I met Master for the first time in Hamburg two years ago. At that time, he was planning for his trip to Italy and searching for a light-weighted, easy-to-use camera to replace his mobile phone. I have all the features that he required, so he asked me whether I want to accompany him on his journey. I agreed, and so our journey began.
Hamburg – Tor zur Welt (Gateway to the World) – is master’s second hometown. He has lived here for several years, and thus he knows the city quite well. He told me that water is the life of this city; from the Elbe River to the Alster Lake to numerous canals flowing through the city – no matter where we go we always know we are near water.
The maritime spirit infuses the entire city; from architecture to menus to daily activities of its people – the Hamburger. Strolling along the Elbe, exploring the Speicherstadt and the canal system, sailing on the Alster or just chilling at the water edge on a hot summer day are a few among many things which you can experience in this wonderful city.
Hamburg is also very modern, urban and cosmopolitan. This is reflected by a great cultural scene with numerous theaters, concerts, and museums; as well as the iconic seedy red-light district with a bustling club scene – the Reeperbahn. When it comes to shopping, Hamburg also offers a lot of options; from high-end boutiques on Neuer Wall or Eppendorf to the hip one on Schanzen district, to the flea markets which can be found in most city districts – the city always has something for every taste and budget. Moreover, as a multicultural metropolis, Hamburg is a perfect location to meet new people coming from many different parts of the world.
Like my master, I love Hamburg. We had a lot of memories in this city, both good and bad one, but we enjoy living here. It is cool, stylish and undoubtedly livable. I will miss this city when we have to leave one day, but for now, Hamburg is our base to explore Europe.