Maybe I should take up blogging again. At least give it a try. It’s a good time to start now when we’re visiting this favourite city of mine. Yesterday liebe Jytte prepared the most delicious breakfast for us and today liebe Signe will get married! Jytte also helped me to sort out some tax stuff, and finally all the paper work should be done. I didn’t manage to close my German bank account since banks apparently close at 1 pm on Fridays, but I guess that only gives me one more reason to visit Hamburg soon again. :)
Hamburg is its old itself.
Smiling faces are still decorating Hamburg. (Apparently one old man is making smiling faces all over Hamburg)
Finnair has an extraordinary way of combining function and style. And in my opinion, also to be one step before their competitors. Their cooperation with Marimekko is a win-win situation for both brands on international markets. I was lucky to get a shoot of their Marimekko flight while watching some Finnish snow-how at Helsinki Airport.
I’m walking for the last day through the city center of Hamburg and I couldn’t agree more with the article in yesterday’s Länsiväylä. The article states that other cities, especially the city of Espoo in Finland, should follow the city planning policy in Hamburg.
The article is unfortunately in Finnish, but the conclusion is that the city is sparse, green, beautiful, clean and homely.
The sun stopped shining, the fall came to Hamburg, and it’s time for candles and candle light dinners. I had never made risotto before (nor drunken goldwater, with real pieces of gold!). So easy and delicious, maybe my new speciality? But I doubt the risotto will taste this good back in Finland without Jytte. ;)
Reflecting back on my 10 months in Germany, I haven’t experienced that many cultural differences. Of course, there are always different ways of thinking in different countries, but the overall mentality is quite similar to the Finnish way of thinking. For example, last week I met a friend for dinner. I hadn’t heard from her since we agreed on the appointment two weeks before, but I knew she would show up. This would not happen in southern Europe. So in general, if Germans say/agree on something, you can count on it. I like that a lot.
But there are two cultural differences I usually mention when I get this question. The first one is bureaucracy. Oh my… How can it be this difficult to get out of this country? ;)
The second thing is drinking while eating. I’m usually the only one to buy a drink for lunch. I still don’t know how it is possible to eat a pizza for lunch without drinking anything at all. Meanwhile, they drink a lot at the office while working. This is something I have adapted to (and now I’m thirsty all the time ;) ).