Tuesday, November 29, 2005

That's no moon, that's a space station

This sort of thing makes me think we should start practicing shooting womprats in the local canyon. Yes, I am aware that this might hint at slight geekiness.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

An Update

Well, at the ungodly hour of 3:30am, Mum and I left my apartment in a taxi to travel to the airport at Pyrzowice (the closest airport to Katowice). Her flight left at 6:10am and that meant we needed to be at the airport by about 5am (ish). It takes between 1 hour and 1.5 hours to get there, depending on road conditions and traffic. It also costs 150zł in a taxi, which is approximately AU$60. I decided to brave the public transport system for my return journey, as I didn't want to pay that amount again, so I caught a bus to Katowice and a train from there to Gliwice. Mum flew to Frankfurt and arrived there before I got back to Gliwice. As a result, I'm quite tired tonight.

Last weekend was spent in Kraków. We had a good time there and saw most of the main tourist attractions like Wawel hill & castle, the Rynek, and the salt mine at Wieliczka. We were also quite lucky that it began snowing earlier this year than last, so Kraków was covered in a beautiful white powdery snow for our last morning there. I have many photos, some of which I'll post in coming days/weeks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I roamed around Rome

Rome was fantastic, and the weather was brilliant. I love the Trevi Fountain, and I could have admired it for hours. Being the devout Catholic that I am, I visited the Vatican, and saw the Basilica, which was beautiful (shame all that artistic talent was used on religious works) and climbed the 349 steps to the top of the dome, giving me (and a zillion other tourists) a fantastic view over Rome. I didn't get to see the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, which was a bit disappointing, because we didn't find out that it closes at 12:30pm on Saturdays until about 4pm, and it's closed all day Sunday.

On a frustrating note, I think I may have brought back a bit of a cold as an unwanted souvenir of the city. My nose is runnier than something very runny and I have a cough that an emphysema sufferer would be proud of. Yeah, there it goes again... hack up that lung (what a shame I can't record the sound for you to download). A word of advice for Poland: Aloe vera tissues are a great invention and quite useful at times like these.

Friday, November 11, 2005

What are you doing this weekend?

I'm popping off to Rome for a few days.....

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Rome if you want to..

I'm flying to Rome on Friday morning, and I'll be there for the weekend. We fly back to Katowice on Sunday evening, arriving at the airport at midnight, which will be fun as I have to work on Monday morning at 7am...hmmm...

I'm looking forward to Rome because it's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a while, and there are plenty of things to see there. Going to Rome has meant that a certain song by the B-52's has been stuck in my head for a few days, so here are the lyrics for your reading pleasure:

by B-52's

I hear a wind
Whistling air
Whispering in my ear

Boy Mercury shootin' through every degree
Oooh girl dancin' down those dirty and dusty trails
Take it hip to hip rocket through the wilderness
Around the world the trip begins with a kiss

Roam if you want to
Roam around the world
Roam if you want to
Without wings, without wheels
Roam if you want to
Roam around the world
Roam if you want to
Without anything but the love we feel

Skip the air strip to the sunset
Ride the arrow to the target-one
Take it hip to hip rock it through the wilderness
Around the world the trip begins with a kiss


Fly the great big sky
See the great big sea
Kick through continents
Bustin' boundaries
Take it hip to hip rocket through the wilderness
Around the world the trip begins with a kiss


Take it hip to hip rocket through the wilderness

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Byliśmy we Wrocławiu a Jędziemy do Rzyma

Just a short entry, as I have to get ready for work soon....

Wrocław was nice last weekend - there's a cool old town hall there and pretty good shopping. The Panorama Racławicka is there - a 3d, 360degree panoramic painting which is quite impressive.

This weekend we're going to Rome :-)

Thank you to all those who remembered my birthday :-)
Two of my classes sang 'Happy Birthday' at me, one of them in Polish and English. I had a busy, but good day, and I will be able to relax more today because I have a bigger break between lesson sessions.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Jutro, jedziemy do Wrocławia

We're going to Wrocław tomorrow morning. I've been allowed use of the school's car for the weekend so we'll be driving to Wrocław, which is a bonus - I'm kind of sick of travelling by train. I haven't been to Wrocław before, so it'll be a new city for me.

I've been told that there's an impressive 360 degree, 3d painting there that depicts a famous battle at some point in Poland's history, as well as a nice old town area and old town square.

On a side note about driving, I have stopped trying to find the gear-stick with my left hand. Mostly. :-)

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Blogger lite

My posts might be few and far between for a while because my next few weeks promise to be a bit busy. I'll try and post as much as I can, but I won't have heaps of spare time.

Mum's here in Poland with me for the next 3 weeks or so, and as well as my heavy work schedule, we've planned to do as much travelling as possible, which means I'll be spending as little time here (in my apartment) as possible.

We spent last weekend in Prague, which is a great city. We had a great weekend, and it was interesting to see the city in a different season (I first went there in Summer), and we had great accommodation - private apartment with bathroom, cheap and really close to the centre.

Yesterday we went to Oświęcim-Brzezinka (Auschwitz-Birkenau) so that mum could see the concentration camps there. It was her first visit and my fourth. I didn't really want to go there again, but I think it's an important place to see, and it would be odd to come all the way to this part of Poland from Australia, and go home without seeing it.

Well, I have to head back for my afternoon session of work. I'll try to post soon, but unlike Aggie, I won't forget how to write a post. :-)