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

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Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Saturday, August 29, 2009

After all this city hopping, we decided it was time for some R&R. We hopped on a bus to the town of Zakopane, Poland. It is a somewhat small town in High Tatra's mountain range, south of Krakow. It is like a perfect little ski/alpine village. There is one main touristy street that is packed with restaurants and shops and the rest of the town is filled with very unique architecture. We stayed at a hostel and had a tiny room, but it was like we were at our Grandma's house. Great atmosphere. While here, we took a Gondola to the top of one of the mountains and hiked down. When we were at the top we did a bobsled type of ride down part of the mountain. Pretty fun but Brian was upset the woman in front of him was going too slow. I think it was a good thing or he may have gone right over the edge. We enjoyed the sunset and a beer at the top before our hike down. Didn't take long but still hard.

The next day we wanted to try this river rafting thing. Not white water - you don't even get wet. There is river near that is very calm. They have guided tours through the gorge. So we took a bus there. I got yelled at on the bus for some reason (still don't know why) and everyone was staring at us. Maybe thats what the information people mean when they say its impossible to take public transportation. Oh well, we got there just fine. They have 5 long, narrow boats that they tie together to make the raft. We were on with 9 other people and 2 guides. Every single person besides us spoke Polish. The guides did not speak English either. So the entire time was spent listening to everyone howl with laughter at our guide (must have been funny) while we just sat and watched the mountains around us. Really great ride, just wish we knew what was so funny. Anyway, the trip took us through the a gorge and down the river to another small town. We hopped on another bus and got back to Zakopane for dinner. We went out that night. Really hard to choose a place. Some had live music, some had good prices. We settled on a place that was more like a self serve restaurant. They had music too, so that was nice. We ordered our drinks than our food outside from a guy over a huge grill. What a meal. Amazing sausage and sauerkraut!

It was great to relax in a cozy town in the mountains - although we didn't get to relax much. Fun to see a different side of Poland then the big city.
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