Ok, so I’m feeling a wince at the incorrect German but for comedy effect, it’s staying. Having felt quite chuffed 10 years previously at the end of my German language G.C.S.E exam I thought a holiday would be a great way of seeing what I remembered. After a series of awkward hand gestures and fading at the 3rd syllable of incredibly long words I quickly realised my Deustch was the wurst. Fortunately for me, the friend I had gone to visit spoke German fluently and was able to help clear up my car crash of sounds. Thank you kindly Amazing Miss Alice. I had the pleasure of meeting her lovely little hamsters – Hannah and Sophie – in a previous post, you can meet them too if you follow the Amazing Miss Alice link.
If you thought my holiday in Hamburg was just a jolly, think again! We spent lots of effort on moseying, kicking back, hanging out, mooching and swinging. And drawing. Don’t forget the drawing.
My first picture of St. Marien Cathedral was a bit of a warm up, which is why it looks representative of the leaning tower of Pisa opposed to a cathedral…
Hand cramp and numb fingers told me it might be a good idea to head inside. Pew numbers and a stained glass window took my fancy –
Whilst drawing the window, I was lucky enough to be treated to the organist’s practise time. The dramatic music penetrating every bit of my head made me feel like I should have been in Mordor or something but I always manage to leave my Ring at home, dammit. I couldn’t decide whether an elf leap or a hobbit waddle was more appropriate but I made my way to a good view of the dwarfed musician.
It was truly incredible; the sound of the organ filling every corner of the cathedral, filling my head, every space as I walked to the door and into silence.
Well, the relative silence of outside. I later drew the train station Hauptbahnhof (a few stops down from Hasslehof):
And the spire of St Georgs as viewed from Hauptbahnhof: