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Coming Home - March 15th

I am writing this from Frankfurt Airport. The Internet is spotty in this airport, but I wanted to send a quick note to say that we are on schedule to be back in Canada soon. Our flight information is still the same, and we should be arriving at WDHS for 7:45pm. If there are any changes I will update my twitter feed at @tidridge.

CONFIRMED: WE WILL BE AT WDHS FOR 7:45pm (writing this from the airport).

Nevski Prospect and the delegation from Sochi - March 14th

Russia is good to its history, particularly concerning the Great Patriotic War (Second World War). For our last full day in the country we visited the memorial to the Siege of Leningrad (the devastating 900 day attempt by Nazi Germany to destroy the city from 1941-1943 resulting in the death of 1/3 of its population, or 1 million people). The massive monument is beautifully executed and meticulously cared for. We have no idea the suffering of this city (and country) during the German invasion.

  

Lenin's Study - March 13th

Our day began with Ms. Buckle's game "assassins" as we toured the Museum of Political History (housed in the former headquarters of the Bolshevik Party). We walked through Lenin's study, gazing out over the street from the same spot where he delivered speeches that galvanized the Russian Revolution. A strange museum, there were many examples of life in the USSR under communism. 

The afternoon was given over to some free time in central Saint Petersburg - students had the chance to grab a nice lunch (many went out to the local restaurants) and seek out some more souvenirs. Meeting up, we walked over to the battleship Aurora - the dreadnought from which the first shot was fired of the Russian Revolution, signaling the beginning of the attack on the Winter Palace). Nearby, sailors from the Russian navy performed drills (giving us some great pictures!).

Beautiful Saint Petersburg - March 12th

The snow lifted to reveal the city to us today - a sprawling European settlement that stands in direct contrast with what we saw in Moscow. Our first stop was the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral. Burial place of every tsar since Peter the Great, the cathedral also (since 1998) holds the remains of the tragic Nicholas II and his family (murdered by Communist forces during the revolution and recently canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church).
Our afternoon was spent in the Hermitage - the former Winter Palace of the tsars. Massive in scale, the Winter Palace puts Versailles to shame. The shear opulence of the place is overwhelming - our students (and chaperons) could not believe it. Built by Tsarina Elizabeth, the structure conveys the power and extravagance of the Russian monarchy. The artists in our midst feasted on works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Monet - we were told that if every piece was given 2 mi 

Train to Saint Petersburg - March 11th

A welcome chance to sleep in started our only major travel day in Russian. Departing Moscow by Sapsan high-speed train the kids got to see some of the Russian countryside (flat and endless forests) as we traveled 700 kilometres in under four hours. We arrived in Saint Petersburg to a snowstorm, as well as Tchaikovsky blasting over the loud-speakers (it was perfect). Up until 1991, Saint Petersberg went by the name Leningrad (the province, or oblast, in which the city is found still goes by this name) and it is here that the Russian Revolution erupted during the First World War. Tomorrow the snow will lift and we will head out to explore some of this amazing city's history.

Exploring the City - March 10th

It was an early day as we left the hotel for Moscow's massive Victory Park (built on the site where Napoleon waited for the keys to the Kremlin). The Great Patriotic War (our Second World War) dominates Russian history, and this park both captured the size of the war and the country in which it occurred. That it was so cold (-24C) only enforced how difficult the conditions were for the soldiers defending the city (the Nazi advance was halted 15 km from the park).

Wes Lawler then took us on a tour of the Moscow subway system - one of the most beautiful in the world, dripping with Soviet "Socialist Realism" art. Some stations were lined in marble and gold. For lunch we stopped at Moscow's largest market - a treasure-trove of Soviet relics, Second World War antiques and souvenirs (a lot of rubbles were left here!). Taking the subway home we had time for a group photo near the Russian Space Monument.

With only one hour for dinner and  a quick rest, we headed back out for a night at the circus. It was a good lesson for the students to see how different cultures have different perspectives on animal rights. The acts were amazing - truly a spectacle - but people were a little uneasy when they saw some of the animal acts. The lobby of the circus was filled with drugged tigers and elephants for people to have their pictures taken with. Strange.


Arriving at the hotel at 9:45 after a long day it was time to back for the next leg of our journey: the fast train to St. Petersburg March 11th.

Red Square and the Kremlin - March 9th

Driving along the vast boulevards (some are six lanes both ways) we toured the city of Moscow - stopping for a great view of the city at Sparrow Hill - ending up at the foot of Red Square, the heart of Russia. All roads lead to Red Square (all distance in the country is measured from it) and the place is busy with activity. Dominating the square is the Kremlin wall and the beautiful St. Basil's Church. Students were given free time to wander the square (there was a skating rink, shopping mall, and many other things to see) before we met at St. Basils to head off to the entrance to the Kremlin. Sadly Lenin's tomb was under construction so we could not visit, but Stalin's bust marking his grave was could be seen peaking from behind a tree in the construction site.

With soldiers always watching, students visited the heart of Russia's government. President Putin was in residence (his flag flew over his palace) as we visited Moscow's oldest square and two of the Kremlin's many churches (one contained the bodies of all the princes and tsars before Peter the Great, including Ivan the Terrible). The world's largest cannon and bell were also visited.

We are now back at the hotel warming up (-20C this morning) and getting ready for dinner. Today was busy, but tomorrow will be packed!

We have arrived in Moscow! - March 7-8th

It has been a long day, but everyone has arrived safely in Moscow (albeit a little tired). Stopping briefly in Dusseldorf (3 hours) we were met in a near-empty Vnukovo International Airport by our tour director Wes Lawler. Moscow is a HUGE city - the largest in Europe, and our hotel is located northeast of the city centre. Moscow is also the most expensive city in Europe (an apartment the size of the ones in St. John's Apartment Building located in the poorest part of the city will still cost 200,000 American to buy). After getting into their rooms, the kids had a good dinner as we outlined plans for tomorrow - a big day (Red Square & the Kremlin). Bedtime was set for 9:30pm to ensure that they are ready for an early morning! I can tell you that as I write this there are no noises coming from the hallway - everyone is fast asleep.

Meet our friends from Gymnasia No 5!

Learn more about Gymnasia No 5 thanks to this excellent powerpoint from Sochi.

Watch a great powerpoint sent to us from Sochi (Gymnasia No 5) 

Thanks to Ludmila from Gymnasia No 5 for sending us this powerpoint to help our students learn more about Sochi.
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Trip Meeting set for February 27th @ 7:30pm in the WDHS Lecture Hall

We will be meeting this night to discuss things such as packing, money, etiquette, behaviour expectations, tipping and the bus to Pearson Airport. This will be the last time we will see each other as a group before gathering at the school on March 7th.

Why I love living in Flamborough - Thank you Judi Partridge and Michael Clark

WDHS owes a huge thanks to their good friend Councillor Judi Partridge and community-member Michael Clark for coming to our aid this week (February 19th). When a problem developed with our applications for Russian tourist visas a call when out for help that was quickly answered by Judi and Michael. On behalf of our trip, thank you for helping make Russia possible.

Our trip and the Canadian Olympic Committee - January 28th, 2013

I am happy to let everyone know that we have been contacted by the Canadian Olympic Committee and are exploring ideas that we could do in association with them in the lead-up to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. One if the possibilities includes becoming penpals with a Russian school in Sochi, as well as a flag exchange in Moscow.

Representing your school is a great honour, but representing your country's Olympic spirit (especially after the tremendous Vancouver Olympics and London Olympics) is a completely different level.

This is exciting news!

Letter to travelers from Tour Director Wesley Lawler - January 21st, 2013

I am happy to publish a letter to our students from Wesley Lawler, our 2013 Russia Tour Director. Wes will be with us the entire time we are away (he will be the first to greet us in Moscow and the last to say good-bye in St. Petersburg).
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December 7th, 2011

A meeting was held in Room 218 for all WDHS students interested in traveling to the Russian Federation in 2013. Over 60 forms were distributed. With only 42 spots available, we must operate on a "first come, first served" basis. Spots are secured when WDHS permission forms are handed in to Mr. Tidridge.

A reminder that parents/students will need to set up accounts with EF Tours - all payments will be made through these accounts (except the $100 fee for bus and tips, as well as the Russian visa fee).

