Interesting Side Trip

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The cemetary in front of the camp- they dug up a mass grave after the war and respectfully reburied everyone here.
Today started out with class and then a trip to an art museum for class- The Fair Trade Palace. It was amazing!!! Probably my favorite museum so far. It was a modern art museum, but not the incredibly weird, off-the-wall stuff. But it also included some amazing architecture, design, and cultural exhibits from 1900+. I found it very fascinating and intellectually stimulating and really enjoyed it.

After a quick stop for lunch, we were all given the option to either take the afternoon to travel out to a concentration camp, or stay in Prague. I decided to go with the group out to the camp, and check it all out. This one was called Terezin, and it was in the Czech countryside. Apparently, it was used as a "PR" camp so it wasn't nearly as bad and brutal as some of the other ones, but it was still incredibly powerful, nonetheless.
The barracks in the camp.
As you can imagine, it was an eye-opening experience, especially as I have learned about the holocaust throughout my entire educational career. So to be there was very surreal.

We also explored the nearby town, which actually was used as a Jewish ghetto. It's been changed into a completely regular country town today, with people living there like they would anywhere else. But they had some museums and whatnot- we opted out of going there so not to spend money. It is a little eerie at first to see what used to be the Jewish Ghetto changed into what it is now, but it makes sense once you're there for a while. We actually found a little playground and had some fun there, as we had time to kill.

After we got back, I took a short nap and went for a run. Most of my friends had to go to a makeup jazz concert (about half the class were not able to go in Paris) so I was pretty much on my own for the evening.
Nazi Offices
The run was definitely great, as I went to a nearby park, which was truly a mountain. I got a great hill workout (even though I'm not training for anything in particular) and I found that I'm still in pretty good shape after my hilly triathlon! The park was really nice, and I enjoyed the run.

I decided then to go into town for the last little bit of sunlight and see if I could find any food for dinner and just get a chance to walk around some more. It was nice to be out with all the people, but the only options for food were sit down restuarants and I just wanted a somewhere where I could take away food, but they were all closed. So I ventured back to our neighborhood, where I found the perfect Czech fastfood restuarant. No one there working spoke English, so it made it difficult, and I don't really know what I ordered- but it was very good! I was really hungry and they were really surprised when I ordered so much food! It is incredibly cheap... I love Prague....

Since then I've come back and ate while doing work. It's easy to forget we are technically here to study so I have homework!
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The cemetary in front of the camp-…
The cemetary in front of the camp…
The barracks in the camp.
The barracks in the camp.
Nazi Offices
Nazi Offices
A typical room where they were req…
A typical room where they were re…
The place had extensive tunnels fr…
The place had extensive tunnels f…
Name of the concentration camp.
Name of the concentration camp.
Playground in nearby town!
Playground in nearby town!
It was harder than it looked...
It was harder than it looked...
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