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History Trip to Kraków 20th-22nd June 2017

27th Jun 2017

When we arrived at Kraków we were greeted with 31 degree heat. After we checked into our hotel we did a walking tour around beautiful Kraków. Even though we were really tired and it was very warm, we appreciated the historic city. Our favourite part was hearing stories about the famous Wawel dragon in the medieval castle that takes centre stage in the city. After dinner in the hotel we ended the day with a competitive game of bowling and took full use of the photo booth!

The second day had a sombre start. We visited Auschwitz-Birkenau which was both physically and mentally tiring. It is one thing to learn about the Holocaust in History class and to watch films on Auschwitz, but a totally different experience to be there standing in the prisoners’ footprints and trying to understand the reality of what happened there. We had some much needed relief wandering the streets of the old town. We especially loved the ‘Ugly Head’ in the middle of the town square.  We had a perfect end to the day in the Water Park where we had a ‘boys versus girls’ water volleyball match. Let’s just say the girls are better than the boys and we’ll leave it at that!

We spent our last morning taking in the sights on a river cruise on part of the Vistula, a river which goes the whole way through Poland and is over 1,000km in length.  After that we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mines. It was fascinating to see the carved salt statues and rooms, but we did have to work for it after climbing down seventy flights of stairs!

Everyone is leaving Poland very tired, with a little suntan and lots of great memories. Our Kraków trip has definitely been one to remember!

From Kirsten, Leah, Megan and Jessica (Yr 11)