Folsom Europe Berlin 2014 : Day Four (Fri)
We had a really late morning on the Friday, which was needed, as we knew the weekend was going to be a hectic one, so it was good to chill out and have a lie in, although a lot of time was spent relaxing on our balcony with coffee and admiring the steady stream of cute guys walking down towards the gay shops and bars!
In the afternoon we headed out for a wander to get some money and stopped off in Prinznecht for a couple of drinks, where we met up with a lot of our friends from Manchester we meet on a regular basis. Gary and Paul, and Gary and Joe are great guys and we really enjoy their company. They are the life and soul of any event that we go to, and we have such a laugh when we are with them. The really cute bartender was also tending and waiting on outside, so it was another opportunity for me to ogle at him too.
All of the boys were planning to go on the boat trip too, so we arranged to meet up with them and all head there together. The boat trip is organised annually before Folsom by Scheune bar, and hats off to them as its one of the nice social events of the weekend and a change to meet people that you’ve not met before (or maybe have, but not spoken to!) It meant getting a load of taxi’s there, but a convenient taxi rank outside Gary and Joe’s hotel, meant this would be where we all met up.
The boat ride is a great social event. Not only do you get to see a fair amount of Berlin, but its great to be cruising along the river on a boat full of leathermen, waving at the passers by. I was very up for the game of seeing how many passers by we could get to wave back to us. This soon caught on quite quickly, and its very difficult I beleive not to wave back when someone is deliberately waving directly at you. I managed to consume quite a few Becks Lemon whilst on the boat, which is probably my favourite new drink. I usually drink lager, but it becomes a bit same-ish and this was quite refreshing, but meant that I was a little tipsy!
As we got to the amazing parliamentary building in the centre of Berlin, was also encountered a helicopter coming into land. We imagined that it probably had someone really important like Angela Merkel on it, so we all made sure that we saluted. I can only imagine what she thought as they landed really close-by to the river, but Ben did manage to capture a great shot of me saluting.
The boat trip started at 6pm, and finished around 10pm. It was slightly late, mainly due to the boat being held up at a lock. However, getting home afterwards was something of a chore, as you in effect then have over a hundred people at the Park all trying to get over to the other side of the city, with no form of organised transport to get you back, other than fighting over cabs.
We had a few quiet drinks after we got back, but we didn’t want too late a night given that the next day was going to be the main day.