Settling into our Krakow home!

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
Trip End Sep 24, 2010

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Did lots of catching up with our washing this morning and then took a walk around town. We're so close it’s an easy walk! Lots of quaint buildings, pedestrian walkways and interesting little stores. The language is interesting – many long words with lots of use of j, z, w and often ending with a or o. Saw a street name today with 'z’ three times in the same word! We find them mostly unpronounceable. Asked Magda (sister of our host) last night how to say ‘hello’ and ‘thankyou’. Even after lots of repeating it after her trying to work out how to say ‘hello’, five minutes after she walked out the door I had no idea what the word was. I have managed to remember how to say ‘thank you’. Don’t know how to spell it but it sounds like ‘jamcoya’. At least this one wasn’t so long! Check out the store selling ‘Alkohole’ – love the spelling!

We managed to have lunch downtown. We ordered steak sandwiches. You can see by the picture we got a long roll with cheese and other not sure what things on it. Have to work on that!

After lunch we went for a drive to ‘The Mound’. It was just a large grassy mound with a winding path going to the top. Great views from the top. It was sooo cold! A bridge not far from our place had a temperature reading of around 7 degrees. It was a lot colder on the top of the mound!! Must have been getting close to 0! Went through an exhibition afterwards and realized what an engineering feat the mound was. Thought it was a bit strange that grass could grow so regularly at such an angle with paths cut into it and nothing slipping down anywhere! Going to the mound we noticed a name that was spelt very similarly to Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko and we had a laugh about it. Then we saw a write up about it and apparently Mount Kosciuszko was conquered by a Polish man and named after him so the names were supposedly the same!
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