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Apr 1, 2011 - Visit to Jewish Quarter

April 1' trip to Auschwitz, Polland.  A dreary rainy spring day.  Supper was held at a traditional Jewish restaurant which featured traditional Jewish music.  One patron, did not appreciate the level of conversation shared and generated by our group.  This patron, from Britain, felt she needed to quell our conversations, much to the chagrin of the Jewish proprietor. The British tourist stood in the center of the restaurant and proclaimed for all to hear, that her table had traveled a great distance and wished therefore that the rest of the...

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ESBCHS Europe 2011

Apr 1, 2011 - Auschwitz - Birkenau

The weather was overcast and cooler as we made our way to the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau. The somber mood would be replaced a new respect for the survivors of the horrors of war. We would return to Krakow city center to eat and shop before off again to tour the Jewish quarter and to enjoy a Jewish supper. We are off the Hungry tomorrow for the last leg of out journey.

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ESBCHS Europe 2011

Mar 31, 2011 - Were in Krakow, Polland

After a 7 hour bus ride traveling south east of Prague, we finally have arrived to Krakow, Polland. Our first stop was the Salt Mines of Krakow, where we all had a chance to stretch our weary joints by walking down some 400 flights of stairs. We are now checked into our hotel, located in the heart of Krakow. We have forty minutes to get settled in before we all head out for a Polish dinner. If some of you ate wondering where the photographs are, it seems were having Internet and computer challenges. I have been creating these blogs via my...

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Jan 12, 2011 - Krakow, Poland - Rest & Relaxation

I was supposed to spend my last day in Krakow visiting Oskar Schindler's factory - the protagonist in my favourite movie of all time "Schindler's List" - but felt too unwell to leave the apartment. I woke up at 10am feeling rather warm and with a headache so decided to head back to sleep to only wake again at 2pm. I got something to eat, showered, and thought it was best to not push myself with London and the rest of the UK coming up over the next few weeks.

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Jan 6, 2011 - Krakow, Poland - Tour of the Old City

Darren took me around Krakow today and we pretty much walked all over the entire Old Town. The city reminded me of Nurnberg/Nuremberg rather fondly as the old city was encompassed by a wall (only partial areas are still standing unlike its German counterpart). Starting off at Wawel Castle, we explored the grounds and took various touristy photos but didn't actually go inside. Not only was it extremely busy with locals attending church services because of the holy public holiday but this also meant tourists were everywhere. After descending...

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Jan 5, 2011 - Krakow, Poland

I ended up arriving into Krakow an hour delayed from the original scheduled time which meant that it was past 9pm (04/01/2011) in the evening and the platforms at Krakow Główny were relatively deserted. This made it rather easy to spot Darren waiting for me (apart from his red hair which anyone can pick in a sea of people) with his shopping trolley in tow. We made haste for the local tram and after a small detour around his neighbourhood (Kazimierz) - Krakow's Jewish neighbourhood until the Second World War - we arrived to greet Ina at...

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Jan 4, 2011 - Berlin, Germany > Krakow, Poland - Travel Day

I’m currently writing this entry whilst on the train journey to my next destination with The Sound of Music movie is playing in the background of my laptop (“I have confidence that they’ll put me to the test…”). I departed Berlin Hauptbahnhof this morning at 10:10am (30 minutes past the scheduled departure but I’m slowly getting used to this in wintery Europe as all except one of my trains have been delayed thus far). My train is headed for the Polish border which sees the exit from Germany through Forst and entry through Zary. The next...

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Dec 2, 2010 - Krakow (incl. Auschwitz) (Part III) - Nov 30 - Dec 2

November 30, 2010 Having made the effort to stay in Oświęcim we made the extra effort to be up early to get to Auschwitz for when it opened, too. Having gotten up at 7 and eaten a decent breakfast at the hotel, we headed out about 8 and were glad that it wasn’t snowing like yesterday even though it was bitterly cold. We bought one of the guidebooks there to help us around preferring to spend 4 zloty for that rather than 38 zloty each for a tour. Everyone knows the name Auschwitz and it is one of those places which is synonymous of the...

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Nov 29, 2010 - Krakow (Part II) - Nov 26-29

November 26, 2010 We were heading out on a tour today so we had to be up and out at a reasonable hour. My first night of sleep in the new bed was eventful as with every move my bed made a ridiculously loud creaking noise. It annoyed me and I’m sure it annoyed everyone else but I was at least glad it didn’t fall apart. I know I’ve been eating and drinking a lot of late but I’m not that fat! The tour today was to the Wieliczka Salt Mines. These mines are around 10km outside the city of Krakow and were one of the first inscriptions on the...

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Nov 25, 2010 - Krakow (Part I) - Nov 22 - 25

November 22, 2010 As we woke this morning we were just approaching Lviv, about an hour from the border. We had planned to stop here but had changed plans because of the visa issue. At the Ukrainian border we stopped for about 50 minutes and had no problem getting stamped out and after about half an hour of slowly rolling forward the train stopped and the Polish border guards got in and the train rolled forward again. The guards came in and checked our passports and stamped them straight away, without really looking at them too much. His...

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Sep 9, 2010 - Krakow

We began our visit to Krakow with a walking tour from the castle, past the church Pope John Paul II was at before his was pope and ending at the huge market square. After dinner a few of us walked to McDonalds for hot apple pies... i think we either confused the young guy working there or Polish people don't order apple pies because we had to wait awhile for them to cook the pies. (Of course I bit into it straight away and burnt myself with hot apple!!) On our free day we went to the Salt Mine. The tour took us quite far underground where...

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Aug 5, 2010 - Krakow, Poland

Spent the day in the old town centre of Krakow - a beautiful untouched city. You feel like when you arrive in the city centre you could be in the 16th Century. After a bit of shopping in the local markets, we walked around the old streets and came across Wawel Castle. It had amazing views over the city and was a very interesting place. We then headed back to the town square and had lunch - food and drink is really cheap in Poland so we had a massive feast and just watched the world go by for a few hours. It was great to just relax and do a...

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