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From Brussels to Hamburg

The next stop on my European tour found me in Hamburg, Germany. I got there by way of Copenhagen, Denmark. While I only had 1.5 hours there, it was enough to realize that we should have stayed there that day. The weather was beautiful and the countryside just looked amazing from the air. But alas, that was not the case. Instead, we boarded another plane and made our way to Hamburg, Germany.
 
Why here, you may ask? Germany is one of the leaders in implementing renewable energy technologies, and in particular anaerobic digestion. We are looking at several plants to see how they operate, their sizes, the types of wastes they take, and the types of end products they manufacture. We spent the evening in Hamburg, then traveled south about 1.5 hours to Hannover to tour the first of three plants by this particular manufacturer. The plant converts agricultural waste (from pig farms and similar sites) to electricity for a small, rural community near Hannover. It was really interesting to see just how compact these sites are, and that for the most part, everything fits in 20-foot ISO containers and then is installed onsite.
 
But before we ventured southward, we had the chance to explore the beautiful city of Hamburg. After checking into the hotel, we set out for a ~2 mile walk to the harbor. This walk took us through some beautiful architecture. One paritcular area hosted a number of really quaint pubs. Note to self - be sure to get back to this area for lunch!
 
I went in search of a new charm and to find some cool souvenirs for the folks back home. So the adventure started at the Hard Rock Cafe on the waterfront. From there, we took a cab back to the hotel, and guess what was there? Yes, there was a cigar store there - Duske & Duske is a purveyor habana cigars, rum, port wine, and madeira.. Christian was a wonderful host, and I enjoyed a TTT Trinidad cigar, first with a 20-year old Dow Tawny Port, then by a local local effort called Hamburg Port (comes with its own chocolate too!). Sitting outside on the streets of Hamburg and people watching for a couple hours is not a bad way to spend an evening!
 
Next up is Zurich, Switzerland.

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