We came, Warsaw, We conquered

Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
Trip End Oct 07, 2008

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Flag of Poland  , Central Poland,
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

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Hi All,

just a quick update, mostly to drop some more photos on here. We're in Warszawa, Poland currently. Two friends of ours from university are here at the moment, so we put in the extra effort to get up to Central Poland and now it looks like our trip plans have changed drastically...again.
A quick summary since Krakow:
Visited Auschwitz
Fluked upon a rural poland county fair/rock concert
Hit our 5000 km milestone!!
Visiting with Kasia and mom
Celebrating Sean's last exam in Poland tomorrow!

On our way to Warszawa we took a small detour to check out Auschwitz. It is a hard place to describe, and to talk about in general because of the atrocities that took place there. What I can say is that it needs to be seen in person. I don't think pictures or videos can convey the size of the camp or the feelings that wash over you when viewing the remains of the gas chambers, human bonfires and ash-pits. I still get shivers when I think about it. Very intense place, yet eerily quiet and peaceful.

On to happier places and times, we have met up with our friend Kasia and currently reside with her and her mom at their family flat near downtown. Kasia's mom, Anna, grew up here before moving to Canada. Kasia and Anna were gracious enough to put us up here for a couple of nights, thank you both. Hopefully tomorrow we meet up with Sean, another friend from university.

After doing a gruelling 10-15 minutes of internet research on Lithuania today, we are leaning towards doing a jaunt up to the Baltics next. From there, a quick skim of Sweden and Denmark will bring us back to continental Europe and our original itinerary.

Do jutra,

A + R
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