Germany [Take 2, Part 2]: Liquid sun in Hamburg

Trip Start Sep 18, 2010
Trip End Jul 27, 2011

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Friday, July 1, 2011

My second stop on this home visit is with my brother Michael in Hamburg. I am befriending his cats. We get wet and discover the thrill of horse race betting. We have a lovely dinner at a fondue place I'd want to copy the concept of in Toronto if I was in gastronomy. He refuses to call his WIFI provider to retrieve his password, because of my "internet addiction" (his words!). He picks a wedding date two weeks AFTER the return flight I only just booked. Guess I'll be back here sooner than I thought.

Miscellaneous things I discovered in my first few weeks in Germany:
-          Lining up in a phone store, listening to people dealing with mobile contract issues pains me and reminds me of why I no longer care to live in this country.
-          I miss the hot and sticky. Don’t think I am made for cold climates.
-          Discovering the brilliant concept of – a car share website that saved me hundreds of Euros in train tickets.
-          For the first time ever, I appreciate what I got, when paying 70 Euro Cents for a public toilet at a highway stop: A spotlessly clean loo with as much thick and soft toilet paper as you want, touch-less flush, hand foam and water tap, automatic seat disinfection, a door that closes tightly with enough privacy and room to move in and live there. I am still questioning the concept of paying for a natural need. But I can see the cost benefit now. There must be a law somewhere, regulating situations where you have to go but don’t have the change? This is Germany after all. There’s got to be a rule!
-          It is bright until really late in the day. I didn’t remember that it was like this. I am loving the fact that the sun doesn’t really go down until after 10pm.
- Too much rain in Hamburg. I already knew that. Reminding me that as cool a city as this is to visit, I would not want to live here. I need sun. I like sun. Do you like sun? (Little insider gag here, sorry folks.)
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