Hitlers Bunker

Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Thursday 20 July
Caught train to Olsztyn and then changed to a 30m late train to Ketryn, realised my watch was slow by 10m, that could have been a problem. At Ketryn asked this girl if she spoke English and asked if she knew any hotels. She said her aunty was picking her up so we could ask her. Aunty offered to take me too an apartment so me and Magdalena piled into the back of this small car with mom in the front and 2 kids in the back. No luck at apartment so they took me to a hotel 10k out of town, showing me the castle museum where aunty worked on the way. Offered Magdalena 4 for the help, she refused so I put it behind the seat. She got 2 and put it back in my rucksack without me knowing. At the hotel the receptionist spoke little English but I persevered and wow a room to myself. Back to reception to find a local pub, but none so sat at reception and brought the last 2 beers, as no beer delivery, much to the disgust of anybody who came looking for one. Asked how far the Hitler bunker was from the hotel and she said 3k. She was on a 24 hour shift, it was her birthday on the 23rd and got paid 240 a month so felt sorry for her and gave her 20. Finished the 2 beers, had local vodka, then to bed sober for a change.

Friday 21 July
Up at 9 supposed to be 8. Went to restaurant next door for breakfast, realised I was actually at the hotel in the middle of the Hitler bunker complex, an old garrison building. Brought map and guide of site and then bumped into an English speaking guide who looked like the author because it was. Went round with this Danish family, loads of original parts like the barrier through which Claus von Stauffenberg went after placing the bomb in the bomb plot. The whole place is full of blown up concrete but is still excellent to be in the centre of the bunker. Saw Hitlers toilet floor and walked to the place where he used to meet visitors off the train. Back to hotel then for a shower then went to get taxi, but that was too dear so decided to walk. Found a bus stop with time table, asked these 2 farm workers using my basic translator in book, so caught the bus back to Ketryn. Went to buy tickets but that was shut so went to find castle museum. Went round and bumped into kid from car journey, said hello and carried on. Next he thrust loads of phamplets in my hand and I follow him into the directors office where aunty was. She spoke no English so tried to communicate through the internet . No good so phoned up Magdalena and she said she'd come and join me. Had a chat and she walked me to the station where she saw me off on the train - I'm in love.
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