Travel Talk

First Impression of Hamburg, Germany



The time is 6:45 am and I’m writing this from my room at the East Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Yesterday was my first introduction to Hamburg and I must say that I quite liked it. I liked it so much that on the way to the hotel from the airport in the taxi, I told my friend Rachelle that I could consider renting an apartment here for the month…

When you know, you know in life. The more places one travels the more one knows what their eyes like and what sensations and feelings hit home. Hamburg is a beautiful city with a long history and a good feeling to it. Immediately upon arriving in Hamburg I passed out for a few hours after a rather long commute from Managua, Nicaragua.

Following that I met up with new and old friends to do a bus tour before the opening reception of the Social Travel Summit. This is the second year it’s running and it looks like it’s going to be another great time. We headed near the port for dinner and drinks and yours truly retired uncharacteristically early. You see, I’ve got a busy month and really want to learn from these sessions so the only reasonable thing to do was get as much sleep as possible after a long trek.

When people think of Germany, places like Berlin and Frankfurt most often come to mind. That said, Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the 9th largest city in the European Union, that’s a pretty big deal. Not only that but the Port of Hamburg on the river Ebe is the second largest in Europe after Rotterdam and the tenth largest in the world, that’s no small feat and I’ve visited a few port cities.

I’d go on but the conference starts soon and I’d like to hit the gym first. Truth be told, I knew very little about Hamburg before arriving but so far, so good. I’m here for another few days so we’ll see if my tune changes. That said, I doubt it and when the conference is over I’ll be spending a day on my own or with a new friend that I met at the airport exploring the city SHABL style to see what this place is really all about.

Also, yes the hamburger was invented here; will have to have one of them for good measure. Something else worth noting is that supposedly Hamburg has more bridges and canals than Amsterdam or Venice; possibly the two of them combined. I’ve simply scratched the surface but Hamburg has joined the ranks of those cities I’m keen to know more about. It’s also situated in a good location for those looking to build European bases during the summer season…

Tips hat,

P.S: Didn’t take many photos but filmed A LOT of video…

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