So I’ve finally found my spot in Hamburg. I don’t know why it took me so long, the center of town is usually my scene. Anyway so the airbnb advertisement was a bit misleading; this isn’t actually a flat but more of an apart/hotel. Which means there’s german cable and free wifi but no kitchen and no laundry facilities. But not to worry, the days of the bucket wash have been suspended; there is a Laundromat around the corner.
Now Steindamm is a street with a lot of Turkish produce, casinos and sex shops. My direct neighbour is an entire sex complex, with a men’s only sauna and a porno theater on the top floor, and the store underneath. The ‘bouncer’ has nicknamed me “Scherbatsky” after the How I met your Mother character and he’s been quite helpful in getting me situated in my new hood. Most of the ladies on my floor work the street at night. They have different reactions to my student status. One thinks I’m super sweet the other seems to harbor a bit of resentment but she’s okay. The building manager played a little game with me where he didn’t speak English for the first two weeks but now he does, and lets me use his percolator to make morning coffee. It’s not very good though. So usually I go out. The thing about Steindamm is that it’s right next to the stylish gay neighbourhood and I sometimes head over there and spoil myself with croissants and coffee. Today there was a street festival. It was pretty lame in the morning but turned into an almost outdoor club at night, complete with dance mix ’95. There were lots of interesting things for sale, my favourite being handmade double decker high tea trays or whatever they’re called. There is also a great park around here and square with an impressive fountain surrounded by outdoor cafe chairs. Although it’s not for everyone, for me this place is the bomb. Thank you sexy Steindamm for welcoming me in!