Great powerpoint highlighting the architecture of St. Petersburg (thanks to Mr. Maga for passing this along):

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The WDHS History Department received approval for Mr. Tidridge and Mr. Harvey to run a trip to Russia (Saint Petersburg - formerly Leningrad - and Moscow) from March 7th-15th, 2013.

Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
The Waterdown District High School History Department has a long tradition of excellent trips to such exotic locations as France, Cuba and Egypt. Following the successful 2008 Battlefields of Europe trip (France, Belgium & Holland) and the 2011 Eastern European Tour (where students and chaperones became the first Canadians ever to visit the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad), Mr. Tidridge and Mr. Harvey were been approved for a trip to the Russian Federation for March Break 2013.


Official Name of Trip: Russian Rhapsody
Tour Operator: EF Tours
Tour Number: 1100928
Approximate Trip Dates: (subject to change) March 7th - Friday, March 15th, 2013
Approximate Cost: $3131.00 + $100 (for tips and bus to Pearson Airport).
Trip Size: 40 students + 6 chaperons
Lead Teachers: Nathan Tidridge, Tim Harvey and Julie Buckle
Chaperones: Steve Robinson, Keith Archer and Austin Gourley

Letter to students/parents:

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Itinerary:

Москва (Moscow)

Санкт-Петербург (Saint Petersburg)


Skype Meeting with a school (Gymnasia No 5) from Sochi set for February 27th @ 10:00am at WDHS (Location T.B.A.)

We are currently hammering out the finer details, but our student travelers will be meeting with their counterparts in Sochi, via Skype one week before their departure to the Russian Federation. Already, WDHS has received gifts from both the City of Hamilton (thanks to Councillor Judi Partridge) and the Canadian Olympic Committee to take with them to their future friends in Russia. 

Learn more about the ancient country of Russia

With less than one month until we leave to one of the world's most facinating countries students should be trying to learn as much as possible about the extraordinary places they are about to see. 

Currently, I am reading "Russka" by Edward Rutherfurd (a beautiful book that covers 1800 years of Russian history, calling the country " . . . harsh yet exotic, proud yet fearful of enemies, stepped in ancient superstitions but always seeking to make its mark on the emerging world") as well as watching whatever documentaries I can get my hands on. 

I will be posting all kinds of resources here as I find them, and encourage students to prepare themselves for an intense nine-days in a world vastly different than their own.

You are about to visit the country of light (Rus means light).

The 2012 Inaugaration of President Vladimir Putin

This, very professional, video gives you a glimpse of the power surrounding President Putin. I am struck by how alone Putin is throughout the ceremony - as well as how quiet Moscow is - as if the entire country is holding its breath for the return of this president. The face of modern Russia, Vladimir Putin has ruled this country since he was first elected president in 2000 (he served as prime minister from 2008-2012).

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

In Grade 10 history I sometimes show the pop-culture movie "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country." Released the same year as the collapse of the Soviet Union, Star Trek VI does a good job of capturing the feelings of many in the western world around the end of the Cold War. For anyone interested, I have uploaded the handouts that I distribute to students before showing this movie.



Flight Details, January 12th, 2013

Please see the attached file to find out our flight information for Russia 2013.

The WDHS History Department traveled to Germany, Poland, Russia & the Czech Republic Friday, March 11th, to Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011.



The Waterdown District High School History Department has a long tradition of excellent trips to such exotic locations as France, Cuba and Egypt. Following the successful 2008 Battlefields of Europe trip (France, Belgium & Holland) the 2011 Eastern European Tour explored the history and locations along the eastern front, including some of the darkest chapters in our collective history.


The Journey Home, March 21st -

7:15am (local time) - We are in Prague International Airport waiting for our 8:15am flight to London (Heathrow). We are anticipating a four hour layover in Heathrow before boarding our flight for Toronto.

1:05pm (local time) - We are at Heathrow International Airport waiting for our flight to Toronto (AC 849 departs at 3:00pm London time). There was some confusion and the airline (not EF tours) did not check our bags through to Toronto causing us to have to go through customs here to collect our bags and then check back into the airport. Technically, we toured England for an hour! No worries though - everything is fine now as we await our flight.

