Pronounced "Kwotzo" but that's not the funny bit..

Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Saturday, June 12, 2010

...You haven't heard how "Lukas" is pronounced yet. Laugh! We've been laughing all day and most of last night. A very special moment of joy when Dave was told by the hotel manager at Czestochowa yesterday. We've been practising on each other all day and laughing like hyenas.

Anyway, we're only in Kłodzko for the night on our way to Prague. The town has a very violent history. At various times it's been part of various German states such as Bohemia and Prussia and has been fought over for 1000 years.

There's an excellent large display in town done by the local school in four languages. Wikipedia has a good brief summary.

The Gestapo were running the town during WWII and you can imagine how that went. After the war about 94,000 ethnic Germans were expelled by the new Polish government and replaced by ethnic Poles displaced by the war and the Soviet takeover. Then the ethnic Czechs were expelled. We're only about 30 minutes from the Czech border. Some of the towns have their names printed in Polish and German along the road and we saw a couple of businesses with their signage in German. Turbulent past.

We saw in a servo shop today the motor oil and coolant are rated to - 37 degrees C. I can't even imagine how cold that is. However we're now in our 2nd week of continous hot sunny days and warm nights. Very similar to Adelaide in summer.

Check out the bit of Polish TV we recorded on the video below. They overdub foreign programs using one voice only. It's the same on every channel. It must make comedies fall pretty flat. The intonation is deadpan, and it's a bloke no matter who's on screen.

We've checked into a cheap hotel on the edge of town. $AU 60 a night brekky included. It's pretty good value. It's actually about what it cost us for a cabin in Spain. We got similar brilliant value at the Hotel Ibis in Czestochowa. There's a big wedding reception on in the restaurant dining room here. Some of the guests are going to peak early, it's pretty obvious. Dancing and shouting while spilling their drinks at only 5's not going to end well.

We hope to hit Prague early afternoon tomorrow. We'll be there a couple of days.
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Mum on

Yes, but how DO they pronounce Lukas?? Judging by the t.v., if you went to work there, it would encourage you to learn Polish quickly. Or would it? Klodzko looks quite a pretty place. I suppose it's much the same as everywhere - some attractive old buildings and some uninspiring ones. Keep safe. Lots of love, Mum and Dad.

Norman on

Hope yous enjoy the Pilsner,when in Prague,happy travels,Norman

Kaye on

What a great trip! You sound like very seasoned travellers now, I will be very interested to hear how you felt Di, about being in your Dad's homeland. Evocative? Glad to hear that you were able to get your bikes serviced, I imagine that it would be a bit of a fraternity the world over, motorcycling. Everytting is good, all good news. Visit with Gary went splendidly, my new job is just fanatastic, Maija and Ollie are well and unfortunately no, a spontaneous couple of days with you guys in Prague?! I wish! Next trip? Because it sounds like you two might have the bug and I would be well advised to go with a couple of vetran travellers as I am inclined to leave things to the universe to sort out. Look forward to the next installments. Love you, Kaye xx

d-ashworths on

Di has decided she'll share the story of the name Lukas with her family when she's stopped laughing.
Kaye, great to hear life's sunny for you and your family. I'm of a mind with you re travel planning. I think you need 5 things when you hit the airport: your plane ticket, your passport, your credit card, your mobile phone and your sunnies. I said to Di, Kaye and I would travel very well together. She said, yes, so long as I'm there too to organise everything. She could be right...
Hi Norman, yes the Czech Pilsener is great isn't it.

Jaala on

hurry up with the name pronounciation!

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