Most of the week was pretty uneventful, so I won’t bore you all the details like I usually do. We worked most of the week getting ready for our presentation to Old El Paso, which went pretty well. After that, Jon and I celebrated by making delicious Old El Paso Chicken Enchiladas and that was really the highlight of the week. On Friday night, we all went out to Zoe’s (again) and to a couple other bars. I planned to sleep at Justin’s Friday night so we could hang out the next day, but when we went home, Justin lost his keys and Matt was completely passed out and didn’t wake up to us banging on the door for 30 minutes so we slept at our friend, Uli’s flat.
The Perfect Day
Justin and I woke up around 10 and left Uli’s but as we walked out of her room, her roommate walked by and gave us the most awkward look ever. We didn’t realize how bad it would look for Uli to have 2 guys walk out of her room on a Saturday morning. Justin and I laughed about it all the way to the train station. We headed to Justin’s, picked up Matt and headed to the harbor for Red Bull Cliff Diving. Red Bull was sponsoring a high diving competition where all these divers jump from the top of one the ships doing all kinds of crazy maneuvers. Needless to say, it was awesome!
Red Bull Cliff Diving
After the Red Bull thing, Matt headed to school to do a project and Justin and I met up with Emmet, Jon and his girlfriend, Denise. Justin wanted to take us to a curry wurst place he found so we wandered the streets of St. Pauli until we came across it. I have to say, although I haven’t had it very much, but it was the best curry wurst I’ve ever had.
From there, Denise led us to this area of the city where artists come from all around Hamburg to contribute to this public art space. It’s really just an alley in the middle of a bunch of old buildings covered with art. Some of the stuff was really cool and the whole idea of public art was really cool to me. Although really cool, Denise was telling me developers want to destroy the buildings and build new office buildings and condos, but the city and artists are fighting to keep it what it is. I really hope this area stays preserved for a long time to come.
Hidden Art Street
As the day went on, we wandered along the streets, going into shops, taking pictures of the city and we came across Alster fest. It was this little carnival going on with live music, games, and all kinds of great smelling treats. After that, we stopped at this burger joint called “Jim’s Block”. Jon had been talking about it all day so we had to check it out. It wasn’t as good as the curry wurst but still pretty tasty. Then we decided to all buy movie tickets to “Inglourious Basterds”, the new movie by Quentin Tarantino with Brad Pitt that is all about killing Nazis. The movie wasn’t for a couple of hours, so Jon and Emmet went home to relax, but Justin and I decided to hang around and check out some bars.
Tasty treats at Alster fest
We went this place called “American Bar” at Happy Hour so we decided to order the coolest sounding drink on the menu, which was called a “Harvey Wallbanger”, which also became the inside joke of the night. After a few cocktails, we stumbled into this medieval times style shop down the street. They had these awesome toy swords and axes, along with a full assortment of armor and chain mail…so of course we had to try it all out. After almost getting kicked out, I bought a hilarious, giant novelty pen, we met up with Decker and went into the movie.
Getting Harvey Wallbanged
The movie was incredible! Classic Tarantino and one of Brad Pitt’s best acting jobs. We thought it would be really awkward to watch it in a theatre full of Germans, but it was only weird when we were all laughing at certain parts when the rest of the theatre was silent. As the climatic final scene was going on, we started hearing explosions going on outside. As we got out the movie, we were greeted by an amazing firework display over the Alster lake right in front of us!
After all of this excitement, we decided to finish up at Zoe’s where a group of Miami Ad School kids were. So we went, had a few “bangers” (term we gave every drink thanks to our inside joke), and Justin and I headed out. We split a kebab, then I got on the train, watched an episode of “East Bound and Down” (one of my new favorite shows) on my computer and fell asleep.
Ending at Zoe's with Justin and Decker
It was pretty much a perfect day; probably the most fun day I’ve spent in Hamburg. Great people and a great city is really all you need. I’ve always said, the best days are the ones you don’t plan and you just kinda go with the flow, and this day was the perfect example.