Welcome to Warsaw
Trip Start Jul 22, 2006
13Trip End Aug 04, 2006
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This was due largely in part to where we went today. Auschwitz. They requested no photos be taken inside, so I didn't- although I saw so many people snapping away!
Anyways, what can I say. This was a weird experience. They would herd us over to a spot and say, "This is where the prisoners would stand to be shot to death". Etc, etc. We saw tiny rooms where 3 prisoners would be forced to stand together- no room to sit down- for days on end. Piles of shoes, suitcases, toothbrushes, and hair that once belonged to the prisoners. We also went inside the only remaining gas chamber as they had destroyed the others when they heard they were being advanced upon.
After a quick break, we headed onto the second camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. This is where the train would drop all the people off. A few wooden houses had been reconstructed, otherwise all that remained were the brick frames and chimneys, as well a few brick houses. The number was so vast- amazing (in a bad way) to think about how many people had been there. Sobering.
At night, our tour guide Andy got us successfully lost looking for a bar. We eventually found one, and had a good time. A few of us also went down the street to another random underground bar where no pictures were allowed and we saw a few gay guys dancing. It was an interesting, little bit scary, bar.