An early typically European breakfast in our hostel fortified the group for a full morning of walking. A 20-minute train ride placed us at Dachau, site of the first concentration camp.
Waiting for our train:
Mr Hornor led the group on a several-hour tour of the exhibition halls, a reconstructed barracks, religious memorials and the crematoria. The mood among the students was understandably somber and thoughtful.
Orienting ourselves at the beginning of the tour:
Parade grounds and barracks:
Camp scene painted by a prisoner:
More group discussion:
View down cell-lined corridor:
Monument near the crematoria:
After returning from the camp, we got our massive and unwieldy suitcases out of storage and headed to the next door Hauptbahnhof to grab some last Bavarian pastries and sandwiches before boarding a super-fast train to Berlin. The names of those students who chose to eat at Subway and Starbucks have been redacted. After wrangling suitcases into the train, the students got to work on assignments for their classes. Their productivity was impressive!
Hard-working Pace students:
Arriving into the Berlin Hauptbahnhof around 9 pm, we still had to negotiate several subway lines before arriving at our hostel, a converted bishop’s residence in the heart of the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Time for sleep – tomorrow promises miles of walking, probably in freezing rain and snow. Wunderbar!