One night in Dresden

Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
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Trip End Dec 01, 2006


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Friday, September 29, 2006

Dresden was a city that I knew a little bit about and a place that I wanted to go to for a long time. So anyway I had managed to score the Mercedes over the weekend and so Callum and I drove there. Dresden is only about 200km away from Berlin and when you are in a Mercedes on the Autobahn, it doesn't take you to long to get there.

So anyway, normally I would have made the effort to organise a hospitalityclub host for when I was going there, but this time I thought I'd give the old hostel another chance. What a waste of time. After spending so much time in other people's houses for free, it seems so dumb that I have to pay to sleep somewhere. So anyway we were lucky to find a hostel because we were arriving on a Saturday night in a big tourist spot like Dresden means that you have to be quick. Anyway we found a place that was right in the middle of the nightclub district and it was only 10EUR; that makes it the cheapest hostel I have ever been in. So anyway they asked me at reception if I wanted to rent bed sheets - this is a tactic by shitty hostels to lure you in. I was prepared to sleep on the bare mattress, which had a sheet anyway - the only thing I would have got for my extra 5EUR is a pillow and doona cover - stuff paying for that crap. Anyway I got to to my bed which was in the attic with only one floor exit - Childers Backpacker fire tradegy here we come! Anyway above my bed there is a sign saying that if you don't rent sheets, you get fined 15EUR. So we ignored it.

So we meet the people in our 17 bed dorm - the biggest I've ever been in. We had the normal mix of people that you tend to find in any hostel: the annoying nerdy dude, the pair of girls not interested in talking to anyone but eachother, the couple and some random dude from Eastern Europe. So anyway we went out for the night and the first place we went to I was so shocked about how much everything cost - it was like three times as much as Berlin! When it really got cranking later that night, there were thousands of student-types spewing out of the bars out onto the streets. It was pretty cool to have this sort of culture, but the people were all a little to cool for school for me. Anyway I used my trusty technique of finding out useful information: I just asked random people until I got what I wanted! Anyway we were told about this Sputnik club that was a bit of a walk, but worth it. So we start walking in the direction that we were told and we bumped into the pair of girls from the hostel who didn't want to know anyone else. So they tag along until we get to this part of the city where we have to cross this massive park. It was dark and being scared loser types, they turned back halfway in fear of being raped (I suppose). On arrival at this club we are greeted by the biggest, buffest bouncer I have ever seen in my life - he was basically a triangle of muscle on legs. He didn't give me any hass, so I wasn't to worried about him - I even walked into the girls toilets and pissed right in front of him and he didn't seem to care. So we stayed at this club and just as it started to get really good and fun, Callum decided that he would have a sad and nag me to go home until I conceded defeat. That was a shame.

When we got back to the hostel, it became Callum, the one entrusted with the key had left it in his other pants...so here we are, locked out on the street in Dresden at 4am or so. We rang the bell for half an hour and then I spotted it - a window ajar on the fourth floor. So I followed my cues from the films and I pushed a bin under the fire escape ladder then scaled the building. To my dismay the window had been locked in this ajar position and there was no way I could fit my hand through the slit. So I made my way back down to the ground. During my decent, it became apparent to me that the ladder was covered in vomit. Unable to just let go, I had to climb all the way back down to the ground floor where I could finally reel in disgust. Then on the other side of the building, we found another window that was really open that led into the cleaners room. This time Callum climbed the side of the building and he managed to get us in. So we go upstairs, I have a shower and go to sleep. In the morning, we gathered our stuff before anyone could stop us to charge us for not buying the bedsheets and we made our swift exit. We drove shortly after.

So unfortunately we didn't see much of Dresden because we were only there for 12 hours, but seeing as I didn't pay for the trip and we were in a good car, I didn't care and was happy we went. It is an interesting place and I recommend it if you are going that way. Later that day, I drove to Wernigerode for the second time, but that isn't worth a new entry.
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