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Willkommen in Deutschland!

9 Jan

Yes, much has happened since I last blogged.  For one thing, Chesley and I got engaged – yay!  For another, we moved to Hamburg, Germany!  Today is Day 4 here in Hamburg.  Things have gone smoothly so far:  Chesley got his working papers approved, his bank account opened, etc.   My only complaint so far would be the weather.  I haven’t seen the sun since I got on the plane in Minneapolis last Friday.  It’s been dark and cloudy since we arrived, with occasional spitting rain. Yuck!

At the moment, we’re living in temporary housing at the Elb Residence, which is connected to (and run by) a Holiday Inn.   To give you an idea (and to explain why we’re trying to find an apartment ASAP), here are two shots from our balcony (which I only use to take photos – it’s miserably cold outside!):

 

Day 3_evening

 

Day 4_morning

The top photo was taken last night, er, AFTERNOON, at 4:20!  The bottom photo I just took about 10am today.  Yes, dreary.   The building we’re living in is called Haus A, although we refer to it affectionately as Cell Block A.  Because that’s how it looks from the outside.  The apartment, itself, isn’t bad.  Very sparse.  Reminds me of our dorm rooms at business school in Jouy-en-Josas.  (Vive Résidence Expansiel!)

Off to look at apartments so that we can move into happier surroundings!

À bientôt,

k.

 

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Hamburg stadt

27 Jul

I spent this past weekend in Hamburg, the economically-powerful port town on the northern tip of Germany.  The weather was horrible – constantly gray with intermittent rain showers and what felt like 50mph winds.  Lovely.  Nevertheless, I was out with my camera.

Here’s my Visual Top 10 – not the most beautiful things, but the most, um, interesting….

10. Bizarre vehicles

a curry-dog truck. Germans love their hotdogs, and their curry.

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Speed-racer!

Yes, this headlight has eyelashes.

9.  Public bathroom

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8.  Graffiti

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My favorite colors.

7. Hamburg Philharmonic (currently under construction) in the newly-gentrified docklands of Hafencity.

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What the Elbephilharmonie will look like upon completion.

6. The Shipyard, Hamburg’s (original) “raison d’être

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5.  And with a port comes, shall we say, “adult fun land”.  In Hamburg it’s centered around the notorious Reeperbahn Strasse.

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4. Canals

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3.  A “Cultural Moment” at Harry’s Hafenbasar – the only store I know that charges an entrance fee (4 euros).

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2. Nautical Architecture – don’t those windows look like portholes??

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1. German Wine Festival – In Rathaus Square, under a tent in the spitting rain.  Wine, pretzels and schnitzel!

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I’m now back in Paris, where it’s a balmy 70 and cloudy….

Alors, à bientôt,

k.