Pierogies in Poland!
Trip Start Jul 22, 2006
13Trip End Aug 04, 2006
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After hearing the story of how Krakow came to be named after the town was saved from a maiden-eating dragon, we saw a guy dressed as a dragon walking down the street. Lindsay posed for a pic with him... and he grabbed her and ran away! VERY in character. We had a good laugh but I don't think she was too happy at the time.. we all stood taking pics while he ran
After, we went for lunch. I think the people I was with may have thought I was a little crazy as I demanded that wherever we ate, HAD to have peirogies. Anyways, I got them, and I was satisfied. I can go home now!
In the afternoon, those of us who had opted to do the Salt mines tour piled on the bus. When we were waiting to descend, a few of us bought cans of pop from a vending machine. This was when a rogue bee decided to take turns chasing everyone with a can around, while we ran in circles looking like fools and everyone else watching in amusement.
Anyways, onto the tour! We descended a long way, all the time hearing about the workers that worked in the mine, and seeing lots of cool statues etc, all carved out of salt. This included a church, underground, complete with a PJPII statue, salt-crystal chandelier, and everything. People have actually gotten married there! I felt kind of queasy as we got deeper but I pushed on. Thank goodness we got to take an elevator up instead of all those stairs again! The elevator was an experience in itself. Dimly lit, a bunch of us crowded in, creaky noises and general scariness. I discovered I had gotten a present inside the caves... a blob of salt had dripped onto my shirt and hair from the roof and left a nice whitish splotch.
After returning to the town, a few of us found a Polish restaurant and ordered a whole bunch of authentic dishes to split. It was AMAZING. Did I mention I love Polish food? Dave, Aakash and I decided to stay out. We took a carriage ride around the town and then had a glass of wine on a patio. We decided to call it an early night (for the first time thus far!) and just catch up a little but on sleep.