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    Posted February 22, 2014 by
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    Abandoned buildings

    Abandoned Theme parks, Concentration Camps

    If it isn't the adrenaline that has you chasing after abandoned theme parks than it must be the creepy wary feeling of the remote silence surrounding you.

    I have managed to sneak inside one of germanys well known abandoned them park called "Spree Park" which shut down in the 1960's due to the smuggling of drugs within the park owner and the staff.

    This park isn't your average abandoned theme park.. It has also been used in the movie "Hanna"

    Walking through this park gave me the most unwelcoming feeling but the push of adrenaline and the photos I was about to capture kept my motivation to keep going

    I have studied abroad in Spain and now living and teaching english in Leon, spain traveled all over western europe and eastern europe looking for abandoned buildings in germany from WWII to theme parks to abandoned airports I have seen it all and these pictures are some of the best and most mind blowing pictures

    I think its the adrenaline and "urban exploring" that give us these cravings to explore places like these..

    Ever since I studied abroad my first term in college I never thought I would return to Europe to work and make money and take my second chance at seeing the world. I have been so lucky to explore places like these and I love seeing the world. Spain is unique in its own way from the flamenco dancing to the tapas to the fiestas and the end of the day with long siesta than repeat... Its economy is struggling but the spaniards are happy and proud of their family lifestyle with little money to spend they have taught me the most important thing to save my money and you don't need a lot of money to be happy... I think living in Europe can change you as an american and these photos I have taken from Abandonded buildings will be photos ill remember the rest of my life and its something that bring out the kid in us...

    I also have taken photos of a recent visit to Auschwitz, located about 35 kilometers outside of Krakow, Poland and its the largest concentration camp of mass murdering to exist today.

    The feeling walking on these grounds were indescribable, I felt the feeling of torture above me and that I wasn't alone on that tour. I felt the victims presence walking into the gas chambers, torture chambers, execution grounds I was able to witness it all.

    As an american this is hard to see. considering how far away auschwitz is and how much history we read about this brutal exception camp we really can't describe the feeling until you are standing right there on the grounds of their headquarters where they slept, bathed, worked long hours, ate little food, starved to death, tortured, experimented on, It was horrible and our guide had been doing this tour for 25 years. She said she has had survivors walk the tour with her and they described auchwitz as

    "Even with thousands of people touring Auschwitz and talking and making noise it still doesn't make up for the noise we would sleep to every night and I still scream If I hear loud dogs barking near by me because of the SS soldiers walking with german shepards at night"

    I have had such a great experience this far traveling and I am so thankful to be here working and living in spain and I really hope these photos are published!

    Joe Martin

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