I have already been to the South and East part of Poland, but never I had an occasion to visit the more Western side. Thing done now with a city that is maybe my favourite in Poland!
Going to Wrocław and Polish administration
After almost 4 hours sat in the train in uncomfortable position we arrived in Wrocław. We had to book for me tickets to Czech Republic. Weronika got a little bit crazy face to the apparent disorganisation of the Poles booking system. We had to go to three desk to obtain my tickets to Třinec via Czescin. First desk was only able to provide regional billet and told us to go to the information desk, then to the international desk. There we got (after a long time) one hand made ticket to Třinec but only from Czecy Czescin! The Czech part of my journey. We had to go to another desk to have finally all the required tickets…
What a superb city!
We started our visit by going to the commercial centre for a coffee, it was cheap and relatively close to the station. I remember that we have got KFC coffee after entering a McDonald… we are champions. On the way to the main square was a fountain and a dog seemed to enjoyed a lot by attacking water jets going out from the ground. When I arrived on the square I have been without a word, happy to see how warm, colourful and beautiful the place is! In front of me stood the Old Town Hall and around it were familiar houses. A lot of tourists were walking, talking or eating at one of the numerous restaurants and cafés.
We started also to hunt the lutin that invaded the city. Those small bronze statues are hiding everywhere in various places and positions. A real game for people who have time for it. Weronika bought a custom-made of Wrocław that shows all their locations, cheating! We turned around the buildings in the centre of the square and climbed the 300 steps of the Saint Elisabeth church’s tower. It has been hard but the view of the old town is good, the rest being not interesting.
A long walk to the northern part of the old town near the lake and we saw the University, the Market Hall and entered inside the baroque Jesuit church! The interior decoration of this last one is worth to see! We had a meeting with Julita, other Erasmus Polish girl, for lunch that made us going back to the centre.
Meeting with Julita
Meeting point was on the main square, behind the modern fountain. We had warm hugs together and Polish talking. I tried my best but girls where obviously better than I am. We couldn’t decided on a restaurant which serves Polish dishes, we ended in a Asian fast food in the same shopping centre.
Together we went on foot the an island where is the Wroclaw cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, we passed over a river by a charming bridge.
Stop in Katowice
Instead of going straightly to Czechowice we took a one way train to Katowice, strange city of the south of Poland near our actual destination. We were tired, walked a lot, and we had to wake up very early the next day. Why should we go for less than two hours to Katowice? To meet a friend! One of my previous student is living in the city and we didn’t managed to meet the first time I went there. He promised me a beer and I wanted to meet him (order is important).
Arriving in Katowice we met at the train station, bought last trains tickets fir the last trains of the day, and Adam brought us to the pub street of the city. Atmosphere there is really crazy. In the middle of the week there were as many people on the bars terraces as it was a Saturday night! Adam resumed perfectly the situation: « Here everybody leave for the weekend, stays only the beakers, homeless and alcoholics » 😀 We drank one beer and talked a lot, sharing news we had from other Erasmus students. Then we separated near the train station and tried to not fall asleep on the way. I had to pack the rest of my stuff.