Poland Travel Stories

Krakow to Stuttgart Germany Flight

I am flying from Krakow to Stuttgart Germany on Monday, I then think I must take a train to Frankfurt because I have not been able to find a room in Stuttgart and the place is not helping...

The cost is about 87 Euros and cheaper than the distance by the train.


220 110 Room Heater

As I am sure I am boring many of you, however just an update for the gadget people of the world who follow along.

I am making some progress on making a 220 Volt of 110 Volt Room Heater or Hot Plate with a fan. They sell the heater coil parts and the ceramic material here in Krakow, Poland. I have devised a way to make a very simple hotplate. I have purchase all the basic parts, how I am trying to assemble with... well no real tools, however I am good, so will accomplish something. I need to buy the extension cord going to the device, or wire up.

I really want one of these to work, I am on about my 7 attempt. The big challenge is to make this extremely light and run on both 110 and 220 with no problem. Very quiet, small, and needs to use very low watts as the fuses in the world or breakers are bad.


Disposable Sony Camera

I am starting to think that all digital cameras should be
disposable Sony Camera

I am having trouble getting a half year out of a digital camera, the new Cyber-Shot I purchased for around 200 Dollars U.S. is already having a serious problem. The lens is not opening correctly and reading a little it looks like a common problem.

I take hundreds of photos and to pay the 500-700 some people pay it to me absurb, better to have a camera that is cheap, then buy a new one, then to have an expensive one and buy a new one, it seems never cost effective to have a camera fixed. I am hoping to find a page that says how to self repair or fix myself this problem.

By the way, my camera is not a disposable camera, however it may as well be, good for three months then throw away and buy a new one. However I think they are all about the same, not made to be used, and built in obsolete.


http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/sony-cybershot-dscp52-reviews.html


Auschwitz Concentration Camp Near Krakow Poland

Auschwitz
I visited Auschwitz Concentration camp near Krakow, Poland yeserday, photos.



"The one who does not remember history is bound to live through it again."
George Santayana



Door to gas chamber



Piles of combs and brushes collected from people entering or in the camp.



Place where they burned the bodies.



When man forgets GOOD so much!


A Too Clever Planet

A Too Clever Planet
I am wondering to myself, musing to myself, and trying to introspect on the need to be clever by the other animals around my cage. Why is there such a great need to be clever or more correctly maybe the need is to show to the other animals in the cages that they are the dominant animal in the cage. Strangely, these animals are not really trying to be the top dog or the top alpha male; they are only trying to show off.

I was just looking at a Pee Wee Herman hairstyle on some other traveler, and thought,
“Do you really want to look like Pee Wee Herman?”

So many people are trying to be clever in how they dress, how they act, and the toys they carry. I am becoming more or forever aware that to bring attention to myself is some form of weakness, the need to have people pay attention to me is some form of emotional need. The need for comfort, love, or affection is different from the need for adulation by unknown humans. I really do not know the people around me; the awareness that the other people in the room are not ever going to be important in my world is becoming more and more critical to my travels.

The good fun talking or small talk is becoming of less value, mainly because I have discovered so many times that only about 2 percent of the emails collected or individuals I encounter are capable of having any residual friendship. To have a friendship with another travelers, it is required we share some experience together that has nothing to do with talking. This means that a friendship formed because we walked together to see a museum is more important than a relationship formed by talking together one on one for 10 hours. Even though to me the 10 hours would seem more intimate and maybe real, there is a Rush House University mentality need to share a common pain that endears people.

I think or concentrate on the problem of finding more friends to travel with, as I am becoming needy for steady friendships that do not change everyday. However the question and any person has the same problem, the need to have a steady day in, day out, consistent, ongoing friendship with the same person I believe is an emotional need of people. For me much less than the normal person, however I still have a need, not a want.

My friend German of the Bogotá Platypus says to stay longer in places, I am thinking I am going to somewhat change my method of travel…

Hehehe…

There is no method or plan to my travels, I am just in areas of travel, I am in some region of the planet traveling around, I just wander from place to place, I really do not have a plan and for sure, I do not want a plan.

I suppose more correctly I am thinking about do this, going through five or six countries with a destination in mind to stay maybe three to four weeks. For me this would normally be the beach, and then I could look forward to parking myself in one spot for a few weeks and recoup, find longer friendships and enjoy life longer, as opposed to short term.

Europe is a short-term living arrangement; nobody in any Hostel stays longer than three days. The time in Asia or the Americas is closer to 5-7 days so the ability to establish friends is higher, and there is more interchange with the locals.

Life is good.


Auschwitz Delay on rain

I have not been able to go to Auschwitz Concentration Camp because the last couple of days it has rained in Krakow or maybe Cracow Poland. It is outside and covers a lot of land, I really do want a good day.

Stuttgart Germany
I purchased a plane ticket for about 87 Euros from Krakow to Stuttgart, home of Mercedes Benz this morning. I am skipping Czech Republic until I have enough time to do it correctly, plus it is in the way of my travels so I know I will enter eventually.

Note... the girl in the Hostel describing how she was wall to wall tourist on some famous bridge did not make me excited. Europe is heating up with tourist and I am wanting to hide.


Travelers Century Club

I have found a very interesting web site and club about travelers that have visited over 100 countries.

The Travelers' Century Club - Travellers Century Club

I was trying and am trying to count the countries of the world, I started the other day with 312 and went down to 308.

The club says "315 as of January 2005," so I am or was getting very close to a good list, very interesting information and well compiled.
http://www.travelerscenturyclub.org/countries.html
or
http://www.travelerscenturyclub.org

Here is my blog post talking about the number of countries from a couple days ago.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/2005/07/countries-of-world.html

I was having a discussion with Ian a guy from Ohio, that is living in Belfast and he told me about this site. There is a thought in the back of many travelers about how many countries they have visited. I am not wanting to ignore countries by accident, there are some small corners of the planet and I am trying to understand how to stand in that corner.


Transliteration

Transliteration

This is my new word, it is great when I learn the word that describes something that is hard to explain. In many language the characters are different, for example in Asia or the Arabic countries they have a completely different alphabet or way of making letters.

This word I discovered in the book Alaska by James Michener, he is for sure a great travel writer in my view of the things.

Transliteration: transcribe something into another alphabet: to represent a letter or word written in one alphabet using the corresponding letter or letters of another, so that the sound of the letter or word remains approximately the same (2)

CONTRASTED TO

Translate: turn words into different language: to give an equivalent in another language for a particular word or phrase, or reproduce a written or spoken text in a different language while retaining the original meaning (2)

Transliteration is interesting and one of the various reasons I take photos of the top of manhole for the city sewers, I am trying to learn the interpretation of this city and how they define or spell the name of their city. I am thinking here in Krakow, and I am not sure yet, however I think they spell in the Poland language the city Krakowie, therefore to me I am not clear why we Anglicize it or make it an English version.

There is a massive confusion created when I am asking the Anglicize version of the city and I am not aware that the word has been changed or adapted by the guidebook. The locals look at you like you are crazy. I see this as not guiding me in the correct direction.