Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

My main reason for visiting Krakow was to see Auschwitz concentration camp. It is in a town 1 hour away from Krakow called Oswiecim. I tried to prepare myself by watching the movie "Schindlers List" before my trip. But nothing could ever prepare me for what I was about to see. The entrance of the camp is labelled with the words "arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free). Most of those people would never be free, nor would they even have the opportunity to work. 

I saw many things that made me feel physically sick. I heard many stories that made me feel physically sick. One of the pictures above shows a pile of suitcases taken from the Auschwitz victims before they were gassed. Their names and places of birth were written on the suitcases. I saw a display case full of hair from the victims. Their heads were shaved and the hair was used to make socks and cushions. I am still struggling to understand how human beings could be so evil. 

The first photo shows pictures of the victims, the date they entered Auschwitz, and the date they died. There was a man who only survived three days. I have been back in England for 2 weeks but I still can't get the images of those prisoners out of my head. I deliberately went to Auschwitz in the winter, so that I could try to imagine how cold they felt. Dressed in nothing but a pair of striped pyjamas.

I could go on for days talking about this place, but that is not the purpose of this post. I just want to stress how important it is to see this place. I think it is something that every human needs to see. There are so many horrible things going on in the world and I would hate for something like this to happen again. I just wish that humans could be at peace with each other. 

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Photo Diary: Krakow Poland ♥

I have just returned from my first trip to Poland which was a weekend in Krakow. I absolutely loved it and I want to visit Gdansk next year. There were horses in the main square ready to give rides to tourists. The Galleria Krakowska is a beautiful shopping centre connected to the main station. The prices of clothes were pretty much the same as the rest of Europe! So why does everybody think that Poland is dirt cheap?. Well the food and transport is certainly cheap but not the clothes. 


 Sukiennice cloth hall is definitely a must visit. It's an indoor market full of souvenirs and clothes. I came here twice during my visit to Krakow (that is how much I love this place). As you can see from the top picture, there is a lot of amber stalls. I am not too sure whether it is real but I bought an amber necklace and matching earrings. I also bought some wool winter slipper socks, gloves, a tote bag, a Krakow t-shirt, and wooden box. 


Polish food is amazing! I ate pierogi (dumplings stuffed with meat or veg) on my first day. It was at an outdoor restaurant which was covered with a glass roof and had fire heaters to keep everyone warm. I also tried a mushroom bread bowl soup which was a little bit disappointing. There are many carts in the city selling Obwarzanek krakowski which is like ring shaped bread. I got one with cheese and brought it back to England. Oh...and don't forget the vodka. It is really cheap in Poland and comes in many different flavours. I went to a vodka bar and got 6 LARGE shots for 30 Zloty (roughly £5). 

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