Pierogies in Poland!

Trip Start Jul 22, 2006
Trip End Aug 04, 2006

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Monday, July 31, 2006

The next morning, my hands were shaking at our early breakfast around 7:30. I couldn't figure out why... I Don't get hungover! Oh wait. I was still drunk. I could barely eat but I snagged a few buns for the bus as we had a local-guided tour around Krakow. I actually felt better as the day progressed, and ate the buns. We went up the hill to see the church where Pope John Paul II was at before he became the Pope. We peeked in, and I could officially say I went to church, where PJPII used to preach, on a Sunday. My papa would be proud!

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.
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