Jun. 19th, 2012


Jun. 19th, 2012 05:17 pm
abouthalfthree: black on white lino print of a domestic street (Default)
I have about a minute and a half to say that I am safely in Hamburg.

The hostel is very pleasant, except for the snoring roommates.

Hamburg itself is a lovely city.

It is also extremely nice to be visiting at a time when one can wander the streets at 8.30 at night in a teeshirt and take photos of things.

>More later

The city of Sophronia is made up of two half-cities. In one there is the great roller coaster with its steep humps, the carousel with its chain spokes, the Ferris wheel of spinning cages, the death-ride with crouching motorcyclists, the big top with the clump of trapezes hanging in the middle. The other half-city is of stone and marble and cement, with the bank, the factories, the palaces, the slaughterhouse, the school, and all the rest. One of the half-cities is permanent, the other is temporary, and when the period of its sojourn is over, they uproot it, dismantle it, and take it off, transplanting it to the vacant lots of another half-city.

~ Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino