Seeing Hamburg – the word, an image – generally results in me taking a trip down memory lane…
Only to be slapped hard across the face by dear Lady Nostalgia.
Slapped in a way that says: “Don’t you go calling on me now, Missy! You have no good memories attached to that name or image. Remember that.”
It results in a pang, echoing inside.
In mixed emotions (does anybody else suddenly hear Mick Jagger!? ;))
In regret for past mistakes.
Not exactly a trip to Pleasantville…
The thing is, Hamburg doesn’t really deserve this bad rep. It’s a nice city in all honesty – especially walking through Speicherstadt and HafenCity.
So, it was time to turn that frown upside down!
That is why last month I decided to bring (my) Love to the city. An attempt to overprint the old, sad memories with new, loving ones. Strolling along the Elbe. A culinary tour through Sankt Georg. Having breakfast at A.mora along the Auβenalster. A Dialogue in the Dark with Jens. Currywurst at Mö Grill – twice!
I would call it a successful operation! Nowadays I still think back of Hamburg with some mixed emotions, but a large part of that is at least heartfelt nostalgia for a really nice time together with the person I love… knowing he actually loves me back 🙂