We have spent much of the past few days working on the new website for the List Estate, but I did manage to learn a few things about Hamburg and see a few sights. We took a drive around on Sunday and saw some cute and interesting areas of town, but what most impressed me was this absolutely massive redevelopment project in the Hamburg warehouse district called Harbor City. The scale was pretty impressive and most of the new architecture and restored older architecture was pretty cool. Other than that, it has been pretty low key, with a dinner party and watching “Weeds” and “Let Them Eat Cake” DVDs on the tele.
We had a very nice dinner party last night, with Olaf impressing us all mightily with his Thai cooking skills. My German is still terrible and I had a hard time following much of the evening, but there was some universally understandable silliness that made everyone crack up. Check the photos.
oooh, my achin’ head. Olaf’s friend Thomas came over last night and they decided to show me the nightlife in Hamburg. Thomas took us to what was supposed to be a very happening gay bar in Hamburg called “Kir”. When we got there, however, it wasn’t exactly gay. Or happening. It was mostly just a few goth kids mixed in with some halloween party-goers. Hm…maybe the goth kids weren’t goth, maybe they were in costume. After that we went to a cute but small bar called “Bitsy’s”, and then across the street to a massive WWII era bunker where they were having a dance party on the 4th floor.
2nd day of down to it web and db designing. Why isnt there an open source, off-the-shelf solution out there that will take an import of data from a csv file?! This is driving me crazy. Alas. In between we have been listening to music, seeing a little more of Hamburg and meeting Olaf’s friends and neighbors. The weather here has been increadibly warm for this time of year (from what I am told).
I think the following photo sums up my arrival in Germany best. Click on it to see the entire Paris to Hamburg transition album.
We got up at an ungodly hour to catch the metro to the RER to the bus to the airport. At the airport I got slightly worried by the fairly lax security followed by what sounded like the “call to prayer” ringtone of the guy behind us in line. We finally arrived in Hamburg after a very bumpy flight, where we were picked up by Olaf’s housemate Michael. Their place is absolutely beautiful, with a view over the lake to die for. No wonder they love it here. Olaf and I took a brief bike ride to the Market and bought lots of familiar-looking things with unfamiliar names (as well as unfamiliar-looking things with still unfamiliar names). I am also determined to learn a little German while I am here. Stay tuned. Pics to follow. auf wiedersehen.
Jodie, Olaf and I continued our mad adventures the last two days with dining, bar hopping, walks in the park and along the canals, meeting up along the way with Thierry, Pascal, Christina et Laurent et Chanelle, Sonia, Regis, Janet and Jim among others. A single picture being word 1000 words, here are over 50 thousand:
I met Olaf yesterday at Magnum, and helped translate Herbert List photo titles for a small book in Italian that Magnum will publish. We then went back to our hotel, cute, but WAY the hell out of the way at Porte Doree. C’est la vie. It took about an hour to get there from Magnum and it was all we could do to rest up a few minutes before heading back into the center to meet up with Olaf’s friend Jodie for dinner at a great place called “Chez Nenesse” (or something like that) in the 3rd arrondisement.
We saw a fantastic expo today at the Jeu de Paume, followed by a lovely walk through the Tuileries. We then bought some yummy macaroons and made our way back to the hotel for a nap. Rather, we were supposed to nap, but instead I updated my blog. Hope I don’t fall asleep at dinner tonight.
Ah, Paris. I never get tired of it, even when I am tired of it. Got in late yesterday and went to have dinner with my friend Laurent who I was staying with last night. We went to a great little place called “Chez Janou”. Olaf gets in today and then we are moving to a hotel so as not to be too much of an imposition. Had lunch with Dominique, an old friend. He was telling me that having not worked in close to a year, he is really not feeling all that motivated to go back to working a regular job. He then asked me if I worry that the same will happen to me. I guess I never thought about it, but since I don’t imagine having much economic say in the matter, it all seems academic.
click on the pic above to see the Paris collection.
Being that this was my 4th time in London in 5 years (and the 2nd time this year), I didn’t really feel pressed to be all touristy. In fact, the reason for stopping thru more than anything else was to see my dear friend Arnaud, hang out a bit, say goodbye and discuss our plans to convene (with his friend Shawn who I met last night) in Kerala in late February. It was a most pleasant stay and the weather was wonderfully warm with just a touch of fall feeling in the air.
click on the pic above to see the Londres collection.