Nine Cities in Ten Days: Our Easter Holidays

Alternate title: Or, how to beat your body to shreds and get a two week-long cold.

A few weeks ago we had our Easter Holidays here in Rheinland-Pfalz. Knowing that we had two and a half weeks free, and that chum Whitney’s time with us was fast running out, Beth, Whitney, and I decided to rent a car and do a cross-Germany road trip to Kassel, in the state of Hessen, to meet up with my Canadian friend Heather and do a few day trips.

Our little Ford Fiesta, who carried us faithfully for the next 1000km

Our little Ford Fiesta, who carried us faithfully for the next 1000km

The first day however we (and by we, I mean Beth) drove all the way north to Hannover, where we met up with Heather for dinner and a short bit of walking around the city. People had told us there wasn’t much to see in Hannover, but we are independent people who wanted to see for ourselves.

Beth doing a very good job of remembering that, in the civilized world, we drive on the right hand side.

Beth doing a very good job of driving on the right hand side.

Northern Germany was quite snowy, but it didn't give us any problems, well, besides some treacherous visibility issues later that night

Northern Germany was quite snowy, but it didn’t give us any problems, well, besides some treacherous visibility issues later that night

Hannover Rathaus, or City Hall. Besides this building there's not much to see in Hannover.

Hannover Rathaus, or City Hall. Besides this building there’s not much to see in Hannover.

We had Flammkuchen for dinner, which are actually more of an Alsatian or south-western German specialty, then Beth drove us back to Kassel through some of the most treacherous driving conditions we had that weekend, the thick fog and snow playing old Harry with the visibility. Still, Beth brought us safely to Kassel, from which we did a few day trips to Würzburg and Göttingen before giving up the car and saying Tschüss to Heather. Our next destination lay before us: Leipzig.

In Leipzig we joined Beth’s cohort from the Southampton University German Society (GerSoc). With the GerSoc folk we enjoyed the best Leipzig had to offer, doing our best to fight off the brutal cold, especially during a daytrip to Dresden. After three days we said some goodbyes, and the GerSoc folk headed off back to Britain before their holidays were over. Beth, Whitney, and I meanwhile had a few more stops in mind: we jumped across the border into the Czech Republic to visit Prague, before swinging back into Germany via a small village 40km from Nuremberg where we CouchSurfed with some hippie students in their 8-person WG/Commune. It was a hoot.

Over the next two weeks or so I’ll be posting more detailed travel reports of each city, so stay tuned!

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About supertylor

British Columbian 20-something spending a(nother) year in Trier, Germany.
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3 Responses to Nine Cities in Ten Days: Our Easter Holidays

  1. Karen Ortega says:

    Hi Supertylor,
    Maybe a little off topic, however, What holidays did we celebrate in history first as America?

    When did we first celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving and some of the others? Did we celebrate those early in our history?
    Cheers

    • supertylor says:

      I’m not sure! In terms of European holidays I suppose it might have been some Saint’s day or another, celebrated by one of the Catholic colonizing powers (France, Spain, etc).

  2. Livvy says:

    Sounds like a good time even if the weather wasn’t great and you were fighting off colds! You managed to see a lot in a short space of time. 🙂

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