Wednesday in Hamburg

02009-10-09 | Photos | 2 comments

We left the hotel at 10:00. Before entering the Autobahn to Hamburg we drove by several Berlin landmarks: Siegessäule, Olympic Stadion, Waldbühne – the latter built on the site of an ancient Germanic Thing meeting spot.

We arrived in Hamburg around 13:30. Jon and I had lunch in the hotel restaurant. Ordered Kohlroulladen, to continue our exploration of German cooking. I expected a mixture of onions and cabbage rolled into a thin slice of meat, but it turned out to be meat rolled into a cabbage leaf.

At four we drove to the KulturKirche – culture church – in Altona, the first of three concerts in churches in a row. Lutherans sure are different. This church sold beer in bottles before the concert. (((I think the Lutheran church in Köln even has a bar built into the building)))

These three churches are functioning Lutheran churches, all old and beautiful. The natural reverb can be a challenge and we could not perform here with the band, but it makes for a lush guitar sound. The heating is limited to 18ºC, which is 64.4ºF, to preserve the large pipe organs. I wore two layers and made sure my hands were warmed up before I started.

After the concert I signed a few CDs as this was the only location were albums were sold at the concert – a local CD store had asked permission to sell CDs. A man told me his friend had attended my concert in Munich and quickly SMSed – he pronounced it zimzing, which I enjoyed – that he should go to this performance. The verb smsing – zimzing – is cool, but the word Handy for mobile phone is awful. Jon suggested that a phone is a phone is a phone. Who cares at this point whether it is a landline or a mobile. It certainly isn’t the status symbol it was when only a few people had a car phone. To say, call me on my car phone probably impressed people circa 1990.


  1. Boris

    LOL!! So true. We made a verb out of it for quite some time. “Du kannst mir das ja s(i)msen.” Ok, we say “schick mir ne SMS” of course as well. But there are some words – it’s so funny – that u can speak without vocals. At grammar school a colleagues name was “Inken” and we found that it was a name you could say without even opening your mouth, but certainly without actually needing the vocal to speak out the name because from how we intonate the “n” (not “en” just “n”), it already sounds like this. Try to say “sms” as one word and no individual letters and you are there.

  2. dave

    An OL version of Churchscapes. ;-)


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