Seeing Freiberg again

When I was in Dresden, I had one day to visit Freiberg, the town that I lived in for almost four years during college. I have been to Freiberg a few times since graduating, and on each visit the town looked better than it had before.

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Nonetheless, there are still a striking number of buildings in the center of town that appear untouched at least since reunification 25 years ago.

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I also went by the house that I used to live in, still featuring the world’s most ridiculous radiator

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The very first official event was in the Physics building. Even at the time, the building was looking terrible and in dire need of major renovations. While most other buildings have seen substantial remodeling, this one is even 12 years later still in terrible shape.

Every time I visit I make sure to snap a picture of it. Here’s its entrance in 2007, 2011 and 2015. As you can see, there have been a few modifications (such as a new light on each visit), but the overall look is still pretty sad.

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A Week in Dresden

My drama group had been invited to represent our state North Rhine-Westphalia at the national Schultheater der Länder festival. So at the end of September we went to Dresden, Saxony, for a week. After arriving on Saturday and preparing for our performance on Sunday, I had the rest of the week to see 15 other interesting plays and explore this beautiful city.

I also got one day off to visit Freiberg, the town that I lived in for almost four years during college. Those pictures will follow in a separate post.

Culture

A tourist must-see: the Semper Oper at the night of our arrival.

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Beautiful typography inside the theater.

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Giant chair behind the theater junge generation.

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Trains

We had a few hours between checking out and and the departure of our train, giving me some time to roam the beautiful main hall of Dresden’s main train station.

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On our way to Dresden, I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of V 200 033, which according to Wikipedia “is the only authentic example of a V 200.0 still operational, retaining all the important original features”. This class hasn’t been in regular service in almost thirty years and therefore still carries the markings of Deutsche Bundesbahn, as the German federal railroad was called pre-reunification. Fun fact: The first locomotive I had when I got a model railroad at the age of nine was the metal V200 that my father had when he was a kid.

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Miscellaneous

Interesting window placement on one of the upper floors of this office complex.

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I didn’t have a tripod, but even free-handed, this night shot from inside the Dresden World Trade Center looks pretty good.

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