Living, as we do, in a relatively small town – around 40,000 people, if you count the surrounds – there are some things city-dwellers take for granted that we don’t have. A particularly vibrant theatre scene, for example. A cinema that doesn’t take every single film and plaster German voices over the actors (otherwise known as dubbing.) A vast selection of restaurants (although we do have the basics; two Greek, an indiscriminate ‘Asian’, Chinese buffet situation and a Ratskeller.) Shops beyond your prerequistie H&M, New Yorker, Esprit and Nanu Nana. And Tchibo, there’s always a Tchibo.
(Of course, we have other things – old alleyways, and strange shops full of every conceivable type of homeware you could ever possibly want. And a wonderful little old Rathaus. And plenty of churches. Aaaaand a ceramics museum.)
Consequently, quite often, we pop into Nürnberg. Nürnberg, only an hour away, is big enough to provide a little anonymity, to give a little grit (once you step outside the stunningly maintained medieval centre, obviously) and to suck you into the hustle and bustle, the push and shove of bigger cities. And there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, and an Opera House, and museums. And a Butlers as well as a Nanu Nana.
Quite embarrassingly, whenever I am in Nürnberg, I go to Starbucks. I know. Bad coffee, soulless corporation, globalisation kills culture … but, as SG said, as he grimaced through his Lebkuchen Latte, it gives a ‘Big city gefühl.’ Spot on. Nothing like clutching a cardboard takeout cup from a massive American company, to make you feel like you’re in amongst it. Not going to lie though, the Toffee Nut Latte almost singlehandedly stopped my pancreas.
This weekend just past, we popped into Nürnberg for a dose of Big City Gefühl with SG’s Auntie. We had dinner in the middle of the city, caught a show at the Staatstheater (turns out, Germans like to applaud … I think we had at least ten curtain calls) had a Starbucks and hiked the shopping streets (aka breathed in the kitschy goodness of Butlers).
Enough Big City Gefühl to tide us over until the next time.
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