REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL ’14: The 9 things we are (actually) looking forward to.

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Today starts the Reeperbahn Festival – hurrah. It feels like it has been a long time coming on our calendar, so the fact that it has finally arrived is a mere miracle. I know we have been going over all the Australian flavors of the Festival, and highlighting who we are “excited” to see – but when push comes to shove the music is only a very small part of our levels of enjoyment. Yes – it’s what brings us all together, but it is not prompting the anxiety butterflies in our stomachs.

In an effort to educate you on why being in Hamburg will probably the most fun anyone will have this weekend, I made a list of the top 9 reasons the we are actually looking forward to the Reeperbahn Festival.

Bis gleich Hamburgerrrrs.

SUCKING FACE WITH PEOPLE I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN (…#YOLO?)
When you live in a city like Berlin sometimes it feels like you see the same people over and over again. Life gets same/ same but different – and your opportunities for finding a new mate to lock lips with for one night only sort of dwindle. So thank god for events like the Reeperbahn Festival.

The new faces are already validated by friends of friends, the music they choose to listen to and general life moments – so the hurdle of “should I be sucking face with this guy/ girl? Do they wear toe shoes in their spare time?” is near to nonexistent. The other positive? You will probably never see them again – so be wild/ reckless, because if not now, when?

SUCKING FACE WITH PEOPLE I DO KNOW, AND WITH WHOM IT WILL BE A VERY AWKWARD THE NEXT DAY #YOLO !
Ahh – don’t you just love the awkward knowing looks over a very shaky beer the day after sucking face with someone you probably shouldn’t have – welcome to my Reeperbahn experience (I hope ! ) Yeah – I could also be sucking face with strangers who I will never see again, but how unchallenging is that? Seriously.

Probably one should keep themselves nice at a four day event with friends, but somehow the thought of locking lips with existing/ known humans in my life feels like more of a prospect than those I don’t. It’s awkward, it can cause a small amount of social anxiety – but don’t you feel ALIVE !?

CHEAP DRINKING ON STREET CORNERS 
…because we can. There is literally a späti every 20 metres along the Reeperbahn/ surrounding areas. And there are faces everywhere. We are starting our very own street parties and you are all invited. BYOB.

HAMBURG. THE SECOND COOLEST CITY IN GERMANY. 
I love Hamburg. Probably this is my dirty little secret. I never wanted to like Hamburg, for a very long time I tried to hate it – but I just can’t help myself. It’s neat, tidy and comfortable. It’s definitely not free like Berlin – but there is something about it’s uptight ways that make it perfect.

DRINKING MEXICANA BASKETS, EVEN IF THERE IS NO ALCOHOL IN THEM. 
If I’ve said it once – I will say it again: MEXIACANA BASKETS. Why don’t we have these in Berlin? WHY DON’T THEY MARKET THESE GLOBALLY?! They are 6 small shots of vodka-tomato juice (I think?) delicious, which I simply can’t get enough of.

I’m pretty sure there is no alcohol in them, because last time I ventured to the Reeperbahn and indulged in these little numbers, I’m certain I had like 20 and was still standing….which doesn’t make so much sense. That said, they are cheap and made with a juice high in vitamin C – they’re probably doing you a world of good.

WE ARE ENTERING A “SAFE ZONE”
I’m aware I don’t speak the German language nor understand the real nuances of it’s people but for the greater part of Europe, Germany is my safe zone. I know who is an unattractive/ sketchy looking human, I am aware as to where I should and shouldn’t be at certain hours of the night – I get it. So – having a festival that is hosted in one of the major metropolises of Germany is a bit of a thrill. It lends you to let go and be free without all the potential consequences.

It’s a bit like when you where 15, your parents would leave you home alone and you would get stuck into the liquor cabinet (anyone?). Perhaps you passed out on the couch – but at least it’s your couch, you know?

(AGAIN) TRYING TO VISIT THE FISH MARKET, WHICH IS YET TO HAPPEN 
Hamburg is famous for a fish market. I have been to Hamburg at least 9 times since moving to Germany over 2 years ago. I have literally never been. This year I will eat a fish sandwich from that bloody market, if it’s the last thing I do.

FINDING NEW AND TRAGIC EXAMPLES OF WHICH WE CAN SOLVE IMMEDIATELY FOR ASK LUCY
With all that sucking face, “SAFE ZONING”, and Mexicana drinking – we are sure to bump into a few potential Ask Lucy‘s, which we will write down, reflect upon and try to answer as a group of knowing adults after a few drinks. It will be a wealth of Tuesday content – and we are truly looking forward to the adventure of awkward adulthood-problems.

NEW FRIENDS :’)
I have come to a point in my German existence where I feel like I have enough friends in my day to day life – but there is something very special about meeting new people from abroad for a short period of time. You share all these experiences where you feel like you are the only group who exist.

It could be all compacted loose living – or it could just be a result of the time and place of 4 days with the same familiar faces, far and away from where you all actually call home. After Sunday the Reeperbahn Festival will be a distance (blurry) memory – but all the feels? They are very real, and ever lasting.

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