KRAKOW OUR first stop
Before I knew I was going on this van ride, I had booked 3 nights at the hostel I was staying at. I luckily got my money back for the two nights I wasn't going to use.
I met the guys at their hostel. We then headed to the van in the center of the city. We packed up our stuff in a giant Mercedes Sprinter van. Our first stop on the trip was Krakow, Poland. I have a friend I met in Hong Kong that is currently living there. I gave her a heads up that 7 guys would be hanging out with her that night.
My ride the next 6 days
The drive took 6 hours. I was in and out of sleep during the trip. The previous night consisted of a lot of cheap Czech beer. As we were driving through the outskirts of Prague, I noticed how similar the farm fields were to Eastern Washington. It felt like I was on a cross country trip through the U.S.
We finally got to Krakow after the 6 hour drive. Our first glimpse of Krakow reminded me of Berlin's slums. Krakow on the outskirts of the city isn't nice. There's a lot of graffitied abandoned buildings as we drove into the center of town. Once we got to the main square, I understood why we went to Krakow. The center of town is gorgeous. Giant old buildings surround statues of important individuals of Poland.
Krakow's main square
The seven of us got settled into our hostel that overlooked the main square. I called Alex to tell her we'd meet her at a restaurant close to our hostel. The restaurant we all went to had a special for Monday night. One liter of beer for $1USD and $4USD for Polish Schnitzel. It was a heck of a deal for all of us.
We all ended up drinking here for most of the night. I do regret not seeing more of the city while here. I have decided to go back to Krakow for one more day on my way to Warsaw. There is more to see in Krakow than I thought.
Tomorrow the seven of us go see the infamous concentration camp, Auschwitz.