This little cardboard box is pretty excited tonight! What, you don’t know who Morrissey is?! Take a listen here.
Who would have thought he would be able to see Morrissey live in Poland? Best part is, the venue is a small, standing room only club. Danboard hates those giant arena shows. Hopefully he will remember his camera!
More photos of Danboard
I thought this sign was kind of funny. I guess I wouldn’t be laughing if I was the one colliding with the tram though. I probably don’t have to worry about it actually. I haven’t been behind the wheel for 2 months now! It’s really nice to be able to walk everywhere and take the occasional public transportation which is very good here in Krakow.
Got a new video for you today! There are so many street performers here in Krakow. Here is just a sampling of some of the interesting ones. Click on the picture below to watch the video.
I’m not trying to toot my own horn, but I’m just pretty excited! One of my photos was just published in the July issue of the Krakow Post. Here is the original photo. They pick one or two photos each month to be published and then then an overall winner is selected at the end of the year. While I am excited to see it in print, I also wouldn’t be surprised if only 2 people submitted photos. It’s kind of interesting that it took moving to Poland for a few months to get something published. Maybe they have lower standards here!
Last weekend in Krakow, set before the backdrop of Wawel castle, was the medieval fair called Jarmark Swiętojański. It was interesting to see what life was like in medieval Poland. On display was a blacksmith shop, beer making, printing, armory and weapons, cooking displays, sewing, salt refining, jewelry, wood carving , and more.
Of special interest was the horse shows. Riders were displaying ancient skills such as archery, jousting, and swordsmanship. These guys were pretty good! They managed to pick up small rings with the tip of their lance, hit targets, and splatter eggs with their swords, all on a moving horse. The show ended with a real joust competition in full armor. Lances shattered as they hit their opponent, sending large wood splinters in all directions. I’m surprised nobody got seriously hurt!
More photos here!
The rumors are true, Danboard is in Poland. He was a little shy to come out in public at first because he speaks very little Polish. I let him borrow some of my books and he is progressing very well with the language. He is now comfortable mingling with the locals and he can even order a coffee with milk in Polish. He really loves Krakow and looks forward to checking out more of the sights. You can view more of his adventures here.
So, the other night everyone had plans except for me. Don’t worry, I wasn’t sad. I had a nice night by myself to take some photos. I started my “date” with a delicious plate of Naleśniki at an outdoor cafe in the Main Square while I waited for the sun to go down. Naleśniki are similar to crepes. They come with a variety of fillings like fruit or cheese. Mine were stuffed with apples and covered with chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, and whipped cream.
Since I had to sacrifice a lot of space and weight in my suitcase for my tripod, I thought I better start making use of it with some long exposure night shots.
This is when I met my new “friend”. He came up to me and asked what I was doing. I thought it was pretty obvious, but maybe not to someone with beer goggles as thick as his. I chatted for a few minutes with the extremely close talking drunk. Occasionally he braced himself on my shoulder. He told me that he was a law student and had 2 more years left until he graduated. The fact that he had only 3 teeth, dirty clothes, and liquor breath that could knock you over, kind of told me otherwise.
After his “spiel” came the punch line I was waiting for, “Do you have any money for food?”. I gave him 2 złoty to get rid of him, but he said, “Only 2 złoty?!”. “Sorry, that’s all I have on me. If you don’t want it give it back!”, I replied. Of course he kept it and staggered away.
I have uploaded some new photos in addition to the ones below to the Krakow Gallery.
Saturday we spent the day hiking in the Tatra mountains of Zakopane, southern Poland. The peaks are a little over 6,560 feet. The border of Poland and Slovakia runs along the ridge of the mountains. Along the trail are markers with an obvious “P” for Poland on one side, and “S” for Slovakia on the other. It’s kind of cool to stand in 2 countries at the same time!
More photos from Zakopane
I can’t believe we have been here for 3 weeks already! We are finally settling in to our home away from home for the next few months. Krakow is such a great city, and our apartment is close to everything, even our Polish language school is right across the street. This weekend we are heading south to the Tatra mountains in Zakopane.