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Why we hate EURO Football Championship, TV and colour green

Today’s post will be divided into two parts – our travel story as usual and thoughts about so popular subject in last weeks – soccer. Unfortunately, we cannot stay oblivious to the international European craze that consumes minds of almost all people. It affects us more than we would want. If you want to read just the ranting, go to the bottom of the page. Before, first things first – let’s ride!

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Like a boomerang or a yoyo…

Remember what I’ve said about seeing what Miss Fortune had for us? Well, apparently she didn’t want us to get bored. On one hand we had some unexpected adventures, on the other – we made new friends. We left back to Germany to continue earning money for our Big Dream. India. We really need to focus on that, especially that we drifted away a bit.

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[:en]3 days![:]

[:en]So, let’s start where we left off. We got the amplifier for our performances.We were stuck in Cologne for a week with only a possibility to make soap bubbles. Don’t get me wrong, we like them, but not when we are forced to work this way. Moreover, we had a lot of stress due to Mr D. and Mr B. (all names in the blog are coincidental and do not apply to the real people or figures :P ) as Mr D. agreed to make a bank tranfer and receive the parcel but… he left to Spain suddenly and Mr B. was not about to be home what appeared to be not so true, but all in all there was nobody to collect the parcel we anticipated so much. Nah. It’s complicated. Still, after all the hassle and stress we were almost euphoric after receiving this little box of happiness.


But, of course, Miss Fortune hasn’t forgotten about us, oh no. We received the amp on Friday, which was two days too late. Then when we wanted to take it for a test drive evening… We managed to make only one show. Why? ‘Cause the moment after we finished it started to rain. And it started to rain cats and dogs in no time. For the whole night. This, of course, meant setting up a tent in downpour, I hate it.

Anyway, we were so sick of Koeln and surroundings that we decided to leave immediately and the next day, Saturday, we packed and left to Erfurt where, according to the weather forecast was better.

We couldn’t be more wrong.

We arrived in Erfurt and what hit us was the wind. It was blowing so hard it sometimes was difficult to stand still. Of course we couldn’t perform, there were no people in the city centre, which was hardly surprising, so we decided to stay in a hotel and try the next day.

The hotel was… Well. It was weird. From the outside it looked like a post-comunistic block, inside it looked eerie and like it was still renovated (the smell reminded Niki of orphanage) and the guy who was apparently in charge of the place was giving us the creeps. At least to the moment he learned we were Polish, then he was absolutely friendly, happy Lithuanian. :P Fortunately, the rooms were clean, mattraces comfortable, we could use the kitchen and all in all it was pretty cosy there as long as we stayed in the room. :)

The next day we moved out and went to make some bubbles and later to see the wild camping place suitable to stay one more night. Also, we decided to visit our friend, Tony, in Zurich the next day.


After locating the wild camping spot for the night, on the way back to the city centre we left the asphalt road to explore one more random location. The place was next to the ground which was being plown so we stopped and asked if we could stay somewhere there for a night. The farmer, grumpy but nice guy agreed and even told us how to get to this place with a car so we could have it next to our tent. :)


After setting up a tent we agreed we could leave it there unattended and we went to the city centre again to make Fire Shows. After we arrived again in the city centre it turned out that at one location we usually performed there were other artists and the second one was empty. We decided to walk around and search for some more places and after several minutes we discovered one terrace which was quite full and the Show would be possible.

After asking the manager/owner and getting enthusiastic approval we started to get ready and just when we were about to start… An open air opera concert started on the other side of the street. We made a show anyway but it wasn’t good at all.

We left Erfurt yesterday with a bit grim moods and now we’re in Zurich, Switzerland, thinking how our adventures will unwind here…




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