Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Kaffee und Kuchen, Pinneberg, Hamburg, Germany

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Mysterious @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I was supposed to meet at this mysterious address at 3:00 pm. If only I knew who lives there? I was late again as the S-Bahn left me standing. Instead, we said that we will meet at the showgrounds.

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Hair of the dog @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Sundays are traditionally hangover days (Frühschoppen) and the hardy ones sat with ‘the hair of the dog’. It is communal and children’s day just as well, Kaffee und Kuchen. This means that many local clubs and organisations join in the parade. Another march through town, kids and families included.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Pink Panther @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Kickers Halstenbek even takes part in it. Glissi persuaded me to join ‘Kickers’ after our move to Halstenbek.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Glissi @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

We can play, but we’re having too much fun. We fished for smaller fish back then.

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Small fish @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Up hours before sunrise to cycle 20 km one way, three times a weekend. I still do that.

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Püppy @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Unfortunately, Another ‘Kickers’ legend and closest friend couldn’t make it to this year’s event due to illness. Püppy was our youth coach at some stage and taught us a few things. Not much about football though. Ha ha, what we had laughed together. Not this year, Bummer. 

I didn’t recognize any familiar faces as I arrived. Many parents took advantage of another sunny day, the kids were out in force enjoying themselves. I was still looking for friends and started feeling a bit uncomfortable. The way this world is going, I expected someone to say. ‘Oi, what are you looking at?’ 

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Thommy @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

‘Moin, was schaust Du denn?’ asked Thommy from behind. Ha ha, of course… saved by your best friend and his excited kids. ‘I cling on to you’ I said. I had a wee smirk on my face.

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Still friends @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Boy, 30 years later, you still do Sunday sessions in one of my best mate’s company. How many times have we done that? Only this time with his kids directing the procedure. How good is that? 

The Krüger-Crew had meanwhile battled through the baking queue. There is a technique for that, right Thommy? 

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Krüger-Crew @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Dirk and I played football at ‘Kickers Halstenbek’ together from youth age.

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Dirk and Katrin @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

His lovely wife and partner in crime, Katrin, have been happily together since forever. Part of the family is ‘Ille Grünefeld’.

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Signing @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

She and her husband Hansi were the heart and soul of our football club. Organizing coffee and sausages before kick-off. Beer and more sausages after the game was played.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Early Kicker’s days @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Win or lose, Kickers Halstenbek wouldn’t have been the same without Ille and Hansi.

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Guschi & Didi @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Not to forget Guschi, the heart, and soul of the football team.

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Kickers @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

They all were the monumental foundation of our football team.

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Party @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

We may not be most successful on the pitch, but our parties are still legendary.

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Kerstin @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Part of the Krüger-Crew is Kerstin, of whom I don’t know too much about. She does remember me quite well. ‘So Bernie, what about Monday?’

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The question @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

She was the first one to pop the question on Saturday night. ‘Why are you leaving on Sunday already?’ She had a couple of good points. There still is Kaffee und Kuchen on Sunday afternoon. As well as the traditional ‘Proklamation der Ritter-Rotte und des Schützenkönig’s’ (gänsefleisch?) on Monday. 6 years ago, the four of us rocked the tent like you wouldn’t believe.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
2016 @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I was in good form, that I remember. And I even thought of leaving early? You can’t be serious she said. Well, turns out, she does know me better than I know her.

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Blurry @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I had a coffee and a beer. Let’s see what happens.

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Monkey business @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

I didn’t quite realize then, that this Schützenfest in 2016 was such a fun and carefree time, that everyone made an effort to be part of this year’s as well.

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Reunion @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

So, how could I?

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Made it @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Thommy arrived at the Knight’s table, guided by Emilia and Marwin. They kept him at beat.

He is such a good and proud dad.

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Half past beer @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Slightly accentuated, he enjoyed his beer.

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Beer in the sun @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Finally, some time to sit and enjoy good company in the sun. Reni arrived later with chocolate.

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Dark Chocolate @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Not the eatable kind though. We have a thing, the two of us.

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Kids @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

The kids joined in.

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Happy family @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

And last but not least, all together.

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Smiles @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

It was a funtubulous afternoon.

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Camp Dirk @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Who saw that coming?

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Who knew? @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

Ille of course. 

Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany
Knight and monkey @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

There was plenty of laughter all around.

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Sun-kissed @Halstenbeker Schützenfest, Pinneberg, Schleswig-Holstein,Hamburg, Germany

The weather couldn’t be any better as was the company. 

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