|Tina was my host and guide for Hamburg. She is from Germany and living in Hamburg for a few years. I got her whole life story :) She is very fashionable, like she walked right out of the pages of a magazine, and she is addicted to caffeine and cigarettes. We slept in the mornings and headed out in the afternoon. She showed me posh and poor parts of the city. Hamburg is the largest port city in Germany, and has a history of being rich from it. The posh part of Germany is full of expensive shops and cafes surrounded by grey buildings and sidewalks near the water. We did a tour of city hall, in the center of the richer part, and it looked like a palace inside, with the great hall haveing chandelears weighing about a ton each.
Ironically the poorer streets of the city has rich shoppes as well. The contrast is vast, as you start walkig on trash lined roads. She pointed out a building that was condemened and the city wanted to tear it down, but a bunch of punks squatted it and it is now known as the punk house. Fittingly the building has spray painted graffiti on the oustide and some trash "art" decorating it. She said they host parties in there as well. There are a lot of punk organizations in Hamburg. I have always know punk as a style of music people listen to and dress, but here it is more about the philosophy behind it, similliar to hippies. An alternative style of living, and they hate everything corporate.
Hamburg has their own red light district called the St. Pauli. It doesnt have girls behind red lit windows, but it does have a street that women are not allowed to walk down, that are filled with licensed prostitutes. There are also Red lit signs for sex shops, strip clubs, and so on.
St. Michaels Cathedral is famous for having to be rebuilt. It was struck by lightening in the late 1700s and rebuilt. Then in the 1800s the great fire of Hamburg which destroyed most of the city, got the cathedral on fire as well, having to be rebuilt. This explains why the top of the cathedral does not look like the rest of it.