“Rain, heavy rain, thunder and lightening and temperatures between 9 and 18 degrees” this was the weather forecast for Tuesday, June 9th – typical Hamburg Schietwetter! Before we started the harbor tour as part of the New and Prospective Members’ Event, the ladies who had signed up had to learn this Hamburg expression from me. Schietwetter is informal and harmless Hamburg slang for bad weather. Don’t be surprised if German people laugh when you use it!
It was slightly drizzling when Beth, Carola, Christy, Tina and I got on the boat at 16:00, but ten minutes later it cleared up – we sat on deck, enjoyed our cappuccinos or other drinks and even had some sunny spells. The explanations on the harbor tour were in German only, and all of us took turns in translating the info for Christy. We listened to the detailed explanations about the container terminals and the Köhlbrandbrücke, saw some parts of an enormous yacht that a business man is having built, enjoyed the lovely view of Blankenese - and among many other things we also saw the carcass of the new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie – I am very much looking forward to the first concerts in there. If you have not done a harbour tour yet: It takes one hour, although you can also book longer tours, costs 12 Euros and is thoroughly worthwhile.
After the tour we walked up to the Empire Riverside Hotel and had coffee at the “David’s Place” lounge, next to Activity Report: New and Prospective Members’ Event, June 9 by Regina Daumann the lobby. Later on, in the lounge and bar “20up”, 90 meters above the roofs of Hamburg, we had drinks with the new members Brenda, Denise, Elizabeth, Michele and Sarah.
Prospective members Bettina, Jilleen, Meredith, Roba, Sally and Silke (two of them have joined our Club in the meantime – welcome!) - and six longterm members also joined us. All the ladies conversed for a really long time. Most of the dark clouds had gone and the view of the Elbe, the harbour and the city itself was wonderful. So: Never trust a bad weather forecast – and: come along to the next New Members’ Event!
(more photos in the photo gallery)
originally published in Currents Aug/Sep 2009