Landkreis Dachau

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  • Day101

    Sulzemoos & Ade's departure

    October 5, 2016 in Germany ⋅

    Ade's last day dawned cold, grey and wet. The plan had been for him to sleep in the tent this last week but with night temperatures falling below 10°C we'd rigged up the 'back breaking' table bed in the van.

    After we'd cancelled and reordered cards to replace those taken in Vicky's wallet, we emptied and filled the van and headed out of Munich. The campsite had been amazingly 'unrowdy' for a festival campsite but its 1500 places were nearly all empty now as workers packed it up.

    We found a town relatively close to the airport and took a wander around. Ade hadn't yet experienced the German speciality of 'kaffee und kuchen' so we found a local cafe and warmed up over coffee and cake, including the German favourite of apple crumble cake.

    We arrived early at the airport 'just in case' and so had time to explore a little before Ade left. The airport is massive, so much so that it contained a wave machine with young surfers riding the wave. It was surreal but entertained us for a little while.

    Sadly we said our goodbyes to Ade. We'd had a fabulous week with him and are very grateful to him for coming out to visit us. Travelling brings us amazing experiences but it would be so much more difficult without the support and contact we have with family and friends.

    Heading west out of Munich we'd planned to spend the night at a motorway restplace but being after 7pm they were packed full with lorries. Instead, we got off the motorway and parked up at a stopover outside a camper van shop about 50km away.
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  • Day2


    January 2 in Germany ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C

    (1) Hallway with small, lightless prison cells. Prisoners would be fed once every three or four days. (2) Replica of a cage used to hold mosquitoes to infect prisoners with malaria.

    Approximately 41,500 people were killed at Dachau, not including persons executed on arrival.

  • Day50

    Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

    October 15, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    A sombre day...

    We have spent a reasonable amount of time on this holiday doing things associated with either WWI or WWII. It only makes sense whilst in Germany to visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site just outside Munich, the site of the first concentration camp established by the Nazis in 1933 and liberated by the Allies in 1945.

    This camp served as the blueprint for all 80 or so concentration camps which followed. The main administration building, which is now a large museum through which you linearly travel through the 12 years of Dachau's history, was formerly the receiving and processing stations, including the place where prisoners personal details were registered, stripped, shaved, showered and provided their uniforms. It also included the kitchens.

    There is a recommendation that children under 12 do not enter the museum, so Kate stayed out with Craig whilst Finn and I went through.

    Behind this building is the "Bunker" with the corridor between the two buildings forming the execution area for special prisoners, as well as the place various tortures were performed. Within the Bunker, the special prisoners were housed and included isolation cells and standing cells - 70cm x 70cm cubicles with no light where prisoners could neither lie nor sit and were submitted to this torture for up to 3 days at a time.

    Between the main admin building and the first of the dormitories was the parade ground where roll call was made twice a day. Even in winter with temperatures of -12C, prisoners had to stand there for a minimum of 1 hour each time. Longer if the guards felt like it. The area held approx 40,000 prisoners.

    The barracks were all destroyed after liberation, with two having been reconstructed to demonstrate the cramped living conditions for prisoners. What is left of the barracks that stood there previously is now marked by the footings of each building, along the poplar-lined main walk. At the end was the SS quarters, now converted into a convent for the Carmelite order.

    To the left was the old and new crematoriums, and the gas chambers, which at Dachau were reportedly only used a few times for a few small groups or individuals and experimentally. I could not bring myself to take a photo of these buildings. I had always imagined them to be large processing plants. In fact they were quite small, and in the new crematorium which was built because they couldn't keep up with the demand for use by the smaller crematorium, there were only 4 ovens, which would usually be used for 2-3 bodies at a time. Mass graves were in fact only employed after there became a coal shortage, so the crematoriums could no longer be used.

    I am not quite sure how to process the actual experience of today. Of course I have read novels and seems documentaries, but being physically here is still quite different. The memorial site is so peaceful and quiet. It certainly defies any comprehension of how men could commit the atrocities witnessed here on fellow human beings. One would like to hope that the sentiment on one of the pieces of art work outside the main administration building is true - Never Again.
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  • Day9

    Munich - Monday

    August 22, 2016 in Germany ⋅

    Boy, I have been slack in posting on our adventures in Europe. In my defence I was drinking at least 1.5 litres of beer a day in Munich so I was usually feeling a little snoozy by the end of the day.

    On Monday Tessa and I went to the Dachau concentration camp on a walking tour with a guide. As Dachau was the only concentration camp that existed from the beginning of the Third Reich to the end of the Second World War, it was interesting (if that's the right word to describe something so horrific) to see how the camp evolved over time. The picture of the camp that I've added below is a sculpture made in memorial of the victims of the camp.

    In the afternoon I went on a Third Reich walking tour through Munich with an Italian guide Sabine, who also happened to be a beer sommelier (beer expert basically - she gave some excellent bar and restaurant suggestions). We walked past places such as the Feldherrnhalle where Hitler's attempted Beer Hall Putsch was ended by Police gunfire in 1923 and the Hofbräuhaus where some of the early meetings of the Nazi party were held (it also has this cool section where regulars have their steins kept locked away for their personal use when they come to drink). After Hitler took power, the Feldherrnhalle became a shrine to the 16 men who died in the Beer Hall Putsch and everyone was required to give the Hitler salute as they went past, but there was an alley nearby that some people used as a shortcut to avoid giving the salute. It was nicknamed "Shirkers' Alley" and it now is a memorial to the German resistance.

    For dinner Tessa and I went to this lovely restaurant recommended by Sabine during the walking tour for a Bavarian Plate (bits and pieces of everything). The duck was basically the best I've ever had, just so much flavour!
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  • Day1

    Lets get started or "I am gone for now !

    March 13, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    Today is the day!

    After 4 weeks preparation time - I am joining my backpack on it's trip. The Osprey already started its journey from Chicago via New York last month with two weeks hang time in Leipzig at the Germans customs. ;)

    Now we travel together, all by myself. Next stop Bangkok and from there to a 3 weeks adventure in Vietnam.

    The plan - there is no plan ! Starting south from Ho-Chi-Minh City, traveling zigzag with the wind - direction north.

    Having watched tons of Vlogs, Blogs and already made some friends within local forums - I feel prepared, excited and am looking forward to the unique experience.

    Inspired from the travelers community, I found it an interesting challenge to travel with a minimum gear. So what you see is a total of 15Kg with a net weight of 10.5kg. Let's see how it plays out - I might still have to much stuff with me. The last days where a tough decision making - reducing a lot of the origin planned things.

    As digital traveler I will share some of the milestones to my follower. So whoever want to join in - welcome to my trip. Stay tuned on this channel - more to come.

    For now - I am outta here !


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  • Day1

    Things are packed - ready to go

    August 15, 2017 in Germany ⋅

    Tomorrow is the day. It's been 8 weeks I promised my son we will go to Hawaii - if he manages to get a grade better in his schoolexam across all subjects. He delivered so will I.

    Stuff is packed and we fly out to USA, first stop LA.

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