Tag Archives: Germany

FYI, Part III

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Dresden-Married

Congrats

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FYI, Part II

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Just in case you were in doubt:

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Obvi

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FYI

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Dresden-Watching

The only place

But only in Dresden. It’s the only city in the world where the general population is perpetually watched and scrutinized by government minders.

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Dresden

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Dresden was firebombed during World War II by the allies (you know, the good guys) and about 25,000 German civilians, mainly women and children (you know, the bad guys) were shredded, burned, crushed, or otherwise killed. It’s an event which defines modern Dresden; many of the beautiful buildings that tourists flock to see were twisted shards of rubble not so long ago, and many parts of Dresden are still, even now, unrebuilt. Postcards for tourists show the city in its original beauty, in the 1930s, and in remains, after the bombing; very few show the city as it is today. But today the city is beautiful and spunky in equal measure; refined and ornate in the reconstructed southern side of the Elbe, and artsy and gritty on the northern side. I explored both while I was there (a single full day, sadly) and found that I was happier, more attractive, and younger on the northern side.

First, a glimpse of the beauty, refinition, and ornateté of the southern side:

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If that isn’t the definition of refinition, I don’t know what is.

The largest porcelain wall in the world, made of real porcelain on a real wall:

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Means of transit, old and new:

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Now a look at the northern side, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average:

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Sausage

Saturday, 20 August 2011

A sausage and beer, consumed while standing from a streetside kiosk:

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So German

Plenty of mustard!

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Hostel

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The hostel I stayed at in Dresden was a hostel/hotel combo. Normally I wouldn’t think of the two really going together, but in the event it meant that I had exceptionally clean accommodations – and even though it was a multi-bed room, I had very little company.

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The hostel

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Popes

Friday, 19 August 2011

Coming from Krakow, where the Polish Pope John Paul II was all the rage, it wasn’t too surprising to see that the German Pope Benedict XVI was a hit in Dresden.

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Pope Benedict XVI

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Naturally

Friday, 19 August 2011

For my first meal in Dresden, you may be wondering what I ate. Chinese food, of course.

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Chinese food

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Those Germans…

Friday, 19 August 2011

They take their recycling seriously.

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Recycling

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Recycling

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Ad

Friday, 19 August 2011

Pretty much says it all:

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Who would disagree?

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