Thursday, October 9, 2008

We visited Aushwitz in Poland before we entered into Ukraine....on foot. This is a picture of us standing in front of the famous sign, which reads, "Work makes you free".

The day we were there was a cold, dark, dreary day. It set the tone and mood for our visit. The rain was slightly drizzling as we made our way through the town of Aushwitz. As we breathed, we could see our breath every so slightly.

The town is actually a very interesting town regarding its architecture. Trees line the paths that were scattered through out the entire complex. Cobblestone streets, brick buildings, located in the back-country of Poland. Very European feeling.

We had roughly two hours to see the entire complex, where you could spend days there. It was frustrating to be in a hurry, but what we experienced there will never be forgotten. Despite our short visit, we were able to understand, more fully, what went on there. All our lives and all throughout elementary, middle, and high school, we studied and read about the holocaust and the concentration camps. It's one thing to read about it and see pictures of it, but it's another thing to actually see it first hand. I learned more there in two hours than I did in ten years of schooling.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Standing inside the Vatican City. Unfortunately the time we were in Italy, the Sistine Chapel was closed for a major holiday, so we were not able to see Michalengelo's famous painting on the ceiling of the chapel. Despite that, being inside the Vatican was awesome. There were fountains in the middle of the plaza, so I walked over and dunked my head in the cold water. The others could not do that because they would have to worry about fixing their hair afterwards. As for me, haha...all I did was stand in the sun to dry my head.

A couple buddies of mine standing not too far away from the Colosseum. We arrived in Italy at 9AM in the morning after flying for the 9 hours across the ocean. We were all extremely tired due to the lack of sleep on the plane, but we were eager to get out into the city as fast as possible because we only had two days to spend in Rome. It was very hot this day as well. I forgot to put on sunscreen, so my head was one giant red cherry at the end of the day. Some people tan. I don't. I lobster.

So this past summer 4 buddies of mine and myself all traveled to Europe for a 9 day excursion of Italy, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungary. This picture is one of hundreds, but I do want to point out that we flew first class to AND from Europe. This is a picture of me sitting in one of the seats, wearing the noise cancelling headphones that they pass out, enjoying my bread and butter as an appetizer before our main crab cake meal.
During the season premiere of The Office season 5, Dwight Schrute and Pam Beesley stopped by my apartment. Oh yes, the red carpet was rolled out and we, the residents of apt. 608, gladly welcomed them into our humble abode.

My buddy Kell

This is my buddy Kell D. Bjorn. He has a blog, too. Here is his website: As we were driving back from an eventful weekend, his fatigue got the best of him. I think the coolest part about the picture is the fact that I took it WHILE driving. Impressive huh?