Pearl of Poland

Trip Start Aug 28, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2005

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Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Still rollin' with the boys from Alabama, we headed off to Krakow, called the 'Pearl of Poland' because it's supposed to be Polands best city...and it is! It also has an Old Town, but unlike Warsaw's Old Town, this one's authentic! It also has a lively night life and is close to the Nazi extermination camp museums.

Anyone want to hear about another Old Town??? Thought not, so here's just a few Krakow highlights:

bad haircut - yup, I got a bad Polish haircut...and I was even warned about it! She totally cut off my bangs - I am completely bangless now! And then she shaped my hair like an egg and when she saw the look on my face she asked what was wrong in broken English and I told her "Egg...bad!!" and she was rolling laughing...not a good thing when your stylist is laughing at your hair!!

Kebab Kenny - Kenny is a freak about food and every night he goes off on a tangent about finding a kebab (like a european gyro)...he talks on and on about it- when he's like this he's like my old college roommate Jason Minshew, who would call to leave you a message about meeting up later that night and it would develop into a five minute description of the hamburger he was about to go get!

special guests - Will and I head to an excellent cafe with local food and share a table with a Polish guy, very drunk, but nice and Will notices that our plates didn't come with the rolls that were in the picuture and when we ask they say that they ran out of bread because of a busy weekend. This guy is speaing Polish with her and we just think he's translating...a minute later she comes out with bread. Taken aback, we ask what happened and he explained that he told her that we were their (the country of Polands) special guests from America and that they should do everyhting possible to find us some bread!!

belligerant Aussie - at our hotel, ther was this Australian who had been living in Scotland for the past year, Nicholas, who was nice enough when he was sober..the only problem was that he was only sober for about one hour of the time we saw him! Anyway, one day Nicholas starts drinking beer particularly early and is getting more and more belligeratn as the day passes. That night, Will and I just chilled at the hostel and Kenny went out with a small group from the hostel, including Nicholas, and came back pretty late. The next morning Will and I heard the story of what happened as this:

the group came back pretty late and then Nicholas passed out on the common room sofa...upon seeing this Kenny, who apparently is pretty famous back in Alabama for this, suggests that they tie Nicholas up, so they put socks over his hands and then tie his thumbs together and then tie his thumbs to his big toes and feet! (the hostel staff gladly provided the materials) Then someone found a marker and things were colored and items were drawn and 'I Love Poland' was written on poor Nicks back and then possibly every flyer in the hostel was stuffed inside his remaining clothes...just like spring break in Florida! The next day the story continued as apparently Nick awoke later that night and kinda freaked out about being tied up, tied up so well that the hostel staff had to cut his shoelaces to get himself free, and fell over and cut his head open on an end table...but he took it pretty well and was friendly, but wary of us the rest of the way! (the rest of the way being an overnight train to Prague in the Czech Republic)
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