crazy weekend in Dresden and Prague
March 2, 2010
Ahoj. Right now I am trying to make a cover letter (or seven) and I don’t like doing it so I’m going to blog instead.
Last Thursday, my roommate Paulos and I decided to go to Dresden, Germany for two days. Why Dresden? Well, it’s only two hours away and is the closest German city to us. We just wanted to go away for a couple days without flying somewhere, and I’d also heard that Dresden is really beautiful.
Now, Dresden is known for two things –
The first being the USA bombing the crap out of Dresden one week before WWII ended (bad move, USA). Dresden completely rebuilt the entire city though and all of its historical buildings because the Germans are hardcore.
The second is for doner.
The first day we got there, after taking a 3 hour nap (we had woken up at 4:30 am to catch the bus at UNC Florenc) we toured Neustadt, which is the “new city”. Neustadt reminded me a lot of of Portland, actually; it’s the punky, younger, hip area of Dresden and it was really fun to walk around. Paulos and I had this awesome map that our hostel gave us that was aimed at young backpackers and they took us to all these places in Dresden we would not have seen otherwise.
this was this awesome rain house in the area called the Kunsthof Passage, where after the fall of the Berlin wall everyone in Neustadt went crazy with paint. Kunsthof Passage is a colorful courtyard with hippie stores and amazing themed houses and murals everywhere of giraffes and monkeys.
After exploring Neustadt and eating cheeseburgers (mmm), and then getting ice cream sundaes (mmmmm), and discovering Oreos in this random market (mmmm!!) we went to eat some more for a late dinner at 10pm. These nice German guys next to us recommended this music/bar lounge around the corner – because everything in Neustadt is around the corner – and we listened to these young guys jamming and playing jazz for a couple hours. It was pretty wonderful.
The last day we trekked with our backpacks from Neustadt to the historical district to look at all the rebuilt churches and buildings and went to the Alte Meister’s Gallerie – the Old Master’s Museum. We saw works by Raphael, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and hundreds more.
All in all, Dresden was great! Two days there was PLENTY enough. Paulos and I pretty much demolished the city with our walking and saw everything we wanted to see.
It’s also been confirmed that I need (NEED) a hammock. Our hostel was Australian themed and called “Kangaroo-Stop” and not only was it really clean and wonderful, they. had. hammocks. Paulos and I literally spent two hours swinging around in them the night we arrived and it was very awesome. I’ve decided I need one on our porch, Stefano. Don’t you just want to swing life away on the deck while Misty looks at us confusedly and will undoubtedly eventually try to eat the hammock? I do.
Wasn’t our hostel cool?
Celia’s friends were in town, visiting from Rome, and so we decided to go to the Pub Crawl. It’s pretty touristy and somewhat pricy but pretty wonderful in that we get to see clubs, drinks are on them, and you get a free t-shirt that says “PUB CRAWL: THE BEST NIGHT YOU’LL NEVER REMEMBER”. Well I definitely remembered. I fell in love at the Pub Crawl. Let’s leave it at that. 😉
On Thursday, myself, Paulos, Crispy (Jenny), Celia, Becca, and Elyssa are all going to Amsterdam! We’re really excited, even though the hostel is about twice as much as I was hoping to pay. Not happy. I’ll of course update about Amsterdam after we return, but I do know we’re planning on going to Anne Frank’s House and the Van Gogh museum at least once and weather pending we’ll rent bikes. However, the forecast predicts SNOW so we’ll see.
Have I mentioned that I really, really crave Mac’n’Cheese? Not that I’m hinting or anything, Mom… (I want the dinner-style kind. The Cheesiest Original. None of the easymac crap, I don’t have a microwave. There should still be two boxes in the cupboard. FYI.)
Today I slept in, am meeting the AIFS program director and a few kids on the program at Cafe Slavia. Marketa (the program director) does these on-AIFS cafe outings to famous cafes all around Prague. Of course I’m signed up for three of the 5 of them so far. After that, I have my 5pm Central European Politics class, and after THAT, we’re going to see Imogen Heap tonight in Prague! I’m so excited. This might be my only concert that we get to see in Prague so we’re going to enjoy it.
currently listening to, “PBS NewsHour Podcast – Millenials Study Captures Snapshop of Young America”