I have just returned from Germany where I was visiting for a study tour. Since reunification of Germany in 1989, the country is still in the process of being rebuilt. The skylines of both Hamburg and Berlin are populated with large building cranes. Germany is a country of dramatic history which I will be narrating in the next few posts.
Hamburg had a beautiful modern harbor area but the rest of the city was just like any other city. I was only in Hamburg for 2 days so I did not get to see much of the everyday life there. Berlin, on the other hand, reminded me of a very large flee market with vendors selling old and new items. There is a lot of graffiti and street art yet there is also newly developed areas and old neighborhoods. The city of Berlin was built to accommodate 9 million people but now only 3 million people live there. The public transportation system, built before the Berlin Wall existed, is massive. At some stations like Alexander Plaz, there are 4 levels of trains under the ground.
Since Germany has more space than Denmark, Hamburg and Berlin had wider sidewalks with trees and small gardens in front of buildings and houses.
I really wished that I would have had more time in Berlin. What I saw I liked very much even to the extent that I could picture myself learning German and living there for a few years.