Work Brings Freedom

After a couple of hours in Birkenau, Michael and I went to the main camp. We still have an hour to burn before they allow walk-ins to enter free of charge, so we decided to eat lunch first at one of the small hotels in front of the main camp. It was a sumptuous Polish...

Railroad Switch

It’s been days of warm Spring sun in Berlin so Michael and I decided to leave our warmer clothes with K and Rory before our trip to Poland. Travelling light was a bad decision. Warsaw’s weather was great but the temperature drastically dropped by the time...

Walls, Checkpoints and Runaways

K accompanied us for a walk at East side gallery, what was then a Berlin Wall now a street art mecca. Then we went to the bridge where Franka Potente–as Lola– literally run in the iconic opening sequence of Tykwer’s film. Not for this reason but to...

Topography of Terror

This used to be Gestapo and SS headquarters. By the entrance side is a long walkway with exhibits of the history of Nazi’s rise to power en route to the indoor museum, its glass walls lined with old sepia pictures of victims and perpetrators, rescued files of...

Fields of White

Michael and I went to Holocaust Memorial during our first few days in Berlin. The whole site is covered by hundreds of white concrete slabs. From a far, under a harsh afternoon sunlight, these neat white boxes with their shadows uniformly embossed on the tiled grounds...

Remains of War

A few blocks away from Hanoi Hilton, we went to Vietnam Military Museum near Lenin Park and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Unlike what its name says, the exhibits here are not of Vietnamese armaments but the destroyed jets, tanks, shell bombs, cannons, and helicopters...