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Jul 5, 2010 - Definite holiday mode

I'm finding these European hostels have the weirdest set ups. Our breakfast was waiting for us in a plastic bag in the small kitchenette outside our room. It was filled with bread rolls, yoghurt, fruit, coffee and spreads. Quite a decent breakfast if you like everything that was there. The fruit didn't seem fresh and the yoghurt tasted like medicine, but at least we got bread rolls. We are in definite holiday mode and with no where to be at any particular time we got ready slowly, what's the rush. We were staying quite close to Stare Miasto...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Krakow...

Evening gentlefolks... Seeing as my hostel is ace, has a massive screen for watching the footie and is only 2 weeks old; it is clean, tidy and has everything I'd want. Apart from no computers for the internet. As such I'm limited to 6 minutes of update. Done Krakow for the main sites in town. Visited the salt mines today which were great. What them miners could create out of salt! Auschwitz tomorrow which holds some trepidation for me. How do you react to the site of mass genocide? Interest? Sorrow? I just don't know. Will have to see when...

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Poland 2010

May 24, 2010 - Krakow, POLAND

Monday, May 24 Today we had an early morning and left with two private vans and crossed the border into Poland. Just mastered the Czech language and the currency and now we have to learn a new one again. We travelled through the beautiful countryside on very windy roads. It was very warm in the van and our driver liked to drive in the heavy rain without using his windshield wipers. We stopped for a quick lunch where I had some perogies, a traditional Polish dish. We had to preorder and I got 12 big perogies ... didn't expect that many,...

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Apr 20, 2010 - Day 10 - Polish surprise!

After a fairly painless bus trip from Zakopane we arrived in Krakow to be pleasantly surprised. Expecting it to be reasonably run down and still in the rebuilding phase like Budapest, we were greeted by one of the most beautiful, clean, neat and well-kept cities we have ever been to. To save some cash we stayed in the ‘Goodbye Lenin’ hostel – mainly chosen for it’s quirky name, it’s complimentary breakfast and it’s cheap rates. For the most part it was ok, besides the hoard of loud Germans that continued to wake us during the nights. We...

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Mar 6, 2010 - Rough Ride to Krakow, Poland Mar 7 -10

March 6-7 Bus ride to Krakow from Lviv(8 hrs), was I insane or drunk when I thought of taking the bus? Met two Scottish guys who were visiting Lviv for a day between snowboarding days in Poland. They told me the bus was a little bumpy.....bumpy my butt, it was 4 X 4 at its finest in a Greyhound bus. Couldn't rest your head against the window because you would have knocked yourself out, and sitting with your head straight you got whiplash, holy cow man 2.5 hours of this was rough. The roads, which are used regularily by buses and cars, where...

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Sep 30, 2009 - Krakow- Auschwitz

Yesterday we went to Auschwitz, what a terrible place,OMG. It was so depressing. We bought some vodka for the train ride back as it was emotionally draining. The horrors that occurred there are truly inimaginable. We take simply things for granted too often. On another note.....I have a pinter black eye as A few days ago I was walking in the main square and walked HEAD first into a British lady. It was so hard I though I walked into a metal pole or something. I thought I may have had a concussion. EEESH!!! hahaha what a tool I am :)...

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Sep 27, 2009 - Krakow - dzien dobry

Krakow has so far been a nice change to the last 9 days in France. We are staying with Mike's Babcia (Grandma) so we can unpack those crazy backpacks:) And the polish Zolty is taking us a lot further than the euro. The city is very nice & well restored. We spent our first day walking throughout the city center, including the Main Square, Wawel Castle and church, around the university, and walked around the "Planty" which is a green space with a walkway that surrounds the main city center. At night we went out to a few pubs, which is not...

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Aug 16, 2009 - Krakow, Poland

Krakow is a great place, I wish I could have stayed longer (even longer than the extra two days I stayed past when I planned to leave). The first day started off overcast but cleared up to a beautiful day and stayed that way for the next 4 days. Krakow used to be the capital of Poland until 1956 and its probably mostly because of that that it has such beautiful streets and buildings dating back to medieval times. Fortunately Krakow, unlike lots of other areas in Poland avoided major damage in WWII so the main attractions, like Wawel Castle...

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Taking the Long Way

Aug 13, 2009 - Krazy about Krakow

After another flawless Air Berlin flight (my new favorite European discount airline) we landed in Krakow at 4pm local time. It was a very tourist-friendly airport and we had no trouble catching the free shuttle to the train station and then the very quick and efficient train into the center of town. When we got off the train, it was easy to get our bearings thanks to plenty of large “you are here” type maps on every corner. (It is my personal belief that all cities should do this…sure would make my life a lot easier!) After two days spent...

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Aug 4, 2009 - Krakow, PL

Arrived in Krakow on time. A bit warmer than in Guildford. Managed to find bus, that takes me to the train, that takes me to the centre of Krakow. The bus trip is free, and travels less than a kilometre I would guess. Many tourists at the train stop have problems as there is crowding at the ticket machine, and no-one has the small change required to use it. Pays to break a note on a cup of coffee first. First thing to do in Krakow is book the train journey to my next destination - Prague. I couldn't do this on-line. On the trip from the...

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Jul 8, 2009 - Series of Unfortunate Events

Leaving Ukraine was hard to do but an opportunity to visit Europe doesn't come too often. After a whole night's ride on the train, we arrived in Lvov. A sister came to meet us at the station, Zenovia, which we were really grateful for because we had no idea where to get tickets for the bus. Afterwards did a little walking around the old town of Lvov and then at 10 pm boarded our bus to Krakow, Poland. It's fine till we got to the border. Don't worry we passed through the border fine but boy did we wait long. We got there at 11:30 and didn't...

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May 22, 2009 - Krakow - Lots of Variety

Hi - Krakow was difficult since I was feeling under the weather most of the time I was here. But I did get out to see a variety of the churches, castles, palaces, squares that make this a very interesting city. People compare it to Prague, which is one of my favorite cities ever. I can see why, but I still prefer the old town of Prague to that of Krakow. There's something magic about Prague I've found nowhere else. I must say that the Wawel, the castle area, is as impressive as Prague's. I really enjoyed the open square on top of the...

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