Germany and Barcelona Highlights

Well today will be my last post on my vacation, it is really hard to capture 2 weeks of travel into just a few posts but I figured the best way to do this is to highlight my favorite things about my trip.

1.) Running while on vacation. It made me more comfortable with the areas that I was staying in. I felt like I really got to know the “morning life and see things I might not notice just walking around.
run

2.) Going to a concentration camp. While In Berlin I made the trip to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Learning about the Holocaust has always been something that really interested me, I took a Holocaust in film class in college and have read countless books about it. I knew it was something that I had to do. The whole experience was really sad, and humbling.
concentration camp

3.) Visiting my friend in Munster.
munster
Teresa has visited me and my family twice now and I have gotten the opportunity to show her around Fairfield and even dragged her to Rochester, NY last year. It was really nice to see her University, they cute area that she lives in and meet all of her friends. Its nice to visit a new place and see it through the eyes of a local rather then as a tourist.

4.) Gaudi! All of the Gaudi in Barcelona was amazing! After each exhibit we saw Laura and I kept asking each other which was our favorite. I am pretty sure the Batllo was my favorite but it really is hard to say, his architectural style was soo unique.
batllo

Fun fact/Sad Fact the last project Gaudi was working on was La Sagrada Familia, on his way to work he was struck by a bus and died. It took people a few days to identify his body. The church to this day has not been finished and I don’t think it ever will be finished.
la sagrada de familia

5.) A walking tour of Berlin. We booked the tour through NewBerlinTours.com(I booked my concentration camp tour with them as well, if you are traveling abroad I highly recommend them, they are offered in several different areas). The tour was free. It was pouring rain during the tour but our tour guide did a great job of keeping us entertained and made sure we saw all of the important things. The thing I was looking forward to see the most was the Holocaust Memorial.
holocaust memorial

6.) Visiting Lindau and seeing where my friend grew up. Although it rained a bit when we were there it was nice to see her Island. Not to mention you could see Germany, Austria and Switzerland while standing in one spot.
lindau

7.) Eating delicious food, as I mentioned yesterday.
Spätzle

What is a highlight of a recent trip you have taken?

What is something you are dying to see or do?

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  • Honestly, I am not a history buff AT ALL. It was probably my toughest subject to pay attention to or care about in high school; however, I was absolutely OBSESSED with the holocaust. Okay, not obsessed… But I paid so much attention and read so many books about it because it’s the only thing in history I’m really fascinated by… I’m not sure why, though, since it’s so gruesome. Needless to say, I’m jealous you were able to see a concentration camp! I would love it!
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    • I am the same way as you. Nothing else ever interested me but the Holocaust stuff completely enraptured me. If you ever get the opportunity to see one you should. Have you ever been to the DC holocaust museum? That is a must do as well.

  • Just like you and Lauren, I was super into learning about the HOlocaust in middle/high school. I’ve read tons of books on it and always found it fascinating. A tour of a concentration camp would be a must-do for me as well.
    I don’t like running much but certain places inspire me to go running to explore. I think t hat Europe would definitely be one of them!
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