The Hall's Long Haul

Tamara & Shawn's RTW Adventure

Do Widzenia, Krakow!  I think that means good-bye.  We’ve had a good visit, seen lots of wonderful buildings, learned tonnes of history, tasted new foods, and even had a chance to have a bit of a rest, but now it’s time to move on.

Despite the heaviness of visiting Auschwitz – Birkenau the other day, our evening ended with a positive note.  There is a part of me that feels guilty for having so much – a safe place to live, a warm home, good food, wonderful friends and family. It probably should stop me from living the life I live.  Perhaps that guilt should make me give up the wealth that I have and give more to others.  Sadly, I am not that altruistic.  I will try to do my part – try to educate and give back , donate to charities and guide future generations toward a brighter tomorrow, but I’m afraid I’m still too selfish to say goodbye to my rich life.

Last night, we went back to Old Town and had another lovely Polish supper.  I don’t have a very cultured palate, and I’m not that brave when it comes to trying new foods, but, that is part of this journey.  We want to experience life in all forms – visit new countries, learn new customs, and try new food.

Sorry, dude.

Now, I know my selection may not be too bold for some of you, but for me, it was quite a stretch!  I ordered duck ? with apples and Shawn had pork ? knuckle with sauerkraut.  I know… I know… not too wild and crazy, but everyone has to start somewhere!  It was delicious!

My first roast duck
Pork knuckle with sauerkraut

The night ended with yet another new dessert – sweet perogies.  Now, I’ve had Russian vatrushki (although that’s not what Shawn’s family called them – sorry!  I can’t remember the correct name or spelling – vereniky?)  They are a baked, crispy-doughed perogy filled with fruit, and they are DELICIOUS! But, these ones were the same as the savoury Polish perogies – soft, boiled dough.  The fillings were good – we had strawberry, plum (which I think were cherry), and cottage cheese with cinnamon and sugar (the texture was definitely different with these ones!).  They were all covered with sweet cream.  I think Shawn’s mom may have loved them!  Me… well.. maybe it’s an acquired taste. ; )

Tomorrow, we’re off to Prague by bus and train – a longer journey – all the more time to imagine the new food adventures that await us there! ? Yum! ?

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