Buses, Boats, Trains, Planes, and Cabs Part 4
Trip Start Jun 12, 2006
62Trip End Nov 28, 2006
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When we arrived in Poland, breezed through the customs line, and found a shuttle service for the hour and a half ride from the Katowice airport to downtown Krakow for 25 euros - total - I knew we were back on track.
The Polish countryside was very flat, much like Indiana or Illinois. Maybe that's why there is such a big Polish population in Chicago? When we finally arrived at the bus station in Krakow, it was close to 9 p.m. Our journey was finally over. After a bus, to another bus, to an overnight ferry, to a bus, to a night stranded in Ancona, to a train, to another train, to a taxi that should have been a bus, to a bus on the tarmac, to a plane, and finally a shuttle service to Krakow, all we needed to do was find a place to sleep.
After an uneventful flight, we landed to an overzealous amount of applause from the passengers. It made me wonder how many crashes WizzAir had on its record! We passed though the passport checkpoint and were happy to see both bags come through almost immediately, our luck was changing. We opted for a shuttle for the hour and a half it would take to get from Katowice to Krakow, as one more local bus and regional train was more than we could handle. I looked out the window and enjoyed the scenery as we headed through downtown Katowice and into the Krakow bus station.
I have to say that although those three consecutive travel days sucked, we've been quite lucky with most transportation up to that point. In the grand scheme of things, it was a mere glitch in our plans, albeit at the worst possible time. But with the landing of the plane in Katowice, it felt like a new chapter of the trip began. As fall arrived (in all its fury), so did the beginning of month four in our journey. And that makes any inconvenience well worth it.