09/01/2007 Nintendo Wii tour Hamburg – Berlin – Munich
Beginning of the year has been cosy resting and waiting for the adventures of the New Year. At last on January 9th we left for Germany with Janne for Nintendo’s three day tour to promote our music together with the new Nintendo Wii game console. These trips only with Janne are a bit easier as there are only two guys on the road, there might be some fewer temptations to hit the city every night. The gym clothes may be with me for not only as a luggage fill.
Usually when we travel, we take the normal economy class. This time the Nintendo people had booked us to the Business class so also for that reason this year and it’s first three flights started being royals. The plane was Finnair’s Embrayer, a small 30-metre jet where we were by ourselves in our own VIP class and we had our own stewardess. Yeah!
It was 15 degrees in Hamburg, whatta hell? Also otherwise Hamburg seems to me like a city where I could easily move to if there is going to be more stuff to do in Europe. Somehow it reminds me of Helsinki. At the airport Mr Jan Engel, our driver/security/travel manager for the next couple of days, was waiting for us. Totally awesome guy who does everything concerning entertainment and travelling as a freelancer and has previously played rugby and American football on high level. You can see it from his shoulders.
We had been booked to Hyatt hotel preferred by all the stars and even to the Club Floor where is all the privileged refreshment areas and services. Five stars! Sound check at around four and back to the centre around the hotel to eat and shop. I found new gloves to replace my lost ones although we had so warm weather that I really didn’t even need my jacket.
So it was Nintendo’s and our night. Nintendo was promoting in Germany their new Wii console what you don’t play traditionally with a joystick but you use handheld sticks as controllers which you sway in different directions depending on the game. For example boxing was totally cool. You go in front of the screen in a boxing position with your friend and you make fighting moves with the controllers in your hands. Janne was knocked out already in the third round. We played four acoustic songs for the invited guests and to the winners of our German fan club. In Hamburg we went pretty early to the hotel to eat and sleep around midnight although there would have been drinks available. Somehow I was tired and I wanted to go to the hotel’s amazingly cool gym in the morning. Jesus what a bed…