This weekend in Germany, the band made our continental European debut when we played in Berlin and Hamburg. Touring in a new place for the first time is a lot like dating a new boy/girl – experiences are new and exciting, the atmosphere (or in this case, plane ride) is full of anticipation, and every encounter is unfamiliar. Whether it’s trying Currywurst (German sausage spiced with curry), visiting a WWII bunker that has been turned into a music store, or doing your best Jacques Villeneuve impression on the autobahn, our next month is going to be full of things to write home about. Our first weekend in Germany has been a memorable one. On Friday before the show, Tim, Tony and I walked along the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery – a section of the wall that has been turned into an art installation since the wall was torn down, while Mike and Max took David Byrne’s advice (via his book the Bicycle Diaries) and biked along the Spree River. These are hopefully the first of many German excursions in between shows on the Billy Talent tour. Our shows in Berlin and Hamburg (at the super cool Reeperbahn Festival) were amazing, the hospitality and welcome we received from everyone who attended and helped put on the shows was incredible. We are now driving through Scotland enroute to Glasgow. Despite the prototypical grey and rainy UK day, driving through the Highlands is a very scenic experience. The rolling hills are some of the greenest we have ever seen and the farms and castles predate anything we’d see back home in North America. There’s also way more sheep.