Taking Pictures at Auschwitz


There we were, standing in silence in front of a crematorium at the Auschwitz extermination camp. Our guide had already explained how her grandfather had miraculously survived four years in Auschwitz after being taken as a political prisoner simply for attending university. Many people stood with bowed heads, meditating on the tragic history.

CLICK! The sound of a giant DLSR camera shattered the silence. CLICK! The photographer nudged aside a fellow tourist to shoot the crematorium from a different angle. Two tons of human hair shaved from the heads of murdered prisoners to be woven into fabric? CLICK! A pile of dead children’s shoes? CLICK! CLICK!

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Episode 7: Summer Vacations and a Call for Guests

The bad news is that like all good things, summer has come to an end. The good news is we’re back! After a brief hiatus to rest and retool, we’ve returned with new travel tales and a revamped format.

In Episode 7, we recount Kathy’s European Summer Sadness Tour® which began with Banksy’s Dismaland in England and ended with Auschwitz in Poland. Don’t worry – after copious amounts of beer, ice cream, and puppy videos, she’s OK! For more about her visit to Dismaland, click here. Meanwhile, Ines rediscovered her new and improved hometown of Lima, Peru, recently crowned the most visited city in South America. With an influx of tourists and expats, transportation improvements, and tons of new independent shops and attractions (in addition to an already thriving food scene), lots of cool things are happening. Ines writes about this in more detail here.

Click here to listen to Episode 7: Summer Vacations.

In other news, we’re now a two-woman operation. We wish Kyna the best as she devotes more time to her passion, stand-up comedy. So what does this mean for you? It means we have a rotating guest slot for any number of lucky women travelers.

Are you an expert on a certain city or region? Want to talk about travel-related skills (secrets to scoring airline upgrades and miles, life as a digital nomad, haggling like a local)? Can you teach us the basics of your fave travel activity (rock climbing, road trips, vintage flea markets)? Hit us up on Facebook or at xxwilltravel[at]gmail[dot]com, suggest a topic, and be our next guest. We’d love to hear from you!

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