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Monday, 27 May 2013

Everyone seems to know the score

As the European Cup final was between two German teams, FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, we didn't think it would be too difficult to find somewhere to watch the game while we travelled through Germany.  At Camping Hertenteich in Baden-Wurttemberg we found the perfect spot for some football action.  The jovial restaurant owner, not only served up excellent kasespatzle, the only vegetarian dish the Germans regularly provide, but also generously promised a free glass of homemade schnapps for every goal scored.  There were about 15 of us watching the match, including mein host and after the first half it seemed as if we wouldn't get to try the schnapps at all, as the score remained 0-0; one impatient group of drinkers could wait no longer and paid for shots to toast the first 45 minutes.  However, soon in to the second half the first goal was scored and 15 small glasses of colourless liquid were ceremoniously handed out for the guests.  No one drank until the restaurant owner had said a few words and then together, we downed our drinks in one gulp.  Fortunately, there were only three goals, otherwise we may have struggled to find our way back to the blue bus across a dark camp site that night; the ceremony was the same each time but the speeches got longer.  The European Cup came home to Germany that night and they celebrated.The next morning we visited the Steinheim Crater, an excellent example of a crater formed when a meteorite hit the earth 15 million years ago.  The photograph shows the central uplift of the crater (behind the village), an unusual feature in meteorite craters.

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