LIFE IS A LOTTERY

I read yesterday that that the bombers only killed 52 people of the three million people who use London transport every day. That’s pretty good odds.

Much better odds than the thousands who have taken to riding bicycles to work. London roads put 4,500 of them in hospital every year.

The Mayor of London, Red Ken, has started up a One London campaign to show that the people of London are united against the bombers.

London Logo

DAY 37 – BIKE TOUR OF THE WINE REGION

This is one of the best days we have had on tour. I fully recommend doing the www.mitchstours.com wine tour. We met some fabulous people, ate some fabulous food and drank loads of excellent wine and other alcoholic delights. I even learnt the best new drinking game I have learnt since university.

THE NAIL GAME

The nail game goes like this. You need one big block of wood, one hammer with a big and thin side to the head and one nail per person. First you tap all of the nails a little way into the block and then every person gets a turn trying to hammer their nail in only using the thin side of the hammer head. It’s much harder than it sounds and every miss means you have a drink. Finishing last is a full vessel offence. Smashing stuff and the Runt cleaned up.

BYE BYE MORE STUFF

Runty left his bag at the Wombat hostel bar after the crawl. The list of stuff missing includes:
The bag itself

Sunglasses
Cards X 2

Chess (this includes the draughts and snakes and ladders)
Schnapps X 2

Runty is gutted that the world is so full of thieves when he is so honest. I agree.

DAY 8 – 30 AUGUST – KERSTYN

Rented a couple of bikes and rode out to Hitler’s main war time hideout the infamous Wolfsschanze or Wolfs Lair. Today it’s just a collection of dilapidated concrete bunkers but it’s still an interesting place to have a look at.

Got drunk with two old Poleski guys who ended up a little worse for wear. One even fell off his chair but spring back up so fast it looked like he had landed on a springboard. Very funny and if you’d blinked you’d have missed it. My Polish is a little rusty (or even nonexistent) but am sure we got the ‘I love you Kiwi’s and even though we just met you you are my best friends’ speech.

DAY 6 – KRAKOW

Took an excellent bike tour of Krakow which included a visit to the factory owned by Oscar Schindler the Nazi made famous by Steven Speilbergs movie Schindlers List. This is easilly the best way to see the main sites of Krakow in a day. The highlight was when the guide recounted the story of a “valley girl” from California who asked if the Krakow castle moat used to have sharks in it. Priceless.

Ended the day on the overnight train to the Polish beach resort of Hel.