{pretty, happy, funny, real}

Edited to say: If you’re reading this, leave a comment or something! It would help my writing stamina to know that people were reading, or subscribing, or whatever! If no one is reading, I won’t be writing ;P

I’m linking up with Like Mother, Like Daughter to capture contentment today! 

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{pretty}

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Downtown Dresden!We went for a little walk just before sundown.

Probably hard to see because of the lighting... sorry. Aren't the different architecture styles interesting? The middle building is part of the Schloss (castle) and the Catholic Church is on the right.

Probably hard to see because of the lighting… sorry. Aren’t the different architecture styles interesting? The middle building is part of the Schloss (castle) and the Catholic Church is on the right.

Much of Dresden was destroyed during WWII–in fact, it was the most destroyed city in the world during the war. So most of the buildings have been built recently (neugebaut) or re-built after the damage (abgebaut).

A better view of the cathedral. Maybe you can see the coloring that betrays the war damage?

A better view of the cathedral. Maybe you can see the coloring that betrays the war damage?

My host parents are very knowledgeable about their city! I learned so much in the short time we were out.We ran into a student group from Bayern who was doing a scavenger hunt to learn about Dresden, and Herr and Frau Braun were able to help them a lot!

3 castles along the Elbe

3 castles along the Elbe

The Frauen Kirche: The dark stones are the original, prewar stones. The light ones are new.

The Frauen Kirche: The dark stones are the original, prewar stones. The light ones are new.

Aren’t these buildings beautiful? I can’t wait to get to know the city a little better.

{happy}

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My own room! For the next 4 weeks! What luxury.

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I’m still in the process of figuring out where I should put everything.

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But for now it’s pretty cozy.

The Blessed Mother, my LG's Pilgrim MTA, and some Lourdes water from Daniel :)

The Blessed Mother, my LG’s Pilgrim MTA, and some Lourdes water from Daniel 🙂 Along with some helpful information about Dresden from my host family. These sit right by my computer and make me {happy}.

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Also happy, no picture: having not 1 but 2 (!!) people to pick me up from the airport! And being able to carry all my luggage myself. And the fact that all my luggage even made it. What a relief!

{funny}

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Check out this “learn traveler’s English” book I picked up here in the house, along with a German-English dictionary.

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These are obviously all phrases I use while traveling.

A second {funny} occurred during my tour of Dresden. After we had seen one side of the Frauen Kirche (below), it occurred to me to ask whether it was a katholische (Catholic) church or an evangelische (Protestant) one. Luckily I didn’t ask, because lo and behold…

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just around the corner was a big statue of Martin Luther. Question answered!

{real}

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Taken at 2:08 AM Texas time. The Düsseldorf airport is obviously exactly where I wanted to be.

My 6-hour layover in Düsseldorf was no joke. Whereas in Chicago (about 5 hours) I had my American cell phone so I could play games, make some phone calls, etc., in Düsseldorf I just had about a few hours’ worth computer battery and some Friends episodes. And an epic nosebleed.

9 thoughts on “{pretty, happy, funny, real}

  1. I’m checking your blog several times a week, so keep writing. I’m glad you made it safely and are settling in. Dresden is such a beautiful and interesting city. I’ve never been to this place, but people are always saying how (surprisingly) interesting the Hygiene Museum is. Check it out! You’ll be blown away by the Altes Grünes Gewölbe, I think. The VW plant (Gläserne Manufaktur) is also pretty interesting. I remember being very fascinated by a tour of the Semperoper, and I hope you’ll get to see an opera there, too. Is your host family in Neustadt or on the Altstadt side? Even though it’s Lutheran and not Catholic, I think you’ll like the inside of the Frauenkirche when you get a chance to go in. I’ll also be interested to hear what you think when you get a chance to venture up the Elbe a bit to the Sächsische Schweiz. I have only ever seen it in summer, and it’s pretty enough then, but I bet it’s amazing with fall foliage. (OK, just checked Google Images for Herbst Sächsische Schweiz, definitely try to get out there while there’s fall color. Looks incredible…) So envious of you…

    • The Hygiene Museum just sounds so German!

      Today I am going to the Stadtmuseum, and I’m going with my host family to the Semperoper soon. They live up northwest of the city (between Blasewitz and Weißig), about 30 minutes by bus to the university. I think a hike in the Sächsische Schweiz is coming soon, and I’ve heard about the Altes Grünes Gewölbe too. I’m so glad I have a year here, because I can already tell it’s going to go by quickly!

  2. So exciting. I wish I could visit. Grrr. Post lots if architectural pics for the nerd here!
    I need to figure out how to subscribe so I get an email when you post. I figure it out on other blogs…but i only see RSS feeds for this one. I am not blogger savvy…..

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