Reflections on emigration: the cases of 1850 and 2015

Due to the bad weather forecast yesterday’s planned trip to Lüneberg was turned into a visit to the Ballinstadt Emigration Museum in Veddel instead. Nice and warm and dry. What was first merely a convenient alternative to the original plan turned into an afternoon full of reflection and yes, also some emotions. Today every day…

Germany’s most notorious street

Brothels, strip clubs, sex shops and ‘sex kinos’: the most sinful mile in Germany is located right in the middle of Hamburg. When in the 17th century all noisy and smelly trades were banished to the new ‘Reeperbahn’ or ropewalk between Hamburg and neighbouring Altona it only made sense that the prostitutes would be among…

Finding new routines

Although I only moved here in October, my life already seems to have developed a whole lot of routines. Not that I mind routines of course, I am the master of routine. I have the same food for breakfast every morning, sit in the same chair whenever I can and buy the same groceries every…

New beginnings in Hamburg

Ever since reismee.nl accidentally lost all of my blogs from my Kuwait period I have been thinking about moving my blog. Until now I have had little reason to do so though, as I was living in the good old Netherlands, with little travel related excitement going on. Last November however I relocated to Hamburg,…