Got museums? Hamburg sure does. I’m sad to say though, that until this past weekend I hadn’t been to a single one. Crazy? Perhaps. (But I sure know where to go out for a drink though, which is another cultural experience in and of itself.) But, now I can happily say that thanks to Die lange Nacht der Museen in Hamburg (the long night of the museums in Hamburg) I now have had a wonderful taste of the cultural life in this amazing city.
Okay folks, I’m pretty sure I’ve found it….that’s right, the country that looks Christmas in the eye, says, “We know what to do with you” and then kicks some serious Christmas butt. I’d heard a thing or two about German Christmas markets, in fact I even spent one Christmas in Germany way back in 1999, but for some reason I was entirely unprepared for it this year and how I would become so completely and utterly smitten. I went to my first market in Hamburg on the first day it opened and was in complete awe—not only do I love markets in general, but here we are with markets around every corner, selling all sorts of heavenly food and drinks, fun crafts, and beautiful ornaments, and best of all, it is THE place to be in December. Clear your calendars for the next month because this is all you will be doing. Okay, maybe it’s all I’ve been doing anyways! I feel like all of the coldness of German culture and especially of Northern Europe melts away for this month and friends and family and co-workers and random strangers gather at the markets, filled with friendliness-enducing Glühwein, to just…..be together.
Alright, I can’t keep it in anymore. In fact I have to tell the whole world. I’m twitterpated. I’m smitten. I’m in deep smit. People told me it would happen but I didn’t really believe them. I blame my cousin Greg who basically set us up and wouldn’t stop singing my new lover’s praises. Everyone agrees that he is beautiful. I haven’t met anyone who didn’t think this, in fact. I think my parents are gonna love him. They’ve even met him briefly and I’m pretty sure they thought he was nice.
A warm welcome to Kristi Fuoco, our latest Young Germany contributer. Kristi has recently moved to Hamburg and will be blogging on her experience getting settled in Germany.
There’s nothing like a new city to overwhelm your senses and excite you in unexpected ways, especially a European one. For my first blog post on Hamburg I decided to let the photos do most of the talking and feature some of my very first shots of the downtown area (and a few others thrown in for good measure) on this “Wordless Wednesday”. Saves me writing a thousand words, right? Lots more photos to come soon! All photos copyright Kristi Fuoco.
So there you go: the last match day of the 2010-2011 season has been played, and the 18 Bundesliga teams is divided into two camps – the winners and the losers. Nevertheless, deciding which teams belong to which category is a matter of personal interpretation – and here’s mine.
Hamburg, while technically a port city, is about 100 kilometers from the open sea. The river Elbe is its vital connection to the North Sea, a main thoroughfare for ships for trade and leisure. Hamburg brands itself as das Tor zur Welt (“the gate to the world”), a reminder of its heydays as a major player in the Hanseatic League.