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I arrived at Krakow airport feeling both nervous & excited. I had pre-ordered a taxi to pick me up as it was my first trip on my own & I didn't want end up panicing as soon as I was off the plane. I spotted a man with a sign with my name on it - written in purple crayon & I went over to introduce myself (in a rehearsed Polish phrase), he offered to take my bag & then took me to the taxi. It really hit me where I was when we were driving through the countryside & villages towards Krakow as houses were crumbling away, animals were running around loose & the cars looked stereotypically like they were from every film with an Eastern European scene in it!! But if anything it all added to my excitement & curiousity.
As soon as I arrived in Krakow I headed off to explore. After 10 minutes of walking I had reached the market square of the Old Town. The buildings were beautiful & the atmosphere buzzing as street performers & horse drawn carriages entertained the tourists. As it was teatime I set off to find a traditional Polish restaurant & try out the local cusine. I found a nice little place just off of the square where I had pierogi. (It was so good I have some in my freezer in London.) I then set off to find a pub & came across a Lord of the Rings themed one. Thinking it could be quite fun I headed down the stairs (I had noticed when walking through the streets that all the buildings either had alleys going through them with signs for whatever shops & bars there were along them or stairs going down to whatever shop or bar was advertised, not many actually had entrances straight from the street). It was small & stuffy & the decor most certainly did not represent Middle Earth, if fact the only things that justified the name of the bar were the 4 cocktails named after the main characters. So I headed back to the bar in my hotel & boringly worked on my dissertation for university & went to bed.