Saturday, 9 April 2016

Exchange-Week in Dresden and Berlin-Trip!

Every year my school offers some students to go on an exchange for one week to Heidenau which is quite close to Dresden in Germany. And later in June some of the students from there come to Switzerland :)

On Friday we took a late night train to Dresden. It was really fun and I had a great time talking to the others and playing card games with them.. We also slept in the train but it wasn't a really good sleep since, well, trains are loud..
On Saturday we all went to our families and I took a little nap there before going with my host brother and some of the others to visit Dresden and sit at the river for a little while.

We decided to go to Berlin on Sunday since we've never been there before and I thought it was a cool opportunity which we don't have every day. So we took a coach-bus to Berlin in the early morning and arrived there just two hours later! I made a little list of what I wanted to visit: The Brandenburger Tor, the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, and in the end a very cool flee market at the Wallpark.
Unfortunately we had to go home at six again..

On Monday I went with my host brother to school and I had my first lesson in Russian ever. But the teacher was very boring and did not even talk to us once..
Later that day we visited "Sonnenstein". It's a very sad place from the war times where they've killed disabled people. Everyone was very sad and it took us some time until we were ready to eat some lunch.. In the afternoon we went bowling together.. Nothing special but it was a lot of fun :)
But then, in the evening, our teachers booked tickets for us all to go to the "Semper Opera" to see a ballet. Nobody knew what the performance was about, but it was just brilliant! It's called COW; you should really look it up!

On Tuesday, after a german lesson, we went to the "Panometer" in Dresden. It's a ginormous 360° painting of the destruction by bombs in the end of world war 2. You can't even imagine the amount of destruction that these bombs made in this lovely city..
We also had a guided tour through the city later that day which was a little boring but we went to see places and the lady told us some historical things about them.
It was a really warm day, up to 25°C! So we took off our jackets and bought some ice cream while we went on a little shopping stroll through the old town :)

On Wednesday, after a fairly interesting history lesson, we went to the "Hygienemuseum". It's an art gallery where the exhibitions change regularly. Now there was one about all the bad stuff that there is in our clothes and how these chemicals harm us and our environment. And there was also a photography exhibition.
In the evening we ate a lovely dinner at a restaurant called Alex; if you ever go to Dresden, this is a lovely place with good food and it's not even that expensive.

In the morning of Thursday we hiked in the 'mountains'. It was like a walk but we had a lovely view up on the 'mountains' and the weather was just right for us to walk in the forests of the Sächsischen Schweiz :)
Since one of the germans knows a pizza restaurant, they could book for us all to eat some pizza in the evening. It was really nice and we had a great time again talking with each others since we were already about to leave tomorrow!

We already took the train home at 8 on Friday. In the train we listened to music and watched a film. It was a really cool week and I would recommend it to everyone who wants to exchange cultures to go to Dresden! Lovely city with lots of different things to do :D