This week I officially started to say my goodbyes one branch at a time. The first goodbye was this Tuesday in Dresden. I think that the night from Monday to Thursday was the first night where I realized that I did actually quit my job to travel and start over at the other side of the world. Tears already started floating down my cheeks in my car on the way to work. In the office I had no chance to hide so with red eyes I walked to the kitchen, welcomed by an employee with the words “Have you been cutting onions this morning?”… Let’s say this humor didn’t help to calm me down. In the kitchen I talked to another one of my employees who actually managed to calm me down a bit. He said how sorry he is that I am leaving but that he absolutely gets the reason why and thinks that it’s the right choice for me. I had no choice but to wait for the others to arrive because there was a breakfast set up for my good bye and also for my successor to be presented. I started the talk by thanking everyone for the good and bad times while more tears where rising… It was the first leading position I ever had and the last 22 months where great for my career and thus for my professional but also my personal development. I am thankful for the trust my team and also my boss had in me. The words some of my employees had for me that and also the following days where heartwarming and I will keep them in very good memories. But now it is time for a change and more insides to what I’m up to will follow in a blog in the near future so stay tuned but first of all back to Dresden.
This beautiful city was my second home for a whole year. I was commuting to it for almost two years till now. As mentioned, I started as a team lead in October 2017 and already had this position as an interim manager for three months in the summer of 2015 shortly before I started my Master Program. For the first six month I was only staying in hotels during the week and commuted between Magdeburg and Dresden. Then I asked my boss to get me a furnished apartment because it offers me more privacy. Sure, in hotels you mostly have a breakfast included and do not have to clean, but in an apartment, I can cook, wash clothes, leave some stuff and travel with less luggage each week. At the same time, it saves the company money compared to the cost of a hotel for diverse nights each week. I also tried to drive home a little less and stayed in Dresden a couple of times for the weekend, which is especially beautiful in summer, spring or autumn. I also bought a bicycle to explore the Elbe river. My apartment was a nice duplex apartment in the south of the district Pieschen not even 5 minutes away from the Elbe river, where I spent a lot time after work each day. The apartment was only sponsored by my employer for one year so I had to move out of it end of March 2019. I was a great time and lowered at least some stress of being a commuter.
I would always recommend to visit Dresden if you’ll have the possibility, make it a daytrip, a weekend trip, but there is also enough to explore for a week or more, especially if you have a car and can also explore the surroundings like Moritzburg or the beautiful Swiss Saxony (a blog about this area will follow next week). During my 22 month I had the possibility to explore Dresden multiple times. In the following I will show you my favorite shots from Dresden.
Old town & south of the Elbe
The district I lived in for a year which is not a tipical tourist spot. It is located west from the district Neustadt and north the Elbe. I really enjoyed living there.
Traveling east from the center of Dresden, preferably by bycicle because the Elbe has a long bycicle way by its side and this is what you’ll pass by:
Traveling west from the centrum of Dresden by the river you will see mostly nature sites. I did this trip a couple of times by bycicle.
As already mentioned above I will always keep my experiences in this city in mind and who knows when I’ll have the chance to visit this beautiful city and its citizens again.
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