Today I finally found both the time and physical energy to explore more of Cologne. I’m not sure if it was the weather or simply a fact, but the city seems to be a glorious step up from Hannover. I walked around for over 2 hours, and while I wasn’t always sure where I was, I think I know my new city little better now.
(I also experienced random flashbacks of places I had been/seen during Karneval. It’s amazing what a ginormous festival can do to a city and its establishments.)