Wieliczka Salt Mines

Trip Start Feb 23, 2010
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Trip End Jun 21, 2010


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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Hi all, it's a cold, lazy day here so I thought it’d be a good time to write. There’s not much going on lately because we still haven’t started classes, but we’re trying to stay busy. Thursday we met with Barb and Professor Mazur again to make sure our classes would work and how everything was going. After that we went to get our month pass for the buses and trams. We needed a passport sized photo though, so we went to get that taken and then came back to a locked door! We had no idea what was going on, it was just before 5pm and it was supposed to stay open until 7! Another lady tried to get in as well and was just as confused. Then one of the workers came and taped a sign on the door, luckily the lady next to us spoke English, so she was able to translate it for us. As it turns out, the workers needed an "energy break" and were closing for the next hour and a half! They were going to open back up at around 6:30, but then they close at 7 anyway! Only in Poland do you find something so ridiculous! So we walked around and did a little shopping for an hour and a half then finally got our passes.

Yesterday we decided to go to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a very famous, popular tourist attraction here. We got there just before 5 so we were able to get on the last tour, which lasted about 2 hours. I was all bundled up, expecting it to be very cold in the mine, but it turns out it’s about 60 degrees down there, so I was quite warm actually. But I’m glad I dressed warm because it was such a cold walk around town. The past two days have been soo cold here! It’s warmer in Iowa this week than it is here! Anyway, the tour of the mines was very neat. We had a goofy tour guide who spoke English but was still kind of hard to understand. I took lots and lots of pictures because you had to pay an extra 10 zloty to have permission to take pictures…I wanted to get my money’s worth! The chapel was by far the most beautiful thing there, although it was all pretty neat. It’s definitely somewhere I’ll be sure to take mom and dad when they come! We didn’t get back until about 8:30-9 and we were starving, so we ate and then sat in a coffee shop until they kicked us out! We were all soo tired though, so we decided to call it an early night. However, I have officially decided I am buying ear plugs because our neighbor had her music playing and was singing at the top of her lungs until about 4:30am. I have yet to get my 8 hour night of sleep!

This morning we all got up and headed to the market. It’s this good sized farmer’s market with tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and cheeses, and other odds and ends. It was neat to go to, but we didn’t stay very long because it was soo cold! Sometimes I think I should have brought my long underwear over here! Ha Ha!

Well today is Dan’s birthday (a guy from Washington D.C.) so we’ll probably go out and do something for that. I never thought I’d be saying this, but I wish classes would just start already, I need to have something to do on a regular basis again!

Enjoy the pictures from the salt mine!

Chelsea
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Cassie on

I would just like to suggest that you go ahead and sing WITH your neighbor until 4:30 a.m. I mean, how many times in your life will you have this opportunity, Chels? Or, do something really annoying until 4:30 a.m., and see if she does anything about it...heehee. Love you!

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