I am leaving Hamburg today. Yesterday was my last day of work, and my Probe-BahnCard runs out today, so I'll be heading back to Berlin for a few days before flying home to California. I'm going to write more posts about my summer and about my almost six months abroad, and I also plan to write a Hamburg guide similar to the one I did for Berlin.
The whole summer I've been comparing Hamburg to Berlin and finding it wanting in many ways. But on Thursday, as I was showing a friend around the city, I surprised myself with a rush of sentiment. Hamburg is a dynamic, interesting, fun, Free and Hanseatic city with a long and complex history, and although it had the misfortune of being the next city I lived in after imprinting very strongly on Berlin, it is actually pretty great. There are things I regret not seeing (such as, er, the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte) and things that I will miss dearly (Frau Larsson, the Swedish cafe ten minutes from work that has the best cakes ever). I got lucky and ended up both living and working with extremely nice people. Overall, I have just been very fortunate.
Not really feeling in the mood for a lot of words. Here are some photos from the past thirteen weeks, instead.
|Birds along the Alster|
|Schlager Move parade, described to me as "Love Parade but with 70s folk-inspired pop"|
|Harbor on the Alster|
|Sankt Pauli, the cool neighborhood|
|Old turbine (?) in front of the Museum der Arbeit|
|Frau Larsson's cake display|
|Fields near Neuengamme, a concentration camp on the outskirts of the city|
|Probably the Alster|
|Cranes in the industrial area south of the Elbe|
|Bremen, Hamburg, and Lübeck (the three major Hanseatic cities) in front of the Justice Building|
Danke schön, Hamburg. Ich hoffe auf ein Wiedersehen.