Why my interest in Mülheim, you ask?
Well, let me tell you why: it is because of the German punk band Lokalmatadore. They are from here. And I like them very much.
So today I went down to the river and found a place to sit down:
Then I put in some of their all-time classics:
And it was epic.
I am not sure why this has so much value to me. I remember trying to find traces of the Descendents when I was visiting in Hermosa Beach in 1999. Maybe in my heart I know that music just sounds different in a place that is connected to it.
Anyway, I walked past one of the places where the Lokalmatadore had apparently performed before:
And thanks to the guy working the reception in my hotel, I knew where to find Erika’s Braterei, a food place they had dedicated a whole song to:
I went in, knowing full well that the ownership had changed, and that I was merely looking at the remains of what once had been:
Still, I felt the breath of history.
It smelled like french fries.
So I requested an order of currywurst with fries and ketchup:
And then I got on my way.
The rest of the day was a nightmare of trains that were running late, trains that couldn’t be reached, and trains that were cancelled:
At one point I was actually wondering if “German punctuality” had maybe deteriorated to being nothing but a cliché.
I made it to my relatives’ place anyway, and when I got there, I had a nice dinner:
A good way to end the day.