31. Hamburg...what a port!

posted Aug 22, 2012, 10:09 AM by Carlie Huberman   [ updated Aug 22, 2012, 10:09 AM ]

I just spent the last 3 days in Hamburg, Germany.  My hostel was in the red light district and was set up to look like an old brothel.  I must say that off all the hostels that I have stayed in so far this one for sure has the most character.  Something that struck me as funny about Hamburg is that the city seems to explode on the weekend and then completely empty out during the week.  It also seemed to me a bit like a less extreme Amsterdam.  The red light district though did give Amsterdam a run for its money.  Every single storefront was either a sex store or a strip club with one or two restaurants through into the mix.  It was quite hot in Hamburg but I was just glad it didn’t have the same intense heat that I had in Turkey.  On the other hand the humidity was almost as bad and there still wasn’t any air conditioning.  But other then the whole no AC thing it was very nice to be back in the western world.  I spent a few nights wondering around the harbor and seeing the beautiful blue lights that lit up all of the industrial machinery.  Its amazing to me how beautiful industry can actually be. Nothing compared to nature of course but they managed to take an ugly port and make it into a thing of beauty, which was really neat.  While I was here I ate some traditional German wiener in curry and a few other potato dishes they are famous for.  The food was good but I am personally still craving a bagel.  That’s gonna be the first thing I eat when I get home.  I will probably just have my mom bring it to the airport for me J  During the day I walked around and saw the beautiful canals that lined the cities and even took a boat tour of the port.  I think the thing I’m gonna miss the most about Europe when I go home are all the beautiful canals.  The Hamburg port is one of the largest in the world!  Watching the ships get loaded and unloaded seemed to me like a combination of a giant game of Tetris and a giant game of the claw machine.  And of course seemed incredibly dangerous.  I am on the train to Berlin right now and after being in the city its almost a shock to see forests and fields.  But its neat to see how many windmills they have in Germany.  Well I’m almost in Berlin and I can see what everyone has been talking about!