I've only been to Germany once before, Frankfurt about 10 years ago, and it was quick visit to say the least. Vague memories of an Irish bar and Brazilian air hostesses, dancing to euro beats I can't remember. I was nervous then, so naturally as with most adventures I had a little anxiety, but that's what it's all about !!!
Travelling to Dresden was a little unorthodox to say the least - drive to and then fly from London Stansted to Berlin, then by train to south Berlin and a change for the final leg to Dresden. Arriving at Central station our best bet was a taxi ride to our hotel, which happened to be an affordable, decent standard hotel, a healthy walk and north of the river from the old town and heart of the city. We freshened up to explore Dresden and of course, go the game.
The Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, controlled since 1992 by the City of Dresden, is the home of Dynamo. Here I am at the Bundeswehr Karriere Cup to watch my beloved Everton play a two game mini tournament against Real Betis and of course the hosts, Dynamo Dresden - affectionately dubbed the “Millwall” of Germany.
As I wandered through the streets taking in the sights and smells, I stumbled upon the most amazing thing. Green City Solutions is a German based company centred around improving the environment. One of its solutions, the CityTree focuses on urban living spaces.A new technology, the CityTree cleans the air using densely packed moss housed in an installation taking the form of urban furniture.