Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

From Budapest we took an overnight train to Krakow, Poland. This was another fun train ride. We got a sleeper cabin. We hoped it would just be us, but maybe another person. Nope...all 6 beds were taken. For those of you who have ever seen what a 2nd class sleeper cabin looks like - it was about 6 feet long by 5 feet wide and just high enough for 3 bunks. There were 2 girls from Brazil and a couple from London. We all got along really well and stayed up too late talking. When it was time to make our beds we had to do it in shifts. Brazilians first, then Brian and I, then the couple from London. We stayed up talking for awhile but soon fell asleep. It was basically a slumber party with strangers.

We arrived in Krakow and got into our hostel quickly, after a long walk. We have been staying in University rooms whose students aren't back yet. This room was great and had its own bathroom too. That day we had a great lunch at a local place - no tourists. There was another Folk Art festival going on in the main square - the largest medieval Square in Europe. We also wondered through the Wawel Castle.

Woke up the next morning to do laundry and I turned almost all of my clothes purple now - even some of Brian's. I got a pair of purple pants in Bangkok and thought I got all the extra dye out, but there's always more then you think. So I have a lot of purple's now - you cant really tell with Brian's unless you look hard.

So today we decided to go to Auschwitz, which I will put in a separate entry. That pretty much took up the entire day. To cheer ourselves up we ate at a really great Polish place on our way back to the hostel. Everything they served us was delicious!!! Best part: they wouldn't give Brian any sauerkraut, she said his plate was too full.

We've been eating a lot of these puff pastries filled with cream and dipped in chocolate, so good! So our last day here, we got some of those and walked through the Jewish Ghetto. After seeing what we saw the day before at the concentration camps, it was interesting to see where they all had lived and worked. We also got to see the real factory that Schindler's List the movie was based on.

Everyone will be sad to learn that today, I also cut Brian's mullet off! He looks much more handsome though! To celebrate we went out to some pubs in the Square. The first was a neat underground pub, almost like the caves in Cappadocia. Next was a "club" and only went there because we had cheap beer tickets. They were actually playing music. Music in Europe so far is really hard to find. No bars and restaurants play music, unless it is live (which are few and far between).

So between learning a lot more about WWII and puff pastries, Krakow has been one of our favorite places yet. Lively city and interesting people. It is also one of the most upsetting places on the planet with the camps, but well worth a visit.
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