Poznan

Trip Start Jun 08, 2006
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Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Tuesday 8 August
Found toilet roll in room, went for a run, found fort where 20,000 Germans held out against the Russians in 1945. Only a few bits of this massive fort left as the Russians bombed the hell out of it, but found a military museum and Russian cemetery in the ruins. Ran to lake and closed miniature railway. Went round old cathedral from 968 where 1st Polish king has his mausoleum in the golden chapel. Nun laughed at me outside. Back to the hostel for shower and head shave, got told off by receptionist for not leaving room by 11. Now in cheaper room with Frenchman - ouch. Went and did the national museum, town hall, medieval military museum and all the recommended sites. Finished off in brew pub fro food and beer after been made to wait too long in Londonners pub. Back to hostel via supermarket for some late snacks and food for the journey to Gdynia, saw they served Porter so got 2 bottles. Frenchman was in his room so blogged drank beer then to face him and but found Irish mathamatition in. We chatted then he asked what the Frenchman was doing and he replied he was going to Palastine to cut the trees down. What are you going to do with the trees? Take them back to France - ok... He was reading a book on the rise of India in preparation so he knew what he was talking about so I thought Id better chill out downstairs before I upset him.
Wednesday 9 August
Woke to find Frenchman staring out window so said my good mornings and went for a run around fort. Came across a commonwealth cemetery with a list of all the dead. So happened the executed great escapees were buried here as it was where airmen killed in raids on Poland lay. Found a man from Lye and a 22 year old Peake from Wednesbury where I was born, looks like his plan came down as other crew members were with him. Back to the hostel found Frenchman hadn't left key in reception so had to go up and down four flights of stairs a few times. Showers were under repair so traipsed round looking for one that did. Route marched to railway station, brought ticket and caught 5h 18m train to Gdynia to meet Madzik. She met me at railway station and we caught bus to her house in Dabrowa. Really nice house and I got the attic room sleeping on a bed Madziks mom slept on when she was pregnant with her. Had some food then bus into Gdynia on a little evening tour of the sites and onto a beer shop, 3 beers each and sat on a hill view illegally drinking the beers and chatting. Tried to get into weird bar with 2 seater toilet but door was locked, then 2 blokes turned up and we got in. Left early hours for night bus home.
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