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Farewell, Krakow

Today was our last in Krakow, much to our disappointment. We definitely want to return someday – it is truly wonderful. The day began with breakfast at the hostel, eating toast while watching BBC news on the television. The problems of the Mid East are of growing concern to both of us, and I worry […]

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Auschwitz-Birkenau

Today was a difficult day for both of us – we traveled to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp outside of Krakow. The sheer number of people visiting the camp surprised me. At first, the crowds made it hard to get any kind of feeling, because we seemed to be shuffled from one room to the next. […]

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A Tribute to my Grandfather – Felix Bauer

My grandfather died today. I arrived back at the hostel to receive the news via email from my father. I can’t go home to be with my family to morn his death. I mourned the death of his parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins today at Auschwitz, and now I morn for him. Felix Bauer: Do […]

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Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.

Krakow – Who Knew?

We arrived in Krakow, Poland at 7am this morning, over an hour late. Apparently our train had broken down at some point during the night, however I did not mind because getting into Krakow on schedule, at 5:45am, was not my idea of fun. We parted ways with Mike and Carol, and set off for […]

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Farewell, Budapest

Is it already August? Today Jen and I packed our bags and headed for the train station. It is amazing how we feel like we know a city after using the public transportation for 48 hours or so. We hop easily from road to tram to bus. It’s nice to have a sense of direction. […]

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The Baths in Budapest

Today was a wonderful, relaxing day. After sleeping in until 9:30am, we made our way to the Buda side of town, stopping briefly for coffee, cappuccino, and croissants. It is said that most everyone in Budapest speaks some English, and this was more than emphasized by the young woman at the pastry shop whose grasp […]

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Budapest, Hungary

We are currently sitting outside at a table complete with candlelight and beer. We just finished our first meal of Hungarian goulash, and Jen loved it. We are exhausted from our day of sightseeing and sun. The morning started with a quick subway ride to a more central location in Pest. We strolled the streets […]

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Budapest in the Evening

We arrived in Budapest just in time for the rain to come down on us during our walk to our Hostel. Not the greeting we were looking for, but a welcome temperature drop we did not mind. We bumped into Christy on our way through the grey streets of Pest. The hostel is seemingly in […]

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Traveling to Budapest

I am sitting on the train to Budapest. Kendra is across from me, sleeping peacefully – a nice change from the exhausted, stressed student she has been for the past few days. Yesterday she spent four hours in exams, finishing her last one at 3:30pm. While she was writing answers, I was busy doing laundry […]

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The Heat Wave Continues

The heat here truly is becoming unbearable. Kendra is entrenched in studying for finals, so I spent time by myself today, wandering the streets of Salzburg. My first stop was the Franciscan Church, which was by far my favorite I have seen in Austria. The walls and columns were rough-hewn stone, and the mood inside […]

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