Dramatic Hamburg

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This past weekend I boarded a bus at 7:30 am which took me through two other cities to Hamburg. An excellent alternative to the shockingly expensive and delay-ridden Deutsche Bahn.  5 and at the landscape passing at a 100km/h, a time of peace and quiet…after a full week of work.

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Hamburg is just beautiful…amazing buildings, green and so much water! If I could, I would move there in a heartbeat. I used to think that the only other place in Germany, where I would like to live was Munich, but I changed my mind.  Jokingly it is said that Bavaria lies south of the Weisswurst Equator and that is partially true.  And it does have to do with the mind…the Bavarians are a different breed of people, more closed minded and a bit too religious for my taste, I guess, if I liked beer, I would like Munich just for the October Fest…in that I am so untypical German. 

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Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, is the second largest city in Germany and the ninth largest city in the European Union. It is also the thirteenth largest German state. The city is home to over 1.8 million people, while theHamburg Metropolitan Region – has more than 5 million inhabitants. Situated on the river Elbe, the port of Hamburg is the second largest port in Europe and tenth largest worldwide(according to Wikipedia).

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These buildings(except for the first one which is a church) are part of the “Speicherstadt”, the warehouse district.  Where all the goods like coffee, tea, carpets and the likes, used to be stored in this special part of town that was a customs area. Those buildings are being renovated and the area is being populated by bars. restaurants and apartments. Lucky, those who are able to afford these special places…with a view to the little canals, called fleets.

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And in between…always churches.

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Seafaring people and churches always go hand in hand…

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These red brick buildings make up for the absence of  trees so close to the sea…

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Even the view from the hotel room was perfect…

A wonderful short weekend, even if I spent 11 hrs on the bus!

 

 

 

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Hands on!

Hands on!

Racism starts in the head – openness does too! Hand in Hand for more tolerance!

This weekend it is Essen Original, a street festival with live acts on 6 stages and events around town.
On a walk through the side streets, I spotted this billboard created against racism by school children and local businesses. It is so vital in the age of globalization to live together and respect each other. And this is how it should be!
People are multicolored too, not just their ethnic back grounds but their religions, sexual orientation and fashion style and music!
We passed different bands, playing tunes for the tastes of all the flavors in music. Standing out were the DJ who played Techno which seemed very segregated – a much younger white only crowd standing or sitting in groups far apart.
The top spot goes to the Heavy Metal crowd. People always think that they are the ones with the biggest prejudices and true to the myth -there the security was tightest as well. The area was cordoned off and I even had to let a security guy look into my handbag! Surprisingly, not only had they drawn the biggest crowd but all ages and colors were united – just enough space between them to get the old head banging in.
I hear that a lot of the Heavy Metal bands come from Scandinavia, personally – I don’t see the connection, but I don’t care, as long as they don’t incite hatred towards those that are different, in any way underneath it all, the same color blood runs through us – no matter where we come from or what social standing we have…in the end, we end up the same: Dust in the Wind!

Lovely weather for ducks

Lovely weather for ducks

Since last night it has been pouring.
raining pitchforks and hammer handles.

Public transport
leaves a lot to be desired
when it’s raining cats and dogs.

Keeping one’s weather eye open
maneuvering the rising water
in the gutters and puddles.

Too much for the umbrella
and singing in the rain
not finding shelter
fast enough.

That certainly
rained on my parade.
When you only
have fair weather friends
with cars.

Stranded at the bus stop
regretting being outdoors
not knowing enough to
come out of the rain
.

The risk of rain
the weather man said
was not so great
Well, weather is not
an accurate science.

So, weathering the storm
at the mercy of a timetable
weather permitting
let me take a rain check.

There is nothing new under the sun
when you don’t live in the sun belt
.

Hidden

Hidden

This weeks’ Travel Theme reminded me of a visit to Paris some years ago, walking up Champs Elysees, I was amazed at the ingenious “renovation” idea.
The Louis Vuitton store covered and hidden in a top selling bag style. Who needs ugly plastic construction sheets, when you can stand out and make a statement?
The store, I visited a year or so later and was so intimidated by its size and the amount of employees…I thought there was one for every language on the planet, and the customers were acting like they were at their local Woolworth. Shopping like there was no tomorrow! I had a conversation with a lady from Texas who was telling me just how much cheaper she was getting her L.V. bag than in her local F.Worth store…the poor dear had her dollars and euros all mixed up and guess she forgot to add the plane ticket too…
But what struck me there watching the people, is the wads of money from the Russians and the South Americans…what a lovely way to “launder” money. With those prices, you can get some serious money cleaned!!! No questions asked, at least not at the store!

Hidden Meaning

Hidden Meaning

Keep from being seen; conceal.

Hidden in the willow…
The leaves and bark of the willow tree contain Salicin which is metabolized into salicylic acid in the human body. It temporarily relieves headache, stomachache, and other body pain. In 1897, Felix Hoffmann created a synthetically altered version of salicin (in his case derived from the Spiraea plant), which caused less digestive upset than pure salicylic acid. The new drug, formally acetylsalicylic acid, was named Aspirin by Hoffmann’s employer Bayer AG.

Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
Lord Chesterfield – Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1694-1773

Music makes the world go round

Music makes the world go round

I love music
all kinds of music
(well…not all kinds, I do have some standards)!

But sound and lyrics are important
and have always played an important role in my life.

Not just for nostalgic reasons.

I am a firm believer of the idiom:
Where there is song, rest assured
without fear –
what the citizens believe:
where one sings, there are no monsters
cause monsters do not have songs.

People who are either fanatic about their music
or don’t appreciate loud music
or generally have too much to say about their kind of music:

Can not be trusted and should face the music
instead
you can not stop the music
and what is music to one’s ears
should be respected!
Just like one’s religion!
(Personally I am having difficulty granting this one
100% to those who love German “Schlager”- not religion)
but I am willing to be at my most diplomatic and tolerant:
Just arranging music to it!

Just to set the music and make chin music
for the sake of making music
together!
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Music does make the world go round!