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O fortune, fortune! all men call thee fickle.
Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (3.5).

Lübeck is a great example of the changeable fortune. Once a centre of a very powerful Hanseatic League, today it is a small provincial town. When the transatlantic trade became more important than the trade across the Baltic Sea, its port was dwarfed by the port in Hamburg. Ironically, even though Hamburg is now the second largest city in Germany, there is probably still much more to see in Lübeck. Lübeck has several really impressive spots, this square being one of them. All the buildings which you can see in this picture are part of the town hall of Lübeck.

I lived in Lübeck 2.5 years, I moved there after I worked in Munich and Los Angeles. Professionally it was quite a traumatic experience. I sympathise very much with sentiments which Thomas Mann expressed in The Buddenbrooks about the mentality of some people I met there, although ironically the bullies I encountered were actually from outside, while all the Lubeckers I met were very kind and friendly. I made a lot of good friends there. Eventually, I was really happy when I moved out of Lübeck. Luckily, the fickle fortune means also that the bad times do not last forever. It is worth to remember it now in the depressing times of pandemic.

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