Trip Start Jan 10, 2005
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The hostel we stayed in was pretty nice, except the youth discount promised on the phone was not given since we were foreigners. Also, half of it had burnt down the month before, and the backyard was full of charred bunk beds. Apparently the fire started when someone left a cigarette burning in their bed. Thankfully no one was killed, but the lack of smoke detectors made us feel slightly uncomfortable.
Near Poznan is an archaeological site (Biskupin) where the remains of an Iron Age city were found and have been partially rebuilt. We found our way there the next day, but we missed one of our busses and didn't end up with much time there. The city was built about 2500 years ago and people lived there for 150 years until the water level started rising and the site was abandoned. There were 100 houses that probably housed about 1000 people and their livestock, which was surprising because it was such a small area. It was interesting to us how many similarities there were with Native American settlements we've seen in Canada. On the way back from Biskupin Greg and I got to ride on a narrow gauge train. It looked like a kids train from a zoo, and was purely a tourist attraction but it was a lot of fun.
On our way to Biskupin we had stopped in Gniezno to catch our bus but we had an hour between connections so went to check out the town. We liked it so much that Greg, Monika and I returned afterwards to hang out there in the evening
We got yelled at by a child in Gniezno, which is always fun. While we were sitting in the square a little boy, maybe 3 or 4 years old, started playing in a fountain near us. He was trying to get the water out of the fountain and all over the square in as many ways as possible. First he tried to stop the water from draining by standing on the drain. It was just a little fountain, a face squirting water through its mouth, so he was sticking his finger in the mouth to spray the water as far as possible. When he tried using his foot to do the same thing and completely soaked himself we couldn't help laughing. So he put his hands on his hips and bent way over and yelled "What are you laughing at?" A little while later a teenaged girl walked by and did the same thing. She seemed a little too old to be playing in fountains.