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One More Day in Gdansk

Malbork

semi-overcast 64 °F
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Chris and I both slept in this morning, and we had breakfast together (finally) at 10am. Chris is feeling better today, especially after the rest. For the time before lunch, while he was in sessions, I souvenir shopped. IMAG0265.jpgIf only the boys were here asking for quarters. I found nice gifts for his labmates and one particular one for Mom (she can probably guess). I enjoyed the shopping and caught the ferry P7270006.jpgto the Hall for lunch. I'll have to get the menu for the meals, as each one had an interesting local dish, aside from normal dry chicken. Today it was some oat, red cabbage and raisins, and goat cheese quiche of sorts. I have tried it all and enjoyed most of it. After lunch Chris and I headed back across by ferryIMAG0271.jpg, picked up a t-shirt for him, of course, and proceeded to walk to the train station. I was going to Malbork to see the world's largest castle, IMAG0283.jpgfrom the Teutonic Knight period of the 13th century. Chris wasn't going to make it back from the train station to hear the talks at 2:00 he wanted, so I left him midcity in hopes that he'd find his way back. I gave him clear directions, and he actually did. I purchased round trip tickets for myself to Malbork, purchased some gum in a grocery/drug store, and waited on the platform 1. IMAG0272.jpgDing-dong, some announcement with the mention of Malbork, and then everyone scuffled. I caught the last running lady, who thank God spoke English a bit, to find out that my train had changed platforms and was leaving in a minute. I made it in time, just like the ferry to Jamestown, Virginia, as I remember. The hour fifteen minute ride was through poor industrial villages, beautiful towns, and farm land. I slept a bit too, and I even found Waldo. IMAG0274.jpgI felt the train stop, start again, and people mention castle. Oops, missed the first stop, but could get the next in town. Had to catch a taxi with a swiss couple (nice share of the price). The castle stretched quite a ways. IMAG0278.jpg The entrance was about $13 and included an ipod in English with a pictoral tour. I was able to make the 3 1/2 hour tour take 45 minutes, missing only 1/4 of the interior roomsIMAG0286.jpg. I was even surprised by a concert by a travelling choir in the courtyardIMAG0288.jpg. The outside gardens IMAG0298.jpg and gates were more impressive to me. The heartbreak was seeing the 13th century cathedral inside ruined from WWII. IMAG0294.jpg What a shame to history! Cutting the tour short, calling a taxi too late, and ending up dashing to the 5:15 train just in time, I was on my way back to Gdansk. After having to purchase an umbrella (bright orange with flowers) from a stand underground, I made it just in time for dinner, again met with some wonderful food, chile con , carne, rice, and a vegetable roll of cabbage. Finally, sitting, not rushed, and enjoying myself. I caught Chris after a conversation, we headed upstairs to the evening poster session, and I enjoyed two nice glasses of beer with cranberry syrup (exactly like that which I fell in love with in Berlin 15 years ago). The walk home was nice, but I was pooped. Great adventure, just wish I were 10 years younger in energy :)IMAG0290.jpg

Posted by jwhitehurst 13:26 Archived in Poland

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WOW! If I had even a little bit of your energy I could get a lot done. You are really good at finding and seeing all of sites. Can't wait for the picture show when you both get back.

by MiMi

You are definitely making the most of your trip. I like the Waldo shot!

by Ann

Like Clark Griswold at the Grand Canyon... Yep Yep.. okay, we're moving.

by Taylor

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