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Day 10

Hello Berlin

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Well I'm sure my mom is wondering why I haven't posted today, definitely not like me. We took a 10 hour train ride through Poland to Berlin. Found our hotel, checked in and started getting ready to find somewhere to eat dinner, it was then 8pm, and I suddenly feel horrible. I felt like I as still moving back and forth from the train, and then it got worse. I've only felt like this once before, when Marla and I did a cruise last December and I got really bad motion sickness. So I took a gravol and waited. Now my stomach had a sharp pain and I wasn't sure if I was going to be sitting on a toilet all night or in front of one vomiting. After an hour, I tried to go out. I was past the point of being able to eat but Candice had to eat something. We found a restaurant at the. end of the hotel's street that was nice and close. I ate 1/2 of a tomato soup, then I felt like I was going to vomit. I tried to sit there and make it through dinner but I just couldn't. I literally had to leave Candice, at the resturant to come back to the hotel. I've been lying in bed since. I just slowly ate the plain green salad Candice had doggy bagged for me since I left before our meal came. I'm hoping I keep it down and my stomach holds out. Now it's 5am and I'm wide awake because ive been sleeping forever.

So we are alive, hopefully my stomach feels better today, cause we only really have 2 days here to sight see.

Love Lindsay

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Day 9

Auschwitz

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Im going to make today's blog short and sweet. One reason being its 12:30am and I need to get to bed as our trains leaves at 7am! Secondly, there isn't much to say about today.

I'm definitely NOT a women of few words, but after doing a 6 hour tour of Auschwitz Nazi Concentration camp, I have become one, for today at least! I only posted a few pictures to give you an idea of what we saw. Many most of you wouldn't want to see the rest because it would probably make you feel sick to your stomach. A few times on our tour when the guide said something or showed us artifacts, Candice and I just gave each other a 'oh my god look' and said nothing. There isn't much to say really. We saw what most people couldn't even imagine. Movies and pictures are definitely are not the same thing. As horrific as it was standing on the original floor in Auschwitz where you know thousands were lying in that exact spot half dead, I am very glad we did the tour. If you ever come to Poland, you must go to Auschwitz, you must.

There was one thing Candice and I learned that we found very interesting. Our guide said that the Jews that were workers at the camp, would refer to working in the warehouse as 'Canada', because it is the land of the plenty. If you worked in the warehouse, you could steal clothing and food. We both have never heard this before. Makes you sad that what we have was referred to as a dream for these poor people.

Anyways....it was a good day. We got some polish food for dinner. Now I've tried traditional perogies, potato pancakes and cabbage rolls. I think I've also gained 5lbs from being here. The food is soooo fried! What I'd do for a ice big spinach salad right now.

Off to Berlin in the morning. We won't arrive until early evening. I can't say I'm excited about being on a train for 9 hrs, though we did book 1st class, so hopefully it's quite the ride! ;)

Love Lindsay

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Day 8

The real Krakow

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Well today has been an interesting day. We started off with breakfast in our hotel, it's included like it was in Scotland. I have to say we both agree that it's awesome when you have a hotel with breakfast. When your in a strange place with no car and you don't know about the food, it can take forever to find and figure out what to eat. That was a huge problem in Paris. I put up a pic on my fb of our breakfast this morning. Polish breakfast, is different that's for sure. Kebasa sausages, weird watery scrambled eggs, cold cuts and cheese, this mushy looking cheese with something in it (it literally looked like clumps of coloured poo), dried up muffins/loafs, bad looking apples, weird cold cereal, toast and jam and yogurt. Well I ate exactly what Candice ate, and I'm the one who was lucky enough to get sick. In retrospect, we have been Europe for 8 days, eating out for every meal, eating food that is foreign to us, cooked/prepared differently and not part of both of our normal everyday healthy diet (yes, we both normally eat extremely healthy). So I guess it's only normal that eventually we get sick from eating foreign food, I'm surprised it took this long. So, I broke out the Imodium today, my old best friend. Spend half the day feeling yucky, with tummy cramps and literally afraid to eat again. I like Poland, but I'm scared of the food now. Especially since we don't know what made me sick. On a happy note, the morning coffee is EXCELLENT! They have the best coffee machines in Europe!

After breakfast, We walked through the Old Town, saw a bunch of church's and walked up to the castle. We were in search of a post office, which was apparently on the top of the hill where the castle and cathedral were. After asking 5 people and a good 30 minutes later we found it and stamps were bought! YAY!!

