Today I wandered Bonn with Karol. It is a beautiful little town, with a Champs Ellyse style park into the main town. We sat and had breakfast/lunch, then split up and I wandered the city myself for a while. Which is when I came upon one of the weirdest sights I have ever seen.
At first I thought it was a group of students about to play Quidditch. I had seen this before, in university I had even played in one match (I was absolutely terrible). From all I could see, it seemed like this might be a friendly Saturday game of Quidditch.
Y’all, I have no idea what this game was, but it was not like anything I had ever seen before. Everyone had sticks with soft padding on the ends of them (at first, I thought these might be broom sticks). There was one player on each team that had a dodge ball attached to a string – which I thought might be the buldger (clearly it has been a long time since I’ve seen or played Quidditch.) When the match started, everyone ran out into the middle of the field and tried to hit each other with the padded sticks or the dodge ball. If you were hit, you sat on the ground with one hand behind your back for probably about 1minute, then you got up and started trying to hit people again. All the while, one player on each team carried what looked like a duct-taped water bottle and tried to get it into the middle of an overturned tire at the end of each pitch. Once the bottle was in the hole, the game restarted.
You know that feeling when you can’t stop looking at a car wreck because you are just too interested in how it happened and what is happening now? That’s what I felt like. So I sat on a park bench, probably for 30 minutes, just trying to figure out what the hell I was watching (and instagraming a bit of it, hoping someone else knew what this game was). Eventually I gave up and left, but my conclusion is this was some live-action version of a MMRPG that I have never seen or heard of, and apparently it is really popular in Bonn.
So everyone else can be as confused as I was, here is video of this ‘game’:
The things you see and learn, am I right?
P.S. Dad – I’m super freaking confused, but still alive.