Best Western Hotel Cristal
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... or birch in Polish, is named for the dark, thin trees that tower over the wooden barracks and ash-laden ponds of the concentration camp. At this time of year, they have no leaves - only long, barren branches. Their trunks are spotted with time. When the wind comes, they stand still. And they don't cast much of a shadow. My friend was right - the trees mirror the eeriness of the camp.
We turned our attention back to the historian, who ...
... herring salad and a side order of cheese, god above. I could smoke inside so it numbed the pain. Moving on from the travesty of a meal I went back to sitting in the rain. I was defeated by this point. A woman who had tried to beg off me earlier was welcomed like a cold, which is what I was. Inside and out. I gave her the look and she walked passed, knowing I was far beyond being begged off. Feeling cold and miserable I thought I would go inside the building ...
... the crooks of my arms started to get wet. Then my shoes, and then my chest. The water found a passage from the my elbows down to my gloves, so eventually my arms were simply wet. Initially it was uncomfortable and cold, but after a while I just... got used to it. Even though I was wet, my gear did a good job of keeping me relatively warm - the signs indicated it was just 15 degrees today, and I was only a little cold. I randomly stopped at Radom for fuel (OK it wasn't random, ...
... my works later this year.
If today had a major theme, it would be the multicultural nature of this area of Poland -- populated by Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslim Tatars and Jews. A second theme would be Wooden Houses and Churches, which dotted the landscape. We made many stops where I took photos of the remaining wooden structures. We visited a folk museum run by a local Russian Orthodox Priest's wife. I presented her ...
... I passed the test!.
The countryside was pleasant, reminding us very much of upstate NY or the eastern end of Long Island. Lots of diary cows, hay fields, and corn. The roads were, for the most part, good and modern.
Our first stop was in Kosów Lacki, a small town near Treblinka Death Camp. The wooden synagogue of that town was the subject of one of my lino-cuts. Tomek showed us where the mikvah had ...