Krakow, Poland

Three of my friends and I traveled to Krakow, Poland. I know what you’re thinking: why the hell would anyone want to go to Poland? I thought this exact thing when a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go.

And you know what? I realized that since Poland is not a typical travel destination, what better time than to go while I was traveling all over Europe and could easily go to places like this. So I spent four days in Poland. What I found, was a deeply beautiful country with some of the kindest people I have ever met.

I found that Poland is extremely under-rated.

The first day we were there, we walked around the city a bit, and saw a very old castle. We also went into the old church on the main square, and I think that was the most beautiful church I have ever seen in my life. Photography was not allowed inside otherwise I would post some pictures!

The second day, we went to Auschwitz. There isn’t much I will say about this, because it was the most horrifying sight I have ever seen and being there, and seeing what I saw broke my heart. Most of the original buildings still stand today and have been turned into museums. You can go into the buildings and see the living quarters, where they were kept if they were being punished, and we also went into the gas chambers, which was, in my opinion, the worst part.

The third day we went to an old salt mine and saw how the mine runs. There were also a lot of carvings and statues made out of salt. It wasn’t as cool as I thought it would be, but it was interesting and now I can say I’ve been to a UNESCO World Heritage site!

All of the food we ate in Poland was incredible- think pierogies, potatoes, beets, and lots of soups. And of course, we drank a lot of beer and I tried Polish vodka, because how can you go to Poland and not drink Polish Vodka?

The best part about Poland was that is was sooo cheap! When I took out 200 zloty (Polish currency) out of the ATM, my receipt showed me that that is the equivalent of about 60 U.S. dollars. And an entire meal there (appetizer, entree and beer) was about 20-25 zlotys, or about 5-6 U.S. dollars. So amazing for a college student's budget!

I would absolutely go back to Poland to visit- I would visit some other cities and some other surrounding countries.