A Harrowing Photo Essay: Auschwitz-Birkenau

Around an hour drive from Krakow lies the town of Oswiecim. During the years of 1940 and 1941 around 17,000 Polish residents were expelled from the area and 8 surrounding villages destroyed.
All this so the Nazis could keep the existence of Auschwitz-Birkenau a secret.

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Tubing in Saklikent Gorge (and some muddy fun)

 

It was about 17 degrees on a semi sunny day of Turkey’s Mulga province.
Standing around in our bathers, oversized PFD (life jacket) and sexy ‘water’ shoes on, holding our paddles and tubes, we listened to our Turkish guide explain to us in heavily accented English the guidelines for taking on Saklikent Gorge.
A few minutes later we were heading towards the stream. There was a few minutes hesitation after the instructor asked ‘who’s going first?’
Out of the group of 59 people, with about 30 – 40% males, no one volunteered.

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