It was 5:15 am when my alarm went off to wake me up and remind me to get myself ready for my trip to Dresden! For some reason, I felt like I was already behind schedule. I rushed through my morning routine which typically consists of meditation, devotionals, reading, and usually some form of a workout. Oh, and a nice warm cup of coffee. How could I forget that?! Anyways, rushing through this routine pretty much defeats the whole purpose of it because it's meant to relax me and give me the time and space needed to set good intentions for the day ahead. But lo and behold, I still ran through it. I'm definitely a creature of habit. After quickly finishing this routine, I checked the clock. It was 6:10. I still had around 30 minutes before I needed to head to the Berlin Hauptbahnhof station and catch my train to Dresden. I was super excited! It was my first solo trip to another city, and I couldn't wait to experience it.
6:40 finally rolled around and I headed out. Then it hit me. I was going to Dresden. On a train. By myself. Oh, shoot! Do I even know how to find my train and make sure that I arrive at this place safely? Not really, haha. I have never traveled by myself anywhere on a train. Let alone travel anywhere in another country by train. When I arrived at the station, I saw my train and the location for its departure. It took me about 10 minutes to figure out where I needed to go, but then I found it. Or at least I thought I did. I wasn't 100% certain and no locations were showing on the destination screen to clarify this. It wasn't until 5-10 mins after the train had started that an announcement came on stating the train would be stopping at Dresden. At least I think that's what they said, but it was in German so I'm also not 100% certain about this either :) But I did hear Dresden. My nerves completely settled down. Hooftahhh, I am on the right train.
When I made it to Dresden and started walking around, I was in awe. Everything was so beautiful. The buildings, the streets, the cafés, and restaurants. Everything. I spent lots of time wandering the streets of Alt Stadt (Old Town) and admiring Theaterplatz, Neumarkt, Brühlsche Terrasse, and the Parade of Nobles. I tried to take in all the sights and learn about the history from my German travel book that I brought with me. It was hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that everything I was seeing was destroyed in 1945 (from controversial Allied bombings) and rebuilt.
After Old Town, I made my way to Neu Stadt (New Town) to get some food, walk around, and visit the Military History Museum of Germany.
Long story short, my first solo trip was a success. I loved exploring Dresden and learning more about its history. I highly recommend going to Dresden, and also taking a solo trip somewhere!