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21 September 2005

filled with a chaos

my first morning in krakow, i woke up at 0820 and was disappointed with the complimentary breakfast of toast and jam and the trickle of water in the shower. i should be so lucky in southeast asia.

a beautiful morning to the wawel castle where i toured the state rooms and armory. giant two handed swords, halberds, spears (one much like a two pronged pitchfork), maces, and morning stars with long spear shafts. i tried to imagine a battlefield filled with a chaos of men wielding these weapons, not just displays at a museum but blades slicing through and the heavy falling hard crushing. so often forgotten i fear that these displays were used for killing in a most gruesome and horrible way. it's necessary to think hard to remember. i decided not to purchase a ticket for the cathedral bell tower and royal tomb, perhaps i'd come back later, but now i wanted to continue the walk.

to the jewish ghetto, once contained within a wall, and the reminders of the second world war are everywhere in europe. this synagogue survived.

slowly along the wistula river where a woman walked with three children, two on razor scooters and one on inline skates, swirling around me. past the castle and back to where the light seemed perfect, finally to the town square. excavations are in progress. excavations make me happy.

the story of the troop of school kids and the lone stone monk will be lost here because it won't work in print, but the moment caused me to laugh for five full minutes along with the kids. i consider this one of my first successful people photos. imagine the mischief in him.

i met up with anders and chen for dinner at a restaurant recommended by the hostel. delicious potato soup, chicken cutlet, and potatoes.

posted by paul on Wed 21 Sep 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)

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