A Glorious Day in Prague, March 20th

It was nothing but sun today as we toured Prague. Starting at Prague Castle (the largest palace complex of its kind in the world) we weaved our way through the streets (past a winery!), across the Charles bridge and into the Old City. The president of the Czech Republic was in residence at the Castle and we had a brilliant group picture, Ryan Wallace's Flamborough Review front and centre, with one of the presidential guards.

The afternoon was spent in the shops buying last minute souvenirs and gifts. The fair from the previous day was in full force. Before heading back to the hotel we took a final group picture with a massive Czech flag to give to Mr. Flosman.

This evening was our farewell dinner, and the students all dressed up to give Wes a big thank you. Adam and Jacob composed a song for Wes (as well as Josef, our Czech bus driver). Sharon, Alex and Jamie wrote a great poem dedicated to our favourite Irishman, Sharon going on to entertain us with some impromptu juggling.

I am really proud of our students - they represented our school and country so well. The end of a trip is always bittersweet, and this is especially true for this one. I would happily take any of these students on a trip again - in a heartbeat.

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The Czech Republic and Prague (Praha), March 20th

Happ Birthday Lauren!. It was another long travel day (approximatley 8 hours) to the capital of the Czech Republic. Arriving at 3pm, Wes took us on a walking tour to the old and new squares of the city. Coincidentally a fair was in full swing and the smells of kobasa, sausage, rye bread and liquorice filled the city. There was also tree men playing music and the square was alive with people dancing and eating.  I think it is safe to say that the kids fell in love with Prague immediatley. Personally I bought a kobasa off a man who was the spitting image of Mr. Flosman!

Our hotel is part of a new stadium - some of the girls watched a soccor match out of their room window!

Auschwitz-Birkenau, March 19th

It was snowing in Kracow when we woke up this morning - exactly like the scenes from Schindler's List. Everyone was quiet as we drove 80 minutes to the town of Oświęcim arriving at Auschwitz I (the original camp). The museum is very well laid out, beginning with a short film about the camp and what went on there.

We were divided into two groups, both with excellent guides that walked us through rows of brick buildings and rooms filled with shoes, pots & pans, and glasses. One room even showcased toodler's shoes and outfits - unless they were twins (used for medical experiments by Josef Mengele), children were immediately gassed. We saw a reconstructed gas chamber and cremetorium - a few had a difficult time in this room.

After touring Auschwitz I we boarded our bus for Auschwitz II (aka Birkenau). It was here that Hedy Bohm was held from 1944-45. Leaving the bus, one of the students came up to me and said that he had purposley worn ony one layer of clothes so that he would feel cold today. Cards were handed out so students could write a message to Hedy - I will post them to her when we get back to Canada. The names of Hedy's parents and best friend were also given out.

It was cold today (around -1C). It was also wet which made the camp that much more real to everyone. We walked through a few of the cabins, and then down the platform toward the back of the camp (where the gas chambers were located). Halfway down the platform we realized that we were on the spot where Hedy had last saw her mother and father. We looked down the road that Hedy headed to be processed and admitted into the camp, and we also saw the path that continued to the back of the camp. Some of us lit our candles there - sheilding them from the wind - in memory of Hedy and her parents.

At the back of the camp are the remains of the large gas chambers and cremetoriums (destroyed by the fleeing Germans the ruins stand as they were found by the Soviets in 1945). Candles were lit and everyone took some time to reflect on what that place was and what their responsibility would be when they returned home to Canada. As the guide said to us: this happened because one group of people thought that they were better than another. Slowly people returned to the bus - stopping to buy some literature in the small shop on the property.

The afternoon was turned over for free time in Kracow for shopping and sightseeing. Some went to see the beauitiful Royal Castle, while others stayed at the hotel to write in their journals. More time was given in the evening for everyone to digest the events of the day. Honestly, I don't think most of the students have processed what they saw - I know a few have mentioned that they wanted more time at the camp (as it was, we were there for 4 hours).

It is hard to really put into words what a place like Auschwitz-Birkenau is. It is a place that evokes feelings of anger, outrage, confusion and disbelief. Some students were upset that they did not react more emotionally. Some wept, and others said nothing. I am sure they will want to talk about this place when they are home with you in a few days' time.

