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Our time in Poland has passed so quickly. Today Danielle and I went on the hunt for the last few gifts for our families. We went through the open air market multiple times and eventually found something for everyone. At …

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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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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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“Don’t have sex, or you will get pregnant AND die.” -Mean Girls “Don’t eat food that has mold, or you will get cancer AND die.” -Anna Thursday was our class day with Anna B.C., who studies food mycotoxins. To start, …

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Shakira

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The past three days we spent our time at a little lake house resort. We left our dorm in Krakow in the morning and made our way to campus. We met Martina and Richard, we were put in a ban …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

Take me back to Paradise

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Today was another free day, Danielle and I decided to go back to Zakrzówek. We slept in and then made our way to lunch. We went to the restaurant that overlooks the city square again. I gracefully fell down the …

 

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 …

 

A little salty?

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Today we visited the Krakow salt mines, Wieliczka Salt Mines. We Made our way down hundreds of stairs ending at an eventual 125 meters under the ground. The tour told us a short history of the mines and showed us …

 

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 …

 

Adventure Day

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Today was scheduled as a free day. Last night all of the girls and I set down and we made reservations to take a guided tour to the Tatra Mountains. Our ride was scheduled to pick us up at 8:30 …

 

Don’t You Guys Have Snails In America???

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Day 10, Wednesday May 24th Today we visited a company called Vitroflora that taught us about in vitro ornamental plant production . We were able to see all 6 steps of this process at their two facilities. The first place we went …

 

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 …

 

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 …

 

Auschwitz

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Today we visited Auschwitz concentration camp. We started our trip with an hour or two bus ride to the camp. There has been a great amount of preservation put into this place, as it deserves. Our tour led us through …

 

Class Today? SNAILED it!!

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Wednesday we saw the entire process from jar to market of In-Vitro plants. In-Vitro is important in order to speed up the reproduction process of plants and keep up with the consumer demand. We began ou morning with a short …

 

*Insert Above-Average Caption for My Super Average Day*

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Tuesday was a more relaxed day, which always seems to come at the best time. We toured a facility that studies plant production an factors such as drought. Today I learned how they measure land, which is in hectores. A …

 

Stop and Smell the Canola Oil

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Monday’s field trip was awesome! We went to a “museum” where you walk around into different areas where they have recreated what life was like for the Poles in the Midevil Times, and the Iron Age. Interestingly enough, there was …

 

First looks

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Today we met at the Starbucks, which made us all happy to know exactly what we were getting. We then decided that we were going to get a golf cart tour. The tour took us around Krakow and we saw …

 

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 …

 

Break Down

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Today we started on our Journey to Krakow. Everyone but Lauren was late making our way down to Leszek. He helped us load all of our luggage and we were on the way to the train station. We met Dr. …

 

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 …

 

Inching Along

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Today started with us giving a couple of presents to our taxi driver Leszek. We have become quite fond of him over the past two weeks and are sad that we wont be seeing him anymore. We got him a …

 

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 …

 

A day of rest

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After our long and eventful day at the Malbork castle yesterday everyone agreed that today we would rest. I enjoyed this day greatly, mainly because I didn’t get out of bed until almost 3. After I got up I did …

 

Who knew it would involve all that?!

What a day!! Okay so this blog is going to be just a little bit different than the others as this blog will be very brief and a general overview of our day and the next few blogs will go …

 

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 …

 

But Did You Die?

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I guess I can’t really start today with out explaining last night. Trying to figure out how to get to the Malborku Castle consisted of a bunch of twists and turns, and obtaining the tickets was quite the headache. We …

 

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 …

 

Graduation Day

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Today we started with a meeting with all of our professors and the dean. Turns out it was our graduation day! They had diplomas and goody bags for all of us. We are extremely grateful to have such loving professors …

 

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 …

 

Tourin’ Torun!

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My absolute favorite day so far! We had the privilege of meeting up with Andrzej, who was an exchange student from Poland last semester. He is now living in Torun, and volunteered to show us around!  The travel to Torun was …

 

A Taste of Home

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Toady we had lecture starting at 9. The topic was very interesting as we talked about fungi. We looked at different types and talked about the various ways that they can effect people and animals. We learned that some fungi …

 

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 …

 

Stop to sniff the flowers!!

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Day 9, Tuesday May 23rd Today was a fairly short day, we went to Chrząstowo to look at the plants they had growing, and talk about how Poland has set up their agricultural stations. We learned that the mission of the …

 

Traveling Back In Time

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Day 8, Monday May 22nd Every morning we are greeted with a big smile and a very enthusiastic dzień dobry, good morning, from Frederick. This morning was no different, and today we also got to see a picture of him, his wife, …

 

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 …

 

Plant Surgery

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Look out everyone you are looking at the next great surgen…. plant surgen! That’s what we did today, we met some plant surgens. I don’t think that is their actual job title but that’s what they looked like! Today we …

 

What Happens in Poland Stays in Poland!!!

