We arrived in Krakow!

Trip Start May 18, 2007
Trip End Jul 18, 2007

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Hi all -

We started our day super early today with a 3am wake up call to catch a 6:10am flight from Stansted to Krakow, Poland on Ryan Air. Imagine Southwest Airlines cattle call and multiply that by 500 with pushing, shoving, everything but kicking to get first in line to grab a seat. Once on board we could not figure out why no one took the front seats so we grabbed them fast and had the 3-seat row to ourselves. Then Ryan figured out that why no one wanted these seats - they are made for anorexics! The seats were quite narrow and as we enjoyed the rush of people entering the plane we quickly realized why we were the only ones intersted in these "roomy" seats - no one else would fit! We think it was the early morning hour but honestly, the tears were rolling down our faces in laughter!

Okay, the flight was a short 2.5 hrs and landed under cloudy skies, high humidity after a very choppy landing due to impending thunderstorms. Our hotel driver was waiting for us in the arrival hall and whisked us off to the hotel, Dom Casimi http://www.casimi.pl/

Currency excitement: We are thrilled to report that our US dollar goes a LONG way in Poland with the exchange rate $1.00 = $2.81 Polish Zlotych. What a great day!!

Anna gave us a warm greeting at the Dom Casimi and booked our tours for this week as well as guided us to a few traditional Polish restaurants and places to visit. She was so friendly and happy to help.

We dropped our bags and we headed into Rynek Glowney Square where all the action seemed to be. Lunch was first on the list and we had amazing Kebab's from a local street vendor and sat in the square and watched people and gobbled up our lunch. Sat next to a nice gal who had recently graduated from high school and enjoyed chatting with a local.

After lunch we continued roaming down the heavily cobble-stoned streets with beautiful architecture and were aware of the leisurely life style the Polish people live in. The streets were very safe and everyone was friendly to us; artists and musicians surrounded the square and swarms of students on field trips.

We napped a bit before heading out to an incredible traditional Polish dinner just around the corner from the hotel. We had beet soup (yummy), carrot and beet salad, cheese and potatoe pierogi's, boiled stuffed dumpling, ending our meal with strawberry crepes and strawberry stuffed pierogi's!! Oh, the coffee was delicious and not as thick as the UK!!

The majority of the day was spent with Laurie in stitches giggling at Ryan as he would call out street names off of the GPS and I would follow along on the map but the problem was that I could never find the streets because when Ryan called them out they were a mess of only consonants and no vowels - you would all be ROFL with me (rolling on the floor laughing). Honestly, we have never laughed so hard and for so many hours - as we write this we laugh all over again! For example: Zwierzyniecka, Dunajewskiego, Konopnickiej, and Szczepanski.

Tomorrow we are off for a 6 hr tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau (Nazi Concentration Camp).

Today's walk: 8.37miles
Total miles walked: 31.38 miles (6 days)

Ryan and Laurie 
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marlanko on

We are enjoying the beautiful pictures and your journey. I can sympathize with Ryan being sqeeeezed into a small seat. Reminds me of the prop planes between FM and SC.

AI final tonight, it better be Jordin!

Keep the stories and pictures coming. Enjoy!

Lance and Marianne

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