Spent the day riding my bike through Hamburg exploring one of the largest shipping ports for Europe. It was a beautiful day and Germans were out everywhere enjoying the weekend. One thing I noticed here more than Berlin or anyplace else in Europe, except Rome; Germans here are very affectionate people. They not only walk hand in hand but quite often I saw couples of all ages walking with arms wrapped around each other. Dozens of couples in their 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s embracing while strolling down the boulevard wherever i stopped to look or snap a few photos. Fathers holding hands with their sons,mor walking with arms around each others shoulders. Moms holding hands with teenage daughters, and of course lovers locked together everywhere. You don’t see this in America, not this much. Not even in Las Vegas where thousand go for ” that romantic get-away” were there as many people embracing like I saw here. I got the feeling family was on top of the importance list here. It’s too bad Americans don’t see this. I think we could all learn something.
Another thing I observed; America’s fastfood craze is taking hold here. That is not a good thing. In the Czech Republic and south through Italy, fastfood was more of an anomaly. Here it’s everywhere. The effects of it can be seen in the people. One thing that hasn’t taken hold like America, you certainly can’t get your drink “super sized”. When you order a soda, what you get is a 0.2 liter bottle. That’s less than half the size of a regular can of soda….and it costs 5,00€, or about $7.50 for a sip of soda. The beer on the other hand comes in big and bigger. Costs less too. Go figure….
Teenagers can drink beer and wine at 14, go to clubs at 16 with a letter from mom, drink hard alcohol at 18 and puke on the sidewalk just like American teens….holy sheet, I feel old today. I just can’t see this as OK. When I get home, I will be putting my daughter into lockdown until she’s 21. She just turned 13 and its already beginning to scare me. Just kidding sweetheart……or not!
Today was also Hamburgs international triathlon event. Held downtown with top athletes from all over the world, ( the American won). He was so far ahead of the other participants it was almost sad. It was interesting to watch the bike section through the downtown streets.
And then the art junk I have been producing with a limited editor on the iPad.