Auschwitz and Warsaw...the lows and highs
Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
25Trip End Aug 10, 2013
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It was a very sad, drained group that climbed back on the bus. My friend Renata was having very mixed emotions because the next stop we were to visit was the hometown of her father and she was so excited to see the church he used to worship in but was still so sad from our last stop. We got stuck in massive traffic and we finally arrived three hours later at the church which houses the famous Black Madonna feeling a little better and happy to get off the bus. The church and the Black Madonna are the third most visited religious site in the world, and it was quite amazing to see it. There was a Mass going on when we arrived so I didn’t get a picture of the Madonna herself, but the church was stunning. After the pitstop we loaded back on the bus and headed to Warsaw, arriving late in the evening.
Our Contiki leader took a few of us into the old town on the tram to grab a late dinner. Mel, Yolo, Ren, Alexis, Nicky, Sarah and I headed to a cute patio restaurant with an ancient old man in a chefs outfit standing out front muttering in Polish! We ordered a round of “apple pies”, which consists of buffalo grass vodka and apple juice, and a few beers. I splurged and got the Venison which was absolutely delicious and I got to see my first vegetable in a good while! The drinks kept coming and we were getting more and more boisterous, resorting to toilet humour and laughing until our sides ached. A round of Baileys on ice had me happy as can be and the Aussie girl with the raunchiest stories to tell had us all in pain from laughing so hard. This evening ended up being a delightful surprise at the end of a long emotional day and I am so grateful that I have these girls to bring the light and help banish the dark dreams that threatened tonight. Forgive, but never forget.