FRI 8-22 (Con’t)
After we left PhCafeen where we played our show that night, we needed to find a place to stay. Because this show was kind of last minute, we got a hostel….again. I swear this has been the hostel tour….and the tour of hearing “do they have wifi?”, which is the first question out of everyone’s mouth. What did people do when traveling before wifi haha….oh ya….they actually got to disappear for a while. No cell phones, no communication…just getting lost in foreign countries and bigger adventures.
We rolled up to the hostel around 1 or 2 am and Tim, our driver, parked the van on the street. About 30 seconds after walking away from the van, he caught some guy casing the van. It’s really hard to be a band and take out your luggage without anyone noticing all your gear in the back. So Tim moved the van to an adjacent street. I didn’t say it out loud, but this was the first time I was actually worried that we wouldn’t find our gear in the morning. We checked in at the lobby and it was the same drill again….check in, grab bed sheets ,pillow cases,and towels, then make your bed. This hostel was nicer than the others had been though. And as usual, we had one room to share amongst 7 people, but this one had brand new beds and looked like it had been recently remodeled. We got settled in and went to sleep.
Within less than 24 hours we will have played 2 shows in 2 different countries. Remember, we had driven from Cologne, Germany to Copenhagen, Denmark the day before. Now we are leaving Copenhagen to drive to Hamburg, Germany. And once again, we took the ferry between the south of Denmark and north of Germany. All together, this journey took another 6 hours.
We were playing a street festival in the St.Pauli neighborhood of Hamburg. It’s the most touristic part of the city. Hamburg is a fun city and we met people there from all around the world, traveling through. It was raining when we arrived and we were shown where to park the van. Since we there early and we weren’t playing until 6:30pm, we got settled in to our….wait for it…hostel! Again! Although I do have to say that this place felt more like a bed and breakfast than a hostel. It was a small building with only a few rooms and downstairs was a small homey feeling bar and dining area. It felt more like we were staying with friends than at a hostel, which was nice. In addition, it was conveniently located next to the outdoor stage where we were going to play.
When we started playing at 6:30 it was still raining a bit. At first there weren’t too many people near the stage, but then I told people that if they came up to the stage that it would stop raining. And wouldn’t you know…not only did everyone come up to the stage, but it actually stopped raining. Yup..I’m awesome.
After the first song, the entire street filled up with people and it turned in to a bad ass show. There were a lot of people that came out who had seen us at the Ditmhmarscher festival as well. So we saw lots of familiar faces as well. In addition, our German family made it to the show as well.
After the show, our German friends wanted to give us a tour of Hamburg. There were about 20 of us walking down the streets in hamburg.
The first thing we came across was a huge huge city fair with apparently the biggest Ferris wheel in the world, or Europe, or something like that. We all opted for the fun house though….It was fun. Then the guys wanted to go and check out the red light district of course. The red light district in Hamburg is only about a block long but hidden by a high wall. Only men are allowed inside. If a woman tries to walk through, she is at risk of getting rocks and piss thrown at her from the hookers who work there. In fact, two girls thought they would tempt their fate and they got dowsed in piss and immediately ran out. While the guys walked through the red light district, the rest of us went to a nearby bar for a beer. The guys were only in there for about 5 minutes for a quick walk through…apparently not nearly as interesting as Amsterdam. Then we walked around town more. All over the St. Pauli part of Hamburg, which is where we were, there are hookers hanging out in the street. It’s legal here, so they were everywhere. They don’t dress like US hookers in high heels and short skirts. They wear normal everyday clothes like jeans and leggings. But the way you know it’s a hooker is because of the shoes. All the hookers wear either Ugh style boots or something similar so people know what the deal is.
We walked to an outside bar/cafe and had another beer. Eventually we all walked back to our hostel to get some sleep. We did a lot of walking that night.
The next morning, we left Hamburg for Lund, Sweden. We spent the whole day driving. We had a couple days off and since our next few shows were to be in Sweden and Norway, we are using tour manger Martin’s house as a home base for the next few days. We finally made it to Martin’s house that evening and then went out to a kebab and pizza place in town for dinner. After dinner, we were super tired, so we all went back to the house and eventually went to sleep.