Sunday, May 20, 2012

Stream of Consciousness Sunday - Berlin vs. Hamburg

My head is filled with the events of this weekend. My first weekend in Berlin. My first weekend attending a blogging conference in Europe. My first time seeing so many historical places that I've read about. My first time being surrounded by so many fashionable European women all in one place. I went to Berlin for the Hive blogging conference which my sister Holly told me about when I moved to Germany. The thing about Europe is that everyone has a story and often has about ten different countries they've lived in or are from and ten different languages they speak. This is the norm here. It's a different mentality. It's one of the things I love about Europe. Berlin is in your face about this. Hamburg is very multicultural but less edgy. I feel like Berlin hit me smack in the face and didn't let up the whole time I was there. I feel the dirt of the streets, the grittiness of this huge, artsy, funky, new centre of Europe. I feel that I was experiencing multiple levels of culture shock that I'm still processing. I love Germany so far. I love the frank honesty of Germans. I love the high quality of everything. I feel like Hamburg is polished whereas Berlin likes to be unpolished. Each city with its own unique set of admirers and adorers. Each passionate in their own ways. I want to experience Berlin more, I want to visit every historical site. I want to feel the weight of a city that was divided for so long. But I feel my comfort zone, my happy place now lies in Hamburg. Hamburg is my Vancouver abroad, but much cheaper...although sadly without the mountains.
This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

1. Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
2. Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
3. Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
4. Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
5. Link up your post. 6. Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.

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