Poland = shit roads

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Today we left Berlin. First stop – a hardware store! Bought some small things to keep Helios in good shape. Similar to Bunnings where they sell everything including carpets and kitchens. They also have a little cafe tent in the carpark. The Bratwurst and Bread is the German equivalent of our snag and was delicious. We travelled to Poland which took about 1.5 hours to reach the border, and another couple to reach our destination town. Passed an Ikea, so hope to finally visit one in Europe. A new country means another language and another currency. Its crazy that so many countries in the European Union still hold onto their own currency. Makes it hard for us – I think this is our 5th currency, 6th if you include some Aussie dollars still in my backpack. We had scrapped Poland off our list to leave enough time for the other countries, but after viewing the memorial to the Holocaust victims in Berlin, I felt we should visit Auschwitz which is the Extermination Camp where the most horrific events occurred. So thats probably where we'll head tomorrow.

Oh the roads in Poland so far are extremely shit house! The motorway from German is probably one of the best in the world. You hit Poland, and it all goes down hill. It appears instead of repairing the holes, they just drop the speed limit for that section. We were forever going from 100 to 70 or even less, instead of the 130kph across the border. In the end we worked out most people sit in the fast lane, as it has a few less pot holes – and only move right when a car approaches from behind. The guard rails are also extremely curved – not artistically curved, but accident curved! They obviously do not entertain the thought of repairing them. Completely opposite to Western Europe, where we were stuck in slow traffic for 3 hrs while they repaired the roads damaged by a truck accident.

The caravan park we are staying at is very basic and quiet. No internet, no pizzeria, no bar, but the lawn is green and lush. Our last camp site had more mud than lawn, so its a lovely change. The care taker had more than enough time to help choose a site, help with our washing, and tell us all about his friends, his art work and poetry. Kel managed to sneak off to the toilet and disappear for an extended period of time, I was not so lucky, so asked about the local restaurants and we headed off there. We think the Restaurant was overpriced, but aren’t entirely sure of the exchange rate just yet. Tea was 131 zt which we are pronouncing as Polish Zits. One of the downsides of these sort of currencies is that you are always having to work it back to Euros to have an understanding of how much you are spending. 200 Czechs sounds a lot, but is only €8. An upside is that today I bought a coffee and paid with €10, but got back 30 zits. That’s a profit, not an acne problem!

(OMG – I’m cracking up over Trav’s sense of humour!  Love it. kels)
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Dad Birdie on

Well done guys.........it's a good job you both have a sense of humour......well kinda anyway.............i'm sure it helps you get over the hurdles and enjoy the smooth roads too.

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