Monday, April 05, 2010
Episode 560: Concentration Camp & Beer
We began the day with a visit to Mauthausen, the last concentration camp to be liberated by the Allies at the end of World War Two. Not an extermination camp like Auschwitz, but still pretty harrowing nonetheless. Maybe it's my overactive imagination, but I think you can still sense the evil that has taken place there. It's an experience that everyone should have at least once in their life, visiting a concentration camp, just to witness how brutal we as a species can be. How anyone can come away from it and not be moved is beyond me, and Holocaust deniers are just appalling. Even in our postmodern era when we like to think everyone's truth is equally valid, there are some things which are just false, plain and simple. Did a short walking tour around the city centre of Munich, ending up in the famous Hofbräuhaus. Ended up at a table with people including Brek and his friends, so banter for the win! Had a shot that was vile, so I totally had the Asian glow going, but I was nowhere near being tipsy. I admit that I was also drinking Radler, a 50-50 mix of beer and lemonade, so that would hardly have been incapacitating either! (Creative writers seem to be planning a messy one for first night of term, after the EN232 deadline, so might get hammered then for the first time since Zouk last year.) Not really a fan of beer anyway, so drinking tonight was more about the atmosphere than anything else!