My one and only visit to Poland came way back in April 2003. I was living in the Slovak capital Bratislava at the time on a twelve month teaching contract. My buddies and I were pretty much always on the road to somewhere that year, hence it was only a matter of time before we got around to Poland.
Jumping on a train from Bratislava, a bunch of us made the cross-country journey over the border to Krakow. Even after the passing of all these years I remember it as a trip of great contrasts. On the one hand I recall lots of chilling on Main Square along with bar hopping, dragon hunting and endless in-jokes and escapades.
In stark contrast, we also took the time for nearby Oswiecim and the former World War II concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. As an experience it certainly wasn’t fun, but seeing these harrowing spots and paying tribute to those who died here felt really important.
Scraping together enough photos to make these articles happen was a real challenge. However, I just about got there in the end. For more on that long ago trip, scan your eyes over my travel articles on: