16.08.2009 - 19.08.2009 35 °C
Wroclaw (pronounced wrootz-slav) was a really pleasant suprise. we hadn't planned to stop in Wroclaw initally...instead we were thinking about heading straight from Warsaw to Prague. but we got talking to this guy from Montreal in the hostel in Vilnuis and he said Wroclaw was well worth a look. and seeing as how it is geographically almost excactly en route from Warsaw to Prague, we figured why not?
the train from warsaw to wroclaw was absolute hell. it was dirty, packed and hot...really really hot. of course there was no A/C on this cheap local train we had choosen. luckily, there was a smokin hot polish girl sitting next to us who we talked to most of the ride...it was the only thing that kept me from jumping out the window.
when we got to wroclaw we where met at the train station by our CS host Olek, a 20-something web developer who lives and works in Wroclaw. Olek was a really nice guy. and he and his roommates (richard, mat and ann), who we would subsequently meet, showed us a great time in Wroclaw.
the first night we went out for dinner at the "egyptian" restuarant--completely decked out with pyramids, etc. funnily enought there was no egyptian food on the menu. there was however american, chinese, french, polish, italian and greek. in the end we ordered this huge polish platter that came with sausages, perogies, cabbage, dumplish and pork. it was acutally really good...and very cheap. plus we watched it down with some crisp polish pilsner.
after dinner we met up with a friend of olek's would took us on a night walking tour of the city. wroclaw has an amazing old town and a particularly nice (and huge!!) town square.it was great to walk around at night and see all the buildings lit up. old towns have a sort of mystic, fairtale beauty at night.
wroclaw town square at night
ariel view of wroclaw town square
after the tour we went to this traditional polish beer garden in the town square for some micro-brewed beer.
DAY 2: stewart and i wandered around all day exploring various parts of old town. it was uncomfortably hot. that night we went to a swimming pool/water park with olek to cool down and get refreshed. after the swim we went out for greek food and some beers. one the way back to Olek's place we stopped and grabbed some "bison grass vodka". it is a special type of vodka, made not from potatoes, but from bison grass which only grows in one specific park in poland...without a doubt the best vodka i had ever had. we mixed it with apple juice (apparently common in poland) and it was delicious! i took a few shots and even semi-enjoyed them. (the vodka was even warm). i mean it still burnt a bit, but the taste was actually good.
Day 3: Stewart and I slept in and then spent the better part of the afternoon try to figure out the cheapest way to get to prague. That evening after Olek and his roommates (richard, mat and ann) came back from work we packed up the coal bbq and headed down the river. we drank beer and vodka and grilled up some polish sausages! they were delicious! rich also marinated some pork neck (dont know the english name of the cut) and we grilled that up too. wow! plus mat sat dutifully on the ground all night carefully tending to the grill. it was really awesome...the kind of special experience you would NEVER get at a hostel.