Travel to Krakow, Poland – Episode 185 Transcript

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Travel to Krakow, Poland – Episode 185 Transcript

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Raul: I come from a Cuban family so we eat a lot of pork and they eat a lot of pork apparently or at least I saw it in many, many menus and many dishes. That to me was a very pleasant surprise because that’s one of my favorite foods. I was also surprised how little I saw of vegetables on the menu. Potatoes aside, when I ate vegetables it was at Italian restaurants cause I had spinach so it kind of surprised me. It was winter too so I don’t know if it had any effect on it not being as readily available. The food was delicious and I had the pork knuckles, which are one of their specialties. Also the pierogi’s, dumplings, whatever are one of their specialties and they have all sorts of them. I didn’t get to sample as many different ones as I probably would have wanted. I only had so many meals that I could fit in a week. But the food was delicious. There was a surprise at the restaurants. Usually when they brought you the bread, they brought you the butter and another container they brought you lard so you could use lard on your bread instead of the butter if you wanted. I had to try it. I did try it. I didn’t do it often.

Chris: And then you mentioned side trips.

Raul: Yeah. Side trips. We had to prioritize. We didn’t get to fit in all the things we thought we could do. I’ll start maybe from the closest ones to town. The salt mines at Wieliczka, which is about maybe 20 minutes outside of the city. We took a bus to get there and then just walked a little bit to the actual salt mines. These mines were not the longest in operation, but just about, I think, the longest in operation are like 30 kms away, somewhere else in Poland. But there you go down wooden staircases and you get to see all these underground chambers and sculptures, statues, chandeliers. Things made by miners originally and maybe in the last few decades.

Chris: Sculptures from salt or sculptures from rock or?

Raul: Yeah from rock salt.

Chris: Rock salt. Interesting.

Raul: Yeah, from the mine itself. Yeah, its fantastic and the chandeliers, for example, they do something to the salt to obviously make it clear. That’s not the natural state of the salt. That is used on the carvings on the walls of the chambers. There’s even a chamber. It’s huge. I can’t tell you exactly. Again, I’m bad with size and distance, but it’s about maybe a basketball court and a half in length. It is huge. It’s a cavernous chapel actually a basilica, I think, is what they are calling it. Underground, fascinating and that is a short trip away from the city. You can actually fit it in in half a day counting the back and forth. And you walk about 3 km underground and they say that is only 1% of the total set of passageways.

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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