Don´t mention the war
Trip Start Aug 18, 2006
149Trip End Ongoing
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I crossed the river Elbe to the new-town to find my hostel which turned out to be fully booked. The friendly proprietress, Leanna, rang another place to find me a bed, but they only had expensive (20Euro) beds left. I flashed her my most endearing smile, and mentioned that I couldn't help noticing her beautiful garden
I didn't meet many people in Dresden, partly because of staying in the tent, so felt that I'd seen and done everything I wanted to in two days, and was happy to move on by the 15th. Dresden felt slightly schizophrenic overall. Partly characterised by historic buildings, stunning architecture, tourists, and partly by still delapidated buildings, ongoing building works, and beggars. Also, although I didn't see this side, it is apparently a centre of scientific research and development, with the invention of the bra, toothpaste tubes, filter cigarettes and milk chocolate to its credit.
Dresden was also a significant milestone for me, as it was the point at which the current plan, (F-658.9) merged with plan A, formulated all those months ago. Plan A was to set off the day after graduation, catch the next ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam, and pedal from Amsterdam to Berlin, to Dresden, to Prague...
This wasn´t quite the way it panned out, as you may have noticed, but is still honoured in the description of the trip as Newcastle-Newcastle, and now I´m back on track!