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Apr 1, 2010 - Meissen and Torgau, Germany

Set sail early this morning for Meissen (pronounced My-sin). It is a town of 29,000 and was the first center for German rule in Saxony. Some of the first castles in Germany were built in the Meissen area. The region was originally settled by the Slavs in the 8th century but by the 10th century the Germans had gained control. So, Meissen is known as the cradle of Saxony. If the word “Meissen” sounds a rather familiar to you, it is probably because it is the home of perhaps the finest porcelain production in the world. By the 17th century...

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Mar 31, 2010 - Dresden, Germany

It was as we stepped off the ship and headed for our tour of Dresden that it really hit me – again. Hey, this whole cruise is in part of what was called the Soviet bloc – i.e. Czech Republic and East Germany. These countries, and more, were under Soviet domination until the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Just take a minute to think on that. We would never have thought in the late 1980’s that in just a few years the Soviet Union would cease to be and we would now be strolling around just as normal as you please in countries that were...

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Mar 30, 2010 - Saxony and Bad Schandau, Germany

Okay, here’s how the day started. Actually let’s backup a bit to last night. We’re trying to cool our cabin down so, with the help of the Program Director, we get the top portion of the window open. Since it was about 35º outside, that worked great. Back to this morning. I had gotten dressed and had wandered into the hallway for a moment when I heard a yelp from Joye (okay, honestly, it was a “#*!*#!!”). I stuck my head back in the cabin (Trust me, you always do these things ve-rr-yy carefully.). Luckily Joye had just gotten out of bed...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Dresden, Germany Mar 15-16

March 15 Arrived at the Kangaroo Stop Hostel at 3am, what a walk from the station. Firstly I walked the wrong way out of the station and I had to pee. Consider heavy backpack and needing to pee, plus cold weather not a happy girl. Stopped at a hotel and a nice young man gave me directions, yah finally made it, napped a bit and then surprise, my new Aus friend Rob was there so we headed out for breakfast and a bit of secondhand store shopping. Dresden is a pretty city, we walked around the streets for a bit and then stopped of for beers and...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Christmas in Germany

12/25/2009 7:28 pm Depart Facility Leipzig, Germany 1:22 am Processed at DHL Location. Leipzig, Germany 1:08 am Transit through DHL facility Leipzig, Germany What a lonely Christmas day, on my own in a very cold Leipzig. An overnight flight to the US cheers me up somewhat.

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Jun 9, 2009 - Our great escape

Sunday 7th June. Lovely warm day, the first in a while. After a good breakfast we walked up the hill, through the main town square, up the steps to the church and then on up the slope to the castle entrance. There was a strange feeling of walking through the pages of history as we passed through the first set of towering walls into the first courtyard where the German guards were based. Passing through to the second courtyard the allied officers quarters rose up before us before the final gate to the prisoners courtyard which seemed so...

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Jun 9, 2009 - A day in China

Saturday 6th June. Up and away through the village and it was obvious what it was famous for with girly bars and discotheques in profusion but the name of one of the clubs ‘Sorrarz’ intrigued us. A line of high hills marked the border and after crossing them it was remarkable how different the two countries were. The roads, the housing and the sense of order changed so significantly that they might have been thousands of miles apart. Our route took us through pretty but tidy towns and villages until we reached the outskirts of Dresden a...

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Jun 18, 2008 - Colditz (Germany) Great escapes and stuff ups!!

Happy Birthday to Dakota Jackson! OK, I know its been awhile but when your locked up in a German prison for 3 weeks you get no access to internet or phone, so its been tough!! Seriously, I have been in places that just don’t seem to have internet cafes. Most of the places in Germany and France I went to were little villages so they had no access from what I could see. I also travelled thru quite quick so maybe I just didn’t see any. Now in the UK and haven’t had much time to write, but today is different! I hope to update you as much as I...

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May 3, 2008 - Berlin to Dresden

Day 6 – Berlin to Dresden The day was overcast when we woke up, but the blackbirds were singing in the courtyard again, and that nice to wake up to. After breakfast, the coach left the hotel at 8:00 am. Enzo then informed us that the air conditioning was broken on the bus, and therefore we would get another one in Dresden. Unfortunately, that also meant that our coach driver, Michael, would be leaving us as well (I guess the drivers stay with the same coaches). The fields of canola were bright yellow on our drive, and everything was bright...

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Apr 21, 2008 - Dresden, the Bangladesh of Europe!!!

Confused about the title? okay let me explain... I knew about the fire bombing of Dresden during WWII, but did you know about the explosion of the Opera house during reconstruction, the floods that it has been hit with, let alone the fact that it is still being rebuilt from everything that has happened to it. And also, in case you didn't know, everything in the world that can go wrong, goes wrong in Bangladesh, it's basically takin one for the team, all the time. So that was the big joke on this trip, we were wondering what's next, a...

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Mar 27, 2008 - Meissen

We took the train to Meissen, near Dresden, Germany, to see the Meissen porcelain factory. It was really neat to go through the workshop part of the factory, because it laid out each step of production and had samples in the background as a person was actually doing the work in front of you. We got to see them throw porcelain and use molds to make intricate pieces of work. We also saw how the porcelain changed after being fired (it was a lot smaller and looked white, whereas before it looked more like regular clay). We also saw people use...

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Nov 15, 2007 - German train strike!!

So last night at 2:15 (45 min earlier) we arrived in Dresden. Me, Stef, and I think maybe one other person were dropped of on the side of the road. I don't have enough time to explain in detail but we took a taxi to a hostel in our book that was supposed to be 24 hr. no answer so we walked to another one. No answer then some guys came out of a bar right next door and we were cautious but were actually very helpful. One guy walked us to about 3 other hostels, still no answer and finally we ended up staying at this one guesthouse type place...

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