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Ferries, Food, and Belugas

June 28, 2019

Filed under: travel — Terry Wohlers @ 08:56

Note: Ray Huff, associate engineer at Wohlers Associates, authored the following.

This month, I visited Hamburg, Germany for the first time. My immediate impression of the city was that it felt strangely like home. I took a plane, train, bus, and ferry (bottom right in the image) to get to my hotel, and passed by commuters, tourists, and people walking their dogs. People were going about their day just as they would anywhere else. Outside the large metropolitan area, I found lovely homes in the less crowded areas, such as the neighborhood where I stayed.

While in Hamburg, I enjoyed good food. Like a true millennial, I even took a picture of breakfast the second day. I had often heard that German food was not great. I would counter by saying that yes, it is not as exciting as Mediterranean food, but it fuels the body for a productive and meaningful day.

Terry and I visited the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (top left in the image), as well as the Airbus assembly plant in Hamburg. Both are impressive facilities. I could see why German engineering has such a reputation for quality. We even got a few sightings of Airbus transport planes, affectionately called “belugas” for their odd shaped hulls (top right in the image). These specialized aircraft are designed to carry major sections of other airplanes, and have been doing so since the early 1990s.