are we really in Poland? really?!?!?
20.10.2009 - 22.10.2009 40 °F
We arrived in Krakow on the 20th and were immediately introduced to a unique, Polish custom. In the US, I believe we call it "cutting in line". Every time we would get in line somewhere people would wedge themselves beside/in front/around us somehow. We have embraced this custom and are now fine.
The hostel we are at is pretty sweet. Lots of socializing happening. We've made friends with 2 fellow American girls (Pennsylvania and Wisconsin!!!), many more Aussies, a canadian, some dudes from the US, a gaggle of Spaniards, and another Brazilian. In fact, another Gustavo who is Brazilian! We call him Gustavo el segundo! We've played lots of games with our friends: cards, drinking games, assassin, fun times. Last night our hostel crew went out to the clubs and there was lots of fun dancing to Polish music.
Yesterday, we went on the longest free walking tour ever and have lots of semi-interesting facts and urban legends about Krakow. Today we went to Auschwitz. There really aren't words to describe what it is like visiting the site of a mass genocide, so we won't try, but it did bring up a lot of ideas for us regarding teaching, how to teach children about history, tolerance, differences, what is age appropriate, etc.