After our stop in France it was back to Germany, a place neither of us were really used to, me being a tourist and Carlo a recent transplant. I had suggested visiting the Black Forest, kind of our original purpose for getting a car, so it only made sense that was our next step. The problem with this decision is that the Black Forest is a big place and we had no idea where we should go. I did a very minimal amount of research and tore a few pages out of an old Lonely planet, but other than that we didn't have much to go off of. Given our current location we decided to give Freiburg a shot, thinking we could drive through a good portion of the other cities on our way back to Stuttgart the following day.
Way back in August when I was browsing websites, blogs and travel guides I stumbled across the small(er) town of Dresden and decided it seemed like a good place to stop. Then I let some friends get into my mind and wanderlust get the best of me; I threw out those plans and instead thought I'd venture into Poland for a few days. Funny how things tend to work themselves out though, after a few days in Berlin I was canceling my bus and CS host in Poland while scrambling to put together plans for Dresden. Things worked out surprisingly well for me; I booked a cheap bus and arranged not one but two possible Couchsurfing hosts, only a day before my departure, more proof that you don't have to plan everything ahead in Europe.