What is Hamburg? More than harbor and birthday, more than shopping and fair. Hamburg is simply different. Is the smell of the Speicherstadt. Of carpet and coffee. Is the Alex at the Jungfernstieg. Is sitting on the Elbe beach in the evening and counting ships. Is partying on the Reeperbahn. Is the screaming of the seagulls. Is fish market in the humid morning haze of the head and the harbor. Is taking the ferry to the Elphi. Is walking through St.Georg. Or on Sunday by the stair quarter in Blankenese. Is rattling at night with the elevated train through the beautiful quarters and peering into the illuminated windows. Is singing English hymns when one of the floating Queens moors in the harbor. Is Holsten and Astra, is bubbly and oysters. Is jogging around the Alster. Is blond braid with black barrette. Is Schicki and Micki, is Kuddel and Daddel. For many it is simply the most beautiful city in the world - and for many it is not. Either much too noble or much too conceited. But the longer you're here, the more you understand what makes this city special. That's just how Hamburg is.