WEBMU 2010 — Hamburg, but when?

The polls are open for the next couple of weeks to pick a date for our expatriate blogger meetup in Hamburg. You have about two more weeks to register (if you haven’t already) and indicate which of the proposed weekends works best for you.

If you’re not an expatriate blogger in Germany, but a registered member you know will vouch for you, register anyways and have that member drop me an email.

WEBMU 2010: Hamburg!

The polls have closed: we’re meeting up in Hamburg this year. Next up: deciding when to meet up and getting the details nailed down (like accomodation recommendations and where to eat, and stuff like that).

One place I wouldn’t necessarily recommend: Hotel Stern on the Reeperbahn. You can’t beat the location, if you’re into that sort of thing, but the room itself wasn’t so great. Except for two things:

  1. the price (at least back in December 2005 it was dirt cheap)
  2. the industrial strength shower — amazing water pressure

If you’re an expatriate blogger in Germany, and would like to know more, sign up for our expatriate blogger discussion board. Don’t forget to give us the URL of your own blog in Germany and at least a rough idea of your location in Germany (like the Bundesland or city where you live).

Whew, we’re back

Wow, that was a long trip. We flew from Munich to Hamburg, spent three days there, flew from Hamburg to London, spent three days there, and took a train from London to Whitstable, where we … (can you guess?) also spent three days.

We are back safe and sound after a marathon travel day starting around 3am this morning. Pictures are posted here.

All in all, it was a fantastic trip and we managed to squeeze quite a bit of mileage out of our Euros, despite the lousy exchange rate against the Pound. Details on the places we visited and stayed are forthcoming in a new project we’re going to start working on. Stay tuned…

Old Commercial Room

The Joint

Englische Planke 10
20459 Hamburg

phone: +49 40 – 366319
fax: +49 40 – 366814


After reading about the famous Labskaus in Frommer’s and learning that this restaurant offers a certificate to anyone who orders it, I had to try it out for myself.

Here’s the certificate:


I witnessed the Labskaus and it looked repulsive. But Cliff seemed to like it. Much like Mikey from the Life cereal ads, he’ll eat pretty much anything. But the Old Commercial Room itself was pretty nice in a kitschy way. The prices weren’t kitschy, though. I did have a lovely meal of chicken and blaukraut, red cabbage shredded and cooked into a sweet, sauerkraut-like dish.