Goodbye Poland

Trip Start Jul 24, 2006
Trip End Jan 07, 2011

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Well, it's already time for us to leave Poland. We took the night sleeper train from Prague on Thursday evening (27th) and arrived here at 0730 on 28th. We hadn't booked any accommodation before our arrival, but luckily were spotted by some active student promoters who were looking for backpackers, visitors etc. to rent out university student accommodation. The double room had its own shower and loo and we even got a free taxi ride, use of the laundry and internet - all for about 50 pounds for two nights. Unfortunately, there was no free vodka or beer! Never mind, we did get to eat some good Georgian food one evening.

Warsaw has some interesting architecture but most of it was destroyed during the war(s) so many of the historical buildings have had to be rebuilt. However, there are some really beautiful parks - in fact we spent our last afternoon in one, where there was a free concert next to the famous Chopin monument. It was a beautiful sunny day (again!) but, this time there was a very nice breeze to help make it even more enjoyable. It seems we've been hopping on and off trains, buses and trams since we left the U.K. - but the Czech Republic and Poland certainly seem to have city transport sussed - really cheap, clean public transport and a frequent service as well!

We took the train out to visit Krakov yesterday (Saturday), which was quite a long ride but we felt we shouldn't leave Poland without at least a very quick visit. It's a far more historical and cultural city - full of beautiful buildings, especially churches. You also get a feel about some of the hardship the Poles have experienced over the last 70 or 80 years, and what it means to them to have finally joined the EU.I don't think it will take them very long to catch up with the technology at least. It seems a shame I don't need to have any dental work done as it's so much cheaper here than in England.

Apart from that we've met quite a few nice people since we started out - 2 very agreeable Frenchmen in particular,and yesterday we sat in a carriage with a Frenchman, a Pole, an Australian woman, which made for some interesting conversation with Pete still being a lot more Canadian than British!

Well, better go now - we want to get something to eat before catching the night train to St Petersburg, which is a marathon 30-hour journey. Will write again from there.....
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