07.21.2007 22 °C
As I mentioned in my last entry, my grandmother (Granny) is needing to have carotid artery surgery. They postponed the surgery, which was supposed to be yesterday at noon (New Orleans time) because they wanted to run some other tests on her heart and what not to make sure that her body can handle the surgery. So far, all the tests have come back with good news. I am still extremely nervous about this whole situation, however, i'm trying my hardest to know that she is in the best of care. Still, to know that I am halfway around the world with one of my family members in the hospital unnerves me.
Auschwitz was a mixture of emotions. The train ride there and back was horrendous and, although I had never been on a train before, I will try hard to not have to take one again. Once you get into Oświęcim, there is nothing. It's incredibly dreary and bare. Old buildings that look barren, etc. After walking for about 20 minutes, following signs that point to Auschwitz, at 4:30 AM, we come upon this small glimmer of hope in a barren town. Literally right across the street from Auschwitz is this incredibly modern hotel, it had to be brand new. They charged 180 Polish dollars ($70 US dollars) for a night there, so the 4 of us put up our $17 dollars to stay for a couple hours until we were rested enough to encounter what was before us.
Auschwitz is horrible. I couldn't even bare to walk through the entire exhibit. Not only were there rooms full of hair, which was shaved off the heads of the prisoners there, but there were also rooms of shoes, pajamas, eye glasses, combs, Jewish prayer blankets, etc. Lining the halls of most of the exhibits were photos taken of a fraction of the people murdered there. And this was just Auschwitz I. We had the option to travel a couple miles by foot to Auschwitz II, but I don't think I could have made that journey. As you can probably tell, i'm being extremely vague with my description, and thats all i'm giving. Twas not something I want to remember a lot of.