So sorry everyone! We have been soooooo busy I have hardly had anytime to sit down and write about our trip. We spent two days away on our trip to Krakow and the rest of the time has been booked with parties and meetings with families and friends in Ziebice. SO MUCH FOOD! And the biggest problem with all the food is that it is by far the most delicious food ever….. Its amazing, everytime I go anywhere I sit down and food is immediately brought out and everytime I think this has to be the best thing I have had yet in Poland.
The trip to Krakow was amazing. We got up really early and all met at the middle school in town. From there we traveled for about 3 hours to Auschwitz. Words cannot even begin to describe the experience. Our students really took advantage of their opportunity to learn and we all shared tears and hugs walking throughout the concentration camp. I can’t even think of what to say about our time at Auschwitz, but Kayla posted about it on Facebook along with a photo she took and I feel that it describes it best.
“Visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp was definitely a tear jerking and humbling experience. As we were leaving one of the bunkhouses, tear filled my eyes, I looked down and found this little guy. As I picked it up I was suddenly put to ease and felt a sheet of comfort cover me. It was definitely a changing experience, one I will always keep dear to my heart.”
After Auschwitz, we traveled to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. This place is still one of my favorites one the trip. It is a beautiful mine, rich with history and breathtaking sculptures made from the salt. This mine still operates today, providing tours and producing salt. We walked down 386 steps just to begin our tour! Very good for all that Polish food they are giving us!!
We spent the night in the town of Wieliczka in a quiet little hotel right off the town square. There we also enjoyed dinner and breakfast.
Day two of our trip we were off to Krakow. If any of you ever have the opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it! I will say this again and again, but there is just so much amazing history here in Poland. Many legends and stories fill our tours, it makes our experience even more special. In Krakow we toured the Royal Castle, the underground city of Krakow, and was able to enjoy the market square to get our fill of culture and purchase souvenirs. One of my favorite parts about this day was going to the courtyard where Eva- one of the Polish teachers- told us that there was increased Positive energy in the corner of the courtyard. There we took this picture.
We spent all day in Krakow and then traveled back to Ziebice late in the evening.
Thursday was a day spent with families in celebration of the religious holiday, Corpus Christy. I saw some of the kids that day throughout town, but if their day was anything like mine it was spent with their families celebrating the friendships and bonds they have created. As a matter of fact I do know that we had one special celebration that day in addition to Corpus Christy- Andrea’s Birthday! Even though, her actual birthday was two days before, her family had a little party to celebrate. This is just a small example of the hospitality we are all experiencing in Ziebice.
This bring me tone to yesterday. Once again we all met up at the middle school, today to learn the traditional Polish dance- the Polanez. It was a great experience to be taught by our Polish friends a very beautiful dance that is important to their culture.
Yesterday was also the first day of the Euro Cup! Go Polska! Red and white filled the streets in preparation for the big game. The spirit for the country is incredible and even more so to take part. Polska tied their first match against Greece. I believe that the next game is on Tuesday- lets all hope for a big win!
Ok I think I am now all caught up! Don’t worry, now that we are back in Ziebice it won’t be as long till I update again. We love and miss you all!