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.
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.
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!