Last day in Krakow

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Monday, May 11, 2009

  Packed my bags and wandered through the Old Town of Krakow and Kazmierez. I figured I have seen everything that I wanted to see in Krakow itself and I would spend the day wandering aimlessly through the streets. Not feeling a 100%. I think the vodka finally caught up to me!

Went for some perogies at the Milk Bar which was good and only cost a couple of dollars. It is nice and quiet through the streets and the weather is so sunny and warm. Poked my head into some of the other churches that were around. There are so many churches here but the difference between these ones and the others that I have seen on my trip, is that these seem to be used for actual sermons on a regular basis. The others are either for show or for Sunday/special occasions. There were priests in some preaching and at St Mary's it looked like a big wig preaching judging from the gown. The one nice thing about the churches here is that most of them are free to enter. The St.Mary's Church you have to pay a few dollars, but if you pretend that you are there to pray like I did, it's free! You just can't approach the alter and sit halfway back. I don't think I am the only one who is doing this either. However I did pay the first day I was there. St Andrews church is this 11th century old church that the Nuns use now. When I entered inside they were singing up in the loft. That or it was a recording so when a stupid tourist, such as myself, enters the building they pipe in a recording. Then people (like me) feel like they are stumbling across something fantastic. Saw a funny site with a nun in full habit and a priest crammed in a tiny sputtering Fiat. Made me laugh.

Seeing as its so cheap here, I had tons of money left over, but if I exchange it at the bank or money exchange place I will take a loss. So I went shopping. I went over to Cloth Hall to look for some amber jewelery for myself. The princess of Thailand was there as well and there were Police and security guards everywhere. I didn't know this at the time, but I guess I got too close and I was approached by several security guards to "beat it", at least that's what I think they said. Polish people are generally quite huge and I don't ask questions. I remember the bouncer at the bar punching that guy and each punch sounded like thunder claps.

Headed back to the hostel as it started to thunderstorm outside and there were a few people who just started watching Batman (the second one with Heath Ledger). Left the hostel around 9 pm and headed to the train station. Caught the train and it was so much nicer and cleaner than the one I caught from Prague to Krakow! My roommates are 2 Brazilian girls backpacking all over too. Met a bunch of elderly people from the States there as well. The train was so incredibly hot that I was sweating most of the night. The girls didn't seem bothered by it though and I ended up having an uncomfortable night.
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