POLAND 2016

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A week in Poland gone all too quickly. But we're on a time contraint, you see. A race against time to get through Scandinavia before August ends, and coupled with the Schengen rules, it seems we have to be extra choosey on what countries we want to spend the most time in. Le sigh. Wish it wasn't so! Need. More. Time!

Anyhoo. Traveling from Vienna, it made sense to have Krakow as our first Polish stop. Only because it was that close to Auschwitz. And then end our Polish travels in Warsaw, which is conveniently on the way to Lithuania. Our only regret? Not having time to visit Gdansk. Of which we've heard nothing but good things from fellow travelers! A port city with a unique feel that sets it apart from other cities in Poland - I'm sold!

Aside from that minor detail - Time, you def don't play fair! - I'm glad we made our way through this wonderful country, furthering our Eastern European experience into humbling perspective.

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// KRAKOW //
We were told to go to Krakow instead of Warsaw. It's more cultural than the big city vibe of Warsaw, they say. With every intention of going to Krakow regardless (only because it's close to Auschwitz), our friends were right. Krakow holds an unmistakable huge personality of it's past in the heart of this bustling city. We've heard through the grapevine that there's a Free Food Tour, but we were unable to track it down. Bummer. If anyone has further info about this elusive Free Food Tour, please send it over!
>> Stay: Blueberry Hostel. ~$11.50/night for a 6 bed dorm.
>> Recommend: Free Walking Tour. They provide a map (with discounts!) for local eats.

// AUSCHWITZ (near OSWIECIM) //
This is one of those visits that you just have to go when you're in Poland. It's an all morning thing. One could easily spend 3-4 hours in Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II. Though the bulk of the time is spent at Auschwitz I - that's where all the mini musuems are housed. And, indeed, you'll go through all the motions. It's mind-boggling and devastating, but at the same time profoundly eery. No doubt, it's a bit unsettling to see such calmness nowadays in a place that held unfathomable horrors in human history. We've opted out of the tour (which is 4-6 hours long) and did our own walk through instead.
>> Bus from Krakow to Auschwitz: 12PLZ one way trip. Takes a little over an hour for one way trip.

// WARSAW //
As much as I hate to admit it, Warsaw really is your typical bustling European city. It's nice. It's modern. And it's huge. Most of the cultural stuff could be found in the 'New' Old Town. New as in, Old Town was utterly devastated after WWII and had to be rebuilt from the ground up. Hence the New Old. Not the Old Old. But with a bit of research, we did find a few cultural gems around the city. Though most are out of the way and not easily accessible. One that we did manage to get to: The Neon Muzeum. It's not terribly huge, but it's quaint and full of interesting tid bits from the Communist era.
>> Stay: Oki Doki Hostel. 52PLZ/night for 4 bed dorm.
>> Recommend: The Neon Muzeum. 10PLZ entrance fee.
>> Transportation: 15PLZ for 24 hour transportation. Includes all buses and tram rides.
>> Train from Krakow to Warsaw: 66PLZ. 4 hour ride.

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When: Late June / Early July 2016
Temp: 85-89F
Cities: Krakow, Warsaw
Stay: Refer to individual towns above.


-jin-