We returned to Münster, with the lord of Münster himself, Stephen. It seems like almost anytime he has time, he goes there. Naturally, like all creatures with habits, he had not been to some of the places that us lowly, new tourists had discovered when we went there. It is cool to create a tourist out of somebody who was once a local (he used to live there many years ago).
The main purpose of this visit to such a town was a fairly special event, one that Stephen assured us would be fantastic, particularly with earning us street cred with general German population. I have a great beard, I need no more street cred, I did, however, decide to increase their coolness stats by accompanying them. Yes, I sure did just turn that around and gloat. It happens sometimes, like a short guy at the urinal, keep on your toes!
Tatort is a crime show, I believe a German and/or Swedish one. I don’t care who made it first, I’ve never seen it before. This weekend was to be the screening of a movie length episode, or perhaps it was actually a movie, in which case, I think I need to talk to some people about the poor standard. That’s cool, I hear you think (I am in your mind!), but so what, why travel for that? The thing is, dear reader, that the presentation was in an open air cinema in front of the castle in Münster. Now that raises the pretty special experience bar a bit!
The Friday night before we left was a late one, which wasn’t the plan, these things happen. We were supposed to wake up and get out early. It’s a 2 hour drive and nobody wants traffic to make it worse. That all fell apart and man were we made to suffer! It took us 3 and a half hours, the hour and a half was mostly sitting in traffic. Of course we tried other routes to get there, so had half of the other people who were sick of waiting, which made all the other routes congested too. We got there though and were hungry.
Ingrid and I knew just the place to go. Drubbelken is one of the most classic and special German restaurants one could imagine! The building is ancient, mostly wood, including all the little decorations they have accumulated over the centuries. The food is on the cheap side for price, but the servings are generous and delicious, well worth the money and effort. Another thing of note is that it’s near the Pinkus brewery and they offer their beers there, but one could simply walk to the brewery and drink there too, if one wished. The service staff also wear costumes/uniforms that look of times gone by. The menus are hand written an old type-font, then photocopied. There’s a lot of effort here. Stephen had never been, he was remarking a great deal of the food quality being similar to what he remembered of his Grandmother’s – that’s a full 10 points!
So we ate, drank, paid, left.
Then came the feature in front of the castle. As mentioned before it’s a crime show, or similar, somebody dies or is killed, a detective works to solve it etc etc. I won’t write too much about it, because, well, my German is not good enough to laugh at ironic or sarcastic statements, I simply don’t understand yet. I can follow the story, the acting helps with that – but and here’s a way to relate, possibly, I could watch such a show with the sound off and still get 70% of what’s happening. There were two guys in front of us that smoked constantly, seriously, as soon as one cigarette was finished, thus began the next. That was annoying. It was funny to see one of their wives, who was complaining about people walking to the toilet the wrong way (over a short hedge), then attempt it but get caught by an event person and then try to argue about it. Take that for judging others and being hypocritical!
Justice was made that day, on film and off.