Day 6 - Beauty in Krakow
- Posted May 5, 2012 by Gearrod Viewed 291 times
Arrived in Krakow by train at around 7am this morning. Shops and signage were instantly an improvement in accomodating non-Polish visitors. Walked easily into town to find the Hostel where I was staying. Couldn't check in until after 1pm, so left my bag with them and went for breakfast with a view of the Market Square.
The city centre gradually became busier and busier as the morning progressed. Flower stalls, begal stalls, etc. began being wheeled in and assembled. In some ways the town has forgotten its painful past and is able to create a festive feel amongst the sombre statues and reminders of its oppressive history.
Spent most of the morning just walking around and sitting in the Hostel Lounge where they have free WiFi.
In the afternoon I braved Trams and went out to where Oskar Shindlers Enamelware Factory is. Seemed to take too long to get there, so I jumped off the tram and asked a girl using my map if I was close to the station I needed to be at. She pointed out that I was actually off the map in the opposite direction. So I had to catch another Tram all the way back into the city and out the other side.
Schindlers Factory Tour was sobering. This guy is admired for his stealing, encouraging others to steal, and lying to authorities in order to achieve his objective. His objective was to save as many Jews as possible. He saved 1200 lives through clever design and manipulation of process within his factory to suit the dangerous circumstance in occupied Krakow.
Slow day really. Saw some lighting in the night sky tonight, hopefully it does not mean rain over the next 2 days.
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