Friday, August 09, 2013

Hanover to Hamburg

When I was student at Edinburgh I did small rail tour of Germany. I think I went to Hamburg on that trip. I can remember being excited about going to a wild area of Germany. I thought I would go down to the docks and spend sometime in some sleazy bars. I can remember being bitterly disappointed when I was walking around Hamburg in the late evening, all I saw was empty shopping streets. I couldn't find the docks, let alone the sleazy bars.

So twenty years later I thought  I would try to sample the delights of Hamburg again. It takes a about two hours on the train to get from Hanover t Hamburg. I got off the train at the main railway station, but I could not find my hotel, or one of the landmarks fort the hotel. My phone told me that my hotel was 7 km away at a place called Hamburg Altona. I then worked out how to use the local S-Bahn to get there. My phone refused to update my position to Hamburg Altona, so it was hard to find my hotel.

After I checked n in I walked around the area. It looked like a very quiet and boring area. Not again I thought. There were some cafes around with groups of people drinking. I went into a small bar. There was no draft beer, so I ended up drinking a bottle of beer. Two older women at the bar were loudly talking about nothing much in particular,but they were women bar flies. I would have liked another beer, but the guy serving was not very interested.

I trudged back to my hotel. Would I ever swing in Hamburg?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Final day in Hanover

So my final day in Hanover was not going to be spoilt by any work related things. I decided to start the day with a Hemingway breakfast. This didn't involve any booze -- much to my surprise and disappointment. I planned to travel to Hamburg n the afternoon, so I spent the morning reading my book, and drinking coffee in the morning. At lunch time I had a couple of beers at an outside cafe.

What are my memories of Hanover? I just remember concrete and the heat. Perhaps I should have explored more beyond the railway station. At lunch i ate a box of Viatamenes food.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Hanover day II

Although it was a holiday for me I was still writing some stupid document for an application. I didn't do much in Hannover. It was so hot that I could only stand to be in my hotel room for abut two hours and then with no T-shirt on -- I was just sweating too much.

I did buy some shorts and a hat. There were a lot of people around. After I had submitted the document I went for a cocktail and beer around 19:00. I went to a kebab shop to get food and there was a junky woman begging for food. She held my hand and rambled. After I gave her a Euro she went to Burger King, because the food was cheaper.

And that was day II.

Hanover day 1

I had booked a short holiday in Germany before I knew I would be leaving Germany in September. I planed to spend two nights in Hannover. However I had soem work related deadline for the first day of the holiday, but in the end I decided to go and finish my work thing off in the hotel.

I arrived in Hanover on Sunday evening.  It was very hot still. There was a big pedestrian area in fro of the man railway station. After a little messing around and frankly not helped by the GPS in my phone I found the hotel. The  hotel looked shut even though it was only 21:00. I pushed the buzzer and the a voice said "hello Mr McNeile we are on holiday, but the key is in your room.", so that was all right.

I then wandered around fro a bit. It was Sunday night so a lot of places were closed. I did have a beer in the Jack the ripper pub which served traditional London beers such as Stella and New castle Brown.
After that I picked up some beer at the kiosk and went back to my hotel room and watched TV.