07.24.2010 - 07.24.2010 76 °F
We got an early start this day and decided to head over to Wawel Hill, where Poland's royalty lived for years and years. The weather wasn't rainy anymore and it wasn't scorching hot, so it was perfect sightseeing weather.
We first decided to head towards the Cathedral and bought guided tours, which was the best possible thing we could have done. There is tons to see in the cathedral, from tombs of kings and saints to great Baroque architecture. We also saw the cassock and things that Pope John Paul used. We climbed the bell tower and got a great view of Krakow and went down to the crypts.
After the cathedral we wanted to head over to the palace, but the tickets for the day were all sold out! So instead we bought cheap tickets to the Dragon's Den, but were disappointed because it was just a cave! I don't know what we expected, but I thought it would be something cooler than just a cave.
Before leaving Wawel Hill, we got reservations for the next day to see the private rooms. Leaving the Hill, we walked along the Krakow streets and saw tons of churches. I don't think I've ever seen so many Catholic churches so close together before. We also saw lots of nuns, monks, and priests walking all around the street. It was like a Catholic Disney World!
We walked into a Franciscan church. It was absolutely beautiful. All the churches we saw in Krakow were breathtaking. Sam had been talking about how she wanted to go to Mass the next day, but there was a mass just starting so we decided to stay. Once again, we didn't understand anything, but were able to follow along.
After church we walked to the main square and found a mini festival going on. There was food, wine, and little booths selling different things. We decided to join in and eat sausages! Delish!!!
We wandered around some more and then headed back to the hostel. We were just in time to join in the free vodka shots that they hand out at the hostel. Poles like to mix their vodka with different things like lemon, apple juice and coke. The girls that work in the hostel make it themselves and hand out round after round. They also made some popcorn for us! The lemon vodka was really good and so was the Coke one, but I didn't really like the apple juice one. Surprisingly, the vodka wasn't really that strong.
As usual, a huge group of Canadians were there, as well as some Spanish and the other people we had already met. We all sat around the tiny common room drinking vodka and eating popcorn. Soon enough, we were all trying to understand the rules to a complicated drinking game. Patrick, a guy from San Francisco, came in and joined us too. The game was hilarious. I think it was called Kings. We all had a really good time!
Since the hostel is in a residential building, we were all too loud at one point and had to head out to a club. It was hilarious because they have a dancing pole, but instead of girls dancing, there was a group of 3 or 4 guys spinning around. I'd never seen that before in my life! The music wasn't that good and after a little while we headed back to the hostel.