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Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
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Trip End Jan 31, 2011


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Today we headed out of Austria and into Germany. Our first stop was Mathausen Concentration Camp. We started off watching a powerful video about the camp, then we were free to walk the camp. This was an incredibly emotional, sobering experience. I chose to hang back from the group so I could be alone. I started at the memorial to the Americans who liberated the camps, then on to the barracks and the gas chambers and incinerators. The experience was very moving, and I was sobbing by the end. I can't describe how it felt to be in a place where such atrocities occurred, having studied World War II so extensively it meant a lot to be there. The bus was pretty quiet, with everyone reflecting on what we had seen. From here we made our way to Munich, got changed, and made our way to the city center for a walking tour, free time, and huge steins of beer. We went to Marienplatz and en Christi and I walked through the open air markets with fresh meats, produce, cheeses, wines, and honey. The quality of goods was wonderful, I just don't know how the vendors stand there all day. It's cold! At 7pm we met to head to Haufbrauhaus for pork knuckle and steins. The place is full of huge picnic benches, and sooooo many people enjoying the local brews. Our tour manager told us to "divide and conquer" to get a seat. Christi, our tour manager, and myself ended up at a table of six crazy Swiss football players who were around our age. They spoke some English and kept us laughing. They also bought our first round of liter steins, so that was nice! Christi and I also tried the pork knuckle and dumplings, which she loved but I was not a fan. We eventually got a table with the rest of the group and enjoyed more steins and lots of Prost-ing! From here we went to a club and danced the night away. Luckily I sweated out the two steins of beer I drank on the dance floor and woke up feeling great!
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Judy Sassorossi on

Hi Sarah. Just caught up on your blog. Glad you are having a terrific time. Chatted with your Mom tonight, wished them well as they pack tomorrow then travel to Paris. With football playoffs tomorrow, thought we'd best catch up tonight. Your Mom, Dad and Becca are all very excited, and the rest of us are very envious! Just so you know what you are missing, it is VERY cold here, well below zero last night, tonight and tomorrow night. Continue having a wonderful time, and thank you for sharing. Love, Judy and Kenn

Hillary on

I can imagine how powerful emotions must be walking through the camps, I have a hard time just going to the museums dedicated to WWII But i'm so glad you got the chance to do that. THe ret of your day sounded interesting lol The pork knuckle looks a little scary haha glad you are getting to have these amazing expieriances!

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