Yesterday I came to Dresden, my last german city of this trip. In case you’re wondering why Dresden, the explanation is Slaughterhouse 5. It’s a book by Kurt Vonnegut and we had to read it in my English class. It was rather interesting and weird but the most important part is that it told the story of how Dresden was flattened on February 13th, 1945 by the Allies as seen by the author himself as a war prisoner in Slaughterhouse 5.
7 hours later I arrived in Berlin and although I didn’t get to see much on the first day, having headed straight for my hosts place, I still got some sights from the S-bahn that told me I’d love the city.
After waiting 2 hours for our train in the Netherlands and then a 5-hour train ride split into 4 different trains, we finally returned into Germany and arrived in Hamburg. We made our way via an S-bahn train to Stellingen, the neighborhood where our host lived. This was a very nice area, with beautiful houses, beautiful trees, orange and yellow tree leaves on the ground and nice paths between the streets. We really liked this place, and our host was very helpful during our stay, offering lots of advice on what to visit, and also playing guide a couple of times.
If you’re following the itinerary and agenda you assume that for the past few nights we’ve slept in Köln, or Cologne as the English name goes. In fact our host lived in a small town between Köln and Düsseldorf, named Langenfeld which is perfect since we wanted to see both cities. So when we arrived at the Train station in Köln, after a way smoother train ride where everything was written in 4 languages, we took a local train to Langenfeld and then our host Max came to pick us up.
It was nice to spend these days in Frankfurt, as it’s pretty much the first city we visit whose skyline is dominated by skyscrapers. It felt a bit like being in North America and so it felt to me a little bit like home.