I was browsing through YouTube when I came across this video of Bruce Springsteen. The video was taken in 1988 on a street in one of my favourite cities, Copenhagen. According to the comments, Bruce was walking down the street shortly before at concert at a local stadium when he heard a street singer perform his own song. Bruce borrowed a guitar and performed three songs together with the street singer. How cool is that? I wanted to share it since he’s really good live, in this video he’s singing ‘The River’.
Everyone knows about the ups and downs of the Love Parade the past years. I was surprised to hear that this year they found a new location, namely Essen. For the ones who know Germany a bit better know that Essen is located in what is considered to be the ugliest part of Germany (Ruhrgebiet). Since it is close to The Netherlands, and one of my good friends from summer university in Copenhagen lives there I decided to go see it for myself.
Crazy is a good word to describe the day :-) First of all, the city was filled with 1.2 million people all ready to party so Essen was packed. Then there were the visitors: looking crazy, weird, trendy or just plain cheap but who cares. The music that I heard was good, although I really missed Moby (he missed his plane). The after-parties were the best, with a visit to the club ‘Hotel Shanghai‘ as a highlight!
Conclusion: while Essen normally may be quite boring, this weekend was great!
During the few weekends I was there I’ve been doing quite some exploring together with friends. I’ve seen and did way too much to write about it all, so I will just pick some things I would recommend others to go see or do.
Museum: Tate Modern, no doubt. Although I haven’t seen it all, there were great exhibitions at the moment (one of Dali, who I love). The building is huge, so you could easily spend an afternoon there. They have some great cafes in there too with a nice view on the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Shopping: Brick Lane (for the more creative shoppers), Abercrombie & Fitch (cool store and hot half naked guys working there, haha), Paul Smith (great sale shop on Avery Row, but the ones in Notting Hill are beautiful), Topshop (you can get lost in there) and Harvey Nichols (they have all a girl wants).
To See: besides all the standard touristy things, Postman’s Park (tiles from around 1900 paying a tribute to heroes who died while trying to save others), Greenwich Park (great tea house on the hill, and of course the Meridian Line), Canary Wharf (second bank district, take the DLR there) and the Swiss Re building (great architecture).
To Eat & Drink: Pret a Manger (everywhere, love everything about it), Japan Centre (not fancy but great and cheap sushi, go downstairs), Pizza Express (you’ll find it everywhere, it’s a pizza place but it’s a good one), Carluccio’s (again all over town, really nice Italian food and coffees), Smiths of Smithfield (great brunch place, several floors).
I wish I had more time to discover all other great places in London, so I will be back soon!
A draft post which I forgot to publish…
I’ve been working in London now for two weeks, and it has been really interesting so far. The first weekend I arrived, I’ve been exploring St. Thomas hospital for a bit. I turned out to have glandular fever which made me allergic to a certain medicine which I already had been taking for a week. The nurses were really nice and made me all healthy again.
Work has been interesting, since everything is so different! First of all, I start at 9.30! In Amsterdam I always had to start at 8.00, which somehow I actually like better. During the lunch break we don’t all eat together, but people just go out to have lunch. I’ve been doing that as well, and it has been great to be working at Soho Square since there is a little park and many cool lunch places around. People are also really friendly, but it’s hard to tell who means it and who doesn’t.
The city itself is great! I love all the nice little shops, walking around the different areas, hanging out in Hyde and Green Park etc. Coming from a small town, I thought Copenhagen and Amsterdam were big, but London is HUGE. I got lost pretty much every day, and the traffic is terrible. Having delays every day really made me miss my bike, haha. This weekend I will be doing some exploring again, so I’ll be back with more stories and pictures…