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Crossing Poland to Kracow, March 18th

Much of today was spent on a bus traveling from northestern Poland to the south and Kracow. The weather was grey and wet. For part of the 11-hour trip we watched Steven Spielberg's masterpiece Schindler's List - that we were driving through the country that the movie was set in combined with the weather outside to create a mood that is hard to describe. Set in Kracow, the movie prepared us for what we are going to experience tomorrow.

We arrived in our hotel - located within the Old Town - at 7pm. Wes took us for a visit to the town square after dinner, and we were all in bed for 11pm. Tomorrow is a big day for us, and you can tell by the sombre mood in the hotel tonight.

Our visit to the Russian Federation and the Wolf's Lair, March 16th-17th

What an adventure! It was an early departure from Warsaw that had us walking toward the Polish border (our bus was not authorized to cross into the Russian frontier, so the kids had to board a Russian bus). We didn't get too far before a guide and bus from Kaliningrad picked us up and took us into customs. The school had sent an e-mail offering a prize to the Canadian that could accuratley guess how long it would take us to clear the border - Sharon Millar won with a guess of 1 hour and 46 minutes (her prize was a bag of amber collected along the Baltic Sea by one of the Russian students). The guide informed us that we were officially the first Canadians ever to visit Kaliningrad City. Keith `The Kipper`Archer was the first Canadian to enter Kaliningrad.

The drive into Kaliningrad was an eye-opener - abandoned farmers` fields (the economy collapsed after the fall of the Soviet Union), bridges destroyed by the advancing Russians during WWII, and countless deserted villages. A quick (and cold) tour of the city had us paying respects at the grave of philosopher Immanuel Kant and gazing at the horrendous House of the Soviets (infamous as the world`s ugliest building). Kaliningrad is a strange place - the citizens are trapped there (they need visas to get into neighbouring Poland and Lithuania which they must cross to get to the rest of Russia). During the tour we were informed that the largely Soviet population had recently added an Indian from Mexico to their ranks. After dinner we walked down to victory square (commemorating the end of their Great Patriotic War - World War Two).

This morning we were picked up by students from a local school for English and diplomacy. Aged 15-18, these students were the grandchildren of the original settlers ordered into the region by Joseph Stalin in 1945. We divided into two buses allowing almost every WDHS student to sit with a Russian student. Everyone talked together (talking about each others`countries, facebook, and travels). Alex Webb particularily enjoyed her time with her Russian partner. We drove to the Curonian Spit, a beautiful strech of sand dunes that shoot out into the Baltic Sea, separating it from the Curonian Lagoon. It was an amazing moment - the Russian teacher was in tears (such a meeting of students would have been impossible during the Soviet Era). Pictures were taken and an official flag exchange (thanks to the Wallace family, David Sweet MP, Ted McMeekin MPP and Judi Partridge for supplying flags and pins for us to give out). The sun shone brightly as our kids dipped their feet into the Baltic Sea, collecting sand and skipping stones off the water.

We drive back into Kaliningrad and kids were given free time to spend with their new friends - the Russian students taking them to various shops to buy souvenirs and get some lunch. We finally had to leave and the Russian teachers and students waved us off as we headed south for the Polish border. E-mails were exchanged and relationships and memories that will last a lifetime were created. Our students represented Canada well. A huge thanks is owed to Wesley Lawler (our tour director) for ensuring the success of this visit.

It took two hours to cross back into Poland - students admiring their Russian passport stamps. Our Polish bus picked us up along the border and drove us to the Wolf`s Lair (Hitler`s Eastern command post during the second world war). Hitler spent 800 days at this massive complex of bunkers highlighting the fact that we do not spend near enough time learning about the eastern front (over 25 million citizens of the USSR died between 1941-5). We had a brilliant tour guide who guided us through the East Prussian forest, even taking us INSIDE Hitler`s bunker - literally chilling as the moon hung over us and the forest closed in. A Polish general is visiting tomorrow so various transports were constantly entering the park - it added a reality to the place.

The kids were quiet as we drove to our hotel here in Ketrzyn - processing the events of the past 24 hours. Kaliningrad is the least visited place in Europe and a community truly at the mercy of its history. We visited the spot where Hitler`s body was found in Berlin and now have walked down the same dark halls that he paced for 800 days during the height of the war.

