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Chocolate Pie and Museum

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Brenda here trying to catch up since we finally have free internet access!

The next day in Olomouc we tried to get up early to head over to the Archdiocese Museum. Getting there was easy and super quick. Yay for small towns! The museum was really well done and it was housed in the old Romanesque and Gothic sections of the church. You could see chalices and vestments used in the church. There were also plenty of Gothic paintings and statues of the saints.

When we climbed up to the second floor where the gallery was, we had to put on slippers over our feet. I don't really know why, but I figure it was so the old wood floor wouldn't get damaged. The paintings were beautiful and there were a lot of them. We both really enjoyed it.

After the museum we decided to rest a bit and try the famous chocolate pie we had heard so much about. I have to say, the pie totally deserves all the hype it gets. Awesome!!!! Really rich, but super delicious. I scarfed mine up. Sam took longer.

Feeling refreshed, we headed back to the hostel to rest up a bit before we met up with Reese, the American, to head over to the movies. He had told us the night before that he'd gone to watch Inception at this mall. When we showed interest, he said he would go watch it again with us. That was fine with us since he could show us the way! I'm very glad he was there to lead us, because that mall is in the weirdest possible location.

The mall seems to be between two small towns and the way to get there if you don't have a car is by bus. We got off at the bus stop and walked a bit. Then, we had to cross this huge, deserted field and pass by a cemetery before reaching the mall! It was pretty bizarre and we would have probably thought we were going the wrong way had Reese not been there.

The mall is really nice and the movie theater is too. Exactly like we have at home. We bought some nachos, but they tasted really weird. Paprika strikes again. The movie was awesome, as I'm sure most of you know. I would love to watch it again.

After the movie, Sam and I headed over to another microbrewery to meet up with our friend Mel. It took us forever to find it and once we did, she wasn't there anymore. We figured she'd gone back to the hostel, so we headed there to meet her. Turns out she wasn't there either. I don't know if she went to another brewery or what, but she had a good time regardless with a brother and sister that were also staying at the hostel.

That's pretty much it for Olomouc. Cute town. Nice people. Nice break from huge cities and incessant walking. Prague next!

Posted by wetabixkid 14:33 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (0)

The story of Poet's Corner

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Poet's corner (the hostel in Olomouc) has a very interesting story. The Aussie couple who run it actually met in Prague while backpacking and after falling in love they decided to move to Olomouc and open a hostel! They had to leave everything in Australia and learn Czech.

The hostel as I mentioned is beautiful and very homey. On our first full day here we headed to the main square and joined in a free walking tour done by one of the hostel owners Francie. It was very informative and took us around the town while explaining its history past and present. She also suggested we visit one of the museums during our visit. We then got some lunch at a traditional Czech restaurant which was fairly inexpensive. The food was pretty good but I still say Hungarian food was better.

After a nice lunch we headed back to the hostel to rest for a bit. We had been going at the tourist thing pretty hard so far and Olomouc was a place for a bit of rest. We took our first nap of this entire trip and then got up and did some cooking since the kitchen at this hostel was nice and we had bought some groceries earlier. We needed to get some supplies since this hostel didn't offer a free breakfast.

After a nice dinner of paprika pork and salad we headed out to a local microbrewery with our friend Mel and an Aussie guy named Joshua we met earlier. The beer was quite good and the atmosphere was nice with live music. We got back pretty early since most everything closes pretty early in Olomouc.

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Zodiakus we love you!!

On our way to Olomouc

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Sam again...

Last day in Krakow and as I mentioned before we were sad to go. Zodiakus (our hostel) was awesome. We got up pretty late and headed to the train station to buy our tickets along with Melanie the Scottish girl who decided to tag along with us. After that we hurried to the hostel because Justyna had promised us some home cooked Polish soup. The soup had mushrooms, sausages and other things I couldn't identify but it was awesome. We said our goodbyes and headed off.

Once at the train station we did the usual and boarded our train which took us to a Czech town called Bouhmin where we had to make the connection for Olomouc. The ride took roughly 5 hours and we made it to Olomouc ( you actually pronounce it ollo=moats) by nightfall. Melanie came along as I mentioned and we took the tram that would take us to the hostel. The only reason we were going to this town is because we had heard it had a great hostel and that it was a charming little town that had been an important city at one point and the capital of Moravia.

The hostel was indeed great! It had a homey feel and was pretty big. The rooms were not as cramped either. Since it was a very small town everything was pretty much done when we got there so we went to bed early.

Posted by stanncie 13:30 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (0)

Back to the Hill and Jewish Ghetto

Tim is really strange!

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It's Sam here for your reading pleasure! I don't know if anyone is still following this blog since no one is writing comments :(

On our third day in beautiful Krakow we went back to Wawel Hill to see the private royal apartments. You need an appointment for this and ours was at 11 a.m. The apartments were quite interesting filled with antique furniture, beautfil paintings, furniture and such. We even saw royal bathrooms.. hehe

On our way to the apartments we saw Tim who suddenly appeared on the street. He was like a ghost appearing and disappearing at random times and always wearing the same shirt and pants. He did take a shower but always wore the same outfit. Our friend Melanie told us he appeared to her the night before when she was lost and couldn't find her way back to the hostel so he escorted her lol! He also had checked out of the hostel but was apparently returning that day. The whole thing was very strange but he was very friendly.

After the tour of the apartments we sat at a nearby park and just chilled for a bit before heading to the Main square to meet our free tour. It was pretty rainy that day but we had our handy rain jackets so it was all good.

At 3 p.m. we met with the tour group in front of the main church. Our tour guide was a nice guy from Krakow who looked like a young JPII no kidding. We walked for around 3 hours up and down the Jewish Quarter, ghetto and over to the Schindler factory where there is now a museum and you can see pictures of the people that were saved by Oskar Schindler. The tour was very informative but very tiring as well.

We got back to the hostel and decided to take it easy and watch a movie with our hostelmates. We picked Babel which I hadn't seen and it turned out to be pretty good. Almost the whole hostel gathered to watch at some point and the hostel staff even made us popcorn. We then just chatted in the common area and were feeling pretty sad since this would be our last night there. This hostel had been by far the best so far with the coolest people. Justyna, one of the hostel workers was telling us how Czech language sounded childlish to Polish ears and warning us that in Czech they tend to put three consonants together. Then Tim of course said that he would have a hard time pronouncing that but he thought that it was the same consonant like ppp or nnn and he was trying to say that lol! Everyone was just befuddled by him. He was nice but by far the strangest person we have met on this trip so far.

Posted by stanncie 13:23 Archived in Poland Comments (2)

Wawel Hill meets vodka shots

<3 Zodiakus!!

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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.

Posted by wetabixkid 13:16 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

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