So technically in real-time I’m in Berlin, but I’m having so much fun that I’m a little behind on my microblogging for this trip…lol. I need to tell you all about Hamburg while it’s still fresh in my mind and before my attention span starts to make the memories fuzzy.
I was invited on a blogger press trip to visit the cities of Hamburg and Berlin. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was because since visiting Düsseldorf last year, I wanted to see more of Germany. Though my time in each city is short, I do feel I got a good understanding of the overall culture and feel. Future trips will definitely have to be made so I can see them from different vantage points.
At Strand Pauli restaurant in Hamburg Harbour—I was taking pics when this guy said “Hey, lady! THIS is the real picture.” LOL
I was initially going to give you a play-by-play of what I did, but then I remembered: MICROBLOGGING. Haha—it’s not always easy for me to keep things short, but I’m getting video footage while here so I hope to be able to later convey how much I loved being here once I edit them. So stay tuned :)
I. LOVED. HAMBURG.
Not going to lie, at first when I got there near the St. Landungsbrucken area I was a little unsure if I’d like it because some parts reminded me of Penn Station or near the Port Authority Bus Terminal, but you can’t judge a city by one area and thankfully my mind was quickly changed.
Walking around you’ll likely see TONS of construction sites. The city is in the midst of a change—it’s cute and hip now, but plans are in the works to make it even cuter and hipper in a few short years from now.
Music is a big scene here. Everywhere I turned I saw concert posters, record stores (from what I hear people in Hamburg prefer to buy physical albums), and memorabilia. There’s even a Beatles Tour that takes you around some of the historical places the band played around Hamburg just a short time before Beatlemania spread throughout the world.
The distinct neighborhood cultures gives Hamburg a lot of its charm. We strolled along the harbor, walked through a bit of the posh Pöseldorf Center, and I was completely enamored with the St. Pauli area (think Soho in NYC before it got super crowded). I could seriously see myself moving to Hamburg for a few months to do some writing, draft some blog posts, etc. It’s diverse, there’s a good mix of both old and new, and for totally superficial reasons, it’s SO COOL here. There’s a ton of great street art in Hamburg—it’s practically a fashion blogger’s outfit pic dream. I need to come back here with Nas and do MAD photoshoots…lol.
In the St. Pauli area
OK—I need to hit the hay because I have to be up and ready to hit Berlin again in the morning. I’ve already spotted some really cool clothing stores I want to explore (of course I did…lol). Yesterday we did a bit of touring and I got in a little history which I’ll tell you about later in my Berlin microblogs.
In the meantime, make sure you follow me on social, especially Snapchat—you’ll get a really cool inside look at what I’m doing through my snaps.