Day 25: Last day in Krakow

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Today is our last day to enjoy the city of Krakow before we jump on planes and head back to Texas tomorrow morning. Jessi and I chose to spend the morning exploring two more museums. First up was the Underground …

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Day 24: Beef Farm and Schnitzel

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Besides a few highlights, today was rather uneventful. We had breakfast at the hotel followed by a few hours of free time. Once we had packed up the van, we drove across the street to a farm owned by the …

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Day 23: Two Dairies, a Horse Ranch, and a Pig Farm

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We started off our tour of farms today with a visit to another dairy farm known internationally as Spearhead. This one was founded in 1995 and is part of a U.S. owned company but looked more traditionally Polish than the …

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Day 22: Dairy and Egg Farms

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For the next three days we will be staying a few hours outside of Krakow and touring various animal production farms. Although we aren’t entirely sure what Richard has planned for our trip, we know that we are in good …

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Day 21: Wawel Castle and Dragon Parade

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It’s funny how plans change when a national holiday shuts down the city. Jessi and I had planned out a route for today which included the Wawel Castle and several smaller museums which offer free admission on Sundays. That was …

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Day 20: Wieliczka Salt Mine

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Today we had the chance to tour the Wieliczka Salt Mine just outside of Krakow. This mine was in active operation for the production of table salt from its opening in the 13th century until 2007. It contains an impressive …

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Day 19: Zakrzówek

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Late last night we had booked a full day excursion to the Tatra Mountains. This range is a popular tourist destinations because the range boasts tall peaks, beautiful valleys, and breathtaking waterways. Unfortunately for us, we realized at 8:30 this …

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Day 18: Auschwitz

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What can be said of a place which has seen the absolute worst of humanity come to fruition through torture, starvation, and murder? During the Holocaust years, close to 6 million people were murdered. Approximately 1.5 million of those victims …

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Day 17: Kraków Tours

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Today started out like every adventure ought to: with coffee. After having slept in a little later than normal this morning, we made the short trek from our dorms to the city square where we grabbed some Starbucks coffee and …

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Day 16: Bydgoszcz to Krakow

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Today was a long but uneventful day. Leszek picked us up from the dorm at around 7 PM with or luggage and drove us and Dr. Lambert to the main train station in Bydgoszcz. We stopped for some coffee before …

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Day 15: Hunting in Poland

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Today Leszek (Frederick) picked us up bright and early to drive us to the school where Dr. Lambert would meet us. In both vans we have ridden in, Leszek has a bobble head dog on his dashboard. We had decided …

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Day 14: Rest and Laundry

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Since we got in so late last night, we were all very read for a day to sleep in, rest, and pack for Krakow. Part of our plans for today included doing laundry but I didn’t know just how much …

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Day 13: Malbork and Gdansk

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Today was filled with trains, trams, and automobiles as we made the journey from our dorm to the cities of Malbork and Gdansk. It was a true test of everything we have learned about travel so far because we were …

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Day 12: Graduation from Erasmus

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Today was wrapped up in a few surprises. We knew that we needed to be at the school near the city centre at 11 AM for a meeting but we didn’t know what the meeting would be about or what …

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Day 11: Fungi

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We started today in a state of general confusion. We were under the impression that Leszek/Frederick, our driver, would be picking us up for class as usual at 8:30. He is typically never late so when 8:45 rolled around, we …

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Day 10: Vitroflora

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Last night was laundry night for me so I am currently writing under a string of clothes which stretches the full length of my room. We got to spend today learning more about in vitro ornamental plant production and got …

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Day 9: Chrząstowo Experiment Station

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Aside from a morning in the classroom today was a fairly uneventful day. We drove from our dorm to pick up Dr. McGahan and Anna before driving about 40 km to the village of Chrząstowo where the Polish government has established …

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Day 8: Biskupin

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We reached a new level of friendship with Frederick, our driver, today when he showed us a picture of him, his wife and dog, and his alpaca. Yes, his alpaca. I’ve started to really look forward to to seeing him …

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Day 7: Toruń

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Today was an extra fun day full of new sites to see, adventures to have, and of course mishaps to laugh about. Today we got a guided tour of the Polish city of Toruń which is about 30 minutes from …

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Day 6: Exploring Bydgoszcz

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Today was a new kind of adventure: our first taste of true independence. As it would come to pass, we were not quite prepared for what a new sense of freedom would bring. We got on the tram as usual …

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Day 5: Forest Nursery Center

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We spent the morning on a guided tour of the forestry nursery and forestry center trails. The trees grown here provide habitat for various animals and promote organism diversity while also providing economic benefits such as lumber production (right). Part of …

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Day 4: First Day of Soils Class

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Today was our first day in the classroom with Simon. He and Dr. McGahan worked together to give a brief overview of soil science and its general environmental interactions. Choosing to keep the lecture as basic as possible, Simon focused …

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Day 3: Introductions

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It is nearly 9 PM and the disco music outside of our windows continues to blare. This is a week of festivals for the university students nationwide and includes parties each night, competitions, and concerts. I would not be so bothered …

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Day 2: Check-In and First Impressions

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Full disclosure, most of this day was filled with travel to Poland as discussed in my last post. My previous post did not however include our transport to the dormitories and that is where I will pick up. Without our …

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Day 1: DFW to Bydgoszcz

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This day started out like any other day: wake up, get dressed, go to Kroger, load my suitcase, go to the airport. Okay, so maybe it isn’t just a normal today. Nay, today I start a new adventure. Today I …

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