The Mountain Town of Zakopane
Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
19Trip End Apr 26, 2010
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Since the weather finally cleared up on Saturday, it was a beautiful, sunny day
Shopping-wise, I bought a sweater made from rough, grey wool (and I saw some grey sheep along the road so I think it's a natural color), a cheap but cute present for Emily's birthday, some leather gloves, and a small wooden spoon. Sergiu bought some cute leather slippers for his twin 5-year old boys. He passed up the leather cowboy hat and the nylon "instant afro" wig. We also got some good produce to stock up for Sunday, and a couple of real Polish pickles from a brine jar.
Yeah, well, we never saw the famous Zakopane wooden church, but we really needed to relax and rest after our week of classes and tourism so did not spend a lot of time exploring the town.
The scenery on the bus trip back was pretty in the evening light. Rolling hills - higher than in the Willamette valley - covered with grass, and prosperous-looking small towns with large, four-story houses (the top story right under a peaked roof.) I am wondering whether it is common for several generations to live in those houses - Mama, Papa & kids on the first two floors, Babcia & Dziadka on the third (counting American-style), and newly-wed children on the top floor. At any rate, that's how my family in Chicago lived in the family house after the war.