Hypezig!

 

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I didn’t have time to go eat so it was brought to me. By young man in  a livery. Like in a movie!

Up till now, I have always stated that my hypothetical children will have to study in Uppsala. From today on, I am adding Leipzig to the list as well. My yet to be born offspring is allowed to study in Leipzig.

Or Hypezig, as it is also called, as I learned today. Because the city is so hyped and constantly being called the other Berlin, it acquired this nickname. But hello, the other Berlin? I would choose Leipzig over Berlin any day! I am smitten by this Eastern jewel.

Maybe it’s because when I arrived to the hotel, they told me that despite having booked a standard room, they upgraded me to a suite. A personal guide followed me up, carried my bag, and stood by the window on the 25th floor overlooking Leipzig with me, informing me about everything there is to know. Then, I was personally greeted by the key account manager. They do know that I am the one who decides which venue is picked for our events and they guessed right that the hotel I recommend usually gets booked by our network. And now I am definitely recommending this one. I mean, you can even change the colors of the bathroom lightning!

The view / ending the day in the huge bath tub / trying out different light settings

I don’t know what it is with me and Eastern Germany. I have no relations whatsoever to this part of Germany, I haven’t lived here, I don’t aim to live here, and yet, I have this timid tenderness for “the new states” as Germany still calls the former GDR that we reunited with more than 25 years ago. I almost cry whenever I see the videos of the Fall of the Wall. And it makes me so happy to see that Dresden and Leipzig are thriving. Because they really are – Leipzig is buzzing with young people, everyone is sitting outside in the beer gardens and outdoor serving areas, there seems to be lots of cultural stuff going on as well, and the Leipzigers have all these monumental castle-like buildings everywhere. Not to mention the forest that they have just in the middle of town.

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I also worked of course. Just that my work consists of looking at gorgeous locations.

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Paris? No, no, Leipzig!

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A former sauna that is now being used as a party location.

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Oriental Ladies’ Sauna

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The advertising in the East is…weird, though.

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My favorite so far even though I realize the photo is unglamorous.

 

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Cute green cars please park here.

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Milk Bar Penguin. Who wouldn’t love a city that has a bar called that?

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In this beer garden, you can find Friede (peace). When you exit, it says “Heimweh” (homesickness) on the other side.

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Gustav Adolf, King of Sweden, is a thing here. He died in the battle of Lützen not far from here, in 1632.

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On the train from the airport, they printed maps on the tables for orientation. Multi-purpose furniture!

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Green. It’s so green!

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And colorful.

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Leipzig still has the Eastern traffic light men that we all love. Also, they have stickers saying “Be a role model for children! Red: stay! Green: Walk!”

P.S.: I shall not surpress the information that half of the service staff I meet is unfriendly in a way that lives up to Berlin standards – but with a Saxonian accent. That’s tolerable though because the other half is very courteous! Good night, I am now going to sleep in a giant bed and I am sure it will cure my insomnia.

 

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