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Poland update August 11, 2006

Posted by Amanda in Travel Diary.
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Poland- land of badly translated english brochures and signs! Our favourite so far is “Please be taking care of your belongings or you may be subject to uncontrolled dematerialisation”
We’ve been in Poland since last weekend- first in Warsaw and then in Krakow. Tomorrow we go to Wroclaw.

Warsaw was ok but raining a lot so we spent a lot of the first day at the shopping centre! Then we tried to go to the Uprising Museum but the line was about two hours long (more about lining up in Poland later). We decided we would come back when the admission was not free. I know that seems the opposite of what we should be doing but it was a choice of standing in the rain for two hours or coming back the next day and paying 4 zloty (about $1.50 Aud). We did come back on Monday and the museum was very good.

Other than that all we did in Warsaw was wander around the old town and go to see Pirates of the Caribbean.

Krakow is the tourist mecca of Poland. It is quite pretty but I think that some of these cities start to look a bit the same after a while. We went to the salt mine yesterday which is just out of town. There we lined up for 2.5 hours to do a 2 hour tour 140m underground. The cathedral was amazing and completely made of salt- even the chandeliers.

Today we went to Auschwitz. It is one of those places that makes you wonder how humans can be so cruel to one another. The size of Birkenau is astounding and so is the amount of people killed there. There isn’t much more to say on that.

Tomorrow we head to Wroclaw, mainly because Prague is too crowded on the weekend. It is supposed to be another picturesque town in Southern Poland. I am hoping we can get out into the countryside a little.

Watch out for that uncontrolled dematerialisation folks!

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