Hamburg – Day 1

Hello guys! I went to Hamburg from 08/19 to 08/22 to visit my friends, Julia and Ornella, who are doing their internship in a translation company there and I promised myself to blog about it while it’s still fresh in my memory!

It’s my 2nd time in the city and it was much more memorable than the 1st time, 6 years ago. Germany is a country I really like and this is definitely not my last time there!

Since I was really busy writing a paper for school (yes, in the middle of August haha), I didn’t really have time to actually plan a schedule in advance so I just relied on my friends’ recommendations once I was there. It was a bit messy but I had lots of fun! Here is the first day of my trip (Image-heavy post)


Day 1 – August 19th

Right after getting off the coach around 10AM, I realized I made a huge mistake in the choice of clothes I brought with me. Hamburg is a city by the sea so there’s a lot of wind so it’s more cold compared to Paris in August! Fortunately, my friend Julia lent me a coat and a warm scarf for the remainder of my stay.

After brunching in a café nearby her flat, where I sort of put my broken German to use, we went to Tierpark Hagenbeck! It’s a zoo, but we only bought tickets for the aquarium. We didn’t know it until we saw it but there were still animals that weren’t fishes like lemurs, charmelons, crocodiles, snakes, mongooses or frogs. The first thing that actually struck me is that a lot of animals weren’t locked in a cage, that’s not a really common thing but it makes it more enjoyable! (captions in hover)

We took a break from wildlife and went to Jungfernstieg, from where we made our way to the city hall (Rathaus)! The building is really beautiful but the weather wasn’t when I took my pictures… At the center of the Rathaus, there was a big fountain. It was quite impressive! We did some shopping at Flying Tiger too, I really love this shop ❤️

Balzac Coffee is a coffee shop chain that is as present as Starbucks in the city so I tried it out for the first time, with a matcha shake and a gouda bagel. I didn’t really like the matcha shake tbh, it was slightly weird but it happens! On the other hand, the other beverages were all delicious 🙂

Then, we wanted to go to the Elbphilarmonie to have a nice view of the city but the line was too long and it was raining a lot so we decided to go on another day. Instead, we took a rest before dinner.

I had a currywurst at Café Borchers, it was my first time eating this and it was delicious! A bit strage at the beginning, because the gravy basically tastes like BBQ sauce mixed with curry powder but once you let the taste sink in, it’s all good. ☺️

On every trip to Germany, I’m careful not to jaywalk because I was told you can get fined for this (and have some little children yell at you) but I saw some German people doing it there (#thuglife) so it had me wondering if there were exceptions… I don’t think so, haha.

I was wondering if I should invest in a good camera too. My smartphone’s camera is alright, yet I want better picurea nd I don’t see myself having those reflex cameras with big lenses. Is there a compromise between the two ?

Comments (10)

  • Rin

    August 23, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I’ve been to Germany once around 7 years ago. I think I went to a place named Black Forest or something during winter. Haha. There were so many cuckoo clocks there.

    Hamburg looks like an interesting place to visit! It’s nice to have friends to show you places since you don’t have to do the research yourself haha. The places you went to looks fun as well and the pictures you took are really nice.

    I was also thinking the same thing about the good camera. I always take photos with my phone but sometimes it’s just a bit too troublesome having to hold on to that small device. I’m planning to get a point and shoot or mirrorless camera since they’re not too bulky like those cameras with big lenses.

  • Lethe

    August 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Yessss, good job blogging while it’s still fresh!

    I love the photos of the zoo, and that fountain is gorgeous. I’m glad to hear you had an enjoyable time even without planning ahead. <3 Your friends sound sweet.

    I had currywurst for the first time about a year ago or so. My mother, who had lived in Germany for some time, is really fond of it. I bought a bunch of cheap ones that you can warm up in the microwave though, and… after several packages of that, I grew sick of it. But ordering them at the restaurant is waaaay better. <3

  • Miha

    August 23, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    ça devait être sympa ce séjour ♥
    les lémuriens sont trop mignons ! 😀 et je pensais pas qu’il y avait un mot anglais pour dire “marcher sur la chaussée”, tu m’impressionnes LMFAOO

    1. Delphine

      October 3, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Oui, les lémuriens sont trop choupis! 😀
      Il y a des mots pour tout hehe

  • Rezina

    August 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Yay! I’m so glad you blogged, haha. Germany sounds like a really cool country! I know someone who went to school there for a year, as a foreign exchange student, and she liked it so much she decided to live there.

    The aquarium you visited looks really cool! That’s awesome that there were other animals aside from just water animals. The architecture in your pictures also looks really pretty!! I’ve noticed that most of the architecture in Europe looks really pretty, haha. It makes me want to go visit but sooo expensive.

    And that’s really interesting about the jay walking thing. I think you can get a fine here in America too but people do it anyways lol.

    1. Delphine

      October 3, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I think I would have liked to do an exchange there haha! Well, maybe in another life!

      It’s true that old architecture buildings in Europe are cool, come visit someday (even if it’s expensive lol) 😉 I want to travel to the US but I don’t know when it will be possible yet hehe

      I don’t think there is a fine in France for jaywalking, if there is one, nobody ever gets fines for that XD

  • Michelle

    August 25, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Germany sounds and looks beautiful. One day I should visit though my ancestry lies in Austria. Ever been there? I wonder about the differences between the two countries, still Germany is pretty!

    1. Delphine

      October 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Austria sounds like a very nice country! I hope you’ll have the chance to go 😀 I hope I’ll have the chance to go as well LOL

  • Pauline

    August 27, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Welcome back to the blogging world – I haven’t seen you blog in a while!! 😊 Really happy to see this up!!

    I haven’t been to Germany myself yet, but it’s definitely up there in a place to go to. I’ve heard lots of awesome things about it. Aww, your friend is such a sweetheart for offering you a coat and scarf to keep you warm. I normally associate Germany as quite a cold place all year round, so definitely always back like it’s snowing 😉 Hahaha, not really but you know what I mean!

    I didn’t really care for aquariums before I went to the huge one in Lisbon. I really loved that one 💖 I’m glad to see you had so much fun there!! Nice photos ^_^

    I actually LOVE gravy. Shamelessly serving it all over my chips 😉

    1. Delphine

      October 3, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Thank you! You know I’m really bad at this haha

      It’s definitely a nice destination for short trips within Europe 😀 I hope you’ll have the chance to go someday hehe I think that the best season to go is Winter because of the Christmas Markets!

      Aquariums are nice as long as they don’t exploit animals for shows, I guess :’)

      and YASS GRAVY!! 💖

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