Now we travel south to Kracow to learn about what was going on behind the frontline.

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Warsaw - March 14th

Last night we were joined by Jamie Kosonic, who traveled to us after representing Canada in syncro-skating at the World Competitions in Switzerland.

Boarding a train in Berlin, we sped across East Germany, across the Oder River and into Poland (dropping off Nicole Brandt in Poznan). Arriving in Warsaw, students were greeted with the monolithic Palace of Culture (a gift from Stalin to the people of Poland in 1955). After loading our new bus with suitcases, we set out to walk to the old town of Warsaw (painstakingly rebuilt after the city was destroyed by the retreating German army during the second world war). Postcards were bought, and Nick may have become the newest celebrity on Polish television!

Room checks have beem done at our hotel, the Alto (a converted Soviet apartment complex on the outskirts of town), and students are asleep.

Nick Kosonic's Pictures:

Berlin - Ibis Hotel

Everyone is safe and sound at the hotel. The first group went out for dinner in East Berlin - eating in a renovated mall (built in the 1950s). Unfortunately, the second group missed dinner so they are ordering pizzas. We have a big day tomorrow - lots to see and do in Berlin.

Heathrow Airport (United Kingdom), March 12th

We have arrived safely, but discovered that British Midlands has overbooked our flight. This means that 9 students and 3 adults have to wait 3 hours for a later flight. The first group will depart at 2:10pm (London time) and the second group at 5:10pm. Once we arrive in Berlin, the groups will meet at the hotel for a German dinner and early night to bed. Everyone is doing well, albeit a little tired.

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Official Name of Trip: Holocaust in Europe: Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic
Tour Operator: EF Tours
Tour Number: 804896
Approximate Trip Dates: Friday, March 11th - Sunday, March 22nd, 2011
Approximate Cost: $2900.00 CDN
Trip Size: 42 students + 7 chaperons
Lead Teacher: Nathan Tidridge, nathan.tidridge@hwdsb.on.ca
Chaperons: Ms. J. Buckle, Keith Archer, Roy Vanderwal, Jeff Vanderwal, Mika St. Denis, & Austin Gourlay

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Warsaw, March 15th

Our day began with a guided tour of Warsaw's many embassies, parks and historical sites. It is heartbreaking to learn about the level of destruction brought upon this city. Every major landmark seems to be a reproduction of one destroyed during WWII. Stopping at the Jewish cemetary the students chatted and joked around until the weight of the area hit them - this was especially true when we reached the mass grave of the 100,000 bodies discarded from the Warsaw Ghetto. The air in this space was heavy.

Free time in the afternoon allowed for exploration of the Old and New towns, as well as some shopping. We gathered for a walk over to the tomb of the unknown solider (protected by the only part of a great palace that was not dynamited by the German army) and finally the Cultural Palace. Most of the students went to the top of this imposing hulk for views over the city.

As a group we decided to go out for a local dinner of perogees. After our meal instructions were given out for our great adventure into the Russian Federation tomorrow. After a six hour bus ride to the border we will cross over by foot into Russia where we will board a bus sent from Kaliningrad. Our tour guide has confirmed that we will be the first group of Canadians to enter the city. Olga the teacher will meet us at the hotel to prepare us for our day with her students on March 17th. 

Berlin - March 13th

What a day! 13C and sunny - a perfect day to explore the city. We started with a bus tour of the city (including stops at the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, the Fuherbunker & Berlin Wall) that ended with free time to explore Checkpoint Charlie (multiple students purchased mock-Russian hats). The afternoon was spent at the Jewish Museum of Berlin - a brilliant building designed to have its guest "experience" the chaos and confusion of the Jewish experience in Germany. We also met up with Nicole Brandt (a former WDHS student who is attending university in Poland) who spent the rest of the day with us touring the city.

We then walked across the city (using public transit) to a Russian restaurant for dinner. It is 9pm now and the students are packing their bags for our train trip to Poland - we have to be up at 4:15am to catch the train.

Berlin, Germany

Kaliningrad, Russian Federation

Krakow, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

Ketryzn, Poland

Prague, Czech Republic

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