In 2005, when I was for the first time in Kraków (Poland), I enrolled to a six-week Polish language class. When I arrived in the city after a 18-hours bus drive, I couldn’t speak a word of Polish, I got lost on the way to the hostel, and of course I got ripped off by a currency exchange guy. I was so scared that I didn’t leave the hostel after dark for the first couple of days.
Luckily this changed quickly when I discovered the beauty of Kraków, with its old houses that are shabby-chic in a way that it doesn’t look like neglectance and decay, but like someone who doesn’t need to put on make-up to look good.
69 years ago today, the German death camp Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army. It is estimated that well over 1 Million people died in that place, from gas, hunger, illness, cold, bestialic cruelty of the SS staff, and Mengele’s pseudo-medical experiments. The railroad car on the picture is today part of the exhibition at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Visitors put stones on the car, as well as alongsides the tracks, to commemorate the dead (it is a Jewish custom).