Poland (Recap at 138 Days)
On Tuesday September 20, we were finished with our stint in Ukraine and headed to Poland for the last destination on the European portion of our draft itinerary. Flights back to Europe were surprisingly expensive, but we remembered that LOT Polish Airlines are a member of Star Alliance, and a relatively small 30,000 United miles and a copay of only $43 were able to get us from Kiev to Krakow, Poland.
Krakow was a wonderful city to relax in for a few days, and we didn’t do much tourist stuff, aside from a day trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the site of some of the most heinous crimes in human history. It was a really exhausting day, but in the end, it’s important for us to remember and understand the scope of the horrors that were here. It’s part of our shared human experience, for better or worse. (Don’t forget: you can see Charley’s incredible pictures here.)
Auschwitz-Birkenau aside, we managed to recover emotionally and enjoy ourselves a bit while we were in Poland. Krakow is a great city, and we even managed to meet up with our friends Seth and Ela who were in town at the same time.
From Krakow, we headed to Warsaw for just a couple days to see the Polish capital and finish out the time in Europe on our draftitinerary. Warsaw was a nice city, with really hospitable people, and we enjoyed our time there. We started at a fairly touristy restaurant where there was an entertaining dinner show: