Blog of a veggie lady who can't stay in one place for too long, loves to dumpster dive, loves to craft and can rant about feminism for hours! Just little notes and photos from my travels and the qwirky, fun, arty and ridiculous things I've seen! (and things I've found in bins.)
We then got on our first ever couchette train! Couchette is when you get a kind of bed on the train. We were really excited and were headed for Krakow. The train ride was meant to take 10 hours, but instead took 18! This is mainly because our carriage disconnected from the rest of the train about 3 times and we were left behind for a few hours each time! No word of a joke…! But it was Ok, because it was comfy and we met a fanatstic man called Ludo who taught us some Polish and was just lovely to us!
We finally got to Krakow and met a man called Mirek who we were couch surfing with. He showed us around the town (after we had a fantastic Polish meal, mainly of potato cakes which I’m obsessed with!) and told us a lot of the history of the town.
The next day we got very excited about a chocolate cafe and had a good wander round in the daylight.
Mirek is a climbing instructor, and in Poland they have a tradition of breaking bread with each other on Christmas eve and exchanging good wishes for the new year. His climbing group put on a mock Christmas eve party and we broke bread and ate a lot of cake.
The next day we went to Poznan, which is also in Poland, we didn’t know what was there, but Ludo and Mirek recommended it to us so we gave it a go. The less said about Poznan the better! Basically, we got there at about 6 in the morning after a horrific night sleeping on a very crowded train with ice in the windows, and researched what was in Poznan. I read there was a steam train and got very excited, so we got on not really knowing where we were meant to get off. We got off in the middle of nowhere, and all we could see was snow everywhere! We went into the tiny train station office to ask for help and got shouted at! So we saw another building and wandered in. After a very confusing conversation about whether we were there for a show, had we booked in and where our children were, it turns out we were in a museum which was putting on Christmas shows for school children. Once we got across that we were just lost and had no idea where we were, a really lovely woman helped us out, got us food and tea to warm up, introduced us to everyone she worked with and waited at a bus stop with us to tell the driver where we were going! The Polish are really lovely.
Needless to say, we got lost again, and when we found the main train station, we got out of Poznan asap.