Sunday, October 17, 2010
Return To Zagan
We also got to know Kristen and her wonderful kids. The kids didn't know much english, but they asked us our names, and they told us goodnight every night before they went to bed, sweet kids. Nima, Kristen and I went on a walk to a local raver party and man was it nuts. It was a lot of electronica music, until they whipped out an acoustic guitar. Man, free beer, campfire, two jimbay drums, an acoustic bass and guitar; the guitar was bloody when I handed it back to them. They love classic rock everywhere. That was my kind of night.
All together our trip at Fredric's farm was awesome, we prepared our meals out of the garden, made rose hip jam and Liqueur, and Nima made her soon to be famous Dulce de Leche. They make their own wine at the commune, had an out door make your own fire shower, ducks, chickens, sheep, gooses, cool place. It also was about an hour from Zagan, just over the Polish border, the home of Stalag Luft lll. This is where my grandfather spent two years during World War ll, as many of you know. This place was heavy to visit. The only thing keeping it protected is the fact that it was made famous by The Great Escape, otherwise it might be nothing more than some decaying slabs of concrete in the forest. We saw the kitchen, the hospital; where I assume they told papa they were going to half to take his leg, the cooler, and of course tunnel Harry. Their is also a nice Museum and a monument to the men who died at Stalag Luft lll as well as Stalag Vlll A. They have a full size replica of the barracks and a guard tower, and a miniature version of the whole camp. It was hard to imagine my 22 year old grandfather here more than sixty years ago, I mean it's not even winter yet, and it's already freezing here. On a more somber note, I'll say good night, or I guess it's lunch time for you, so Guten Apitite. Now we are off to Berlin.
Posted by Matt OBannon and Nima Sinclair at 8:50 AM