Thursday, January 29, 2009

Krakow in Pictures - Pt. 3

Wawel Castle and Cathedral, which is the National Cathedral of Poland and is a mausoleum for many of the country's great leaders of old.

This is Schindler's Factory, which is still here in Krakow and lies in an off-the-beaten-path industrial district. Large parts of the movie, "Schindler's List", were filmed right here, on location. It was closed to the public today as it was the 64th anniversary of the liberation of the nearby Auschwitz concentration camp. I visited Auschwitz the next day, and will have some somber pictures from that trip posted soon...

The Old Cemetery in Krakow's Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz. All of the graves in this cemetery are dated between 1552 and 1800. Francisco and I had to borrow yamulkes so as to cover our heads and pay respect. You can see a picture of me sporting my yamulke to the right at the top of the page.

As we were walking back through the Main Square there was a lot of shouting and singing, so we decided to investigate. We were puzzled to find a bunch of young men wearing what I would describe as towel-capes, most of which had pictures of naked women on them (with the exception of one man who strangely had a wholesome picture of a Polish family on his). After asking around a bit, we found out that young Poles have to do a compulsory year of service in the military, and that these guys had just completed their time. So to celebrate the end of military service in Poland, they apparently get super wasted, wear towels, and sing loudly. And can someone please tell me why some people still think that Americans are obnoxious when traveling?

Oh yea, and in addition to the drinking and singing and generally making asses of themselves, the now ex-soldiers do a lot of push-ups.

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