Wednesday, June 24, 2009
On Tuesday we were able to go to Interlacken, Switzerland. It was so gorgeous! We were able to go up one of the mountains and eat dessert up there. It was so cold, but the view was spectacular. Even though it was a cold, rainy day the views did not disappoint. We were also able to go on a carriage ride and rent electric bikes to ride through the city.
On Monday we drove, drove, and did some more driving. Our car (more like a small bus for Europe) started acting funny and then something popped and the gears wouldn't work right. We were on the autobahn not being able to go past second gear. I bet the Europeans loved us. Luckily, we were able to find a car repair garage right off the road in the next city we came to, and our car was able to get fixed very fast. What a blessing! We were able to stop in Germany on our way to Switzerland and go see the Neuschwanstein castle. That is the castle Disneyland modeled the sleeping beauty castle after supposedly. It was amazing! After that we went to a restaurant called Triple XL. They had the biggest xxxl burger I have ever seen! I couldn't even finish my single.
On Sunday we were able to go to church. That was our third ward in three weeks :) The language is completely different but the church is the same no matter where you are. We were lucky enough to be able to have a wonder home cooked meal after at the family's house we hung out with on Saturday. It was so fun seeing everybody again. I loved playing with the baby Theo (pronounced Teo).
On Saturday we were fortunate enough to be able to meet with a family my dad knew back when he was on his mission. We got to go to the Salzburg castle and see some sites around it, and we also got to see where Silent Night was written! It was really cool being able to meet all these people my dad knew from so many years ago.
Friday, June 19, 2009
They had the gas chamber with the fake shower pipes here. They also had a table where cruel experiments were taken place. One people died, they also took out their gold fillings on this table. The people that were kept alive were forced to work in the stone quarry next to the camp. Every single day they had to climb these stairs cut out of the mountain with heavy boulders on their shoulders. The wilderness around the stone quarry would be gorgeous if you didn't know what happened here.
Tuesday was a very interesting day. We were able to go to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp and tour it. We also got to see an hour long movie about what all happened there. I have always been so intrigued by the Holocaust and how one man could persuade so many people to turn on their neighbors the Jewish people. Going to the camp didn't diminish but instead heightened those feelings. I cannot wrap my brain around how the SS officers could play with their kids and being loving fathers and husbands and while they were at "work" murder thousands upon thousands of countless innocent victims of racial profiling.