Tag Archive | Travelling

Freshman at Folsom Europe

In about a week the Folsom event in Berlin has just started. I have never been at Folsom Europe before, even though I have been visiting Berlin regularly. Heard a lot about it of course. Some thinks it is the fetish heaven on earth, while other describes it as the most crowded catwalk in the world. I can’t wait to make up my own mind.

Me and my boyfriend arrives on Wednesday evening and will be staying until Monday. We haven’t decided on what to do yet. The Pig party on Saturday sounds good. It is going to be at the old mint in Berlin. To judge from the pictures on their website it seems like a party where less is more when it comes to clothing. The Leather Social on Thursday and the BLUF meeting on Friday are the only events I’m quite sure I will attend. The rest will fall into place sooner or later.

Last year they said it was really hot, the weather forecast at the moment show about 21-23 degrees and fair, somewhat colder that at CSD Berlin this summer. Which reminds me, I must clean my leather shirt. Anyway, I look forward to experience Folsom Europe for my self.

If you see me feel free to come over and say hi. I don’t bite.

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Eagle Vienna

This is one of the places you must know about to find. In the basement of something that seems like an apartment block, some steps down from street level you can find the entrance and doorbell. And a sign that states “men only”. There is one exception, one of the bartenders is female. Rumour has it that she is the sister of the owner.

The bar stretches from a cloakroom on the right, and around a corner towards the entry to the toilette and a small darkroom. There are some sex shop articles for sale, for instance leather cuffs, t-shirts, cockrings and DVDs. I’ll have to get me one of their t-shirts.

The darkroom became quite crowded, but I’m not sure of how much action there actually were. I had my valuables on my person, and didn’t want to try my luck. Next time I’ll put them in my jacket.

Eagle Vienna don’t have a strict dress code the crowd might be in normal everyday wear. The night I was there the I would say the average age was about 45, and most was wearing a shirt and jeans. The last point suited me quite well, as I was visiting after a business dinner. There was some smoking indoors, so don’t be surprised if your cloths smells like cigarettes in the morning.

They have some themed parties, which is announced on their website and Facebook. The opening hours are normally Monday to Sunday 21:00 to 04:00, and closed on Sunday. But check as exceptions may occur.

I liked the atmosphere, it was relaxed and sexy. The bar staff was efficient and pleasant. As a famous Austrian said, I will be back!

Website: eagle-vienna.com
Facebook: EAGLE Vienna

Leather Pride Belgium

A big fetish event in Belgium’s largest city, Antwerp. The main events are located indoors in a big, old storage building at the docks. It is called “Darklands” during the pride. Inside there was this year three parts, a marketplace, a party area and a cruising area. Some parties and meetups was at other bars in the vicinity, like The Boots and Down Town.

The pride started on Thursday and ended on Sunday. The Darklands was open from Friday about five in the afternoon until Sunday evening.

In the marketplace, all the big fetish stores were represented, Mr. B, Boxer, Rob, Underground and Regulation, as well as different brands of toys, makers of slings and organisations. At some stands you could participate in competitions or try gear. For instance, a vacuum bed.

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My boyfriend tried a vacuum bed in the marked area. I have to admit I got flash backs to Star Wars and The empire strikes back.

The marked area of Darklands was open till about eight in the evening. A couple of hours later the main party of the night started. This year it was Fusion on Friday, Rage on Saturday and Alphatribe on Sunday. I did not notice the big difference between the parties, but what more than good music, sexy men, and a but it was fun. On Sunday, the party was a bit smaller, but that was expected since quite a few people had already left.

At the big stage in the party area they also had the Mr. Leather Belgium and the Mr. Puppy Europe competition. The X-Awards was held at the main stage on Sunday, giving out ten different awards. I can’t find an official list of winners online, but BLUF won the award for the “Association of the year” and Thorsten Buhl won the “Man of the year”.

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BLUF won the “Association of the year”, received by Nigel Whitfield, it was given by Thorsten Buhl who later was awarded “Man of the year”.

It was fun to meet new and old friends. And if you stay until Monday, I would recommend to go the Boots on Sunday evening. We had a blast in Antwerp, and will be back next year.

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Leather events in 2017

A new year is almost here, and there is a lot happening throughout the coming year. I have gathered a list here of the events that came to mind. It is at the moment just events in Europe.

If you know of an event I should have listed let me know and I will update the list. (Last updated 2017-03-06)

January

20: Mr. Leather UK, London, UK

27-29: Leatherpride Dublin, Dublin, IE

February

15-20: Leatherpride Belgium, Antwerp, BE

March

03-05: Mr. Leather Hamburg, Hamburg, DE

April

12-18: Easter Fetish Week Berlin, Berlin , DE

30: Mr. Leather Italy, Padova, IT

May

11-14: Paris Fetish, Paris, FR

June

01-05: Cologne Fetish Pride, Cologne, DE

23-02 (July): WorldPride, Madrid, ES

July

09-16: Fetish Week London, London, UK

15-16: Lesbisch-schwules Stadtfest, Berlin, DE

22: CSD Berlin, Berlin, DE

August

10-13: Leatherparty, Hamburg, DE

September

06-10: Folsom Europe, Berlin, DE

22-24: UK Leather Pride, Bristol, UK

October

06-08: UK Leather Pride, Bristol, UK (moved til september)

06-08: Manchester Leather Weekend, Manchester, UK

20-21: Baltic Battle XL, Stockholm, SE

November

03-05: Mr. Leather Spain, Benidorm, ES

December

It’s already summer!

The times moves a bit too fast, and the summer is here. And it is hot, if my leather shorts hadn’t been just a bit too short I would have used it out in public. The heat was never a problem when I lived in northern Norway.

Summer means that the holidays are coming up.  In a couple of weeks, I’ll go to London for a long weekend. As I’m going with family it will probably be low key. But I have to do some shopping, I want some new toys and tools.

Then it is strait to Oslo pride. It lasts for a week. SLM Oslo has several parties this week. I will miss the first party on Saturday 18th as I’m not back from London yet. But on Wednesday I’ll be ready for “Young fetish night”, it is a party with both a lower and upper age limit. Often a good place to let young guys test out their fetishes and also recruit new members to SLM. On Thursday, SLM is open to everyone, also females. I’m not sure if I will join them, as that is not quite my cup of tea. But Friday is the “Oslo Leather Pride” party, a must for every leather man in and around Oslo. The parade is in Saturday the 24th, and that is the last day of Oslo Pride. The closing party at SLM is a more usual Fetish night.

Then my vacation starts for real, three weeks of not working (yea, right…). Not much planed yet, except for towards the end of July, I’m heading for Berlin for the Statfest and the CSD Berlin, this has become a tradition. The only thing I’m certain of is that I’m going on “CSD auf der Spree”, river boats with queer people. I’m going on the Leather and Fetish boat of course. I will probably come back to what happens in Berlin when it is a bit closer to departure.

When in Rome…

Rome is a beautiful city, with lots to see. Lots of hot (and not so hot) Italian men, but it is hard to find leather guys. Probably because the city is full of tourists. The gay area is really small, and might be said to be one street.

I visited the Alcova shop, it is probably the only fetish shop in Rome – at least the only one I found. It was about 50/50 for men and women, and had what you would expect of a fetish shop when it comes to clothing. I did not find that many toys, but did not ask. The price was a bit higher than other shops – As it often is if it is the only shop in town – so you probably have to search a bit for bargains.

The Coming Out bar/restaurant in Rome, right behind the Colosseum, is really worth a visit. They have good and cheap food. And the clientele was between 18 and 45, in every style – except no visible leather or other fetish guys.

Hangar DoorHangar is the oldest gay club in Rome, from the middle of the eighties. Outside it is the most anonymous club I have ever visited. You can see the entrance in the picture to the left. There is no other bars, restaurants or clubs in immediate vicinity, so the street is quiet. Inside the club it is surprisingly big, much because of the high ceiling. It was a quiet night, so the dance floor wasn’t in use, and most of the guys was just hanging around the bar.

They have a darkroom, it is completely dark so you can not see anything. Not my cup of tea. There is also a smoking area in the back. I liked the atmosphere of the club, and will return.

As I was just visiting for a couple of days I didn’t visit any of the cruising bars or saunas, maybe next time. And then hopefully at the same time as some fetish party.

I’m going back, so if there are something or somewhere you think I’ve missed or should visit feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

Going to Oslo? This you should know

Norwegians are very polite, so if you wear leather in public people would not say anything to you. But if you don’t look like a someone who rides a bike you will get stares. It is unusual to wear fetish gear visible in public and frowned upon in proximity to children, except in the yearly pride parade and pride area. Public nudity is not allowed (except in nudist areas), so no bare butts or showing cock, not even in the parade. It is quite funny as nudity in it self is not a problem, the biggest park in Oslo is full of nude men and women. And the national public television station had a children’s program with a detailed description of the body and the workings of sex.

Oslo has a population of just about 650.000, so it is quite a small city compared to other capitals in the world. The gay and fetish community is proportionally sized. Even so there is an gay fetish club Scandinavian Leather Men and other fetish clubs as Cat People. But both these two are only open every other weekend.

There is several gay bars and clubs in Oslo, most of them in the area around Hotel Bristol – just one block from Oslo’s main street Karl Johan. Here you can find “Elsker” (“Lover” in Norwegian), So (A bar mainly for girls) and the London Pub. The latter has been there since 1979 and has become an gay institution. It is quite seldom that you will find guys in leather or other visible fetish gear in these bars, but it happens, and maybe more frequent. I would recommend to check the Norwegian gay dating site www.gaysir.no for information about parties and events. It is also a good place to get to know Norwegian guys before coming here.

A note on the people. Norwegians are known to keep them self to them self and not be the first to make contact. If you are in a bar or a club you will see people just hanging around the bar alone. Most will appreciate some small talk if not more. Oslo (or Norway as a whole) is known for One Night Stands, so you might have some fun.