My roommate told me Monki was her favorite store in Hamburg. We went in and it was like going into a Disko. I was totally cracking up.
SEE? LOOK AT THIS.
P.S. I think us Mormons need to find a drink that will bring us together ASAP. And that Mormon coffee stuff, what is it? That stuff does not count that stuff is nasty. Let’s get on that now. Start finding a drink that will turn our culture into this, yo. 🙂 Maybe something with cinnamon and loads of whipped cream. Like, lots of whipped cream. And we’ll call it the… I don’t know. Brainstorm, people. Let’s hear your ideas.
I love these people.
This, my friends, is Abercrombie and Fitch.
Yes. Abercrombie & Fitch.
Like they turned it into an old looking church (maybe it was an old church, I’m not sure) and painted men gone steroids all over the walls.
And look at the statue of that due on the bottom.
I’m serious, people. There is something sickly wrong with this.
And we had to wait in line outside to go in. I think it’s a marketing thing to make people wait outside to go into the store. Do they do that in any stores in the U.S.?
And there are chandeliers! Chandeliers! I was cracking up.
And I have actually not been in an Abercrombie where there’s a half-naked dude standing there with girls lined up to take their pictures with him. I was so immature, I was cracking up at everything. Totally snorting and just, yeah.
I will admit, I’ve got some respect for Abercrombie after their Senior VP came to the U and talked about how they went from a nearly white employee store to establishing a diverse culture. That was pretty cool.
Starbucks looks pretty rad in this older building.
Hamburg was so much fun and I love Petra and her family. They are all so sweet, patient, and welcoming. They drove me to a part in Kiel where I would meet Rüdiger and his wife and hang out with them for the night. There was a Duckstein Fest Saturday night, which happens in Kiel every year, although it usually rains. It was a sunny day and the place was packed. Duckstein is a beer brand that sponsors the fest each year.
Our food. Rüdiger told me to get a cocktail without alcohol, so I got a Piña Colada. Why is it blue? Haha. and there were fried bananas. The best.
Renada, Rüdiger’s wife, kept making us try her food cause she was in love with it. 🙂 (Hers is the top left one). Spence, I thought of you and knew you would have gone crazy with the food. It felt like a day at the farmer’s market and I missed you terribly.
Right on the water.
A woman named Theresa came from Nashville, Tennessee. She sang Summertime and I nearly lost it. She was so good, people. She was oh, so good. And then she sang Proud Mary by Tina Turner and gosh it was so fun! She did so good. She kept trying to get the audience to shout back and get into the song with her, but they were all too quiet. I was cracking up.
All these Germans getting their dance moves on.
This is one of my favorite things about Europe. Sitting outside with a drink (mine being Fanta), getting a snack (mine being a nutella and banana crepe), and chatting outside. I love the tall tables they have where you stand and share with random strangers and drink. It is such a wonderful atmosphere. I love it.
If you haven’t seen these before, this is typical German. They’re kind of like those nasty little Valentine hearts that say cute things on them, except these are giant cookies.