It doesn’t necessarily have to be the „new year, new you! get ready for a fresh start!“-shoutout, but maybe it’s a new year’s resolution anyways: to start running, to try this sport. Being interested in running is the first step, and I want to show some of my personal experiences. Take care, as this sport might get you attached ;)
Auch wenn es kein „Neues Jahr, neues Glück! Bereit für den Neustart!“-Schrei ist, kann es ein guter Vorsatz für’s neue Jahr sein: mit dem Laufen anzufangen und diesen Sport auszuprobieren. Sich für das Laufen zu interessieren, ist der erste Schritt in diese Richtung, und ich möchte von ein paar persönlichen Erfahrungen berichten. Aber vorsicht, dieser Sport macht süchtig ;)
EN | Where to travel, where to stay? – Hamburg and Stuttgart
I’ve been living in Hamburg for more than one month now, I’ve moved because I’m doing my internship here. I know the city from so many trips, and even after getting my internship here, I realised that Hamburg used to be my dream city to live in when I was 15! It was so strange when it struck me, because I had totally forgotten. For Stuttgart, it is the other way around: I’ve lived there for two decades and now I’m only a visitor. The memories of Stuttgart are still dear to me, and I’m always excited to visit my family and friends. I want to tell you about my personal experiences with both cities, because if you’re not living in one of those cities, you might want to know what they are like, and what changes when you shift from tourist to citizen.
When I fist visited the city in 2011, it greeted me with drizzle. The first walk through the city was around the Binnenalster – a place I still love to visit every time I am in town. For me, it is the center from where to go to any place else: the central station, the shops and shopping malls, the sights such as the city hall and the churches, and the Speicherstadt and Cruise Terminal.
My favourite place to visit in Hamburg also stayed the same. Whenever I visited Hamburg for a short trip or showing it to friends, I try to visit the Landungsbrücken. For me, it is a place full of life and together with the harbour atmosphere, you just get the impression that this is the place where Hamburg opens itself to the world. If a cruise ship belongs to Hamburg, it is also launched here. (I might or might not have seen a concert of Helene Fischer during such a ceremony… ;) )
Just like in many other cities, it isn’t that easy to get a flat in Hamburg. I am very lucky to have found a good one which I’m sharing with a friend of mine. Now that I live here, I have also got to know the suburbs, and I have to say that I feel very welcomed and happy here in Hamburg. The daily life is still exciting, and the encounters were always nice, especially with the collegues at work and some of the many runners. If you have the chance, come for a visit. If you take a chance, stay forever. On the long run, I think that Hamburg is too far away from my family to live here forever. But I would advise anyone who is considering yet still unsure. :)
I was living in Stuttgart for twenty years, and I’m already looking forwards to going home for another weekend. Having lived there makes me view the city totally different from a tourist, but there are also two places I would advise any visitor to see, just as I’m showing them to any friend who wants to see something of my hometown.
Of course, you should also visit the town, which is nicest in summer. When on a shopping tour, you can chill out on the lawn in front of the castle, which is in the middle of everything. If interested, you can also give the Wilhelma a try. It is a zoo, yet it also accommodates a big variety of tropical plants. Especially when they blossom, the gardens and greenhouses are definitely worth to see. I also heard that the Wilhelma built some new vivariums for the apes which was overdue, so this would be a very positive change.
The place I love the most is the forest around my hometown. This is where all the fun and activities throughout my whole life took place, whether it was tobogganing when I was little or running when I was older ( – this is where everything started!). Wherever I am, I miss it very much.
Stuttgart is a very beautiful city to live in. Whether I could live there forever, I still try to find out. The urge to move out two years ago was very strong, yet so is the urge to move back home now. I guess I will find out eventually. For now, I’m just looking forwards to seeing my family and friends, the forest and the Canstatter Wasn!
DE | Hamburg und Stuttgart: Nur ein City Trip oder ein richtiges Zuhause?
Schon seit mehr als einem Monat wohne ich nun in Hamburg. Ich bin für mein Praktikumsjahr hierher umgezogen. Ich kannte die Stadt bereits durch viele Besuche und erst nachdem ich meinen Praktikumsplatz hier bekommen habe, ist mir aufgefallen, dass Hamburg meine Traumstadt war, als ich 15 war! Das hatte ich total vergessen und es war eine wirklich seltsame Wiederentdeckung. Mit Stuttgart ist es genau das Gegenteil. Dort habe ich zwanzig Jahre lang gelebt und nun bin ich nur noch ein Besucher. All die Erinnerungen an mein Leben in Stuttgart sind noch immer sehr präsent und natürlich freue ich mich immer, meine Familie und Freunde zu sehen. Ich möchte Euch daher von meinen persönlichen Erfahrungen und Eindrücken der beiden Städte berichten, denn wenn man nicht dort lebt, ist es sicher interessant, einen genaueren Einblick zu erhalten. Ich versuche, zu erklären, wie verschieden man die Städte als Gast kennenlernt oder als Anwohner erlebt.