Sunday 11 Nov 2007
So Meag and I are in Poland now, not sure HOW we've managed to navigate our way around without speaking Polish or knowing anyone who DOES speak Polish, but somehow we've done it!
Here's what we've done so far:
~ taken bus # 192 from the airport into the city centre, then got kicked off by the bus driver at the wrong stop, so we were stuck in the middle of nowhere!
~ navigated our way to "Mama's hostel" and almost died when we climbed three flights of horribly architected stairs!
~ played some ridiculous drinking games that involved doing the "sprinkler" dance before you had to drink with a crazy group of aussie boys
~ partied hardy in the biggest and best nightclub in the city (it was 3-4 stories high and had 10 different dance floors WOO HOO!)
~ talked politics with a very diverse group of people from around the world.
~ eaten more pierogies than what is healthy... we're pretty much on an all-carb diet... (we call it the Opposite-of-Atkins diet)
~ witnessed so many cute little old lady nuns running around everywhere
~ eaten a bagel from the bagel-capital of the world and had no idea what we were eating!
~ taken advantage of the exchange rate and dined in luxury!
~ (again), taken advantage of the cheap vodka
~ walked around Kazimierz (the jewish quarter) and ate some damn fine kebabs..
~ celebrated Poland's Independence Day with a huge crowd of Polocks in the main square. We tried to sing some Polish songs (only to be patriotic and fit in), but then we realized we don't speak Polish and we sounded ridiculous by thinking that we could!
...it's been a good few days so far! and next on the agenda? tomorrow we're hitting up Auschwitz-Birkenau (the main Nazi concentration camp), for a sobering reminder of WW2. Then we're off to Wroclaw for a couple days.. we're hoping to try out couchsurfing too! Then Meag's off to Prague and I'm heading south to Zakopane..! More updates later!
I miss everyone back home...!! Also, I really miss Tim Hortons and poutine, believe it or not! Keep in touch, everyone!