Here we are in the midst of Germany’s annual carnival season. I live in a part of Germany that is one of the strongholds of all carnival festivities: the Rhineland.
This weekend you will not only meet people in all kinds of costumes: pirates, Vikings, clowns, etc., you will also meet people from all over Europe seizing the chance to be part of our, admittedly slightly crazy, tradition. Dressing up, partying and drinking lots of booze.
We also have a couple of excellent football teams in the Rhineland, so on a carnival Saturday the local trains are crowded with people being dressed-up and lots of football fans. My friend and I went to see Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayer Leverkusen is one of Germany’s top football clubs, still the stadium is hardly ever sold out, which is a fact that people from abroad highly appreciate: where else will you be able to buy tickets for a top European team at reasonable prices just like that? In the stadium, I have met people from the Netherlands, Korea, France, Belgium, Finland, Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico and the UK.
Cheap German booze for Brexiters
Newcastle football fans in Germany.
Everyone enjoyed a more or less good football match, however, what the guys from the UK loved the most was the cheap beer. A pint of lager costs over here around €4. On the way to the stadium and back, you can buy beer from street merchants for €2 a pint.
Walking back to the train station we were surrounded by a group of lads from Newcastle: singing, dancing, being rude and utterly drunk. I did not mind, I thought of it as quite funny. To be fair, football, carnival and cheap beer, quite difficult to stay sober.
We got on the train back to our hometown: Düsseldorf. The guys from Newcastle were on the train as well. This made me giggle, so they came here to see the match and to have a party weekend in Düsseldorf. Brilliant choice! I thought, how great it is to be able to travel all over Europe, with all of the freedom of being an EU citizen.
Reminded me of last week when we went to a festival and met a young couple from Tunisia who had to undergo a genuine odyssey, just because he needed a visa and due to a change of the flight, he had trouble with his visa. The poor couple arrived at Wacken Winter Nights festival on a Thursday just before midnight, all because some petty official at border control felt like giving the young people a hard time. Wacken is the village that hosts the world’s biggest heavy metal festival on the planet. Wacken Winter Nights is a winter spin-off.
So with the picture of the young couple in my head who were so happy to be in Wacken, my daydreaming of the freedom that EU citizens have, was suddenly interrupted by the lads of Newcastle singing in a loud choir: “Can’t wait to get out of the EU!”
My friend commented: “Das sind verfickte Idioten!“ I do not think I will have to translate her words. I hope this morning’s hangover is going to kill them.
Fick dich Brexit! Brexit ist quatsch mit soße.
Nic Dro is a marketer and Anglophile from Düsseldorf in Germany.
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