Usually when I talk or write about St. Mary's Basilica, I'm referring to the beautiful Spanish mission style Catholic church in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. I was looking through some of my old photos recently, and I found a picture of another, much older St. Mary's Basilica. This one is in Krakow, Poland. It's also beautiful, built in a Brick Gothic style in the 14th century.
I'm in Krakow for another day because my train to my next destination doesn't leave until 10:30 pm. I looked into other ways of traveling or breaking the trip into smaller trips, but nothing seemed reasonable. I don't like night trains. They always smell like death and they stop at every station. If you do… Continue reading Clouds
As I entered the first Auschwitz camp, I walked through the visitors center where there's a display of last words left by prisoners, often scratched in pencil on prison walls. I read about two of them and had to leave the room because I thought I was going to burst into tears. The displays about the camp's officers were considerably less emotional.
I've had some really good beer here in Poland. I don't know why no one ever told me about Polish beer, or why it doesn't find its way to the US. I've had Żywiec and Tyskie both in Warsaw and here in Krakow, and right now I'm drinking Okocim. All have been very good. I've… Continue reading Polish beer
Until I arrived in Poland, I didn't really have any language issues. In England, of course, they speak English. In Iceland, the Netherlands, and Denmark, nearly everyone speaks English in addition to his mother tongue, and most signs are also in English. In Germany, this is less the case, but I speak German well enough… Continue reading Improvising to deal with language issues in Poland
I arrived in Warsaw about 90 minutes ago, and already I'm out sightseeing. I got a room in a private residence for the night. The owner approached me as I came off the train, walked me to her place, talked my ear off for a while, had a glass of wine with me, and suggested… Continue reading First glance at Warsaw