After my little excursion to the Neustadt with the tour group, I decide to go back. There was a cute little Christmas store and a Communist memorabilia store that I wanted to look about in. Unfortunately, they were closed. There were handwritten signs in the window stating that they were "taking a short vacation." "Short vacation" could mean anything from a day to a week, depending on their nationality, so I'll just have to cross my fingers and try again. Anywho.
I walked this time, instead of taking the Strassenbahn. It was much less cold (do not confuse with "warmer." That is a word I will not be using until it is actually true. Like in May.) than it was yesterday. It was still pretty frosty, but a nice kind of frosty where you're cheerfully cold and look around for a bakery to have tea in. I tried one of Dresden's specialties -Eierscheke -which is a kind of cake with the typical fluffy bottom crust, a thin layer of sweet cheese and raisins, and then a fluffy eggy layer. There's sugar on top. Quite delicious.
Before I had my (admittedly early) tea, I wandered and took some photos of the plentiful graffiti in the Neustadt.
I also saw some gorgeous birdhouses -there were more in the shop behind the wall. It was super fun and artsty -just my kind of place. They had colorful masking tape, soap dispensers shaped like poodles, and magnetic paper clip holders, among lots of other awesome stuff.
Thought I wouldn't like the Neustadt, being a bit old-fashioned. I was blessedly wrong.