06.03.2015 - 09.03.2015
In high school my family had the privilege of hosting an exchange student from Germany for ten months. Over those ten months I learned what it meant to have a sister (also how to share because you know, only child). In the time since Cindy left to return home I have gotten to visit her once and welcome her back to America once. I was so excited to have the opportunity to visit her and her family while abroad this year!
Friday after class I headed straight to the train station to get on a train to Prague where I would later get onto another train to Dresden. After seven hours of traveling I was finally greeted by Cindy's smiling face on the train platform! It was so nice to be back in Dresden! As Cindy drove us home to Bischofswerda from Dresden I could only think about how strange it was to be driven around by her. It had always been the other way around in America! After a short catch up with Cindy's parents we called it a night!
Saturday morning started my real German adventure for the weekend! We started the morning at a hair salon where Cindy took me to get my hair cut (again, switched from how it used to be in America). After a trim and style Cindy and I were ready to take on the rest of the day! We did some shopping in Bautzen and then found an ice cream parlor, because when in Germany! We split a Spaghetti Eis, a German specialty ice cream! It has whipped cream in the center, ice cream in strands like spaghetti, and strawberry sauce with white chocolate shavings on top! It was every bit as good as I remembered!
Saturday night Cindy and I took the train into Dresden to explore the city at night. I absolutely love exploring places at night, and this was especially neat because I had last been in the city two years prior with my dad. The trip brought back so many memories that we were able to add to! After a bit of exploring we found a cocktail bar to enjoy a couple fruity drinks at before heading back to the train station! Of course we stopped for a burger at Burger King at the train station when we got there to find that we had twenty minutes before our train!
Sunday was my favorite day in Germany! I headed out to the Saechsische Schweiz National Park with Cindy and her parents to spend the day hiking! It's a gorgeous park with huge rock formations! We had perfect weather to explore the ruins of an old castle as well as the rest of the park! After taking in all the beautiful sights we hopped the border to the Czech Republic for dinner. It was as easy as going to another state for dinner back in the States, except much much closer!
I'm so thankful I had the chance to visit Cindy and her family this past weekend and I'm hoping to be able to visit with Cindy again later in the trip!