With apologies to Tottenham Hotspur fans everywhere this Saturday’s This Sporting Weekend comes to you by way of Bayern Munich bratwurst sausages.
Bayern, of course, are the pride and joy of Munich. And this being Bavaria they like to push their lederhosens.
Which is why their salt and pepper cellars are of a man and a woman in der lederhosen.
And why they have tins of white and brown sausages. Of course I dare say you can get steins too.
Which brings me in the kind of long-winded fashion of my fellow Scotsman Ronnie Corbett to tonight’s story.
I took a break from the drinking at the Oktoberfest to attend a Bayern Munich v Nuremburg match back in the mid-Eighties.,
It was a rather dull match which ended 1-0 to the home side.
But it was what happened afterwards that left a lasting mark.
Two Bayern women fans were giving each other pelters back at the Hofbrauhuis when gallantly I stepped in, only to cop a whack to the nose.
And my arse flying through the air and onto the ground outside courtesy of Helga the barmaid. For the second year running.
The next thing I knew I was getting my nose reset in the hospital before being sent out to get a taxi home. Only I didn’t know where.
It was by sheer good luck that the cabbie figured that it must be where all the other saddos were camping and I was reacquainted with the Aussies and Kiwis who had become my bus mates.
Otherwise I might have had to stay in Munich.
I’ve been keeping you updated with my adventures through Munich airport but here’s a recap of the most recent… https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/10/04/flyday-friday-das-airport-toilets-herren-und-damen/
I’ve found this wunderbar deal via http://www.lastminute.com for three nights for October 14 at the Novum Hotel Munchen Am Hauptbanhof including Ryanair flight http://www.ryanair.com from £218pp.
And look out for me at the airport… I’ll probably still be there, gasping my way up to the gate from the men’s loo three flights down.
Of course club shops, many of which are at airports, tap into the local culture.
And so in Scotland you will be able to buy Scotch whisky with the crests of their two biggest clubs Celtic and Rangers.
While across England you can choose from Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea paraphernalia.
While in Amsterdam you’ll get all kinds of sundries with clogs and cheese https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/pictures-of-amsterdam/.
Barcelona has Lionel Messi on everything https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/23/surfing-the-seas-in-barcelona/ and Roma https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/08/04/see-rome-on-e50/ has gladiators.
It’s all great fun.
Americans do things differently and love a good foam finger (steady!) but also baseball players with noddy heads.
Meet my Washington Nationals’ batter Jayson Werth who has obviously been taking lessons from yours truly… http://Easy DC.
Now, if only they could guarantee the team would win too.
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