Bagels Galore

Trip Start Nov 26, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Krakow was a very interesting city. More beautiful than Warsaw, but with a more inhumane past following the memory of the concentration camps. I did spend one solitary day in reflection, wandering the grounds of Aushwitz and Birkeneau. Made worse by the hordes of tourists taking pictures in both graveyards and in front of the entrance to Auswittz with the immortal saying "Work Will Set You Free." I have no idea what they will do with their pictures, look I went to a concentration camp? The haunting memory of being there was picture enough for me.

Leaving the hostel to get to the train station I decided there wasn't enough time to buy a ticket for the tram. Funny how the guys somehow catch you when you are at your latest. I tried to jump off and blame the 'i don't speak polish thing' but it didn't work. Especially since their english was spot-on. they wanted like 50 euros, which I'm sure is more than they make in a day. told me they were going to call the cops and to make it worse, the train was leaving in 15 minutes. I pulled out a few euros and told them I don't want a receipt. they did some funny salute and I ran off. So my first experience of giving a bribe was accomplished. Well done me.

Krakow does have these delicious bagels and they are sold everywhere on the streets. The first day I was in heaven running around like Homer Simpson in the chocolate land. I ate 9 bagels that day!! I have since cut down on my bagel intake.
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