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Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Sunset at Auschwitz concentration camp.

Just beyond the sunset
Someone waits for me
Just beyond the sunset
Lies my destiny

The Auschwitz concentration camp, set up by the Nazis during world war two, where up to 3 million people breathed their last. Mostly Jews.

Entrance to Auschwitz I and the infamous motto: Arbeit macht frei, work makes free.

Its hard to imagine the horrors that once took place in this serene and beautiful shot.

Public execution ground, as a warning to others.

Common execution ground where prisoners where forced to kneel facing the wall as there were shot from behind.

Surrounded by barb wires.

The tracks leading up to Auschwitz.

The main entrance to the extermination camp.

Prayers for the dead.

On a side note, those who’ve not watched The Boy in Striped Pajamas, please do. It is not an accurate depiction of the actual horrors yet it tells a story on its own, from the view point of a child. It is one of those rare movies made from books which ends up being better than the book itself.

And since this story is not a history book, it does deviates greatly from the actual situation.

I liked the ending of the movie more than the ending in the book. Since ignorance is bliss, I preferred that Bruno’s parents knew how they had indirectly caused the death of their child.

Another movie to watch is The Schindler’s List. Hope for humanity even in the darkest times.

Prague Castle and the Golden Lane

Prague looked amazing in photos. Mysterious shots of Charles bridge half covered in fog. Cobbled streets with beautiful medieval settings with an air of abandonment. None of which I experienced. Seems like its magical streets have been overtaken by hoards of tourists (ironically, like myself) and it feels like yet another tourist attraction. The buildings are still pretty, the bridge still exists but something is missing.

Traveling isn’t just about visiting the places of interests. The best experiences comes from wandering about, a surprise find when you’re lost and the unknown. This is also why I dislike tour packages which basically bring you from attraction to attraction without giving you a chance to sit around, observe and experience the country’s culture.

Meanwhile, I’m getting a headache from planning my upcoming trip to France which helps me to understand why many still choose tour packages. The tickets to travel within France itself are damn expensive and the places I would really love to go are not exactly accessible through public transport and I don’t really comfortable driving there. Much easier if I were to visit major cities.

Anyway, some shots taken of/in Prague Castle, in Prague (duh) capital of Czech Republic, on a sunny day.

Prague Castle in the background against the sun, the largest medieval castle complex in Europe and the ancient seat of Czech kings throughout the ages.

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St Vitus Cathedral, part of the the Prague Castle complex.

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The interiors with intricate details and displays filling every corner and every wall.

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Stained glass. Common of every cathedral in Europe.

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A quick walk through the Golden Lane. A row of brightly painted miniature houses which would be suitable for short people (me). Checking out the display of dresses from the medieval era.

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The Daliborka Tower, a famous prison named after its first inmate, Dalibor from Kozojedy.20120124-000146.jpg

And now, back to figuring out the transportation for my trip to France.

Germany – Dresden

How I wish we were backpacking so that we would then, be able to check out all the quaint little towns and amazing scenery we saw from the bus as we were traveling along the way.

Always torn between reading, looking at the scenery and napping. Hurhur.

Nothing beats having bacon, eggs and coffee for breakfast. =D

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Traveling from Berlin to Dresden. Foggy morning.

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Amazing landscapes alike paintings.

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Can only imagine how peaceful it would be like living there, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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At one of the stops selling over priced stuff. Apparently there is a regulation in Europe which requires bus drivers to rest for 20 minutes for every 2 hours of driving which is being monitored by recordings on a CD/thumbdrive.

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Swings seem to be disappearing from the Singapore scene in the past few years. I miss the playground at my old estate, the one made of cement, connected by a wooden bridge in a huge sandbox. Unlike the playgrounds of today which #sucks. Hello, no danger no fun. Miss the days of hanging out at the playground, having HTHs lying on slides and swinging as high as we could till the chains start creaking. Too old/heavy for that now.

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The exterior of SemperOper.

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The Zwinger, baroque style. Mom’s idea of a group photo, as long as the group is in the photo. Hurhur.

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Along the streets.

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The trio started playing Singapore’s national anthem as we walked by,  catching our attention which led to a display of generosity in return. Kudos to them for coming up with such a gimmick. Was it that obvious that we were Singaporeans?

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The Frauenkirche, Church of Our Lady which was reconstructed using the actual remains of the building, destroyed during WW2. The darken portions are the fragments of the original building. Pretty cool, using technology to piece the fragments together.

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The remaining pieces of the ‘puzzle’ they could not place, left outside the church.

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One of the highlights was a pork knuckle lunch which really didn’t appeal to me. Plus it was braised instead of the usual roasted crispy pork knuckle commonly found in German restaurants in Singapore.

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Totally regretted being a cheapo and not getting the CD. Wish I had asked for that amazing music that guy was playing at that moment. Can’t seem to find it. =(

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Alternative to lunch before we continued our long bus journey to Prague =)

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Germany – Berlin

15 hour flight to Berlin from Singapore, transiting at Turkey. Really not a fan of long flights.

The highlight of the day for me was actually finding a bubbletea shop right beside this Chinese restaurant that we were gonna have lunch at.

Bobo Q! There’s this poster that says bubbletea is good for you! I concur! Hurhur. Apparently Germans queue for bubbletea too! =P

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Grocery shopping just before lunch to get water supplies, cleared out the Hanuta on the shelves. Paid for the yellow bag, I do think its a good idea to make people pay for the bags. If 10 cents doesn’t make a difference, charge 50 cents instead.

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Stopped by the Victory Column (Berlin’s Siegessäule) for some quick shots. As with all guided tours, quick shots then off to the next destination.

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Atlas. Happened to be reading Atlas Shrugged on that trip. Recently named my department’s meeting room Atlas as well. Since our department provide services to support the organization, thought it was rather apt. Hurhur.

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Pretty autumn colours.

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Berlin Wall, painted on the western side.

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Memorial to the Berlin Wall victims.

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The holocaust memorial in Berlin. “A memorial in the abstract, yet very much concrete.”

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Mcdees! One step closer to my goal of eating at Mcdees in every country =P

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