Bus to Warsaw, train to Krakow, and on to Romania

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Palace of Culture post-sunrise

I spent USA's national holiday in Poland this year.  I crossed the boarder from LT to PL at about 1AM Lithuanian time, but midnight Polish time, and I crossed over to Slovakia not too long after midnight on the 5th.

First, the bus ride from Kaunas to Warsaw.  On our approach to the Polish boarder, there was quite a bit of traffic (mainly semis), but that didn't bother our bus driver, he just passed them ... ALL of them, in one shot.  No joke, on this two lane road there was a good 3 mile line up of trucks waiting to cross the boarder, and we just passed them in the lane of oncoming traffic.  All the oncoming traffic just had to get out of our way.  Maybe this is normal, but it really surprised me.  Well we crossed over without incident, and I tried to get some sleep, laying across a few seats.

Warszawa Centralna, just prior to my 24 hour train ride.
  About 4-ish we got to Warsaw, and the driver decided to slam on the brakes, causing me (and not a few others) to slide right off our makeshift beds on to the floor.  Quite an effective alarm clock I must say!

We got to Warszawa Centralna, the central train station, at about 4:30 am.  I had about 15 hours until my train to Romania.  So I spent that time in the area around Warszawa Centralna.  Napped for a bit, walked around Pałac Kultury (Palace of Culture), but I didn't venture out into other parts of Warsaw.  I knew I was going to end my trip in Poland, I thought it was possible that I'd be in Warsaw again (though, that turned out not to be true) and I knew I had a hell of a train ride ahead of me (about 24 hours to Romania) so I took it easy & spent that time near the train station.

From Warszawa Centralna I took a train to Krakow, and from there on into Slovakia.

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