Sunday in the City

Trip Start Jul 20, 2012
Trip End Jun 28, 2013

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Another early train to Hamburg was the start of today. After a few changes, we had made it to the Fish Market. The Fish Market was traditionally just for fish, but today it has fruit, vegetables, cheese, meats, baked goods, as well as Chinese-made Souvenirs. On either side of you there are men yelling out various chants about how they had the best price for the best product. The best by far was the "Blumen König",  or flower king. It was Almost a comedy show! They would get a box and fill it with plants of all sizes. Then he would start it incredibly high, "2,000€" Then go down to 30€. A 'great deal' according to my host mom. The the man would shout, "Who has no money?" A people would raise their hands and he would throw various potted plants into the audience. Then he asked again, "Who has no money?" Everyone raised their hands and yelled. He responded, "Then go home!" Then along side the fish market is the old fish auction house, which is now a concert and beer and dining hall. There was a decent band playing, so we stopped and listened for a while.  
After this we went by ferry along the Elbe. We got great views of the ships, cranes, and houses along the Elbe. The ferry stopped across the river, and then we took two buses to go over the famous bridge. At the bus stop came up a man who spoke no German or English. Apparently he was Polish. He had a tiny piece of paper with a destination inscribed on it. I think something was terribly wrong. He was all full of scratches, old and new. Most recently, however, he had lost a few teeth and there was blood all over him. I do not even know if it was his. Perhaps he was a street fighter... Nonetheless, we pointed him in the right direction. Then the bus came and we went over the bridge. Once over the bridge we took a city train from the bus stop the the tunnel. 
This tunnel goes under the Elbe, and on weekdays is used for cars. First the cars must go onto an elevator. Then they are lowered down into the tunnel, and then drive to the other side where they must wait for another elevator. This tunnel was built in 1911 and was commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm II. This tunnel over one hundred years old is still being used on a regular basis today. We walked through the tunnel and then went out to a viewing platform for viewing the city, some great shots here. Then we went back through the tunnel, and out the other side. 
Then we went to the floating ship museum. This ship was built in the mid-late 1800's and then changed hands between the British, Portuguese, and eventually a group of Hamburgers that wanted to preserve it. Now it is a very nice museum and restaurant. 
And all before lunch!
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Delilah Tretinik on

Brandon, thanks for sharing your travels- the pictures are great!

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