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Friends, Cricket and Muesli in Passau

November 3, 2009

I thought I would have more time to blog on this trip, but things seem to be conspiring against me.

My computer broke a couple of weeks ago (a warranty replacement is being sent out shortly); my phone seems to have given up, after a day of rain between Ingolstadt and Regensberg yesterday; the Panasonic Lumix camera I have doesn’t agree with any German servers either, so I can’t upload any photos (I have some great ones).

But, after a great night at the weekend, and an early morning visit to the My Muesli shop in Passau, I do have this video to show you (the thing nestling on my top lip is alive)

The interview was with Max Wittrock, Co-founder of My Muesli – check out their website. I think it’s a great idea, and it’s become very successful in Germany and Austria in particular. I’m delighted that they are supporting the trip and I wish them every success.

I spent a fantastic weekend in Passau, which sits at the confluence of three rivers – the Ilz, the Inn and the Danube. Tali and Jojo, two friends from Berlin, drove down to meet me, and another friend, James Gilmour, has also flown out from London to cycle with me for two weeks – nice then, for him, that the weather has just turned miserable, and the news from Vienna is that snow is on the ground.

At 6am on Monday morning James and I jumped on the train back to where I had left off on Friday afternoon. At the end of the day we may as well have swum the Danube, we were that wet. Another long day into Passau today was less wet, but tomorrow apparently the rain is back. I never thought I would welcome the arrival of snow on this trip, but I can’t wait for it. It’ll be easier to keep out than rain.

In about an hour I am meeting the President of the German Cricket Board, Brian Fell, for dinner in Passau. It will be great to meet him, especially after introducing some of the locals to the sport with a game on some turf we found at the University campus. I have some great photos and footage, but can’t upload them here as I explained above. To give you a taste, highlights included ringing endorsements from locals for the Mongoose, head protection in the form of a German miltary helmet and the most powerful cricket shot ever hit by a non-international cricketer – the ball ended up lodged between my upper and lower jaw. Miraculously I escaped uninjured.

I’m sorry that you won’t be able to follow our progress online or on twitter for a few days at least, while I get the phone and mapping sorted out – somehow. Rest assured we’ll be out there somewhere, come rain or shine. We have a cricket game in Vienna on Saturday morning to get to…..

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2009 8:39 am

    It’ll all be worth it when you’ve posted your waterproofs home and are cycling through hot sunny days.

    Likewise, when the technology side of things is running smoothly it will all be a breeze…..

    much love Viv x

  2. November 4, 2009 12:02 pm

    keep up the good work Oli…keep spreading the word.

    all the best from Berlin,
    André Leslie

  3. November 5, 2009 5:06 pm

    I think you need to use James as a “rainbreaker” it is what he is good for…

  4. November 6, 2009 11:04 am

    Sod ‘Movember’ Broomy, don’t cut anything off your face until Brisbane! Hang in there mate…

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