Mirror, mirror, here I stand. Who is the fairest in the land?

I’ve got 5 days to get back to Copenhagen for my flight.  Luckily, I’m pretty close so I just picked a stop or two along the way to get there.  Turns out Bremen is in the right direction, so I decided to spend two nights in Bremen.  Long train ride during my “spare” time (like 5 hours) to get there on the first day, so that night was just relaxing and a bit of work.  But then the next morning I decided to see all there was to see.

Below is the Bremen Roland.  It’s a statue of Roland.  He’s a hero and protects the city.  But he’s just a big rock, so I don’t think he does it very well.

Next to it is a beautiful old church/cathedral.  I walked through the inside of it.  It’s nice.  I forgot who it’s named after, mainly because I really just don’t care.

I went in this church
St Someone’s Cathedral

And now we’ve got the famous Bremen Town Musicians statue. This town is ALL about that Grimm Fairly Tale. It’s their primary tourist item, and you can buy stuff about it in just about every little shop. Cool I guess, but I don’t know what you’re going to do with an animal pyramid keepsake.

This is Schnoor. It’s the oldest area in Bremen and is lined with small cafes and restaurants, and of course has very narrow corridors. It’s a lovely little walk. And you can buy Bremen Town Musician souvenirs on every corner.

Famous statue
Bremen Town Musicians
Adorable old-timey street
Adorable old-timey street.

As I was leaving that church I ran into Rebecca, part of our fun group in Bruges a couple weeks ago.  Odd coincidence (since Bremen isn’t exactly a popular town), so we decided to wander around town a bit.

I liked this building in the old square the most.  I don’t know what it is.

Place in Bremen
I don’t know what this is.

This is the town hall in Bremen.  It looks better lit up, apparently, but there are lots of fun things carved into it.

Rathaus in Bremen
Rathaus in Bremen

Separating the old town and the regular city area is a length park and lake.  This is part of it.

It's another park!
It’s another park!

This park also has a windmill in it.  This is the windmill.  There are also nice flowers and stuff.

This one does not generate electricity

Then that night Rebecca said she was going to a jazz thing with her host and his friend, so I decided I was in.  And we went to a jazz concert on a Skiff parked in the Weser river.  But we didn’t go anywhere.  We just floated.

So classy.  I even wore my button-down and a sweater.

Just kidding, we weren’t classy.  Crushed some Glühwein (spiced hot wine) and then went to a bar not far from my hostel for a drink.  Apparently foosball is big here, but we didn’t play.  Anyways, it was a good time and I feel an effective day in Bremen.

The next morning I went to Hamburg, and I stayed at a megahostel right by the train station.  It’s Tuesday, and it’s a solid hostel, but I have no great desire to sightsee or make friends here.  Especially after just doing a touristy day.  So I’m just working at the hostel, having a couple cheap beers, and then I’ve got a long trip to Copenhagen tomorrow.

Also, I’m at the point in the trip where I’m like “screw it I’m going to Pizza Hut” and I don’t even feel bad about it.

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