The Adventure of a Life Time!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2013
Trip End Dec 20, 2013

Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

   So the last time I posted I finished my trip to Moravia, a lot has happened. The very next day I started classes, I liked three of my classes and I was able to make many friends. My forth class was a politics course and I am already enrolled in another politics course, so I switched it with Czech Architecture. It is a great class because we go on field trips every class and we go to places I know I would not have gone to on my own. 
   That weekend after our first week of school I went to Oktoberfest!! I bought a dirndl, which is the tradition German dress. I'm happy that I went, but it was an experience that I think I will do only once in my life. I say this because Megan and I camped in a Munich forest in October. Never a good idea because its so cold and uncomfortable. I mean I knew it was going to be cold going into camping, but I did not truly understand the difficulties this would cause. I guess I lack in imagination for these things. Also I liked beer, but I find a festival completely dedicated to it to be a little too much. It was fun but not something I could do frequently. In fact that Sunday, Megan and I did not go to the festival. That Sunday our tour company took us to Dachau for free. I figure since we were there we should do something other than the festival.
     Dachau was very powerful, by going there I could see how disconnected Americans are to that stage in history while it is still such a real thing for many Europeans. Just going to the camp and seeing it made the Holocaust more real for me, it was important that I went to see this. Someday I'd like to go back to Munich, it was so beautiful and I feel like I did not dedicate enough time to actually seeing the city. 
     Then we had another week of classes and then the next stop was Krakow, Poland. I have to say, out of all of the places I went to so far, Poland is my favorite. Krakow was so beautiful, it was almost magical in a sense because the square, Rynek Glowny was so exciting. There was so much to do with so many wonderful parks. It's hard for me to explain my love for Krakow. Rynek Glowny was a great square, within the square there was a lot of modern art sculptures, St. Mary's Basilica, and Sukiennice (which is a giant building dedicated to souvenir shopping). 
      In Krakow, I saw a lot of magnificent churches that blew me away. My favorite was a Franciscan Church because, even though it was very humble looking on the outside, the stained class was superb. The color and detail were just marvelous. 
      Also, I love Polish food the most by far. Perigees, bread bowl soups, and donuts with rose jam filling are some of my favorite foods now because of having them in Poland. I will have to make these foods when I get home. 
       On Sunday of the Poland trip, I was able to go to Auschwitz. We went to Auschwitz I and II, apparently the third one was bombed into oblivion by Allied forces. Nothing can ever really prepare you when going to see Auschwitz, it's one thing to learn about it, another to actually see it. I teared up a little in Auschwitz I because the Hebrew Society donated a large some of money to dedicate a part of the camp to the children killed in the camp. They displayed children's drawings and had children singing hebrew prayers while there are family films being played on some walls. It as so surreal that it was so difficult to take in. 
        Throughout both Auschwitz's, I found it interesting that there were large numbers of high school Israeli men. They had their flag draped around their shoulders like a cape, and in Auschwitz II they sang either their national anthem or hebrew prayers. I couldn't tell. I thought this was so powerful just seeing them there. I think their presence there made the experience even more amazing because it demonstrated how something so terrible can make something so strong.
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