Salt Mines and Mountain towns

Trip Start Aug 17, 2012
Trip End Sep 13, 2012

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What I did
Zakopane, Poland

Flag of Poland  , Southern Poland,
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Today, we started out to a resort town called Zakopane.  It was a curvy 3 hr ride in a bus, with marginal air conditioning.  I did alright until the end.  I was pretty much green when I got off the bus.  Tums and Sprite for lunch.  Jonathan had visited this site years before where he would see horse drawn carriages hauling logs.  The churches here are wooden stave with much ornate awnings and peaks.  Although those buildings are still there, it was very very disappointing to him to see it so commercialized.  There were shops that lined the main drag, not the horse drawn carriages.  There were vendors coaxing you to other sites and attractions.  This just upset Jonathan so.  I felt as if I was in Gatlinburg, TN.  It honestly took a while to find a good place to eat.  While Jonathan wanted a good local sit down place, I just wanted to grab something and get out of the chaos.  We had some trying moments in our marriage as we probably hiked 5 miles from town- UPHILL!!!!  (I did NOT include the pic of the blister on my foot tonight).  I am happy to report that we are still happily married and back in the room here at the apartment, clean and about to start another day.  Despite the fan fair, Zakopane is a very lovely town, charming and enchanting enough even for the likes of Hansel and Gretel.

Tonight, around midnight was laundry night.  We hand washed what was to be just a few items, but somehow the load increased. (Picture included.)  Architect/Engineer Jonathan has amply supplied us with laundry line in our very own bathroom.  I was the washer.  It's old school here in Poland, and the longer I stay here, the more it feels homey.  The people are so friendly, and they engage us in conversation.  They seem to like Americans just fine.  There are so many Jack Daniels Tshirts I have lost count.  Anyone under the age of 30 can help us.  They seem to know English well enough, but honestly, it's been nice for Poland to maintain it's local feel. Sign language can go a long way! 

Tomorrow should be much less friction on the feet.  We are going to see Schindler's factory and at night, it's off to a 6 course dinner and Chopin concert just across the street.  (Maybe then I can wear my cute shoes. )

It's GoodNight for now!  I hope you all have very productive days at work!!!  We will be sleeping. 
Thanks for following the blog.  Please feel free to comment.  It's so fun to hear back. 

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Reba on

I really enjoyed reading the entry and I'm so glad you and Jonathan survived the track up the mtn., for we love him so and could not do without him!!!

Taryn on

What an adventurous day! So glad you two are happily married still. I was worried for about two sentences. And thank God for clean undies!

Wanda on

I am really enjoying your Blog. Feels like we are there with you. Thanks for all the comments and pics.

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