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Another bleak cold day in Poland however that seemed fitting weather for my visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps. I had a late breakfast and lazy morning around the hotel before heading into town for some lunch and making my way to Auschwitz I where I would begin my tour. A quiet, somber vibe seemed to come over all visitors, even the large groups of school children as they waited to enter the historic site. I won't go into the details of the ...
... some excellent Spanish Rioja before taking our journey north.
There have been teething problems with The Oracle as neither of us have ever used such a device; we are becoming accustomed to asking The Oracle the location of a camp ground, shopping centre etc. This has calmed our frustrations especially in and around cities.
Though on occasion it does take you on a merry journey that does not seem right; as you pass an enormous sign post pointing you to ...
Auschwitz…what do you say when you’re standing in the place where 1.1 million people were murdered? What do you say when you see an entire side of a barracks filled with human hair that was shaved from the victims that were gassed? Even more disturbing, when you realize that the hair was sold to the Nazi textile plants and turned into fabric and blankets? What do you say when there’s an entire room filled with luggage from ...
... I can say to prepare you for the fact they used the hair from these prisoners to make uniforms for German troops. There is nothing I can do to prepare you for the chill of walking into one of the barracks rooms. You have to feel it for yourself. Never again. Even that phrase loses its meaning and becomes trite. One of the things that was made clear to me: before the Germans invaded the Netherlands, they Dutch thought, "It will never happen here." More than a million ...
... cathedral hall made out of salt. The walls, floors, statues and even the chandeliers. Every time room we went into was made out of salt. To get back up, we had to take a tiny elevator fit with seven people, similar to what the miners would take. It freaked us out to the point of singing happy songs to calm us down during the closterphobic ride back up. "Today was a day filled with many life changing and enriching experiences" -Maddison ...