It’s the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Oświecim, Poland. Trains from all over Nazi Europe brought Jews to the camp during World War 2. They don’t know the number but estimates are around 1.1 million people died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau. I was able to visit the camp from Krakow over the summer. Walking through the barracks and grounds is unreal and I’ve never had such a heavy experience while traveling. To learn about their lives and the absolute horror that the prisoners went though. Seeing the destroyed gas chamber, being on the path they walked to it and the staggering amount of shoes, suitcases, items that were taken when people arrived. It’s unbelievable. It’s unbelievable that something so evil happened only 74 years ago. Traveling is both learning about the world and ourselves. It’s a trip I’ll never forget. - Eric Green
I was able to find a bus ride that not only went between Riga, Latvia and Vilnius, Lithuania but stopped at a few interesting sights along the way. My favorite was the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai, Lithuania. There are hundreds of thousands of crosses and don’t worry you can buy your own if you feel the need. Even a few others on the bus brought their own to add to the collection. Only downfall of the bus tour is you’re on a set time line. We had 25 minutes to explore the area. It’s not huge but it’s so overwhelming. Crosses of all types everywhere. It’s one of those places with so much going on you have to find some interesting aspects that just jump out. I definitely was out of time and was last person running back to the bus. The ride was a great way to see some of the countryside and at least peak into the lives of people in between the big cities where most of the country’s population lies.
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The Road Is Life Travel presents "Stories from the Road" with The Postcards and Polaroids show features the work of artist Andy Pitts and photographer John Erickson. In this segment they discuss how the show came about, their work and some insights to their process. This episode was filmed at Cat's Paw Saloon in Portland, Oregon.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to” “I don’t much care where-” “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” - Lewis Carroll, Alice and Wonderland
A couple pics from beautiful Prague. One of our favorite European destinations. Start looking at tickets.
Here is a quick recap of our Going Somewhere, Probably group photo show in Los Angeles.
It’s officially fall when the last of the state fairs have served their final Elephant Ear. From Deland, Florida to Saint Charles, Illinois to Dallas, Texas to Puyallup, Washington to Springfield, Massachusetts. The state fair still offers a view into small town America, city dwellers rarely see. So until next year, when we can get our fill of fried food, marvel at the baby piglets, win a life sized stuffed animal and ride the Zipper until we puke.
The most unbelievable abandon street in North Dakota. There were houses, grain storage and this old church at the end of the road. The scene was a dream. Then I saw my first tick, right there on my white sock. Scared, I brushed it off. Now being more careful, it was hot and shorts with no shirt so weren't in the best place to start. So then I find 2 more on my legs and 1 on my arm. I'm starting to freak out, spending much more time focused on ticks than photographing this unique place. In the end the ticks won. After about 4 more, my friend and I were frazzled. Couldn't even take the thought of seeing another, we ran back down the road. Tick checked each other in the middle of the small highway running through here. Please keep in mind, I'm not familiar with ticks, stories I heard involved being hospitalized quickly and new tick variations that made you allergic to meat after being in contact with. For real. Sounds like it's from a movie. Next time, I'm wearing a full white, space outfit. Taping any open holes, I won't let the ticks win the next round.
Some morning light in Copenhagen, Denmark.