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Day 7, Sunday May 21st Today we traveled by train to another city called Toruń. It was a day full of new sites, and adventures. We were so lucky that we had our own personal tour guide, Andrew a student …

 

In search of a Bobble Head

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Today we started with a field trip to Chrząstowo k. Nakła, an Experiment Station. We were greeted with colleges of our professors. We began with a meeting explaining how this experiment station was designed for research, and to give farmers the upper …

 

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 …

 

Stepping into my comfort zone and fields of sunshine

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Today we visited a living museum that was erected on-top of the ruins  in which they are depicting. We were led by a tour guide who expertly gave insight into not only the type of lifestyle pursed by the ancient …

 

International Criminal

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A few nights ago, I accidentally stole a chocolate bar from the store. It was long and totally flat, just like my wallet, and in the chaos of trying to check out and pay for all of the stuff in …

 

Did someone a castle?!

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Torún is known for being a Medievall Town. It was established back in like the 14th Century and is known for being the home of the Teutonic Knights.  Having this type of history, Andrew made sure we saw it before …

 

The First Thanksgiving

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We are always taught about the Pilgrims who came to America. The Pilgrims had no idea how to farm, and the Indians taught them how to grow their food. I am not entirely sure what the Pilgrims chipped in, but …

 

Gingerbread Baby

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After we finished lunch it was time for us to head to the museum. By this point in the day we had gotten it out of Andrew that this museum was a gingerbread museum since Torún is famous for their gingerbread. …

 

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 …

 

Run in with the Police

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Day 6, Saturday May 20th Today was our first adventure truly on our own, we woke up and got ourselves to the tram. But while on the tram a few stops into our ride I noticed two men get on …

 

A Small Piece of Home!

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Day 5, Friday May 19th We spent our morning going through a forestry nursery and trough the trails of the park portion that is open to the public. The walk through the trails reminded me so much of my home town …

 

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 …

 

Smalec

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Day 4, Thursday May 18th We started out our day with Frederick picking us up for class and driving us into the city center where our class is held. We had our first lecture today over soil textures. We discussed …

 

Four baptist and a protestant walk into a Catholic Church

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Today started with a train ride to Torun. Getting on a train may seem like a simple task but when none of us read polish this task becomes increasingly difficult. We found some polite adults, who could not speak English …

 

Pierogis!

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After a few hours of meandering around Torún, we decided lunch would be nice and Andrew had promised us the best pierogis in the city! So, we took off toward the restaurant following Andrew like little ducklings following their mom. …

 

Tada!!!! A Trip Full of Surprises!

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So, the day was off to a great start, we had gotten to the train station 30 minutes before our train left and we figured out the platform and everything. This Polish couple came down the stairs and we asked …

 

International Criminal?

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What a Day! Today we met one of the Faculties daughters in the town for a day away from the books! Getting to town was quite comical. On the tram we were approached by two Police officers whom demanded to …

 

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 …

 

Dirt is not Soil

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We were in store for an adventure today! We went on a field trip to a national forest. We began with a short tour of their research and growing center. We then started on an educational path, on this path …

 

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 …

 

“Pass the Lard, Please.”

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We met Frederick this morning and he drove us back to the Bydgoszcz City Center where we are attending classes. We had our first official lecture and lab. We focused primarily on soil texture, and how it affects the density. …

 

What’s in a name?

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  “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. The majority of the world knows this famous line from Romeo and Juliet.  I have never really come across names that …

 

Dziewczyna która Explora

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Okay, so I threw a Spanish word in there to make it sound better, but it’s fine. “Dziewczyna która Explora,” “the girl who explora.” We spent most of yesterday touring the City Center of Bydgoszcz. Way before that, I woke …

 

Dzień trzeci!!!

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The next morning, Wednesday May 17th, after getting a okay nights sleep I woke up at 8am and got ready for what was going to a very long day. We went on with our normal scheduled events for the day …

 

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 …

 

Will you pass the lard?

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Today was our first day in the class room, and I believe it is safe to say that most everyone realized we may be in over our heads. With two business majors, a nursing major, one soil major, and then …

 

5,457 Miles Later We Made it to Bydgoszcz!!!

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This journey started Monday May 15th at about 3:30pm when I arrived at the airport to meet some of the other girls and our professor for the very long flight that we had ahead of us. After boarding our plane …

 

You’re speaking to me but I don’t know what that means!!

So today I had my first language issue, and no I don’t mean cussing language!  After I finally made it to the airport and met up with the girls, we walked aroung the city square with Dr.McGahan for a bit …