One of the things I haven’t done enough of is exploring the city I now call home. I moved here and then got caught up in daily life and really haven’t played tourist. Since today was a rare sunny day and I had nothing at all planned given it is the Easter long weekend, I decided to explore my neighbourhood.
My neighbourhood contains the Hagenbeck Tierpark – the local city zoo which is a mere 20 mins walk from my house and which I’ve walked past many times but never actually visited. However, today was not going to be the day for that given that half of Hamburg seemed to be lined up outside. No, today I was going to explore the large park and surrounding area just next to the zoo.
What I didn’t expect to find on the top of a hill in the park was this.
After wandering around the park I decided to find out what lay down the road leading away from it. What I found was not what I expected to find in the middle of suburbia.
I then got hopelessly lost. Found an off-leash dog park. Got lots of doggie snugglies and came to the realisation that I simply can not speak German to dogs. Dogs must be spoken to in English much to the surprise of their owners (the dogs didn’t seem to mind). I remained lost for a good long while until I found the zoo again.
I then decided to take a different way home. During which I stumbled upon a circus, as one does.
Then to prove to myself that I really need to get out more. I discovered this at the end of my street.
That’s right, the street I have lived on for just over a year has a large mosque at the end of it which I have failed to notice. In my defence, my street is long and is a weird dog leg shape so you can’t see the other end of it from my end, but still, embarrassing to say the least.
It was an extremely pleasant way to spend 2.5 hours on a sunny Easter Sunday and something I really must do more of as the weather improves. This city has proven once again that it really does contain many surprises.