postaday2011: Three Countries I Want to Visit and Why

Where?: Poland

Why?:

The main entrance to extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau

Poland holds a great deal of historical significance to the world. Specifically, the Auschwitz concentration camp network that operated there during World War II. I believe everyone that lives in a free society should make it a point to visit these camps as a reminder of the estimated 1.1 million people that were murdered at the hands of the Nazi Schutzstaffel (SS).

On January 27, 1945, Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops, a day commemorated around the world as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In 1947, Poland founded a museum on the site of Auschwitz I and II, which by 1994 had seen 22 million visitors—700,000 annually—pass through the iron gates crowned with the infamous motto, Arbeit macht frei (“work makes you free”).

Where?: New Zealand

Why?:

Aoraki/Mount Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand.

New Zealand is regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the world, with vast mountain ranges and seemingly endless marine resources. Because of its long isolation from the rest of the world and its island bio-geography, New Zealand has extraordinary flora and fauna. About 80% of the flora is endemic, including 65 endemic genera. The two main types of forest are those dominated by podocarps and/or the giant kauri, and in cooler climates the southern beech. The remaining vegetation types in New Zealand are grasslands of tussock and other grasses, usually in sub-alpine areas, and the low shrub lands between grasslands and forests.

Where?: Scotland

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom Government in Scotland

Why?:

My family name is of Scottish and northern Irish descent: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby, Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dun ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the Hamiltons and named after them. In Ireland, this name may have replaced Hamill in a few cases. It has also been used as the equivalent of the Irish (Cork) name Ó hUrmholtaigh.

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One comment on “postaday2011: Three Countries I Want to Visit and Why
  1. Jackie says:

    Ciao! I am partecipating at the” post a day” challenge too 🙂

    I lived in Nz for almost 2 year, and I miss that country every day . great landscapes, great animals, great way of life !

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