Krakow has so much history and beauty I could stay a month and not see everything. Considered the cultural capital of Poland there is a vibrancy of a college town and the history of a thousand years. Jagiellonian University was the second university in Central Europe founded in 1364; today over 50,000 students are enrolled. Take away the modern cars and Hard Rock Cafe and I truly feel like I’m in a movie set from any World War II movie set in Europe.
After 22 hours of travel and a 9 hour time difference we arrived safely in Krakow at the Hotel Maltaῄski. We are on the ‘1st floor’ in European speak – which means we’re on the second floor. Think of it as we are on the first floor above ground.
I leave for Poland September 28. Until ten years ago I could only spell it and locate it on a map of Europe. I’d never heard the Polish language, met anyone from Poland or grown up around that culture. As an adult I knew little of European history prior to the WWII. Poland was a communist country behind the Iron Curtain – you heard little from that part of the world prior to the fall of communism in 1989.