Once the sun goes down, there is new pulse that takes over the city which causes it to be enchanting. The flame throwers in the town square light up to draw a crowd while the horse drawn carriages roll through the square for the next willing person to pay 100zl for a ride. Lovers stand in front of a dramatically lit church to kiss.
Here's Jonathan's Version of the day:
It's great to be back
! (I was here 14 years ago on foreign exchange) A lot has changed but it's still one of the most amazing cities! It is so much more westernized now and things are lot more convenient. It would not be nearly as challenging as an American to live here as it was in 1998. There is a new huge mall across from the train station where you can buy practically anything you might need...including a Starbucks fix!!! Visiting it now in 2012, I really appreciate even more the opportunity that I had to live here in 1998. It was a time when they were less than 10 years removed from Communism. It's so amazing to compare this period of time to where they are now...still a beautiful, friendly, and inviting city that is now bustling with tourists and modern amenities (and no signs yet of the professionally trained pickpocketers that we used to see everyday!!!). One of the coolest things for me is to see the recent archealogical discovery of old foundations and streets underneath the current Rynek Glowny (Main Market Square). Just to think I used to walk across this every day and low and behold there was a whole other forgotten level below me! That's it for now. Dobranoc! (Good night!)
Today was really our first full day here in the city. We walked around with no agenda, and poked our heads in shops and wandered about the town square. While there are plenty of tourist traps to buy tshirts and wooden chess pieces, we stuck to "just browsing." We did however find a Pierogi festival with music, children dancing and a few stumbling guests. Perhaps from the "festivities." My favorite food so far was the Kielbasa! I mean absolutely succulent!!! I am already thinking of when to have my next one! It will probably be tomorrow.