When someone questioned me as to why Poland, my answer back was “why not?”

When I first decided to go to Krakow, it was because of the city’s close proximity to Auschwitz, as someone who identifies myself as Jewish it was a place I felt necessary to visit.

I had heard mixed reviews about Poland. Some people had said the country seems sad and a gloom permeates the air continuously. Clearly, those people have never actually visited the country, because I experienced nothing like that at all.

My time in Krakow came on the heels of the tragic plane crash in Russia. In fact, as I walked up to my hostel I careened into one of the funerals.

My hostel, Tutti Frutti, was on one of the main drags in Old Town. Across the middle of the road were lines draped with the Polish flag and black flags  of mourning, hanging solemnly.

But, despite all of this, people remained upbeat.

My first day in Krakow was mainly about catching up on sleep. In the evening, I walked around a little and grabbed dinner, and then met a crew of Serbians in town for a pharmaceutical congress. A group of about 15 of us headed out for sheesha, clearly chasing other patrons out of the cozy Middle Eastern bar with our loud voices.

For hours, we sat there, enjoying the sweet concoctions — cappuccino and milk; mint and water; apple and rum — and singing Serbian songs. Well, they sang, I watched and smiled, thinking to myself how lucky I was to be in the moment with them.

I ended up in Krakow for nearly four days … taking in the city, its charm and beauty and doing some exploration mixed with some intense “getting to know me” moments, some of which took me by surprise.

17 comments

  1. You make me nostalgic of Poland (and Serbia)… Still enjoying to read you and sometimes I have to admit I turn a litlle jealous 🙂

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  2. I’ve heard so much about Krakow just this year. Geez, you’re a witness to so much these days. I’ve never even been to Poland. Keep the posts coming!

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  3. Krakow is beautiful city, very nice with old architecture and history. I would recommend you to visit Ukrainian cities, such as Lviv, Kiev, Ostrog, they have something similar to the Polish cities and their own charm of course. Nice article)))

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  4. That’s my all time favorite response to “why.”. Have some imagination and bravery, people! Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear!!

    PS I’ve noticed in more than one of your photoes that you have only one thing in color. How’d you do that?

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  5. That’s my all time favorite response to “why.”. Have some imagination and bravery, people! Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear!!

    PS I’ve noticed in more than one of your photoes that you have only one thing in color. How’d you do that?

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