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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Poppenbüttel, Hamburg, Germany

During most of my brief visit to Hamburg, I stayed with friends in Poppenbüttel, a section in the northern part of the city. On my last day, we went to the end-of-year Schulfest (School Festival) organized by the teachers and students of the Heinrich Heine Gymnasium, attended by my friends' elder daughter.

Source: www.bildarchiv-hamburg.de

The Schulfest lasted from 2:30 to 8:15 p.m. We were there for only a couple of hours, but that meant we were able to attend a performance by the student orchestra, in which the daughter played, and also a performance by a mixed student-teacher rock band. In the latter, the drummer, a physics teacher, was particularly good, but according to the daughter he is not well-liked by the students, so I tried to refrain from exclaiming too much about his musical skill. (He also played the piano decently.)

The last part of the festival that we checked out before heading home was the "Cocktailbar," where the daughter's class were serving €1.50 non-alcoholic cocktails as a fund-raising activity. My drink, mostly pineapple juice, tasted fine. The whole experience of the Schulfest was a welcome opportunity to get a feel for how German schools round out the school year.