Hello! I’m actually updating since our nights here are ending fairly early and I’m caught up on schoolwork!
Thursday morning was spent with my bub, obviously! I kept Jackson home from daycare until about 10:30 so that we could get in some snuggles and quality time! Once I dropped him off, I was in packing mode and getting things done to leave by 12:30!
My dad took me to the airport to meet up with Jon (he had a layover in Atlanta from Charleston). We had a good four hours before we left, so we hung out at the airport until our plane left. I took Ambien for the flight and I don’t remember the beginning of the flight, but I wasn’t nearly as drowsy as normal. I forget how long 9 hour flights are! Thankfully, there was nobody in the seat next to me, so I sprawled out and cuddled with Jon while I napped off and on and watched movies.
We had a quick layover in Amsterdam and then an almost two hour flight to Warsaw.
Warsaw was a decent city. We had to take the train from the airport to Warsaw Glowny (the main train station), and then we walked around from there. We went into the Stare Miasto (old town), but it wasn’t really that exciting. Although the buildings are obviously older, it just wasn’t my style. We did eat a nice pierogie dinner out of the cold, but that didnt take long! We actually ended up catching an earlier train than we had planned to go to Krakow since we had seen enough and it was super cold that first day.
Our train ride was uneventful and I slept on Jon again (I woke up drooling all over myself- we were SO tired!). It took three hours to get from Warsaw to Krakow. We got to Krakow around 10pm and found our AirBnB easily. The apartment is big and very nice. Jon and I literally crashed as soon as we got in and slept like rocks!
We woke up around 7:30 yesterday and decided to go find breakfast. Breakfast is usually the hardest part of our day in foreign countries and we definitely went a super long way to the Stare Miasto, but we made it! We found a super small cafe that was tucked away and I had some Meusli and yogurt and a sandwich (which to them are just open faced sandwiches). We spent our day exploring the Stare Miasto. We actually came back to the apartment in the later afternoon for a little bit before heading out for dinner. We ate dinner at Guliwers. It was so good! We had a bruschetta plate that wasn’t actually traditional bruschetta, but oh my gosh. Best bruschetta ever! I had a chicken dinner and although I’m not a fan of curry and it totally had a curry taste, it was cooked so well. Once we finished that, Jon and I walked around a little more to see the town at night, and then came back to the apartment early.
We ended up staying up so late last night! Until 3am! Jon napped while I did schoolwork last night, so he wasn’t tired, and I got distracted researching vaccines. So instead of going to Auschwitz today, both of us hit snooze a thousand times and slept in this morning. We decided to go to the Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz) once we finally left!
We passed some awesome churches this morning. It totally blows my mind that people still go to these churches for services. They were massive! We finally were starving but hardly anything was open since it’s Sunday. We stopped by a small cafe, but they ended up not having food so Jon got coffee and we left.
As soon as we left, we headed towards the actual Kazimierz and saw a cafe that we had seen mentioned, Cafe Mlynek. Jon and I ordered so much food since the portions here have been fairly small. The portions ended up being HUGE! I ordered a sandwich and it was two actual whole sandwiches (literally the best sandwich I’ve ever had in a foreign country- delicious bread, mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil pesto!), Jon got falafel and it was 13 falafel balls, and we got four huge pieces of bruschetta and three super large potato pancakes. We didn’t finish it. We also googled “common US customs” while we were there (we had been reading about Poland’s, but then we decided to see what google said about the US). It was so funny! And so accurate! Everybody should do that over a meal!
We walked around Kazimierz after that. So many of the buildings were just in terrible condition. Some of them have nets above the first floor to catch falling debris. The difference between Stare Miasto and Kazimierz was night and day. It actually makes me curious about the relationships between the Poles, Jews, and Germans.
Anyway, it didn’t take long to see that area (but maybe we were missing out on a lot, and a guided tour may have been nice, except I have a hard time understanding accents and am always too short and the sound gets blocked by everybody taller than me). We went back to Stare Miasto and walked around, and then settled on hot chocolate and crepes (called “pancakes” in Poland). We came back to the apartment to hang out for a bit, and then went back out for some dinner around 8pm.
We ate at Pod Gruszka for dinner. Their menu must change, since nothing mentioned on Yelp was actually offered there. I wasn’t in the mood for anything heavy, so I had a pear and parsley soup that I wasn’t holding high hopes for. Again, my mind was blown! It was honestly probably the best soup I’ve ever had. I want to try and make some now! Jon’s meal was good too! I like that there are so many options for healthy food here and it’s actually cooked so well. And despite eating such a gigantic lunch/breakfast, a chocolate crepe, and hot chocolate, I haven’t felt bloated at all since being here. I assume it probably has something to do with how much better the ingredients are here.
Jon and I are back in the apartment now. We’re going to Auschwitz tomorrow. I think we have to skip the Salt Mines since I heard it can be hard to fit into one day, and we want to have a nice slow morning and visit a milk bar for breakfast. So, we’ll probably get to Auschwitz around 10 or 11, and then when we get back to Krakow, we have a dinner place we want to try and a food truck to go to at 10pm that apparently serves the best sausages ever. We leave early on Tuesday to get to Wroclaw.
I’m not posting pictures on here because I’m too lazy, but if you follow me on Instagram or are friends with me on Facebook, I’ve been posting some. I haven’t been bringing my phone out much for pictures though! I’ve definitely been using the camera much more!
Alrighty, I better be off to bed! We have an early-ish morning tomorrow (not really- 8 am!)! I hope you all have a good night!