Summer Tour Diary – June 30th (Day 10): Goodbye Holland, Hello Germany 

After a wonderful 4 days in Holland, we awoke this morning to continue the next leg of our journey, which takes us into Germany for the next 10 days as we play shows all over the country.  (Full tour schedule is here.)

But after checking out of our hotel (which we are leaving sadly, as this was a great place to stay for a few days), we first stopped at the home of another friend of Wilma and Bob’s… Sjanneke, who lives in Nijmegen

We pulled up to the front of her house on a tiny street, and found that she lives in an old auto mechanic's garage that she and her husband converted into one of the most beautiful, modern living spaces I’ve ever seen. I could definitely have moved in there. 

Sjanneke served some delicious homemade apple pie and coffee, and then we took a short walking tour of Nijmegen....what a beautiful little town. Some of the buildings here date back to the 1500's and 1600's (such as these in the photo below).  Wilma used to come here all the time when she grew up in Holland, and she and Bob even have some history here together (including sharing their first kiss at the beautiful local church). 

This town had such a cool vibe…almost like Amsterdam, but without the crowds and crazy scenes. We had delicious authentic frites (with mayonnaise, of course), visited the church (where the church organ was being played…one of the most beautiful and majestic sounds on earth, in my opinion), and browsed in the shops. 

After an incredible lunch that Sjanneke prepared for us, we unfortunately had to hit the road to get to Nurburg, where we’re playing Saturday at the big Truck Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.  Yep, they race truck cabs around this track (that should be something cool to see).   There’s also lots of entertainment as part of this 3-day festival, and we’re doing a set Saturday night at 7:30 pm (followed by fireworks). 

It was a beautiful scenic drive through Germany, and when we arrived at the track it was quite the hub of activity. But we got checked in quickly, and settled in our rooms. 

And although I’d love to share tales of excitement, much of touring is represented exactly by what we did last night…met for dinner (I had wienerschnitzel and beer - what else in Germany?), and then went to our rooms to pass out.  We have a big show here, and are saving all our energy for this.  After all, that’s why we’re on the road!

Will post a full report on our Nurburgring show tomorrow…

6 comments

  • Gio

    Gio Voghera - Italy

    It's great to follow your adventure :)

    It's great to follow your adventure smile

  • Roger

    Roger

    Keeping the faith, sounds like fun, talking about all that food made me hungry, enjoy it, you guys deserve it....

    Keeping the faith, sounds like fun, talking about all that food made me hungry, enjoy it, you guys deserve it....

  • Diane Furlong

    Diane Furlong Cortlandt Manor NY

    Steven, it must be fun seeing the sights through Wilma and her friends. Glad that the trip to Germany was uneventful. Looking forward to hearing about the truck race and of course I wanted to hear all about the show tonight. Continuing to send lots of love ❤️ from us here in NY

    Steven, it must be fun seeing the sights through Wilma and her friends.
    Glad that the trip to Germany was uneventful.
    Looking forward to hearing about the truck race and of course I wanted to hear all about the show tonight.
    Continuing to send lots of love ❤️ from us here in NY

  • Jimmy Fink

    Jimmy Fink The Peak

    As I read this you're probably just finishing up the Saturday night show....hope it was a good one. Germany can be a fun country, despite some stern and precise attitudes....but they love their rock & roll and I'm sure they'll love you guys! Stay safe, have fun and keep the reports coming. Love to all.

    As I read this you're probably just finishing up the Saturday night show....hope it was a good one. Germany can be a fun country, despite some stern and precise attitudes....but they love their rock & roll and I'm sure they'll love you guys! Stay safe, have fun and keep the reports coming. Love to all.

  • Steven Wright-Mark

    Steven Wright-Mark

    Gio - thanks! We had such a great time with you and everyone in Voghera. Wish you were with us on this adventure! Roger - yes, we're eating very well on this tour. Sometimes on U.S. tours, we have no choice but to eat fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, because that's all there is along the highways we travel. But Europe is complete different. I could get used to this. Diane - it's so cool to see Wilma in her element with old friends. We've traveled together for years now, but I feel like I'm learning more all the time. And you're right - uneventful trips are best, especially after some of the nonsense we've encountered so far. Jimmy - you're exactly right! Just got back from the show at the racetrack. I'll post more tomorrow, but we were unfortunately hit with bad weather...highs in the 50's and rain. Although it definitely impacted the attendance somewhat, this is still a huge festival...there are 20,000 trucks here alone. And you're also right about "precision" - EVERYTHING runs on time here. We were told we went a few minutes over at soundcheck, which was going to be taken out of our show (and yes, we cut a couple of songs as a result). Still - what a great crowd, and it was a big success tonight. I'll have more details in my next update...thanks for continuing to follow along!

    Gio - thanks! We had such a great time with you and everyone in Voghera. Wish you were with us on this adventure!

    Roger - yes, we're eating very well on this tour. Sometimes on U.S. tours, we have no choice but to eat fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, because that's all there is along the highways we travel. But Europe is complete different. I could get used to this.

    Diane - it's so cool to see Wilma in her element with old friends. We've traveled together for years now, but I feel like I'm learning more all the time. And you're right - uneventful trips are best, especially after some of the nonsense we've encountered so far.

    Jimmy - you're exactly right! Just got back from the show at the racetrack. I'll post more tomorrow, but we were unfortunately hit with bad weather...highs in the 50's and rain. Although it definitely impacted the attendance somewhat, this is still a huge festival...there are 20,000 trucks here alone. And you're also right about "precision" - EVERYTHING runs on time here. We were told we went a few minutes over at soundcheck, which was going to be taken out of our show (and yes, we cut a couple of songs as a result). Still - what a great crowd, and it was a big success tonight. I'll have more details in my next update...thanks for continuing to follow along!

  • Barry Schwartz

    Barry Schwartz

    I'm "famous" for stopping in at every church during our European travels...and have been blessed (almost every time) to hear organ music upon entering. Yes, that's an unmatched sound, between the church acoustics and majestic organs you see and hear in even the smallest town churches, it's memorable. Thanks for sharing those memories!

    I'm "famous" for stopping in at every church during our European travels...and have been blessed (almost every time) to hear organ music upon entering. Yes, that's an unmatched sound, between the church acoustics and majestic organs you see and hear in even the smallest town churches, it's memorable. Thanks for sharing those memories!

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