Kate, over at Centsational Girl, is having a Favorite Destinations Link Party.Â I had been thinking about doing a similar post and so this is the perfect opportunity.
Many of you know that in college I spent two summers in Europe.Â The first summer, my junior year, I spent in Poland studying history.Â (WWII)Â I wasn’t sure when I signed up for the trip.Â I mean, POLAND is NOT a prime European destination!Â Fortunately, the trip was a wonderful experience and I will carry the memories with me forever.
You know when you hear about people going on vacation and having something traumatic happen to them…well, this sort-of happened to me.Â We had taken a weekend trip to Austria and I had my purse stolen!Â I have NO IDEA how it happened, which was even more scary.Â Luckily my passport and important things were in a separate place, but my camera and most of pictures were taken.Â So, these are the only pictures I have from my time there.
We stayed in Krokow, Poland.Â It is such a charming town and full of character.Â It is very close to Auschwitz concentration camp, so it was a great place to study WWII.Â I will say that this is the first time, I truly appreciated history.Â We participated in a Holocaust Convention, and got to meet some incredible people who survived those horrible camps.Â It brings back such strong emotions and memories, just thinking about it.Krokow Square/Market
Since our Polish was very limited, we got on the wrong train and ended up here.Â Katowice, Poland.Â It was a tiny town with not a lot to do…especially on a Sunday!Â We had planned to go hiking in the mountains, but we rolled with the punches.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Italy and Switzerland (two other places I spent lots of time in), but Poland will always be a special place for me.Â Hopefully one day I can take my kids and share the experience.
Thanks for letting me share!