Pitstop and refuel

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
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Trip End Mar 25, 2008


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Sunday, September 16, 2007

For first few days in Poland I was regular slug. Sleeping in and lounging in my hostel room. In my infinite wisdom, I decided to listen to Rick Steves and rip out excerpts of my Eastern Europe travel book to cut down the weight. I probably should have listened to his entire advice and carry the newest edition. Instead I'm carrying around an antique, my 1994 Let's Go edition of Eastern Europe. To give you an idea it was the first edition to separate sections of Czech Republic from Slovakia. So when I first arrive at Krakow, I had to research online and talk to tourist info personnel. I think they are frightened whenever they see me return to their office. I'm probably on their most wanted list for the most bothersome tourist. You know the type...with list of questions written out ahead of time.  Well so I decided to give that a break.  And just roam on Sunday. Attended mass conducted in Polish at St. Mary's Basilika. Not that I know when to stand/sit/kneel in American masses but it was even more challenging in Polish. Beautiful interior with a 28 meter high wooden alterpiece carved by Veit Stoss. Something interesting..."On every hour, a trumpet signal is played from the top of St. Mary's two towers. The tune breaks off in mid-stream, to commemorate the famous 13th century trumpeter, who was shot in the throat while sounding the alarm before the Mongol's attack on the city."

Decided to stay longer because well, first it was cheaper and second
the hostel I stayed at was nice, albeit noisy. By the end was able to
navigate my way around the small town pretty well. Had fun with the
Segway. Thought it was the best contrast of technology and tradition as I whizzed by Wawel Castle. Always wanted to try it when I see people riding in Santa
Monica. Now I've tried it. I would get one for personal use but the owner
said they were $7000 and the expensive $1000 batteries have to be
changed yearly.

yummy Restuarants:
1. Dookota Swiata at Szewska and Jagiellonska
2. Polski Smaki
3. U Babci Maliny at Ul. Stawkowska 17.
4. Gruzinskie Chaczapuri, georgian food, at Sienna and Florianska
5. Gallererilla Krakow for ice cream
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