This post is out of order because the internet access is free in the Hostel, however they have every possible function blocked, so I finally found a open internet café to post this later.
I am thinking I must have accidentally prayed for patience, so I have been sitting around all morning waiting, learning to patience. This is the morning exercise of my patience, fortitude, and testing how much stress I can handle, then manage properly.
With a perfect departure from Augustow, Poland, I boarded the train, waved by to my new friends, and off I went by night train to Krakow. I has a first class ticket which is strange for me, however that is the way it was, it did not mean much, I was hoping for he extra five dollars I would see a noticeable difference. I think the difference was less people, not sure really, however I was lucky and had a whole couch to myself and had a good nights sleep on a train with no beds.
Poland trains I believe are substantially cheaper than any country west of Poland and still in the affordable range.
I arrived at 5:00 AM, finding nothing open, I did my best to surmise a plan, there was a phenomena here of NO taxis. I followed the crowd, the people who know why they are walking where they are walking hoping they would lead me to taxis, or even the obvious city buses. I found I think the city bus route, and no way to figure out where to go or how to go.
Next, I sat and read the guidebook, still no help, giving me some addresses and no Hostels within walking distance. So much for this shoestring crap, more like list out hostels and no help. One of the captions told me to take bus number 15 to this street; this was the only one that told me any information on how to find transportation between the train station and the Hostel.
Contrary to any misconceived guidance, that anyone has or mythical conceptions in today’s world, it is not hard to find a list of Hostels, what is hard is to find two things.
1. The correct bus number to take from the Train, Bus, or Plane stations or terminals to the Hostel, PLUS the cost!!!! (Shoestring)
2. The cost of a taxi from the same locations to the Hostel, I think for less than the cost of a beer you can take a taxi here, the taxis in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are priced cheap enough, that the best choice is a taxi.
However who knows in Krakow, I could not find a taxi… I did later, when they decided to wake up.
My decision was this; I decided that Krakow looked a little dirty so maybe I just go to Auschwitz and find a room. I suppose that is not correct, I am not going to the concentration camp and find a room. There is a city by the name of Ocenciem or something like Oswitza or something that is the place of Auschwitz, the city that by the German name was Auschwitz. I do wish people would not change the name to their language.
Ok, so I purchased a ticket for the 7:10 AM bus, then the bus came, and then just drove away. I go to the ticket stand. “No bus today”
I say, “Today, No bus today.”
She says, “8:40” Then she says, “8:10”
Then she says, “There is no bus today.”
I am not happy and trying to patient, and not understanding, I want to express to her that I want to be forceful enough that I do not want to sit for one more hour and no bus showing up.
I buy the 8:10, I do not trust her, the information office has now open and the lady does not speak English, some snobby Norwegian girl thinks she has it all figured out because she has all the times. I am trying to say that they cancelled the bus because I think there were not enough people. I thought this was high season. Having the times of cancelled bus does not help you.
Some nice looking girl walks by while I have already paid for my ticket to Auschwitz and has flyers to Hostels. I try to explain to her I have an 8:10 bus to Auschwitz; however, this does not register in her brain. I have 20 minutes to the bus come… maybe it comes.
I follow the girl, she says she can call to see if there are bed available, I am enter the no-reservation-you-sleep-on-bus-or-train-time of Europe.
I cannot just go to every Hostel and hope there is a room, I need to know before I spend an hour finding the Hostel. Therefore, this girl is working for the owner of seven Hostels I learned later, or of all the major ones on the list in Krakow. I find a room… bling bling
55 Zxots, the same as a private room in Augustow in a Hotel, I paid 30 to live in a home. So now I get to live with 12 other in a dorm… something is wrong always with the scenario.
OK… I do not use my bus ticket lose 10 Zwots or about 3 U.S. dollars, because I need to find a bed to sleep tonight. My final choice was to get on the train for Prague and forget Poland. However all of this went exactly as planned, I arrived at 5:00 AM in the morning and had the whole day to figure out a good plan, or at least in my mind by 2:00 PM, after that I lose.
10:00 AM, I am in the Bling Bling Hostel or something like that and by 12:00 they will force people to wake up so I can have a bed.
What a way to not live comfortable, I am really thinking about beaches of Thailand or Indonesia or paying a lot to live in Singapore, or even Hong Kong or anywhere but here, why do I need this Hassle. I need a van to enjoy Europe; I could have driven to a couple of Hostels and not worried about all the too many rules and no taxi world of Krakow.
I was hoping to go live close to Auschwitz, finish a newsletter, and then mosey down the road to Prague, Czech Republic. Small city and not so much big city too much crap.
Nonetheless, another Hostel with a kitchen and no stove, I think they need to define kitchen… Place to cook.
Yes, the definition in the Encarta Dictionary says that I can cook in a kitchen, then why does the kitchen not have a stove?
food preparation area: a room or part of a room or building in which food is prepared and cooked (2)
Bling Bling and Argonauts no stoves… by the way, this is better than most Hostels in Europe, they have the room, most only have the Bar.
The people in the Hostel are nice and I will go to Auschwitz tomorrow and see where the German People killed, gassed, and burned maybe 1.5 million people in mass produced factory style.
Auschwitz in the Polish Village of Oswiecim is the home of the largest German people Concentration camp; I do not just say Hitler, because the German people were helping hook, line and sinker. It irritates me to blame Hitler only; this was the work of the whole country.
So all of my plans on how to enter Krakow went wrong, however it turned out just as I planned, I planned I would have a room by noon, and I have a bed or room by noon.
Note the Bling Bling Hostel has turned out to be a proper Hostel, TV, Common area, and a great feature, you can do you laundry with a machine was and machine dry for free. The Breakfast is one of the best Hostel Breakfast on the planet, they actually give me free breakfast with meat, cheese, milk, this is very rare and all you can eat buffet. Give me the stove top and I would say this place is close to perfect, note for me any Hostel with a bar below the Hostel will never be a perfect Hostel, just a flop-house.