How do you say thank you in Polish? I asked two students who were sitting next to us. āDziekujeā, but donāt use that word cause we rarely say āthank youā in Poland.".
Indeed, in Poznan we didnāt hear ādziekujeā (Later in Krakow we heard this word many times). We have arrived in an Eastern Europe country. The train station was old and not appealing. We searched for a left luggage and found an office. There were four men chatting. None of them speaks English nor German, so we had to explain ourselves with hands and feet. Fortunately there was a tourist office in the station. We got a brief explanation and a city map. The city centre is about 15 minutes walking from the station, and thereās not much to see on the way there. But when you arrive in the centre youād know why this city is the second most beautiful city of Poland.
Especially the main square (Stary Rynek) is stunning with itās beautiful historic town hall in the middle, surrounded by coloured houses. Weāll come back here later to dine. We walked to the cathedral, about another 15 minutes. Itās worthed to go to the cathedral (OstrĆ³w Tumski). But itās a pity that the cathedral and the Church of Our Lady are the only nice buildings in itās surrounding. In Holland weād say āThese buildings have had their best timeā, now it looks like a ghetto. To bad, cause thereās so many potential for this area to regain itās lost glory.
We had dinner in the city square and went to a mall. This mall was big and luxurious, we didnāt expect to see this is Poznan. Our train would leave at so we waited on the platform. Suddenly a man who slept behind us woke up and walked to the station building then he smacked on the ground just in front of usā¦ he was drunkā¦ He stood up and continued his journey to the wall and urinated. The urine streamed in our directionā¦ Okay, we were prepared to see many drunk in Poland, but not this. So we went inside the building and got ourselves a cup of thee at Kentucky Fried Chicken!! We stayed here ātill the train comes.
Arch-Cathedral Basilica St Peter and St Paul from the back side
The train came. It was a long train and we couldnāt see the wagon numbers. So finally we decided to go in and search inside. Not a wise decision cause inside it was crowded, some also searching their places. It was difficult to walk with our backpacks through them, and none speaks English. Finally we saw a conductor. She didnāt understand English and didnāt understand the ticket as it was bought in Germany. With our hands we made the sleeping gesture and she understood. We followed her through many wagons to the head conductor. He opens the locked door between the sitting wagons an the sleeping wagons and another conductor helped us to find our compartment. Sleep tight
Berlin - Poznan is 3 hours by train. We left Berlin at and arrived in Poznan at . We left Poznan at 23:40 with the night train heading to Krakow