More mounds to climb!

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

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Sunday, October 3, 2010

Had a lazy morning. After a sleepin we meandered down town. Got around the corner and found like a massive trash and treasure. It was as extensive as Eumundi Markets but virtually no new goods, only people who put a mat down on the ground and then laid out all their secondhand goods for sale. There were people everywhere. It was like a massive St Vinnie's sale! So many people at times it was hard to get around!

Saw lots of pidgeons in the town square. Tia would have loved chasing them. It would have kept her very busy as they weren’t afraid of much. Sometimes they flew so low you could feel the breeze of their passing ruffle your hair!

I enjoyed the Cloth Market. Very old picturesque building which has been restored and is now full of stalls.  

After lunch we went driving to find some more 'mounds’. Seems like the Polish like to make mounds. Basically just make a big pile of dirt and rubble and then cover it with grass. Over the years they have made four. One doesn’t exist anymore. We found one the other day so now we explored the other two. The first one we found today was just in off the tram tracks. (Which John naturally had fun playing on!) It wasn’t very large and appeared to be a favourite place for couples to canoodle on seats at the base of it. When a space became vacant we had a turn just so we could get into the real spirit of the mound!

The traffic here is crazy! There’s so much congestion and there’s road works everywhere with little consideration for traffic flow. We’re getting used to factoring in lots of extra time for the gridlock everywhere. It’s like Ipswich Motorway peak hour all the time! The trams don’t help. Well they probably do relieve the congestion but there’s so many of them and it’s not so bad when they pass you in the traffic even though they’re usually pretty close but when you have to drive along a shared tram/car part of the road it can make you a bit nervous watching for them! It’s mandatory to drive with your lights on all the time here and mostly we remember! Someone usually tells us when we don’t! After nearly a week, we think John has finally mastered the car alarm. We’ve set it off so many times we now hesitate everytime we open the door waiting for the earpiercing sound!

We splashed out and went to the movies this evening! We have a large, very modern, shopping centre with a cinema complex attached just up the road from our apartment. Most of the movies are the same as in our cinemas at home. We went to see ‘Live, Pray, Love’ with Julia Roberts. All in English with Polish subtitles. Got interesting when they were speaking in Italian as there were subtitles for the subtitles then! Love their cinemas here – very high class. Plush, roomy, comfortable seats with lots of elevation so everyone could see clearly. You also book your specific seat when you buy a ticket just like in our concerts and live theatres!

After the movies we had dinner had a lovely Polish restaurant. Everything was very yum. We’re finding cost of living very cheap here.  Generally we can eat well for less than $10 for both. Restaurants may go up to $20 for both which would probably include drink and dessert. Got a really yum dessert today for $2.45 zloty which works out to around 80c. It was equivalent to what we would find in Designer Desserts! The normal type bakery items like we might find at home in the local bakery only cost around 5-10c Australian.
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