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Day 14: Dachau Concentration Camp

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today is Thanksgiving Day, and we are meeting the Viator people at 11am in Hauptbahnhof station for a trip to Dachau Concentration Camp. We chose today for this particular tour because I thought it would help me realize just how thankful I am for the good things in my life. This picture is the entrance to the camp.

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The day was cloudy and very cold, which fit well with the somber atmosphere. We traveled 30 minutes each way on a train and bus to the town of Dachau. We chose this 5 hour tour because we wanted the benefit of hearing the history from a German perspective. As it turned out, the guide was not German, but he was a very knowledgeable historian. We were given about 3 hours of information, then an hour to roam around on our own. I think everyone should visit one of these camps. It’s a very sobering view of history.
Later in the day we went to the Tollwood Festival. It was very interesting and very international and nothing we’re used to seeing. There were all kinds of food and crafts for sale, along with loads of entertainment.
After the festival we headed back to Hauptbahnhof station to get some food to take home for dinner. I had some fries to hold me over…they were really good! We brought home chicken, bread and pastry for our Thanksgiving dinner. It was good and as close as we could get to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

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