar tender came out carrying a 3 foot tall tower of beer. It was a masterpiece. I deemed it the nube tube, and we began doing work on it. At the bottom of the tube was valve so you just pushed it open, much like a tap, and the beer would flow like wine. We slammed 3 of those, and they were filled with German beer not Natty Light, so I was feeling loose. The perspective that I have taken on going out in Germany is a lot different from America. I feel like here you don’t really make plans, you just go to your
Toby and his wife Valerie
favorite spot and wait for some friends to show up that you can drink with. So two of Toby’s friends showed up and they had some drinks with us. We then planned on going to a medieval festival .... Now I’ve seen some weird people in my days, but this shit was like a mixture between a World of Warcraft convention and a Harry Potter marathon on ABC family. Everyone was dressed up, and casting spells, and practicing their bow and arrow skills. It was wild, and I was soaking it all up. When the sun went down they lit about 20 bonfires all over the place. The festival took place in the middle of an enormous field so there was plenty of things to look at. It reminded me of sundown, only with costumes, potions, wands, and brooms. (so it really wasn’t that different.) We drank some beers there and just kind of people watched for several hours and then left making our way to a bar that Toby likes called that basement. He immediately ordered a boot, and this is where my memory starts to slip a little. I’ll describe the next events to the best of my
ability. The game is pretty simple, the second to last person to finish the boot has to buy the next one, so it typically is finished off with a beast mode chug. The problem is I was sitting next to Tim who’s a tank, and it was hard for me to chug the german beer. Anyways, of course Tim finished the boot, and I was second to last, so I just made Tim buy the next one anyways. After another boot and a few more drinks, we hopped in a cab and headed back to Hotel David, capping off a great first night. It was a lot of fun, and I got to meet a lot of new people (like Toby, Valerie, Nadine, and Michelle) who were extremely welcoming and could speak good english. It made it a lot easier for me to relax and just live it.
Night 2: Toby and the gang had to work the next day, so we called Tim’s other cousin Bjoern and made plans to meet up with him at a local bar. One great thing about Lorrach is everyone walks everywhere so it’s extremely easy and convenient to make plans quickly. Tim
and I went to eat at a local italian restaurant, and then headed to the bar, which was a 2 minute walk. Bjoern was there with his girlfriend and 3 other guys, just chilling and having a few beers. He ordered me ein grosse wheat bier. I just realized I already wrote about this night, so I’m giving up on night 2. Sorry everything is running together.
Night 3: Night 3 was pretty special, Tim and I went to dinner with the gang. Toby, Valerie, Nadine, Michelle, Barbara, Andy, and Sylvia took us to a place called Lasser. It seemed like a pretty upscale German restaurant, and I had no clue what to order, but they all helped me. I decided on a baby calf. on top of noodles with a gravy like sauce on top. It was delicious. The meat was tender and very juicy. Much better than a typical sirloin. Throughout dinner we just talked about the differences in America and Germany. We spoke of politics, food, transportation, movies, pretty much anything you can think of we discussed. It was great. I also had some pretty good beer with my dinner. I’ve been trying to sample out
a lot of different kinds of beer. I haven’t found a bad one yet. After dinner we made out way back to the Hotel and said our goodbyes. This really sucked, because his family were the first friends I made in Germany, and they made me feel like I was at home. Their hospitality reminded me of Tennessee. Even though I can barely understand every 3rd word of German I also felt involved in their conversations. I really appreciated everything they did for both Tim and I. They left, after we said our goodbyes , and we went up to the hotel to call Bjoern and made plans to meet up at our bar again for more wheat beers. We got it in pretty good and stumbled back to the hotel. It was a great night with great food, great beer, and great friends. I had a lot of fun. Tomorrow morning we are off to Frankfurt, Germany. Who knows what will happen there, rest assured it will a fantastic time. More to come soon
P & T
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