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Krakow

December 4th

This was the last trip of the first semester, and the last trip I would be on with my friends who weren't returning to Prague for semester two, but this was definitely the best trip!

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We had 3 nights in Krakow, around 4 days so we had plenty of time to see what the city had to offer.

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Krakow was also in Christmas mode when we arrived, so there was a nice buzz around the square with the markets and the decorations, and the gorgeous tree. I didn't expect it to be such a beautiful city, but there was so many lovely buildings around the city centre.

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Our hostel was doing a bar crawl, with loads of drinks included and entry into a few different clubs. We did that, and met a lot of lovely people staying there, so there was a fun group of us going out. We ended up doing the bar crawl the next night again (but for free).

We did a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, and they pointed out the oldest pub there, so on night three we went there for a few drinks.

Then we did an evening tour to the salt mines. I had no idea about the salt mines, but it was fascinating to hear how it was so important for them back then, and to walk the same path as those miners. It was like a whole different world underground, there was even lakes and churches and they got married down there and bred animals down there.

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We saw online about a place called Lost Souls Alley, which was like a haunted house escape game. To say we were scared is an understatement, it only lasted 20 minutes but the six of us were clinging together fearing for our lives. We laughed about it for so long afterwards.
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We laughed even more when they sent us photos.

The last big thing we did, was a trip to Auschwitz.
After visiting the war memorial in Berlin and learning more about the Holocaust, I did want to visit Auschwitz for myself to learn even more.
It is such a difficult few hours and you are so overwhelmed by the information and the emotions you feel. There are parts of Auschwitz that no words are needed for, you are just flooded with emotion.
The thing that affected me most was hearing about women in Auschwitz, once my tour guide mentioned pregnant women. I had never even thought about the fear and sadness that these women must have felt, in what should have been a happy time for them
Seeing the living conditions that they had to endure, it really put everything into perspective, all the stupid things we complain about, when these pour souls had to experience the worst conditions and treatment imaginable.
There were parts where I broke down into tears and couldn't compose myself and had to leave the room.

There's no other way I can describe it than difficult, but I think it is something everyone should see for themselves, and remind us that we can never let humanity come to that again, and that religion, race etc should never be what divides us.

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Posted by Ciara-Gissane 05:13 Archived in Poland

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