When I woke up this morning, I was greeted by my suitcase!!! I had already been wearing the same outfit for the two days of traveling, and I didn’t want to wear the same outfit for a third day, so that was a relief. For breakfast we ate in the hotel cafeteria. Ham and Swiss sandwiches seems to be the specialty for Polish breakfasts.
Our tour guide met us at the hotel at 9am for our tour of the city. She told us a lot about the famous and most important people of Krakow, which was very interesting to learn about. Our destination for the day was Wawel Castle (pronounced Vavel). The inside didn’t strike me as a typical castle, but it was very interesting. There was a cathedral within the grounds of the castle, so we took a tour of that, however, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures inside. It was a very beautiful place, and I could tell there is a lot of history there. We then climbed up 70 incredibly steep steps to the top where they had a 13 ton bell. The Sigismund bell is only rung on special occasions, and it takes 12 men to ring it. There is an old tale that if you touch the bell with your left hand, it will bring you good luck, so obviously I touched it! After the tour of the Cathedral, we then moved on to the castle. Once again, we were not allowed to take any pictures inside the castle. The most interesting part of the castle that I learned about was in the 17th century, a king was doing an experiment, and accidentally set part of the castle on fire. When it was restored, that part of the castle was rebuilt with 17th century art and design, so that part looks a little different than the rest of the castle.
After the castle tour, we headed off to lunch. We ate at a Ukrainian restaurant, called “smack Ukrainski” the menu was quite difficult to read. I ended up ordering chicken and toast. I wasn’t sure what to expect with that, but it ended up being really good! It seemed like a French toast, with chicken and cheese inside.
That night, a few others and I went out to dinner, where I tried Pirogi for the first time. It’s basically a ravioli but a little thicker and no sauce on top. Mine was filled with spinach, and it was very good! After dinner we just walked around the main square area, as it seems that that’s the best place to hang out.