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Firebombing Oper

Written on: Thursday September 27th, 2007

A journal entry from: Fall for Germany

Again, wake up super early and drive for a long way.  We had a three hour tour of Dresden.  As you probably know, Dresden was pretty much destroyed during WWII by the allies by firebombing.  Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut is about it as well.  Our tour guide showed us lots of pictures of what it looked like right after the firebombing (and a few from before) and then what it looks like now.  I took pictures of her pictures to keep them in mind.  In Dresden, I took a lot of black and white photos, partially because her pictures were in black and white, partially because I missed my bw film SLR, and partially because it just seemed to fit the town.  I also took some colored ones, but mostly black and white.  It was pretty intense how much of the town had been destroyed and how much they are still rebuilding or tearing down and reconstructing. 

At some point we went to Frauenkirche (we couldn't take pictures of it), which was built in the beginning of the 18th century.  I think it was bombed during the war and rebuilt.

We also went to a concert in the Semper Oper, which is beautiful.  Beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings and I didn't even notice for a while that the curtains were painted on the wall and not real.   We heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons which I happen to love.   It was my favorite concert we've been to.

Oh, I don't remember what town I was in (Leipzig?  Erfort?), I bought a new sweater because I realized I forgot my dressy black pants and needed something nice to wear.  Its purple, pretty, and I'm quite happy about it.  Frau Chew told us we didn't really need to bring dressy clothes because you could go to most things pretty casually, but I'm finding I need more dressy clothes than I thought.  Boo.  And some of the other girls on the trip go DRESSY.  I brought two pairs of shoes, both good walking shoes and one happens to be black so I can wear it with my dressy pants.  Most of the girls have several pairs of heels and appropriate clothes to go with them.  Oh well.  At least I'm warmer when we walk to concerts.  J