Trip Start Aug 30, 2005
Trip End Jan 04, 2006

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

So I have safely landed in Krakow. The beginning of my adventure was in England. Everything was going swimmingly. I made my connection between Heathrow and Gatwick in record time by making friends with people who let me run past them in the customs line. I had 2 hrs to spare when I arrived at Gatwick. There seems to be some problem with Gatwick and me though. When I was 13 yrs old I was over in Europe with my aunt and on the way back home from Germany we encountered problems with the airplane. Suffice it to say that I quickly learnt the emergency position and what foam on the tarmac looks like. We had an emergency landing at Gatwick, after which I was stranded at for over nine hours. This same attraction to Gatwick has followed me onto this current adventure. I checked my time for boarding the plane after waiting about 2 hrs and realized that the departure time was delayed for an hour. I kept on checking the time every so on, eventually 3 hrs later than I was supposed to be boarding I finally began to get on the plane. But that wasn't the end. We had to wait for 1.5 more hours for a time slot to get a runway! FINALLY around 6 in the evening I arrived at the tiny Polish airport. I have heard rumors that getting thru customs was easy there, but I was floored! I could have snuck a tank thru and no one would have batted an eye.

On to Krakow. I walked around the Szukieincza (market in the centre of the square) and the main square and had dinner at the old town hall. The city is so gorgeous. The buildings were luckily untouched by the war and immaculately kept up. I have had the best perogies of my life so far. I am feeling slightly dehydrated though. Tap water isn't the best for foreigners to drink because we aren't accustomed to it so I am finding that buying water is expensive. Here is a real truth.... Beer and Vodka is cheaper than water, especially for the large quantities that you get for the zloty.

I want to say a thank you to the Czubak's. I am the most prepared to be here because of the stories that have been told to me.

One last update on my address... if you want to send me mail send it to Room 512. Its still the same address as before. I have a phone number here that you can all reach me at. (001148) 126223512 in my room. There is no machine but I have a cell as well which is (001148) 887 524 942.

My room: Some things surprise me here. People smoke everywhere. My lungs are slowly blackening. The most shocking is that there aren't any rules in the dormitory. You can smoke, cook etc... Pretty much if we don't blow it up they are fine. It's about a 30 -45 minute walk away from the city centre and the tram is very close by a cheap to take down town. I lucked out though. Because I came a day earlier than everyone I was given my own room. I have the same space as everyone else but no roommate. I am glad that I have two beds though cause there appears to be a slight slant to my "bed"(or as I like to refer to it as springs with a piece of cloth surrounding it). Every morning I wake up hugging the wall cause of the uneven surface.
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