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... see so many broken bottles on the floor of the plant, what a mess, but the guide said that with the volume bottled it was only a tiny percentage. Their bottles are 90% washed and recycled, only 10% new from the manufacturers.
They have more than 100 tanks, each holding about 500,000 litres so that would take a bit of drinking. In the old days they had family buildings, there was a really lovely building which was ...
This week Andy and Justyna are working Monday and Wednesday and we're not disrupting Patryk’s Pre-School while he’s settling in. He’s a dear little boy, obviously he only knows us from Skype so he’s a wee bit wary, but we are loving seeing him chattering away to his mum and dad, his English is starting up but we are getting on fine.
Andy and I went to collect Patryk from Pre-School this afternoon, ...
... everything. The hair was especially crazy to see. When they cut off prisoners' hair, they used it to stuff things like pillows and mattresses. I can't explain the feeling I got when I saw all of it. It's fascinating in a really sickening way.
The second stop was Auschwitz II/Birkenau. It was maybe two miles away, but there was a bus that took us there. Birkenau was what I was expecting ...
... largest is St Sigismund’s bell which was cast in 1520, and anyone actually in the main high chamber when it sounds would be running for cover. The bell is almost 3m across and sounds at Christmas, Easter and other important times of the year and it takes ten men to control it – I think they could count me out. The beams in the tower are huge and solid, and you climb past the bells, I couldn’t quite work out how they would ring them but ...
... like statues and gold, not so much the paintings – there are only so many cherubs one can take) to a Japanese lacquer sedan chair and a train set. Everything was simply numbered and put on shelves, not really displayed, and there was just a notice to the side of the cabinets saying what each item was. The museum is trying to show as much as possible to the public, or at least to make some use of the stuff in their store rooms.