|Stalin Style Building|
|Wall of the Warsaw Ghetto|
|Part of town rebuilt from paintings|
|Stains from the cyclon b gas|
After Majdanek we had a five hour bus ride to Krakow where I am writing from now! Yesterday after we arrived we had five minutes to change and then we had to go Shabbat Services. We went to the only functioning synagogue in Krakow. Before the war there were 120. The service was very different from the reform one I attended in Sharon. Everyone went at their own pace and the women had to sit in a separate room with a neck high wall with a curtain at the top. After that we wandered around the city until we found a bar. We had a drink there and then found an "Irish" pub. The bartenders did not speak English, they were playing Jamaican music, and we were hit on by a man from Norway.
Today we had a walking tour around Krakow. It was rainy and extremely windy all day. We visited what used to be the heart of Jewish Krakow. Now it is mostly old synagogues converted into restaurants or stores. There were four synagogues in a 100 foot radius. It's amazing to imagine what that would have been like before the war.
Our tour guide grew up in Krakow so he felt that he needed to show us a good bar where we took a drink break at 11 a.m. I'm a big fan of Janucz. We ended the tour in the Old Town which is the oldest medieval square in the world. It was a lot of fun. We had the afternoon to ourselves so we found a restaurant, did some shopping, and visited and old castle. It was so miserable out that (after 8 hours of walking in the rain) we headed back to the hotel. Luckily, we remembered how to get back from the previous night of bar hopping. We were on our own for dinner and I was planning to meet up with some people to find somewhere to eat but I ended up sleeping from 6 to 9. Now I'm here!
Tomorrow we are visiting Auschwitz. That is going to be sad although a group of kids from D.C. told us that Majdanek was worse because Auschwitz is very touristy. I'll see for myself. I think we're spending one more night in Krakow and then we will be heading to Prague which I'm a extremely excited about!