02.08.2012 - 05.08.2012 30 °C
We made it!! We are in Poland!!!! Today was kind of a write off day. We woke up late, packed, checked out of the hotel and hung out in Starbucks wasting time for 2 hrs before heading to the airport. It takes a good hour to get to th airport, we need to take the metro a good 5 stops, switch to the train which is a good 30 minutes long. Keep in mind this is all with a heavy backpack on your back, and a small back pack on our front plus carrying a purse! My bag has somehow grown, and is now 17.2 kg! A good 2 kg more then Candice's. So it's a good workout!
The flight here was good, and we were able to get our bags quickly. It is very strange being in a country where you don't know, speak or understand the language. I literally don't know a lick of polish! My bubbie didnt speak polish, she spoke yiddish so I only know a few Yiddish words. I was face timing Darina tonight and she was trying to teach us how to pronounce a few words but it's not working so well for me! At least in Paris. We would pick up words, or understand things a bit by piecing them together. Here we are screwed, and keep on laughing about it. Take our 9pm dinner for instance. We got in at 8pm, checked in and walked to the huge awesome mall that's attached to the train station. We went up to the food court to get dinner cause we were starving. Well, we had no idea what the food was, any of the food. We don't recognize any words and I wasn't really feeling eating mystery meat. So it was McDonald's, subway or KFC! We had subway in Glasgow, and since we had mcd's for lunch today we went for KFC. These were our only options cause we could kind of make out the pictures and the words were kind of in broken English. Of course, I had no idea what I ordered, but it turned out okay. My body isn't going to like me, I never eat fast food and today I had it twice!
Our hotel room is amazing! We are in the jazz room! It's fancy, has flashing lights around the ceiling and the back of the bed. It's crazy. Definitely the nicest hotel we've stayed in yet.
So we've only been here for 4 hours but so far i love krakow. It's much more modern then I expected. I think if my bubbie were alive she'd be happy that I came here, to see where her family lived before the war. I wish she was around so I could tell her about it. I'm proud to be a half Jew learning about my family's history here. Should be very sad, depressing and educational.
Tomorrow we are going to follow our frommers book and do a bunch of walking tours on our own (plus some cheap shopping!!!) then Saturday we are going to book a tour for Auschwitz concentration camp.
Soooo excited to be here!!!