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Wordless Wednesday: Beer Walk

Beer Walk
Location: Kraków, Poland
 

February 7, 2017 at 10:30 am 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Time and Relativity
Location: Krakow, Poland

In response to this week’s challenge, I want to share a picture that I took in the street of Krakow.

On first glance, you may not notice the connection. You’d think I’d gone nuts. But please indulge me for a moment.

Let me start by quoting Albert Einstein explaining his theory of time and relativity for the rest of us.

“When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think it’s two hours.”

Now, let me paraphrase that quote a little bit.

“When you walk and kiss a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute, but when you pose as a human statue for a minute, you think it’s two hours especially when nobody pays attention.”

Did you finally get it? I hope you like the picture and that I’ve made Mr. Einstein proud.

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February 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm 11 comments

weekly photo challenge: afloat

rock pigeons
location: main market square, kraków, poland
 
the main market square on the old town (stare miasto) district in kraków, poland is home to hundreds, if not thousands of rock pigeons. i was lucky to get a shot of them while they were afloat eyeing food handouts from visiting tourists.

the rock pigeons aren’t the only feature of the main square supposedly the largest medieval square in europe. it’s surrounded by centuries-old architectures such as the cloth hall, town hall tower, church of st. adalbert, and st. mary’s basilica. you can also find restaurants and cafes where you can dine, relax, and watch the world around you. it’s a lovely place to visit for locals and tourists alike.

dating back to the 13th century, there’s a lot of history to it, too. it had been a witness to many royal ceremonies and victory celebrations as well as public executions of prisoners. in the modern era, it had been a place for staging mass demonstrations against the soviet union by the solidarity movement that led to its country’s independence.

lonely planet rates kraków’s main square as the most beautiful in the world. since i’ve never been all over, i give it the benefit of the doubt.

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April 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm 10 comments

weekly photo challenge: love




 
this photo was taken at st. mary’s church in kraków, poland. the happy couple readily posed for the camera without being asked. were they just being friendly or was it something expected of them by local tradition? does anybody know the answer? interestingly, several other couples who got married on that day did the same thing as they exited the church.

anyway, it was early summer and the weather was a little bit chilly so the groom lent his coat to the bride. if that wasn’t love, then i don’t know what it was.

January 25, 2013 at 4:19 pm 8 comments

A Taste of Poland

Krakow, Poland

Location: Krakow, Poland
 
I never thought crossing the border into Poland from the Czech Republic would be a non-event. We went straight through without showing our passport.

It wasn’t hard adjusting to the Polish language either as it shares the same Slavic heritage with the Czech. I didn’t have to struggle as much to learn the key phrases to survive. For example, if I want to say “Hello” in Czech, i’d say “Dobrý Den.” In Polish, it’s “Dzien Dobry.” If I want to say “Please” in Czech, I’d say “Prosim“. In polish, it’s “Prosze“. If I want to say “Thank you” in Czech, I’d say “Dekuji“. In Polish, it’s “Dziekuje.” And so on.

We stayed for four days and three nights in Poland.

It included a visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps where millions of jews were exterminated during World War II.



Walking around the sites surrounded by barbed wires and guard towers brought back memories of the holocaust.



Some of the barracks have been converted into exhibits. There are thousands of personal artifacts belonging to the prisoners: shoes, eyeglasses, kitchen utensils. There’s a mountain of shorn hair from female prisoners destined for textile mills (yes, the Nazis used human hair for manufacturing clothing materials). There’s even a collection of salvaged canisters of cyanide used in the mass gassing of the Jews. These exhibits left a chilling and lasting impression on me, especially when we entered the actual gas chamber in Birkenau and heard the squeaking door closed behind us.

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July 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm 4 comments


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