Taking advantage of the fact that our entire JIG class was in Hamburg for a 2 weeks training course, we decided to discover the city as a group in a unique way, by joining an alternative guided tour.
We explored the city with an Australian guide, an art student who has been living in Hamburg for the past couple of years. His background, his interests and his personal connections were valuable when looking for the right places to see and enjoy.
We discovered the different districts and got to appreciate the street art and graffiti. Our guide told us countless stories about old buildings, art trends and popular places. One of the most interesting stories he shared, was about a Hamburgers’ tradition to throw a pair of shoes onto the electrical wires, or the trees when moving out of a neighborhood as a sign of leaving a part of their “soul” with the other residents.
The tour lasted 2 hours and we concluded our day with a meal, in a restaurant near the Alter Lake. It was time for us to go back to the hotel and to get a good night’s sleep before an intensive week of training in the headquarters.