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Mi?rcoles, 29 de agosto de 2007

logo de sab?tica.orgEstaba haciendo tiempo en la peluquer?a, esperando mi turno para cortarme el pelo cuando le? en una revista un art?culo sobre una agencia de viajes un tanto especial.

Est? orientada para un tipo particular de viajero: el gapper.
Ah, si hubiera una agencia de estas cuando yo era joven?
Un gapper es alguien que desea pasar un tiempo desconectado de la vida cotidiana. Hay diferentes opciones, desde voluntariado tanto en comunidades humanas como ayudando a los animalitos hasta trabajando con una familia de granjeros.

Si vas a trabajar encima recibes dinero por tu trabajo.

Los programas van desde una semana hasta varios meses y piden, generalmente, que tengas m?s de 21 a?os y buen nivel de ingl?s.

Enlace: www.sabatica.org
I was spending time in the hairdresser's shop, waiting for my shift to cut the hair when I read an article about a particular travel agency.

It is focused on a special kind of traveler: the gapper.
Ah, if there was an agency of these type when I was young ? A gapper is someone who wants to take a gap time away from his or her own way of life. There are different options, from voluntary work in human communities or in animal too, to working with a farmers' family.

If you want to work moreover you get money for this work.

The programs go from one week to several months and it?s needed, generally, to be more than 21 years old and good level of english.

Link: www.sabatica.org

Tags: viajes

Martes, 21 de agosto de 2007

Stalheim es un bonito paraje al que se accede a trav?s de una carretera de las m?s empinadas de Noruega.

Stalheim is a nice place which is accessible across a very straightened road at Norway.



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La subidita te quita el hipo pero vale la pena porque se disfruta de paisajes como este:

The breathless ascension allows the contemplation of landscapes as this one:


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En lo alto hay construido un hotel y, en las cercan?as, un peque?o poblado de casitas t?picas rurales.

At the top a hotel was constructed a hotel and close to it, there is a small settlement of typical rural houses.



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Pero este apacible lugar no fue siempre tan buc?lico. Desde los jardines del hotel se accede, a mano derecha, a un bunker construido por el ej?rcito alem?n durante la segunda guerra mundial.

El porqu? de esta construcci?n se debe a que el hotel fue antes una instalaci?n perteneciente al programa Lebensborn (t?rmino alem?n que significa ?fuente de vida?).

El programita, ideado por el angelito de Heinrich Himmler, era eugen?tico, es decir, buscaba la obtenci?n de una raza aria alemana limpia de todo defecto o m?cula.

Este objetivo no se conseguir?a a trav?s de manipulaci?n gen?tica, estilo Mengele u otros salvajes de la misma ?ndole, sino por medio de un programa educativo peculiar.

Aparentemente, estos ?lebensborn? como el de Stalheim, eran un refugio para que las chicas solteras o sin posibilidades pudieran dejar a sus hijos una vez nacidos. Los ni?os eran atendidos y educados seg?n un programa de estimulaci?n temprana e intensa.

?Qu? bonito! ?verdad?

Los nazis implicados en este negocio fueron exonerados gracias a que el tribunal de N?remberg (que juzg? los cr?menes de guerra nazis) se trag? esta historia.

La realidad parece algo m?s perversa. S?lo se quedaban, o atend?an mejor, a aquellos ni?os que cumpl?an con los requisitos f?sicos y mentales adecuados. El resto? imaginaos lo peor. Tambi?n era frecuente el secuestro de ni?os en los territorios ocupados. En todos los casos, los ni?os eran separados de sus padres y eran tutelados por los agentes de las SS.

De este modo, privados de cualquier afecto eran ?entrenados? en el amor a la patria y el odio a sus enemigos.

El final de la historia es tambi?n triste. Con la derrota alemana, los nazis abandonaron Stalheim y el resto de instalaciones de este estilo en Noruega. Los ni?os se quedaron y fueron considerados como los hijos del r?gimen nazi, por lo que fueron despreciados. Quedaron completamente sin nacionalidad ni tutelaje alguno.

Pero la desgracia no abandon? el lugar. Las instalaciones fueron convertidas en hotel . En el a?o 1959 el hotel se quem?. Algunos de los hu?spedes, pese a ser avisados creyeron que pod?an salvar sus pertenencias y quedaron atrapados por el incendio. Muchos prefirieron arrojarse al precipicio antes que arder. Al final, el saldo fue de 34 v?ctimas.
But this pleasant place was not always so bucolic. From the gardens of the hotel, one accedes, at right hand, to a bunker constructed by the German army during the second world war.

The reason of this construction is due to a previous facility belonging to the Lebensborn program (German term that means "fountain of life ").

The program designed by ?sweetie? Heinrich Himmler, was eugenetic. It means that it looked for an Aryan German race without any fault or stain.

This aim would not be obtained across genetic manipulation, like Mengele or other savages of the same nature, but by means of a peculiar educational program.

Seemingly, these "lebensborn" as that of Stalheim, were a refuge in order that the single pregnant girls or without means of attend their children could left them once born. The children were attended and educated according to a program of early and intense stimulation.

Nice what! Truth?

The Nazis involved in this business were freed due to the fact that Nuremberg's court (that judged the nazi war crimes) believes this story.

The reality seems to be slightly more perverse. Only those accord with suitable physical and mental requirements were remaining, or were attending better. The rest ? you can imagine the worst. Also the children's kidnapping was frequent in the occupied territories. In all the cases, the children were separated from their parents and put in the hands of the agents of the SS.

Thus, deprived of any affection they were "trained" in the love to the mother land and the hatred towards its enemies.

The end of the story is also sad. With the German defeat, the nazis left Stalheim and the rest of facilities of this style at Norway. The children remained and were considered to be the children of the Nazi nation. For that reason they were despised.

They stayed without nationality or any tutelage.
But the misfortune did not leave the place. The facilities were turned into hotel. In 1959 the hotel burned.
Some of the guests, spite of being warned, believed that they could save their belongings and remained caught by the fire. Many of them preferred to throw to the precipice. Finally there were 34 mortal victims.


De cualquier modo, es un lugar realmente hermoso y con unas vistas espectaculares en especial, las del ca??n.

Anyhow, it is a really beautiful place with spectacular sights, specially those of the canyon.


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Stalheim y yo./Stalheim and me.

Tags: stalheim, noruega