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Travelling in Poland

Krakow/Auschwitz-Birkenau/Wroclaw

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Hi All,
My last business trip took me to Poland.
This was my first visit to the country and I was naturally curious about it.
I've started in Warsaw and from there I drove to Krakow. The motorway system in Poland still has a long way to go and we are forced to drive in national roads a lot of times.
Eventually we arrived to Krakow and checked in at a nice hotel in the jewish quarter.
The centre of the city was decorated with Christmas lights and and we had a nice traditional polish dinner, full of pork fat, pork sausages, pork this, pork that... it tasted good but really not healthy! Oh well, nothing that a good walk could not (dis)solve.
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The next day we drove from Krakow to Wroclaw and the trip took again almost three hours. Yes, travelling around in Poland demands patience...
On our way we stoped in the extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
The morning was very cold and a thick fog was still laying on the ground.
We arrived early in Birkenau and the camp was still without tourits. Let me tell you that even after 70 years we can still feel the emotional pressure of the place.
The rail road used to bring the jewish prisioners to the camp ends there... end of the road, literally.
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Birkenau is only one camp, one part of a large human extermination factory. Looking at the layout of the large complex we can see that this area was clearly designed like an assembly line, optimized to kill efficiently thousands of people.
We left Auschwitz and we've stayed silent for awhile. No words can explain the experience of walking in that place.
Wroclaw greated us with another Christmas party in the main square. The buildings in this square are very beautifull and colored, and the city deserves some time to be enjoyed.
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yeah, curious statue... are they trying to tell us something?

Overall, Poland was a good surprise with nice friendly cities like Krakow and Wroclaw.
But of course, the stop in Auschwiz was the highlight of the trip. Hopefully this place will teach future generations about the bad things that human civilization must not do.
Cheers
A

Posted by ACoelho 14:02 Archived in Poland

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