Friday, 12th October 2001.
German football hooligans
Freiburg! The encore performance! The first visit to Freiburg for some reason
hasn't been recorded here on planetian.com, and some day I might get around to fixing
that. But don't go holding your breath.
It was a day of more hiking in the Black Forest. This time a little jaunt from
Sankt Peter to Sankt Margen. Along the way there were the usual encounters with
the German people, including a retired couple who thought I'd be interested to know that
they once had a tennis instructor who was from New Zealand.
Last night I treated myself to a night in a hotel, but no such luxury tonight! It's
back to the old Jugendherberge classic. I copped the same slightly camp receptionist at
the hostel as last year. Yes, it's deja vu all over again.
I met one of the other blokes in my room - an FC St Pauli supporter who has travelled
down from Berlin for the game against Freiburg tomorrow. I met up with him and his fellow
travelling supporters in the evening and we swapped stories about mulleted 1860 Munich
fans and what-not.
When we returned to the hostel there were too many people in our room! It turned out
that some bloke couldn't get into his room, so he decided to crash in ours. I said
something about Goldilocks, but nobody knew what I meant.
random note: There was an accordion busker in the underpass near the tourist
bureau who played a wide selection of tunes, including Lionel Ritchie's timeless
classic "Hello", and a disturbingly jolly version of "Autumn Leaves".