One of my good friends turns 50 today. He is maybe the most eccentric person I know, almost stereotypical people shy woman hater top intelligent scientist. The birthday "party", one of the reasons I'm now here in Solingen in western Germany, is typical for him, something only he could have.
He has invited 9 friends, all men, to have a lunch with him in a beautiful old medieval castle here nearby. A bus picks up most of the group plus him from our village market square 12:10PM, three guys are picked up along the short trip to castle, lunch starts at 12:30PM, bus back to our village leaves 1:30PM leaving one hour for the party and lunch. Latest at 1:50PM we are back and this years party is over.
All guests were asked to bring absolutely no presents, instead we should bring a proof of a donation to charity. Which charity and how much can each and everyone self decide. Without this proof you are no longer welcome.
He's a nice guy, a very interesting personality, so of course I'm participating. Leaving in 5 minutes, see you later.
BTW, this is the castle, Schloß Burg (letter ß = ss):
And this is how you go there from the parking place: