Last Day in Krakow

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Saturday, March 13, 2010

Our time in Poland was coming to an end. Tonight we would catch the 11.30pm train to Warsaw followed by the 7.30am train to Vilnius.

But before all this we had heard about milk bars. These are unpretentious, bare basics cafés, that were set up during the time of the Iron curtain, to serve cheap food to the people. Only a few still remain. So off we went to one we had heard about in the centre of Krakow. It was exactly how we had imagined it. Bare, just tables and chairs, no decorations, nothing fancy, nothing pretty. Oh and the whole menu was in Polish, not a drop of English. Excellent. Luckily for us we had looked up some local specialities before hand and new what we wanted, otherwise we would probably still be there deciding what we wanted to eat. The food was really tasty and we were surrounded by locals happily eating away.

After our late lunch we wandered around Krakow a bit, checking out the castle and the likes and then headed back to our hostel to kill a bit of time before our departure.

Our train to Warsaw was probably the worst train we have caught so far on this trip. No heating (it was below 0 outside). Old Communist style. ACTUALLY ALL POLISH TRAINS ARE SHIT (according to Dino) and uncomfortable, mind you this did not stop Shona from having a great nights sleep while Dino stayed up all night just staring at her, well somebody had to mind the bags.

Arriving at Warsaw we had an hour and a half wait. We hadn't planned on seeing Warsaw as a few people we have met and knew have told us that it is a grim, grey, ugly city. And from the station the impression was just that.

Our train out of Warsaw was just as bad. Okay we complained about Italian trains a lot, well really it was just the timing of Italian trains that are shit. Polish trains actually run on time it is the train itself that are rubbish. In our one cabin which in Italy would have held 6 people the Polish version holds 8. Thank God it wasn't busy.

Arriving in Lithuania things changed, like the TIME. We knew we had to change trains but that wasn't until 14.50 and it was only 13.50. Luckily the other lady in our cabins noticed our lethargy and explained that if we were going to Vilnius we would have to change to the train on the opposite platform. Wow we got on a modern train, comfortable and the people seemed friendly and welcoming, not that the polish weren't, it just that you get more of a happy feeling here.

We got chatting to a young couple and so spent the next couple of hours whiling away our time with them.

And from there we knew we were going to like this country!
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