9 Apr 2013

Kraków, Poland Diary: Days 3 & 4

Here's days 1 and 2 of my trip to Kraków. It's taken me a little longer to write up this post because of where we went on the third day of our time in Poland. We visited Auschwitz which is about an hour from Kraków, but I'll skip straight ahead to day 4 because I want to talk about that experience separately and get the other stuff out the way first. 
So, on day 4 we visited Wawel Castle which is only a really short walk from where we stayed and the Main Market Square. The architecture there was really amazing, in that it is such a mish mash of different styles and time periods and countries. Even when we went inside the castle to visit the state rooms, every object was varied completely in its origin. I won't pretend I didn't get a bit bored in the museum and started taking stupid photos (see above..oops). 
Then we headed down to Kazimierz again for my favourite meal of the whole trip. We found the vegan restaurant/cafe called 'Momo' on trip advisor (love that site!) and it had really great reviews. We ended up having thali, which was a mixture of brown rice, curry, chickpeas and spinach and then masala dosa which was this pancake thing stuffed with daal. IT.WAS.AMAZING. And I always feel good when I eat vegetarian.. or vegan in this case! 
The last thing we did on day 4 before going to the airport was visit Oskar Schindler's enamel factory which was a museum depicting life for the Polish and the Jews in the time leading up to the war and during. After visiting Auschwitz the day before this place felt a bit distant for me. I don't think I can ever really describe what Auschwitz was like, or how it made me feel, because once I had a moment of clarity or true empathy and understanding I found myself not wanting to go back to those emotions in the same way. Even writing about it now upsets me, so forgive me if I don't give a detailed account of what we did there or what it was like. All I remember thinking was 'everybody should see this, everybody needs to see this', so I would encourage anyone to make the journey to see this place. 
Sorry the ending to this post isn't particularly cheery, but as much as all the sights and meals and shops were lovely in Kraków, the memories of Auschwitz have imprinted themselves much deeper in my mind than anything else. 

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a really great (not sure if great is the correct word, maybe moving?) time. I really really want to go to Auschcwitz, everybody I know that has been always says it has such an odd feeling and atmosphere.

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  2. I want to go to Auschwitz but the thought of going scares me because I think it will just make everything seem so real and I would probably just cry the whole way round. Hope you had a good time in Poland! x

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  3. I can't really find the words for what I want to say - I don't want to say I hope you enjoyed your trip, as it wasn't that type of trip, but I really hope you're glad you went:-) I visited Krakow and Auschwitz in February, although it was heartbreakingly sad, I'm incredibly glad I went. I wrote a post on it if you'd like to look:-) (http://miss-tilda.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/poland-trip-2013-auschwitz.html) I really did not do the trip or experience justice, though, I'm not sure I could ever sum up what I felt into words! I really enjoyed reading this.

    Mattie xox

    miss-tilda.blogspot.co.uk

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