First off, there is no excuse for not telling this story before now. I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks, and by now you should know I am in Abuja, Nigeria. Went to Lagos for a bit (that’s the story about the singing pilot), and I’ve got at least one trip there more before I leave.

For now though, let’s backtrack to the middle of February and attempt to pick up from where I stopped in this first one. So I was to lead a session on ‘Political campaigning and reporting: Quick click no engagement’, and on the panel were amazing people drawn from different yet relevant fields, ‘grandfathers in the industry’ if you like. Was such a privilege!

I can’t get over the official at Immigration calling someone on the phone to ‘verify/confirm’ my visa which I got in England but let’s just call that incredible and move on.

I got into Hamburg, and not only did I immediately regret not learning a word of German before I set out, it amuses me that I asked the Immigration official “what’s the name of this airport please”? He smiled and said, “Hamburg Airport”, and I imagined what I would have said/the look I would have had on my face if someone had asked me that silly question. SMH at you FGS, what else could it have been called? Lagos Airport?

Anyway, got a taxi to my lodgings, Superbude St Georg, a hostel type, bed and breakfast set up. Really lovely! And the art in the lounge was amazing! Dang!

By the way, the cabbie from the airport ride was/is a crook. The fare came to €23.20 and I gave him €50.  He asked if I wanted a receipt, I said yes and so he wrote one for €25 and gave me €25 change. When I complained that the meter read something lower he said something about me claiming it back anyway and drove off. Crook.

Back to St Georg, I slept, Skyped my folks and loved ones to let them know I got in ok, and then it was time to explore!

My room was on the fifth floor, and I immediately purposed in my heart that I would use the stairs the entire time I was there to keep my #Fitfam business going. And I did!

First off I needed to find a sim, and I was particularly interested in something with a data plan because I wanted to be able to use BBM, check my mails on the go, and Instagram too (he he he).

After walking about for a bit, I ended up in a relatively large shopping mall called Reål, housing things like Mc Donalds (and other eateries), a laundromat, a recycling center for bottles (really cool stuff), Tmobile (and co), a department store, those kinds of things.

Let’s do a few pictures here shall we?

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I liked the odd shapes of these perfume bottles… I actually arranged them like this to take this picture!

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Take away pack… lol…

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Too many people smoking!!! Sheesh!!! Look at that hand dropping a stub even as I was taking that photo!

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Ah ha!! This is the SIM I settled for…

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Alcohol for the man dem! SMH… This one still has the barley inside sef…

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Recycling machine for bottles – really cool. Someone explained to me but I’m not sure if I understood them well. Apparently, you get some money according to the amount of recycling you do. It’s not a whole lot, but it’s something.

 

I bought a sausage roll, vanilla pudding (yum), fruits, and some water for my room, and soon as I saw that the chocolates were cheaper (and it wasn’t just about the exchange rate), I got some too. Got out of the supermarket and it occurred to me that I wasn’t sure of the way home!

Then I saw the Siemens and IBM buildings (became very important landmarks for me), and I found my way home!

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The evening, and the morning, the first day!

 

 

 

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  1. livelytwist says:

    Lol, it’s always nice to learn a few words of the foreign language of the country you’re visiting or walk around with a phrase book or app. But it seems you did just fine.

    In NL, when you buy a product that needs to be recycled, say a 1.5L bottle of coke, some money (statiegeld, about 25 cents), is deducted automatically at checkout. This is the incentive to recycle the bottle and collect a piece of paper that guarantees the recycled amount (about 25 cents per bottle), will be deducted from your total purchase. No cash back, but it works.

    So what did you talk about in the session you led?

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    • You’re in NL, as in the Netherlands? I’m there in a few days!!! Whoop!! Amazing! We should totally meet up if you have a minute!

      My session was on ‘Political campaigning and reporting – quick click no engagement’…

      As for me going there totally unprepared about languages, my dear, I’ve given up on myself! But the adventure always makes these gaffes worth it!

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