Then we walked to the Jewish Old Town. There was such a difference between where we are staying in Old Town and the Jewish area. We went through the Synagogue Temple and walked on in search of the Old Synagogue. We eventually found it, after walking directly by it because the side of the building looked like a ghetto with spray painting everywhere. The road it was off of was so sketchy looking. It was crazy to see that 70 yrs after the war how war torn areas still looked, especially in the Jewish area.

After the Old Synagogue, we had a late lunch at a polish restaurant. I was so worried about eating after the morning, but I survived. We tried our first real perogies. We got a mixed plate with cheese, mushroom and meat perogies. The meat was 'mystery meat', who knows what was in it! One of my meat perogies tasted so bad, I couldn't stomach it but the rest where okay.

It's really hot here today, we were dying. So we walked back to the hotel to relax and cool off. Our hotel room is awesome but omg is it ever cold! We have tried to adjust the thermostat many times but it isn't changing. We are in hoodies, socks, barried under blankets and we are still cold!!!! I so cold my nose is running! Lol

We left our ice box of a hotel room for dinner. We had an awesome dinner at a fancy polish restaurant down the road. The food was amazing!!! My fingers are too cold to upload the pictures tonight, I'll do it tomorrow.

We booked a tour tomorrow for Aushwitz. Should be an interesting day.

We are really enjoying Poland!!!
Until tomorrow.
Love Lindsay

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Day 7

Hello Karakow!!

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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!!!

Love Lindsay

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Day 6

Au revoir Paris!!

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Well this is our last night in Paris. We had a pretty action packed day like yesterday. Started off by walking to the Pantheon from our hotel, we are about a 10 minute walk. Then we walked down rue Soufflot to good old McDonalds to get breakfast. Now most of the people I know at home, specifically the city of Brampton guys would not survive with the small sizes in Europe. A bottle of pop is only 500ml and 4€ where at home it's 750ml and $2! Well caffeine is not the same either. A normal coffee is a cafe Americano and it usually comes in one size, super SMALL!!! Mcd's has expresso and coffee but its one size. It must be the equivilant to a extra small coffee from Tim's. I'm dying for a normal sized coffee!!!! Anyways, we went to McDonalds and spent 6€ on the smallest coffee known to man and a muffin! Definitely NOT like McDonalds at home.

Frankly I'm sick of eating here. I'm not loving the French food. I know they are known for their cuisine but it's weird, uncooked and not that great. Plus, it is soooo expensive! We are both hoping Poland is as cheap as everyone says cause I'm ready to stop spending such on food for a few days.

Now that I'm done ranting, we took our expensive McDs and walked across the street to the Jardin de Luxembourg. This is by far my favourite Jardin in Paris! Words can't describe it. Check out my fb pictures and it still doesn't do it justice but gives you an idea. We walked and walked and walked from the Jardin to Notre Dame Cathedral. It took a really long time, stopping at our favourite store, Monoprix for some window browsing. After Notre Dame, we got a sandwich and a coke at a little 'cheap' side restaurant (for only 12€ each!) and then got a crepe. Nutella and banana creeps are the best!! If you ever come to Paris, don't miss out!

Next we got lost! Not badly, but we walked for 20 min along the seine in the complete opposite direction! Opps!!! At least I noticed that I couldn't find the street names on the map. We stood there with our big map open looking like total tourists for a good 5 min until this nice friendly man came riding up on his bikeup and asked if we needed help. Not only were we going the wrong way, we had a good 35 min walk ahead of us. Eventually we made it to Musee Orsay! My favourite museum in Paris! It holds Edgar Degas' ballerina portraits and sculptures as well as lots of Van Gogh and Claudet Monet.

We took the metro back, but got lost on it. It wasn't our fault, it's like the only line out of all 14 that doesn't connect directly with our line the 7. We figured it out, took a train twice, going back where we started and had to transfer 3 times but we made it! Thats what matters.

We had our last dinner at an Italian restaurant then went for waffles and ice cream, cause you know we didn't need to! ;)

Tomorrow we are off to Krakow! I wonder what Poland will be like. Looking in our frommers guide, the map of krakow compared to Paris is unreal. If we can get around this city ok, we should never get lost in Poland!

To sum up Paris, we'll miss: 3 course meals at one set price, Monoprix, the metro, les Jardin, crepes, fondue, Notre Dame, Musee D'Orsay, 'Merci', 'do you speak English? Because I don't speak French' and old buildings with character everywhere!

Au revoir! Off to Poland we go!

Love Lins

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