I finally got a lie-in and then went exploring Hamburg with Sophie and Matthieu, which was something I didn’t have a chance to do.
We got the Metro (past a station called “Schlump”) to the very beautiful harbour. We walked under a bridge with a tiny homeless shanty town under it- there were people stewing things in pots, decorations tied to the fence and sleeping bags everywhere. I have to say I prefer that way of dealing with the homeless to the UK attitude of “keep moving them on and they’ll just evaporate eventually”.
We stopped for a drink in a gorgeous cosy café (Café Stark) in a little bohemian street, where everything was covered in art. I hate mindless “tagging” but love actual street art/graffiti.
We came across the Reeperbahn (red light district) by accident- just like Vegas but with sex shops and “live shows” instead of casinos! It was a bit disconcerting to see lines of very bored-looking prostitutes outside the fast-food places! Some were actually not bad looking- it is legal in Germany so the “street corner” girls aren’t all scummy crack-addicts. They all dressed like ravers, but less fluorescent.
Bought yummy Rittersport chocolate and got a taxi back to the hotel. Sleeeeeeeppp!
AKA hometime! Hung out at the airport with Sophie, Matthieu and Kumi, found Movenpick ice-cream (vanilla yoghurt with poppy seeds and lavender) and after waving the Frenchies off, Kumi and I hit the VIP lounge. Free Baileys, free wi-fi, comfy sofas, yummy food, and piles of pickled onions for some reason. Both our flights were delayed (apparently some volcano went off) ;o)
Thanks Kumi for charming the very hot attendants into letting me onto her flight. Got back into London accompanied by the Bondinage and Velda Lauder team… and Christina Aguilera. (Aka Diane, who had been rushed through the queue under mistaken identity, LOL!!!!!)
Met up with my sis-in-law and stayed at her amazing hippy house which is covered in souvenirs, maps and cool stuff- and is also home to a large ball of purring black fluff called Mooshka. it’s nice to be back in time for summer!
Next weekend, I’m going to be in London for a night out with friends- though I love performing in shows, I’m looking forward to having a night out without working. I can’t remember the last time I went to London just for fun! Had several shoots recently- pictures to come…