Lots of salt & kisses
Trip Start May 12, 2007
22Trip End May 27, 2007
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Walking back to the Main Market Square, we entered Sukiennice or Cloth Hall to buy some amber jewelry at reasonable prices
After being put on the wrong bus and moving to the right one, we were heading to the WIELICZKA SALT MINE. I was really excited about this trip especially after seeing and reading about it on other travel blogs. So when we saw it was one of the optional excursions, we knew right away, we wanted to do it. It is one of the world's oldest mine producing table salt. It stopped because of mine flooding and now is only used for tours. We found out that it would be 10 zloty to get pictures inside the mines, even with your own camera! I now regret not paying it because I only have postcard shots. 9 was the number of levels and also the number of people jammed (like sardines) in the elevators. While going down the shaft in complete darkness, screaming and laughing could be heard from the other group. Tunde had also got us a handsome young dark haired guide with a hardhat on, thanks Tunde! Our tour lasted 2 hours and our guide was very knowledgeable also. So many things made out of salt; statues, chandeliers, 3 chapels with one being the largest underground, St
Later in the evening, we attended a Polish evening dinner. Appetizer was smoked cheese and berries on toast and mushroom soup in a bread bowl which was delicious. Some unidentified meat in a mushroom sauce and fried potatoes were the main course. The meal was great but the dessert wasn't. We think it was marzipan cake. The entertainment was Polish music and dancers. Twice I got chosen to dance. The first time was a nice looking man who was part of the entertainment, he grabbed me and we twirled around, dancing to the Polish music. I only sat down for a bit when the lady came over and off to the dance floor I went. I was feeling pretty good at this point after drinking a couple glasses of wine, a shot of vodka and 2 beers. It took me a couple times to figure out what the heck I was supposed to be doing. I put a napkin or kerchief on the middle of the floor and then a man would meet me in the middle and kiss each other on the cheek 3 times. I got picked by 3 different men. I think that was the most kisses I've ever received in one night. hehe It was an enjoyable time and surprisingly I did not wake up with a hangover the next morning. :)