Poland- Crakow

Trip Start Jun 11, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Monday, June 17, 2013

Easily one of the most powerful days of my life. Truly heartbreaking what happened in Auschwitz. Be grateful for what you have and count your blessings, necessities, and luxuries.

Yesterday I took a flight from Norway to Cracow, Poland. It was interesting at the airport because we had to put our own luggage stamp on our bag and for some reason that was hard. Ive seen the airport people do it many times but I was so nervous I would make a mistake and do something wrong. Thankfully my backpack made it. In fact, it was one of the first 20 bags on the convayer belt; thats a first.

After I arrived, I took a bus to the hostel and dropped off my bag. It is wonderful how cheap Poland was. Just to put this into perspective, it was 6USD for one bus ticket in Oslo and in Poland it was 1 USD. Then I began my bus ride to the train station to pick up Szymon who is a Polish friend of mine who lives close to Warsaw and he took 2 buses to come and see me and meet my friend. How sweet! He was one of my favorite friends I met in Nancy, France and I was so happy to have a native speaker with me. In case you were wondering, Polish is one of the top 6 of hardest languages to pronounce and it is impossible to have the correct tones and no accent even if you lived there for 50 years after learning a different language first.

OH MY GOODNESS!! Did I mention I love Poland... they have a Carrefour and Kebab. And Morgan, I fully plan on getting a Carrefour bag this time to bring home.

So Szymon and I went to my hostel to meet with Jessica and then we all went to the Wawel Castle (pronounced Vavel). Oh and Cracow is prounounces Cracoof. oh, this language. I could never learn how to say hi properly but got kinda close to saying thank you with is kinda a weird G sound with like gjohncueeair. I dont know, its a hard word and language.  

We saw this beautiful castle and walked a lot this day, I have a blister to prove it, even with my comfy shoes, I dont think any shoes would be able to handle the amount of walking I have done and will do. Then we walked around the main square for a bit and then went to the most amazing Polish restaurant. I told Szymon a week ago that I wanted legit Polish food and he laughed at first because he said nowhere in Cracow would their be such authentic food. He also isnt from the area. He found a friend though that gave him this recommendation and it was like a countryside restaurant with sheep wool/skin to sit on and the cutest little place you ever did see.

We ordered their beer which was light, some dumplings, goulash with a fried pancake, and porkchops that had sheep cheese in it and all of this food was amazing. We split all of the plates and it only cost a total of $7 a person. Unbelieveable and one of my top meals. SO GOOD. Oh and we had this apple crisp cake, that wasnt as great though, I much prefer the tiramasu in this quaint cafe in Rome ;)

So Szymon had to leave and Jess and I went back to the hostel to pack up, shower, and go to bed as our feet were so tired.

We woke up early for our Auschwitz tour and I can only say that this was an ever changing tour. I am not ready to write about it yet as it is still too much for me to fully process. I also dont think that any amount of writing could explain the feelings I had, the scenes I saw, or the unfathomable statistics. So this may come later on, but dont count on it too much.

Now I am at the Airport waiting to go into the terminals for my long day of flights tomorrow. I am really excited because my friend Mathieu is going to pick Jessica and me up in Berlin and take us out to breakfast between our flights. Then we have a flight from Berlin to Athens and finally from Athens to Mykonos. DEFINITELY excited for Greece. Cant wait to sit on the beach. And maybe they will have those really yummy banana chocolate smoothies I had in Cancun many years ago. Otherwise I might have an adult drink or two. Dont worry parents, I will drink responsibly.

Ciao for now and thanks for reading.
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robert.reinpold on

So would you recommend Krakow then?? I'm thinking of checking it out next trip over there.

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