Prague (Czech Republic) by Backpack

Prague sign

16 – 17 August 2010 My overnight train from Krakow had gone well, overall it had been a comfortable journey and I’d slept well (With the aid of an eye mask and ear plugs). I arrived in Prague and made the easy walk from the main train station to the central area where I found […]

Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Concentration Camp

Auschwitz Security Fences-6

14 August 2010 The Auschwitz-Birkenau system of Nazi concentration camps was the largest of all the Nazi camps and was designated by Heinrich Himmler to be the “final solution of the Jewish question in Europe” – it was an extermination camp. Unbelievable atrocities were committed here. This post is going to be brief; if I […]

Krakow (Poland) by Backpack

Delicious Sandwich - Krakow - Poland

13 – 15 August 2010 If I thought it was difficult finding my hostel when I arrived in Warsaw, that was nothing compared to the difficulty I had in finding the train platform to leave Warsaw. To this day I don’t know what went wrong, but I spent a crazy amount of time walking around […]

Warsaw (Poland) History by Backpack

Warsaw Uprising Museum-16

11 – 12 August 2010 Having missed my intended train from Berlin I arrived in Warsaw late, it was after 11pm by the time I’d navigated my way out of the central station and to the tram stop. Laden up with all my important possessions in my backpack I found myself on a tram with […]

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Under Soviet Control - Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

10 August 2010 Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg was a major concentration camp used by the Nazi regime from 1936 through to Soviet liberation in 1945, the Soviets then used it as a NKVD Special Camp until 1950. In 1956 the East German (DDR) government set up a national memorial on the site giving emphasis to political resistance (Against […]

Berlin (Germany) by Backpack

East Side Gallery - Berlin-6

04 – 11 August 2010 On the train trip to Berlin I met Anna who was traveling back home from where she studies in Bonn. Anna kindly gave me some advice on sights and attractions from a local perspective and even said that if she was free on Friday she’d show me some of the […]

Cologne (Germany)

Reverse Trike in Cologne

03 August 2010 Cologne, but I almost didn’t make it. I hazily recall Jeff waking me up at some point; he was up and about and said my alarm was going off. The next time I woke up was when Jeff was putting his bag on and heading out the door, I tried not to […]

Back in Brussels

Brussels-69

30 July – 01 August 2010 Having exhausted myself in Bruges I really deserved a quality Belgian beer. That evening in Delirium bar I met up with Norbu and his friend (also from Denmark) and we sat with a couple of other solo travellers; an Ausi who had done the Trans Siberian railway and recommended […]

In Bruges

In Bruges the movie

30 July 2010 I hadn’t been able to get a single hostel for the duration of the stay I wanted in Brussels so I changed hostel in the morning to a place slightly further away from the centre. If I hadn’t of made this change I would never have met Norbu. Norbu hailed from Denmark […]

Brussels (Belgium)

Brussels-71

29 July 2010 I was very excited to be setting out to see Europe alone, essentially this trip was going to be my first stint of solo travel since leaving New Zealand. Unfortunately it did not start well. My train was due to leave at 6.20am and I was through the terminal gates by 6am; […]