Tuesday, April 10, 2012

At The Mega Event "DIR 2012"

Laguna.sam, and I attended the "DIR 2012" (Dosenfischen im Ruhrtal) in Schwerte/Germany.
That was my first Mega Event. Laguna.sam was at another one before.


After some hours of driving we arrived in our hotel, Hilton Dortmund, and quickly stored the luggage in our room and made us ready for the Event. After the short way to the location, we discovered a lot of TB's at the parking lot. Inside the building, there was tables full of Travelbugs and coins to trade and discover. Of course Laguna.sam stormed that place :)
Then there was another hall with dealers selling geocaching gear, all kind of trackables and merchandise. And of course the "Dosenfischer CD", which I come later to.


We went for a very quick cache, where we met some Geocachers. I traded a coin with them, and even received a Geokret! YAY! Back to the event, the Easter fire was in full bloom. Laguna.sam got hungry, so we went for the only negative thing there... the food. The food was not ready, we need to wait until the sausages were finished. Took a good 20 minutes. I'm glad I'm a vegan. Ah really? No food for me anywhere, and it was forbidden to eat at the event area. So we went outside when I got hungry and ate there the things I brought with me. Hygienically the food there was also a mess. But well, nothing is perfect.


But the rest of the event was great. What a fun at the fire and the "Stockbrot" :D. What a nice idea. When we went back into the building, we found out that the merchants hall was closed. Bummer. So we couldn't buy coins there and laguna.sam already asked for the event-coin before without luck. Sold out.
But then we saw Bryan from Geocaching.com. And he gave us his tags. So great. And it's awsome that officials from Geocaching.com attending so many Mega Events. It really shows the tight knot between the site and the community. Thanks so much, Bryan.


And so we waited for the highlight of the day. The concert of the "Dosenfischer". You really should visit their website. They have a German geocaching podcast and make music about geocaching. The music is really good, fun, and they also did great comedy between the songs. As a geocacher you do feel nice while listening.



After that it was about 23:00 already and we went for the hotel. Next day a short Geocaching round near Schwerte worked out great, and then we started the long drive back home.

Thanks to the organisation DieVonneRuhr, and the Dosenfischer.
There is only one thing left to do now. Go out and grab some containers :)

The Merchant Hall With Coins And Geocaching Gear