I live in a pretty crazy country. There are a lot of laws, but no-one really obeys them.
Germany also has a lot of laws, but they’re probably a lot more law-abiding than South Africans.
That will be tested (again) this weekend, though. Because it’s Tanzverbot time.
With restrictions varying across the country’s 16 states, the dancing ban, or ‘Tanzverbot’, effectively bars public dancing on the Christian holiday. In some states, including Hesse, the ban lasts for more than one day.
Now authorities in Frankfurt, the biggest city in Hesse, have vowed to crack down on anyone who ignores the ban that’s in place from Thursday to Saturday.
Bizarre. And stupid. The most irritating thing about Christian holidays here is that the bottle stores close – which is equally bizarre and stupid – but you can still dance!
“Even those who do not belong to a religion themselves should show respect for the feelings of others,” said the Uwe Becker, the CDU politician who is head of the church department in Frankfurt.
Indeed. Because there’s nothing that ruins a religious holiday more than some people you have never met, dancing in a nightclub in the city centre while you’re fast asleep 20km away in the suburbs. So disrespectful.
I’m very glad we don’t have such a silly law here.
Not that anyone would take any notice anyway.
The plan was to get home and write something profound. Or at least upload the photos from an excellent long weekend and blog about that.
Put simply, it’s not going to happen. Several kilometres of mountain biking last night and several more of running on lumpy dirt roads this morning have put paid to that. Add the (not unexpected, but nonetheless thoroughly unwelcome) post long weekend traffic heading back into Cape Town from the Overberg and the return to school tomorrow, and it’s obviously a recipe for an early night.
Therefore, please accept this quick QP (#nofilter, baas) of the weathered rocks near Arniston, where we ate oysters, drank wine and flung ourselves at giant beanbags on Saturday, together with the promise of something better tomorrow.
No – this isn’t some dodgy cricket score – it’s a reminder that you can get 11 days off for the price of just 3 (if you booked some time ago, this is).
Oi! Don’t look at me like that – I did warn you about this back in January.
Anyway, I’m taking full advantage of this outstanding offer, starting today.
Don’t panic: despite the fact that I will be out of range of any modern communication devices for some time, normal life, such as it is, will continue on the blog with daily posts and fun for all the family (terms and conditions apply). The only difference that you may notice is that comments may take a little longer than usual to clear. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t comment, it just means that when you do, your comment may take a little longer than usual to clear.
If you are travelling during this holiday period, please stay safe: I need as many readers as possible in May. If you plan to drive dangerously or die in any other way, do make sure that you tell your friends and family to visit 6000 miles… regularly to make up for your lost visits.