So I need to start this entry with a wee tale aboot something that occurred on the train the other night that I.forgot to mention. Basically I was queing for the toilet when a young Asian man turned to speak to me. He asked where I was from. "england, how about yourself?" I replied. "korea" said the young Asian. Of course the natural reaction for me was to say in a casual manner "north or south?". When I re told this story to Tom and James they found it hilarious and couldn't believ I'd asked him that. Thought I'd share that ditty with u before I move onto the sad story of aufswitsch.
So yep, came to Poland yesterday. We had a Mexican for lunch, the food not an actual Mexican person obvs. Then we went to aufswitsch.. as you do. It took just over an hour to get there, which prob would have been ok if we hadn't had to sit there and watch a really shocking depressing film about aufswitsch. Upon arrival at the camp we were given headphones so we could hear our tour guide. Bad choice. Because obviously aufswitsch is a terrible place, full of memories and reminders of the horrific atrocities the nazis did, so it was always going to be pretty depressing, however it was made even worse by the heavy breathing of the guide who sounded and looked like she was going to burst into tears after every sentence. So I think the guide kind of added to the sadness of the afternoon. I think the thing that struck me most was just the sheer size and volume of the place. Over 1 million killed right in the same place I was standing. I would reccommend it as something to go and see and learn from, I learnt a fare bit. I already had a basic understanding of what had gone on but there were a lot of things which I think probably got left out of history lessons.
So away from that depressing conversation, weve taken to cooking our own food of an evening now to save on money. Pretty much pasta with sauce and a chopped up sausage. So we had that for dinner last night and then me and James had oreos and kitkat for pudding. Today we've checked out krakow 'castle' essentially a cathedral with some walls, still nice place though. We spent the afternoon looking round the city. Tommorow we go to see a salt mine and then leave for Budapest on a night train.
See you layer allagator Xx
Ps - James spoke to two girls this morning. There now leaving the hostel. No joke. Just goes to show his effect on women.
Pss - in case you were wondering.. the Korean was from the south.