Let's Go to Dresden, Mick said!

Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Mick had this fantastic idea to go to Dreseden for a day, to break up our journey to Berlin. Do you remember seeing those 'feature' stories on the weather news every now again of a European snow storm where the cars pile up and no-one can move for a couple of days? Well, that's how the weather had been like for the previous three days - I think they had about a metre of snow in 24 hours at one stage, which believe me, is quite a bit of snow. Now, for the first few days we happily holed up in some very nice pubs and coffee houses staring mesmerized for hours at the falling snow. It's all very pretty, and fluffy and lots of fun to be had in running around doing stupid 'I've never seen snow before' type activities. It can be be incredibly hypnotic. By the time we got to Dresden however, the snow had started to turn into what I can only describe as one big Coca-cola slushy. It then freezes back again and turns incredibly slippery, so that it feels like you're a two year old learning to walk again. Now feel free to call me a wuss, but neither of us could bring ourselves to venture out to see the delights of Dresden, which apparently has - surprise, surprise, some great baroque architecture. It had also looked fairly unappealing on the train ride in. There wasn't much left of the city after WWII, so it has been rebuilt from scratch since, and looked a weee bit industrial, to put it politely. We barely left our hostel for the less than 24 hours we were there.

So, my lasting memories of Dresden will unfortunately be of strapping German lads nonchalantly wandering down the hostel corridors in nothing but thier baggy undies ( I missed it, but Mick tells me that he saw one lad with a lovely pair pulled rather high up his wasit with his singlet tucked in - damn, I'm so upset I missed that) and standing on the train platform waiting for a train that was an hour and a half late and getting frostbite in the minus temperatures.

I feel kinda bad about making no attempt whatsoever to see this city, so if anyone reading this has been there, and can tell me about some wonderful, exciting thing that we missed, I would love to here about it. The train ride was spectacular though, through these amazing moutains and ridiculously cute villages. Everyone was out sledding and skiing, and I just wanted to stop the train and get out and join in. We have no photos, but I have attached some more of us in Prague and surrounds.The photos get pretty bad from here on in 1. because cameras don't cope very well in icy snow - they tend to freeze up and 2. I wasn't taking my gloves off for anything and I have discovered my brain goes a bit mushy in minus temperatures. Not that I'm whinging, it was great fun to experience, but I'm pretty sure our next holiday will involve beaches and warmer weather.
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