- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The folks I’m staying with were in an Asian market in the center of Hanover on Monday, when a wealthy-looking man came into the shop with his entourage.

The shop owner asked where the man was from. He said he was from Saudi Arabia and pointed to the cloaked females with him and said: “This is my wife and this is my wife and this is my wife.”

The other customers gasped.

“Well, you’ve got to show your manhood, haven’t you,” said the man, who was going to Hamburg to watch his team lose 4-0 to Ukraine.

• Sleeping takes a little getting used to here, where it’s still light until past 10 p.m. and the birds start singing in German at 4 a.m.

But the hedgehogs, who are everywhere in the garden by my room, are polite. I met one at a junction on the garden path last night. We both stopped. I said, “You go first.” He did.

John Haydon


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