Since I first moved away from Hamburg many years ago, there was not a single time when it did not feel warm around my heart when I stepped out of the Hamburg airport terminal building onto the street. Whether I came for 2 days or for one and a half years, it always felt right to be there.
This time I came for 6 days and then again for 3 days a week later. I used the time to catch up with dear friends and family, with people I usually miss most while living on the other side of the globe, and to meet people I may come to miss even more in future. I strolled along the streets and run around the Aster lake. I caught up with my parents and with my sister and saw some very cherished friends. I went to a museum and out till dawn. I reckon, I made the most of my time. The most important thing I want to do here is to express my thanks and my gratitude to a lot of people for taking the time to see me and taking the effort to make me feel welcome and home yet again.
I thank my parents for harbouring me and for tolerating the chaos I caused in their home. I thank my sister for coming over from Bremen twice to see me and for forgiving that I did not take as much time for her as I probably should have. I thank Ann-Kristin and Florian for travelling half across the country in order to spend a few hours together and to catch up. And I especially thank Fil for taking some time out of his these days really busy life and for coming over all the way from Scotland to catch up. I thank Nam and his family for their never ending help and support and I am most grateful to a whole bunch of people who I saw over the time in Hamburg. Thank you all for making me happy. It means a lot. I will see you all again. And those who I did not manage to see this time – I will see you again too.
Yet, I am not one of the people who can stay home long. I have already been to Moscow and to Stuttgart and I am actually typing this post as the plane is approaching the Funchal airport on Madeira. Life is beautiful and it goes on. Where ever it will take me next, I will see you again, Hamburg. And I will see my friends. You are my family. Until then!