Place 11 – Day 4: Kraków – Schindler’s Factory & Jewish Quarter 

We headed to Schindler’s Factory today. This is a museum filled with information about the invasion of Poland by the Nazis as well as post takeover life for the Polish people. Entry was free today, so it was the best day to go! 

The museum was actually really good. I’d say one of the best we’d been to! It was very informative as well as interesting with interesting layouts. 

There was also a small section which was Schindler’s office. This included information on Oskar Schindler himself, as well as the world he did to help the Jews during the reign of the 3rd Reich. 

We took no photos, as it was a museum, but it’s an interesting museum that we would definitely recommend! 

Once we were done, we then headed to find some lunch! We really fancied some sandwiches, so we walked around but couldn’t find anything we liked! We found a place that did all day breakfast, so Curtis had bacon & fried eggs and Kim had bacon, ham & scrambled eggs. Very tasty! 

We were still hungry (portions are too small!) so we found a Mcdonalds and got a Mcflurry and a coffee, so it doesn’t really count! 

By the way, the McDonald’s looked awesome!

We then found where the Jewish Quarter was and took a stroll through there, before we can back to the hostel to complete some admin. 

We are leaving Poland at 23:00 tonight via bus! 

In other news, we have some exciting things for the next few months planned which were finalized yesterday and today, so stay tuned for that! We’re very excited!

Do widzenia! 
– Mr and Mrs Hale 

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Place 11 – Day 3: Kraków – Extra Day, Parade & Walking

We had thought that today was our last day in Poland, but it turns out that we have another day and leave tomorrow! 

We woke up early as there was a parade at 8am, for some reason! It seemed to be some sort of religious parade and it continued until the afternoon! 

We walked to the bus station to figure out where our stop is, and then we just had a walk around the city. It was nice and hot today too, which was ideal! 

We had a quick soft drink and then headed back. We stopped in a park for a sit down and relax. 

We walked back and looked at some things for future travels!

Then, we went out to find Mac & Cheese for dinner, but nowhere had it! So, we had a burrito instead! 

Now, we’re going to sit watching TV and drinking some vodka, because we got some for free so we have to drink it… Right? 

Do widzenia! 
– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 11 – Day 2: Kraków – Auschwitz & Oswiecim 

Today, we woke around 09:15 to get our free breakfast! 

There was just bread, jam, corn flakes and milk, but it does the job & it’s free! Oh… And Coffee! 

The plan for today was to visit Auschwitz. This is something we’ve wanted to do, especially Curtis. 

We knew it wouldn’t necessarily be ‘fun’, but educational and something that we knew had to be seen when here in Poland. 

We made our way to the train station, catching a train to Oswiecim, in which Auschwitz is located. We walked for about 20 minutes through Oswiecim and arrived at the museum. 

We tried not to take many photos, because it’s not really the place for it, though we did get a couple. 

It was very interesting and also odd to be there at the same time. Walking around the gas chamber was very strange and eery, as well as the basement in the prison. 

We had a nice Polish steak dinner inner tonight, as we were both feeling a little odd after visiting Auschwitz! 

 Do widzenia! 
– Mr and Mrs Hale 

Place 11 – Day 1: Krakow 🇵🇱 – Awesome Trains & Castle! 

cześć 🇵🇱🇵🇱🇵🇱!!! 

Last night’s train journey was eventful, though nearly didn’t happen! 

We got an uber to the train station to ensure we arrived in plenty of time as we were unable to book any trains online, therefore we just arrived at the station to book.

We found out where we needed to book the train we needed and proceeded there. Once we arrived, we waited in line for 10-15 minutes and then the window closed for 20 minutes! Our train was at 17:30 and the window was closed until 16:50, so time was of the essence. 

We waited for the window to open, first in line, and once she arrived she said we have to pay with cash! 

We then had to get cash out, loosing our place in line. 

Once we got cash, we got back to the window but there was no way we were going to be able to get to the front of the queue in time for the train but luckily one lovely lady let us go in front of her and we managed to book the train at 17:10 and get to the platform to board the train! 

Our first impressions of the train were that it remind us of Harry Potter! There were cabins with 3 beds (one folded away) and it looked very similar to the films! 

The train wasn’t bad, other than we had to keep waking up for border controls. The beds weren’t too uncomfortable. We arrived in Warsaw at 9:20. We then had a train at 9:45 to Krakow which took to hours. It was apparently a ‘premium’ train. It was lovely with free tea, coffee and water, too!

When we arrived in Krakow, it wasn’t the best weather, but it was very warm! 

We got to the hostel, showered and got settled and then went out for some lunch after meeting back up with Josh! 

We had a lovely pizza, plus 2 odd beers! One green beer (9%!) and one very sweet and to be honest, not very nice, ginger beer (8%!).

We then went for a wonder around Krakow, finding castles and cathedrals, cool views, parks and a market very similar to German markets!
Do widzenia! 
– Mr and Mrs Hale