Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
36Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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Went inside the St Marys Basilica and it was a very unusually decorated church, but in a good way. Instead of most churches that are grey stone with some statues and paintings here and there, this had all it's stone painted. All the walls were covered in dark blues, greens, gold and reds
There was a big stage set up behind the church and there were a bunch of little kids dressed up in traditional Polish costumes and were singing and dancing. It was very cute. Have no idea what the stage and booths were set up for. After that I checked out a Milk Bar. They are these super cheap cafeteria style places from the Communist times that were subsidized by the government and used by workers. The food is really good and amazingly cheap. For perogies, soup and an orange juice it was under 4 dollars.
Walked around and stumbled across the church where the Pope John Paul preached and lived. Not much of a Pope person, but it was interesting to watch a lot of people make their tributes to the guy. I am still amazed on how many nuns and priests are walking around this town. They are everywhere.
Walked to the Wawel Castle grounds for a bit, then walked briefly to Kazmierez, an old Jewish area of the city. There wasn't much going on there as it was Saturday, but there was a really neat market on
Went back to the hostel and they had on a free Polish dinner. It was good and couldn't complain about the price! Got ready to go out to a Vodka Tasting Tour. When I went to the meeting place I was the only one there so I left. I was looking forward to this, but I wasn't going to have a Polish vodka tasting by myself. Went back to the hostel to see what the others were doing. A bunch of us sat around the kitchen table and did these Mad Dog shots. It is raspberry syrup, vodka and tabasco sauce. Didn't think I would like it but it was great!!!! Even the desk clerk participated. There was another Canadian guy, 2 Portuguese, one Australian, one Scottish and 2 Ukrainians. We gave each other nick names such as Crocodile Dundee, William Wallace, Terrance and Philip (the Canadians who fart alot on South Park), Ivan and Ivanka, and Pablo. We headed out to this bar called Kitsch around 1130 pm. We arrived at this place that was in this huge old warehouse building that had a few floors of bars. We were waiting on the staircase when the bouncer started punching one of the patrons over and over again the face
Interesting observations: Guys in Czech Republic and Poland seem to cut their hair in a fashion that is a mix of mullet and mohawk. Looks like a really wide mohawk. Looks ridiculous, but a lot of them have it this way. Polish people laugh at North Americans who drink Smirnoff and Absolute. They say its like toilet water...Hartley you were on to something! When I told the guys from my hostel who were from Europe, they laughed when I said there is a North American idea that Europe is a dangerous place. They said that Europe is way safer than North America. They kept joking at me when we were at the club to watch out for those pickpockets!!