My buddy Tom from Philly escaped for the weekend from the students he's accompanying on an exchange to Oldenburg. We walked through the old Elbtunnel and across half of Veddel to find Wilhelmsburg, the neighborhood on a river island that the city of Hamburg is trying to turn into a hipster/student/artist enclave.
Matthew and his French coworker Alexandre came to visit me in Hamburg last weekend. I got to do some things and visit places that I usually don't, which was fun. We'd talked about staying up all night (or really late) to go to the Fischmarkt on Sunday morning, but we never made it. Next time!
When I first woke up today, the sun was out, people on twitter were all a-flutter about how bright it was outside. Yes, I check my email and twitterstream on my iPod Touch before I get out of bed.
By the time I got out of bed, got ready for work, and made it out the door, it had started snowing. This was NOT expected. The snow kept getting heavier, the flakes larger, the wind stronger. As I walked down the alley to work, I was holding up one of those large blue Ikea bags to shield me from being pummeled by the force of the wind throwing these huge clumps of snow at me.
This evening, my coworker Svenja pointed out the unusual sunset. We've got a great view from the 6th floor (5th floor as Germans count it) and every once in a while the sky cooperates.