Folsom Europe Berlin 2014 : Day Two (Wed)
I’d forgotten that Hauke was arriving early in the morning, but I’d woken around 9am anyway and Hauke rang the apartment door just after 9. It was really good to see him again, as we haven’t seen him since he came over and stayed in February. Tony met him in Copenhagen airport around 3 years ago, and we’ve been friends since sharing a bottle of champaign .
After catching up, Tony and Ben wanted to go and investigate a local gym (to which Hauke tagged along also) which allowed pay-per-visit membership. I really didn’t have the energy or motivation to go, so instead I decided to head into the main city centre to do some quick shopping.
The main street of shops is only a quick 10 mins walk from where were staying, and as usual I wanted to check out the sports shops for kit. I usually end up buying some footy socks or a shirt whenever I visit somewhere on holiday, but this time my trip to the sports shops really annoyed me. For a starter, I have no problem with a shop having lots of staff, but when no-one in the shop offers any help and stand around talking, it drives me insane. And secondly, every model in the two shops (Adidas and Nike) that I visited had gear that then wasn’t available in a large size, or at all!
I saved the trip by visiting the Starbucks and then getting to see that all the scaffolding from the bombed out church had been removed following restoration work that has taken place, but they didn’t restore any of the damage caused by it being bombed.
I headed back to the apartment to catch up with everyone around 3, but we decided to check out the new coffee shop on the corner of Motzstrasse that has opened since the last time we visited. Its a great little independent and has some really nice food too, so it was nice to see
the place so busy over the Folsom weekend and it is ideally placed for the gay scene and meeting people. The apple strudel was to die for, and we denied that we were going to be making a lot more visits to the place over the forthcoming days.
Afterwards, we decided to go and check out GEAR. This store is a great fashion and fetish shop, and the place where I have bought a lot of nasty-pig gear and tshirts in the past. I wanted to visit it early, otherwise it has a tendancy to sell out of the popular gear as they get closer to the weekend.
What I hadn’t realised was that BLACKSTYLE another famous rubber shop in Berlin (but over on the East side of the city) has now opened a concession in their basement area. Upon walking down the stairs, you were immediately greeted with a suspended rubber dummy in an amazing hood and sleepsack. Again, a really nice assistant working the basement area asked if I wanted to try on the hood that I was eagerly checking out on display as there was only 1 XL there on the hook, so I did and decided to purchase it there and then. I don’t own any rubber hoods, but this is great with its fitted gag and eye-piece. I may do a review in a further post.
I purchased a pup T-shirt with a bone on it, and some Nasty-pig socks on sale (making up for the earlier mornings wasted trip).
We then needed to head back fairly quickly as Tony and I were going to head to Scheune fairly early at 6pm for the “In Dogs We Trust” event that was being held. Having never been to a specific pup event before, I was really nervous and I wasn’t sure what to expect or how many people would be in Scheune. When we arrived at 6.30, there was only 2 pups and their handlers at the event, so I was a bit more nervous until Tony took the time to allow me to have a drink, and then get changed slowly into my mitts. After I’d finished I was masked and I happily knelt at his side obediently whilst he finished his drink. It was reassuring for him to be patting me on the head and helped me get into pup space. The event was being organised by a large german man and his bear-pup who sat by the bar most of the night, and I felt a bit sorry for Sir that the event wasnt really that social as no-one engaged with him to talk about anything during the event. There was also a skinhead handler and his very attractive pup in his early twenties who spent a lot of time playing with the toys, before later in the evening gettting to play with another young skinhead pup who arrived around 8’ish and they started to play together in the play area. It was amazing to watch, but I felt happier and safer being at Sir’s side. I got to have a solo play in the play area, and was made to fetch a couple of the toys. Because I had my hood on though, I could only knock the toys in the general direction back to Sir, or squeek them as commanded. I ended up having a really good time, and was pleased that we went, but had hoped that it would have more pups and handlers being more social. I think the fact it was early in the Folsom week calendar certainly didn’t help (as there were a lot more pups around later in the week)
We headed home around 8.30, and then met with Chris who was flying over on the simarly times Easyjet flight that we’d gotten the day before. We wanted to make sure that we then all headed out for the evening together as a group, so we headed down to New Action first, and then went to the Mutschmanns opening night party.
New Action was good. It wasnt too busy when we arrived so we managed to get a seat for us all at the back. We met Bedrick from Manchester and his friends from the bar in there, including Asad who looked incredibly good in his gear. He was a bit drunk, as he couldn’t remember who were were when we then met him in Mutschmanns later!
Mutschmanns doesn’t really disappoint. You get exactly what you ask for on the tin. Its a small’ish bar area, changing room and smoking room upstairs, and then there’s a play area in the basement. For me, however the venue was far too crowded for me to enjoy downstairs. I get really claustrophobic when I cant see, the area is very dark and sweaty and just a mass of bodies, and that’s how it was for the opening party. I enjoyed being upstairs at the bar a lot more and chatting to people, and watching Ben and Chris experience the venue for the first time, specially as it is a lot different to Alert!