My flight landed in Krakow yesterday morning. After being yelled at a lot in the Munich airport (apparently I look very German), and getting that precious E.U. stamp in my passport, I got on that final flight to Krakow. Twenty hours of flying, four in-flight meals, one new friend (an old Taiwanese woman who got her PhD in machine translation in Germany), and several miles of airport later, I arrived in Krakow.
As I headed from Munich to Krakow, I saw the sunrise.
And when I landed, it was snowing. How much have I missed snow, and being cold in general? A lot.
When I arrived in Krakow and met Jonathan, I realized why he'd been afraid to go out and explore the city much since he got here (four days ago). Unlike in Taiwan, we look enough like we live here and speak the language (which we don't). So, on the walk from the train station to the apartment, I took out my camera and started taking pictures of everything. This was half because I found everything beautiful and wanted to capture it, and half because I wanted to confirm to all who might be wondering that we are (non-Polish-speaking) tourists.
The pictures I took were largely blurry and low-quality because I was literally waving the camera around to take them, but here's a good preview of the beautiful city where I'm spending my winter vacation:
Oh, and Jonathan was happy to see me. Yay.
I spent my second day in Krakow inside, icing the muscle spasm I earned from walking through miles of airport with a heavy backpack, catching up on sleep, and reading, as I waited for Jonathan to get back from lab. But now he's back, and we're headed out to brave another dinner where the waitress will inevitably address us in Polish. More updates to come!