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sunny 33 °C

Hello from dresden! (I am so tired now you wouldn't believe)

(and does anyone get the reference in the title or am I the only one who watches/d that?)

On Saturday I hot footed it out of my politics of science seminar, got a little flak from the coordinator from it but oh well haha. Caught bus to dresden, there was a one hour stopover in Berlin. Hello Berlin for the second time, I'll see you once more, and just as briefly.

Got to the hbf at 11, tried to catch a s Bahn 3 to the neustadt, or where my hostel is. The clock thingy said 0.01 and I stressed out cos I thought the timer was stuck at 'coming in one minute' and basically that the train was extremely late. But turns out it just meant 12.01 haha drat those 24h clocks. So I got to my hostel, it's really near the station, I just changed and went to sleep. Okay, not really, I made a lot of noise and annoyed a lot of people in the process, I'm sorry, I really tried!

Woke up a little later since I was tired and I'd gotten back so late, and finally got on my way to the sächsische Schweiz! Aka saxon Switzerland aka dresdens national park aka birthplace of free climbing.

From the outset it promised to be a hot day. Weather forecast said 29 degrees. I wore a tank and my favourite pair of black shorts (let me complain about how I've put on so much weight. I used to be able to run around in these shorts, and even climb, after hiking them up a bit. Now it's a pain to walk in) and sweated almost the whole day. The train to Kurort rathen was filled with maybe half of dresden, and the barge over the Elbe had 322 people on it (that was the maximum). I thought it was kind of funny that the barge didn't even turn to get across the river. It kinda just drifted the 20m, very anticlimatic haha.

Now, I wonder why I had to go hiking on what is probably the hottest day in Germany since last summer? Oh well, I had no choice.

So I walked up to the Bastei, the highest point that's near to the train station. I thought I was going to die from heat and exhaustion. But it was so gorgeous, there are these huge pillars of rock, it's really stunning. And I noticed bolts on some of them.... Hmm....

Then I walked to the amselsee which was a really uninspiring small bit of green water, and up to amselfall. Also rather uninspiring trickle of water, except for a period of 30s when water suddenly cascaded down, and then was as before.

By this time I was pretty tired and needed water and relief from the unrelentless sun. But I went backwards and then up to Hockstein. Walked a long time and finally got there, asked quite a number of people about buses down. After walking all the way there (nice views again), I went back about ten minutes walk to a bus stop. Almost decided to wait out the hour for the bus (Sunday, less frequent) but then decided to try to hitch a ride.

Thankfully this guy stopped after just 5 min! Swiss tourist. I basically had to get to any S Bahn Station so he dropped me at the furthest place he could bring me, some random part of the town Lohmen. I'd still have to wait half an hour for the bus to Pirna, so I again tried to get a ride.

This really nice couple picked me up, and they weren't actually going to Pirna. They'd rented an apartment that's slightly off Pirna, but they very very kindly drove me all the way to the station! They were German, but from a small town near München.

And this time the train was cheaper cos the distance was much less. That was great, but then I spent half an hour on the stuffiest hottest train ever! Like outside it had been hot, it was maybe even 30 degrees (the second car showed 33) but the moment the doors opened, this wave of heat went over me. Like going out of a shopping centre in sg. It was mad.

Walked around the Altstadt for a few hours, saw some of the cooler stuff but missed the supposedly great graffiti cos I was just too tired. Cooling off measures included ice cream and dipping hands in fountain water. I passed so many fountains on the way, with naked playing babies, that the urge to shower got worse and worse! Realised that on top of being tired I was also a tiny bit sunburnt and maybe a tiny bit heat-stroke-y with a slight headache. Got back to hostel, had the most amazing cold shower (that's a first, in Europe), eating lidl dinner now while blogging and waiting for my 11pm bus to Frankfurt.

Whew that was a long post. Good for a long day and the whole of dresden.

Oh, one last thing. My hostel is called kangaroo hostel, and true to its name it's really decorated and designed to look like Australia. Combined with the heat, I feel like I'm Down Under. It's a really weird feeling when German is everywhere.

PS maximum temp the next few days is above 30. I'm gonna be wearing these shorts continuously lol. Pretty much the only pair I have here.

Posted by seaskimmer 09:14 Archived in Germany Tagged germany dresden hike hot solo Comments (0)

Heat rises

sunny 35 °C

Got to Frankfurt freezing actually, because for once the bus air con was actually turned on, and I was there the whole night in shorts hahahah. Nothing new there. But I was still tired, didn't sleep much on the bus, stumbled out bleary eyed.

Got to the hostel, bummed around a while in the lounge and finally decided not to sleep in the middle of the breakfast crowd, so I went for a walk around town, seeing all the major stuff. Paid for the Goethe museum/his old house. Had pizza lunch in the garden/cemetery of St Peters church. Read a book I'd borrowed from the hostel (A Christmas Pudding by Christie, upset that it was short stories, I always get short changed by her) at the river til about 5? When I finished it. Very chill day. Except not chill. Very hot. But anyway.

Then went back to the hostel. Checked in, and was very very happy to find out that they offer free dinner!! Like when does that ever happen?? Then again I paid 2 eur for a locker in my room.

For the rest of the evening I showered and washed my tanks (only brought two. Mistake.) and read (started on lady Chatterley's lover) and had dinner (oily and vegetarian but tasty penne) and basically tried to stay alive. The heat is killer okay. You have no idea! Same as SG la except without fan, without air con, without respite. I even showered twice because I got so sticky just waiting in the lounge for dinner. Dyingggg. Can't wait for Wednesday, it's supposed to get colder then. (how am I gonna survive July? With lots of shorts and tanks and showers I'm guessing)

(HALLELUJAH ITS RAINING NOW and strangely for Europe, I see lightning? Oh shoot I think it's gonna get more humid now)

Oh and it's day 100 by the way! 56 more to go, what a milestone.

Posted by seaskimmer 14:55 Archived in Germany Tagged germany hot frankfurt Comments (0)

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