Day 42: Pierogi, Microbrews, and a Museum (Plus Another Night Train)

Day 42…wow time does fly when you’re having fun, eh? That means I’m just about 2/3 done with my ‘once in a lifetime eurotrip’. Sure, I may have the liberty to travel significantly down the road, but in all honestly, it’s doubtful if I’ll ever be able to take 2.5 months and hostel hop. Anyways, I digress…now where were we, oh yes, my last day in Poland!

After two tours, two excursions, three club crawls, a live music shows, futbol match, and more, I had already been a good Pollack from Chicago in the land of my forefathers. Thus, for my last day, as I typically plan for, I had ‘free-time’. After checking out I attempted to upload more photos for my blog and take of the holes in my lodging schedule. I decided to camp for both Gurten and VOLT festivals. I also booked a fancy hotel in Montreaux, because, well, Montreaux is all fancy (no movies stars stay in hostels there…)

For lunch, I had some more Pierogi (this time I had my camera handy):

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I also wanted to point out the central location of my hostel. Check out these views down both ends of the street!

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Then I headed down that-a-way to do some people watching in the square (as the weather was stellar!):

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I then walked around the huge park that encircled the old town walls.

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Next, I headed to explore the other side of town past the gate I posted earlier (but these shots look better!)

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Then I walked towards monuments and unique buildings.

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Soon ‘beer-o’clock’ struck, so I headed to a local brewery and had their sampler and a pint of my favorite in the group

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Then I headed back to the hostel to get my WiFi on to find the next set of microbrews on the other side of town

(Had to have a beer at the hostel too, obviously)

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Rather than go directly to the aforementioned brewpub, I wanted to catch the Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory Museum before it closed. After 25 minutes of fastwalking, I had arrived at the acclaimed exhibition. The museum featured many interactive exhibits and overall gave quite the lasting impression.

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This hit home quite hard. If one or two small events in history had happened just a bit differently, I might not be typing from a hostel in Vienna now… It’s important to remember how ‘small’ really are in the grand scheme of things.

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After that I really needed a drink. I headed in the area close to Klub Alchemia that I had stopped at prior:

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This time, instead, I decided on a brewpub down the street after reading up on it on BeerAdvocate–they had quite the menu of very rare beers. Of the three I checked in on Untappd, they all had under 50 check-in’s if I recall.

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Finally, before catching my train, I grabbed my luggage at the hostel (and another beer). I then headed across the street to face my temptress: Mexican food. The restaurant, appropriately named ‘The Mexican’ served a solid burrito–muy bien!

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Now my body was ready for another 9 hour night train!

2 Comments:

  1. I didn’t realize that Schindler’s Enamel Factory was now a museum. Very cool. And, maybe I missed it but, what’s up with the Stanislaw Chmielewski photo??

  2. We did not go to Schindler’s Museum; we went to his actual factory where he brought in workers otherwise destined for the gas chambers.
    We are not aware of grandpa working for Schindler, but as mentioned, he was a prisoner of war – he did not ever want to talk about it. We do know, however, about a very moving story regarding a picture/imagine of Our Lady of Czestochowa that he believes saved his life (he is buried with it).

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