June 27, 2015
Hamburg is bright and busy — people are playing music behind me and I can hear the vroom of Harley Davidson (there is some event in town because they are everywhere). So, this is Hamburg! There is a Maritime charm to this city and more bridges here than in Amsterdam and Venice combined. There are swans and old churches, cobble stones and historic buildings, and people that wave at you from the other side of the canal. It’s quite lovely here. At the moment, I am sitting in the square by the Rathaus (town hall) which was inspired by Venice’s Piazza San Marco. I only have 1.5 days in Hamburg and it makes me sad to think that maybe I’ll never come back here in my whole life. It would be nice to come back and paddle down the network of canals one day…yes, maybe I’ll have to come back.
June 28, 2015
What a glorious morning! I am at the famous fish market — I illegally took the train without a ticket to get here — and am currently sitting with my legs hanging over the concrete ledge by the water, with seagulls circling overhead and boats drifting by sporadically. I just finished eating a cinnamon bun. The fish market is filled with tourists, people on a mission to get the best bargain, and left over party-animals from last night who are still drinking. The atmosphere is so alive! All the sellers are yelling “Zwei Euros!” or “Geld! Geld” and there are so many people! I walked into a covered section of the market where there was a band playing rock music. Rock music! (Note: It is 9 o’clock in the morning). I don’t understand Hamburg…people here are so hardcore with their rock music, and leather vests, Harley Davidsons, and green hair. Yet they are walking down cobble-stoned streets and past cathedrals where CPE Bach is buried — it just seems so out-of-place and funny!
I’m glad I came down here. When I woke up, my nose was plugged and my eyes were red and puffy (I have a bad cold or allergies or something) and I almost decided to stay in, but I’m glad I went out. I’m glad I went out because the wind is blowing a sea-salt breeze, and the sky is blue, and it’s a beautiful day to be out in the world.
Yesterday we had a really nice German BBQ and it was very pleasant sitting in the garden sun with the smell of meat on an outdoor grill. I love summer!! Also, little German kids sitting around a table eating watermelon might be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.